This blog is intended to document my journey into the world of handmade artisan lampwork beads.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!

What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:

~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads

Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.

Here's what I made!

I really love this focal and clasp. This is a necklace that I plan on wearing year round. I do not have anything even close to this in my jewelry box. And the best thing of all with any good soup is the leftovers. Look what I still have left to play with.
Thanks Amber Dawn for a wonderful selection of beads. I also wish to thank Lori Anderson http://www.PrettyThingsBlog.com for her endless effort in pulling off this marvelous event. I have been a spectator until now and am really glad I decided to join. I have set aside my weekend to view all of the other blogs.

Come see what the rest of us made!

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

You are here 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. Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs

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

My Partner 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

The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011. Don't miss it!


  1. *First comment jig?*

    This is gorgeous! I love the color scheme. The overall design you chose for these beads really suits it well. :) Also, that focal is gorgeous! Lucky you. :D Beautiful work!

    Enjoy the hop. I know I am. ^__^

  2. I like the asymmetrical design ! I never seem to get those quite right but that is lovely, particularly the way the little bead picks up the focals details :))

  3. Love that focal! Great color scheme :)

  4. I love the focal! The colors you used are perfect! and the design it just rocks!

  5. Very petty focal in your necklace and the green beads compliment it so well.

  6. Cheryl, you made a lovely feminine and soft necklace. I like it a lot :-)

  7. What a gorgeous focal bead and what beautiful colors. Your piece does justice to it all, as you say you it is a necklace for all seasons. Enjoy!

  8. Very pretty! I love that focal piece! And how lucky to have some beads leftover to work with!

  9. WOW !!! Gorgeous focal!!!
    Love the colors you used !
    Bead-u-tiful design !!!
    m.e. :)

  10. ~*Good morning Cheryl!!!*~
    I am smiling ear to ear!
    You turned those ingredients into a visually fragrant & delicious product!

    :o) I am glad to hear/see that you now have a new piece to wear year round!
    Jewelry like that is fun to have!!!

    You did beautifully!
    Amber Dawn

  11. Hahaha I agree having leftovers is awesome!Beautiful necklace - and you get to have more another day! Happy Blog hopping!

  12. LOVED your stunner of a necklace! So pretty. I enlarged the photo by hitting on it so I could see the great detail! Really cool and you did a wonderful job with your partner's beads!

    jean yates

  13. I love this necklace--I think you did a great job with your partner's beads and it turned out very cool!

    jean yates

  14. It's a knockout. The colors are rich and warm and the design is very creative.

  15. Oh yeah you made a ymmy soup for sure! Nice work and I checked out your lampwork.....Yummo!

  16. You got loaaaaaaaaaads of beads, wow, I'd be cursious to see what you make with them ( and the dice) Maybe there's enough for a matching bracelet or earrings. Well done ^_^ Virginie ViviBijoux.com

  17. I am so glad you decided to join! That focal is awesome. I can't wait to see what you do with the leftovers!

  18. Yes, that focal is exquisite and you picked up the colors so nicely.

  19. everyday necklaces are the best, aren't they. your piece is really nice and I am curious to see what you will do with the rest :) ... have fun hopping.

  20. That's a lovely focal, to be sure! Great job! And I see dice beads in what you have left over -- those look like fun~!

    I hope you had fun with the party and come back in August!

  21. WOW! I really like the colors of this soup! The olive green with cranberry show an exquisite sense of fashion, talent, and creativity! Thank you!

  22. What a gorgeous necklace! Love the pattern :) You got a gorgeous focal bead to work with!

  23. I love your bead soup! Some very clever things in there! and what you did with them is wonderful!

  24. Grace beads always make amazing pieces! I love what you did with the soup!

  25. Your necklace is very neat. The asymmetrical-ness of it is almost deceiving (I didn't notice it at first) - very clever!

    And those soup leftovers are just so yummy looking!!

  26. Love that focal bead and earthy colors, great work!

  27. wonderful pieces...similar to the colors I had to work with..lovely job..nicely done!

  28. You're right that focal is amazing, and look how many beads you still have left to play with! I am jealous! Can't wait to see what you make with your leftovers.

  29. Congrats on taking a fairly unusual set of components and colors and making something so beautiful from them!

  30. I love the piece you created. It's very simple and elegant. You're right, the clasp is awesome! Love the floral focal too :)

  31. Love your design, the focal is very pretty. Cheers!

  32. I love the color combinations. It goes perfectly with the focal.

  33. The glass focals are beautiful. Love your design.

  34. Really Lovely and delicately pretty!

  35. What beautiful glass pieces to work with and you did an amazing job.

  36. Such a pretty focal... isn't Bead Soup fun!?
    Enjoy the day!

  37. The beads are *amazing* You've really picked out the colours with the complementary beads - well done!

  38. so dainty and soft...perfect for spring!

