Bead Soup is served Bohemian Style!!


Pretty Things - Bead Soup Blog Party

March 13th, 2013 Bead Soup reveal number 7.........My partner Tania Spivey sent me a rather large pot of beads, everything from handmade beads and a beautiful bronze clasp she made herself,  to stone, glass, ceramic, copper findings, laser cut wood, wood beads, wavy patina spacers, ceramic art bead charms, artisan lamp-work, waxed linen, silk ribbon, and sari silk. 

Fair warning, I like to honor the person that sent the soup by using as many ingredients as I can so this is a long post.......

 Hang in there, I had the time and inspiration so instead of one or two lavish designs I created a little "Bohemian Garden Collection" I could offer in my shop at affordable prices. Everything is listed. 

This is what I received from Tania..........

I let the ingredients sit on my bead table for a bit until I arrived at peak inspiration. I actually woke up dreaming about these designs back in February thinking the reveal was in March. I couldn't wait to get started.  I tried to use as many of these items and added from my own stash, including my altered metals, and some art beads which is my normal routine. 

Tania made these gorgeous polymer focal beads, bronze clasp and wire wrapped links for me. The color pallet in the whole collection was inspired by the colors in the focal beads. 

"The Valley"  bracelet includes 2 beautiful lamp work beads Tania sent by Odie Bells and Silverfish designs, ceramic, patterned wood beads. the wavy cornflake patina brass.
I added a ceramic bead by Gaea,  turquoise rondells, brass and copper findings, french ribbon. The art wood tile charm was created with photography by my husband Michael from a scene the "Napa Valley" and we asked my friend Janice of  J Lynn Jewels to make this tile.

"Santa Fe" is my patina-ed altered brass. I love the colors in this one. I used Tania's copper link and the lamp work bead by Silverfish Designs. The heat patina-ed copper handmade S clasp is by me, so I hammered Tania's link to give it a similar texture. I made a wire wrapped beaded bead. The waxed lined is tied with some brass beads and some cool stoneware beads I bought the first year I began beading. No idea how I still have those in  my stash. They are tucked in the back on this picture, you can see it better in another shot.

"Retro Chic" bracelet has two of the porcelain beads in the soup.  I hand tied 7 mm waxed linen and a ceramic link by Karen Totten. The Golem Design flower art bead, Vintaj brass and and Czech glass are from my stash.

"Chocolate Heart" I used the ceramic beads, blue howlite, and olive jade from the soup.  I added a combination of Czech glass, turquoise, a Keith O'Connor ceramic bead from my stash 
 including Vintaj Brass chain and link.

These are the first two necklaces that inspired the whole collection. 

"Dancing Dragonfly" I loved adding a peach rust and aqua dragon fly, I patina-ed to this gorgeous focal, I connected a  Miss Fickle Media link. Copper Chain, ceramic flower links from Karen Totten, and Tania's beautiful polymer focal bead, wire wrapped copper magnetite connector and handmade clasp. I played with adding silk or sari silk ribbon to this design around the neckline, woven in and out of the chain and decided I preferred the simplicity of this design like this. 
A ribbon could easily be added upon request. 

"Bohemian Garden"  necklace is very cheerful. I hand tied waxed linen from the soup with colorful beads including, olive jade, blue howlite, lapis, from the soup and I added a few Czech glass beads. The chain and toggle are on of my favoriteVintaj Brass clasps.

Several weeks after the first collection and the anticipated March 6, (which as I mentioned was my error) reveal gave me more time........

I sat down to design and pulled a few more beads from the stash Tania sent me. So here we go.......

"Pretty Purple Dragonfly" necklace turned out fun and playfully festive. I used the magenta Howlite tube bead and the hand washed ribbon from the soup. I added 2 beautiful Sea Shore Glass boro beads, a pretty purple magenta bead I can't remember what it is, a cultured sea glass oval link, Czech glass, and a patina-ed dragonfly I made along with Vintaj brass chain and a hook I wire 
wrappedwith seed beads and hooks on the left side.

