TDF day 13 and Mini Challenge!

TDF day 13 and Mini Challenge!

On track for TDF-though I did have to modify my goal. Originally, I hoped to fill a bobbin a day. However, spinning very fine takes FOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEVVVEEEERRRRRRRR!! So, I decided that as long as I spin steadily daily, then I’m good. Our little Facebook group was presented with a mini-challenge by our awesome hostess-to look up the number one hit song on the day you were born, and spin a yarn to represent it. Luckily, I just missed “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye, and had “Delta Dawn” by Helen Reddy.

At first, I thought I would end up with a crazy, wacky yarn that would be one of those things that you keep and have just to say you did it. But after listening, really listening to the song over and over.. (yes, the kids all asked over the course of two days “is that your new favourite song, mama?”) I felt sad. I pictured her walking barefoot down Main Street, peering into quintessential small town store-fronts, with mannequins on display wearing high fashion from decades past, shops with sticky candy melting in the sun shining through the window, the drug store with empty seats at the soda fountain.. She wears a lacy, crochet dress that was once white, now tattered at the edges and a charming shade of ivory. Her hair is sun bleached “yellow” blonde, curling wildly around her head, silver streaks glinting in the sun her only betrayal of her true age. A faded rose pinned to the front of her dress with one of those tiny brass safety pins, drooping sideways, but petals and leaves still intact. Her suitcase is a brown cracked leather with shiny brassy clasps that she keeps clean and polished. But it’s her eyes, blue and wild, that stop you in your tracks and make you wonder: what lost love made this beautiful girl lose her mind..

I decided that I needed to dye! Shocking, I know. I think dyeing is one of my most favourite part of the fiber arts process. I selected squishy soft Cormo for the base fiber, and knew I needed a handful of Henry’s locks as an add-in.
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Ooooh.. steamy. These are the locks as I kettle dyed them. I LOVE how silky and shiny Henry’s locks are!! And the colors came out *exactly as I hoped. I didn’t take pics of the Cormo as I dyed it-I worked too fast to think about it when the baby was quiet for awhile. After everything was dried, I decided to separate the cormo into color segments-the brown was pulled out and set aside, and the blue/violet was blended with hand painted silk and silvery angelina with my awesome two-pitch hand combs that the Muscle made me. The blue/violets are for her eyes, the silver her hair, the silk for her beauty.
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I knew the locks would be the “faded rose”, along with a deep dark red silk thrum. The locks would be tail spun, and the silk thrum wildly added right after. I used a natural colored blend of merino/alpaca/tencel to transition from the blue/violet to the browns of her cracked leather suitcase. Throughout, I had metallic thread autowrap, except for over the blues to not take away from the silver angelina. This is my second ever core-spun yarn, and first real “art” yarn. My tiny bobbins/wheel and flyer to not allow for much and it was a labor of love as I struggled to make it happen! Stopping and starting often to uncatch the fibers on the hooks, on the orifice, on each other! In the end though, I am SO freaking happy with the results. This will be something for me that I will cherish forever.
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That’s my Quality Control inspector. She is also my sneaky little fiber thief! I could not for the life of me figure out how my fibers kept ending up scattered outside my bucket when nobody was around. The kids said it was PollyAnna, but I didn’t believe it. Then I caught her.
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I didn’t get a ton of yardage, but I’m ok with that. My eyes were far bigger than my bobbin. This is what my wheel could handle. 24 yards. WOOt!
I didn’t use the vintage wooden beads yet-I will though when I turn the yarn into a wearable-they just go too well with it.
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I am glad for mini-challenges, for meeting like-minded people who pose challenges to strangers and friends alike to help them broaden their minds and experiences, for no reason other than to wish for all to have fun, and for how through the grace of the internet, we can share in each others’ successes, failures, joys and losses, holding each other up through it all. Til next time, hug someone you love. =^..^=

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Le Tour de Fleece 2014, Day 1

Le Tour de Fleece 2014, Day 1

I didn’t get as much done yesterday as I would have liked, but I did spin!  I am playing catch up today, and hope to have this bobbin full and plied today. I thought I was going to start TDF with the squishy Cormo goodness I dyed in a Hibiscus inspired palette, but I love the feel of this fiber so much I just couldn’t resist starting it right away!

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I am just in love with the colorway of this Merino/Alpaca/Tencel blend from Stacy Shipley of Lush Fiber Arts. I bought a small load of it when it was on sale, and really really really hope she carries it again!

Jewelry, Fiber and TDF, Oh My!

Jewelry, Fiber and TDF, Oh My!

I promise, I haven’t been slacking around. I have actually done a few things since I’ve last posted!! I’ve been wanting to post for quite some time now, but I get sidetracked every time I sit down for five seconds!
I will keep this post short. I’m going to post pictures and brief captions, plus I really, really want to talk about my very first ever Tour De Fleece! *SO EXCITED*!!!

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Who would have thought that the image on the left would end up the picture on the right? It was an experiment, and in the end, I followed where they went and though unexpected, really like them. Grade A garnets on woven copper, they are surprisingly light weight and are just a hair over two inches long from the top of the ear wires to the bottom of that lowest little curl.

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Little garnet clusters, these make me think of grapes. Nice weight to them without being horribly heavy, they measure just a tad over two inches from top of the ear wires to the very bottom of the dangle.

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I made this AYE-mazing yarn that I just LOVE, and called Lush Garden, and learned a hard lesson-never dye less than eight ounces. This is a small skein, so I am kicking myself for not dyeing more at the time. It’s a little hard to repeat spontaneous hand-painting! This is so soft, semi-worsted merino/alpaca/tencel, next to skin soft.

