26 February 2011

Bead Soup 3 Plus a Giveaway

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.

{Look at that beaded bead Stefanie made me! And that cute little owl!}
I was excited to be paired with someone from another country because I knew that meant I would have the chance to receive something that was out of the ordinary for me. I received quite the hoard of pretty things from my partner Stefanie Teufel from Germany.

Stefanie was most generous with sweets and extra little gifts, but what struck me the most with these ingredients was the color. Saturated. Rich. Warm. The best thing in that bunch was the beaded bead that Stefanie made...because it is so special, I am saving it for another time.

I loved the copper and brass metals in the soup. Stefanie sent me a bunch of copper washers. I started by hammering them for texture, then sealing with Renaissance Wax. I connected them with jump rings and some with the fabulous striped silk ribbon. Repeating the circles, I added one full copper blank from my stash and tiny stamped copper dangles with the pink mother of pearl disks.

The large brass African trade beads were a challenge due to their size. I liked this one because of the circles in the design. I used brown leather cord to string the frosted fire-cracked agate on that side. 

Stefanie sent me some chain, but I felt that this design needed a heavier chain from my stash. Connecting to that I added a random mix of the beads that Stefanie sent along with a few from my own stash.
{Click the picture to see it larger!}

The style of this necklace I call "This or That," because you can wear them "this way" or "that way" and it is filled with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Perfect for Bead Soup (and the way I cook, too!). It is pretty long, around 32". This allows for a really nice drape, but also the ability to double it up. Anyway you wear it, the necklace appears new, and I love to wear them and then turn them all day long to get a different view. I love it when my jewelry can multi-task!

I felt that this had a gypsy quality to it, a leisurely decadence with a sense of carefree style, so glamorous yet down-to-earth, so I call this 'la vie de la boheme' (French for 'life of the bohemian').

{Different views of the necklace depending on which side is showing!}

Thank you Stefanie for some delicious ingredients, and thank you to Lori Anderson for hosting this soiree!

Please check out what my partner, Stefanie created with the soup ingredients I sent to her, and take some time over the next few days to visit the other 209 bloggers who participated in this awesome blog hop.
Now for the giveaway...
To one lucky random commenter on this post, I am giving away one of my 'simple truths' pendants.

You can see a sampling of them below and also in my Etsy shop.

The random winner will have the choice of selecting one of the pendants in my shop (valued at $12 or less, with an optional chain) OR choose to have a custom pendant made by me with YOUR special message on it.
{What will your 'simple truths' pendant say?}
And since my partner Stefanie was so generous,  I am also throwing in one of the four yummy chocolate bars that she so graciously sent me. (Hands off the rest of them! They're mine! Late night creative jam sessions need chocolate for fuel!)

{mmm....chocolate covered marzipan!}
All you need to do is leave a comment - any comment - on this post. Giveaway is open to anyone in the world, whether you are a bead soup-er or not, but you MUST have your email turned on (or provide one in your message) so that I can contact you. Comments that are anonymous or that do not have the email will not be eligible. 

Want a second chance to win one of the 'simple truth' pendants? Head on over to Art Bead Scene because it is my turn for the Studio Saturday and I am hosting a giveaway there, too!

Winner will be drawn from all eligible comments on this post through Friday, March 4th.

Now.....On to the Hop! 

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things ~ Party Mistress Extraordinaire!
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.  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 
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!

Enjoy the day!


Stories They Tell said...

Oh Erin-- so warm, so classy, so bohemian, so full of passion-- I can hear the violins and feel the campfire warming me within a circle of caravans! You have stolen this gypsy girl's heart with your design! And versatile too. Really creative use of the components. Thanks for sharing it with me.

Unknown said...

(is staring at the computer drooling at the picture and dropping to her knees bowing to this goodness) WOW

Kerry said...

what beautiful creations erin!! i love these warm color. the lush oranges with hits of pink and red are just killer. you have pieces there that can knock the cold of even the worst winter day!

Jen Judd said...

Gorgeous! "Bohemian" is a great description. The colors would have been hard for me because I would've kept them in that pretty pile and hoarded them forever. haaaaaaaa

Mary Harding said...