"Teal Patina Heart" bracelet features gorgeous aqua boro glass from my friend Amanda of Sea Shore Glass and I added the blue howlite disc and the aqua chalk turquoise rounds to the Czech glass and patina findings from my stash.

 "Teal Green Beach"  One of my all time favorite summer beach bracelet color combos with Amanda's glass and I used the aqua chalk turquoise from the soup on this one and the rest came from my stash.

"Kelly and Mango" I used some of the waxed linen and ceramic beads Tania sent me. I really love this one as it features a gorgeous clasp from Mary Harding that she sent me last year and I have been saving it for the perfect opportunity. 

I think it turned out really cute, thank you Mary. 

"Cinnamon and Vanilla"bracelet features the porcelain beads and the patterned beads and the angel charm. I added Gaea beads in a contrasting white and then I found these coordinating patterned wood beads in my stash and made some earrings to match. 

Blue Beads for a special purpose.......These are out of the color pallet so I thought.....These Blue Bracelets will be sent to The Global Genes  7,000 Bracelets Project. 

"Blue Dreamin"  a couple cobalt blue bracelets with the blue beads included. This one has the copper bead from the mix and the light blue glass. I included Czech glass and a boro bead from Sea Shore Glass. 

"Blue Hope" features the cobalt blue glass, the Aqua terra squares, and blue lapis along with some Czech glass and another boro bead from Sea Shore Glass. I love the copper "live" charm I found in my stash. 


Last but not least......... I designed this necklace and decided to submit it to a publication.  It was not chosen so it is also available with some really cool earrings. The only component in this one from the soup is the wire wrapped magnesite connector. I am working on a new technique with my altered embossed metals and this necklace will be in my next post. Just a tease..... I have to have something to follow up with, so stop by soon to see some new designs I will be listing in my shop.

This is the bead soup I sent Tania.  I love these beads and as I put it together I wondered did I want to part with them. I wanted to send her something special so I packaged them up. I have been following her on face-book and her blog since our introduction and I am really excited to see what she designs with her mix. Thank you so much Tania!!

Thanks for sticking with me. I had fun on this one. Believe it or not there are still a few beads in this mix and a couple I have no idea what to do with, like the stampings and lazer wood. I think someone can maybe give me an idea in the comments. I hope I got the names of designers, stones, and etc correct. This was a huge undertaking but one I really enjoyed. 

You can find all these designs listed in my shop early today, after I get up Pacific time.... www.enlalumiere.etsy.com 

Please follow along and visit the other sites in this hop. 

Thank you to Lori Anderson, for her inspiration and many hours she has dedicated to this Bead Soup program. I do not know how you do it. Many of you know Lori suffers from an illness and this is a BIG DEAL!!

Bead Soup hops have been very helpful in allowing me to share and meet many new designers and build my blog followers. My first Bead Soup partner, Raida Disbrow of Havana Beads has become a friend and Mike and I design and sell with her beads on a regular basis. It is fun to see other blogs, other art and amazing talent in this community. Lots of inspiration here.

Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to hearing your comments.  Please add your name to follow my blog.  Happy Bead Soup Hopping!! The comment section is way at the bottom of this list. Please share your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by. 

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  1. What a great partnership between you and Tania! Both of you make so much beautiful pieces from your soup. Seems, both of you got a little treasure box, open it to took some parts out and enchant them to very unique jewels. I couldn't decide which one of your adorable compositions I like the most - they all have it's own charm.

  2. So many amazing pieces! So hard to chose just one favorite, they're all so detailed and beautiful

  3. such an amazing collection of stunning pieces. I'm more drawn to the blue/pink palette in your designs and the Pretty pink dragonfly necklace is just gorgeous.

  4. Wow how busy have you been. Love the styling very boho with a touch of art nouveau. Really love all the bracelets and those gorgeous twist earrings, great work

  5. Wow what a big soup!!!!!!! I just saw Tania and absolutely loved what she did to. Loved the pieces with her polymer clay beads. You did her bead proud Cherrie!

