Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal Day

Good morning one and all.  Welcome to my little corner of the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party.  Thanks so much to Lori Anderson and her assistants for putting this whole shebang together!  My mind whirls at the logistics behind organizing this, and I am grateful for the time they have put into making this happen.  I am also honored to be part of something that involves hundreds of jewelry artists from around the globe.  Enjoy looking at the variety of creativity via this list of participants on Lori's blog.  I suspect I'll be drinking lots of tea and perusing for hours this weekend.

As a reminder, my partner is Kitty Bozzini of Stinky Dog Beads.  This is the wonderful bead soup Kitty sent to me (you may see it in more detail here):



Below are the pieces I made from my bead soup with a little help from my own stash.


Bracelet made from brass chain, clasp & headpins, Lucite flowers, Czech glass rounds & seed beads
The large brass chain came from Kitty, and the rest came from my own beads & findings.  As soon as I saw the chain she sent, I knew I wanted to make a spring-themed bracelet with it.  I have had the large blue Lucite flowers for years.  I thought it was about time I put them to use after picking up the other Lucite flowers at a recent bead show.



Earrings made of Czech glass, copper wire and brass lever back ear wires

I got a little loosey goosey with the wire wrapping at the top of these earrings but decided to keep it that way once I tried them on.  I like the way they dangle and how kinetic they are - lots of movement when worn.  Really liking the mossy earth tones of these glass beads.  




Necklace with lapis lazuli chain & chips, owl charm, faceted labradorite, silver spacers & Czech glass
Not sure I'm all together satisfied with my design on this one.  I like the combination of blue, silver and grey, but I feel there is something slightly off about it.  This might be a future redo.  It does remind me of the South Pole - the color of the labradorite pendant and the deep blue chunky glass bead especially.  They make me think of the weeks of twilight before the sun fully dips below the horizon and winter moves in with months and months of darkness, aside from auroras and moonlight.  I do miss the winter sky at the bottom of the planet.  Not so much the temps of - 70 F or colder, however.



Stacked pendant necklace using Czech glass, magnesite, clay round, painted clay bead, turquoise and cording from Kitty's package
This was a fun one to make.  It's a little funky, and the beads are some of my favorite colors.  The length of the cording makes the placement of the pendant adjustable; it can be worn as a choker or near matinee length.  I tied the ends together in knots so that they simply slide over the cord to easily put it on and play with the length.  I wonder if Kitty thought I would incorporate what she used to hold my bead soup package together as part of a necklace.  The clay disc feels rustic and looks like it could be a wheel from a child's toy so I wanted to find a way to use it. 

Long necklace made with glass flower button/clasp made by Kitty, Unicorne beads glass dagger & spacers, faceted seed beads, all manner of glass beads, lampwork rondelles, clay tile & a few plastic flowers
When I was finally finished with this one (at the last possible minute mind you), I said out loud "this might be my favorite necklace that I've ever made."  It's nothing complicated - it's the beads!  I love the color combination of blue and green.  I like the variety of shapes and types of beads, and I think the glass flower button Kitty made is simply spectacular.  It makes me want to get back to learning lampwork.  I made the two at the top of the photo during a class a few years ago.  While they are not very symmetrical or delicate or even what I intended, they were fun to make and add even more color.  I wish the photo was better, but the little door on the battery compartment of my camera is not latching properly.  It's very frustrating to take photos this way, and I finally just had to stop trying.  Forgive me if it makes you question if your eyes are just tired or if my picture is blurry!

I had another necklace designed and laid out to be strung but simply ran out of time.  Kitty was so generous with the soup she sent that I have enough beads to make many more pieces of jewelry.  I'll be sure to post those creations as I make them.


What I sent to Kitty:

I had St. Patrick's Day and a trip to Prague in mind when I chose her bead soup bits & pieces.  When I dug out the postcard to send along with it, I saw that it matched the soup very well.  Funny how that worked out.  Please visit her blog to see what she has created. 

 Happy blog hopping!  

