Friday, July 27, 2012

The Soup is Served!

I’m so thrilled to be participating in the Bead Soup Blog Party! Two years ago I was a bystander, and watched in awe, and now I am one of you! Each participant was assigned a partner, and exchanged a focal bead and a clasp that was something other than a simple lobster clasp. We have to use at least both of those items. 
My partner, Denielle Hagerman, is a lampworker. That means she makes her own beads from glass. I was so excited to have a partner that was going to be making beads for me! She found out that I was a gardener, and made me bead soup that was very nearly good enough to eat! Here is what she sent me: 
 I knew right away that the black raspberry was going to be my focal bead. I have a red raspberry patch, and I just love the raspberries. I also remembered I had these lovely pale sage, green leaf beads that would be fitting raspberry leaves. Mr. Chocolate, my husband, always says that the raspberry leaves, in the fall, hang down over the berries and protect them from the frost. I wanted my leaves to do the same, yet without totally covering the raspberry bead. My first year browsing through all of the first BSBP’s I also found one of my new favorite material sources, B'sue Boutiques, so it’s only fitting I use one of her brass platings in my first BSBP. No affiliation there, I just totally love the stuff she carries, not to mention the tutorials she has on the internet. Of course the dragonfly is my favorite. While I had some difficulty deciding how exactly to finish the necklace off, I just had to ask myself, “what do YOU want to wear?” Once I did that, it was clear. This is something I would wear. I love dragonflies, I love this necklace, it’s very “me”. I love silver, too. I didn’t want to use the clasp Denielle made on this necklace, because I wanted to link the leaves into chain, and there was no chain the color of her clasp. All in all, I am very happy with this necklace. I love the dragonfly, and the raspberry bead is so amazing! I love the way the purple and the green play on each other, and especially how the Picasso finish on the purple beads echoes the color of the leaves. I even used a clasp with the bumps that repeat the texture of the glass of the raspberry bead.

 My second piece was a lot more difficult. The bracelet beads were a bit big, and almost too big to make the curve for a bracelet. I made some additional “blueberry” beads to go with it. The problem is that the flower blossom constantly turns to the plain glass back. But that blossom! It’s AMAZING! It looks just like a strawberry and a raspberry blossom! I totally love that blossom! I just wish I could keep it from turning. Anyone have any ideas? The other thing is that ADORABLE BEE! Can you see it? I put it on top of the shorter of the two strawberries. Isn’t it so adorable? I don’t like cute. I mean I really don’t like stuff that’s cutesie, but this is ADORABLE, and that’s just totally acceptable. I am not sure I am going to keep this piece like this. I may take it apart and make another necklace, I just did not think I could carry off two necklaces, or come up with another necklace with these beads that didn’t go into the “too cute” zone. I also used Denielle’s clasp on the bracelet. 
 She MADE it! Isn’t that amazing? She said it wasn’t too hard but was very time consuming. I’ll bet it was! I did not use the lady beetles in the bracelet because I had one more piece in mind. 
I usually wear an ankle bracelet in the summer but I never take it off. One year the beads were from somewhere questionable and the color all bleached out, so I have learned to use all glass beads. I saved out those adorable lady beetles and the other beads Denielle sent for the cheerful ankle bracelet. It has plenty of green and yellow in it, my favorite colors, some sparkle, and the lady beetles. They are some of the most beneficial insects a garden can have. It’s my Gardener’s Dream ankle bracelet!
  Now that you’ve seen what I cooked up, take a look at the soup I sent Denielle.
 Why don't you see what Denielle cooked up with her soup, and then check what's cooking over at the other tables?
 Hostess, Lori Anderson,

Alice Craddick,  Alice's Beads and Baubles
Alicia Marinache,  All The Pretty Things
Amanda Tibbetts,  Amanda Made
Amber Dawn Goldish, Inventive Soul
Annita Wilson,  AW Jewelry
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Birgitta Lejonklou,  Create With Spirit   
Candida Castleberry,    Spinning Spun Sugar
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

