Saturday, May 10, 2014

Time For Soup!

Aaah, soup! There's nothing quite as comforting or delicious. Or, if it's Bead Soup, more fun to make jewelry with...And when you have a partner who's incredibly generous, you can have a full smorgasbord of soup -- eleven courses, with leftovers!

** Giveaway alert (okay, blatant ploy for comments and followers) -- read all the way to the 
bottom of this post, and you can find out how to get one of these courses for your very own!**

My lovely partner, Rita of Toltec Jewels, spoiled me rotten with gorgeous artisan beads and gemstones. Yes, I hit the jackpot, and I realize how lucky I am. Just to remind you, here is the soup I got.

Yes, I fell over in a full-on swoon.

Some pieces came together immediately, as I was opening the packages.  Others revealed themselves more slowly. But since I know you have another 499 blogs to look at as part of BSBP8, let's get to the goodies, shall we?

This, one, I must say, is my favorite of the bunch. Rita was great to include a cabochon, since she knows I do a lot of beadweaving. This beautiful cab from BeadFreaky was the perfect centerpiece, and I surrounded her with blue freshwater pearls, and an embellished herringbone rope of the twins, rollos, and brick beads Rita had sent.

The other piece that has some beadweaving in it also uses a focal with a dramatic backstory -- as Rita was wrapping this lovely lampwork cylinder from Maryse, the bead took a spectacular swan dive to Rita's floor and broke in half. Maryse made another in the same colorway and sent it directly from her shop in Europe (extra kisses to her!). There are all kinds of lovely shades of pink in the focal, and I tried to highlight them with the garnets in the tassel, the rose quartz and garnet in the spiral rope on the shorter strand, the beautiful freshwater pearls in the longer strand, and the truly lovely sterling/garnet two-strand clasp.

Back to the blue soup -- this time with a necklace that practically built itself as it came out of the package. The lovely ceramic nest focal from Blu Mudd was a natural match with the fantastic organic feeling ceramic blue/brown beads and leaf from Thea Elements. Added to that are blue flower buttons, blue Czech whirligigs (they remind me of the seed pods that are dropping like helicopters from the maple trees all over my neighborhood), a patinaed toggle clasp, and a cute little frog that hopped out of my stash, all on a macrame woven waxed linen cord.

Another pink necklace, this time with a focal that Rita ordered and sent as a backup for the broken Maryse focal. This one reminded me of a rosy sunset, and I was happy to pick up those colors with the extra fun purple Czech glass mushrooms that nestle together so beautifully, other pink Czech glass, a very special brass bird from Leslie Watt, and a clasp that Rita made herself with a lampwork bead from SueBeads. The asymmetry allowed me to show off all of the gorgeousness at once.

This piece of spring features another lampwork cylinder from Maryse, suspended on a lampwork leaf headpin. The necklace picks up the gorgeous spring shades of blue in the blue topaz, variegated quartz, and blue freshwater pearls, with pops from pewter discs and freshwater stick pearls.

And now for some glitz! Look at these spectacular, sparkletacular Slovakian glass faceted six-sided beauties! I paired them with garnet leaves, crystal, Czech glass, Swarovski elements bead caps, and a luxurious vermeil clasp with crystals. It truly is so sparkly, you may need to wear shades.  Here's a closeup of the clasp and the bead caps -- they are too pretty not to see clearly.

These beautiful freshwater pearls look like the deep blue I imagine the Aegean Sea to be.  What better beads to pair them with than the rich, lustrous 24k gold dipped Naas ceramics? The recycled sari silk was from my stash, where it had been waiting for a beautiful oceanic setting to come along.

More sari silk here, this time with a Czech glass, pewter discs, and a focal with crystal in pewter. Using fiber in my work is something I don't necessarily feel comfortable with, but I think this turned out pretty well.  I did give it a test wearing one day, so I can attest that it's very comfortable!

Another beautiful pendant with crystals, this time in a lovely blue that matched faceted bicones that Rita had included in her copious soup mix.  Ooh, elegant sparkle!

And finally, some earrings.  First, enameled rings with carved amethysts underneath.  Then, enameled flowers from Sue Beads, lampwork headpins from Southern Girl Designs, and Bali sterling beads.  I was a little worried about the patina on the headpin metal, but I kind of like the mix of rustic and shiny.

Phew! You made it! If you look back at the photos of the soup, you'll see that there's still plenty leftover for me to continue to work with.  I can't wait to get back into it...after I visit the other participants in the BSBP8 for abundant inspiration.  Thank you, Lori, for hosting this fabulous party, especially this year.  And thank you, thank you, thank you, Rita, for being such a fantastic partner and fun new friend!

