Sunday, May 11, 2014

Welcome to the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party

After frustrating tries to transfer my photos to my ipad and a crappy internet connection, I was forced to write this blog using my mobile phone.

Welcome to the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party!

This is my first time to participate in such a grand event wherein almost 500 amazing and talented jewelry artists are joining in.

In my previous blog, I already introduced my partner, Adlinah of Dreamstruck designs. She sent me a wonderful mix of bead soup in shades of purples, yellows and greens.

In my first piece, I decided to make a necklace with a front clasp. Using the focal bead she sent me and some accompanying beads and connectors. I incorporated the wired connectors and clasps that my husband made for me a few years back and some of my glass and acrylic bead collections.

Spring Fling Necklace

For my second piece, I made a charm bracelet using her czech glass flower and leaf beads. I also used the peach silk cord she sent me. 

Flowers of May Charm bracelet

And from the charm bracelet, I made a partner earrings using the remaining czech glass.

Flowers of May Earrings

It was fun to swap beads from other artists around the globe. But due to my hectic schedule at work and at the same time, taking care of my 6-month old baby, I crammed and made the bracelet and earrings a while ago.

Please visit the other blogs of these incredible artists to see what they cooked out of their bead soups.

Happy partying!

Kristina Hahn Eleniak       
Kari Asbury                     
Kris Binsfield                   
Cheryl Gangle                  
Amber Dawn                   
Michelle Wigginton           
Kayla Potega                    
Becky Pancake                 

Debbie Rogers                   
Jenny Kyrlach                   
Genea Crivello-Knable       
Deborah Read                   
Julianna Cannon                
Lisa Liddy                        
Debbie Rasmussen            
Iveth Caruso                     
Rana Wilson                     
Corrie Williams                 

Linda Anderson                
Miranda Ackerley             
Andra Weber                   
Loretta Carstensen            
Penny Houghton               
Tania Hagen                     
Robin Reed                      
Laurie Vyselaar                 
Rachel Baron                    
Erin Guest                         

Emma Todd                                  
Kelly Schermerhorn                  
Dana Hickey                                  
Rebecca Ednie                             
Marybeth Rich                             
Sherri Levinton                            
RaMona Woolson                      
Jo-Ann Woolverton                   
Audrey Belanger                        
Candida Castleberry                  

Renetha Stanziano                    
Carolyn Chenault                        
Toltec  Jewels                              
Diana Welte                                  
Jean A. Wells                                
Bev Breisinger                             
Autumn Adams                           
DiYana Alcalde                             
Patty Gasparino                          
Karen Mitchell                             

Regina Santerre                          
Dhea Powers                               
Jayne Capps                                 
Keri Lee Sereika                          
Melissa Trudinger                      
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                    
Jeanne Steck                                
Carolyn Lawson                           
Kay Thomerson                           

Maybeline Tay                             
Jackie Locantore                         
D'Arsie Manzella                         
Jacqueline Marchant                
Beccy Peterson                           
Katie Nielson-Nunez                 
Heidi Kingman                             
Andrea Glick                                 
Rose Johnson                              

Nicole Demore                            
Marti Conrad                                
Marianna Boylan                        
Mitzie Crider                                
Christa Murphy                           
Alisa Siceloff                                 
Maria Rios                                     
Tracy Martin                                 
Nan Emmett                                 
Jelveh Jafarian                                

Ali McCarthy                                 
Jennifer LaVite                            
Dolores Raml                                
Valerie Kravette                         
Bobbie Rafferty                          
Kathleen Breeding                     
Kristi Brokaw                                
Lisa Suver                                      
Natalie Moten                             
Jami Shipp                                     

Diana Shiraishi                             
Heather Otto                               
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp          
Lisa Knappenberger                  
Charlene Jacka                            
Patty Miller                                   
Sandi James                                  
Marianne Hurley                        
Cris Peacock                                 
Andrea Rivers                              

Gloria Allen                                   
Kandice Seeber                           
Janine Lucas                                 
Sandy Richardson                       
Hajer Waheed                             
Cynthia Abner                             
Peggy Johnson                            
Tina Holden                                   
Julie Bowen                                  
Heather Richter                          

