Saturday, May 10, 2014

It's Bead Soup time!!  I love this day!! 

You are paired with a partner and they send you a surprise bead don't know what you are going to receive or in what colors!  They send a mix of beads, a focal, and a clasp.  Once it arrives, you take your soup and create a new piece, or two, or three!

The day is organized all by Lori Anderson!  She wrote a book a book about it too you can purchase at your local bookstore, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and more!

Once I met Laurie, my partner, I found out she loves vintage.  Since I loved vintage too, I knew this was going to be a fun soup to send!  Here is what I sent to Laurie.  I included pieces from my collection as well as some czech glass, bronze findings, and a focal from RoundRabbit:


Here was the soup that was sent to me from my partner, Laurie of MermaidTreasures on etsy!  She lives in Rhode Island with her husband, teenage daughter, and 2 cats!  I loved the blue combination she sent me, a metal hand-colored focal, and a silver clasp.

I was able to get once piece finished for the reveal today, but plan to making a matching set of earrings!  I made this knotted necklace with waxed linen thread using all the beads Laurie sent to me...I did not add any of my own.  The only thing I added was the silver chain around the bottom!  Making knotted necklaces has been great thing to make and relax and I love making them!

I hope you have fun today reading blogs to see what everyone has made.  Here are all the links below to the Bead Soup Blog Party!!
Lori Anderson, Hostess

Kristina Hahn Eleniak

Genea Crivello-Knable

Miranda Ackerley
Erin Guest
Emma Todd
Regina Santerre

Katie Nielson-Nunez
Nicole Demore

Bobbie Rafferty
Kathleen Breeding
Diana Shiraishi
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp

Tina Holden
Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic
Dian Hierschel

Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens
Rebecca Anderson

Rosantia Petkova
Jacqueline Keller
Joan Williams

Agata Grygiel
Jeannine Vetsch-Bokstaller
Birgitta Lejonklou

Bridget Torres
Keren Panthaki
Jennifer VaBenschoten
Solange Collin
Michelle Tucker
Noemi Baena Roman
Marsela Schroth

Gail Vanderster-Zwang
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Christine Stonefield

Rossana De Gaspari
Cheryl Roe
Pam Hurst
Emmanuelle Roué
Barbara Fernald

Gen Smith

Cindy Boissonneault
Susanne Stelljes

Terry Jeanette Carter

Kim Paige

Elaine Robitaille http:/
Leslie Schenkel

Mary K. McGraw

Mandi Ainsworth

Nicole Valentine Rimmer
Heather Marston
Mary Ellen Merrigan
Cheryl Brown

Patricia Buchanan
Rachel Stewart

Jael Thorp
Patty Woodland

Marde Lowe
Hannah Annear
Valerie Norton

Elisabeth Auld
Brendalee Astells
Susan Kennedy
Janice Warden Bergeron







  1. I love working with knotted jewelry. They have a better drape it seems. Your necklace has such a great flow to it.

  2. What a lfantastic Soup you were given!! Love the knotted necklace you made!!

  3. What a fantastic Soup and what a lovely knotted necklace you made!!

  4. What a beautiful piece. I love the colours!

  5. Great spring necklace, I love how you embellished the focal.

  6. Very pretty...great color combo and the beads are so fun.

  7. Lovely necklace! Beautiful the way you used the focal :)

  8. You had a lovely soup and made a beautiful necklace with it. Nicely done.

  9. First off, I LOVE the soup you sent your partner. I adore vintage and upcycled pieces so that soup just makes me smile. I'm so impressed that you were able to complete your piece without really dipping into your own stash! And, your necklace is so sweet! Nice job.

  10. Echoing the other comments - knotted is beautiful! I love working with waxed linen too...Your necklace is beautiful!

  11. Beautiful necklace! I like the dangles on the focal☺

  12. Love the necklace! The chain added a nice touch to the design!

  13. Your design is gorgeous! My favorite colors too! I love working with cording; can't hardly bring myself to crimp unless absolutely necessary. I must see what your partner made with the lovely vintage soup you sent her.

  14. What a pretty necklace, such a romantic feel ... that pendant is sooo cute!

  15. Lovely colour combination. The focal is beautiful.

  16. Lovely necklace, really pretty colors.

  17. Kristi, the soup you were given was exquisite, and you knew exactly how to best use it. Your necklace is gorgeous!

  18. That is a beautiful necklace. I can't wait to see what you partner makes with her soup. I hope she used that faucet handle! Great job!

  19. interesting, feminine creation!

  20. Such a soft and feminine look, well done!

  21. what a great combination of colors! i love the way you mixed things up and worked in a sweet, girly color palette.

    Linda A.

  22. Love the colours in your soup. Your finished necklace is beautiful!

  23. I love your necklace! Love the colors! Great job !

  24. A very pretty necklace. I love the colors and the style. So very feminine.

  25. Your necklace is gorgeous and so "fairy-ful", I love that you used only beads from the soup since they are so lovely together!

  26. The chain and crystal drop coming off the focal really highlight it in such a delicate way! How cool that you used just beads from your soup. Very nicely done!

  27. Not many people have met the challenge to make something using only soup beads, no matter how ample and color coordinated it was! I admire that you did just that and made such a beautiful summer necklace with this intriguing focal!

  28. I'm personally a big fan of kristibasket-itsanewday blog. Thanks for sharing this post.

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