Audubon's Kingfisher

Audubon's Kingfisher

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Bead Soup!!!

I apologize to my Partner, Cheryl, for posting the AMAZING soup she sent me so late. I have been working ALOT.

I was really stumped on what to send Cheryl, I was packing beads the day I mailed them to her. My Boyfriend, Mike and I decided to go for a mini-hike to clear my brain when it hit me! Send home in beads. I love Washington, I have lived here for 14 years now and can't imagine living anywhere else.

In our fun questions-and-answers emails, Cheryl mentioned visiting Portland and loving it.

We Pacific North-westerners have such a wonderful and inspiring landscape, we have the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, the ocean, and the sound. Mike helped me pick moss and pine leaves to add to the box, and I found some little glass vial pendants and voila! Moss in a bottle :)

I had so much fun putting this soup together!

Here is one of the places we visited, and the inspiration for the soup colors:
Mukilteo Lighthouse:

I received some very carefully packed little boxes full of goodies (which I did not take pictures of, my bad) I want to make something with the pretty plaid ribbon that held them together...if I can find it....

My soup Beads from Cheryl:

She even found vintage shoe clips (grey and navy) and a sash buckle  (apple green and yellow) (Top, on ORIGINAL cards!) I am not 100% sure I want to use them, they do have a special place on my bead desk-with my collectibles, for now.

I had been slowly incorporating copper in my work, and I was thrilled when I saw the chain, clasps, and filigrees. I love the sunstones! It is one stone that I love and have none of...and it is the state stone of Oregon, where I am from originally. I also have quite a few Celtic silver pieces, so when I saw the triskele pendant and connectors I was shocked. It was so interesting how Cheryl sent things that have so much meaning to me!
The Kazuri pendant will make a really neat necklace for my friend, Mary. I am just waiting on a component I need to come in the mail. One of the orphan lampwork beads is already part of a necklace-and I have a few ideas for the rest of them. They are so pretty-I want to horde them lol!
I have a day off tomorrow so I am planning on diving in!

THANK YOU! For the amazing soup:)

Friday, March 7, 2014

I got my Bead Soup Blog Party Partner!!!!

<doing a dance>
SO Excited!
For BSBP #8, I was paired with Cheryl Gangle of!

Ok so that is it for now (more to come, I promise)

Off to figure out which soup to send :)