Sarah Strover                               
Kimberly Idalski                           
Sandi Volpe                                  
Tandra Boyer                               
Klaudete Koon                            
Michaela Pabeschitz                 
Mea-B. Uebler                            
Mandi Effron                                
Evelyn Shelby                              
Shai Williams                                

Natalie Davidson                        
Evelyn Duberry                           
Eszter Czibulyas                          
Sylvia Lupberger                         
Divya N                                           
Blanca Medina                             
Ginger Davis Allman                  
Chris Eisenberg                           

Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic       
Jodie Marshall                             
Margareta Saari                          
Menka Gupta                              
Dian Hierschel                              
Kashmira Patel                            
Christina Miles                             
Inge von Roos                              
Sam Siegel                                     
Gina Hockett                                

Linda Newnham                         
Enikö Fabian                                 
Dorota Żerańska                         
Shalini Austin                               
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens          
Silke Groeber                               
Birgit Klughardt                           
Rebecca Anderson                    
Niky Sayers                                   
Stefanie Teufel                           

Rosantia Petkova                       
Alenka Obid                                  
Jacqueline Keller                        
Sam Waghorn                              
Jackie Ryan                                   
Kumi Fisher                                   
Joan Williams                               
Stephanie Weiss                         
Elsbeth Fuchs                               
Johanna Nash                                        http://

Natascha Marty                          
Sarah Goode                                
Agata Grygiel                               
Jeannine Vetsch-Bokstaller        
Rebecca Sirevaag                       
Magdalena Sikora                      
Ana Krepel                                    
Saskia Letta                                   
Beth Emery                                   
Lizzie Clarke                                  

Evie and Beth McCord              
Marcia Dunne                              
Agi Kiss                                           
Esterina Jagiella                           
Judith Johnston                          
Jenny Vidberg                             
Klaudia Toth                                 
Merja Sundström                       
Colleen Vinthagen                     
Leah Curtis                                    

Giorgia Rossini                             
Sandra Wollberg                         ‎
Annica Larsson                            
Johana Nunez                              
Krafty Max                                    
Lori Schneider                              
Mary Govaars                              
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi  
Maddison Langford                   
Ginger Bishop                              

Birgitta Lejonklou                       
Lesley Watt                                   
Doris Stumpf                                
Marjolein Trewavas                  
Silvia Sernicola                             
Roxanne Blanc                             
Wendy Chamberlain                 
Siobhán Keogh                            
Claire Fabian                                 
Katrin Fenzke                               

Eva Wills                                         
Kathy Lindemer                          
Bridget Torres                              
Marina Passarella                       
Christina Hickman                      
Tammie Everly                             
Ana Cravidao                                
Keren Panthaki                           
Jennifer VaBenschoten           

Solange Collin                              
Marina Kosović                            
Michelle Tucker                          
Sue Rennie                                   
Claire Lockwood                         
Barb Solem                                   
Caroline Dewison                       
Noemi Baena Roman                
Marsela Schroth                         

Amy Severino                              
Vonna Maslanka                         
Andra Marasteanu                    
Cherrie Warzocha                      
Amanda Wacasey                      
Marcy Lamberson                      
Lisa Johnson                                 
Gail Vanderster-Zwang            
Laurie Keefe-Cecere                 
Asri Wahyuningsih                     

Laurie Ament                               
Lilik Kristiani                                  
Stephanie Haussler                   
Deb Fortin                                     
Kelly Hosford Patterson          
Katy Heider                                   
Christine Stonefield                  
Dagmar Liebisch                          
Sandra McGriff                            

Sheila Daniels                               
Rossana De Gaspari                   
Cory Tompkins                            
Judy Riggs                                      
Lora Bright                                     
Tina Noonan                                 
Shawn Price                                  
April Grinaway                             
Cheryl Roe                                    

Pam Hurst                                     
Shirley Moore                              
Emmanuelle Roué                     
Tammy Adams                            
Kristin Oppold                              
Catie Doman                                
Sheila Prosterman                     
Cheryl Foiles                                 
Stephanie Perry                          
Barbara Fernald                          

