Finally finished up my Bugs

I had a number of beads to finish up from my Margaret Zinser course I took a couple years ago at Bead and Button. Margaret is an entomologist by training so her bugs are exquisite



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Purple package number 2


The second package was as amazing.  It contained tons of blue toned beads.  Some were royal blue some were turquoise.  There was a cool blue enameled bird clasp.  Tiny turquoise ceramic houses, beautiful fabric ribbon. some lovely silver connectors, birds and buttons.  I had a focal blue leaf oval too.  Some many fun items I can’t wait to start to create.IMG_6240


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My soup ingredients rock!!!

My amazing bead soup partner sent me not one but two soup recipes all wrapped up in fabric and ribbons.IMG_6234


I opened the first purple one first.  In it was a fabulous pendant made by Monique and then some matching seedish type beads in some great colors.  Also there were mother of pearl connectors, mother of pearl beads, multiple other great bits and a brass clasp.IMG_6238




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Back in the soup

So I am back in the Bead Soup mix.  Lori Anderson of Pretty  Things Blogspot has outdone herself again with her magic of grouping over 450 of us into pairs to exchange goodies which will challenge our creativity.  Last time I was lucky enough to be paired with JoAnne Woolverton and sent this cool2013 Bead soup packageThen she made a whole bunch of funky things with these ingredients:


for reveal2013


This time I am lucky to be paired with another fellow Canadian Monique Urquhart from Bathurst, NB.  She likes to include lots of variety into her projects so I will have to really look through my stash to find some gems to send.  Anyway I will work on it.  In the mean time check out her blog at



What else I have been up to with my talented art partner in crime Tammy

So for the past week I have been wildly etching any metal I can get my hands on.  My studio has been chemical smell central.  So here is the first of many fun etched mixed media jewelry items to come…..  I used one of my bead soup clear fantastic briolettes which is hanging from the hand.

Copper etched plate on a leather cuff with antique buttons and other vintage niblets.


The cuff open.


The cuff on my wrist.

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Here are the finished jewelry pieces on display

I love these colors together it was a wonderful color palette from Jo-Ann

Here is a close-up of the bracelet and earrings.

A close-up of the focal.


The Second Bead Soup Reveal is finally here

HI Everyone, this is my second time participating in the Bead Soup Party (huge thanks to Lori Anderson – organizer extraodinaire for all her work).  I just love this idea and to participate with such a fun and giving community.

I was so lucky to have such a wonderful partner as Jo-Ann Woolverton.  She sent me such a fabulous assortment of wonder.

Assortment of Soup ingredients


So I made a number of wonderful items that went with kind of an ocean theme for the big necklace.  I added in some of my stash of silver sea type shells etc.

The necklace that used almost all the bits as well as the large lampwork focal.


Then I made some matching earrings.  I really enjoyed working with the small etched blue beads and the lovely silver bent discs.

navy swaroski, then cool silver discs followed by the etched blue square beads, smaller silver discs then another swaroski and a silver swirl dangle.


Then of course I needed to make a matching bracelet with the beads, more silver and dangles.


I also had to make some earrings out of the darling blue tear drop shaped beads that she sent.

The blue tear drop beads “blinged up” with a navy swarovski and a little silver disc.


Finally I created a totally different themes set of earring with the gorgeous clear briolettes that she sent.  I haven’t used this shape much but sure did love them on the earrings and I have incorporated them into a cuff I will share later.


Etched nickel behind the copper hands then the fabulous briolettes at the bottom.

Thanks again to Jo-Ann and a huge thanks to Lori Anderson for her selfless work on this fantastic project that coordinates us all into pairs and reveal dates.  It is really appreciated.



