Bead Soup Blog Party

Monday, February 25, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Party - Our Soups

I'm so excited to be part of the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party.  This is my first time to participate and I have already learned so much that I will change/improve when I participate in the next one..... the next one will not involve that thing that brings out the biggest fear in me....that thing called the "UNKNOWN".  Fear of the unknown, the not experienced - it can be a paralyzing thing for me !!

My partner and I had a frustrating week or so of not being able to communicate.  I was receiving her messages but my reply messages were hiding in her spam folder.... thanks to facebook we finally connected, addresses were exchanged,  and our soups have arrived.

Here is the soup I received from Billi S Rothove - Billi is a polymer clay artist and all of the beads are her own creation:

This is a very bright and colorful soup and handmade with love.  Bright colors are definitely outside my comfort zone as I tend toward more muted and earthy colors.  Initially I was at a complete loss for ideas as to what I might create with my soup - so - I shared the pictures and chatted with some of my dear friends who bead, as well as with Lori, and now the ideas are coming one after another.  Thank you ladies for opening my mind to all the possibilities!!  At the moment they are all ideas, no actual creating done - but I am truly looking forward to the reveal on April 6.

Here is the soup I sent Billi - as you can see, I chose my usual rustic, earthy, muted colors, including some unakite and buttermilk jasper beads, a few crystazzi's for a bit of bling and some copper components.  I etched the copper focal and painted it with a Vintaj patina.  This soup seems to be giving Billi a bit of trouble too, but no worries, I know we will both have fun with the challenge !

I'm looking forward to meeting the 500+ bead soup participants and seeing what everyone has done with their soups.  Look for me and Billi in the 2nd reveal.  Until then - happy beading !!


  1. Wow, what a stark contrast between soups! you have certainly dished up some serious challenges for each other. But I'm sure you will find something wonderfully creative to make with your soup, Carolyn! you have a great eye for design. I can't wait to see what you cook up!

  2. I can't wait to see what you do with your soup, Carolyn. I love the blue, green, yellow and orange beads. What a festive blend.

  3. We have challenged each other! I have started sorting through bead stashes. I love everything you sent. Now I am starting to translate my soup, too. :-)This is already great fun.

  4. Beautiful soups of two different kind of beads colors...... Can't wait to see the end result....I bet they will be wonderful

  5. Great soups! I’m part of the bead soup party. Looking forward to the reveals. I'm now following you. I have a new blog. Please consider following my jewelry blog. Thanks.

  6. Wonderful soup - can't wait to see what you've made with them!