Here's the payoff for reading this far -- if you leave a comment, you'll get a chance to win your choice of the two pairs of earrings from this challenge.  If you become a new follower of my blog AND leave me a comment, you'll get an additional chance to win. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Here are the rest of the fabulous participants in the hop -- see you there!

Lori Anderson, Hostess

Tina Bosh                        
Kristina Hahn Eleniak       
Kari Asbury                     
Kris Binsfield                   
Cheryl Gangle                  
Amber Dawn                   
Michelle Wigginton           
Kayla Potega                    
Becky Pancake                 

Debbie Rogers                   
Jenny Kyrlach                   
Genea Crivello-Knable       
Deborah Read                   
Julianna Cannon                
Lisa Liddy                        
Debbie Rasmussen            
Iveth Caruso                     
Rana Wilson                     
Corrie Williams                 

Linda Anderson                
Miranda Ackerley             
Andra Weber                   
Loretta Carstensen            
Penny Houghton               
Tania Hagen                     
Robin Reed                      
Laurie Vyselaar                 
Rachel Baron                    
Erin Guest                         

Emma Todd                                  
Kelly Schermerhorn                  
Dana Hickey                                  
Rebecca Ednie                             
Marybeth Rich                             
Sherri Levinton                            
RaMona Woolson                      
Jo-Ann Woolverton                   
Audrey Belanger                        
Candida Castleberry                  

Renetha Stanziano                    
Carolyn Chenault                        
Toltec  Jewels                              
Diana Welte                                  
Jean A. Wells                                
Bev Breisinger                             
Autumn Adams                           
DiYana Alcalde                             
Patty Gasparino                          
Karen Mitchell                             

Regina Santerre                          
Dhea Powers                               
Jayne Capps                                 
Keri Lee Sereika                          
Melissa Trudinger                      
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                    
Jeanne Steck                                
Carolyn Lawson                           
Kay Thomerson                           

Maybeline Tay                             
Jackie Locantore                         
D'Arsie Manzella                         
Jacqueline Marchant                
Lori Bergmann                             
Beccy Peterson                           
Katie Nielson-Nunez                 
Heidi Kingman                             
Andrea Glick                                 
Rose Johnson                              

Nicole Demore                            
Marti Conrad                                
Marianna Boylan                        
Mitzie Crider                                
Christa Murphy                  
Alisa Siceloff                                 
Maria Rios                                     
Tracy Martin                                 
Nan Emmett                                 

Ali McCarthy                                 
Jennifer LaVite                            
Dolores Raml                                
Valerie Kravette                         
Bobbie Rafferty                           (you're here!)
Kathleen Breeding                     
Kristi Brokaw                                
Lisa Suver                                      
Natalie Moten                             
Jami Shipp                           

Diana Shiraishi                             
Heather Otto                               
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp          
Lisa Knappenberger                  
Charlene Jacka                            
Patty Miller                                   
Sandi James                                  
Marianne Hurley                        
Cris Peacock                                 
Andrea Rivers                              

Gloria Allen                                   
Kandice Seeber                           
Janine Lucas                                 
Sandy Richardson                       
Hajer Waheed                             
Cynthia Abner                             
Peggy Johnson                            
Tina Holder                                   
Julie Bowen                                  
Heather Richter                          

Sarah Strover                               
Kimberly Idalski                           
Sandi Volpe                                  
Tandra Boyer                               
Klaudete Koon                            
Michaela Pabeschitz                 
Mea-B. Uebler                            
Mandi Effron                                
Evelyn Shelby                              
Shai Williams                                

Natalie Davidson                        
Evelyn Duberry                           
Cindy Pack                                     
Eszter Czibulyas                          
Sylvia Lupberger                         
Divya N                                           
JJ Jacobs                                         
Blanca Medina                             
Ginger Davis Allman                  
Chris Eisenberg                           

Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic       
Jodie Marshall                             
Margareta Saari                          
Menka Gupta                              
Dian Hierschel                              
Kashmira Patel                            
Christina Miles                             
Inge von Roos                              
Sam Siegel                                     
Gina Hockett                                

Linda Newnham                         
Enikö Fabian                                 
Dorota Żerańska                         
Shalini Austin                               
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens          
Silke Groeber                               
Birgit Klughardt                           
Rebecca Anderson                    
Niky Sayers                                   
Stefanie Teufel                           