161 comments:

  1. I really do love the Owl necklace. simply gorgeous.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for the nice words. I might have a slight obsession with owls, admittedly.

      Delete
  2. I love those earrings and the corded necklace is definitely my favourite

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the encouraging words! This necklace just makes me happy.

      Delete
  3. You have been a busy lady! I love all your creations but the stacked necklace is my favourite. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thankfully, being creatively busy is a good busy! Thanks for your comment and for visiting.

      Delete
  4. Such lovely pieces well done!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. It's a good feeling to have such positive comments!

      Delete
  5. Beautiful designs. I especially love the corded necklace.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks. That cording was too pretty not to use.

      Delete
  6. Super flower bracelet and necklace with labradorite!congrats!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Spring is here...at least in that bracelet. Thanks!

      Delete
  7. Wonderful creations, your last piece (long necklace) is stunning.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Is it wrong to agree with you? Because it's not arrogance talking as I almost feel that it made itself, if that makes any sense. Thanks for the kind words.

      Delete
    2. No its not wrong at all. The design flows beautifully and that is probably why it felt like it made itself.

      Delete
  8. Bracelet with flower beads is a cutie :-) Lovely pieces you made!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cheers for the nice comments. I can't wait to blog hop some more myself!

      Delete
  9. All of your pieces are great, but especially like the earrings with the leaves.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kitty sells these leaf beads in her on-line shop, and I am pretty much in love with them. It makes me want to go touch the leaves popping out now that it's spring.

      Delete
  10. everything is wonderful! I also love that black scallop shell you used in your pic, looks like something I could wire wrap, where did you find one that color? That stacked pendant looks like so much fun to wear!

    Annita

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think the black shell came from a beach in New Zealand. I collect sea shells & rocks almost everywhere I go so I'm not 100% certain. Thanks for your comments. I haven't worn the stacked pendant necklace yet, but I am looking forward to it.

      Delete
  11. I really liked the stacked focal. I like the colors and the rustic feel of the components of the stack. Beautiful soup.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The soup Kitty sent was indeed beautiful, and I still have much of it to use. I have a feeling that stacked focal is going to inspire future designs for me so thank you for your comments about it.

      Delete
  12. Bracelet with the Lucite flowers is my fav. Lots of spring-time colours.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Replies
    1. Thanks for letting me know you like the bracelet. It's snowing where I live right now, but I'm still thinking spring!

      Delete
  14. I adore every piece you made, but that bracelet is such a winner ! So bright and summery ! I would wear that so much ! Excellent work :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It tinkles when it moves too. Is that overly girlie to like that part about wearing it? Either way, I think I'll be wearing it often.

      Delete
  15. What a glorious and generous soup!! I love the leaf earrings and the other things you made!! Beautiful!! Any ideas of what you are going to do with the shibori silk ribbon!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for your comments. I appreciate them very much. The silk ribbon is inspiring just to look at! So many colors undulating through just one piece of it. I'm thinking a wrapped bracelet or a gorgeous focal with the ribbon as the necklace part. We shall see.

      Delete
  16. You made a beautiful collection of pieces!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Christine. It was a fun collection to make.

      Delete
  17. How wonderful to conjure up a trip to Prague for the color scheme for your soup to send. It was beautiful as are the many pieces you made with the pieces that were gifted to you. My favorites are the many earrings...they are so rich in color.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thank you, Sharon. Glad you like the earrings. I found the colors of those particular beads needed to stand out as a pair rather than get lost in say a fussy necklace.

    ReplyDelete
  19. What a wonderful array of creative designs. I especially love the Lucite bracelet. I read your comment about how it tinkles when it moves, that would definitely tip the scales in favor. I've always loved that quality. It's like music with every move. My Mom used to tell me I must be part gypsy. I think she may have been right. ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Movement does make jewelry more fun sometimes. Long earrings that sway, noisy bracelets - it keeps in mind what you're wearing, certainly. Thanks for commenting!

