Saturday, February 26, 2011


BEAD SOUP REVEAL...................................

Welcome to my blog!  First, I'd like to thank Lori Anderson with Pretty Things for hosting the Bead Soup.  Lots of work went into organizing this fabulous event.  Thanks Lori!

What is a Bead Soup you ask? Well, each of us were given a partner and a few simple rules. In the soup we were to send had to include a focal bead, a clasp other than an ordinary lobster clasp, and some complimenting beads. But the only things we had to use were the focal bead and clasp.

My partner for the Bead Soup, is Cherrie Fick, from En La Lumie're.  What a wonderful partner I got for my first time participating in the Bead Soup! We've had some great conversations since the bead soup began.

This is the Bead Soup I received from Cherrie.


This is the necklace I created with the beads Cherrie sent me.  First, I drilled two small holes on either side of the butterfly focal.  I hand wired one row of glass and copper beads on the first strand of the necklace then added an additional chain which I dangled more glass beads.  To connect the chain to the silk ribbon I handmade two copper wire connectors which I antiqued so they would match with the rest of the necklace finish.  For the toggle I was able to pass the ribbin through one side and wrap with antiqued copper wire but the other rectangular side was too small so I just wrapped the ribbon inside of it and wrapped the end with more antiqued copper wire.

Don't Forget To Visit Me Tomorrow For a Fun Lampwork Giveaway - Here's a Sneak Peak

Continue the fun and visit as many of the participating blogs as you can.


1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things (Our Hostess)
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 Jewelry
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, Palimpa-Lim
23. Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24. Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
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 Designs
35. Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36. Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37. Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Island Girls Insights
39. Barbara Lewis, Painting with Fire
40. Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio
41. Stacy Hartis, Sissy and Jacks
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
50. Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51. Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52. Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
53. Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54. Serena Trent, Pink Ice Jewels
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 Beads
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 Draftique
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
75. Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean,  There's Beading to Be Done!
76. Debbie Goering, Praire Emporium
77. Valerie Norton, Hot Air
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 Design
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 Beads
93. Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations
94. Karyn White, Releases by Rufydoof
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisias 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
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
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, Vintage Susie and Wings
123. Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass
124. Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Jud 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 Studio
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, Pixy Bug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies
137. Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138. Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by JP
139. Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter
140. Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141. Heather Pyle, Welcome to My Muse
142. Regina Santerre, Regina's Writing
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 - You Are Here
147. Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
148. Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me
149. Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj
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 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, Summer's Studio
165. Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167. Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168. Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169. Lisa Boucher, Lisas 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
175. Julie Nordine, Jule 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 and Company
191. Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192. Hilary Frye, Frye Style
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, Kap's Creative Concepts
203. Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204. Juli Cannon, Juls Beads
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, Homeschooling Life

Thanks for coming by!  Check back with me tomorrow for a fun Lampwork giveaway.

Enjoy your day,



  1. Love the turquoise and copper, love the butterfly and love the silk ribbon. Great neckalce and great design. I like how you combined the ribbon and the toggle. Have a great weekend.

  2. You made a lovely, lovely necklace! I like so much the calming feel of it <3

  3. Wow, what a great bead soup you received! I just love your piece--copper and turquoise pair so well with each other. I like the earthy feel of the necklace.

  4. OMG! How much do I want that? That is TOTALLY me. I adore the butterfly, like the ribbon for the back of the necklace (nice and comfie) and it's just got a great design with a lot of appeal.

    Sigh. Love.

  5. Thanks so much for your lovely comments, I appreciate them so much!

  6. Chris of Pixybug DesignsFebruary 26, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Very nice! Love what you did with your soup!

  7. I loved how you included the ribbon. The necklace looks yummy!

  8. what a beautiful creates such a relaxing feeling just looking at it. Love how you closed it with the ribbon. Nice job and well done...stunning!