I too love the warm colors of this beautiful necklace. I love the way you put so many different pieces together in a way that they are all dancing to the same delightful melody. Great piece Erin.

Lanyardlady said...

Makes me want to snuggle by the fire with a warm toddy. Very rich, elegant design, and I love the thought behind it.

Mags said...

Oh, I like those metals in your soup, and of course in the necklace! The necklace is so warm and yes, bohemian in a good way <3

Palimpa Lim said...

Wow, Erin, this is georgeous!!!! All these fabulous details - I can't stop looking at the pictures! You really did magic on it!

rosebud101 said...

Erin, that is a great necklace! I know that you will enjoy wearing it! Lucky you!

Barbara Lewis said...

So beautiful and apparently versatile! I knew your beads were from Stefanie before I even saw her name! You worked your magic with them and voila!

Alice said...

Erin your bead soup creation is just beautiful! I love the rich colors, and that it looks like a different piece depending on how it is worn. And I especially love the name you chose---perfect!

I'd love to win one of your simple truths pendands and bit of that chocolate. I'm off to see the rest of the bead soup reveals.

Shelby Demona said...

WOW Erin! That is so EPICLY pretty! I love the design. It almost reminds me of an oriental shrine. Your pendents are also AMAZING! And marzipan...OHMY! <3


My Life Under the Bus said...

The colors are just amazing and ironically match your blog background! Beautiful job Erin!!!

Maneki said...

Those colours are so beautiful and you really made the soup ingredients justice in your designs! And your simple truth pendants are pretty too.

BTW, I like the pink blog background. Normally, pink isn't my thing, but lately I've come to re-evaluate the colour. Not least the slightly darker rose pinks, like Pantone's honeysuckle.

steufel said...

Oh Erin, what can I say: You worked magic. I would never imagened such a beautiful piece. And I'm so glad to have found a new friend over the big ocean! It was such a pleasure to be your partner. You rock! xoxo Stefanie

P.S. I so wanted to be your first comment, but I had to make over 100 german meatballs for a party tonight so please forgive me for being late!

TessM said...

I knew I'd be inspired as I hopped through the list of party participants this morning! But I'm just blown away by what you created. By turning it slightly one way or another, it's a completely different piece -- WOW! Designing and creating doesn't get any better than that!!

SummersStudio said...

This is a fantasticly versatile necklace. I really like how you incorporated the large African bead and it meshes with the design or becomes a focal. Lovely!

Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

so FABULOUS! you made such a gorgeous piece!
jean yates

KristiBowmanDesign said...

DITTTO X 2 what everybody else has said, what a gorgeous piece and some gorgeous soup ingredients too. Having so much fun hopping around and it's only jut beginning!!

Lois Moon said...

Absolutely stunning. Despite your reservations about how to use the large bead, it really makes the piece because of how you repeated the circles. I love the purples, reds and oranges with the copper. Bravo! and thanks for the giveaway.

elisabeth said...

I love the warm colors and bold shapes - stunning (which is my usual response to your creations). And your giving away one of your creations and chocolate covered marzipan - now I'm really in love :-)

Be~Jeweled by Jana said...

I love the warm colors and copper components. Awesome design...so fun to be able to wear it different ways!

Courtney Breul said...

I love the colors, the textures, the movement. Such an amazing piece - you worked your magic despite your reservations. Beautiful. Kudos!

Dawn Doucette said...

Erin, What a BEA-U-TIFUL work of art. Your creative mind never ceases to amaze me. This piece and the flirty feel totally calls me! Peace, Love & Happiness!

Heather Powers said...

I love the colors and textures - they are so yummy. Such a fun design that can be worn two ways - how clever.

Shyme said...

A really beautiful necklace! Copper and the read and oranges are a lovely combinaion and it is always nice with versitile jewelry...

ViviBijoux said...

what an inspiration this bead selection must have been for you, your head must have been buzzing with different ways of settings all these pretties. Good job! Oh, and please count me in for the giveaway. tx ^_^ Virginie ViviBijoux.com

Cillaw said...

I will also say I love the color combos.

How generous to share your candy too!
I love marzipan.


earthlyjewels said...

I saw your preview yesterday at the flickr group and was soo excited to see the reveal! I love your necklace soo pretty!

