Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Party Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzing!

Happy Bead Soup Hopping Day!!  I wasn't sure that I was going to be ready today.  My pieces were ready, the photos taken but my computer was MIA and still is.  My husband was kind enough to lend me his laptop so that I could get my post ready before I headed away for a couple of days (Fri-Sat).  This is the first time that I have edited my photos on a laptop.  The screen is so different than my monitor. I hope that they are ok, forgive me if they aren't.

Anyway, to get to the point of this post!!  I love the beads that Nan Emmett sent me.  She made such a beautiful selection of her clay beads.  I loved just letting them run around in my hand.  They are very tactile.  As usual I had one idea for what I was going to do but the beads had a mind of their own.  My original thought was for a strung piece that combined beaded beads, some chain and my bead soup mix.  I planned to bezel the pendant and tie it into the strung necklace.  I had ordered a nice selection of seed beads to coordinate with the bead soup so I set to work.  I started to make some herringbone beaded beads that had spirals of teardrop beads.  Another day I will go back to them but they just weren't right for this project.  So I started another strand of herringbone incorporating the teardrop beads into the herringbone on one side.  This turned into the beginning of the bezel for the pendant.  I have never done a bezel with herringbone before.  I really liked how it turned out.  The bezel ended up being the catalyst for the necklace.  I haven't done a truly beadwoven piece for the Bead Soup Party before but I can't say that anymore.  I created a lovely chain using seed beads and the teardrop beads.  I love how it all came together.  I will be creating something new with this chain in the near future.  It is sparking lots of ideas in my head.

I loved all the rounds that Nan made and wanted to make a bracelet to go with the necklace.  I added some copper bead caps and some bone saucers mixed in with Nan's lovely beads.  I had a really good photo session with this bracelet.  It made up for having a hard time photographing the necklace, which was tricky because the necklace has a definate curve in it which I had to work with.


I hope that you enjoyed seeing my Bead Soup.  I will be do my blog hopping starting Sunday if I get my computer back.  Rest assured though, I will be hopping around because I can't wait to see all the wonderful soup!!  To make it easier, Lori has set up this great web page on her blog with all the links, so click on over and hop around!  You can also click on the Tab above that says Bead Soup Blog Party Hop for a clickable list of participants.

Thanks for stopping by.


PS I love & appreciate comments and want to let you know that I have comment moderation turned on.  I will not be on the computer as I will be away this weekend so comments will not appear till I am back.  Thank you for your understanding.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Aisling Bracelet

Last month I showed you the Aisling Necklace.

This month I have a companion bracelet to share with you.  It is another one that I have fell in love with.  It works up quickly and has a lot of potential for color choices.  Today I am sharing the one that I made to go with this necklace.  As soon as I get some photos taken I will show you other colorways I have done.

I am also working in earnest right now on my Bead Soup piece.  It always amazes how I start in one direction thinking I know where I am going with a piece and it takes its own turn into something different.  I had envisioned a beautifully strung piece with beaded beads that complemented Nan's wonderful clay beads but something very different happened.  It has been a challenge and not so much of a challenge.  You will see what I mean in a few weeks when we have the big reveal.

Back to the intent of my post, here is the Aisling bracelet:

Thanks for taking a peek at it.

Have a great day! and thanks for stopping by.


The pattern is available at and