Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup 2011 - My Reveal

First of all, please check out my Bead Soup Blog Party partner's blog, Rosa & Josie's , for Diane's completed pieces using the soup I sent her. She named her collection, grandmother's gold & glitz. It is special to me, as I sent her a set of my lampwork beads that I made to match a vinatge crystal necklace of my maternal grandmother's. What she created is simply wonderful; grandma passed away in 1979, and knowing that the necklace isn't just sitting in a box but has been sent on and repurposed for new memories is simply wonderful to me.

On to my Soup. Diane sent me spectacular items - a locket personalized on the inside with a ribbon and pearl nest, a resin insert, and a charm with my name; olivine jade rondelles, brass links; vintage brass chains and a vintage button; jump rings; wire; a brass clasp; Dupioni silk; and so much more. It was all packaged in a vintage jewelry bag.

I created this necklace using most of the components she sent me. Flanking the locket Diane sent is my own locket from my youth. The chain is far to small for my adult neck and I although I wore it contantly when I was younger, I have not worn it in years. On the other side of the locket is a vintage chandelier earring drop that was my grandmother's. I love creating assymetrical pieces, so the necklace is half Dupioni silk and the other side is the vintage brass chain and wire wrapped jade and aquamarine chips (my birthstone).

The night I discovered I was partnered with Diane (her blog name is dedicated to her grandmothers) I dreamt in the colors of the collection I ended up sending to Diane (When it comes to creating, always listen to the voices in your head). On an another 'I love how my brain works' note, Diane states on her blog, "... the necklace has an interchangeable dangle." I had to stop at that, because I made the locket removable on my necklace, too; I love the big locket and carried it around with me like a worry stone until it was time to finish the piece. I used the vintage button so it would still have a centered focal when I wanted to remove the locket to carry it with me.

The other piece I made with my goodies is a bracelet. I ran out of aquamarine chips, so I used vintage amber beads, amethyst chips, and varioius dyed pearls I have accumulated over the years. I used some of the silk as crimp covers and fashioned my own clasp out of brass wire I had on hand.

The props used for these photos are my grandmother's jewelry box from the 40's and a tool box from grandfather in-law's. I thought they were an appropriate way to finish up this post.

NOW - get on over to that blog party. Yes, there are 210 of us this time around; it may be a lot, but everyone needs as much eye candy as possible. :) Here is the full list.

1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

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

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, Palima-Lim

23. Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu

24. Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads

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 Design

35. Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle

36. Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs

37. Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works

38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights

39. Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire

40. Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio

41. Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's

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 Chronicles

53. Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde

54. Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog

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 Bead Blog

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 Daftique

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

76. Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium

77. Valerie Norton, Hot Art

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 Designs

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 Bead

93. Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations

94. Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof

95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia 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

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 Rhetoric

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, Vintagesusie & Wings

123. Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass

124. Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd 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

133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog

134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder

135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs

136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies

137. Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art

138. Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.

139. Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter

140. Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy

141. Heather Pyle, Welcome to My Muse

142. Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings

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

147. Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul

148. Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me

149. Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog

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, and 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, Summers Studio

165. Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra

166. Anna Motz, Stunning

167. Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings

168. Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads

169. Lisa Boucher, Lisa's 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

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 & Co.

191. Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry

192. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle

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, Kab's Creative Concepts

203. Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs

204. Juli Cannon, Julsbeads

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, Beads and Bread

The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011. Don't miss it!


graygirlstudios said...

very nice! I like how you brought all the elements together. nice colors too!

Palimpa Lim said...

Just beautiful. I would wear it every day.

Wendy said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the locket!

diane cook said...

Melissa....Oh, my goodness, you make a girl so very, very proud! I love how you added a locket from your childhood next the INTERCHANGEABLE locket from ME! Is that not just the greatest of all, that we each did that! And, you know didn't stop =) I made another. The Lord surely brought us together for this soup, and I am so very thankful for that. BTW, what was your grandmother's name? She surely is smiling right about now, don't you think?

Spirited Earth said...

i think i'm in love..gorgeous

Dee said...

beautiful! I simply love how you incorporated the old and the new...what a cherishable piece..wonderful job!

Kristen said...

She really did make a beautiful creation with grandmas necklace. You have also made a beautiful creation!

Mags said...

Great photos of the adorable pieces!! The necklace is a very cute one, the locket is to envy for <3

Clayworks by Lisa Boucher said...

Hi Melissa - You're so lucky to get such a lovely and personal mix. I like how you explain your process and about your dream. Very nice work - I'm sure you'll enjoy them.

Cindy said...

