Saturday, September 17, 2011

It's Party Time!!! The Bead Soup Blog Party Hop Begins!!!

Well, today's the big day and I am SO looking forward to some serious blog hopping this weekend! But I have to tell you . . . I'm really nervous about my reveal. Although I tried my best to be "creatively clever" (with disasterous results, by the way), I kept coming back to the same two simple, yet elegant designs I started with. The more I looked at the beautiful beads my partner Therese of Therese's Treasures sent me, the more I realized that I simply needed to showcase them -- not distract from them with some overly busy design. I hope you will agree . . .

So, without further ado, this is my bead soup from Therese . . .

And these are my final designs . . .


The first piece is a bracelet that is comprised of the cherry quartz focal, hematite toggle and hematite spacer beads that were part of the soup, along with some hematite chips I added from my own stash. Although most of the bracelet is hematite, I love the depth the different textures add. I also love how the carved cherry quartz adds even more depth and the perfect pop of color.

The second piece is a simple, wire-wrapped necklace that can be tripled to also work as a bracelet. I love the versatility of this piece and how well the pink quartz and green, glass bicone beads work with my favorite new medium: steel wire from the hardware store! A definite win-win as far as I'm concerned!

I really like both of these pieces and intend to wear them often. And each time I do, I will be reminded of my very first BSBP and the pleasure of sharing the experience with Therese. Jewelry and friendship. Really, what more do you need? =D Thanks Therese for the beautiful beads and for being such a delightful partner! I can't wait to see your creations!

And thank you to all you blog hoppers out there (and I mean that in a way that is much, much nicer than it sounds) for stopping by. Before you move on to the extensive list of BSBP blogs, please visit Therese's blog Therese's Treasures to see her designs. Although I have yet to see what she came up with, I am confident she will not dissapoint!  Update:  Not surprisingly, I love the pieces she made!  Well played, partner . . . well played!

Happy Hopping! =D

(Oh, and if anyone asks, Lori Anderson is a ROCK STAR!  Thanks for EVERYTHING Lori!!!)

66 comments:

Christine Altmiller said...

beautiful! i would wear that green one every day!

Therese's Treasures said...

Oh Wow Lola, what fantastic and beautiful pieces you cooked up. I love your hand made chain with the rose quartz and green glass bi-cones. I need to practice my wrapping lol. The bracelet is beautiful the hematite shows off the cherry quartz beautifully. I'm glad Lori paired us up it has been a pleasure getting to know you and to continue letting our friendship grow.
Hugs,
Therese

Norma's Clay said...

Beautiful pieces. Loved the second one best.

Lois Moon said...

I love these bracelets! I would definitely wear them together.

T... said...

Love your pieces Lola....the necklace I'd wear in a heartbeat...and thank you again for your help :)

rockcreekcreations said...

VEry nice!! sometimes staying simple is the best method!

Marci said...

Beautiful! I also intend to wear mine, and think of my soup buddy. You are very talented.

Lesley said...

Those are both great pieces but I especially love the necklace - I don't know what it is abut that steel wire but it really adds something to the design...guess where I'm going shopping tomorrow! I loved Therese's design too - great work partners!

ThreeRedBeads said...

I really like the wire wrapped with the pink quartz and green. It is eye catching...very nice!

WondrousStrange said...

That green treasure is a keeper:) Great job on both!!

CraftyHope said...

Lola,
While simple, that bracelet is still distinctly unique. Very nice!
Even so. . .I'm enthralled with your necklace. I love the colors, the wire wrapping, the versatility. I can totally see it layered with another necklace or two or simply worn alone. Very nice indeed!
And, you were paired with Therese. Isn't she a doll!?

EmandaJ said...

What yummy pieces! We’re all being pushed outside our comfort zones — with amazing results!

Enjoy the hop,
Emanda

http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

Michelle Mach said...

I especially like the second piece. What a good idea to make something that can be worn more than one way! I would wear that all the time, given how much I like green!

After several false starts, I went the simple route, too, with my bead soup jewelry. Sometimes simple is best!

Menno Jeweler said...

You were right to trust your initial instinct about these designs...they are fabulous!

ladyhawthorne said...

I think they are perfect and beautiful.

Lutka And Co. said...

Lovely bracelet!

Lyn Foley said...

What happened to the other cherry quartz beads? Earrings maybe? Really like the simple but versatile necklace/bracelet.

Karyn B said...

Both pieces turned out marvelously. Wonderful soup!

Lori Greenberg said...

Love the pieces you made! They do beg to be worn!

Kym Hunter Designs said...

Beautiful! I love the wire wrapped chain. The green and rose together are wonderful!

Enjoy your week!

susie said...

OMGoodness...your soup is DELICIOUS my Friend!!! I adore your design, it's truly stunning! Well done, another AMAZING cup of BEAD SOUP from a very talented designer!!! ;)

B. R. Kuhlman said...

Totally love your designs! That wire wrapped necklace is especially lovely. Great work! ♥

Pam @ The Blue Between said...

oh, nicely done! I would have combined all of that into one piece, but I really like how you broke it into two very different pieces!

Lupe Meter said...

What a beautiful soup...love all the colors! Your designs are gorgeous!