What a wonderful giveaway too...fingers crossed!


Nally said...

I love these warm colours and cool big chains! Enchanting! Bead Soup Party is certainly a great idea!

SueBeads said...

JUST so gorgeous, Erin! Gotta love those european components!

Kristen said...

Wow Erin, you worked your magic on those beautiful beads. Stunning, as always!

Anonymous said...

Erin, this is so so pretty. Love it.

BluMoon said...

What a lovely necklace such a warm rich colour!

Unknown said...

Great necklace, so warm and it feels ancient and wild. Also hope I win your pendant, nice work.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous necklace! And I love the different views.

cjvierow said...

Erin, again, you are such a multi-talented lady. You take so many different elements and bring them together into something of great beauty. The versatility of this piece is genius. CJ

Kate said...

Fantastic...as always, Erin! Love the title btw. Perfect for the feel of this piece. I can't wait to see what you do with the beaded bead!

Cathryn said...

You are so right--the colors are saturated, rich, and warm! I really like your creations---beautiful pieces of art! I really admire how you breathe life into inanimate objects and make them seem so very much alive! Congratulations!

Brandi Hussey said...

Oh, Erin - the results are incredible! I'm loving the color (of course) and the way it all came together. It really does feel bohemian and exotic, and I love it!

Marie Cramp said...

How can anyone go wrong with the treasures you got!! Amazing!! What you created is {and I knew it would be} Absolutely incredible!! So proud to call you my friend!!

Unknown said...


Judy said...

Such an amazing and colorful mix you received from Stefanie! I love the bohemian look you created, so carefree and full of life!

EmandaJ said...

Mmmm! Chocolate!
I LOVE what you have done with that incredible horde. You have magic in your fingers and genius between your ears!

Yes, do sign me up for your giveaway, please

Helmitarha said...

The necklace is amazing! So warm, vibrant and versatile! Simply gorgeous!

ladynoble said...

So of course I love this necklace. I love all of your stuff. I am definitely down to win something and ummm now I need chocolate after seeing it in your post. Thanks for the inspiration Erin, GREAT SOUP!

Dee said...

What a beautiful necklace. You are correct the colors in your mix are making me drool!! I love how you've incorporated so many different techniques and element into this piece it definitely speaks an Erin's piece. Wonderful job and beautifully made.

Julie said...

OMG, Erin! First of all, you were spoiled w/ a completely fantastic soup mix... such lovely colors & textures. What you did w/ it is quite inspiring... just beautiful, Erin. Love how versatile it is. Nice job. :)

CraftyHope said...

The colors in your soup are not colors I'm usually drawn to, but like actual soup there's just something about it that makes me feel all warm inside. Your versatile creation absolutely does the soup justice!

Pretty Things said...

LOVE IT! I would wear it with the large bead in front -- I love all the gemstones and what not going on in front. SO rich. I'd wear it for sure!

I'm so glad you participated -- I always look forward to seeing what you make!

Lynn said...

The color palette is absolutely gorgeous. I love how you hammered the rings to add texture! And how cool is it that you can turn it any which way to create a new look ! So clever!!!
Thanks for the chance to win one of your awesome pendants!

Cindy said...

Erin, I just knew you made something stunning with that beautiful bead stash from Stefanie! No wonder you wore it to work right away! :-) I love it...and what I like in particular is the way you designed the entire piece - very imaginative and unexpected. You are so clever and so very creative, my friend. Oh! And so generous...you're going to share one of your chocolates?!! :-)

Loris Glassworks said...

You have a wonderful eye for design and balance. i love what you have done with your soup beads. Simply stunning! Cheers!

Carlene said...

Great soup! Your pieces are always wonderful to admire. Count me in the drawing :)


jessememan said...

Erin - I love everythng you did here...absolutely gorgeous :)

Libby Leuchtman said...

Love it Erin. The colors are amazing and your work really showcases all the wonderful beads you received in your mix.

I LOVE color! said...

Erin I am always so inspired by your creations and by your sweet spirit.I am also soooo happy you are using copper. Be Blessed

Anonymous said...

I'm always in awe of your creations, and this is no exception. This is so summery and gorgeous, well done!

