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Did Someone Say Soup? Bead Soup, That is!

It’s here!

Bead Soup Reveal Day…and I made it by the skin of my teeth…again. But no one wants to hear about that. Bring on the party!

My partner, Marion Simmons, of Shade Tree Studios sent me some yummy ingredients. Here’s a recap:

Bead Soup 2012 The focal is this huge 2″ x 3″ copper filigree piece that Marion wired an equally large copper flower onto. It sparkles with fairy dust and has a beautiful ruby center. You can also see copper round beads, bead caps, rose/taupe glass beads and a delicate copper toggle. Lots to work with!

I had some luscious rose beige freshwater pearls that I’d been hoarding for the right moment. It was time. The colors were perfect! And I had some interesting copper chain…

It took a few starts and stops to arrive at something I was happy with. That’s the way it goes. I ended up with two pieces. The necklace you see below that uses the centerpiece, copper rounds and the toggle, along with my pearls and chain.

Here are a couple of views:

It’s got a very romantic feel to it, and I thank Marion for sending me ingredients that took me in that direction.  Here’s another look…the full necklace. It’s two strands, one of the pearls with the copper rounds breaking up the strand and one of the cool copper chain. I decided to hang the focal vertically.

The second piece might change…It’s sort of where I was going. About 90% where I want it. And a totally different look than the necklace. It uses the tiny glass beads from Art by Lisi, a gorgeous dyed silk ribbon from Julie Mitchell, and a couple of my own etched copper disks. The glass beads add some movement and the bracelet ribbon wraps around the wrist and ties.

Here’s a look at it tied on my wrist:

Thanks for stopping by. There are 199 other participants…the links are below or you can get there from Lori Anderson’s site too. Enjoy visiting the wonderful creations from all over the world. Thank you, Lori, for continuing to be the hostess with the mostest!

Hostess, Lori Anderson

Special Book Sneak Peeks, Cindy Wimmer

1.  Adlinah Kamsir (Singapore) and Hajer Waheed (Kingdom of Bahrain)
2. Adrienn Lukacs (Hungary) and Agata Grygiel (Poland)
3.  Agi Kiss (Hungary) and Carolien Muller-Genger (the Netherlands)
4.  Agnes Asztalos (Hungary) and B.R. Kuhlman
7.  Alicia Marinache (Canada) and Dita Basu
15.  Bonnie Coursolle (Canada) and Fay Wolfenden (Canada)
16.  Carmel McGinley (Australia) and Tracy Stillman (Australia)
21.  Cheryl Brown (Canada) and Diana Ptaszynski
22.  Christina Stofmeel (the Netherlands) and Eva Kovacs (Hungary)
24.  Cilla Watkins (Canada) and Elaine Robitaille (Canada)
25.  Sabrina Straub (Switzerland) and Kathy Combs
32.  Dee Elgie (UK) and Joanne Lockwood (UK)
33.  Dian Hierschel (Germany) and Eniko Fabian (Austria)
37.  Doris Stumpf (Germany) and Eszter Czibulyas (Hungary)
39.  Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany) and Marjolein Trewavas (UK)
41.  Erika Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Giorgia Rossini (Italy)
43.  Evelyn Duberry (Canada) and Gaea Cannaday
45.  Ginger Bishop (military, Okinawa) and Martina Nagele (Germany)
48.  Helene Goldberg (Australia) and Karen Vincent
54.  Joanna Matuszczyk (Poland) and Julianna Kis (Hungary)
55.  Joanne Tinley (UK) and Michaela Pabeschitz (Austria)
65.  Kristina Johansson (Sweden) and Penny Neville (Canada)
66.  Krisztina Erlaki-Toth (Hungary) and Nicole Keller (Germany)
76.  Lori Finney (Canada) and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp (Canada)
78.  Marta Kaczerowska (Poland) and Milla Starchik (Canada)
83.  Michelle Jensen and Sandra Young (Canada)
92.  Rosa Maria Cuevas (Mexico) and Tejae Floyde
93.  Sabine Dittrich (Germany) and Sally Russick
95.  Shanti Johnson and Tracy Mok (Canada)
97.  Sonya Stille and Traci Zeller (Canada)
98.  Stefanie Teufel (Germany) and Tania Hagen (New Zealand)

Countdown to BeadFest Texas

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks (months) between travel to Colorado, a three-fold increase in book projects, and trying to get ready for my first Metal Me This show in Dallas (this coming weekend!).

