Saturday, April 13, 2013

BSBP7 2nd Reveal Day

This was my 3rd opportunity to participate in the Bead Soup Blog Party.  
It's the brilliant idea of Lori Anderson of Pretty Things, and the reason I started a blog.

This year I was paired with the fabulous Aussie Erin Guest 
whose truthful writing is delivered in such a clever and humorous way 
that even her frustrations can't help but brighten you day. 
So make sure to check out

Here are the fabulous beads she sent me,
and here is what they became.

I tried desperately to make some design other than the one I saw when I opened the package.

I tried adding pearls. 

I tried seed beading a bead cap for the focal with a bail.  
It looked like a sea creature was trying to devour it.

I asked for help, and a friend suggested Chinese style from the Victorian era.  After a hour detour in Victorian gowns and accessories I remembered that was in Europe.  So I figured out she meant Imperial style, and studied a bit on that.

I tried gold wire.  I was going to use the clasp for something else.

I tried ribbon/fiber what ever you want to call that $8 piece of string.

I tried seed bead spirals, multi-strands and...well, honestly that's all I can remember.

I did all of this & pulled it all out before Erin suggested I take photos of my Oh Heck No attempts.
my chair
Armed with my camera and a clean work space I spent hours at the table avoiding the temptation to create other things and basically fussing with my soup or simply staring at it.  This lasted a few weeks.  Then I was down to watching them taunt me from their bowl every time I past my bead table.
You should know my work space is just off my side of the bed so that was a lot of taunting.

So Thursday night I had to do I gave in and made what I saw in my mind when I first opened the beads.  It turned out better than it did in my head.  It's not remarkable, but it's beautiful.  Even though I've seen this style before I have never created a piece like this which makes it even better. 
Most importantly those beads aren't mocking me from the bowl anymore.  Hooray!
Thanks to Lori for all the incredible hard work she does to coordinate such a huge event, and a special thanks to Erin without whom my life would not be as cheery.  
the focal
I'm so lucky to have the online beading community. 
Here's a slice of that community.
One third of this party's participants all have new pieces to show you today.

TIP:  For those of you who want to visit everyone Print out the list below and line them out as you visit.  This gives you the paper's edge to doodle ideas or mark shops you want to revisit.  Others take the list to Word and remove them when they've visited.  That might work for you.  I love the satisfaction of having a fully crossed out list though.  Let me know if either worked for you.

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 Hansen
Christine Murrow
Christine Stonefield
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
Terry Carter
Theresa Buchle
Tiffany Smith
Tina Holden

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


  1. Holy cow, Ginger! That's awesome. I LOVE what you've done with all the beads. :)

  2. That's beautiful. The flow of the piece is great.

  3. Lovely! That necklace IS remarkable Ginger, it really is!

  4. Great work! That last minute creative gene really kicked in :-D I think we're sometimes just overwhelmed by everything that we have to wait for the right moment and then everything just sort of falls together perfectly as with your beautiful necklace.

  5. Even with the beads taunting you and trying all the different combinations of styles you piece turned out spectacular! Love the color and the flow of the necklace! I really like the tassle on the focal pendant!

  6. Love that focal, you've created a great necklace with it.

    P.S. Thanks for the tip on how to get through the hopping! I like to have an excel spreadsheet of everyone and their blog url, and then I can write little comments in the next cell reminding me why I liked that piece!

  7. Sometimes you just have to go with your gut and it'll all work out. In this case, it really did. Your necklace and earring set is beautiful.

  8. That necklace is beautiful. I can say one thing, you have one persistent muse! See, you finally made what she wanted you to make in the first place. Sometimes it is very easy like that with a great bead soup - what you see at first is really the way to go. Trouble is, you never know until you give in and make it. Since this piece got made and nothing else did, you were on the right path. I hope in looking back you enjoyed the journey - and kudos to your muse for all those hours of taunting. Great job!

  9. Beautiful design with some lovely soup!

  10. very elegant projects!congrats!

  11. I find my first ideas always end up being the best, with a little tweaking they are what is meant to be. You have done a beautiful job, I am glad you went with your initial thought. I love it, it looks like it could dress up or dress down, the perfect accessory. Your story was so funny and so close to home, funny how a little bowl of beads can haunt us. Great great job.

  12. I'm glad you finally gave in to your first thoughts. It's lovely!

  13. The beads might have given you a fit, but you definitively showed them who's boss !

  14. Reddest reds and blackest blacks, with gorgeous silver accents - love what you created. If my bead table was next to my bed, I would be SO sleep deprived! And great hop tip - I copy the list into Word, then change the text to red for those sites I want to return to for some extra exploring.