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I have started knitting up my new series of Mountain Men hats. Earthy tones, thick and warm, the gents on the Muscle’s forums expressed great interest in them!

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We attended the Yellow Rose Fiber Fiesta this year!! I was luck to have been joined by some of my favorite framily people and V and I snapped up some raw long locks that were being sold by a nice lady named Tracy Ross of South Texas Angora Goats. I opted for the 50% teeswater/BFL cross locks and V brought home some awesome 50% teeswater/Wenslydale locks. We had a Fiber Day here at the Ranch, and together skirted/washed a good half pound of locks. V hasn’t dyed hers yet, but I couldn’t wait! I laid them out in a pan and dyed them in the oven using Jacquard Acid dyes I painted on. Success!! These locks are an average of nine inches, with some being around 6 but most closer to 9-10.

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Now these are mohair locks from my wether, Henry. I love that goat. He is two years old and has the silky soft lustrous locks of a kid. I haven’t done any tail or lock spinning yet-so I decided to practice with Henry’s locks before diving into the teeswater/BFL locks. And OH MYYYYYYYYY!!! I am just blown away at how silky these are!!

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V and I both found some wonderful BFL roving! We dyed together, V’s first time! (Hers on the left) I was so proud of her! I also gave her a drop spindle demo (so glad the Muscle has handy like that-he whipped one up right quick while we did the fiber prep!) I can’t wait to see it all spun up!

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So… all this dyeing-what am I leading up to? If you guessed something to do with the 2014 Tour de Fleece, you guessed right! I had heard of this last year, but I felt I didn’t know enough, didn’t have the skills or experience to join the Big Kids in this event. I still feel like I lack the skills, experience and really have no idea what I’m doing half the time, though I fake it well-I decided I would join this year! I teamed up with an awesome group-Team Nevermore- and they are an awesome bunch. Totally My Kind Of People. They all seem like a bunch of people I’d love hanging out with In Real Life. Why does the world have to be so big, scattering birds of a feather so far from each other? Anyhoo-Tour de Fleece is a spinning event that coincides with the Tour de France-basically, you spin every day that they riders ride. Makes sense, right? Different groups have their own little “challenges” or goals within them, and everyone is encouraged to have their own goals-mine is to fill a bobbin a day! With my wimpy small bobbins, hopefully that will be a goal easily achieved. At the end of the Tour, I hope to have some wonderfully squishy soft amazing skeins of yarn for sale, or to be knit up in a variety of sellables. Here’s the official logo:

image courtesy of StarAthena, http://keeponknittinginthefreeworld.blogspot.com

image courtesy of StarAthena, http://keeponknittinginthefreeworld.blogspot.com

I forgot to mention my escapades with silk brick. If you haven’t yet reached the conclusion-I absolutely love dyeing fibers. So I decided silk bricks werew next on my list. Silk bricks are approximately four ounce rolls of 100% A grade mulberry silk. I cannot even begin to describe how silky (heh.. silk is silky, go figure………..) this stuff is, and how incredibly soft and SHINY!!! After a false start, I was finally able to dye a brick a beautiful swirly mix of blues and purples. My first attempt was a little…. sad. I tortured the poor silk, causing it to form a texture on itself-while is is still incredibly, wonderfully soft and even shiny, it isn’t as smooth as it should be. So that has become an add-in for blending with other fibers.
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See? Shiny! I took some of the abused silk and blended it with Cormo wool (yummy, next to skin soft!) blending with my hand cards first, making a little rolag. Then I blended it using my combs the Muscle made for me, and made a little mini-batt. I honestly think I prefer the mini-batt to the rolags. I plan to do some core-spinning with these! The blue/purpley brick however will not be blended. If I don’t sell it as is, I will be spinning the silk alone. Have I mentioned how hard it is to photograph bright colors without having them look crazy over saturated or just plain washed out?? No happy balance here, I’m afraid. I got the pics as close as I could to reality.

Well, I think that’s all for now. Whew!!! I know I’ve done a few more things-camping, more jewelry, more yarns spun, but these are the highlights and I really felt the need to document them! I will be posting more during TDF to share my little victories, and I have more jewelry in the works-stay tuned! Til then, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses… =^..^=
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And Bearded Iris.

BSBP #8, Reveal!!

BSBP #8, Reveal!!

Whew! Looking back at my last blog post, I am literally stunned at how fast time goes by-whether you’re having fun or not! Luckily, I HAVE been having fun! But that is all for another blog post. Today, we are *virtually* gathered around to visit each other for this year’s 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party, hosted by the wonderful and amazing Lori Anderson of Pretty Things Blog!! In case you missed my post about the Soup sent to me by my partner in beady crime, Heather Richter of Desert Jewelry Designs, you can find it here. So without further ado, I present to you my creations with Heather’s soup!

Here is a wind chime I made using the focal agate slice and two of the bone beads Heather sent. I Originally wanted to make a necklace, but it told me that it wasn’t meant for a necklace, and well, who am I to argue with a stone! The agate slice is large, measuring nearly four inches long, so I *guess* the stone is right…. ;)
The chiming part of the wind chime are clay pipes from over the water, sent to me in a swap with Leah Curtis of Beady Eyed Bunny! I’ve had those SO long, waiting for the right inspiration! She’s a great polymer clay artist-creating hands down the neatest looking faces I’ve seen, ever! But I digress….. nothing new there, eh?
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I love making wind chimes, especially for other people, but this is the first time I made one just for me. The clay pipes add a sweet clinking sound, and the little beads give it little dashes of extra color to keep the eye interested.