Rosantia Petkova                       
Alenka Obid                                  
Jacqueline Keller                        
Sam Waghorn                              
Jackie Ryan                                   
Kumi Fisher                                   
Joan Williams                               
Stephanie Weiss                         
Elsbeth Fuchs                               
Johanna Nash                                        http://

Natascha Marty                          
Sarah Goode                                
Agata Grygiel                               
Jeannine Vetsch-Bokstaller        
Rebecca Sirevaag                       
Magdalena Sikora                      
Ana Krepel                                    
Saskia Letta                                   
Beth Emery                                   
Lizzie Clarke                                  

Evie and Beth McCord              
Marcia Dunne                              
Agi Kiss                                           
Esterina Jagiella                           
Judith Johnston                          
Jenny Vidberg                             
Klaudia Toth                                 
Merja Sundström                       
Colleen Vinthagen                     
Leah Curtis                                    

Giorgia Rossini                             
Sandra Wollberg                         ‎
Annica Larsson                            
Johana Nunez                              
Krafty Max                                    
Lori Schneider                              
Mary Govaars                              
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi  
Maddison Langford                   
Ginger Bishop                              

Birgitta Lejonklou                       
Lesley Watt                                   
Doris Stumpf                                
Marjolein Trewavas                  
Silvia Sernicola                             
Roxanne Blanc                             
Wendy Chamberlain                 
Siobhán Keogh                            
Claire Fabian                                 
Katrin Fenzke                               

Eva Wills                                         
Kathy Lindemer                          
Bridget Torres                              
Marina Passarella                       
Christina Hickman                      
Tammie Everly                             
Ana Cravidao                                
Keren Panthaki                           
Jennifer VanBenschoten           

Solange Collin                              
Marina Kosović                            
Michelle Tucker                          
Sue Rennie                                   
Claire Lockwood                         
Barb Solem                                   
Caroline Dewison                       
Noemi Baena Roman                
Nancy Dale                                    
Marsela Schroth                         

Amy Severino                              
Vonna Maslanka                         
Andra Marasteanu                    
Cherrie Warzocha                      
Amanda Wacasey                      
Marcy Lamberson                      
Lisa Johnson                                 
Gail Vanderster-Zwang            
Laurie Keefe-Cecere                 
Asri Wahyuningsih                     

Laurie Ament                               
Lilik Kristiani                                  
Stephanie Haussler                   
Deb Fortin                                     
Kelly Hosford Patterson          
Katy Heider                                   
Christine Stonefield                  
Dagmar Liebisch                          
Sandra McGriff                            

Sheila Daniels                               
Rossana De Gaspari                   
Cory Tompkins                            
Sonya Stille                                   
Judy Riggs                                      
Lora Bright                                     
Tina Noonan                                 
Shawn Price                                  
April Grinaway                             
Cheryl Roe                                    

Pam Hurst                                     
Shirley Moore                              
Emmanuelle Roué                     
Tammy Adams                            
Kristin Oppold                              
Catie Doman                                
Sheila Prosterman                     
Cheryl Foiles                                 
Stephanie Perry                        
Barbara Fernald                          

Debi Dufrene                               
Kathy Stemke                              
Anne Betenson                           
Chris Haussler                              
Catherine King                             
Andria Poole                                
Sherri Stokey                               
Sharyl King                                    
Donna Millard                              
Gayle Dyck                                    

Gen Smith                                     
Deanna Cox                                  
Beti Horvath                                 
Rose Rushbrooke                       
Arlene Dean                                 
Maria Rosa Sharrow                  
Deborah Apodaca                      
Veralynne Malone                     
Stacy Alderson                            
Eva Sherman                                

Cassi Paslick                                  
Cindy Boissonneault                    
Linda Sadler                                  
Louise Glazier                              
Susan McClelland                       
Kathrin Lembke                          
Terry Jeanette Carter                  
Susan Kelly                                    

Kim Paige                                       
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell         
Annita Wilson                              
Tracey Leeder                              
Elizabeth Bunn                            
Allison Fitzpatrick                       
Tania Spivey                                 
Ilenia Ruzza                                   
Lauren Potts                                 
Lynn Jobber                                  

Lee Koopman                              
Carol Wilson                                 
Elizabeth Woodford                  
Deb McKinnis                               
Rochelle Brisson                         
Shari Replogle                              
Janeen Sorensen                       
Kat Barron Miller                        
Elaine Robitaille                                     http:/
Darlene Fortier                            