      Delete
  20. Each and every piece is just beautiful. I especially love the stacked pendant necklace.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. With all of the nice comments on the stacked pendant, I think I may be focusing on that type of necklace for a while. Thanks Janine.

      Delete
  21. What beautiful, funky pieces! The last necklace is an absolute poem!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm glad you like them and thanks for calling them funky. It is perhaps one of my favorite words, and I will take it as a compliment!

      Delete
  22. Really nice pieces. That bracelet is amazing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And it was actually fun to make. That is the best part. Sometimes pieces just sort of happen and other times it's a multiple do-over. Am I the only one who experiences this? Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment.

      Delete
  23. Replies
    1. I just looked at yours - yours are beautiful creations as well. Thanks!

      Delete
  24. Wow, I love the earrings and the matching pendant. These are exactly my colours! And I really like this funny flower bracelet.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hadn't thought of them as matching, but I see it now. Glad you like the colors. Brings images of spring to mind, no? Thanks for visiting & for leaving a kind comment.

      Delete
  25. Beautiful designs, all of them! I like the labradorite necklace - I think that the subdued color of the huge focal is a good balance for the deep blue and silver combination.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. I walked by that necklace today and still think I might want to redo it. Maybe add some pearls....I don't know. I appreciate your kind words.

      Delete
  26. Kelly, du bist wirklich eine Kuenstlerin! I especially love the bracelet! It reminds me of Augarten, when the blossoms are in full bloom. Also the other pieces are all beautiful - the necklace with the cord, and the one at the bottom are unbeschreiblich schoen - I am in/at awe (is that English???)!!

    ReplyDelete
  27. All your designs are really wonderful! I really like the earrings and the flower bracelet! Happy Hopping!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much. All of these comments make me want to make more and more jewelry! I'll be hopping for days, I think.

      Delete
  28. Du bist wirklich eine Kuenstlerin! I love all the peaces, especially the necklace with the cord and the last one. Wunderschoen! But my favourite is the bracelet - reminds me of Augarten, when the blossoms are in full bloom.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. THANK YOU, THANK YOU Barbara! You are always so supportive and kind and thoughtful in what you write. How lucky I am to have such a friend. How I miss the Augarten! Tim & I were just talking about Wien tonight. Miss you!!

      Delete
  29. Those are all gorgeous pieces! I love the spring happiness of the bracelet with the lucite flowers, and that last necklace is really spectacular!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. Spring does equal happiness, doesn't it? Even if it is snowing again where I live! In reading other blogs, I realize I didn't provide much description of my pieces. The glass flower focal in the last necklaces is a shank-style button which is also part of the clasp. Lori Anderson's blog tip helped make that happen.

      Delete
  30. You've created some beautiful pieces with your soup. I love how you were so creative with your flower focal bead/button, cute. - Cheers!
    Lori in Atlanta

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Lori. Out of all the beads and pieces Kitty sent, that glass flower was my hands down favorite. Knowing she created it herself makes it even more special. Cheers to you too.

      Delete
  31. Great colors and Beads to work with...You really made them speak!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I lucked out with my soup, didn't I? One can hardly go wrong when you have good soup ingredients. Thanks for your comment.

      Delete
  32. Wow! Amazing designs came out of that awesome soup! These are all really Soup-er!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm punchy, and your pun made me giggle. I really appreciate your visit & comment. I've read the word soup so often in the last two days that I'm now craving it!

      Delete
  33. beautiful pieces . the chain and lucite flower bracelet just hollers SPRING to me. I love the contrast of the brass chain and the cool blue of the flowers. I would have used silver and that would have been so Wrong.
    that focal glass flower is amazing and you made it the star of that necklace. so glad i stopped by.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was just looking for something from which to hang those Lucite flowers. I think other colors would have worked as well, but the brass did it for me.

      Delete
  34. BEAUTIFUL!
    It's all so beautiful!
    Love the lucite flower bracelet!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the comments. The bracelet seems to be a big hit, and I will be happy to wear it soon. I would like to show it off by wearing short sleeves, but it's still a bit cold in Montana for that!