Debi Dufrene                               
Kathy Stemke                              
Anne Betenson                           
Chris Haussler                              
Catherine King                             
Andria Poole                                
Sherri Stokey                               
Sharyl King                                    
Donna Millard                              
Gayle Dyck                                    

Gen Smith                                     
Deanna Cox                                  
Beti Horvath                                 
Rose Rushbrooke                       
Arlene Dean                                 
Maria Rosa Sharrow                  
Deborah Apodaca                      
Veralynne Malone                     
Stacy Alderson                            
Eva Sherman                                

Cassi Paslick                                  
Cindy Boissonneault                    
Linda Sadler                                  
Louise Glazier                              
Susan McClelland                       
Kathrin Lembke                          
Susanne Stelljes                          
Terry Jeanette Carter                  
Susan Kelly                                    

Kim Paige                                       
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell         
Annita Wilson                              
Tracey Leeder                              
Elizabeth Bunn                            
Allison Fitzpatrick                       
Tania Spivey                                 
Ilenia Ruzza                                   
Lauren Potts                                 
Lynn Jobber                                  

Lee Koopman                              
Carol Wilson                                 
Elizabeth Woodford                  
Deb McKinnis                               
Rochelle Brisson                         
Shari Replogle                              
Janeen Sorensen                       
Kat Barron Miller                        
Elaine Robitaille                                     http:/
Darlene Fortier                            

Leslie Schenkel                            
Kym Hunter                                  
Leslie Wayment                          
Beckie Robison                            
Hannah Trost                               
Kim Hutchinson                           
Liz Engriser                                    
Diah Anggreni                              
Monique Urquhart                    
Kim Williams                                 

Theresa Buchle                           
Susan Bowie                                 
Pam DeBoer                                 
Skylar Bre'z                                   
Janet Loomis                                
Tari Kahrs                                       
Nancy Smith                                 
Erin Grant                                      
Barbara Mason                            
Karin King                                      

Mary K. McGraw                        
Mandi Ainsworth                       
Jasvanti Patel                               
Donna Conklin                             
Karen Jones                                  
Lori Finney                                    
Sheila Davis                                   
Sabine Dittrich                             

Nicole Valentine Rimmer        
Marge Beebe                               
Michelle McCarthy                    
Chandra Merod                          
Nancy Olliver                                
Alison Sachs                                  
Kay Mallery                                   
Beth Petricoin                              
Marta Grabalowska                   
Clare Etheridge                           

Heather Marston                       
Ann Rishell                                              Http://
Cece Cormier                               
Shannon German                       
Mary Ellen Merrigan                 
Cheryl Brown                               
Mary Hicks                                    
Judy Robinson                             
Danielle Kelley                             
Cate van Alphen                         

Patricia Buchanan                       
Billi R.S. Rothove                         
Laura Blanck                                 
Pam Traub                                     
Fay Wolfenden                           
Kristi Harrison                              
Karen Martinez                           
Sarah Singer                                 
Megan Tillery                               
Dana James                                  

Rachel Stewart                            
Valerie Cook                                 
Debra Gibson                               
Pat Haight                                      
Rachel Stanley                             
Sandra Pendragon                     
Anja Schultz                                  
Sharon Driscoll                             
Lecia Woessner                           
Kitty Durmaj                                 

Donetta Farrington                    
Bonnie Coursolle                        
Laurie Wirth                                  
Lori Callahan                                 
B.R. Kuhlman                               
Karin Grosset Grange               
Rebekah Payne                           
Lori Bowring Michaud               

Jael Thorp                                      
Patty Woodland                          
Eleanor Burian-Mohr                
Susanna Lehto                             
June Butt                                       
Melissa Muir                                
Laney Mead                                 
Tamera Norris                              
Andrea Trank                               

Marie Covert                                
Valerie Tilghman                         
Jean Baldridge Yates                 
Sierra Barrett                               
Patricia Robitaille                        
Leanne Loftus                              
Sally Russick                                  
Mallory Hoffman                        
Dini Bruinsma                               
Marde Lowe                                 