  15. All of your pieces are gorgeous. I really love love love the earrings

  16. I simply love what you made, the necklace is so gorgeous!

  17. WOW! All so beautiful, but my fav are earrings ^_^

  18. beatiful necklace, great design!
    this is my 3rd BSBP, I'm on the 3rd reveal... it is totally funny this party!
    ciao dall'Italia

  19. Your pieces turned out great, I think it's ok to follow what's in our head because that project will change itself on the way!

  20. It's fabulous!! The earrings are fabulous!! YOU are fabulous, for trying so many different aspects before returning to your original idea - I hope that the wanderings inspired you for future items, even though they didn't want to work for you in this set. I love how you persevered and kept on at it until you arrived at such a delightful outcome!! Bravo!

  21. Beautiful designs! And loved hearing about the process.

  22. Very pretty! Like how you've used the focal with the beaded tassles.

  23. Very Nice design!
    I love the fresh look you gave the color combo

  24. beautiful!! I love the use of the dragonflies too! The colors - simply to die for!! ~KM 1st reveal -

  25. Fun story and a pretty piece - glad you decided to go with your first impression.

    But I have to say I wonder what else might have appeared if you hadn't avoided temptation to create other things while you wrestled with your dilemma? Procrastinating on troublesome pieces often gives me the inspiration for some of my favorites.

  26. I can't help but reach for my chapstick when I look at that focal. Great post. I think we have all been there, artistic conundrum. You solved yours beautifully I must say!

  27. I love the colors in your soup. You did a beautiful job putting it all together.

  28. Those are all so beautiful - I've seen a bunch of red/black/white/silver designs this year and I think I'm going to have to try experimenting with those colours myself. Really love your finished pieces :)

  29. Love the colors - love your pieces! That such a fun-combo for summer!

  30. I love, I love the neccklace, very beautiful combination colours.

  31. Wow I love that lampwork bead....fabulous well thought out design. Kristin Oppold

  32. Lovely pieces, I like the dragonfly charms and the way you made the dangly off the pendant. Beautiful work!

  33. Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog the other day...Thank you!! Wow, what a yummy the colors! You did an awesome job with your bead soup...such beautiful creations!!

  34. ~i love the contrast of had a fun array of beads to work with and love the pieces you created...beautiful job...much love light and blessings~

  35. Hi Ginger! Love your necklace and earrings! Wait until you see my piece for the 3rd reveal always, your post made me laugh and I so enjoyed your creativity. Bead on!

  36. Ah Ginger, you shouldn't of tried so hard to fight it I think it looks wonderful! I am attempting to empty a word doc for my hopping (still looks pretty full at the moment - but I like to take my time :))

  37. It's good to know I'm not the only who has beads and half-finished projects that taunt and tease them...

    I love the necklace. it may not be what you though you wanted, but it is beautiful (cue The Rolling Stones...)

  38. Sometimes the first idea is the best idea!! Looks fantastic!

  39. This color combination would have been a big challenge for me! Fantastic job!

  40. You did great, Ginger! We were definitely thinking along the same lines for your Bead Soup. I immediately saw that cylindrical bead ending up as a tassel pendant.

  41. Love the soup you received and what you created with it! The necklace is fantastic-the focal that you designed for it is a show stopper!

  42. Beautiful!!! I love how persistent this piece was in your mind! Thanks for the story, and this necklace is lovely!!

  43. I love♥ your earrings very much!

  44. Oh, dear - that was a very funny story. One thing I've learned this past year is never fight the beads! If they presented themselves to you in a form, use it - no matter how much you try not to, you'll end up exactly where those beads want you to be. With a very stubborn 10 yo in the house I must admit: there is no negotiation with a bowl of beads when they made up their mind :)

    I absolutely *love* your piece: it is gorgeous, it is adorable, it is, most important, extremely wearable! The colours are perfect, the design is perfect, it flows beautifully - the little flower charm, is that a Nina Design?

    And you used your greens as a background again - of course :)

  45. I really love your work! I enjoyed the blog as well :)

  46. I love your work! and I enjoyed the blog as usual :)

  47. Sometimes inspiration takes a little longer to break through but when it does! You have created a really lovely unusual necklace and earring set, well done.
    I am a bit late posting due to a health problem, but I hope you can spare a minute to visit my blog.

  48. Ginger your necklace is beautiful.

  49. Sometimes that first inspiration is so hard to shake because it's the right way to go! This is a lovely set, and I'm glad you listened to the little voice in your head. And I'm with you -- I've got my list printed out and am crossing out names as I(oh, so very slowly) work my way through the reveal!

  50. I have found that when I try to ignore my first inspiration I end up going in circles. I know that I would be totally stumped by that focal as gorgeous as it is and just love that first inspiration of yours.


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