      Delete
  35. delicate and elegant with a punch! Great soup

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This might wound silly, but your description could just as easily be about Miss Piggy. Delicate, elegant with a punch. Perhaps I should respond to these comments when I'm not overtired! Thanks for stopping.

      Delete
    2. :-D maybe you could get Miss Piggy to model your jewellery! Never thought about it that way, but now that you wrote it, makes sense. It does sound like Miss Piggy.

      Delete
  36. They are beautiful, Kelly. I love the pendant made of several beads

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Michelle. I could have piled on even more, but the head pin wouldn't hold more beads. Sometimes you have to know when to say when, right?

      Delete
  37. What a great soup, you have made some lovely things with it especially the blue necklace just my colours!
    Jackie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I remember as a kid always thinking pink had to be my favorite color since I was a girl, but nope - it's always been blue. Glad you like the colors too.

      Delete
  38. The stack pendant necklace is really great -- and how fun that you were able to use the cord that wrapped your soup to make the necklace adjustable!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have to admit one of my co-workers suggested I use it. She planted the seed, and once the pendant was made, it all came together. Adjustable necklaces are so convenient. Thank you for visiting & taking the time to comment.

      Delete
  39. Wow, great soup! I love czech glass and you did such a beautiful job on every design!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I confess I might have a slight addiction to Czech glass in just about every shape, size & color. I was lucky that Kitty sent me so many pretty ones. Thank you for your comment.

      Delete
  40. I love all of your pieces especially that first bracelet with the flowers. You had a lovely soup to work with and you made even more special pieces.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Dawn. Isn't it fun to create with what someone else has chosen?

      Delete
  41. I really like your designs. You have a great eye for form and color.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Susan. The older I get, the more colors I am open to. That might sound weird, but I'm learning to embrace vibrant things. They're fun to create with and fun to wear.

      Delete
  42. I so love the spring flowers bracelet!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think I might have to go and buy some actual flowers too. Love the way actual flowers and flower beads can be so cheerful. Thanks for dropping by.

      Delete
  43. I really liked all the pieces you made with that amazing soup....My fav however is the last piece with the large flower and the long dagger looking bead at the bottom... The design is just so sweet, fun, amazing . How did you invent that design? Did you draw it out on paper before stringing it ? The reason I ask is I have such a hard time using mismatched beads and getting the proper balance ...if that makes sense to you....any way it just looks like it came so easy to you. What I meany mismatched is not in the color flow you colors flow perfectly ...I am talking about the difference in the shapes ...which you also got totally correct...anyway I am impressed and love your work...Ty for sharing

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't always do this, but I did sketch it out first - right after getting my soup. But that design didn't hold up AT ALL. It just didn't work. The feel of it, the way it hung, the balance between colors. It was just....off. Then my cat kicked the bead mat with my second design on it while walking across my desk so I just put everything away and started from scratch. The final piece came from this process. There was some back & forth to balance out the bead sizes & location, but in the end there was a sense of peace about its feeling finished where I just knew the balance was there. That might sound vague, but it's how it works for me. If it's not right, I might redo something later or just take it apart & put the beads away for another piece. The singer & pianist Tori Amos has said that her songs are not all her in that she feels a connection to something greater than her own ideas leads to something that flows & feels right. In my own experience, making jewelry can feel that way too. Hokey & a poor explanation maybe. Sketching helps, but you just have to go with your gut. Thanks for your comments & questions. Enjoy hopping.

      Delete
  44. Beautiful designs. I love the organic wire wrapping at the top of the earrings. And when I have time to come back to your page after the hop, I hope I will find out more about your time in the South Pole.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Okay, I'm going to use organic instead of loosey goosey next time. I like it! I haven't posted about Antarctica much, but feel free to email me if you want to ask some questions or hear more about it. It's a crazy place full of fun and odd characters plus extreme weather...and some science throw in. Thank you for visiting & taking the time to comment.