Next, I made a bracelet to go with the shiny brass toggle clasp Heather sent. I defaulted to my favorite-double Viking Knit, but this time in 24 gauge brass. Yikes!! My hands were NOT happy by time I was done, but it was well worth it!! I added a few cloisonne beads I had leftover from a redesign for my wonderful cousin, Wonder Woman and my handmade end caps. A bit of chain to make sure the toggle had the slack it needed to pull through and Voila! I love how it turned out. A nice polishing with the ol’ Sunshine cloth, and the brass shined just as bright as the clasp!
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I decided I would save the rest for a rainy day-I love leftovers!!
I hope you enjoyed visiting my Reveal-please stop by Heather’s blog and see what she did with the soup I sent her!
Lori has been hosting the Bead Soup Blog Party through good days and bad. A true inspiration and role model! Please take a few moments to send her a healing thought, prayer, and general warm fuzzies. If anyone can use them, I know Lori can! If they are pink warm fuzzies, that would be even better. Til next time, my friends, keep calm and BLOG HOP!! =^..^=

 

Lori Anderson, Hostess     www.PrettyThingsBlog.com

 

 

Tina Bosh                                  http://bookbug-somanybookssolittletime.blogspot.com/

Kristina Hahn Eleniak                 www.peacockandlime.wordpress.com

Kari Asbury                               www.hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com

Kris Binsfield                             www.cherishdesigns.wordpress.com

Cheryl Gangle                            www.RockCandyJewelryDesign.blogspot.com

Amber Dawn                             www.InventiveSoul.blogspot.com

Michelle Wigginton                     http://adornedonadelaide.weebly.com/

Kayla Potega                              http://teejewelry.blogspot.com/

Becky Pancake                           www.beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com

 

 

Debbie Rogers                             http://debbiestreasuresandgems.wordpress.com/

Jenny Kyrlach                             www.anafiassa.blogspot.com

Genea Crivello-Knable                 www.geneabeads.blogspot.com

Deborah Read                             www.deborahreadcom.blogspot.com

Julianna Cannon                          http://julsbeads.blogspot.com/

Lisa Liddy                                  www.lisaliddy.wordpress.com

Debbie Rasmussen                      www.Kepirasmussen.blogspot.ca

Iveth Caruso                               www.creativeatelier.net/blog

Rana Wilson                               http://ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com/

Corrie Williams                           http://thecedarbeader.blogspot.com.au

 

 

Linda Anderson                          http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com

Miranda Ackerley                       http://blog.mirandack.com/

Andra Weber                             www.andrasjoyfuljourney.blogspot.com

Loretta Carstensen                      http://www.designsbyloretta.blogspot.com/

Penny Houghton                         www.smellynelly.blogspot.com.au

Tania Hagen                               http://pelimadesign.blogspot.co.nz/

Robin Reed                                www.willowdragon.blogspot.com

Laurie Vyselaar                           www.Lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com

Rachel Baron                              www.rbarondesigns.blogspot.com

Erin Guest                                   www.renlish.com

 

 

Emma Todd                                            www.apolymerpenchant.com

Kelly Schermerhorn                            http://meanderingwithkelly.blogspot.com/

Dana Hickey                                            http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com

Rebecca Ednie                                       http://eclecticendeavours.blogspot.com

Marybeth Rich                                       http://forestofjewels.blogspot.com/

Sherri Levinton                                      www.cuttergazette.blogspot.com

RaMona Woolson                                www.jerseygirlsbeadwork.blogspot.com

Jo-Ann Woolverton                             www.Itsabeadifulcreation.blogspot.ca

Audrey Belanger                                  http://esperianterra.blogspot.ca/

Candida Castleberry                            http://spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com

 

 

Renetha Stanziano                              https://www.lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/

Carolyn Chenault                                  www.carolynchenault.wordpress.com

Toltec  Jewels                                        www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Diana Welte                                            http://lilyweeds.blogspot.com

Jean A. Wells                                          www.jeanawells.blogspot.com

Bev Breisinger                                       http://countryfrogcreations.blogspot.com/

Autumn Adams                                     www.autumndawns.blogspot.com

DiYana Alcalde                                       www.agapecreationsjewelry.blogspot.com

Patty Gasparino                                    www.mylifeunderthebus.typepad.com

Karen Mitchell                                       www.overthemoon-design.com

 

 

Regina Santerre                                    http://reginaswritings.blogspot.com/

Dhea Powers                                         http://javabead.blogspot.com/

Jayne Capps                                           https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com

Keri Lee Sereika                                    www.pinklemonade.typepad.com

Melissa Trudinger                                www.beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                              http://ladelizchica.blogspot.com/

Jeanne Steck                                          www.gemsbyjeannemarie.blogspot.com

Carolyn Lawson                                     http://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Kay Thomerson                                     http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com

 

 

Maybeline Tay                                       http://thejewelrylarder.blogspot.sg/

Jackie Locantore                                   http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog/MorningStarSanctuaryStudio

D’Arsie Manzella                                   http://thisherenowmamacita.blogspot.com

Jacqueline Marchant                          http://jaacquelinesjewels.blogspot.com/

Beccy Peterson                                     www.yanasmom.blogspot.com

Katie Nielson-Nunez                           www.Vikingcraft.blogspot.com

Heidi Kingman                                       http://heidikingman.blogspot.com

Andrea Glick                                           http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

Rose Johnson                                        http://swtrosethorn.blogspot.com/

 

 

Nicole Demore                                      http://healingbeading.blogspot.com/