Lori Anderson, Pretty Things said...

When I saw your beads soup I LOVED it because those are colors I can certainly play with. You did a great job!

I hope you'll join me on the next one -- the badge and dates are on my blog!

Love, Lori

KayzKreationz said...

I love them both. The Rose quartz focal really pops with the hematite. And the second piece is so great. I like the colors and the steel wire. And I like that you can wrap it to wear as a bracelet also. Very nice.

Cindy Cima said...

Love that focal - you did well with it! The hematite works with it beautifully!
Love your wire wrapping!

JuLee said...

Your bracelet looks good enough to eat.

la mar de bonita said...

Wonderful colours - I love your bracelets! Greetings, Michi

coffeeaddict said...

Beads are like stubborn cats, they'll do as they please and ther's not a thing in the world you can do about it!
That said, I love your creations. You really have a feel for beads and their whimsies :-)
Afterthought...has anyone ever met a cat that wasn't stubborn?

Christals Creations said...

My favourite has to be the necklace though the bracelet is really nice too. :o)

Sweet Freedom said...

The first bracelet is lovely, and the bracelet/necklace is very creative! Nice work!

Holly said...

Two beautiful pieces! I have to admit that I love the bracelet/necklace combo...the contrast of the steel wire works wonderfully on it!

Silver Parrot said...

Beautiful bracelets - you did a great job on both of them!

Shyme said...

Beautiful pieces!! I really like the wire werapped one...

Amy said...

These are really gorgeous bracelets! You showcased the beauty of these beads perfectly.

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Absolutely gorgeous! So easily wearable, I would wear either of those in a heartbeat! Wonderful texture in the first and the color combo in the second is perfection!

Maggie said...

I'm a fan of bracelets. Love the first piece and as pretty as the necklace is, I'd have to wear it as a bracelet. So pretty!

Wendy said...

So pretty!

Creative Arty Facts said...

Hhhmm Lola - very nice pieces you've made with your bead soup!

Mylene said...

Doesn't texture add a lot of visual interest to a piece. It's a bit like layering really. And doesn't all that texture work really well with the carved cherry quartz? Lovely bracelet.

Jennifer Cameron said...

What gorgeous pieces! All that wire wrapping. My fingers hurt just looking at it ;o)

Shirley said...

Oh man, I am so in love with that first bracelet! They are both beautiful, and I'm so jealous of your wire wrapping! You have no reason at all to be nervous, cause this is outstanding!

hello gorgeous said...

two gorgeous pieces...the second being my favourite! ;o)

hugs

hello gorgeous xxx

one-eared pig said...

Very pretty!

Terri said...

Bold bracelet and a delicate necklace...Soup-er cool what you came up with ..with what your bead soup partner sent you.

I LOVE color! said...

I am so sorry I am so late hopping your way. My computer dug it's heels in and said Not gon'a go thaat fast.:^)
Your designs are nothing short of amazing.
Be blessed to be a blessing

Beadaholique said...

Beautiful! I really love the necklace which can be multi-wrapped or worn as a bracelet - very cool!

Tracy said...

Love the wirewrapped green necklace/bracelet - how versatile.

Fire Phoenix said...

That cherry quartz focal looks edible! Yum!

Bobbie said...

The first bracelet is a great contrast of colors, and I really like how the necklace can be converted into a bracelet - lovely!

Marian Hertzog said...

Great job Lola! I like them both but I love the wire wrapping on the green and pink one especially.

Miri Agassi said...

Nice Job!! I could wear the bracelet, Love it!!Beautiful pieces!!

maneki said...

Beautiful! I especially fell for the necklace/bracelet. The colours look fab together, the choice of colour for the wire is perfect, it's so neatly wrapped and of cause I like versatile jewellery. Great job!

pinkchapeau said...

The steel wire looks great! I love that necklace/bracelet as well. Is there any special type of wire you purchase?

Stacey said...

Beautiful pieces! Love the links on that necklace and how fun that it can double as a triple strand bracelet - very cool!

Jenni said...

I think both your pieces are really "stong", with limited colours in each piece you really notice both the gorgeous focal and your great wire wrapping. Love it.
Jenni

Jenni said...

I think both your pieces are really "stong", with limited colours in each piece you really notice both the gorgeous focal and your great wire wrapping. Love it.
Jenni

Penny said...

Love the wire you used for your necklace I am going to be on the hunt for some of that. Lovely soup!!

Spirited Earth said...

both are beautiful, but i love that green one. due to computer issues i'm still bead souping.

vonna said...

Steel wire HOW cool is that! You showcased this soup superbly!

Boot ~C said...

oh yeah these are great & I really like the wire wrapped piece, love it when a necklace can do double duty as a bracelet

Christine said...

Both pieces are beautiful! I would wear them often!!

Noemi said...

Both pieces are so nice. Love the contrast of the focal with the hematite. And the necklace is perfect. The contrast again of the green beads with the quartz works beautifully.

chicandfrog said...

Both peces are so nice, but I would certainly the second one wrapped around the wrist. Those colours are a perfect match and the wire from the hardware store works great as well. Well done!

Ambra

Ann said...

Both pieces are really nice, I love the versatility of the bracelet/necklace.