  39. Beautiful necklace and love the focal! :)

  40. I love the colors you went with - reminds me of a beautiful garden. And you still have such beautiful pieces left to work with! Have fun!

  41. I can see why your keeping it! I love it :)

  42. Your work is great! I love how you combined it all, very summery. Glad that you are playing this round.

  43. Amazing focal! Love the colors and the asymmetrical design!

  44. I love those lampwork beads! Your work is fantastic!

  45. Gorgeous! And what beautiful soup you were sent. Your piece is very elegant.

  46. Gorgeous focal! You showcased it so well!

  47. Great choice of colors! Love the pendant!

  48. Beautiful! My daughter was looking over my shoulder and gave an unsolicited "wow" :-)

  49. Love what you did with your components. The focal was gorgeous and you complimented the focal with a wonderful assortment of beads. It so reminds me of an English garden.

  50. Gorgeous...those beads are crazy cool..totally fab!

  51. That is a gorgeous focal! I love how you assembled the components so it was asymmetrical in a very subtle way. Gorgeous necklace and I don't blame you for wanting to wear it year round ;o)

  52. fantastic lampwork you were given! And your treatment of them is perfect - love it!

  53. Beautiful components and great finished piece.

  54. Oh, that's really pretty and just neutral enough to wear with about anything.

  55. I have to echo how wonderful the asymmetrical design is - it's so perfectly balanced! And that focal is so yummy.

  56. You got some great soup and I love what you made! The focal and clasp are so pretty and your necklace is just perfect for spring!

  57. This is such a lovely piece - I would wear something like this! Well done Cheryl!

  58. #209 here...great job, beautiful beads, I would wear it....

  59. Beautiful!! I love the focal bead and the way you put everything together. Well done!

  60. Beautiful piece! Love the color theme!!

  61. Your 'necklace' really compliments that lampwork focal! Nice job!

  62. What a unique focal you received! And the clasp goes so beautifully with the flowers on it!
    And, you are so right about the leftovers! Always great the second time around =)) I think we need a leftover soup party!
    diane ♥

  63. Love the color scheme, Very creative, Feels like spring! Very nice JOB WELL DONE

  64. Very nice! Loves it :)

  65. I just love the earthy/girlie feel - great job!

  66. Mmm, the necklace flows so well - beautiful (and it looks like you're going to have a lot of fun with the rest of the stash!)

  67. That focal is amazing, and your design is perfect for it! It is just like you said, a necklace you can wear year around, how awesome!

  68. Very nice. The lampwork beads are gorgous! Glad to be in this group with you!

  69. Looks like you are ready for spring....love the focal.

  70. Your piece looks like a lovely cottage garden. It is very pretty. What a joy it would be to wear it. alicesbeadsandbaubles

  71. Wonderful! The lampwork beads are fabulous!

  72. Beautiful--makes me itch for spring to get here!

  73. You did such a wonderful job designing for the beads/findings you were given.

  74. Love your design!! It will be fun to wear and you did get great soup.

  75. Looks great! Very nice colours and the design!

  76. So beautiful friend, I love this necklace & what you did with your SOUP! The focal & clasp are stunning!!! ;)
    Thanks for sharing...

  77. Hi Cheryl! I really enjoy how this is asymmetrical but also spaced evenly. It provides a really interesting contrast!


  78. Beautiful necklace! You did a great job with that gorgeous focal!

  79. What an uplifting piece. I so admire what you accomplished with your soup. Delicious!

  80. A lovely focal beautifully coordinated with the stones in the necklace.

  81. Simply gorgeous...love, love.

  82. Gosh that focal is absolutely gorgeous and you have certainly commplimented it beautifully. Well done!


  83. What gorgeous soup ingredients you have! The colors are just plain juicy - some of my favorites! And the way you put them together? Delicious!

  84. What a lovely fresh necklace...just in time for spring!
    Bead Happy!

  85. Absolutely stunning! loved the color combination and asymmetrical design. great work!

  86. Very pretty necklace! Nice job!

  87. Wow, those are some serious beauties in your soup! You did a wonderful job showcasing the focal. I can definitely see this as an all year necklace. Great job!

  88. That is a pretty pretty focal, and what beautiful colors you had to work with! Lovely design :-)

  89. Very pretty necklace! I like the colours and how you've kept it relatively simple so it doesn't overpower the lovely focal.

  90. Hi Cheryl, Your name was mentioned on my blog, please check the winners post and contact me if you're interested in your prize :)

  91. Mmmmmmmm Mmmmmmm those are some yummy beads. And I noticed your Etsy shop link so I'm going to go check that out now!

  92. I totally love the color scheme. It's enough to make me forget that it's 30 degrees outside.

  93. What a wonderful color combination! I wouldn't have thought of using those together, but I love it!

  94. #161 here
    I am still hopping:)

    Love your necklace design. The focal is awesome! Wonderful color theme!!