Unknown said...

This truly Beautiful! You AWAYS Bring it Erin...so exciting and wonderful creation.
What spectacular beads she sent you wow!
I know you will be Enjoying the day with all of these wonderful comments! xx

Spirited Earth said...

this piece is breathtaking. Absolutly love it!

Dana said...

What a wonderful piece and I love that you can wear it long or short.

I would love to be entered in your drawing for one of your pendants. Love them too.

BeadsByEarthTones said...

i am in LOVE with the color combination! and what you designed...i'm speechless. so unique and beautiful!

N Valentine Studio said...

As always wonderful work, you often inspire me to do things I'd never try. What a great selection of swap goodies to play with and some stunning colors!

I love your simple truth pendants, greta give away idea. I think I'm going to do a give away next time I notice a few people are doing it and I think it's a great idea!

Unknown said...

What a lovely piece! Those colors are gorgeous!!!

I would love to win one of your pendants! Thank you for the giveaway!

Stacey said...

Oh my that mix is just gorgeous - and the art you created with that mix - ahhh...stunning.

Michael and Cherrie Fick said...

What a rich beautiful mix she sent you. How cool is that to partner with a designer on the other side of the world. Chocolate to boot. Love the design. Very interesting the way you pulled it together.

Piper said...

I love found treasures, I love creating treasures from found objects, misplaced words and delicious colors! Piper

Malin de Koning said...

Erin, I have already told you how envious I was of the soup you recieved from Stefanie. You are right, she is amazing with colours. And you did it all justice. Your necklace is soooooooooooooooo beautiful!

Please put my name in the give-away also.

All my best!

Jess Italia Lincoln said...

Erin I'm drooling over this necklace, it's GORGEOUS! The colors, textures, layers... all work so well together. I love that you can wear it long, double it, and turn it around to reveal so many unique areas of your design ~ It's many beautiful necklaces in one! Very inspiring!

Green Shoot Jewellery Designs said...

Absolutely beautiful, I especially love the fire agate, you have worked wonders!

Deb x

Aquariart said...

Very nice- I love the bohemian look and recognized Stephanie's big African Bead right away. It looks great with the black leather knots and those cracked and frosted fire agates. I think they are my new favorite kind of stone bead. I thoroughly enjoyed your soup, Thank you.

Rebecca said...

Erin....I love your soup, I love what you made, I love all of your photos (and I would of course love to win a simple truths pendant!!)...you are a real artist. La vie de la boheme is gorgeous!

K Hutchinson said...

Oh my heavens this is just GORGEOUS! Love the RICH colors with the copper!

Lisa Godfrey said...

Oh my gosh! I ♥ this necklace!! I love the warm, spicy colors and I love your "This and That" idea! It's great to be able to wear one piece in different ways. It really is beautiful. You had some great soup to work with and she even gave you some dessert! ;-) I hope you're enjoying the party!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous, love the warm tones of the copper components.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I have so enjoyed watching you stir the pot and come up with the recipe for such a beautiful piece! (I think I would be hoarding that little owl & beaded bead, LOL)

somethingunique said...

Well Miss Erin! what a fabu creation,so many little details. i can't wait to see what u do with that cute little owl in the background. Copper is definatly my fav component to use.You have an amazing eye for color.It would be an honour to win one of your wonderful creations from your shop the only problen trying to pick one they are all so wonderful.Lori is a genius for coming up with this idea it is so nice to see so many people from around the globe coming together to share one common theme there love of creating & sharing with one another. well i'm off to hop hop around i want to see each & everyone.Have a great day.

Shannon Chomanczuk said...

I love this and that so amazing. I love when pieces can be worn any which way. This is so awesome! Love, love, love!
Shannon C

Claire Maunsell said...

I would love to wear this necklace Every side is wonderful, rosy and lucious and full of warmth! Fabulous Erin, to have thought it up....

Loretta said...

What a delicious piece of soup! I love the colors in this and your design is beautiful!

I would love to be included in your drawing. You can contact me at retta6@aol.com if I am the lucky winner. :-)

roseworksjewelry said...

Wow! I'm stunned! The colors she gave you to work with are indeed rich - and I love what you did with it :)

Islandgirl said...