Marti Conrad                                          http://marticsclay.blogspot.com

Marianna Boylan                                  www.stargirlshop.blogspot.com

Mitzie Crider                                          www.needfulluxuries.com

Christa Murphy                                     www.adventuresofwonbeadywoman.blogspot.com

Alisa Siceloff                                           www.armoredmermaid.blogspot.com

Maria Rios                                               http://mlourdes24.blogspot.com/

Tracy Martin                                           www.nutkittensjewelry.blogspot.com

Nan Emmett                                           www.spiritrattles.blogspot.com
Jelveh Jafarian                                          http://jelvehdesigns.blogspot.com/

 

 

Ali McCarthy                                           www.northwoodscreativestudio.blogspot.com

Jennifer LaVite                                      www.drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com

Dolores Raml                                          www.craftydscreations.wordpress.com

Valerie Kravette                                   http://gettingabeadon.blogspot.com

Bobbie Rafferty                                    www.beadsong.blogspot.com

Kathleen Breeding                               http://99bobotw.blogspot.com

Kristi Brokaw                                          www.Kristibrokawdesigns.blogspot.com

Lisa Suver                                                http://fanceethat.blogspot.com/

Natalie Moten                                       http://runningoutofthread.blogspot.com/

Jami Shipp                                               http://celebratinglifewithdamamashipp.blogspot.com/

 

 

Diana Shiraishi                                       www.JasmineTeaDesigns.blogspot.com

Heather Otto                                         http://www.thecrafthopper.com <—–YOU ARE HERE

Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp                    www.kruseartllc.com

Lisa Knappenberger                            www.liraysadesigns.blogspot.com

Charlene Jacka                                      http://clay-space.com/blog

Patty Miller                                             http://pattymillerbeads.blogspot.com/

Sandi James                                            www.dobedobeaddo.blogspot.com

Marianne Hurley                                  www.Readsandbeads.wordpress.com

Cris Peacock                                           http://crispart.blogspot.com/

Andrea Rivers                                        http://turtlesoupcreative.blogspot.com/

 

 

Gloria Allen                                             http://gloriaallendesigns.blogspot.com/

Kandice Seeber                                     http://coloraddictionblog.blogspot.com

Janine Lucas                                           http://www.esfera.me/travel/

Sandy Richardson                                 www.SandyscoloringBox.blogspot.com

Hajer Waheed                                       www.mybeadedworld.wordpress.com

Cynthia Abner                                       http://createdtreasures.blogspot.com/

Peggy Johnson                                      http://charmbarn.blogspot.com/

Tina Holden                                             www.beadcomber.ca

Julie Bowen                                            http://blog.autochthonous-evolved.com

Heather Richter                                    http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/

 

 

Sarah Strover                                         www.beaupepys.blogspot.com

Kimberly Idalski                                     www.kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com

Sandi Volpe                                            www.sandivolpe.com

Tandra Boyer                                         http://alittleinkalicious.blogspot.com/

Klaudete Koon                                      http://www.klaudetekoon.blogspot.com

Michaela Pabeschitz                           http://der-lamardebonita.blogspot.co.at/

Mea-B. Uebler                                      http://schmuck-der-gut-tut.blogspot.de

Mandi Effron                                          www.craft-o-licious.blogspot.com

Evelyn Shelby                                        http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/

Shai Williams                                          http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/

 

 

Natalie Davidson                                  http://www.northshoredays.com

Evelyn Duberry                                     www.Shebamakeda.com

Eszter Czibulyas                                    http://bigyogyar.blogspot.com

Sylvia Lupberger                                   http://www.lusyls-kreativseite.blogspot.de/

Divya N                                                     www.jewelsofsayuri.com

Blanca Medina                                       www.peru-medesigns.com

Ginger Davis Allman                            http://thebluebottletree.com

Chris Eisenberg                                     http://www.wanderware.blogspot.com

 

 

Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic                 http://slovoni.blogspot.com

Jodie Marshall                                       www.marshalljodie.blogspot.com

Margareta Saari                                    http://magsinhelmet.blogspot.fi/

Menka Gupta                                        http://menkag.blogspot.com/

Dian Hierschel                                        www.mydias.de

Kashmira Patel                                      http://sadafulee.blogspot.com

Christina Miles                                       http://wingsnscales.blogspot.com/

Inge von Roos                                        www.ingetraud.wordpress.com

Sam Siegel                                               http://samsbeadshopandjewelry.blogspot.com/

Gina Hockett                                          http://www.freestyleelements.blogspot.com

 

 

Linda Newnham                                   http://earth-shinedesigns.blogspot.co.uk/

Enikö Fabian                                           www.perleni.blogspot.com

Dorota Żerańska                                   http://gdymamczas.blogspot.com

Shalini Austin                                         http://jewellery-by-shalini.blogspot.co.uk

Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens                    www.glassbeadart.blogspot.com

Silke Groeber                                         http://just-beads.blogspot.com

Birgit Klughardt                                     www.gitesbeads-gite.blogspot.com

Rebecca Anderson                              www.songbeads.blogspot.com

Niky Sayers                                             http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk

Stefanie Teufel                                     http://stefaniessammelsurium.blogspot.com

 

 

Rosantia Petkova                                 http://bairozan.blogspot.com/

Alenka Obid                                           Pepita Handmade

Jacqueline Keller                                  www.creartelier.blogspot.com

Sam Waghorn                                        http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk

Jackie Ryan                                             http://kydojewellery.blogspot.co.uk/

Kumi Fisher                                             www.kumifisher.blogspot.com