Leslie Schenkel                            
Kym Hunter                                  
Leslie Wayment                          
Beckie Robison                            
Hannah Trost                               
Kim Hutchinson                           
Liz Engriser                                    
Diah Anggreni                              
Monique Urquhart                    
Kim Williams                                 

Theresa Buchle                           
Susan Bowie                                 
Pam DeBoer                                 
Skylar Bre'z                                   
Janet Loomis                                
Tari Kahrs                                       
Nancy Smith                                 
Erin Grant                                      
Barbara Mason                            
Karin King                                      

Mary K. McGraw                        
Mandi Ainsworth                       
Jasvanti Patel                               
Donna Conklin                             
Karen Jones                                  
Lori Finney                                    
Sheila Davis                          
Sabine Dittrich                             
Helen Simon                                 

Nicole Valentine Rimmer        
Marge Beebe                               
Michelle McCarthy                    
Chandra Merod                          
Nancy Olliver                                
Alison Sachs                                  
Kay Mallery                                   
Beth Petricoin                              
Marta Grabalowska                   
Clare Etheridge                           

Heather Marston                       
Ann Rishell                                              Http://
Cece Cormier                               
Shannon German                       
Mary Ellen Merrigan                 
Cheryl Brown                               
Mary Hicks                           
Judy Robinson                             
Danielle Kelley                             
Cate van Alphen                         

Patricia Buchanan                       
Billi R.S. Rothove                         
Laura Blanck                                 
Pam Traub                                     
Fay Wolfenden                           
Kristi Harrison                              
Karen Martinez                           
Sarah Singer                                 
Megan Tillery                               
Dana James                                  

Rachel Stewart                            
Valerie Cook                                 
Debra Gibson                               
Pat Haight                                      
Rachel Stanley                             
Sandra Pendragon                     
Anja Schultz                                  
Sharon Driscoll                             
Lecia Woessner                           
Kitty Durmaj                                 

Donetta Farrington                    
Bonnie Coursolle                        
Laurie Wirth                                  
Lori Callahan                                           www.Dancingwireandbeads/
B.R. Kuhlman                               
Karin Grosset Grange               
Rebekah Payne                           
Lori Bowring Michaud               

Jael Thorp                                      
Patty Woodland                          
Eleanor Burian-Mohr                
Susanna Lehto                             
June Butt                                       
Melissa Muir                                
Laney Mead                                 
Tamera Norris                              
Andrea Trank                               
Catharine Temaluru                  

Marie Covert                                
Valerie Tilghman                         
Jean Baldridge Yates                 
Sierra Barrett                               
Patricia Robitaille                        
Leanne Loftus                              
Sally Russick                                  
Mallory Hoffman                        
Dini Bruinsma                               
Marde Lowe                                 

Hannah Annear                           
Patty Johnson                              
Valerie Norton                            
Ann Sherwood                            
Staci Smith                                    
Jen Purple                                     
Ruth Szapa                                    
CJ Bauschka                                  
Karla Morgan                               
Suz Hamel                                     

Laura Guenther                          
Elisabeth Auld                              
Martha Aleo                                 
Shiraz Biggie                                 
Brendalee Astells                          
Heather d'Entremont                   
Kelly Morgan                                
Lesley Lane                                   
Lori Blanchard                              

Susan Kennedy                           
Rain Hannah                                 
Janice Warden Bergeron         
Melissa Packer                            
Jana Haverty                                
Cindy Ritchie                                
Marianne Baxter                        
Denise McCabe                           
Sharon Palac                                 
Cathy Buckley                              

Jennifer Van Horn                      
Crystal Rector                              
Susan Walls                                   
Penny Neville                              
Lisa Cone                                       
Heather Davis                              
Michelle Escano                          
Carmen Lau                                  
Janet Borzecki                             
Rhonda Hagerman                     

Katrina Taylor                               
Molly Alexander                         
Nicole Rennell                             
Chris McGilvery                           
Erin Prais-Hintz                            
Dawn Williams                             
Kate Dufour                                  
Robin Lynne Showstack           
Elizabeth Hodges                        
Cynthia Tucker                            

Adlinah Kamsir                            
Stephanie Price                           
Carol Dillman                                
Christine Hansen                        
Andrea Frank                               
Tracy Stillman                               
Denise Petersen                         
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom       
Madonna Liza Cruz-Comia      
Suzann Sladcik Wilson              

Terri Gauthier                              
Alicia Marinache                         
Barbara Bechtel                          
Hannah Rosner                           
Keren von Hoeren                      
Lea Avroch                                    
Maire Dodd                                  


Kashmira said...

oh wow!!! you've been busy! the necklace with the mushroom beads has to be my fav!