      Delete
  45. Darling pieces - all of them! I love the delicate flowers on the first bracelet in particular!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks much. That was my first time using Lucite in such abundance. I might have to use it more often.

      Delete
  46. Kelly - I do like the lucite flower bracelet. I can imagine wearing it - and suspect it would garner many compliments. Rose

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I like compliments when someone else made a piece I'm wearing. I might swell with a bit of pride when it's for something I made myself. Shouldn't we all be gratified to hear such things?

      Delete
  47. Great soup. The glass flower and spike are beautiful. But the stacked pendant is my favorite. I love that wheel bead. Really cool how you used it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm not all together sure who made that particular bead, but I believe most of my soup ingredients can be found in Kitty's shop. I love ceramic beads - the texture, the array of glazes, the variety of artisan beads in that medium. Clay is awesome stuff.

      Delete
  48. I have to agree with you that the flower necklace is gorgeous. Great pieces!

    ReplyDelete
  49. Thanks Susan. I sometimes have a difficult time letting beads go into designs because I just want to keep them for my own viewing, but that flower needs to be out in the world!

    ReplyDelete
  50. Beautiful pieces ... I love that little glass owl bead (I'm a sucker for anything owlie lol) =)

    ReplyDelete
  51. My home has its very own parliament of owls. I have four owl cookie jars alone! Not one of them holds cookies, however. I did bypass a 1970s owl lamp with creepy eyes a few week ago at an estate sale, but I too am a sucker anything owlie. I do have a plan for that bead, but it is not a piece of jewelry. Hmmm....

    ReplyDelete
  52. wonderful creations, but weirdly enough I am mostly drawn to the simple stacked pendant, what gorgeous color combo you picked there, really nice!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. It started with my soup, and once that hand-painted bead came into the picture the rest fell into place. I like the cording almost as much as the pendant! It is so soft on the skin.

      Delete
  53. Nice pieces! Your spring flower bracelet has such fun vibes! I do like your earrings. I really like the necklace that uses the faceted laboradite. It's really hard to photograph and show off the beautiful colors of that stone but I can imagine as I have worked with it a lot. I know it is gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Amen to it being hard to photograph! There is so much color in one stone - it almost has that AB coloration like they add to glass beads. It reflects light well too. But sometimes that just doesn't show in a photo. Something to keep working on! Thank you for hopping & commenting.

      Delete
  54. Goregous creations, love each one. You are a very talented artist and each piece shows this. Love the flower bracelet and the leave earrings but especially the stacked pendant.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much. I'm a little gobsmacked by your comments, and it feels great to read such nice words. Enjoy continued hopping.

      Delete
  55. Love your creations! The color palette is just awesome, and your earrings are super cute and I love the stacked pendant necklace!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well, thank you Heather. I couldn't have asked for a more spring-themed soup than the one I received.

      Delete
  56. Very pretty pieces in part due to the soup ingredients and in part due to the chef! Great designs!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Genny. At times I wish I were a food chef too, but that's another talent for another time.

      Delete
  57. Your pieces are wonderful! But the pendant on the cording is perhaps my favorite. It's just fun and whimsical.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There is another word I like - whimsical. Wouldn't life be better if we all allowed a bit more caprice in our day-to-day life? Thank you Andrea for stopping by.

      Delete
  58. I visited your page over the weekend, but I guess I neglected to post? Anyway, I wanted to come back and see your work again, I remembered you used chain! haha. I love the bracelet, and the unicorn bead necklace is stunning, but I was intrigued by the Wolly Wire... have you used it yet? I want to know how it does in a design! Love your work, best wishes

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I haven't used the woolly wire yet, but I've picked up the package about a hundred times. I wanted to use it so badly that I tried to find a way to incorporate it in each design, but it just didn't work out. Hopefully it will find its way into my jewelry soon so I can learn how to use it. I've seen some really lovely ways to put it to use on Pinterest boards. Thanks for coming by twice & leaving a comment!