Melissa, you created not only a stunningn piece, but one filled with such sentimental value. I just love that. You and Diane are like kindred souls that way - each with such a deep affection for your Grandmothers. I understand that feeling as well. Your necklace is a real beauty, and I just know you'll add it to your Grandmother's beautiful jewelry box -when you're not wearing it! - with pride. :-)

Bobbie said...

Very pretty and romantic -- nice job!

Lisa said...

Those are beatutiful, that there is a story behind them as well.

one-eared pig said...

Thank you, everyone, for your kind words!

one-eared pig said...

And Diane, I agree!

Janet said...

Wow this is One of my Faves of the Party. So timeless and very Elegant. It really looks fit for Royalty! Wow Im so impressed.

BeadsByEarthTones said...

love all the elements in this design and i think you showed each off perfectly...i would be so proud to wear this work of art!

Pretty Things said...

This is such a lovely, heart-felt post. I'm so pleased you were able to make something meaningful and special. It's lovely.

Deci said...

Such a lovely creative soup!

Terri said...

Soup-er cool!!! Really terrific job with your soup mix. Combining old with new I think gives it a special touch.

Pam @ The Blue Between said...

Very pretty!

Marcy Lamberson said...

love the multi strands that add weight to balance the focal.

Suzette Bentley said...

Very pretty! I love how you incorporated the old with the new.
Have fun hopping!

roseworksjewelry said...

Lovely pieces - and I love the significance :)

rosebud101 said...

Wow! Beautiful!!!!

moonlitfantaseas said...

I love your necklace, and I love how you put your locket and your grandmothers earring into it too

Elisabeth said...

How beautiful!

SummersStudio said...

I love the serendipity of the sentimental value of what you and your partner have here. Beautiful.

Beadbug said...

You are my 141 blog visited today :) I love how you brought all the different pieces together to create a fun to wear unique piece. I can't wait to see it in person. Love it.

Dana said...

#209 here...great job...

chocoholic said...

Beautiful lockets and necklace. My favorite though is the bracelet- yummy colors and texture. Great soup!!

Jenni C said...

A very pretty, romantic and sentimental piece that will be cherished in the future. Love the fact the locket is interchangeable if you wish. Well thought out.

Prairie Emporium said...

Very Very lovely!! Great design.

Creative Arty Facts said...

I really like the colours you've used in your pieces, but i especially like the braclet - just beautiful!

Helmitarha said...

The piece you created is amazing! And so very special! Great job!

maryharding said...

Lovely necklace and bracelet. Love all the meaning these pieces have for you and your soup partner.I am a real fan of dupioni silk and I love how you used it.

Fire Phoenix said...

Both pieces are superb. I really like that you've added your own locket into the mix as well. I reckon this'll be a piece you'll keep forever!

SavonFeutré said...

Wonderful, very beautiful design!

Courtney said...

Melissa, your piece is stunning. I am in luv.

Loretta said...

Two great designs with fond memories. I love the colors in the second necklace and the ribbons add such a fun touch. Great soup!

Regina said...

What a special necklace you have created, something to be cherished for years to come. Lovely! Sounds like you and your partner are kindred spirits.

Julianna Cannon said...

So very unique! Love that necklace!

Stunning- said...

Love the great use of silk with the beads - adds great texture to your piece!

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Absolutely stunning! Love the locket can be removed and taken with you.

Jennifer Cameron said...

Great pieces and I love that you added your childhood locket. Thanks for sharing your thought process.

Laura said...

What wonderful pieces and a lovely story.

Gr8Findings said...

How beautiful that you were able to incorporate so many elements from your past in this post. Very touching way to remember the people we have loved.

stacilouise said...

love the ribbon! Perfect accent!!!

French Elegant Jewelry said...

Beautiful and love that bracelet

Penny said...

Vintage and romantic come to mind when I look at your necklace. Lovely job!

Salzanos said...

Very lovely, and nice color harmony!

Julie Nordine | Credit River Art Glass said...

Beautifully done, Melissa!

Jess Italia Lincoln said...

Beautiful! Love the story behind your bead soup and designs... the lockets are lovely! You & Diane were the perfect match :)

Everyday Gypsy said...

Boy, what I wouldn't give to have those pieces in my jewelry box. Just beautiful..

Tara P. said...

I love it! It's just beautiful.

Judy said...

I love vintage and this necklace speaks to me! The bracelet is so the colors!

vintagesusie & wings said...

So beautiful friend, I love this necklace & what you did with your SOUP! Simple Stunning!!! ;)
Thanks for sharing...

Nicki said...

I love lockets - your design is really cute. Like it a lot.