Kathleen Breeding said...

Your soup screams spring has sprung. I love your bead woven necklace. You have patience and it shows.

Mischelle said...

Rita really hooked you up. Your designs are amazing. I really love the pink bracelet.

la mar de bonita said...

I love your jewelry style, Bobbie. You've been as busy as your partner - georgeous! So many creations I would love to wear! Something I especially felt in love with: the necklace with the bird's nest, soooo charming!

Jo-Ann said...

Two amazing soups and so many servings! Fantastic!

AWJewelry said...

Wow! You really did hit the jackpot with your soup, everything is beautiful

AntiquityTravelers said...

Holy moly! what an ab-fab collection of gorgeousness! That is one super-sized bead soup of goodies you got, and the creations you've made are fantastic! and such a wide variety of colors and styles - you are an amazing artist my friend

Karin G said...

You created great pieces with your wonderful soup. I absolutely love your first necklace with the face cabochon, but everything is just amazing.

Skylar Bre'z said...

Bobbie! You were busy! I love the asymmetrical necklaces. Especially the pink one with the offset clasp. Great way to show off that stunning clasp.


Mags said...

You and Rita are the pair whose creations I was so anxiously waiting to see!! Awesome pieces you made, you are creative and have eye for details, I'm charmed!

Liz E said...

You didn't get a soup, you got an ocean! You went swimming in that ocean and created some amazing treasures. I can't pick one, they are all amazing.

vovsblog said...

Such lovely work well done!

KJ said...

Oh my, such a lot to comment on. I love that pink replacement focal- I think that is the one that will stay in my memory.

The blue and gold is lustrous- oh so very rich.

I am with you on your favorite. I love the strap (? really is that what you call it?) I always struggle after I make the focal to design a rope or strap or something that is fitting.

You played your lottery winnings well.

Mimi {SignatureSterling} said...

So delish!! Love the colors and your designs are so wonderful!

bailaora said...

so many different techniques!I love these pieces with fabric!!

Kepi said...

Wow everyone is so gorgeous, you have outdone yourself and probably the rest of us. I love the first necklace with the face, just stunning. But saying that if you put each piece in front of me I wouldn't be able to pick a favorite. Such incredible talent rolled up in one sweet person.

CraftyHope said...

That's two awesome soups you received and boy did you make them shine or WHAT!? You started off the whole thing with a bang with that beautiful, calming, serene face necklace. But, I do have to admit that I really, really love the nest necklace. The colors and simplicity of it are perfect for my usual, everyday style. All of your pieces though are perfectly balanced and so well thought out. Fabulous, all of it!

Cornerstoregoddess said...

I was drooling over what you did with the cab, but when I got to the bird's nest I fell in looooooooove.

Becky Pancake said...

Bobbie it is hard to pick a favorite with so many absolutely gorgeous designs. You really did this soup justice. I would say the first pink lampworked focal with the spiral rope is my favorite. It is very generous of you to giveaway a pair of earrings. I am a new follower too.

K said...

Wow, you did hit the jackpot :) I like what you did with the cabochon and I love the bracelet with the purple sari silk! These two stood out to me from the myriad of pieces you made!

Esterina said...

You really hit the jackpot.. but you deserved those pretties cause you are gifted, able yo create such amazing jewelries.. my favorite is the awesomely pretty birdnest neclace. I start following your blog.. not because you"re giving give away goodies, but your blog and your creations are really intetesting. Well done Bobbie.

Lisa Johnson said...

Lucky girl! Such marvy ingredients and you made such beautiful pieces. I couldn't pick a favorite if I tried.

Shaiha said...

What a great soup and your designs truly made it sing! I just love that first necklace. I don't work with those tiny little beads so I am always in awe when I see the work of a master.

Noemi said...

Oh My, you have been busy!
Those necklaces are very pretty, being the purple one my favourite.

Veralynne Malone said...

OMG....gorgeous as usual! I truly love the first piece, but they are all simply stunning! I did a yellow and black earring set based on your Kentucky Derby blog post since I fell in love with the

Thanks for joining and posting!

Sharon Driscoll said...

Who wouldn't swoon at the selection in your soup and look at what you did with them. The first three necklaces just knocked me did a wonderful job and your knotting is so perfect.

Andrea Glick-Zenith said...