Joan Williams                                         www.lilrubyjewelry.com

Stephanie Weiss                                   http://uniquelymebwd.blogspot.com/

Elsbeth Fuchs                                         www.acrimbolda.blogspot.com

Johanna Nash                                        http://firephoenixcreations.blogspot.com/

 

 

Natascha Marty                                    http://www.sommerlicht.ch

Sarah Goode                                          www.pookledo.blogspot.com

Agata Grygiel                                         http://www.inaurem.pl/

Jeannine Vetsch-Bokstaller                  www.jevebo-art.blogspot.com

Rebecca Sirevaag                                 www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com

Magdalena Sikora                                http://www.porannagazeta.blogspot.com/

Ana Krepel                                              http://catspajamas-dogstuxedos.blogspot.com/

Saskia Letta                                             www.puenktliundanton.blogspot.com

Beth Emery                                             www.storiesbyindigoheart.blogspot.com

Lizzie Clarke                                            www.theneedtobead.blogspot.com

 

 

Evie and Beth McCord                        http://ebbeadandmetalworks.blogspot.com/

Marcia Dunne                                        www.thealternativefoundry.blogspot.co.uk

Agi Kiss                                                     http://moonsafaribeads.blogspot.com

Esterina Jagiella                                     http://ekleijar.blogspot.com/

Judith Johnston                                    http://www.judith-johnston.com/blog/

Jenny Vidberg                                       http://shymessmycken.blogspot.se/

Klaudia Toth                                           http://www.klaudiabizsu.hu

Merja Sundström                                 http://suntsan.blogspot.fi/

Colleen Vinthagen                               http://www.thewireworkshop.com/blog

Leah Curtis                                              http://beadyeyedbunny.blogspot.co.uk/

 

 

Giorgia Rossini                                       http://joyblonde.blogspot.it/

Sandra Wollberg                                   www.city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.com/‎

Annica Larsson                                      http://zestyfrog.wordpress.com/

Johana Nunez                                        www.artincendi.com

Krafty Max                                              http://kraftymax.blogspot.com/

Lori Schneider                                        www.beadaddicted.blogspot.com

Mary Govaars                                        www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com

Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi            http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com

Maddison Langford                             www.maddy-moo.blogspot.com

Ginger Bishop                                        http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com/

 

 

Birgitta Lejonklou                                 www.lejonklou.blogspot.se

Lesley Watt                                             www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com

Doris Stumpf                                          www.glaszwerg.blogspot.com

Marjolein Trewavas                            http://roomforchangemeuk.blogspot.co.uk/

Silvia Sernicola                                       http://pipa-the-latest.blogspot.it/

Roxanne Blanc                                       http://strikesmyfancy-2013.blogspot.com/

Wendy Chamberlain                           http://wendy-essentialbears.blogspot.co.uk/

Siobhán Keogh                                      www.vovsjewellery.blogspot.ie

Claire Fabian                                           www.saraccino.blogspot.com

Katrin Fenzke                                         http://perlhuehner-schokojunkie.blogspot.de/

 

 

Eva Wills                                                   http://quiltingpug.blogspot.com/

Kathy Lindemer                                    http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/

Bridget Torres                                        www.shears58.net

Marina Passarella                                 http://annodarte2013.blogspot.it

Christina Hickman                                http://vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com/

Tammie Everly                                       http://ttedesigns.blogspot.com/

Ana Cravidao                                          http://acbeads.blogspot.com

Keren Panthaki                                     www.vasdea.wordpress.com

Jennifer VaBenschoten                     http://www.vanbeads.blogspot.com

 

 

Solange Collin                                        http://www.blog.ahowinjewelry.com

Marina Kosović                                      http://machoopko-design.blogspot.com/

Michelle Tucker                                    www.michelleannstudio.com

Sue Rennie                                             http://moonandsevenstars.blogspot.co.uk/

Claire Lockwood                                   Something to Do With Your Hands

Barb Solem                                             www.ViviMagooPresents.com

Caroline Dewison                                 http://www.blueberribeads.co.uk

Noemi Baena Roman                          http://blog.noemibaena.com/

Marsela Schroth                                   www.marselita.de

 

 

Amy Severino                                        http://www.amybeads.blogspot.com/

Vonna Maslanka                                   http://justvonna.blogspot.com/

Andra Marasteanu                              http://bijouxdemonange.blogspot.com

Cherrie Warzocha                                www.colorsofshae.blogspot.com

Amanda Wacasey                                www.Mandyinmystic.blogspot.com

Marcy Lamberson                                www.StudioMarcy.blogspot.com

Lisa Johnson                                           http://spudandmrsbutters.blogspot.com/

Gail Vanderster-Zwang                      www.Angelmoose.blogspot.com

Laurie Keefe-Cecere                           http://cecerelyyours.blogspot.com

Asri Wahyuningsih                               http://asribeadwork.blogspot.com/

 

 

ChristineMurrow                                  www.charisdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com

Laurie Ament                                         http://isinglassdesign.blogspot.com/

Lilik Kristiani                                            http://pcbylik.blogspot.com/

Stephanie Haussler                             www.pixybugdesigns.blogspot.com

Deb Fortin                                               www.studiok24.blogspot.ca

Kelly Hosford Patterson                    www.travelingsideshow.blogspot.com

Katy Heider                                             www.onthepondcreations.blogspot.com

Christine Stonefield                            www.sweetgirldesign.blogspot.com

Dagmar Liebisch                                    http://kokopellidesign.blogspot.de

Sandra McGriff                                      http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.ca

 

 

Sheila Daniels                                         http://www.cheekymagpie.com

