Saturday, February 26, 2011

3rd BEAD SOUP PARTY...soup is on!

Soup is on!! Are you ready??? Today is the day that all 210 (yes, I said two hundred & ten!) of the Bead Soup Party participants reveal what they created w/ the bead soup that their party partner sent them. The requirements were that we were to send our partners: 
...a focal piece
...a special clasp
...some coordinating beads &/or spacers &. 
We were only required to use the focal & the clasp... the extras we could use or not, completely up to us. This is what Jess sent me. THANK YOU, Jess!! 
I was so excited when Lori Anderson, the Bead Soup Blog Party hostess, sent me the name of my party partner, Jess Italia Lincoln. I only knew her as "Jess" from Vintaj. You guys know I love Vintaj... have been working their findings in w/ my lampwork jewelry designs for a few years now. Needless to say, I was a little intimidated. Why?? Because Jess makes awesome jewelry everyday... she knows design & knows what she's doing. My jewelry style is fairly simple. I knew I needed to send her something fantastic, knowing she would be doing the same. 

Like I said, my jewelry style is fairly simple & when I saw the focal piece that Jess sent me, I knew I needed to create something that brings it front & center. I loved the idea of a really beautifully simple choker... if I thought I could get away w/ it, LOL, I think I might've taken this beautiful focal & just mounted it on a wide piece of leather w/ a simple clasp in the back & call it a day. It really is that pretty & can definitely stand on its own. But, I wanted to work w/ some of what Jess sent me & what I already had on hand. I have tons of Vintaj findings & one of my favorite pieces is an oak leaf & acorn component that I've had for a while now & haven't used much of... it seemed like a perfect fit w/ this lovely bird. I also used the beautiful faceted Labrodorite & cute little scalloped bead caps on the drops w/ the silver. 

Anyway... check it out for yourself... hope you like it, Jess! 
(click on images to enlarge)
Faceted Labrodorite... so beautiful in person!
I hated putting this great clasp that Jess altered in the back... it really deserves to be the front & center of its own creation, but w/ as simple as I was going, it wanted to fight w/ the focal if I had it up front. I know, you're thinking "a clasp & a ribbon??" One thing I love about using ribbons is that you can tie them long or short & the beautiful hand-dyed ribbon from Heidi of JamnGlass worked just wonderfully w/ the whole piece... pulling out the colors in both the clasp & the bird focal.

I was asked to model the necklace, so here's an additional picture...
As I write this, I haven't seen what Jess has done yet, but I'm about to pee my pants in anticipation. Once you read this, you'll be able to jump to her blog to see what she created.  This is what I sent her...
Now go check out what the rest of the partiers created! Each blog post should include this list of participants. I'm number 175!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane 
4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio

11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14.  Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails 
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats

21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim 
23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads 
28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul

31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio

41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya 
44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles 
46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig  
47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux

51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa

60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog 
62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68.  Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver

70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art 
78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden  
79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84.  Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations

90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous 
92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead 
93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations 
94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio 
96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs 
98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads

100.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations 
103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading
110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman

111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 
112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles 
118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 
120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 

121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven 
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings  
123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass 
124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks 
125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things 
126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos 
127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee 
128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M 
129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry

130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads 
131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies  
137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter

140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
142.  Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads 
147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul 
148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me  
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog 

150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area 
154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color 
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman 

160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio 
165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings

170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre  
YOU ARE HERE...175.  Julie Nordine, Julie Nordine | Credit River Art Glass 
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux

180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen 
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin 
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels 
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry 
189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos

190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious

200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209.  Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread

A BIG THANK YOU to Lori Anderson for being the ultimate party hostess! I know it was a TON of work & everyone absolutely appreciates what you put into this!! 

The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011. Don't miss it!  

Till then...


SavonFeutré said...

I like it! Very sweet, really beautiful!

steufel said...

Wow - great stuff!

Jess Italia Lincoln said...