Here is the master list of participants for you blog hopping pleasure

Agata Grygiel
Ali McCarthy
Alice Craddick
Amy Severino
Ana Krepel
Andra Weber
Andrea Glick
Andrea Trank
Anitra Gordy Boyers

Annette Rivers
Anu Tuppurainen
April Grinaway
Audrey Bélanger
Barbara Bechtel
Barbara Mason
Becky Pancake
Beti Horvath
Billi RS Rothove

Bobbie Rafferty
Brandi Burdick
Candida Castleberry
Carol Dillman
Carolyn Gebert
Carolyn Lawson
Caron Reid
Catherine King
Cathy Jakicic

Chandra Merod
Charlene Jacka
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Fick
Cherrie Warzocha
Cheryl Brown
Cheryl Dunham
Cheryl Foiles
Cheryl Gangle

Chris Eisenberg
Chris White
Christina Miles
Christine Murrow
Cindy Ritchie
Clare Etheridge
Cory Tompkins

Cris Peacock
Cynthia Abner
Debbie Rasmussen
Debi Levine
Deborah Brooks
Deborah Read
Debra Behrends
Dorota Żerańska
Elaine Robitaille

Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Emma Todd
Erin Guest
Evelyn Shelby
Evie and Beth McCord
Francy Inman
Ginger Bishop
Gloria Allen
Hajer Waheed

Hope Smitherman
Ilenia Ruzza
Ilona Hegedűs
Ine Vande Cappelle
Jackie Ryan
Janine Lucas
Jean Peter
Jean Wells
Jeanne Steck

Jelveh Jaferian Johnson
Jennifer Cabic
Jennifer Reno
Jennifer VanBenschoten
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Kyrlach
Jenny Robledo
Jessica Brower
Jill MacKay

JJ Jacobs
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Joanne Tinley
Johanna Rhodes Nash
Judy Robinson
Juli Cannon
Julia Gerlach
Julie Bowen
Julie Panusis

K Hutchinson
Karen Martinez
Karen Vincent
Karen Williams
Karin Slaton
Karyn Bonfiglio
Kat Douglas
Kate Dufour
Kate Mulligan

Kate Richbourg
Kathleen Gallant
Kathleen Lange Klik
Katie Nielsen-Nunez
Kay Bolton
Kayla Potega
Kelli Jacobson
Kelly Patterson
Kelly Ramstack

Kiersten Kern
Kim Sparks
Klaudete Koon
Klaudia Tóth
Krista French
Kristin Oppold
Kym Hunter
Lana Kinney
Laura Guenther

Lauren Fenty
Leah Curtis
Lennis Carrier
Linda Murphy
Lisa Johnson
Lori Anderson
Lupe Meter
Lynn Jobber
Mandi Effron

Marcia Dunne
Margareta Saari
Marianne Baxter
Marie Covert
Mary Ellen Parker
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens
Megan Milliken
Melissa Meman
Melissa Mesara

Michaela Pabeschitz
Michelle Tucker
Mimi Gardner
Mischelle Fanucchi
Monica Phillips
Mowse Doyle
Nancy Boylan
Nancy Dale
Pat Haight

Patina Queen
Patty Miller
Pia Kaven
Rebecca Anderson
Rose Johnson
Roxanne Blanc
Sarah Goode
Sarah Singer
Sarah Strover

Shalini Austin
Sherri Stokey
Sherry Baun
Sheryl Stephens
Silvia Sernicola
Solange Collin
Stacie Florer
Stacy Alderson
Stephanie Haussler

Stephanie LaRosa
Sue Burleigh
Susan Bowie
Susan Kelly
Susan of Libellula Jewelry
Susan Sheehan
Suzanne Fragiacomo
Tammi Sloan
Tammie Everly

Tania Hagen
Tania Spivey
Tanya Goodwin
Tanya Wiles
Tari Kahrs
Theresa Buchle
Tiffany Smith
Tina Holden

Tracey Nanstad
Tracie Dean
Tracy Bell
Tracy Kruse
Veralynne Malone
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom


My soup ingredients are here – Yeah!!!

Wow check out all the “gold” I got from Jo-Ann.  What a treasure trove I will have to work with.  Thanks so much Jo-Ann for your generosity.  She sent me all kinds of things in the ivory, silver, blue theme:  lamp work, cool silver discs. dark blue swarovski, awesome cool square blue beads and then dainty tear dropped partially etched blue beads.  Oh so much I can’t wait to make.

A close up of the etched blue patterned tear drops.

Here are all the fantastic goodies.

Here I have only opened one of the packages.


The last of the Seusslettes

Well there they are all made into jewelry.  I love the bracelet with a “Thing”, Horton, Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Cindy Lou Who and the Grinch.  Happy Valentines to all.

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The Bead Soup teaser pictures


Here are my pixelated teaser photos for my Bead Soup Partner Jo-Ann.  Can’t wait to see what she sends me!!

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