Shelly said...

gorgeous! And how fantastic is it that your ideas meshed with your partner's so well? I love that family heirlooms!

I like how you made the locket removable, I would never have thought of that `;~)

Leigh said...

What a stunning creation! You have a great eye for color and design.

Steph L. said...

Such pretty pieces!

Sarabeth said...



Holly said...

Melissa - that bracelet is lovely, and the necklace divine! I sooo love that you were able to work with both your own locket and the one from Diane, and love that you can take the larger locket off, should you so choose! Beautiful, just beautiful.

Heidi said...

Love the sentimentality of the necklace with your childhood locket and grandmother's earring. Very pretty. The silk is a great addition!

one-eared pig said...

Thank you, everyone for your kind words!

Janet said...

Im coming back again to say how much I LOVE looks like a beautiful treasure unearthed from a dig! BRAVO!!

BeaderBubbe said...

So nice...not a fan of vintage, but must admit this is lovely...great soup! :)

Jean said...

this is so feminine and beautiful!

Lisa Godfrey said...

Beautiful! Such a cool locket!

GraceC said...

Two really intersting pieces and a whole bunch of synchronicity on the exchange. Beautiful work. Also enjoyed your explanation of the props.

Serena Trent said...

I like really like this piece beautiful!

Releases by Rufydoof said...

Wow - what a nice job you have done of bringing all of the pieces together. I love it. Well done!


Barbara Bechtel said...

Hi Melissa! Your aesthetic is really delicious. I love how you paired all of the crystals together. And using the two very special lockets makes the piece one you'll cherish forever :)


Joanna Matuszczyk said...

Love colours in the bracelet! Gorgeous creations!

Hazel Ward said...

Really lovely, and it's made even better by the history behind the design :D

Beadroe said...

Great vintage feel to your piece.

sundownbeaddesigns said...

Such a lovely piece! I loved reading about the inspiration behind your piece as well as what you sent to Diane. Well done!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful....What a cool locket Diane sent you.How special to honor your grandmother by using her earring and using your childhood locket. I love that you made this so personal. Great Bead Soup.

tappingflamingo said...

ooo, how very pretty!

TesoriTrovati said...

How cool to honor all your grandmothers in this way! I love that you added your own special locket to the mix. Thanks for sharing.
Enjoy the day!

LeeLu Creations said...

My favorite is the bracelet. So chunky and fun! And I love the colors together.

Anonymous said...

I like how you brought all the elements together and that locket is very cool. Great Soup!

Menka Gupta said...

very nice. I love the way you have played with the locket.

CraftyHope said...

That necklace is really something. It's so funky. Don't get me wrong. . .I like funky. You've made a beautiful piece.

Alice said...

love the locket and the bracelet has great color combo.
alice's beads and baubles

Lutka And Co. said...

What lovely soup! and what a wonderful necklace you made!

Birgitta Lejonklou said...

Woow Melissa,
those pieces are awesome !!

maneki said...

Very pretty with a nice vintage feel! I really like the colours in both the necklace and bracelet.

Kitty Durmaj said...

Melissa, your jewelry is beautiful. I describe it as "dreamy"!

I especially enjoyed your description of how your piece was created. It was like I was sitting next to you while you were working on it.

Genea said...

Oh I love the necklace! I love the texture and the assembly using many beading techniques.

Valerie said...

Beautiful with a victorian feel. Very nice! You had lovely components to work with and you did a great job. Also, thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting. So nice of you!

Patsy Evins said...

I love the vintage design with both your necklace and bracelet. Your creations captured the wonderful feeling of the elegance of days long ago!

Marian Hertzog said...

I love the personal story you have with your necklace! Very pretty... both pieces.

Stacey said...

Beautiful pieces - love the old world feel - and the bits of ribbons - just beautiful!

Rebecca said...

Love what you've made and I *love* your Grandma's jewellery box! Such a lovely idea to make the locket removeable - I totally know what you mean about carrying around beads and the like as worry stones....I have a big lampwork focal I do the same with. Great job!

Noemi said...

Love the way you have used fabric on that necklace!

I would like to thank you for your kind words, it has really meant a lot, specially as I am having a really tough time. At least I am back home now.

Just So you know, I have left a thank you note on my blog, and I would love you to read it if you have time.

A big hug your way.

Boot ~C said...

beautiful mix of media

Blogger said...

Did you know that that you can make cash by locking special pages of your blog or website?
Simply join AdscendMedia and add their content locking tool.

Blogger said...

Are you making money from your premium shared links?
Did you know AdWorkMedia will pay you an average of $500 per 1,000 file downloads?