  6. Cherrie!!! I absolutely adore everything!! Its awesome that we both unknowingly made the most of our soups! I can't decide which is my favorite...hmmm...maybe all of them?!?! Thank you again for being my partner this go-around..I had a ball!! <3

  7. How amazing!!! Such a lot of work, and such stunning results!!! I love every one of them!! I've hearted your Etsy shop as well, and am so glad to have found you through BSBP! Beautiful work!!

  8. Wow, huge soup! And such great designs. I think the Dancing Dragonfly one is my favourite.

  9. Incredible talent! Beautiful jewelry. It's difficult to pick a favorite. Bravo.

  10. Great bracelets, the interplay of beads and wire. . .

  11. I believe Teal green Beach would be my favorite of the bunch. Beautifully done!

  12. what an impressive collections!each is fantastic, congratulations!

  13. Wow, oh my goodness!! I just love everything you made and way to hard to pick out a favorite. What a beautiful collection from a very fun bead soup! I love all your patina embossed pieces to go with it too! These will go fast in your shop!!

  14. Goodness, you had a lovely soup to start and created something both special & memorable. Great job!

  15. Wow the beads you received are gorgeous! And the pieces you created are fabulous, I would wear every piece...

  16. So productive ! And such amazing work, too ! I find myself tempted by a few of them...

  17. All your designs are stunning Cheri!! It's very hard to pick a favorite but I think "The Valley" and "Teal Green Beach" bracelets are my favs. I wish I had just a little of your talent! Congratulations on a beautiful bead soup!!

  18. Blimey! thats alot of work! I love your style, some beautiful pieces :)

  19. WOW... Your designs are AMAZING. I love love love the Teal Beach bracelet.

  20. Wow, so many beautiful pieces! My favorite is the dragonfly necklace!

  21. The hits just keep on coming. I feel overwhelmed by how amazing everything is actually. Bohemian Garden would inspire anybody so I can see why you just kept on making pieces while you felt the Muse.

  22. wow, it was a huge soup and you made so many beautiful pieces, I can't choose my favourite, I love them all!
    the dragonfly necklace captured my heart!
    I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP, what a fun :)
    ciao dall'Italia

  23. Wow you just totally blew me away with all your pieces. They are all absolutly beautiful...great color and amazing design. Incredible job with your soup!

  24. You did a great job with your soup. All very cool! Love the bohemiam style! Hard to pick a favorite, but love the "retro chic".

  25. What a lovely collection! You really have the talent to combine very different materials in a perfect harmony.

  26. So many pieces, and all so ♥beautiful♥ the Teal Beach Bracelet is my favorite!

  27. Cherrie, Your pieces are all just beautiful. As I am reading along in your post I am thrilled by the versatility of your designing talent. Each piece is a delight. And then I see a clasp that looks a little familiar and my name. Thanks so for honoring my toggle claps with such a lovely bracelet. What an enjoyable surprise.

    1. Mary, I am happy you saw this. I really don't know why it took so long for me to find the design for this gift. I love the way it turned out. Thank you for you so much and for your kind words.

  28. OH MY GOODNESS!!! You were a busy bee!! I love them all, however, the bright colored dragonfly one is my favorite!!! Great job!!! ~KM 1st reveal - http://kraftymax.blogspot.com/2013/03/7th-bead-soup-blog-party-reveal-33013.html

  29. Beautiful soup & designs, Cherrie! The Dancing Dragonfly totally stole my heart... :)

  30. Beautiful collection Cherrie! Of course, I knew anything you make would be gorgeous. I respect your approach of showing respect to your partner by using as much of the soup as you can. I have participated four times and I have always had that attitude as well. Bravo! I'm glad I'm not the only one. Love everything you made.

    1. Jean, Thanks so much. I know we all love our beads and I have been fortunate to receive such great beads. Not always what I would choose but that is part of the fun. I did have fun once I got going. I am thinking collections more these days although I rarely find a bead I wouldn't find other beads to design with and it is hard to always fit that in a collection. Thanks for the kind words.