Hannah Annear                           
Patty Johnson                              
Valerie Norton                            
Ann Sherwood                            
Staci Smith                                    
Jen Purple                                     
Ruth Szapa                                    
CJ Bauschka                                  
Karla Morgan                               
Suz Hamel                                     

Laura Guenther                          
Elisabeth Auld                              
Martha Aleo                                 
Shiraz Biggie                                 
Brendalee Astells                          
Heather d'Entremont                   
Kelly Morgan                                
Lori Blanchard                              

Susan Kennedy                           
Rain Hannah                                 
Janice Warden Bergeron         
Melissa Packer                            
Jana Haverty                                
Cindy Ritchie                                
Marianne Baxter                        
Denise McCabe                           
Sharon Palac                                 
Cathy Buckley                              

Jennifer Van Horn                      
Crystal Rector                              
Susan Walls                                   
Penny Neville                              
Lisa Cone                                       
Heather Davis                              
Michelle Escano                          
Carmen Lau                                  
Janet Borzecki                             
Rhonda Hagerman                     

Katrina Taylor                               
Molly Alexander                         
Nicole Rennell                             
Chris McGilvery                           
Erin Prais-Hintz                            
Dawn Williams                             
Kate Dufour                                  
Robin Lynne Showstack           
Elizabeth Hodges                        

Adlinah Kamsir                            
Carol Dillman                                
Christine Hansen                        
Andrea Frank                               
Tracy Stillman                               
Denise Petersen                         
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom       
Madonna Liza Cruz-Comia      
Suzann Sladcik Wilson              

Terri Gauthier                              
Alicia Marinache                         
Barbara Bechtel                          
Hannah Rosner                           
Keren von Hoeren                      
Lea Avroch                                    
Maire Dodd                                  


  1. Lovely pieces! i especially love the bracelet!

  2. Oh Donna, I love every single piece you made! I never thought my bead soup would evolve into anything as pretty as what you created. I love the bracelet and both earrings. And what a coincidence that we both made double strand necklaces. So very proud of you, partner :-)!

    1. So proud of what you did too Adlinah! You are one talented artist :)

  3. Cool pieces, love the mixed media and colors!

  4. I'm so glad you were able to finally post! Each piece is very pretty. I love that's it's got the usual hard stuff with a bit of soft media. Lovely... just lovely.

  5. Dear Donna, your designs are so perfectly BEAUTIFUL! I love all of them--they are so artfully created! I am so happy I had the chance to visit! You are a very wonderful designer! jean :)

  6. Both pieces look like they will be fun to wear - I'm fond of the bracelet in particular!

  7. Have to agree with Jael there, I absolutely love all your pieces but that bracelet is the real shiner here! awesome job!

  8. Wow Donna how lovely your designs are. I love the colors, the texture and the designs...I can tell you put a lot of thought and effort into each piece. I would absolutely wear all of it ....I love them all and ty so very much for sharing with us all.

  9. Beautiful, I love Spring Fling just gorgeous. I love your designs!

  10. Your designs are just lovely, especially given your hectic schedule!! I really like the very spring-y feel you gave to each of them.
    I would like to ask how you were able to post from your phone in such a manner that gave your blog post such an organized feel. Every time I've tried to so such, all the pictures all end up at the end of the post and now where I intend.
    Anyway, great job with your soup!!

    1. Hi CraftyHope, I just used Chrome at my android phone. Although it took me almost 3 hours just to save and publish it. I literally sighed in relief when my blog post was uploaded. :)

  11. Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments. I have yet to start blog hopping and I am excited to see all your exquisite creations. :)

  12. What lovely pieces, and I love the title spring fling!

  13. I'm so inspired by the pieces I am seeing in this party and your pieces are no exception. I love that layered long necklace, the colours are so pretty and it showcases that bead beautifully.

  14. I love the way you put this together! The colors stand out so nicely!

  15. What lovely fresh colors. They're a perfect compliment to that delicious focal. Well done.

  16. Lovely design ideas. The earrings are my favorite. And I am impressed you typed all that on the teeny tiny keypad of a smartphone.

