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

My bead soup partner was Raida from Havana 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.

Here's what I made!

My bead soup partner Raida from Havana Beads gave me a yummy collection of her lamp work beads, lamp work headpins and glass drops to work with. I created this piece with the main focal showcasing her beads. I wire wrapped the focal and made a charm dangle with her lamp work beads in a loose wire wrap along with grey blue Iolite gemstone. I added gorgeous Lapis rounds, the amber with a hint of blue glass drops, her ivory and grey lamp work, more Iolite, some amber czech beads and a shell bead by Lynda's bead Dreams on Etsy. I accented the entire necklace with gunmetal chain, sterling in bright and patina, and copper accents. I enjoyed my challenge and would love to work with Raida's beads anytime.

Come see what the rest of us made!

1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

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

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!

(((( If you happen to reference me, reference my main blog, http://www.PrettyThingsBlog.com, rather than the soup page)


  1. What a beautiful necklace, I love it! I love how you dangled my lampwork headpins, very pretty. It was such a pleasure to have you as my partner. Keep in touch!

  2. Love what you created! Everything looked like it just flowed together for you!

  3. Beautiful! Love the browns and warm feel. :)

  4. So very pretty! Love the length of you piece!

  5. Very nice designs. Lots of texture.

  6. This has a lovely warm feel and I really like the length of it.

  7. This came out so nicely; adding in the blues really enhances the warm feeling of the piece, and embellishing the focal was a great touch! I would totally wear this with a long flowing skirt and simple top!

  8. Cherrie, you certainly have a way with beads!!! It's flowing and warm!

  9. #209 here...beautiful...great work...

  10. Beautiful, I like the way you used the focal with the dangle!

  11. You had some great beads to work with, and you did an awesome job! Love it!

  12. Cherrie I wasn't surprised to see yet another gorgeous design by you! You rocked these beautiful earthy beads, I love the trailing drops from the focal.

  13. Cherrie, what a gorgeous necklace as are all your ther pieces I'm seeing. I absolutely adore all the colors in this piece, reminds me of coffee. You did a fabulous job incorporating the lampwork headpins into it as well.

  14. Cherrie that is a beautiful necklace! As always I am so impressed by your work!

  15. Hi Cherrie, Your piece is so elegant and balanced. What a great use of the lampwork glass you were sent. Great Mix -- Fabulous Soup!

    Isn't the swop hop fun?


  16. You have created a beautiful piece. The lampwork beads in your soup are so beautiful and you did a great job creating a marvelous piece. Great job.

  17. Very pretty lampwork beads. I like the deep rich browns. Very pretty.

  18. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and commented. I do appreciate it. This is fun, I am only 1/3 of the way through.

  19. As always, you did an amazing job :) <3 BEAUTIFUL blog by the way!!!!

  20. What a gorgeous piece - love the colors - I just love earthtones....make me weak in the knees! :) I love that center drop on the necklace - just a regal piece really! :)

  21. Beautiful necklace! Love those beads!

  22. you did such a beautiful job! I love it!

  23. Your necklace is beautiful and I love the dangles beneath the focal! :)

  24. The iolite you added is beautiful with the lampwork beads. I love how you used the headpins. The long dangle beneath the focal to so elegant. Bravo!

  25. I love what you did with the dangle and what's not to love about lampwork. How beautiful. You will feel very proud to sport that around town!

  26. Love the colors and wow what a beautiful piece!

  27. What bold and beautiful piece. Great job!

  28. Whoa...that is one stunning design! A color palette that is timeless!

  29. Wow! Your work is gorgeous!!! You did a wonderful job with your soup beads. Cheers!

  30. I am impressed! I never thought of browns as feminine but you showed me otherwise. This necklace has strength as well as texture. In a sense, you've made me re-evaluate the definition of "feminine" and I thank you!

  31. Such a fun necklace. The neutral tones of it really mean that it can be worn with almost anything. Great work!

  32. My first thought when I saw this? Warm...the colors are so earthy and I love the length. Bravo on a job well done!

  33. Richly romantic! You've created a stunning piece, looking very elegant and just gorgeous!

  34. Wonderful necklace! Love the earth tones!

  35. Your necklace is so beautiful! It's romantic and elegant. I just love it!

  36. simple elegance, its a beautiful piece!

  37. What a gorgeous, autumny piece. :D Your design is perfect for the color scheme. It cascades down just like leaves spiraling from tree boughs! So, so lovely. <3

  38. I'm in love with that color combo. And your photos are great! Simply wonderful, elegant, sophisticated.....what more can I say?!

  39. Elegantly designed, great colour scheme

  40. AMber and organic colours but very class too. You did a wonderful job on this stylish necklace ^_^ Virginie ViviBijoux.com

  41. I love the earthy yet feminine ambiance of your art. It's inspiring and beautiful and will draw the eye from the pendant to the wearer's face! Congratulations and thank you!

  42. What a lovely necklace! The length is a wonderful showcase for the beautiful beads. Awesome design.

  43. Hello Cherrie, your necklace is absolutly stunning, as well as your other creations, i took a little peek into your shop very nice!

  44. You made a beautiful long necklace, with wonderful brown beads. All my favorites.

  45. Carrie this is lovely! A stand out Necklace! Wonderful bright and cheery Soup!

  46. You received an amazing stash of bead soup, and created a beautiful piece.

  47. Thank you all for the wonderful word of encouragement. I love what I do and I did receive some amazing beads to work with. I am still not finished hopping and will get to everyone this week. What fun. Thanks

  48. Great necklace, I love the earthy colors!

  49. Classy! Love the different hues of brown and the Y shape is gorgeous. I am jealous of your photography skills :) Sorry for the late comment but I have 3 little ones under 5yrs so I "hop" a lot but blog hops take me a little longer than most :)

  50. Very nice necklace. I love the focal.

  51. Looks pretty but I wish your pics were bigger! (oh, my aging eyes.) I'd love to see more bead-on-bead action. Maybe enlarge them? (she asked nicely)

  52. Fabulous BEAD SOUP Friend!!! I love what you designed with all your components... Beautiful work!Thanks for sharing your creativity!!

  53. This piece is so elegant and original-- I would love to wear it! You've got a real winner here!

  54. That necklace just glows! Very classy!

  55. Very nice colours, the lampwork beads look amazing!

  56. I love Raida's beads and you have done such a wonderful job with them. Blue Lapis with the browns...gorgeous. Love your design. Great necklace.

  57. Ohhh your soup mix looks delicious! Being an earthy tone kind of gal I love what you have created...I'd wear it in a heartbeat! Well done!


  58. What a great soup!

    I love how you constructed your necklace. I love the danglies and different beaded elements.

  59. Stunning necklace! Love what you did with her beads and all the different components used to create the necklace.

  60. Still eating soup...glad I got to yours.
    The necklace is sooo lovely and in my favorite combination of colors too.