  31. What wonderful soup and even more wonderful jewelry. I love every single piece- They are all so pretty and stylish. I know you had to have had so much fun. I enjoyed looking at your great work and want to come back and check more of your site out.

  32. Every single piece is beautiful and special! You made an amazing amount of gorgeous items!

  33. Your bracelet made my favs list for the second reveal. Check it out: http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com

  34. Wow. Every single piece is absolutely gorgeous. BRAVO.

  35. Wow, Cherrie! All of your pieces are amazing! I especially like the first 2, because they are the colors I am drawn to. You have a wonderful design and creative gift and your putting to good use. I followed your blog and I favored your Etsy site. You have inspired me today, pretty lady! Hugs, Laura

  36. I can't believe all the beautiful jewelry you made! I kept thinking this is my favorite, no this one is, wait this one... Love your work!

  37. Stunning work. The Teal Beach bracelet is my favorite.

  38. En La Limie're et la Lumière fût. Very beautiful and so feminine, I love them all.

  39. Love your work! I had a dragonfly to work with too. Beautiful designing.

  40. Yes, it is a long post, but with each piece even more intriguing than the last, I had noooo problem reading it all the way to the end (and drolling all over my keyboard while doing it)

  41. Yes, it is a long post, but with each piece even more intriguing than the last, I had noooo problem reading it all the way to the end (and drolling all over my keyboard while doing it)

  42. Holy cow! You made an entire collection with this soup. Dancing dragonfly and teal green beach are my favorites.

  43. Your creations are INCREDIBLE!! Great job!!

  44. Oh what a soup; what beatiful pictures, what pieces and colours; I can hardly breathe. I love them all. The soup you sent to your partner is also `something special´ indeed. :)

  45. Beautiful, beautiful pieces, all beautiful designs.

  46. You received a really generous helping of soup and also did so much with it. You really made so many pieces that I can't imagine there's anyone who wouldn't like at least one of your pieces. My favorite is the patina heart bracelet. It just makes my little heart sing with it's beauty. Wonderful, wonderful creations!

    1. Thanks Hope, I appreciate it. It was fun. Thanks for stopping by. I am slowly trying to make everyones page.

  47. Everything speaks to me, the colours and designs and I also like the photos!
    Friendly greetings from Finland :-)

  48. Wow!! So many beautiful creations!! You so did an amazing job with your beautiful soup!
    I really love the Purple Dragonfly....really, really!!

    Happy Creating

  49. Wow what a huge soup and I thought mine was big..!! You have certainly been very creative and have made some really lovely pieces, I especially like the pink and blue with dragonfly but they are all beautiful!

  50. My goodness, what a fabulous collection! You also did a great job of telling the story of each of these with your words and photos. It's incredible to think one soup could be divisioned so many ways....you must have been a mama to 15 children in a former life!

    1. That was great for a good belly laugh. I guess we do feel like our creations belong to us. That is too good. Thanks for the compliments.

  51. I love them all- but especially the Teal Patina Heart bracelet... :)

    I also should let you know that your shop link isn't working right? I'm unsure if it's my connection or if it's your link. :( Please reply with a link for me- I'd love to favorite your Etsy shop!


    1. Hi Andrea, I just tried and the link works. It is www.enlalumiere.etsy.com Thanks a bunch.

  52. You made fabulous use of your Bead Soup!

  53. Thanks to everyone for the comments. I have sold the cinnamon and vanilla earrings and chocolate heart bracelet. Everything is listed. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  54. Wow! You and Tania know how to do an event! You both put together very cool and unique soups, and all your pieces are spectacular as usual. Just beautiful!

    1. Thank you Lisa, I always appreciate your sweet words.

  55. Wow what an amazing collection of jewelry you created! Your pieces are so beautiful.

  56. What a visual feast you cooked up with your soup! Lovely, lovely!

  57. What incredible designs. I am so in love with every single piece.