      Delete
  59. Such pretty pieces!! The stacked pendant is my favorite!
    I would love to see what will you create with the wolly wirw and the shibori ribbon!
    Alenka

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am curious myself, to be honest. I have some ideas but haven't had a moment to put them together. I do know that by themselves they are pretty components worthy of notice even without beads.

      Delete
  60. How wonderful to be able to travel so much. I am into travelling myself as well, although I haven´t done much travelling lately and can´t wait to do a nice trip somewhere, anywhere. Once you have been to places it is really hard to settle in just the same place all the time!
    Nice pieces and nice soups.
    The bracelet you made using the bass chain is very nice and I also like the way you have used the leaves on the earrings. I am very fond of leaves.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for the nice comments. Travel is wonderful indeed, and I am grateful that I've had the chance too see some of the world. And yes, it is hard to stay rooted when life takes you to different places. One day I'll live somewhere longer than nine or ten months at a stretch.....or so I hope.

      Delete
  61. Your necklace reminded me of twilight, with a hint of deep blue and the labadorite as the night coming and bringing an in an owl.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I like the way you described that. Perhaps that is why I added the owl, but I needed you to write that for me to realize it! Thanks for stopping by.

      Delete
  62. Nice work! I especially like the owl necklace! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Rachel. I have a strand of those owls so I'm pretty sure they will be showing up in other projects.

      Delete
  63. I really love what you've created - So cheerful and with so many interesting details!
    Very well done!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Patricia. Do you feel like your personality comes through on your pieces? Because I would love to think cheerful & interestingly detailed could describe me, not just my jewelry! Thanks for visiting & for leaving such a nice comment.

      Delete
  64. See you did awesome! Aren't you so glad you jumped in with both feet? ;) Excellent work all around, but my favorites are the green leaf and flower earrings(my favorite colors) and the stacked bead pendant. I really dig the clay and glass beads you picked stacked together. xo Genea

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Genea. I've been getting lots of compliments about the color of the beads in those earrings. Green seems to be universally enjoyed.

      Delete
  65. So I read your thank you post before I saw your Soup post and I agree, there is something deeply uplifting to hear your fellow artists say good job! And now you get to hear it again :) LOVE your soup!! Everything! The flower bracelet is just very sweet and the leaves are very boho and the rest is just pretty awesome too! Great job! ...........and thank you for the roses :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Dana for reading both posts & commenting. I used to work in a place where you could give praise to your fellow employees through upper management who would then recognize what they had done & sometimes reward them for it. We called them attaboys. This blog hop is one giant attaboy! Glad you like the roses. I have spent many hours in that garden viewing them, photographing them and seeing the happiness such beauty can bring.

      Delete
  66. I am going to have to say Thank You to you Kelly! You did an Amazing job with a Wonderful soup!!! I pretty much live by dangly bracelets so i love the one you made!!! Love Lucite too!!! The earrings are wonderful and i love the necklace they match! The last necklace is so happy and Pretty, so Thank You for creating such beautiful designs!!1 Have a Blessed Day!!!

    ReplyDelete
  67. Robin, you are very sweet. Thanks for stopping by! I might be blushing a little from your praise. Glad you liked everything, and I am with you on dangly bracelets. They are fun to make and wear. Good weekend wishes to you.

    ReplyDelete
  68. All of your pieces are wonderful. I love the colors and designs.

    ReplyDelete
  69. Thanks Kathy. Color does have a huge impact, doesn't it? I know that seems obvious, but sometimes one bead in the mix can make all the difference when blended with a piece.

    ReplyDelete
  70. Your stacked pendant focal is beautiful - great use of texture and color. I also like how you have used a simple cord to highlight the pendant. Your flowery bracelet is bright and summery - happy! I also really like your earrings. The blue and gray necklace is a nice contrast to the other designs.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wow, thanks Jen. That's a lot of nice comments. I appreciate it.

      Delete
  71. They are all great designs! I really like the first and the third necklaces. Both focals are to die for.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. I was, of course, gifted the flower focal which I will forever enjoy. The labradorite came from Fire Mountain Gems & the blue chunky bead is from my bead soup. I often design around a focal or at least it is often my first inspiration.