Rossana De Gaspari                             www.Rdegas.blogspot.com

Cory Tompkins                                      Www.tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com

Judy Riggs                                                www.rigglettes.blogspot.com

Lora Bright                                               www.labweorc.wordpress.com

Tina Noonan                                           www.wingedimp.blogspot.com

Shawn Price                                            http://silkyshaven.blogspot.com

April Grinaway                                       http://brooklynbeadgoddess.blogspot.com

Cheryl Roe                                              www.beadroe.blogspot.com

 

 

Pam Hurst                                               http://pamhurst.blogspot.com

Shirley Moore                                        www.beadsandbread.blogspot.com

Emmanuelle Roué                               www.ashentara.blogspot.fr

Tammy Adams                                      http://paisleylizard.com/blog.html

Kristin Oppold                                        http://www.yayjewelry.blogspot.com

Catie Doman                                          http://drcatie.blogspot.com/

Sheila Prosterman                               www.catswithbeads.blogspot.com

Cheryl Foiles                                           http://cherylsartisticendeavors.blogspot.com/

Stephanie Perry                                    www.mustardbeadbystephanieperry.blogspot.com

Barbara Fernald                                    www.BarbaraSFernald.com

 

 

Debi Dufrene                                         http://debideauxdesigns.blogspot.com/

Kathy Stemke                                        http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com/

Anne Betenson                                     www.crystalriverbeads.blogspot.com

Chris Haussler                                        http://pixybugdesigns.blogspot.com

Catherine King                                       www.Catherines-Musings.blogspot.com

Andria Poole                                          www.jewelleryartiste.blogspot.co.uk

Sherri Stokey                                         www.knotjustmacrame.com

Sharyl King                                              http://catchenthesun.wordpress.com

Donna Millard                                        http://fyrebeadz.blogspot.com/

Gayle Dyck                                              www.dragonflydreamweaver.wordpress.com

 

 

Gen Smith                                               http://www.gennysworld.blogspot.com

Deanna Cox                                            http://deannaaki.wordpress.com/

Beti Horvath                                           www.stringingfool.blogspot.com

Rose Rushbrooke                                 www.roserushbrooke.com/blog/

Arlene Dean                                           http://aglassbash.blogspot.com

Maria Rosa Sharrow                            www.willowstreetshops.blogspot.com

Deborah Apodaca                                www.deborahapodacadesigns.blogspot.com

Veralynne Malone                               www.veradesigns.blogspot.com

Stacy Alderson                                      http://iridalsattic.blogspot.co.uk

Eva Sherman                                          http://evashermandesigns.blogspot.com/

 

 

Cassi Paslick                                            http://cassisbeads.blogspot.com/

Cindy Boissonneault                              www.dziar.com

Linda Sadler                                            www.idalouisejewelry.blogspot.com

Louise Glazier                                        http://lilyandjasmine.blogspot.com/

Susan McClelland                                 http://mistheword12.wordpress.com/

Kathrin Lembke                                    http://allesperle.blogspot.de/

Susanne Stelljes                                    www.Pearlify.blogspot.com

Terry Jeanette Carter                            www.tappingflamingo.blogspot.com

Susan Kelly                                              http://midlifegreaterexpectations.blogspot.com

 

 

Kim Paige                                                 http://www.redtree-studio.com/blog/

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell                   www.deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com

Annita Wilson                                        http://awjewelryandbeadwork.blogspot.com/

Tracey Leeder                                        http://abeadifulmess.blogspot.com/

Elizabeth Bunn                                      http://elizabethbeads.blogspot.com

Allison Fitzpatrick                                 alspolkadotsandpaisley.blogspot.com

Tania Spivey                                           www.moobiegracedesigns.blogspot.com

Ilenia Ruzza                                             http://ile1974.blogspot.it/

Lauren Potts                                           www.lpsjewelry.blogspot.com

Lynn Jobber                                            http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.co.uk/

 

 

Lee Koopman                                        http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com

Carol Wilson                                           http://jetadorn.blogspot.com/

Elizabeth Woodford                            www.Elizabethcreates.blogspot.com

Rochelle Brisson                                   http://www.acreativechelle.blogspot.com

Shari Replogle                                        www.playswithpaper.blogspot.com

Janeen Sorensen                                 www.wildvanilladesigns.com

Kat Barron Miller                                  http://mkpbeadart.blogspot.com/

Elaine Robitaille                                     http:/www.tooaquarius.com

Darlene Fortier                                      www.darliciousrejuvenations.blogspot.com

 

 

Leslie Schenkel                                      http://twistedchicken.wordpress.com/

Kym Hunter                                            http://kymhunterdesigns.blogspot.com/

Leslie Wayment                                    http://www.aabeadsonline.com/blog/

Beckie Robison                                      http://spiralfirestudios.blogspot.com

Hannah Trost                                         www.pzdesigns.blogspot.com

Kim Hutchinson                                     www.jumbledhutch.wordpress.com

Liz Engriser                                              www.beadcontagion.blogspot.com

Diah Anggreni                                        https://mymaniks.wordpress.com

Monique Urquhart                              http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com/

Kim Williams                                           www.kimmwilliams.blogspot.com

 

 

Theresa Buchle                                     http://www.bead-mused.blogspot.com

Susan Bowie                                           http://susanbowie.wordpress.com

Pam DeBoer                                           http://pamelas-studio.blogspot.com/

Skylar Bre’z                                             http://brisingbeads.blogspot.com/

Janet Loomis                                          www.anvilartifacts.blogspot.com

