Saturday, February 26, 2011

Time to reveal my SOUP!!!

Here's my gorgeous collection of beads that I received from Libby (Libbyleu) for the Bead Soup Party. I was so excited with the colors in the lampwork focal and the beautiful selection of extras and wanted to make something out of the ordinary. Something I wouldn't normally do. I wanted to incorporate a whole bunch of things, and I hope you like what I came up with...
Here's my finished necklace, called "Sea Anemone", thanks to my daughter for helping with the naming of it!
I was struggling with the name because it is very elaborate, so I asked my family members for assistance. I liked Sea Anemone because it really just fit, with all the little strands coming off from the center. It is a wonderful mixture of almost all of the beads that Libby sent me, in addition to some Bead caps, seed beads and silver chain that I added to hold them all together.
Libby sent me some beautiful round glass beads, African Recycled Glass, Czech glass and a beautiful Lampwork Focal bead.
Also, a really nice Silver Toggle Clasp!
I'm thrilled with how it came out and really enjoyed the challenge of getting everything in there. 
It ended up being a very chunky piece, with lots to look at. I'm usually one for doing things symmetrical.
But I wanted to think outside the box and just go with what felt right for this one. 
I love it!
This was a blast! I had so much fun with it, and would love to participate in the bead soup party again! It's a nice way to meet new people, work with beads that someone chooses for you, and come up with something great! 
I can't wait to see what she made with what I sent her, you'll have to see her blog to check it out. 

There were 210 particpants in this Bead Soup Party! HUGE!! Following is the list, so take some time to check out what everyone did with their soup! Leave some comments and let us know what you think!

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.  Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs YOU ARE HERE!!!
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


  1. Kristen, your piece is truly lovely.I really like how you added so many elements and also the multi strand approach. The colours are beautiful together, a great name too. Of course the focal is stunning!

  2. I love to scuba dive...and I must say the name is perfect!!! You have captured the serene beauty and complexity of the underwater world !!!
    this is a Wonderful creation !!!
    m.e. :)

  3. Extraordinary! I love the focal and the work with multiple strands. Excellent!

  4. such a great design kristen! libby's beads are so of the best made and think you did that gorgeous focal justice! great great work.

  5. Gorgeous! I love how you incorporated all the components together to great this beautiful necklace! So much to see and touch!

  6. from beautiful beads you created a truly innovative, lovely design!
    so pretty!

  7. Outside the box totally worked for you! This is gorgeous!

  8. I love the multiple strands, too. Very pretty!

  9. Great Piece,
    I like how the strands are interesting to look at and not just simple.
    I would have had a challenge with using the large focal but you seemed to make it look effortless.

  10. I really love that focal! This is really lovely!

  11. Beautiful piece! Love the focal!

  12. That is definitely the ONLY Sea Anemone I have ever seen that I would totally wear ;) Love what you did with your soup! It all works together beautifully.

  13. I love it!! It is absolutely gorgeous!! Great job!

  14. The chunkiness and treasures at every angle are what make this necklace awesome. Going with the creative flow always turns out to be the recipe needed. Great Soup!

  15. What a beautiful creation, Kristen! You did a wonderful job w/ Libby's focal!!

  16. Wow Kristen it really is beautiful. Thank you so much for being my partner. It was really a blast. Your work is fantastic and I can't wait to continue to read your blog and see what other wonderful things you create. Thank you so much for making such a great necklace.

  17. I love what you made with yur Bead soup. It is gorgeous!! Great colors and I just love "full" necklaces.

  18. This is SO SO PRETTY!! You definitely get a feel for the water with it. You've really made something special with that bead soup mix.

  19. Oh...Oh...OH! So PRETTY! OMG---this necklace is making me tingle with all kinds of "I WANTS" from the Bead Addict! Beautifully crafted and I love not just the colors but the textures as well!

  20. Those beads are gorgeous, and you've really done them justice with your design!

  21. I love the ocean quality of the piece, so cool and yet elegant.

  22. Wow Kristen!!! It is absolutely beautiful!! I love your designs :)

  23. good golly, that's some beautiful soup! i LOVE the chunkiness of it and the way you showed everything off! an amazing job!

  24. gorgeous colors for your mix, you did a beautiful job

  25. I can see why you had a blast - beautiful pieces you had to work with. Your asymmetrical design is truly a work of art. This has me thinking of the beach...the colors, the serene feel....lovely!

  26. I love the blues also! You did an amazing job, this piece is absolutely beautiful. Brava!

  27. I've got two words for you, missy! YOU ROCK! That is so absolutely gorgeous! How lucky were you to get such a stunning focal to work with too. Who would have thought you could improve it? But you certainly did. Gorgeous work as always, my friend.

  28. Kristen, your piece came out so beautifully and I love these colors....

  29. Beautiful design with beautiful ingredients! I love the delicate colour scheme that Libby sent you. Are those sea glass beads or etched lampworks? Whatever they are, I love them!!

  30. Beautiful and I love the name. That focal is stunning and you added a lot of interest but didn't steal too much attention from it. Great work!

  31. The name is perfect and your piece is gorgeous! I love the layered strands, they show off the focal beautifully!

  32. Wow youve done so much with your beads! Its just a stunning pc! You so captured the focal and beads into a very Beautiful creation!!!

  33. Fabulous piece! Love the colors and all the elements.

  34. I would have died if I got that focal bead but I think you did an outstanding job with it! Amazing!!!
    Shannon C

  35. OH my! I am really loving that! I love Libby's beads too, she has such a greta eye for color. I love the weight of this piece, any chance you'd put together a tutorial for how you made it?