      Delete
  72. I really like the earrings. They have a very "calm" feel to them. Stunning.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Susan. I have yet to wear them, but I think the colors are calming too. Green often is.

      Delete
  73. Love what you created, and your flower bracelet and earrings are my favorites! Also love the owl necklace, has the feel of a watchful night owl!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There is the belief that owls are somehow wise, and I would like to think they indeed are. I made eye contact with a rather close great gray once, and it is still one of the coolest experiences I've ever had in the backcountry. He was being harassed by some ravens at the time. You can guess who didn't back down. Owls are just cool critters.

      Delete
  74. What a wonderful variety of creations, from an amazing soup. Great work.

    ReplyDelete
  75. Thanks! I've been thinking about more designs from my soup these last few days. I need to get on that!

    ReplyDelete
  76. What a beautiful reveal. That flower charm bracelet looks like a lot of fun to wear. Like it would have a fun little sing that it sings when worn. Great job.

    ReplyDelete
  77. Thank you Jean. I appreciate your thoughts & kind words!

    ReplyDelete
  78. Such a generous helping of soup from you! I do love that last necklace. It is a great use of color for the unifying element. So much interesting to look at! Thank you for sharing your talents with the Bed Soup. Enjoy the day! Erin

    ReplyDelete
  79. Thank you Erin. It all started with the flower focal which has a great mixture of colors by itself. This was my last minute piece too. Sometimes procrastination works out in the end.

    ReplyDelete
  80. The earrings and that second necklace are so whimsical and would be fun to wear together! Beautiful work with all your soup.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! I wore the earrings for the first time a few days ago, and I loved how they are kind of heavy and constantly moving.

      Delete
  81. You created lots of fun and beautiful pieces. I love how you played with the colors of the different beads.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Karin. I have lots more bead soup to play with, even brighter colors with some of them. Must find time for beads!

      Delete
  82. Hi Kelly, Your lucite flower bracelet is beautiful. The earrings are earthy and soothing. The lapis lazuli and labradorite are a marvelous combination. You showcased the labradorite pendant perfectly. The colors play off of each other very well. Your stacked pendant is fun and funky looking. Good job even using the packaging. Your last necklace is my favorite. It is great that you can wear it long or short.

    ReplyDelete
  83. Thanks Becky. I am glad that I am not the only one still hopping! I do a bit at a time, and I still have about 50 to go. Geez Louise. Thanks for the compliments & for commenting in general. Appreciate it.

    ReplyDelete
  84. Everything is so gorgeous, Kelly... that eclectic blue and green necklace is the piece that really makes my heart sing :)

    Sorry to be so late getting to you :( At my age, one MUST have a plan, and mine is: start at the end LOL

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Monique! I haven't worn it yet, but I'm looking forward to it. I'm still hopping myself - you're not alone there.

      Delete
  85. Great pieces. Every single one made me go "oh! I would wear that!!!" (ironically though I make jewelry I don't wear it often and I'm picky lol)

    That spring bracelet looks awesome and the last necklace! oh my!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for the nice words. Now that I think of it, I wear lots of jewelry made by other people. I buy most of it directly from the artist - at craft sales, jewelry boutiques, flea markets and similar venues. Buying from the person who created it is very satisfying, I feel. Often they make things I don't know how to make or don't really want to learn how to make for any number of reasons.

      Delete
  86. Gorgeous work, everything is so wearable. I particularly like the contrast of the bright Lucite flowers against the dark brass chain.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Stacy. I just looked at your post for the BSBP and was reminded how much I liked your bracelet. It's just so cheerful!

      Delete
  87. All of your designs are so, so great!! I like the floral, feminine quality of the bracelet but the stacked pendant necklace is definitely my favorite of the bunch! You did a super job with your ingredients.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And what ingredients they were. I'm still working with the ones I didn't manage to squeeze into one of the revealed pieces. Thanks for the lovely comment!

      Delete