I agree those colours are gorgeous and make a lovely necklace! and sure enter me in my draw! If I win just comment on my blog!

Betsy Leonard Kaage said...

Really beautiful Erin! I love how you photographed the piece on the neck form, it lays beautifully and I love the colors!

moonlitfantaseas said...

you had some very beautiful bead soup to work with!, and I love what you did with it!

Terri said...

Great photos...I had the hardest time with mine..any way you cook up some mean bean soup...your creations are just beautiful!!!

Heidi Post said...

I love the versatility! And the colors are so warm and rich. Truly a beautiful piece :)

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous pieces! Love the colors!

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

I am total awe of all that goodness - love the color palette, warm and rich colors. Love the copper circles too, that must be a theme going on.
Ohh...German chocolate, one of the many things I miss from living over there.

Hannah said...

I lobe the versatility of this necklace!!!

Jennifer Cameron said...

What a fun piece of artwork! I bet part of the fun is trying to decide which way to wear it. The colors are warm and spicy, yet vibrant.

Sofie V said...

Wow what a pretty necklace you have made! I like the warm red and copper colors.

I'd love to win one of your pretty pendands.

Best regards from Belgium


Tara P. said...

Oh wow! Amazing colors and I love what you did. Great job!

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Those colors are to die for

balanced. said...

that is truly stunning!
I love the copper and red tones. Gorgeous!!

one-eared pig said...

I love the versatility of the necklace!

Sally Anderson said...

Love what you did with those components. Very creative and cool! Also I'd love to win one of your pendants! Thanks for doing the drawing!

Lisa said...

I adore what you did with those copper washers. I am currently in love with all things copper, and this was just right!

Jenni said...

Your necklace is stunning Erin, the rich , spicy mix you received just sing when combined with textured copper and the chain. I love it's versatility too and how your photos show that on the model. Very inspirational.

French Elegant Jewelry said...

Awsome necklace and I love how you can change up how you wear it and it is beautiful from every angle and definitely unique. I love your pendants too I am off to etsy to take a closer look.

Norma's Bag Boutique said...

So many great artists and so many beautiful pieces of art jewelry. I think I'm a little dizzy but enjoying it! Thanks for the giveaway.

tappingflamingo said...

your pieces are fabulous! your pendants are too!

Susan Marling said...

You are right - those colors are so rich and you did them such justice. Just beautiful - rich and it has depth.

Beth Bricker said...

Oh I love this necklace! Love the long length, love the copper, African trade bead, carnelian, I would so wear this.

Pam @ The Blue Between said...

Oh! SO nice! Just the kind of thing I'd wear all the time. Love it!

rosebud101 said...

It's a good thing I checked! I thought I had commented on your blog, but I guess not! Erin, I absolutely love that necklace! You did a wonderful job!!!! WOW!

Unknown said...

Fabulous! I love the rich colors and the versatility of the necklace! I'd wear this a lot!

Diane said...

Great pieces, and it looks like you had so much fun with your "soup".....
p.s. I love the background color of your blog...delicious!

LoriF said...

Love that necklace you made!...and thanks so much for the opportunity of winning one of your pendants. Mine would have to say "Be Thankful for Laughter". (a portion of a Woody Allan quote)
I have no clue if my email is turned on in my profile LOL, so it is: lorimf@rogers.com.

Angela Rae Barribeau said...

Love what you did with your soup! The colors are gorgeous!

becca said...

I adore what you did with your lovely soup.

Judy McHan said...

The colors and textures are awesome! This is my first visit to your site and I got here from the list of Bead Soup participants! I've enjoyed visiting your site.

stacilouise said...

You nailed it! I always love your work, and this did not dissapoint! You are so right about the richness of the colors, the earth toned metals and the deep colors.
I have also been eyeing up your new pendants. I really like them, I have always been a sucker for art paired with words and sayings.

marcy said...

yep it's a keeper! Gorgeous and warm and well, perfect.

Lisa said...

Love it! Great colors and I'm a sucker for the asymmetrical and unusual.

sandi m said...

This turned out so great! Love the asymmetrical look.

Tracey said...

