Friday, March 2, 2012

I'm In The Soup!

Boy, am I in the soup!  Bead Soup, that is.  As you might remember, I posted about being chosen to participate in Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party.  If you didn't see that post click on the "posted" link and you will see ALL the wonderful beads I received!


 Well, it's reveal and blog hop day!  I'm so excited! I've had my bead creations completed for some time now and I've been itchin' to show you...so, without further ado....here they are!!

First up is the beautiful necklace I was able to create with the gorgeous lamp work, Czech, and pressed beads that Linda at Linda's Bead Blog sent.  If you click on the link for Linda you will see what she created with the beads I sent to her!  The focal piece is a stunner...it's made from bone and comes from the Baltic region.  Isn't that rose charming?

Here are some close-up shots of the necklace detail....

gorgeous lampwork bead

We were able to add some of our own beads as well, so I thought a cute little bee would be a perfect touch, along with the beaded rosary chain.  What do you think?

Well, dear generous Linda sent so many beads that I couldn't resist more beading.  So, I gave in to something that makes me weak in the knees....a charm bracelet!

Isn't that toggle clasp fabulous?!  Linda has exceptional taste!!  Take your time and see if you can count all 27 charms!!

I consider myself SO lucky to have been chosen by Mr. Random Number Generator, and I will forever be grateful for having had this experience.  I had a fabulous partner, Linda;  a wonderful coach and mentor, Lori; and 197 other Bead Soup Sisters who were a world of support, encouragement, and fun on Facebook.

Well, the soups cookin' on everyone's blog who participated, so hop on over to Lori Anderson at Pretty Things and see all the links which will connect you to the most wonderful eye candy created by the most wonderful people in bead land blog land!

Thank you one and all and thank you for visiting, sweet friends!
xoxo
Karen

45 comments:

lynn said...

wow karen that necklace and bracelet is gorgeous... the beads are just beautiful.. and great job in putting them together...
wish i had joined in the swap.. i love beads
thanks so much for sharing..
have a great weekend..
xoxo
lynn

roomforchange said...

That bracelet is awesome!!!!

Jean A. Wells said...

What a beautiful bracelet. I really like bracelets like this. The charms are so cohesive. It is a very romantic piece.

The pendant is so wonderful. Very unusual and you made a perfect use of it.

Great job!

said...

I love both of them, good job!
I'm a partecipant from Italy, I'm trying to visit all of you.
this was really a great experience!
ciao ciao

JeannieK said...

Love what you created and the charm bracelet is adorable.

Cillaw said...

Linda sent some great ingredients but you made the bracelet awesome! What fun!
Cilla

jojosbeads said...

Oh so very pretty! :) x

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Lovely! The charm bracelet is my favorite-love all the little details.

Linda Landig said...

It is soooo fun to see what you made with my beads! I love the attention to little details, like the second strand on the necklace and the sweet little bee accent. The charm bracelet would be a ton of fun to wear! Awesome work, Karen! Thanks for being a wonderful Soup partner!

tappingflamingo said...

WOW!!! LOVE. THAT. BRACELET!

Doris Stumpf said...

I love your charm bracelet! You did a great work! Have a nice day, Doris

Alicia said...

Both are gorgeous, if I had to pick one I would say the bracelet is my favourite. I just love this type of happy charms, they sing and dance for me, really. And no, I couldn't count all 27 charms :) That's an idea for a contest / giveaway (count and list the charms)

Moobie Grace said...

What a fun and jingling bracelet design! Spectacular!

Lara Lutrick said...

Great charm bracelet.

Jean said...

great work, I love charm bracelets, It lets you make a statement by sight and sound!!

Cathie Carroll said...

I love that charm bracelet- i bet it jingles beautifully.

Great work with your ingredients!

Jennifer Cameron said...

lovely and lush. Great job!

Karyn B said...

Ooh, look at all those lovely dangly charms. Great soup!

Kasia said...

Oh that is just fab!!! I love the colorful beads and all the details! Youve created some wonderful pieces! :)

Hugs,

Cynthia said...

Stunning bracelet! Bravo!

Ginger Bishop said...

Love the bee. Love the bracelet. Well done.

Sandra Young said...

I'm in love with your bracelet!

Marie Cramp said...

That charm bracelet is a perfect combination of treasures!

Lori Anderson said...

That rose pendant is really sweet! And I'm with you -- charm bracelets are probably my favorite thing to make. I love wire wrapping all those bits and bobs!


I hope you'll join me again in the summer!

vivian said...

Hi Karen, I doing some blog hopping and trying to catch up with the girls who are followers that I havent been to visit yet! I looked back a few posts here and Love the jewelry that you make! all so pretty. I did a charm swap for valentines day this year and then made a bracelet with all the charms. it was so much fun! other then that and a few pairs of earrings. Im not much a jewelry maker! I admire those of you that know just what to put with what to make the prettiest pieces!
have a great week!
xo
vivian

Shaiha said...

That bracelet is lovely. I can just hear the tingling of the charms.

Jenn said...

Mmmm. beautiful! What a beautiful combination of beads and final composition!

Cornerstoregoddess said...

That bracelet is beautifully dense... just the way I like it!

Loris Glassworks said...

I love the charm bracelet! So many wonderful beads and charms. I'm a sucker for charm bracelets and this one is stunning. Cheers!
Lori D.

la mar de bonita said...

I love the charm bracelet very much! So many beauty charms are on it - I think I would play the whole day long, when wearing it!

adlinah said...

Love the charm bracelet - I bet it jingle-jangles all day long :-).

debi huntsman said...

Karen, I love both pieces! Your necklace is beautiful, what a pretty focal bead. And your charm bracelet is just so fun, love all the pretty charms!

Kathy Lindemer said...

I am wild about that charm bracelet!
Great job!

Alice said...

Both pieces are just beautiful! The lovely focal in that first piece reminds me of a lapel pin my mother had. After she passed away I tried to find it in her stash,but could not.

The second piece is gorgeous! I'm a sucker for charm bracelets like this!

Patti Van said...

The necklace is gorgeous...but the bracelet!!! 27 charms and thousands of beads!! Who could ask for anything better! I love love love this!

Cindy Cima said...

Beautiful necklace! The charm bracelet is to die for!

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! i am now a follower!!!(hugs my new friend)

Alesha said...

You made some really pretty pieces here, Karen! The charm bracelet was my fave...who can go wrong with all those charms?!! :)

Alesha

nmjw@aol.com said...

Your charm bracelet is really fabulous. Can't imagine how much time it takes to make all the items. I am mostly retired but never seem to have free time.
Nancy

WindDancerStudios said...

Love the charm bracelet! It makes for a very nice set with the necklace too!

Kat BM said...

I love the charm / cha cha bracelet, very fun!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Aw, Karen, your pieces are just lovely! That charm bracelet makes me a bit weak in the knees as well ;)

Ann said...

Pretty! I especially like the bracelet. I love dangly jingly bracelets and this one is perfect.

CraftyHope said...

Your necklace is quite nice, but that charm bracelet is so much FUN!! It's really an eye-catcher! Well done.

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

I love your charm bracelet...I just adore dangles!
Sonya