Julie, WOW the necklace is amazing! I love how you created the strands with Vintaj Acorn connectors - SO COOL! The silk tied off the back by the toggle is so beautiful and the labradorite drops hanging w/ the bead caps & silver are the perfect accent against the metal. Great job Julie! I LOVE it... hope you like what I made with your beads :)

stacilouise said...


Jen V. said...

Ooooh, you went for something amazingly different! I love the ornateness...if that's a word...but that it's still your simple style. I see the piece I made with your soup every day because it hangs on my jewelry rack...I love it!!!!!

Kristen said...

OH MY MY! I really can't think of a comment that would do this piece justice. You ROCKED it!

Cathryn said...

I second the OH MY MY! Your amazing talent not only rocked the bead ingredients, but really gave life to a stunning work of art! AMAZING! Love it!

K Hutchinson said...

Oh my heavens! This piece is just breathe taking! It is amazing! Love how you used elements!

Pam @ The Blue Between said...

It's wonderful. I too would have felt bad putting that clasp in the back!

Pretty Things said...

HOLY guacamole! That's an amazing necklace! I agree, that toggle is to die for -- time to wear your hair up so you can see it!

I'm so glad you participated -- I hope to see you again in August!

Cindy Cima said...


MonaRae said...

Julie, it is absolutely stunning! I've admired your beads for so long, but I've NEVER seen you make jewelry. You need to do more! I featured you in my blog, I love it so much!

Libby Leuchtman said...

I love it Julie! But of course I knew I would!

Marian Hertzog said...

I love eclectic and this is done well with balance and interest! Very nice! I love it!

Lisa said...

Very nice, Julie! (yeah, I broke my rule and skipped over to yours!) The Vintaj pieces are great.

Beadroe said...

Wow what a wonderful piece. I love your designs.

Anna Lear said...

You sure did stretch your creative wings with this piece -- it came out wonderfully! And I'm in love with your glass... I sense a shopping spree coming on... Lovely work!

Stacey said...

Wow - such a unique piece - I can see why you hated putting that clasp in the back - but it's not like you could of used a plain clasp with a piece that is this beautiful!

Dana said...

#209 here...OMG Gorgeous, you did an amazing job...

Cindy said...

What a beauty!!! You sure met the challenge to create something a bit more ornate to match the Vintaj pieces - I really like this one, from pretty ribbon to all of the jingly dangles.
And by the way, those lampwork acorns at the bottom of your blog are amazing!

Marie Cramp said...

Love what you made it is so elegant! You and Jess made a great pair!

Dee said...

I absolutely love this how you worked in the vintag, love the dangles and love the design. Aren't you glad you didn't just go with simple...gorgeous!

rockcreekcreations said...

good job! i love it!

EmandaJ said...

Hi Julie,
WOW, um, wow, -- I'm speechless. Gorgeous, yes, that's what it is.

Isn't the swop hop fun?


N Valentine Studio said...

Great necklace! It's got some great color and cool textures to it!

Beadbug said...


Holly said...

Julie, oh goodness - this piece is just so regal! Don't know what it is, but that's honestly the word that popped right up in my head as I'm going over your post. You went right to town with this one!

TesoriTrovati said...

Oh Julie! You make me laugh so loud with the pee your pants comment! Your necklace is perfect. That focal is beautiful and deserves to be the star...and I think your first idea would have been brilliant as well. Thank you for the tasty soup! Enjoy the day!

one-eared pig said...


Wendy said...

Beautiful design that is very unique! Love how you included the silk ribbon! :)

maryharding said...

Beautiful colors and such an original design. Love it.

Deci said...

So complex! Great work!

Laura said...

Beautiful!!! The colors and design are stunning! You had some FUN.

Jane Perala said...

You make good soup Julie! Your creations are fantastic.

Boot ~C said...

so beautiful

Francy said...

oh how beautiful.

Andrew Thornton said...

Seductive! You've created a really rich piece and the photos are great! They enhance that darkly elegant vibe. Nicely done!

(P.S. I thought I recognized you! I saw you at the Twin Cities show a few years ago and at Bead & Button!)

rosebud101 said...