  9. Love the earthy nature feel to this necklace it is GORGEOUS!

  10. I think i'm falling in love with butterflies! awesome job!

  11. The necklace is beautiful. And I totally love butterflies! I love how you incorporated the ribbon into the design. So out of my comfort zone! Great job!

  12. Lovely colours, lovely design! I like the way you added the ribbon, softening the design and creating a contrast to the hard metal as well as adding a nice complementing colour to it.

  13. I love butterflies also! Thanks for your comments.

  14. Your necklace is so gorgeous! I would wear this all the time! I have really been into ribbon lately and I love the way you've finished yours. Such a lovely piece. I hope you're enjoying the party!

  15. Everything you did works so well with your butterfly focal. The greens with the copper are lovely and soft.

  16. Stunning!! I love Cherrie's designs, I am not surprised that she sent you such great soup!

  17. I'm really into ribbon these days too. Thanks for all your wonderful comments!

  18. Hi Raida, I'm glad I checked back. I left a message this morning. I love the necklace. The ribbon and the layout is very pretty. You did a great job and I loved working with your beads. Cherrie

  19. What a nice set of mix to work with!!! Beautiful necklace!

  20. Your butterfly necklace is absolutely gorgeous. I especially love the dangling turquoise beads, and elegant wire work. You couldn't have done a nicer job putting it all together.

  21. #209 what you did with the necklace, what a great idea using the fabric it really adds something to it...great job....

  22. Yes Yes Yes this is an awesome helping of soup! I love it!

  23. I love the butterfly, great use of the silk ribbon.

  24. I really like this piece. The bead colors are fabulous and I really like your use of copper, especially the wirewrapped copper links on each side of the necklace. Just lovely.

  25. I can't get over how creative everyone is. Another beautiful creation.

  26. ooooohhh this is pretty!!! I love the colors and that pendant and the ribbon use just all around stunning!

  27. Oh wow, I just love your design! So pretty! :)

  28. Great piece. Love the addition of the ribbon!

  29. Wow! It's gorgeous!!! You did a wonderful job with your soup beads. Cheers!

  30. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting on my Bead Soup!

  31. what a gentle and romantic piece. the green ribbon is amazing combined with the butterfly focal. Should really be in the BSP album ^_^ smile, Virginie

  32. I love copper! And your butterfly necklace is superb! I really like how you kept it feminine and romantic. The ribbon just completes this work of art so well! Congratulations and thank you!

  33. I love it! Butterfly's are awesome and you did great things with it :)

  34. This is so gorgeous..I love everything about and especially the ribbon accent my fav color of green!!! Thanks to Lori hosting this BSBP I was able to find your blog. I've decided to follow to see what else you will be creating.

  35. I am a big butterfly fan, and you did a fantastic job with your design.

  36. that is one beautiful necklace, love the butterfly!

  37. Beautiful! It's feminine and lovely without being "girly." Fantastic!

  38. I love the mix of chain & ribbon, & your dangles are great

  39. Ahhhhhh...pretty butterfly! I love that necklace! My favorite parts are the links you created to mate the ribbon to the beaded front.

  40. Great job with the ribbon and chain to set off a lovely set of bead soup.

  41. Your design is just lovely and it pleases me that you are using copper. Your bead soup mix looked yummy Be Blessed

  42. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I love the color palette and all the earthy textures. They are a great mix! This is definitely a piece for the Renaissance Faire; you can't keep the fairies away wearing this! ;) Beautiful, beautiful work! <3

  43. Love it - green and copper are one of my favorite combos!

  44. I hope you send this to a magazine, and I hope you get it published, and I hope that you wear it proudly because it is dead gorgeous. GREAT job!

  45. A lovely necklace with that stunning butterfly, the choice of ribbon color is really nice and goes so well with the focal and beads.

  46. Ooooo I love what you created with your bead soup. That's a piece I would want to wear when visiting my parents in the southwest. It reminds me of the warm colors out there.