This necklace is fantastic. I'm just hopping from blog to blog to check out the bead soup creations and this is the first time I've come across your blog. I checked out your Etsy shop and discovered that I'd already added several of your pieces to my list of favorites! Love your jewelry and would love to win anything you created. Best wishes, Tracey (tablueman@hotmail.com)

Wendy said...

Gorgeous necklace! I love the colors, textures... everything! :)

Tess Julia said...

I realize this is a bad time to be a new commenter, I'll get lost in the crowd! I'm just a visitor to the jewelry making bloggers and you all amaze me with the possibilities- it's very inspiring!

Sandi Volpe said...

Really beautiful colors and love your pendants. This is my first bead soup and I feel so inspired by all these great creations.

Debbie / Praieie Emporium said...

Great necklace Erin. You had some cool soup to use and are a super designer.

rockcreekcreations said...

Wonderful creation!! I'd say more, but I'm on blog 115 I think...my creative commenting skills have dramatically decreased in the last few hours...

Unknown said...

#209 here...how pretty, great job...

Maureen said...

Love the color combination and different textures, beautiful!

Linda Landig said...

This ia a gorgeous necklace, versitile, and rich in color and texture. Just love it! (llandig@msn.com)

KayzKreationz said...

What a great collection. And you turned into a
great necklace. I'd love to win one of your pendants.


Creative Arty Facts said...

I love the copper findings you have used - it really highlights the different finishes and textures you've used - I just love it.

stregata said...

Love the colour and the versatility of this piece. Stunning.

Coming Abstractions said...

You've really created some stunning pieces here -- love the rich and warm colors and your wonderful designs. Well done!!!


Niky Sayers said...

Lovely! The colors so warm and Love what you did with the washers!

becca said...

I love what you did with your soup!!

hello gorgeous said...

hey gorgeous, what a fabulous and very rustic piece you have created, I love all the different elements to it, the fact there's so much to feast your eyes on and yet it's not overpowering at all! ;o)

what a fabulous opportunity to win on of your pieces too.....count me in for that sweetie! ;o)

have a great sunday


hello gorgeous xxx

Polymer Clay Shed/ Barn said...

Wow, looks awesome!

LeeLu Creations said...

Wow! I love what you made with your soup. The colors are so rich and warm. I love that the piece is versatile. Great job!

Here is my email for the drawing:

ThreeRedBeads said...

Gorgeous! Love the colors! The description others have used of Bohemian I think fits well. It is beautiful work Erin!

Gerry said...

This is great Erin. Can't wait to go check out your etsy site.

Marian Hertzog said...

Oh my! You have created a stunning piece! I love the warm colors as you said but your design is awesome!

Juli Cannon said...

So very beautiful. Erin, you've got such a strong and identifiable style~ I'd know your work anywhere. Love.

Becky said...

I love your this and that necklace, the chain with the rings is lovely !

Anonymous said...

What a delicious bead soup you got! And I just love love love the necklace you made!

Patsy Evins said...

What a wonderful soup you got and I absolutely love what you created! Fabulous idea of multi tasking the necklace!

Hazel Ward said...

Beautiful piece, whichever way it's worn (though I love the section with the large rings the best :D). And that owl! Adorable :D

cindydolezaldesigns said...

I just love the colors of your soup. And it's so cool that you can turn it and it looks different from each angle. I feel guilty entering to win your pendant. I already entered on Art Bead Scene. But that one didn't have CHOCOLATE so all bets are off. Enter me again please!!!

Raida said...

Wow, this is a spectacular necklace! Rich, warm colors with many components, really special, beautiful work!

MoonRae said...

love love love it!!

Cynthia said...

Erin, your bead soup turned out sooooo yummy. I love that it has more than one "look".
Thanks for the chance to win your fabulous giveaway!

BeaderBubbe said...

Absolutely love the colors and so glad to see someone else who used chains....

Valerie said...

Boy, what a great bead soup you got from your partner! I love what you created with it. The bohemian style speaks to me! The copper with the rustic red is beautiful. So glad to be in this group with you.

Off the Beadin' Path said...

