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

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

 This is the wonderful ingredients that I was provided from Cory Celaya.  I really wanted the focal to not be overshadowed by the rest of the necklace.  I also wanted to wear this, and I don't wear a lot of browns, so I wanted to bring out the hint of aqua blue in the painting.  I loved all the components and am glad that I have some left to maybe come up with a pair of earrings to go with the necklace.  I hope I have done this focal justice.  It has a special personal story to it's creation.  Thanks Cory for trusting me with it.

Please visit Cory's blog and see what she created with my lampwork beads.  This is just the first reveal out of three in this event.  Please visit all of the participants, it is so exciting to see what they have created.  We are all so different.  Thanks again to Lori Anderson for hosting this event and you can visit her blog to see the links to everyone of the participants or see the list of this reveal below.  There is three reveals since there were over 400 participants.
 Hostess, Lori Anderson, PrettyThingsBlog.com
Alice Craddick,  Alice's Beads and Baubles
Alicia Marinache,  All The Pretty Things
Amanda Tibbetts,  Amanda Made
Amber Dawn Goldish, Inventive Soul
Annita Wilson,  AW Jewelry
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Birgitta Lejonklou,  Create With Spirit   
Candida Castleberry,    Spinning Spun Sugar
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Cassie Donlen, Glass Beadle
Cheryl McCloud,  One Thing Leads to Another
Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
Christina Hickman, Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Hendrickson,  Clamworks
Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
Cindy Wilson, Mommy's Dream
Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
Cory Tompkins, Tealwater Designs
Cris Peacock, Cris' Page
Cynthia Deis, Shiny Little Things
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cynthia Wainscott, Exotic Peru
Dana Hickey, Magpie Approved
Denielle Hagerman, Some Beads and Other Things
Diane Valasek, Dragonfly Close
Doris Stumpf, Glaszwerg
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
Elaine Robitaille, Too Aquarius
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Enikö Fabian, Perl-eni
Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life
Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
Jennifer Pottner, Rock Candy Beads
Jennifer VanBenschoten,  Jewelry, Art and Life
Jenny Davies-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
Jessica Dickens, My Jewelry, My Life, Me
Jessica Klaaren, Beadful-Things by Jessica
Joan Williams, Lilruby Jewelry
Judith Johnston, Judith Johnston
Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
Judy Turner, Silver Rains
Julie Anne Leggett, The Peaceful Bead
K Hutchinson, Jumbled Hutch
Karen Meador, Dreamcatcher Ranch
Karyn Bonfiglio, Plus Size Bangles
Katherine Gale, Terra Beadworks
Kathleen Lange Klik, Modern Nature Studio
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic, Slovonske Technobe
Kelli Jacobson, Creative Moon
Kelly Ramstack, Adventures with Kelly
Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade
Kim Bender-Hora, KimmyKat
Kirsi Luostarinen, Kirsi Luo Korut
Kitty Bozzini, Kitty Lampwork
Laura Demoya, The Bead Therapist
Laurie Hanna, Laurie's Jewelbox
Leah Curtis, Beady Eyed Bunny
Lesley Watt, The Gossiping Goddess
Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry
Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This
Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
Marion Simmons, Shade Tree Studio
Marla Gibson, Spice Box Design
Marta Weaver, Marta Weaver Jewelry
Marti Conrad, Marti C's Clay Blog
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens, GlassBeadArt, Lampwork Beads
Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
Michelle Hardy, Firefly Visions
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Mowse Doyle, HoCArt
Nancy Boylan, Snazzy Doodle Designs
Nancy Peterson, Beading From the Heart
Nicole Rennell, Nicole Rennell Designs
Niki Meiners, 365 Days of Craft
Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pamela Gangler, She Always Loved Pink
Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
Renetha Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Shannon Hicks, Falling Into the Sky
Shannon LeVart, Miss Fickle Media
Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Art Werks
Shelley Graham Turner, Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads
Stacie Florer, Soul to Substance
Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
Stacy Alderson, Iridal's Attic
Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
Stephanie Stamper, Rainy Day Designs
Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
Tammy Jones, Jewelry Making Daily
Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau

Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna


  1. I think you did a lovely necklace with a fantastic focal and beautiful beads. Brown is one of my favorite colors and the light aqua is wonderful with the brown!

