Monday, August 22, 2011

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, My Bead Soup is buzzin'

What a wonderful mail day today!!  My son got the mail and wanted to know if he could open the package I received today.  Now often I will let them open my packages for me when it is something I am expecting but NOT TODAY!!!  I wanted to savor open the package from Nan!  What a delightful group of beads. 

Nan sent me two focals, one without a hole that I can use as a cabachon and one with a hole. I love the aqua color in the accent beads that she made.  These colors are so perfect for me, this will definately be a piece that will remain in my personal collection.

I am really looking forward to the challenge of working with these beads.  I hope that I can do them justice!!

On as side note, one of the things that I love about the focal is that it features a bee.  Thelma Wells, a popular speaker, always wears a bumble bee pin.  She does this to remind her that while bumble bee is not properly proportioned for flight, its wings are too small for its body size, it flies because that is what God created it to do.  So often I apply this to my own life because I feel inadequate to the challenges that are before me.  The bee reminds me that I can do anything that God wants me to do because He is the one who will enable me to do it.  I don't have to do it on my own.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to hop around and visit the other participants in the Bead Soup Party to see all the lovely beads that have been shared.  (You can find the list here)

~Nancy

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bead Soup Party

Sorry I didn't get a chance to share this earlier with you so that you could join in but I have jumped on the Bead Soup band wagon again. Due to a lot of other things going on, I missed the last one.  So I am really excited to participate in this challenge again.  For those of you who don't know what the Bead Soup Party is, the fabulously talented Lori Anderson hosts a Bead Soup Party.  Anyone can sign up and she pairs up the entrants.  You exchange a focal, clasp and some coordianting beads and receive some back.  Then the fun begins, you create!  There is a deadline for when your piece has to be done and there is a lot of blog hopping to check out all the wonderful creations.  I have the utmost respect and awe for Lori - there were over 300 participants this time that she hand matched!  For more information, check out Lori's blog here or specifically about the Bead Soup Party here.

I love the challenge of having to created with things that I may not have chosen myself.  It stretches my imagination to go outside my box.  These are my creations from past Bead Soup Parties. 



I am truly blessed again to be partnered this time with Nan Emmett, Spirited Earth.  Nan is a very talented artist.  She makes wonderful clay beads.  I having been browsing through her blog post and her Etsy shop.  She had a post from last December (12-6-2010) where she shared this awesome ornament.  I love this pendant!  I hope that maybe she will make more for this holiday season so the I can make some ornaments like this.  Anyway, I digress.... I have been having fun picking out beads to send her that I hope she will like but also will challenge her to think outside her box. Well back to my regularly scheduled day, hope yours is wonderful!

~Nancy