Gracious, you created some stunning works of art! And I LOVE everything! (Of course! LOL!)


KvH said...

What a great soup and you make so lovely and wonderful pieces of it.. wow..

Ilenia said...

It's all so beautiful!
the first necklace (the one with the moon's face) is my fav!

Krafty Max said...

Bobbi, you did an amazing job!! I love your use of the silks and other parts of the soup, but you know me, I love the blue face...that is beautifully beadwoven!! AND, the strap was a great choice!! WONDERFUL!! ~KM

Audrey Bélanger said...

WOW ! Beadweaving blows my mind. I have no idea how anyone can ever do that. I would pull my hair out ! So you have all my respect and admiration. All your pieces are show stoppers, but I think I like the nest necklace the best !

(PS - my ears arn't pierced, so please pick someone else if you end up pulling me for the earrings <3)

Linda said...

Beautiful pieces! I love what you did with the mushrooms! I have had some for a looooong time, so I'm excited to have a new way to look at them. :)


Pepita said...

Wow, what a generous soup! And wow, beautiful pieces!!! All of them!!! Amazing job!
I'm not a fan of pink at all, but the pink necklace seems to be my favorite ... have no idea what is happening to me (LOL)... maybe it's Lori's influence (she was my partner this year)...

PiPa said...

How did you manage to produce so many wonderful pieces?!?!
I am drooling over the kumihimo necklace, the threadwork together with ceramic beads is just amazing.

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...

Oh Bobbie! You are an artist extraordinaire! I'm so in love with everything you created, I've visited your page again & again just to take in the beauty.

I hope you don't mind a wordy response, but each piece inspires & moves me so, I'd like to respond to each individually :)

Your embellished Herringbone rope is spectacular! It's sublime. The colorway you created is expressive and your beadwork is phenomenal. The pattern of beads, the clasp you created, the magical focal and the pearls all come together in harmony, in grace. Simply stunning!

It must be destiny that Maryse's lampwork simply had to be replaced because it was meant to be your art bead! I may have knocked it out of my hand; you knocked it out of the park! Wow. Imaginative, brilliant, beautiful. Elegant! The tassel of rich garnet jewels, the garnet & rose quartz beaded spiral, and the pearls perfectly celebrate the lampwork treasure and tell the story of a master at her craft. Breath-taking!

And, jumping back into blue, now we get treated to macrame?!! I love this journey! First off, I noticed the way you used the wax linen with the focal -- like wire wrapping a briolette! Ingenious. And the natural material of your technique here completely reflects the energy of the beads, styled brilliantly. The falling leaf, the fun leaping frog (Hi froggy! :) the turning seed pod helicopters, the turning macrame, the flower blossoms, the gentle blues of the sweet little linen closure beads -- and the blues of the clasp and ceramics and focal -- are like sky through the trees, a gentle breeze, a walk in the woods - peaceful, nurturing, full of breath and life. Beads brought to life! Jewelry art to savor and cherish!

And the sweet sunset bead! You've made me fall in love with that focal. In person, the necklace must sparkle! I think of the twinkling rays of sun at sunset, a bird curving through sky, the wonderful feeling of a warm summer day coming to a close. And your special touches -- the crystals nestled within the lavender mushroom beads, the mix of iridescent beads & crystals, the focal placed on the side -- offer a blissful, happy path for the eye. A beautiful composition; dreamy design.

And there's MORE! lol!
You are amazing!

I love how you paired Southern Gal's leaf lampwork & maryse's blue focal with the blue haze fire agate! It's soft, pretty, simple yet eloquent. A necklace I'd wear often!

Then, bam! One of my most favorites: the garnet leaves & crystal necklace. It's splendid! I LOVE it. The balance, the composition, the colors -- SENSATIONAL! A star! It should be on tv :)

And then another: Shazamm! I LOVE the blue & gold necklace also. Striking, brilliant, another star! Bravo!

And then, a Jen Cameron lampwork & crystal filigree bracelet! You made the fiber fabulous. It looks great! This must have been wonderful to wear. A lovely, delightful treasure!

The Swarovski crystal and blue filigree ensemble takes my breath away! I adore this set! It's just so smart and sophisticated -- sexy, and perfectly glamorous -- another favorite!

I am so excited and impressed and moved by your incredible work. You are a gifted, gifted artist! How honored I am to be your partner and what happiness I've have seeing your creations! Amazing range of techniques & styles & motifs!