I’m down to 72 hours left before my flight on Thursday and things are looking so-s0. Still lots and lots to do and some of it just isn’t going to get done.

The beadcaps that look the same color as the tray still need cleaning up, but in reality, that can happen on the plane or the night before the show, or during the 3 days of the show. And there’s bags and bags of ones already packaged up.

I’ve always been a master at multi-tasking and finding more productive ways of eking a few more hours out of a day…It’s when I have to leave my fate in the hands of others that things get dicey.

I’ve done numerous jewelry shows over the years and have enough display pieces for 2 to 3 eight-foot tables…unfortunately, only about 3 of those display pieces are useful with this new endeavor. So I knew I’d need to reconfigure things and come up with effective displays, that would travel well (e.g. flat and lightweight!).  No biggie…right? I found some perfect displays and was told they’d be done in plenty of time…and that’s the last I heard. (The downside of relying on someone else…actually two different “someone elses”…)

I’m staying with a bead friend north of Dallas this weekend. BJ generously opened her home to myself and two other friends who are traveling in for BeadFest. BJ also understood that the main focus of my sales were my handmade, etched beadcaps and that I needed something to effectively display the zillions (OK…that’s an exaggeration, but there are dozens and dozens of styles and sizes and slapping them in a big bowl like Halloween candy wasn’t an option!). She got the design specs out of me, refined them with her background in measuring stained glass, and recruited a retired neighbor to build me a couple of displays. Talk about the upside of relying on someone else! Here’s the result:

Add some cup hooks and some price signs plus rows and rows of bags of beadcaps…and it folds flat and is reasonably lightweight.

You can’t imagine my relief! The rest of the table set-up exists on my phone in a photo of little paper cutouts somewhat to scale…I’ll be winging it much more than I like, but thanks to BJ’s thoughtfulness and her handy neighbor, I’m on the right track!

I hope if you’re in the Dallas area, you’ll stop by booth 607 this Friday through Sunday at the Arlington Convention Center. Here’s a link for a free pass.

Free pass HERE.

Time to get back to the books…more production photos tomorrow maybe…

An Homage to SATC…

Though I never saw a single episode on TV, I did join a group of women for a girl’s night out last Saturday to see the “Sex and the City”  movie. It was pretty easy to follow and a pleasant way to pass a couple of hours. The delicious Cosmos we had before didn’t hurt either!

I have another chance to see it next week with a different group of friends…”CEX” (for Cookie Exchange…a group of a dozen of us who get together to exchange cookies at Christmas and decided to try and meet quarterly throughout the year too. Four of us met today to plan the evening and discussed having a contest for “most Carrie-like” shoes. I disqualified myself!

During the second viewing, I’m hoping to focus a bit more on the jewelry worn by the main characters. I’m not the shoe maven that I was in my younger days and high fashion is lost on me as well (some days my two dogs are the ones who spend the most time with me and they don’t care what I’m wearing as long as I remember when dinner is).

I took some time a couple of weekends ago to work on more of my cluster rings and this one is one that I’d like to think Carrie might wear. It is meant to be seen and the colors seem “hot” in a sophisticated, subtle way.

What do you think? I’ll try to get a side pic later…this is from overhead.

50 is Fabulous so Far…

I have been a major slacker on blogging lately (on many things actually)…but I’ve got good reasons. Rather than have one endless blog entry, I’ll stretch it out for a few days.