  36. Wonderful necklace, love that you used multiple strands to use all of the various beads, it all goes so well with that gorgeous focal. I am loving your 'sea anemone'.

  37. I'm loving this color palate and you rocked it out...great design!!!Stunning!

  38. I love the color combination and the multi-strands. Just gorgeous!

  39. Very pretty! Love the colors and multiple strands!

  40. What a wonderful fun piece! Love it!

  41. Oh, my! That is an amazing piece of wearable art! I love it!

  42. Oh, this is great! You got a wonderful mix to start with, but you really made the most of it - I love it!

  43. Wow, that took a lot of time and work! You should be proud!

    Wonderful job!

  44. That is lovely! Every time I look, I see something different...very soothing colors as well.

  45. Kristin, this piece is just amazing! The colors, the flow, the whole look of the necklace is gorgeous. And the name totally fits!

    (From one Bristol gal to another... ;)

  46. I am always drawn to the pieces that are in the blue family and remind me of the ocean, this one is a perfect example of my faves!

  47. As a beach girl just love the name, colors and designs...beautiful

  48. Kristen, I think I gasped when I saw your necklace! Just love everything about it...the colors, the composition, the multiple layers. This is such a stunning piece. I know I would be finding clothes to wear with it, and would wear it ALL the time!!!

  49. I really love your finished piece...the blue is beautiful and the name is so fitting...I enjoyed visiting the rest of your blog as well.

  50. Beautiful work! So calm and dreamy!

  51. this is an amazing piece ... so much detail ... and I love the blues with the silver ... gorgeous!

  52. Very beautiful, I love how you used different strands and how everything comes together!

  53. Absolutely gorgeous, eye catching, beautiful work!

  54. Gorgeous~ The multistranding is awesome and your bead choices are perfect. I'd love to see this one on!

  55. I love your soup, just my colours !! You necklace is fab, I would wear that so happily, the colours and textures are gorgeous :))

  56. Your bead soup is beautiful, love the blues! And your necklace turned out amazing... the multiple strands, textures & details are perfect.

  57. Very sea goddess in feeling-- the colors are fabulous!

  58. You did a beautiful job with your bead soup. Love the many layers!

  59. Absolutely beautiful necklace! Love Love Love the colors and the treatment you gave that incredible focal!

  60. Beautiful necklace, I love the beads you received and you did a fabulous job putting it all together!

  61. It is amazing how many bloggers are bringing in the spring with their amazing the we need the sun and we are all set.

  62. Serene and beautiful. Great bead soup.

  63. Stunning color combo and design.

  64. #161 here:)

    Lovely multi strand design! I love the color theme!! Springtime!!

  65. A great design- it makes me think of the ocean!

  66. such a beautiful design. makes me want to be at the ocean.

  67. great name, all the textures add so much to this love piece.

  68. So beautiful friend, I love this necklace & what you did with your SOUP! Your Bead Soup piece's are beautiful & I LOVE the glass focal, Well Done!!! ;)
    Thanks for sharing...

  69. Oh, I just love all your soup ingredients. The focal bead is just gorgeous and you've done a great job with the finished necklace!

  70. well i'm happy you jumped out of the box because this is stunning-i love the look and you rocked your soup!


  71. this is totally gorgeous! love the multiple strand idea..I would wear it everyday!

  72. Wow what a pretty piece...those blues have such a soft and calming feel to them. Such a gorgeous focal too. Well done!


  73. Love Libby's beads! She sent you some beauties. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your finished necklace! I love all of the texture and multi-strands. Treasures to be admired on every inch of the piece! Wonderful work!

  74. Oh my for sure! That turned out So nice! Love all of the strands together. Very beautiful work.

  75. I love your necklace. The colors are scrumptious and I love the multiple strands! Fabulous!

  76. Oh my gosh, what a beautiful necklace! Your work is really, really gorgeous! I've been watching the slideshow on the bottom of your blog and admiring all of your beautiful work. :-)

  77. Still blog hopping. So glad I get to look at something this beautiful tonight! It reminds me of sunlight on the ocean. It is just a stunning piece, and you should be very proud of it!

  78. Yum! I love the multistrands that echo the shapes in the massive (and by massive I mean stunningly beautiful in a huge sort of way!) focal. This is some tasty soup!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Enjoy the day!

  79. Outstanding !! gorgeous necklace and so lovely colors and also a bit playful with all those differant strands :) ! love <3<3<3

  80. A lovely, lush necklace! Sea anemone sounds like a perfect name. I like that you made it a multistrand necklace to balance the focal and also how you strung the focal bead rather than having it hand the other way as a pendant.

  81. Lovely! You definitely did that gorgeous focal justice.

  82. Oh, I love it! Such beautiful colors and what a lush necklace!

  83. Kristen

    Your piece is fantastic! It's hard to believe that this isn't your "normal" working style! All the ornate strands really work to make that focal sing. I would've been afraid to steal the focal's thunder, but you really make me see that it works! You and Libby were obviously a perfect match!!


  84. I love your little picture of you up there, with you peeking around the door! Very cute. :D

    This is a gorgeous piece! I'm glad you went with a multiple strand look because it adds so much dimension to this interestingly beautiful necklace. It reminds me of the beach in the summer with that color palette and your design suits it well; the many strands and textures evoke images of tide pools teeming with life, lovely strands of seaweed, colorful spiny sea creatures, and so forth. :) Very lovely! Wonderful work.

  85. wow! that is really beautiful! I am not as fancy as that, you make some really pretty things. congratulations on another beautiful piece of work!

  86. Beautiful! I love how you combined all of the different elements into an elegant whole without seeming busy or overworked.


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