Cassie Donlen, Glass Beadle
Cheryl McCloud,  One Thing Leads to Another
Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
Christina Hickman, Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Hendrickson,  Clamworks
Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
Cindy Wilson, Mommy's Dream
Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie

Cory Tompkins, Tealwater Designs
Cris Peacock, Cris' Page
Cynthia Deis, Shiny Little Things
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cynthia Wainscott, Exotic Peru
Dana Hickey, Magpie Approved
Denielle Hagerman, Some Beads and Other Things

Diane Valasek, Dragonfly Close
Doris Stumpf, Glaszwerg
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
Elaine Robitaille, Too Aquarius
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Enikö Fabian, Perl-eni
Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads

Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life
Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
Jennifer Pottner, Rock Candy Beads
Jennifer VanBenschoten,  Jewelry, Art and Life

Jenny Davies-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
Jessica Dickens, My Jewelry, My Life, Me
Jessica Klaaren, Beadful-Things by Jessica
Joan Williams, Lilruby Jewelry
Judith Johnston, Judith Johnston
Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
Judy Turner, Silver Rains

Julie Anne Leggett, The Peaceful Bead
K Hutchinson, Jumbled Hutch
Karen Meador, Dreamcatcher Ranch
Karyn Bonfiglio, Plus Size Bangles
Katherine Gale, Terra Beadworks
Kathleen Lange Klik, Modern Nature Studio
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic, Slovonske Technobe
Kelli Jacobson, Creative Moon
Kelly Ramstack, Adventures with Kelly
Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade

Kim Bender-Hora, KimmyKat
Kirsi Luostarinen, Kirsi Luo Korut
Kitty Bozzini, Kitty Lampwork
Laura Demoya, The Bead Therapist
Laurie Hanna, Laurie's Jewelbox
Leah Curtis, Beady Eyed Bunny
Lesley Watt, The Gossiping Goddess
Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry

Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This
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Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
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Marla Gibson, Spice Box Design
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Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
Michelle Hardy, Firefly Visions
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Mowse Doyle, HoCArt
Nancy Boylan, Snazzy Doodle Designs
Nancy Peterson, Beading From the Heart
Nicole Rennell, Nicole Rennell Designs

Niki Meiners, 365 Days of Craft
Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pamela Gangler, She Always Loved Pink
Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
Renetha Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Shannon Hicks, Falling Into the Sky

Shannon LeVart, Miss Fickle Media
Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Art Werks
Shelley Graham Turner, Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads
Stacie Florer, Soul to Substance
Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
Stacy Alderson, Iridal's Attic

Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
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Tammy Jones, Jewelry Making Daily
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Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau

Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna



Denielle said...

Wow that dragonfly is incredible! I adore that necklace. The raspberry really does look like it is hiding under the leaves :) I was curious about how you would use these beads and I think they all came out great!

Tanya Ozanne said...

That is a wonderful way to make soup go further.Lovely lovely pieces.Love and Hugs Tanya

Judith Johnston said...
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Judith Johnston said...

Your necklace is my favourite but the bracelets are lovey too, wonderful work.

Suzette said...

You got some beautiful things to work with...I love the color palette of the bracelet and how you positioned the dragonfly. Enjoy!

coffeeaddict said...

the rasberry necklace is fantastic!

Ilenia said...

OMG! the bracelet with the bee is fantastic ^_^

Audrey Bélanger said...

Those berries look just good enough to gobble up... Especially accented as lovingly as you did !

Lisa Chapman said...

The raspberry necklace is gorgeous! Great design. I would definitely wear that necklace!

AWJewelry said...

love the little bee on top of the strawberry! Everything is lovely!

Alice said...

Great pieces! I love the dragonfly in the necklace, and the bracelet is sweet and whimsical, without being too cutsie. Nice job!

lilrubyjewelry said...

Love the necklace design and the dragonfly - I'm also a big fan of B'Sue, and use lots of her stampings. Also love that little bee - great job!

Perl - Eni said...

Absolutely gorgeous pieces!
Love the necklace design!

Patricia L Johnson Glass Art said...

Beautiful pieces! I love the dragonfly! You both had such fun soups.

Marti C. said...