My 50th birthday was April 5. I’ve spent most of the last 10 days celebrating it in one way or the other. The final “event” was seeing Daughtry and Bon Jovi in concert with 38 other women from a great party suite at Jobing.com arena on Friday. My sister, Lori, came down from Colorado to go with me and we had a lot of fun.

This group has an activity once a year (C.A.R.E: Chicks Always Raring to Escape) and the concern was a “surprise” though loosely done so that we could be sure we really wanted to go.  The concert was GREAT. It started with everyone meeting up at one person’s house until the bus came to take us through hideous Friday night traffic to the west end of town…
The planning committee had lots of sweet “cocktail in a container” drinks and I knew enough to give them a wide berth…shudder…that sweet stuff of unknown origin is a killer!

Once we got to the arena, we set up camp chairs and had pizza and salad in the parking lot. Then we had a silly game where you were paired up with a “title”, “verse” and “chorus” of a Bon Jovi song; you had to find your matches and then perform for the group to get your ticket. I had my ipod in the bottom of my purse and was able to find our song so Ginny, Susan and I could listen to the full song and have a prayer of pulling it off…Ginny and I decided to just share the earpieces and sing to the music…that was more fun as we were on key! We cued Susan for her line “Have a nice day!” and got our tickets.

We headed in to the arena and found the suite…dead center facing the stage! Lots of jumbotrons around. We had these “all access passes” that the committee printed up, laminated and put on lanyards…the ticket takers were like “oh you have all access”…bet we could have gotten backstage!!! I think they were probably worth the paper they were printed on, but a nice souvenier.

I headed down to get Emma a t-shirt and missed about half of Daughtry (though I could hear it just fine)…talk about your mass of humanity.

So an hour of Daughtry and over two and a half hours of Bon Jovi! The suite was hot, even for Phoenix, but that might have been all the dancing and jumping up and down of 39 women! But I bet I got more exercise than I have in awhile.

Jon Bon Jovi is quite the entertainer and the band played without a break…must have played every hit and then some. I’d go to another one in an instant…we were talking about bands that rock at touring…showmen…vs. many of the newer bands that are studio-created and you end up disappointed in their concert sounds…this was NOT the case.

And he’s not hard to look at either!  Really nice smile.

The bus ride back was shorter in time, but still seemed like forever to the weary masses…I ended up volunteering to be on the committee for next year…wonder what we’ll come up with?

Next up: The Great Tucson Birthday Weekend: Not!!

Bracelet Exchange Part 2

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I had a lovely post all written and saved (or so I thought) last night and “Poof” it was gone in the midst of supposed maintenance around here. So that’s my excuse if this post is less than stellar! Last night’s was perfection…trust me!

Remember the bracelet exchange from earlier this month? Well, I have a pic of my treasure…a hand-wired bracelet from Jodie Ruskin featuring some of her wonderful boro nuggets in a luscious red. My friend Deanna was here last week for the shows in Tucson and some R&R and she threatened to steal away with this beauty, along with the sweet bracelet she got from another friend, Heather! Fortunately, I managed to hang onto this and it will adorn my wrist tomorrow (and throughout the year). Thanks Jodie! My pic does not do your work justice. I’ll fix that tomorrow with any luck.


Here’s another heart…a treat for me from my adventures in Tucson! It’s a lampwork heart pendant from Andrea Guarino. I have wanted one since she first began making them and could never get to her website fast enough! We got to the Whole Bead Show on the first day and there were three! I think I got the prettiest one and good thing as they were all gone by Saturday when we made a return trip. Huge pic…it actually measures 2 inches across and 2.5 inches in length.


I’ll leave you with one last pic of my friends Sarah and Deanna next to some huge saguaro cactus in our neighborhood. We had a great time together….just wish Misha had been able to join us! (That’s my greyhound Rose being bashful for the camera). There’s always next year (or even September for the interim gem shows).


I’ve got stash to show off as soon as I get more pictures. Stay tuned!