Julie, I finally hit #99, me, and I decided that I had to come over and check your blog out. I want to see this in person. It's lovely! You did a great job!

For My Sweet Daughter said...

A-ma-zing! I love what you have done. This necklace is beautiful. I have been making a lot of pendants just like the one Jess sent you and you have given me a jumping off point on how to work with them w/o just stringing them on chain.
Shannon C

My Life Under the Bus said...

Just plain yummy!!! So pretty and elegant!!!

CraftyHope said...

That bead soup you received was to die for. I would never have come up with the fantastical piece you created (I'm a simple girl too, pretty much). You've done a wonderful job, simply wonderful!!

Marcie A. said...

Is that labradorite GREEN?? Because if it is, I'm definitely coveting your labradorite! I didn't know the stuff could look any better than it already does, but green??!! Your piece is fantastic and I'm glad you went with your gut and added the ribbon, it's a perfect compliment! Well done!

Lisa Godfrey said...

Beautiful work! Your necklace is so rich and elegant! I love what you did with that beautiful focal!

moonlitfantaseas said...


Jennifer Cameron said...

Julie! It's incredible. And I love the ribbon with it too. I love the versatility ribbon gives. You know what I would love even more? To see that gorgeous piece modeled on you. Pretty please?

Terri said...

From the toggle to the ribbon to the focal..this is one amazing piece you rocked out the bead soup mix!!!Gorgeous!!!You are Uber talented!!!

jamberry_song said...

So beautiful! You made a memento! Yes, you did. :D It tells a story; a romantic story about a couple reunited on the rainy streets of Paris after many years of hardship, each thinking the other dead and greeting each other as though meeting a ghost, only to realize they are both very much alive and have the rest of their lives to catch up and share together! ...hahaha, ok, maybe that's just my imagination running away with me. ;) But really, this piece has so much character, it does read like a story. Wonderful, wonderful work!

Rebecca said...

Wow, you guys both had some stunning ingredients to work with! You did a fantastic job - it's very pretty and I think the ribbon pulls it all together perfectly. I'm looking forward to seeing what Jess came up with with your soup!

Courtney said...

You did a great job. I love how you brought it all together - the focal is stunning and i luv the silk ribbon. Very yummy.

diane hawkey said...

feminine & earthy at the same time. I love it.

Cyndi L said...

Oh. That. Is. Just. Beautiful!!!

Loretta said...

That is a beautiful focal and you did a great job featuring it. Good soup!

Clayworks by Lisa Boucher said...

Those are incredible Julie! No surprise. :) What amazing detail and really attractive designs. There's a lot going on there, and you make it all work!

CAG- Crafts said...

Love it! Love the clasp!

LeeLu Creations said...

What a gorgeous clasp! I also like how you used the ribbon in your piece. Great job!

Janet said...

Such a beautiful Necklace!!! Everything you
make is beautiful anyway!!

Kate said...

Love everything about this piece. The fiber, vintaj, it all!

KayzKreationz said...

That turned out gorgeous. I've never worked with their findings or ribbon. Both things I've been wanting to try. That piece is an inspiration. wonderful job.

Patsy Evins said...

Wonderful necklace! Loved everything you did! Fabulous!

SueBeads said...

Wow, it's really beautiful! Loving your beadies too!

vintagesusie & wings said...

Fabulous BEAD SOUP Friend!!! I love what you designed with all your components... Beautiful work!Thanks for sharing your creativity!!

maneki said...

Beautiful necklace! It has a very romantic, dark mood that I really like.

Shaiha said...

I am so in love with that you did to the chain. Talk about the perfect choker!

Regina said...

Beautiful necklace, and you read my mind ... ribbon and toggle, but you are right, they are perfect together. Lovely!

Releases by Rufydoof said...

What an incredibly rich looking piece. I adore the toggle clasp. Absolutely beautiful. Well done!


Genea said...

Beautiful necklace! It looks very fall and antiquey.

I love the soup you sent your partner! Gorgeous!

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

WOW - stunning necklace! Love how it all looks and I love the ribbon in the back.

French Elegant Jewelry said...

Love your necklace and what an awsome bead soup.

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