I love living in an older neighborhood, aside from the fact my mail is delivered right to my door, I also get it by 10 a.m. everyday! So, as I went down the hall to the front door and opened it I was surprised with a BIG envelope from my Bead Soup partner, Sonya Stille. Let's just say this 39 year old skipped back down the hall into the livingroom, that's right, I skipped.
Let me back up a little so in case your just joining me you have an idea of what Bead Soup is... Our lovely Hostess, Lori Anderson (http://www.prettythingsblog.com/) has this wonderful event called Bead Soup Blog Party. She organizes this awesome event and allows 200 participants. You are drawn at random and then paired with another beader. You exchange information with your partner and then send a lovely arrangement of beads, a focal and a clasp to each other in the hopes of pushing each other outside of your comfort zone for creativity. Then during the reveal day all 200 participants post their creations on their blogs and we do a blog hop looking at all the lovely masterpieces.
This is my very first Bead Soup Blog Party and I am thrilled, so Thank You very much Lori for this experience and for putting so much effort into making this event a reality. You're truly amazing!
I was partnered with Sonya Stille from Augusta, Georgia. Sonya and I have exchanged a few emails and are starting to become good friends on Facebook. I have shared details of my beading experience with Sonya and I am starting to catch little glimpses of her work, let me say I'm impressed. Sonya is a wife and mother to 2 little ones. Sonya is currently working on opening her Etsy Shop and has started a Facebook page for her jewelry, visit her when you can & give her a 'like' (https://www.facebook.com/pages/SAS-Jewelry-Designs/291318200921323). Here is some Seed Beading Sonya has done, very pretty, something I haven't tried (yet).
Now on with the 'Soup'....after skipping back to the livingroom like a school girl, I tore open my envelope to find a lovely box. I have to apologize right now to Sonya, my packaging is not pretty. Please forgive me, this caught me in the middle of moving houses.
Didn't I say the box was lovely?
My Yummy Soup Mix. Thank you Sonya for the gorgeous selection just up my alley. My husband even said when he saw it "Well, that is definitely something you would design with."
Clockwise: Brown Freshwater Pearls, Snakeskin Agate, Copper Flower Toggle, Custom Copper pendant made by Sonya.
Here's a closer look at the focal. Sonya texturized, annealed, soldered a bezel and placed the cabochon. She also riveted the bail and patina'd the whole piece. Wow! Pictures don't do the piece justice, its a beauty. Thank you Sonya!
Well, there it is my Bead Soup and I already have ideas rolling around, now to get busy for the March 3rd reveal date/blog hop!
All the best until the next time,
Here is a list of the other participants, when you have time please visit their pages and give them a follow.