Tari Kahrs                                                 http://brush.typepad.com/my-blog/

Nancy Smith                                           www.wirednan.blogspot.ca

Erin Grant                                                www.ErinsJewelryCreations.blogspot.com

Barbara Mason                                      www.Adorninglyyours.com

Karin King                                                www.maverickbeads.blogspot.ca

 

 

Mary K. McGraw                                  www.mkaymac.blogspot.com

Mandi Ainsworth                                 www.beadcircle.com

Jasvanti Patel                                         http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com

Donna Conklin                                       www.PrimaDonnaBeads.com

Karen Jones                                            http://offthetopcreations.blogspot.ca/

Lori Finney                                              www.lori-finney.blogspot.ca

Sheila Davis                                             http://www.stonedesignsbysheila.blogspot.com/

Sabine Dittrich                                       www.perlendschungel.blogspot.com

 

 

Nicole Valentine Rimmer                  www.nvalentine.blogspot.com

Marge Beebe                                         www.rockcreekcreations.blogspot.com

Michelle McCarthy                              Www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com

Chandra Merod                                    www.Junipergoods.blogspot.com

Nancy Olliver                                          http://nancyolliver.com/blog/

Alison Sachs                                            http://beadsbyearthtones.blogspot.com/

Kay Mallery                                             www.kaymreflections.blogspot.com

Beth Petricoin                                        http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/

Marta Grabalowska                             http://galeriakota.blogspot.com/

Clare Etheridge                                     http://www.catseatdogs.com

 

 

Heather Marston                                 http://cswdesignsbyhehe.blogspot.com

Ann Rishell                                              Http://mycriticaleye.com

Cece Cormier                                         http://www.thebeadingyogini.com/

Shannon German                                 www.Missficklemediacom.blogspot.com

Mary Ellen Merrigan                           http://www.maryellenbeads.com

Cheryl Brown                                         www.dragonflybeads.ca

Mary Hicks                                              http://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com/

Judy Robinson                                       http://judyrobinsondesigns.com

Danielle Kelley                                       http://imbuethemuse.blogspot.com/

Cate van Alphen                                   http://fulgorine.wordpress.com/

 

 

Patricia Buchanan                                 www.braceletstoo.artfire.com

Billi R.S. Rothove                                   http://www.billi-rs-rothove.blogspot.com

Laura Blanck                                           www.laurablanck.blogspot.com

Pam Traub                                               http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com

Fay Wolfenden                                     www.torchfairy.blogspot.com

Kristi Harrison                                        http://kristibasket-itsanewday.blogspot.com/

Karen Martinez                                     http://fairiesmarket.blogspot.com/

Sarah Singer                                           http://singingsongsofsixpence.blogspot.co.uk

Megan Tillery                                         http://cherryonion.wordpress.com/

Dana James                                            www.danasjewelrydesign.blogspot.com

 

 

Rachel Stewart                                      www.bluefinchjewelry.blogspot.com

Valerie Cook                                           www.kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com

Debra Gibson                                         http://debrasheart.blogspot.com/

Pat Haight                                                http://wigglebuttblog.blogspot.com/

Rachel Stanley                                       www.2catchahummingbird.blogspot.com

Sandra Pendragon                               www.SandraPendragon.blogspot.com

Anja Schultz                                            www.Anjas-perlenwelt.blogspot.de

Sharon Driscoll                                       www.sharondriscoll.blogspot.com

Lecia Woessner                                     https://www.copperroses.blogspot.com

Kitty Durmaj                                           www.perlesandlife.blogspot.com

 

 

Donetta Farrington                              http://simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com/

Bonnie Coursolle                                  http://jaspersgems.blogspot.ca/

Laurie Wirth                                            www.mermaidtreasuresart.blogspot.com

Lori Callahan                                           http://dancingwireandbeads.blogspot.com/

B.R. Kuhlman                                         www.mixedmayhemstudios.com

Karin Grosset Grange                         http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr

Rebekah Payne                                     http://www.treewingsstudio.com/

Lori Bowring Michaud                         http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com

 

 

Jael Thorp                                                http://jaelsjewels.blogspot.com/

Patty Woodland                                    http://brokenteepee.com

Eleanor Burian-Mohr                          http://cornerstoregoddessjewelry.blogspot.com/

Susanna Lehto                                       www.othellehto.blogspot.fi

June Butt                                                 http://www.onewhiteswan.blogspot.co.nz/

Melissa Muir                                          www.Melissamuir.com/blog

Laney Mead                                           http://laney-izzybeads.blogspot.co.uk/

Tamera Norris                                        http://bytameraleah.com/

Andrea Trank                                         www.heavenlanecreations.com

 

 

Marie Covert                                          http://thistledown-and-swaddlings.blogspot.com/

Valerie Tilghman                                   www.Artjewelzdimensions.blogspot.com

Jean Baldridge Yates                           http://prettykittydogmoonjewelry.blogspot.com/

Sierra Barrett                                         www.Giraffecanhas.wordpress.com

Patricia Robitaille                                  http://www.banglesandbrew.blogspot.com/

Leanne Loftus                                        www.firstimpressiondesign.blogspot.com

Sally Russick                                            http://thestudiosublime.com

Mallory Hoffman                                  http://rosebud101-fortheloveofbeads.blogspot.com/

Dini Bruinsma                                         www.angazabychanges.blogspot.nl

Marde Lowe                                           www.fancimar.com

 

 

Hannah Annear                                     www.quirkyhannah.wordpress.com

Patty Johnson                                        http://patricialjohnsonglassart.blogspot.com/