  2. OK, I was crazy about that focal before, but since you added those aqua beads it's even more amazing. Just what it needed - lovely necklace.

  3. Very very feminine and lovely hues.Well done.Love and Hugs Tanya

  4. Love the necklace - the aqua beads add the perfect touch!

  5. Beautiful piece - I love how you bought out the aqua, really makes the focal pop =)

  6. I agree. You could have really overpowered the focal but my adding the extra aqua it's really brought the colour out. Well done. Great job!

  7. I like how it turned out. Has a Victorian feel to it with the focal.

  8. I think you did an incredible job! I love the brown beads...but I think the blues help bring out the focal.

    Happy blog hop!

  9. LOVE it! I love how you added turquoise to the mix. I love how you put it all together! The colors just pop!

  10. Pretty. I'am jealous, because of the beautiful focal. It's 100% amazing!

  11. Congrats...such a beautiful necklace ^_^

  12. A lovely necklace, and a lovely pendant! The aqua beads are a perfect complement.

  13. It was a very smart choice to use those light blue beads.Very soft beautiful necklace you made

  14. Great design! You really accented that fantastic focal pendant perfectly. I could totally wear that necklace!

  15. Stunning piece ! I love the organic feel to it.

  16. Cheryl,
    Your design is beautiful, it was a good choice to add the aqua beads they compliment the browns and copper colors and make the little bird in the pendant sing!

  17. That is such a lovely necklace! You really did a perfect job showing off the focal, and I love the contrast of the blues and browns. Well done!

  18. That is an excellent soup and a gorgeous necklace !!

  19. adding the aqua was a perfect touch
    A gorgeous necklace !
    Great Soup !
    m.e. :)

  20. what a fab necklace! Love the focal!

  21. Beautiful piece! The aqua beads are perfect for the focal!

  22. What a wonderful focal and you did a great job with it. Love the necklace.

  23. Perfect choice to pull out the aquas. What a lovely focal, and you turned it into a showstopper.

  24. This necklace is really stunning, it just has all the right ingredients in all the right places. Beautiful!

  25. Agree! love the light blue with the browns - so pretty! great soup

  26. you had a great soup to work with! And I really love the necklace you made with it!

  27. perfect use of blue to lighten up the browns!

  28. Oh yes...you did the focal justice! Wonderful pairing of beads...this is beautiful!

  29. That focal is so lovely. I am a bit envious, and your work makes me doubly so. Nicely done!

  30. I absolutely love the aqua! Perfect!!!!

    Thank you so much for participating!

  31. I would totally wear this too.

  32. The focal is beautiful, and I think your design showcases it perfectly!!

  33. Wow, the aqua beads really make the focal stand out (and what an awesome bird pendant!) Very nice!

  34. Stunning. I love it.. great job.

  35. Stunning! Those beads go perfectly with that focal :)

  36. Well, for me this is clearly Best In Show. It is amazing. I love copper, but my goodness, you really did it justice. Great job!

  37. Great work! Lovely focal!!! Hugs, Doris

  38. The aqua was the perfect accent to that copper piece...just a wonderful design and it's going to be a great piece to wear.

  39. That's my kind of soup!, love it love it, and what you did with it is more amazing, nicely done !

  40. I absolutely love this necklace! It is simple and just beautiful.

  41. Love the pendant! Great design!

  42. I think the aqua adds just the right touch and softens the touch. It is a beautiful piece of art!!

  43. The pendant is too die for!. I love how you incorporated the lovely seafoam colored beads to match the pendant. Simply beautiful!

  44. Love your design. The focal bead is truly outstanding!

  45. What a beautiful piece, you have certainly done justice to the focal.

  46. Gorgeous focal! your work definitely shows it off quite well!

  47. You have more then done that focal proud. Gorgeous necklace!

  48. SOOO pretty!! You did a fantastic job, pulling out the blue and toning down the brown. I'm sure you'll be wearing this a lot!


  49. the focal is killer. love what you did with your soup.