Your necklace is a hit! It's been well-reviewed with all these wonderful comments! What can I add, just that I gazed at it forever! So impressive and creative, but the African bead with the fire agate is outstanding. I would wear that off to the side, sooommmmetimes, so many choices, so desirable! Yes, I absolutely love it!

Unknown said...

I love the saturated color and thee copper is beautiful. What a versatile piece you created.

Beadbug said...

These colors are of my favorites to work with. I just love how it all came together.

Alice said...

I have been waiting to see what you would make- you stuff is alaways such a treat. I love the trade bead- you did it proud- and I am not suprised to see you do something to the links to give it more flavor. You rock.

fireflymyst said...

#161 here:)

I love how it all came together. Wonderful color theme.

Leigh said...

You did such a wonderful job designing the jewelry in a way that really enhances and compliments the warmth of the tones and colors.

Cameron said...

Your work never ceases to amaze and delight! This is just stunning!

Francy said...


Paige said...

Erin....that soup is absolutely gorgeous!!!! The colors are beautiful, and I love that it's a "this and that" type. And that name?? So cool! Your work is always so gorgeous--well done!

k!m said...

what an amazingly inspirational design you've created!!! it truly speaks to me...sooo warm, so wearable! luv it ;o)

VS said...

So beautiful friend, I love this necklace & what you did with your SOUP! The copper & brass is fabulous...what a lovely job you did! ;)
Thanks for sharing...

Everyday Gypsy said...

I really enjoyed to color combinations here. Very eyecatching. I like that you designed the piece to be worn in different ways. So unique.

stephanie_mcginley said...

Erin...I absolutely love what you did with the bead soup!!! You are so talented and always an inspiration to me!

Barbara Bechtel said...

I agree about the african trade brass...I've had one of the those in my stash for awhile now and haven't been able to figure it out but you handled it beautifully!

I've recently been on a washer kick myself! I've been having a great time hammering washers!

Great Work Erin and I would looooooove to win one of those pendants! :)

Sarabeth aka Sarita said...

what lovely soup you received! you did an amazing job with that and i love the color combo!


Steph L. said...

I love the colors of your bead soup, lovely necklace!

Stacie said...

Such a rich, versatile piece. The beads and the way that you have used them are just lovely.

swopemelmel said...

Erin the necklace is stunning. The colors are so rich and exotic. swopemelmel@aol.com

Serena Trent said...

WoW! You received such a rich soup of beads. The creation you mad is beautiful.


Rising Designs said...

Dear Erin, I have been a long time admirer of your art. I was excited to see what you made for this bead soup.Seems your partner was aware of your wonderful ability to create such rich textured pieces-what an amazing soup she sent to you! I would love to own an example of your work Thanks for reading our multitude of comments, nancy.saccoccio@gmail.com

Karyn said...

Oh my that ''soup'' looks delicious! I love what you have created... I keep coming back for a second and third look - so much to look at. Well done!


BooBeads said...

Wow, I'll be hoppin for days on this one!

What a lovely bundle of goodies you received and the necklace is awesome!

Third Eye Gypsy said...

Erin, I was so excited to see your gorgeous soup! Boy o boy did your partner send you some beautiful pieces and goodies!

I absolutely LOVE the necklace! It has such a wonderful old world feel.

Beautiful photos as well!

Michelle said...

fabulous, fabulous! I knew you would come up with a wonderful design. I love that it can be worn so many ways.
Bead Happy!

Angel Whisperer said...

GORGEOUS necklace Erin - so many ways to wear it !! and the colors of the soup is so great! I don´t know what happened to my comment written very soon after Your early post ?? lost in cyberspace...can not see it in this looooong list ..but I remember writing that You all ready know I do love Your new pendants too :)

peggy aplSEEDS said...

amazing! i love what you have done with the beads you received! so beautiful!

Clayworks by Lisa Boucher said...

Both pieces turned out so beautiful Erin! You can see that it took some expertise to make the first one lay correctly, and the beading is spectacular on the second. Love the color combinations.

Anna Lear said...

I can't believe this is just one piece; your design is fabulous! The mix of metals and beads came together wonderfully, and it looks like no matter how you wear it, it will balance perfectly. And the colors -- to die for. As always your work is incredible, and thanks for sharing your creative process here!