  47. I'm still working my way through the blogs. It's taking me much longer than I had anticipated, but I had a busy weekend. Sorry!
    Your piece is just lovely. It reminds me a little of the one I made also, but yours is definitely more elegant and required more work. It's beautiful!!

  48. Raida i have been hopping around for days now , and i only have mayb 3 more to see, this necklace is my abso favorite the creativity & your eye for color WOW! ok "WOW" this deserves a double & by the way i am in love with baxer he is waiting for me in my cart right now,as soon as i get paid i am going to take him home with me so he can swim his way right into one of my unique designs :p ttfn Lana from Canada

  49. What a gorgeous necklace! I would totally wear that.

  50. Gorgeous! Love the use of fiber with the butterfly it just seems so perfectly soft.

  51. Love the turquoise, copper and amber - and the ribbon! My favourite!

  52. Raida - very pretty, great soup and great piece!

  53. Thanks everyone, your comments mean so much to me. I am working my way down the list and will visit all of you!

  54. Just beautiful!! The ribbon adds such a soft touch, and I love the way you blended the colors and textures in this piece. Great work!

  55. This is just beautiful! Really love the wire connectors for the ribbon. Your creativity and talent are just amazing. What a blessing you are!

  56. That is gorgeous. I love the way you drilled the butterfly focal and attached it. And I particularly like the way you tied the ribbon in. I've never tried adding ribbon to any of my beading yet, but you've inspired me (along with several other of the bead soup posters.)

  57. This is so wearable pretty all in copper. Its really so Lovely!! Really great Soup.

  58. So beautiful friend, I love the necklace you made & what you created with your BEAD SOUP! Can I just say YUMMMMMY & top 10 for sure!!! Simple Stunning!!! ;)
    Thanks for sharing...

  59. Lovely necklace Raida. The copper and the ribbon are a beautiful combo and all the little wire wrapped beads.

  60. Love the combo of the turquoise & copper. And the ribbon just makes the piece!

  61. That is sooo incredible. I love the pendant, and how you accented just a dab of color, and brought it out more with the ribbon. Just Lovely!!!

  62. Great design work! I also like the ribbon and how you pulled it all together. Very pretty!

  63. Lovely...It's just gorgeous! I really like the just gives it the perfect touch!
    Bead Happy!

  64. I love butterflies, this reminds me of freedom and peace. Awesome job, so romantic.

  65. Hi Raida, your necklace is gorgeous, I love it! You did a fantastic job with your bead soup.

    Deb x

  66. Truly a lovely piece! I particularly like the dangles. I bet they move with every step taken with this stellar piece worn. Good job!

  67. Nice soup... I have a really hard time trying to figure out how to hide the ends on ribbon! I can't even tell where your ends are ... so you must have done a good job!

  68. What agreat necklace and I love the butterfly very pretty.

  69. That's such a cute necklace, I love the ribbon and chain combo.

  70. What bead-u-tiful soup mix!!!
    What a Splendid Design!!!!
    This creation is Lovely to look at
    it's something I would LOVE to wear!!!
    m.e .:)

  71. What beautiful soup you received... that butterfly is adorable. I love what you have created - especially the addition of the fibre. Well done!


  72. I love the necklace you created! I love the copper butterfly, and the double strand with the blue dangles is cool! The addition of the ribbon is a nice touch. Great job on your soup!!

  73. Oh my gosh - it's gorgeous! I love how you used the ribbon with the clasp!

  74. Really beautiful. The ribbon is beautiful and the two strands with the little drops - gorgeous! Really beautiful work!

  75. Wow I love your color choices and the ribbon! That butterfly pendant is gorgeous! Beautiful Soup!!

  76. Beautiful! I love the butterfly with the different strands of copper chain and the beautiful silk!

  77. The butterfly is beautiful. What a great center piece. Your double stand is very nice. Alice