  17. Very pretty - I love the cute little charm bracelet and earrings especially!

  18. All your pieces are lovely, I especially like the multi strand necklace, it really calls for summer!

  19. Love everything that you made, especially that stunning necklace. Kudos on a well served soup!

  20. Very nice, Donna! I love your necklace

  21. My favorite is the necklace. It sort of has an "old world" flair.

  22. I'm in love with the bracelet! Beautiful!

  23. Beautiful colorful pieces...nice job with your soup!

  24. First time...welcome. Isn't this just a blast. Love the happy colors in your set. The silk coding looks beautiful woven through the chain and the earrings are darling.

  25. Beautiful job with those leaves. I love those beads but they always give me fits!

  26. What lovely creations. I am especially drawn to your peach charm bracelet. Just gorgeous.

  27. I really like what you created!!! Lovely designs, I like the bracelet and earrings a lot. I love the necklace. Great Job Have a Blessed Day!!!

  28. Such a pretty necklace. And I really like the dangle bracelet with the ribbon through it. What a great job with your limited time.

  29. I love your jewelry set, well done!!

  30. All three pieces came out so nicely. I can't decide which is my favorite; the charm bracelet or the necklace.

  31. Lovely pieces, Donna! Well done!

  32. Donna, you should get extra credit points and a gold star for writing your blog post on your phone!!! And...maybe another couple of gold stars for your bead soup creations! The necklace is really lovely - I appreciate the way you incorporated the feeling of spring throughout the piece. And the bracelet is adorable - wonderful work all around!

  33. Technology, sometimes a helper other times a hinderance. I love your bracelet, well done!

  34. I'm so glad you joined the party.... welcome!

    I think you did a marvelous job and your photos are good, too! You should be proud!

  35. So lovely! A fun and charming bracelet!

  36. you composed super set- elegant, delicate and feminine, love it!

  37. All three pieces are gorgeous, I especially like Spring Fling. Wonderful!

  38. Your spring necklace is very pretty and dainty! I love the butterfly toggle clasp on the bracelet! Your pieces are incredible!

  39. Gorgeous creations! They are a wonderful "set". I totally sympathize with the internet issues. You did a great job posting with your phone! :)

  40. Love what you have made with your bead soup it makes a really nice collection well done!

  41. Love the colorful designs.Beautiful and delicate.

  42. Hi Donna, Good job designing your "Spring Fling" necklace. The lampwork bead focal is beautiful. The silk cord accents your charm bracelet well and I like the earrings too.

  43. I love all the pieces but the bracelet with all the dangles is my favourite.

  44. Fun, fresh and a little flirty! I really like the bracelet and necklace. Great designs!

  45. I love them all, but the yellow flower just make those earrings POP!! Great job!! ~KM

  46. You made some beautiful pieces, the earrings are fun, they make me smile!

  47. Lovely happy colourful jewellery with lots of little ♥details! Have fun when wearing it...Very sweet!

  48. Your creations are so colorful and fun. I'd be proud to wear any of them. Great job!

  49. Beautiful creations! I like the necklace design - two different but complementary strands and a lampwork bead that stands out! I like the bracelet a lot - the color, mixed media and charms combo is unbeatable!

  50. Hi Donna, I missed you on my first pass (I think you hadn't yet posted and I start at the end). I think your design is well-named as it looks just like spring flowers in bloom. Everything is beautiful!

  51. Sorry about your internet troubles, but I'm glad you got to post after all. Your pieces are lovely. The Flowers of May earrings may be my favorite - rustic, colorful, dangly, Czech glass all together make one perfect pair of earrings. I would happily wear any of these creations & bet you'll get many compliments when you do.

  52. Your pieces are so lovely. There's something about those earrings that really appeal to me. Well done, especially for being so pressed for time.

  53. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments :)

  54. A sweet and charming set! I love the idea of the clasp in the front. We get so conditioned to put it in the back. I think it really adds to the spring-y feel of the necklace! Thank you for sharing your talents with the world! Enjoy the day! Erin

  55. Very pretty! I especially like the charm bracelet, but all of your pieces are lovely :)

  56. Nice post! It is really interesting and wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
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