Valerie Norton                                      www.hot-fused-glass.com

Ann Sherwood                                      http://ann-sherwood.blogspot.com/

Staci Smith                                              www.stacilouiseoriginals.com

Jen Purple                                               www.purplefishstudio.blogspot.com

Ruth Szapa                                              www.trulytrudi.blogspot.com

CJ Bauschka                                            www.Fool4Jewels.blogspot.com

Karla Morgan                                         www.texaspepperjams.blogspot.com

Suz Hamel                                               http://cardandjewelrycorner.blogspot.com/

 

 

Laura Guenther                                    www.Blueantiquities.blogspot.com

Elisabeth Auld                                        www.beadsforbusygals.com

Martha Aleo                                           www.ornamento.wordpress.com

Shiraz Biggie                                           www.secretsongdesigns.blogspot.com

Brendalee Astells                                    www.silverbee.ca

Heather d’Entremont                             http://frugalmacdougall.wordpress.com

Kelly Morgan                                          www.silverparrotdesigns.blogspot.com

Lori Blanchard                                        www.alainnjewelry.wordpress.com

 

 

Susan Kennedy                                     www.suebeads.blogspot.com

Rain Hannah                                           http://honeyandollie.com

Janice Warden Bergeron                   http://thejewelryroom.blogspot.ca/

Melissa Packer                                      www.melissascheapfrills.com

Jana Haverty                                          http://handlcreations.blogspot.com/

Cindy Ritchie                                          http://mooseriverglass.blogspot.com/

Marianne Baxter                                  www.simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com

Denise McCabe                                     www.cabewoman.blogspot.com

Sharon Palac                                           www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com

Cathy Buckley                                        www.cathybuckleycatsmeow.blogspot.com

 

 

Jennifer Van Horn                                http://jennifersjewelsandjunk.blogspot.com/

Crystal Rector                                        Www.autumnskyadornments.com/blog

Susan Walls                                             http://susansartcircus.com/blog

Penny Neville                                        http://copperpennydesigns.blogspot.com

Lisa Cone                                                 http://inspiredadornments.blogspot.com/

Heather Davis                                        www.heatherdavisdesigns.com

Michelle Escano                                    www.cabbycaft.blogspot.com

Carmen Lau                                            http://littlemake.blogspot.com

Janet Borzecki                                       www.jaybeejewelry.blogspot.com

Rhonda Hagerman                               http://mustardseedbeads.blogspot.com/

 

 

Katrina Taylor                                         www.iwannagoout.wordpress.com

Molly Alexander                                   http://beautifullybrokenme.blogspot.com

Nicole Rennell                                       www.nicolerennell.com/blog

Chris McGilvery                                     www.mmmomentos.blogspot.com

Erin Prais-Hintz                                      http://treasures-found.blogspot.com

Dawn Williams                                       www.sadiejewelrydesign.blogspot.com

Kate Dufour                                            https://mixfolios.wordpress.com/

Robin Lynne Showstack                     http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/

Elizabeth Hodges                                  www.thewhisperingseas.blogspot.com

 

 

Adlinah Kamsir                                      http://dreamstruckdesigns.blogspot.sg/

Carol Dillman                                          http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/

Christine Hansen                                  http://intuitivesparks.blogspot.com/

Andrea Frank                                         http://andreajewelry.blogspot.com

Tracy Stillman                                         www.beadtrilogy.com

Denise Petersen                                   www.reinventedobjects.blogspot.com

Veronica Campos-Hallstrom                 www.clubcreativestudio.com/blog

Madonna Liza Cruz-Comia                http://crazy-notions.blogspot.com

Suzann Sladcik Wilson                        www.Beadphoria.wordpress.com

 

 

Terri Gauthier                                        http://terrisbloomingideas.blogspot.com

Alicia Marinache                                   http://www.allprettythings.ca

Barbara Bechtel                                    http://secondsurf.com

Hannah Rosner                                     http://goodrivergallery.blogspot.com

Keren von Hoeren                                www.creativeideen.de

Lea Avroch                                              http://lajewelrydesign.blogspot.com/

Maire Dodd                                            http://mairedodd.blogspot.com/

BSBP #8!!

BSBP #8!!

Whew! This post is LONG overdue! It has been crazy busy around here with shearing, lambing, and just plain old regular household and farming duties, that I haven’t had a chance til now to sit down and write about the upcoming 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party, hosted by the amazing and wonderful Lori Anderson of Pretty Things Blog!! Lori is such a strong, inspirational woman, and despite the hardships of slowly healing from devastating health problems, she still manages to trudge on! She has an amazingly supportive husband, and a wonderfully helpful, handsome young man of a son, and together with the support of her friends in the online community, she bravely faces her illness head on, and doesn’t let it change what makes Lori, well, LORI! Please take a moment with me, and send some warm thoughts out her way…
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This is my third year participating in the BSBP, and I’m excited! I have been partnered with wonderful artist, Heather Richter of Desert Jewelry Designs. Heather creates all sorts of beautiful jewelry pieces, and is an awesome seed bead artist! I just love her cute little owls!!
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I may not work with seed beads much, if ever, but I was very excited to learn that Heather is also into mixed media. I hope she enjoys the soup I sent and cannot wait to see what she creates with it! Here’s the soup I received from Heather:
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A sweet, natural agate slice, bone beads, brass flower toggle clasp, a pair of glass beads and beading cord! I knew immediately what I was going to do! I have already started working, and am looking forward to our reveal date of May 3rd! Make sure you check back then to see what I have come up with! Til then, keep calm, and enjoy life! =^..^=