Lovely, lovely set up!

Boot ~C said...

that necklace is really beautiful

Cheryl said...

That dragonfly is beautiful and perfect for the soup you received. Lovely design!

Patti Van said...

Oh, het beads are just beautiful! I particularly love the anklet you made! Very nice job on your soup!

Beti Horvath said...

So pretty, i don't know which I like the best! Great job!

The Creative Klutz said...

Wow, fantastic pieces - I love that berry focal, reminds me of my childhood spent picking blackberries lol. (P.S - I just love that fish focal you sent your partner) =)

windbent said...

I love the raspberry with the leaves as your focal and you can never go wrong with bugs as far as I'm concerned!

Spun Sugar Beadworks said...

Just absolutely stunning creations!!

AntiquityTravelers said...

oh man that necklace it brilliant! I LOVE how you used the dragonfly! really beautiful soup you've cooked up

Karyn B said...

Wonderful work! And such a thrill to have such personal beads. I bet the anklet looks just adorable on. And I bet the necklace is a stunner on you too. I think the bracelet turned out great, and I wish I had a solution for you about the turning beads. Glad you had a such a great bead soup experience.

Pookledo said...

very summery :)

ChristinaMarieH said...

I love the raspberry necklace! Reminds me of warm summer days out on the deck!

Linda Y said...

Great pieces. love the dragonfly necklace.

Micheladas said...

great job.

Cynthia Wainscott said...

Love the dragonfly, I has used it before and it always amaze me how it makes a design pop, all your creations are delightful! Nicely done! :)

Sharon Driscoll said...

Great use of the dragonfly!

Sharon Driscoll said...

Great use of the dragonfly!

Lori Anderson said...

Oh VERY cool with the dragonfly! I would never have thought of that, and it's perfect! Beautiful job.

pinkchapeau said...

THe dragonfly necklace is beautiful..and I love B'sue Boutiques, too!! The bracelets are adorable...sometimes you just want to wear something fun and colorful :) I'd wear those all the time!!!

Cris Peacock said...

Yes, there is a difference between cutsie and adorable--the bracelet and anklet are definitely adorable!! How fun! And the dragonfly necklace is beautiful!! Nice job on all!

Dyanne said...

Very pretty pieces! I love the dragonfly necklace. I also love the cute bracelet with the strawberries and blueberries!

Shaiha said...

Wow I just love that dragonfly. And the way you put it all together is (to quote your words) adorable.

Shyme said...


Eva Sherman said...

Lovely work Dianne!

Amy's said...

What a delicious soup you served!Every piece you made is just wonderful

beadrecipes said...

Your necklace and bracelets are lovely!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

De - I loved your soup when I saw it, and could not wait to see what you made. You hit it out of the park! The dragonfly necklace is awesome!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...
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Pine Ridge Treasures said...

I need a new keyboard. It keeps dropping letters, and parts of words. I meant to say Diane, not De.

Andrea said...

What a mix. I love your dragonfly and how you used in your design. I am not revealing until second time.

VanBeads said...

I just loooooove the fruit 'n' flower bracelet! It made me smile to look at it! What a great design!

Birgitta Lejonklou said...

Oh my this was a very tasty soup indeed with fruit and flowers. That dragonfly to the side of the necklace is very creative and beautiful :)

Skye said...

that necklace is fabulous :) I LOVE that dragonfly, and I think you're right - those leaves go perfectly with that raspberry :D

As for your strawberry blossom bead dilemma, the only thing I can think of to keep the blossom facing the way you want, would be to turn it into a ring instead :)

Alice said...

what an awesome necklace. Love the way it flows, and you did a great job with the leaves!! The dragon fly fits it just perfect! So glad you are part of our group~!!

Cory said...

I love the necklace with the dragonfly. Great placement for your design. I find it harder to design with identifiable beads, as in the beautiful berries. I like that unidentifiable beads and other elements, can be turned in any direction in order to make the design work. You did a beautiful job creating those lovely pieces.

Thank you so much for visiting and for leaving such a wonderful comment.

A Polymer Penchant said...