Lutka And Co. said...

Oh, you made a beautiful necklace! What a wonderful soup!

Regina said...

I love your necklace, love the color mix of beads you started with and then 32 inches of stunning this and that. That brass bead and the fire agate ... perfect together, then your row of warm jeweltone beads, love that. All in all one gorgeous necklace.

Shirley said...

Erin, I was so excited when I finally reached your name. (I started from the bottom up). I knew you would have something gorgeous, and you didn't disappoint! Your partner sent some amazing beads, and I can't wait to see what you make with the beaded bead and the owl. This necklace is stunning not only for the rich colors and textures of the beads themselves, but for the thought process you used, to bring out the beauty of the beads, and totally showcase them. Awesome work.

Diana P. said...

What a wonderful and verstile piece. I just love the warm colors!

Cyndi L said...

I love everything about this piece: the color palette is amazing, and your design features the special beads without ever overwhelming them. I love the little touches like the ribbons. Can't wait to see what you do with that extraordinary beaded bead!

Arlene said...

It's always inspirational to see what people got and what they did with it.. Good job and your pieces sound interesting!!

Anonymous said...

I love the colors of the beads she gave you. The deep rich colors of fall. What a beautiful necklace you made.

Jeanne Wagner said...

I have found out about the bead soup challenge through Sig Wynn Evans' blog (#144) and I have been absolutely blown away by everyone's creations.

I have to admit, I was a teensy bit disappointed that you did not incorporate that amazing beaded bead in your design, but I do love the necklace you made, especially the versatility of it. It's really striking. And I love your pendants too. Someone will be lucky. :) [I can be contacted through my blog (link included) but just in case....j3jewelry@yahoo.com]

jamberry_song said...

Oh, absolutely; this definitely has "gypsy" written all over it! I'm loving the "ethnic" style beads and the red, hot, passionate palette. ;) I think of beautiful women swirling around in brightly colored skirts to the sound of Flamenco guitar; this has that sort of festive brightness and movement to it. I'm loving that you can wear it different ways, however the carefree gypsy feels like wearing it. ;) So gorgeous, so much spirit!

I'm sad that you didn't use the little owl. I'm hoping maybe that will show up in one of your other creations in the near future. :) Very generous of you to offer a giveaway! And mmm, marzipan. :D Lovely pendants! Someone is going to walk away feeling REAL lucky!!

Kitty said...

Erin, I enjoyed reading about the creation process of your Bead Soup necklace.

How 'bout that Chocolate, though!!! Maybe chocolate should be part of the Bead Soup along with the pendant and toggle.

Cheryl K Roe said...

Wonderful design. Love all the copper.

Dee said...

I love the way you reached the decision on how to create your own unique line. I would love to win one of your pendants! As for inspiration, yes, I confess, I am an ETSY junkie! But I also often find inspiration in the nature just outside my door (acorns for instance or daffodils). And then sometimes it's a special treasure... my mom recently gave me an old pin that was my grandmother's. Costume jewelery, a bow with a dangling heart locket. I decided to make a pearl necklace out of it. I'll let you know how it turns out! :p

MissCantTakeItAnymore said...

*speechless* I LOVE the beads that you recieved for bead soup. I love the colors especially the brass/copper and the "little owl" is so cute! I love the necklace that you created. I wanted to enter the contest obviously trying to squeeze in at the last minute lol.

I know that this isn't a relatively new concept but I started about a month ago working with scrabble tiles and making charms out of them so you could do like a scrabble theme. I have some photos of work that I did with them if you want to check it out but instead of making charms you could go for some kind of unique design of using it as a simple pendant and make the actual necklace chain part a unique design

GraceC said...

Oh that's just beautiful, as all your pieces are. I think I made a "this and that" piece too, but I like yours better!

Shai Williams said...

I am totally in awe of your creation (as always). I can just see tossing on a black turtlenec, a pair of boots, a beret and that necklace. I would be ready for everything that comes my way

Menka Gupta said...

pretty colors...very energetic. beautiful work!

Valerie said...

I enjoy reading your blog! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. So nice of you!

Mary K. McGraw said...

Still making my way to all the blogs. Love the color and versatility of your piece.


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