  50. What a great soup! Awesome necklace! I love how the aqua beads just made that focal even more outstanding!

  51. That's a beautiful necklace that really complements the focal. I love it!

  52. You showcased the pendant perfectly! Love this color pallet you had to cook with!

  53. Your piece is lovely! The soup that you were sent by Cory looks so inspiring, I love that focal! :) Nice work Cheryl! Amber

  54. I love the colors you used for your piece! A hint of antique with modern flair!

  55. This is a very nice bracelet! I would wear it immediately! Love the colors and the combination!

  56. Gorgeous necklace ... that aqua addition was perfect!

  57. Great soup, love the unusual focal, you put everything together wonderfully!

  58. Mmmm, blue and brown, one of my favorite color combinations! I love the way you brought out the light blue in the focal pendant, and the shape of the beads is the perfect compliment to the pendant. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

  59. I really like that you worked to ensure that the focal remained FOCAL in this necklace. It is such a beautiful piece. You totally created something wearable and just so pretty! Wonderful. :)

  60. Spectacular! Love the addition of the aqua , perfectly balances the rich browns.

  61. I love the aqua beads they really draw the eye to the focal, gorgeous design.

  62. Beautiful piece, that pendant is amazing! You created a lovely garden piece!

  63. I love how you brought out the aqua, such a pretty pendant and design.

  64. I am so jealous of your focal by Cory. You did a great job honoring it. I could see myself wearing that necklace. The blue beads are perfect.

  65. What a great focal! Love the aqua and brown color combo. It's one of my favorites.

  66. I really like how you brought out the aqua. That made the piece, for me.

  67. yup, the blue beads were a perfect compliment to such a gorgeous focal. you did a beautiful job!

  68. A stunning piece! I love the addition of the warm tones in the metal. They really show of that fabulous focal. I'm so jealous of that focal!

  69. You achieved the nice framework for the gorgeous focal as you were hoping to do ! You will enjoy wearing this wonderful artwork.

  70. It turned out beautiful! Love how you brought out the aqua blue. What a special focal you got to work with.

  71. That aqua was so perfect I had to look twice to make sure it wasn't included with your soup! I think you did a splendid job. I agree, it doesn't over power, and makes it pop. Lovely!

  72. Oh, you did wonderful! The color palate you choose works so well. Beautiful piece!

  73. That focal is super cool - and you were absolutely right to choose that amazonite (?) to bring out the aqua in the painting. I really like this necklace!

  74. Great focal, you did it justice!

  75. It's quite a charming necklace you've created. Definately letting that pretty focal sing

  76. The aqua beads add a nice touch. Very nice!

  77. Wow, great design to showcase that pendant. I love how the aqua beads play off the colors in the pendant. Good job! :)

  78. It was impressive to see how you made the earthy colors in this collection fit into your personal style so successfully. The focal is a very special piece - I don't even know the story, but whatever it is imbued with shines through. Beautiful!

  79. Beautiful soup! Aqua was the perfect touch for it!

  80. Beautiful work using some fabulous beads: the whole thing is perfectly balanced!


  81. The aqua blue is just perfect and gives the necklace a real elegance!! love it!

  82. I love how the colors are so pleasing. They make me smile.

  83. You definitely did justice to the focal, Cheryl!!! The necklace is gorgeous!!! You'll have to post a picture of the earrings when you get them made! =)

  84. Outstanding piece. You balanced it well.

  85. Great instincts to include aqua beads in the final piece. I think the necklace turned out perfectly. It made me feel all serene and calm. Wonderful job!

  86. Fantastic piece - I love how you used the beads to bring out the blue in the pendant! What a wonderful creation!

  87. Beautiful piece. Love everything about it. The focal is lovely and the aqua lamp work beads are yummy.

  88. Nice job!! Love that focal pendant! Beautiful!

  89. Your necklace gives credit to the lovely soup! I love it!

  90. love your necklace, the pendant you received is beautiful!
    ciao dall'Italia

  91. What a great choice to add the green beads. It totally sets everything off. That is great!

    Melissa Muir

  92. Holy cow! that focal is beautiful! gorgeous piece :)

  93. Oh, my - this is stunning, you have a way with colours and how to use them properly, for sure! I love it - you made such a lovely and airy piece out of brown pieces... just perfect.

  94. Looooovvveeeee it! Those colors are totally my favorites. That pendant is so beautiful. So inspired! Enjoy the day. Erin

  95. Elegant and oh so beautiful. Great job on the soup!

  96. I love your necklace...really like the blues.