Great job! That necklace is stunning and the other pieces are equally beautiful but more playful of course. I think the fact that it's glass keeps the cute from being cutsey... if that makes sense :)

Cornerstoregoddess said...

I love how you observed nature to design your raspberry pendant. Ut gives the piece such great backstory.

Jami aka DaMamaShipp said...

Awesome use of your soup... I absolutely love the dragonfly - it definitely belongs there andyour bracelts are great!

CraftyHope said...

All of the pieces you made are so darn cute, but I'm in love with that bracelet with the blueberries and the daisy bead. SO ADORABLE!!

coolmoon said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that dragonfly on the first one. And the bracelet - so cute! Great job - soups good!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Diane,
All of your pieces are so very pretty I really like the raspberry necklace.

Doris Stumpf said...

You did a great job!!! I love the necklace with the leaves! Its a great sound to wear it and the leafes make "bling" ;-) Hugs, Doris

WindDancerStudios said...

That bee is just pretty adorable :) Love your raspberry necklace! Great job!

Rachel said...

That dragonfly, paired with the blackberry focal, is a stunner! Absolutely lovely!

Creative Moon said...

LOVE that necklace!!! What an awesome job you did!!! So cute!!!

Becky Pancake said...

What a great soup. I love what you did with it.

Katherine at Terra Beadworks said...

You had some beautiful beads and I love what you made. Very inspiring how you wanted leaves to cover the berries. How true that is! Love all the individual pieces you made.

Katherine at Terra Beadworks said...

You had some beautiful beads and I love what you made. Very inspiring how you wanted leaves to cover the berries. How true that is! Love all the individual pieces you made.

Katherine at Terra Beadworks said...

You had some beautiful beads and I love what you made. Very inspiring how you wanted leaves to cover the berries. How true that is! Love all the individual pieces you made.

Cassie Donlen said...

Love your garden theme special made beads for you. The jewelry turned out beautiful.

Cilla said...

Love your fun beads. I love lampwork. What great fun!

Tammie said...

You did a great job. I would have had a tough time with those beads but you made it look effortless~ fantastic!

pepita said...

I love the necklace with the dragonfly, it gives it a certain extra ...

Perri said...

As another first timer, I understand the excitement! You totally captured the whole raspberry in fall vibe - the wonders of that season are overwhelming sometimes - especially when you encounter insects during Indian summer in their last flights before the frost really sets in. Beautiful way to capture that!
I am so totally impressed with the way you kept the delightful whimsey in the second piece without over-reaching into 'preciousness.' I don't usually enjoy this style but I would seriously wear this!!!

Tealwater said...

Your necklace is just great, it makes me think of how a garden is sectioned off by what is planted with the rectangular beads on the right and then how those seeds create a beautiful bloom at the bottom with the leaves and the focal berry. The dragonfly is a great addition to your little garden!

Heidi Post said...

The grape cluster is SO COOL looking! And how unusual to put the dragonfly in that position - it looks really great. The bracelet is adorable; I love the bee sitting atop the berry. Excellent soup :)

min said...

i love the bracelet... it's really a garden on your wrist..!! especially love your cute blueberries.. great job with all your creations.

Sandra said...

great designs!

Kathy Lindemer said...

I love each of your designs. The dragonfly is a spectacular component and so perfect for your shop.

KayzKreationz said...

A great soup. I really enjoyed how you showcased that raspberry bead with the leaves. And the bracelet is 'adorable'. Very nice.


love the necklace! ;)
ciao dall'Italia

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

What a fun soup! I especially love the necklace you created; the placement of the dragonfly is unique ,creative and fun!

LoriF said...

Omigosh, absolutely love that dragonfly necklace! All of your pieces came out absolutely wonderfully. Love that they are so "you".

fulgorine said...

Yummy creations. I think the anklet is my favourite - I love ladybugs and the colours are beautiful together.

Alicia said...

Adorable is the first word that came to mind when I saw your pieces! Love it :)

Juniper Goods said...

Beautiful I love dragonflies. You put these together so well!
I love the bead soups they are beautiful!

Thanks for sharing,