As for the earrings -- awesome! The Southern Gals lampwork headpin earrings with Sue Beads enameled bead caps are adorable, and I love the various metals. Way cool! And the pair with Get Your Bead On enameled discs & amethyst flowers are so pretty! I love the silver chain holding the discs, and your perfect wire work in both pair. Lovely giveaway just like you! Generous & classy & kind & fun!

Mwhaaa!! Muchas Gracias my dear friend, with hugs --

Just Beads said...

Wow, really great pieces! Especially I love the macramee necklace, nice natural style. I really love Lesleys elements, she was my partner last year.

Jean said...

Dear Bobbie, wow! You did the beads totally proud! They certainly were worth it, and you made a magnificent showing and totally blew me away! I am swooning just as you did, but I am swooning at your completed pieces! Congratulations! You did a stunning job! xox jean

13 said...

gosh lots of work here and I love the subtle colours especially in the pale blue necklace and the bird nest necklace

Shyme said...

wonderful pieces!

Dini Bruinsma said...

Unbelievable... So many amazing and beautiful creations did you make!The Aegean Sea Blue Necklace is my absolute favourite :-) Such a ♥ stunning soup & such ♥stunning results!

Jean said...

Dear Bobbie, wow! You did the beads totally proud! They certainly were
worth it, and you made a magnificent showing and totally blew me away! I am
swooning just as you did, but I am swooning at your completed pieces!
Congratulations! You did a stunning job! xox jean

LiliKrist said...

I don't know what to say, your necklace designs so so...
I love them cause sometime beadweaving not always to be so details.

coffeeaddict said...

darn! don't know where to start ;-) gorgeous, gorgeous pieces! I'm particularly drawn to the deep blue pearl, sari and ceramic spikes necklace

bairozan said...

The more I was scrolling down the page, the more I realized how difficult it will be to single out just one or even two of your designs. Your talent is the unique spice to the gorgeous soup. But I was really impressed by the seemingly simple deep blue freshwater pearl necklace - sometimes it's all about color :)

Heidi Kingman said...

Beautiful and detailed designs! They are all wonderful. I am really drawn to the macrame one -- exquisitely organic!

Anonymous said...

Wow! You and your partner just went berserkers with your soups! Gorgeous! And the number of pieces you got from those soups! Beautiful work! Just beautiful. I had to go back through the blog 3 times before I could narrow it down to one favorite. That would be the blue pearls with the gold "bars". All are fantastic, but something about the colors, or the combination just sings to me.

Kelly said...

You are one lucky lady with both bead soups! That is a lot to choose from, and you did a marvelous job with all of it. I kept scrolling down to ooh and ahh. The glass bead on your second necklace is stunning & the accompanying beads go perfectly. Beautiful, every piece and pair of earrings.

Sherri Stokey said...

I love the cab face necklace, but the macrame one is my personal fave :)

Tammy Adams said...

So many gorgeous designs and stunning bead work. The macrame necklace is my favorite.

Peru-Medesigns said...

I love the pink necklace with 2 strands , is very pretty,
Also I like your bird nest necklace.

Alicia said...

Lovely pieces - and such variation in style, colour, and media mix! Beautiful!

WindDancerStudios said...

You got a wonderful helping of soup and I have to say you served it up quite deliciously as well. Lots of great pieces! It's easy to see how much fun you were having!

Cory Tompkins said...

You and Rita were well matched! you also went all out making so many wonderful pieces! You make some of the best asymmetrical necklaces I have ever seen! I especially love the one with the nest focal and the next one with the Thea Elements bird. Awesome job!!

anafiassa said...

Wow, wow, wow... You are so incredibly talented. Everything is simply beautiful! I keep trying to pick a favorite, and I simply can't. I would wear every single piece--from the blue Aegean Sea pearls to the herringbone bead weaving to the bird nest necklace. Exquisite!

Esfera Jewelry said...

WOW. you have been busy with your soup. Lovely pieces.

Anonymous said...

wow! There's enough soup there for the whole neighborhood! I love what you made with it. I'm having a hard time choosing a favorite though the first one is in my favorite colors and I do love the face! It's so beautiful.

Susanm said...

Wow! Impressed with how many pieces you made and the variety of your designs. Vert pretty.

Trudi C said...

Awesome jewelry! My favorite is the micro-macramé piece!

PyxeeStyx said...

Rita is a very generous person. You are very lucky to have her as a partner. I really like your bird nest necklace with the waxed linen and the ceramic art beads. I like the way you balanced the lampwork glass, and the bronze bird on either side of the mauve necklace. I have to say, that I use fiber in everything, but I never thought of braiding the sari silk before. I absolutely love the effect. Nice job on trying something new. Those ruby colored earrings with the little florets are adorable. Commenting and following your blog to increase my odds of winning them ;)

Divya N said...

Your first necklace in blue just sings to me, its so beautiful, I wish I could have something like that.
PS became your blog follower :)

gelfling50 said...

Well for your comment I think I am just going to list all the adjectives that popped into my head as I was strolling through your reveal.
stunning, elegant, professional, creative, beautiful, pretty, gorgeous, amazing, brilliant, bright, colorful, lovely, sweet, attractive, oh shoot the list just goes on and on...wonderful job ty so much for sharing, of to hop my legs off...bye now

Christine said...

Wow, you made so many fabulous from your amazing soup!!

Bev said...

Very nice bead work. My favs are the blue w/birds nest and the blue leaf necklace. Great job!

Anonymous said...

I adore the bird's nest necklace, it's so sweet. But then, all of your pieces are beautiful and you've really made the most of Rita's extraordinary soup!

Nelly May said...

Oh what beautiful bead weaving! Gorgeously captured little face. Looks just perfect nestled amongst those tiny little seed beads. My favourite though is your wonderful birds nest necklace. The micro macrame with interspersed beads is just gorgeous. And yep, I'm a new follower!

Andra Marasteanu said...

Wow, what a fantastic time you spent with your soup! The result is simply amazing, I love all of them, so different styles and yet so interlinked! I love the way you combine colors and shapes and how you can catch the very "meaning" of every bead!

Barb Fernald said...

What a generous helping of soup for you. You made so many beautiful pieces, I can't pick a favorite. I love that you were able to make so many different designs!

Jami aka DaMamaShipp said...

Bobbie, you did it again! You provided a meal that administered to all of my senses... absolutely wonderful with a diverse palette. Yummy! I am drawn to the bird's nest and totally love your beadworking. Thanks for sharing so freely of yourself in your creations.

Jami aka DaMamaShipp said...

Bobbie, you did it again! You provided a meal that administered to all of my senses... absolutely wonderful with a diverse palette. Yummy! I am drawn to the bird's nest and totally love your beadworking. Thanks for sharing so freely of yourself in your creations.

BluMoon said...

Oh my goodness what a soup...!!!
You have certainly done it justice your work is beautiful the pink necklace is dreamy but I love the blue and green colours too,just stunning!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Both of you sent&recieved delicious soups! Wonderful!

Jennifer Cameron said...

Rita definitely spoiled you! I especially was curious to see how you used the set of pink and goldstone barrels she purchased from me specifically for your pink soup. The bracelet is gorgeous (although I think you referred to them as Czech glass? They are definitely made in the USA ;-) Here is the original photo from the listing:

I shared the bracelet on my Facebook page. It's so elegant! You made some lovely pieces!

Ann Schroeder said...

You are as prolific as your bead soup partner. What a couple of fun blogs! Eye candy!! I am with you on your favorite. That first necklace looks like all those beads were born to be together, and your bead weaving/stitching is lovely. Then (although I love everything) I love those big sparktackular glass beads. Wowee. Then my socks were blown off by the blue pearls with the gold and blue ribbon. LOVE it.

Nan Smith said...

Dear Bobbie, you have created magic with the 2 wonderful soups sent by Rita. Every piece is stunning but my fave is the Aegean blue one but i wouldn't say no to any of your creations. You were blessed to have Rita as a partner and now friend.She was my partner last year and a better introduction to the jewelry blogosphere I couldn't have had. And so generous! A day doesn't go by without be finding something in my stash from her. you work is wonderful and you should feel very proud of this reveal!!!!

Ann said...

You had such a giant soup, I would have been overwhelmed. You certainly did it justice though. It's very hard to pick a favorite but I think your piece with the sari silk and the pink sparkling focal is mine.

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

What an amazing and generous soup, Bobbie! You have created so much beauty... I would find it hard to pick a favourite :)

Patricia Johnson said...

Wow an incredibly huge made such fantastic use of it! Your pieces are really pretty and all so different...Amazing job with your soup!

Robin Reed said...

What an amazing group of designs. I really like all of them. I love your use of color and dimension and texture etc... my favorite necklace is the "face" LOL Just love love love that one! Great Job! Have a Blessed Day!

Louise said...

You created many beautiful pieces, I must say the blue face with the seed bead bezel is my favorite. I am now a follower, since there's lots to inspire me here.