Friday, July 27, 2012

The 6th Bead Soup Blog Party - First Reveal

Yes!!! The day has finally arrived and we can start the fun and the "Hopping" through all the blogs and experience the wonderful designs.

Lori Anderson from Pretty Things is our wonderful host and this is the 6th Soup and she has gathered ( and please be amazed to read this) "400 designers" wow , ok I can't believe it, so let's go again: "400 DESIGNERS". For the amount of entries, the Blog Party has been divided into 3 reveals, this being the first with ( if I counted right) 130 participants, and I'm one of them!

I'm really excited because this is my first soup, and I've been waiting for it!.

I was partnered with the lovely Jessica Klaaren, a great designer, with whom I discovered I have many things in common. Click here to read the post I made about her and the soup she sent me

So let's get started!

Taste my Soup

Yes I know what you are thinking.... What a delicious soup!.

When Jessica sent me the soup she didn't imagine how much I would love it, specially because is " Sea themed" and do I have to mention... I love purple!. For the many of you who don't know me, Welcome to my blog and thank you so much for taking the time to read my post. I'm from the coast, to be more exact from Lima the capital of Perú, and something I miss (specially now that I live in Utah) is the the Beach, the many walks I used to take, the reflection of the sun on the ocean and how the sand felt on my feet, oh so many memories...

My mind started rolling with all the moments, thinking of how being by the ocean made me feel, and drawings came along, the drawings became a solid idea and the idea a finished design. That's how " Mar y Arena" (Sand and Sea) came to live: by the love I feel for the Ocean, my beloved Lima and the fruits of it's sea.

Mar y Arena

I held a sea shell to my ear,
And listened to its tale
Of vessels bounding o'er the main
And all the ships that sail.

It sang of brilliant water flowers
The bright anemones
That bloom beneath the ocean waves—
Tossed in from seven seas.

Each time I harken to this song,
I hear the breakers moan,
And fancy that a warning bell
Rings from a lighthouse lone.

No longer need I wish to go
Where foam-capped billows swell,
For I've an ocean of my own
Withing this pearly shell

"Song of a Shell" - poem by Violet L. Cuslidge

So here it was my creation " Mar y Arena" sand and sea...

To the already beautiful clay focal by Clay works I added tiny brass flowers with purple crystals, and the focal is attached to the rest of the necklace with a ring with the words " Mar y Arena" and with hanging tiny purple shells I collected in Perú during my last trip. One side of the necklace has a gypsy beaded chain with the Biwa pearls, some wood Jasper and jade green crystals and I my very own Polymer clay Sea horse charm in purple and a Vintaj Nouveau toggle clasp.

The other side of the necklace has beautiful two glass beads by Lisa Anderson and two blue hammered and painted rings on each end tied with the lavander silk cord, and in the middle the purple and blue pearls are tied with a matching purple Sari silk ribbon follow by the brass chains.

I hope you enjoyed my post and my design, here is a peak of what I sent Jessica, my hand sculpted Blue bird clay pendant, I will soon be opening a new store just for components :)

Don't just stop here and hop along to the rest of wonderful designers, here the list of the first reveal:

Hostess, Lori Anderson,

Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles
Alicia Marinache, All The Pretty Things
Amanda Tibbetts, Amanda Made
Amber Dawn Goldish, Inventive Soul
Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
Candida Castleberry, Spinning Spun Sugar
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

Cassie Donlen, Glass Beadle
Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
Christina Hickman, Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Hendrickson, Clamworks
Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
Cindy Wilson, Mommy's Dream
Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie

Cory Tompkins, Tealwater Designs
Cris Peacock, Cris' Page
Cynthia Deis, Shiny Little Things
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cynthia Wainscott, Exotic Peru ==> You are here!
Dana Hickey, Magpie Approved
Denielle Hagerman, Some Beads and Other Things

Diane Valasek, Dragonfly Close
Doris Stumpf, Glaszwerg
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
Elaine Robitaille, Too Aquarius
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Enikö Fabian, Perl-eni
Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads

Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life
Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
Jennifer Pottner, Rock Candy Beads
Jennifer VanBenschoten, Jewelry, Art and Life

Jenny Davies-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
Jessica Dickens, My Jewelry, My Life, Me
Jessica Klaaren, Beadful-Things by Jessica
Joan Williams, Lilruby Jewelry
Judith Johnston, Judith Johnston
Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
Judy Turner, Silver Rains

Julie Anne Leggett, The Peaceful Bead
K Hutchinson, Jumbled Hutch
Karen Meador, Dreamcatcher Ranch
Karyn Bonfiglio, Plus Size Bangles
Katherine Gale, Terra Beadworks
Kathleen Lange Klik, Modern Nature Studio
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic, Slovonske Technobe
Kelli Jacobson, Creative Moon
Kelly Ramstack, Adventures with Kelly
Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade

Kim Bender-Hora, KimmyKat
Kirsi Luostarinen, Kirsi Luo Korut
Kitty Bozzini, Kitty Lampwork
Laura Demoya, The Bead Therapist
Laurie Hanna, Laurie's Jewelbox
Leah Curtis, Beady Eyed Bunny
Lesley Watt, The Gossiping Goddess
Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry

Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This
Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
Marion Simmons, Shade Tree Studio
Marla Gibson, Spice Box Design
Marta Weaver, Marta Weaver Jewelry

Marti Conrad, Marti C's Clay Blog
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens, GlassBeadArt, Lampwork Beads
Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
Michelle Hardy, Firefly Visions
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Mowse Doyle, HoCArt
Nancy Boylan, Snazzy Doodle Designs
Nancy Peterson, Beading From the Heart
Nicole Rennell, Nicole Rennell Designs

Niki Meiners, 365 Days of Craft
Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pamela Gangler, She Always Loved Pink
Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
Renetha Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Shannon Hicks, Falling Into the Sky

Shannon LeVart, Miss Fickle Media
Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Art Werks
Shelley Graham Turner, Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads
Stacie Florer, Soul to Substance
Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
Stacy Alderson, Iridal's Attic

Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
Stephanie Stamper, Rainy Day Designs
Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
Tammy Jones, Jewelry Making Daily
Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau

Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna

You can click here for the complete list of participants for the 3 reveals dates

Thanks again for stopping by and have a wonderful day



Saturday, July 7, 2012

Have a taste of my soup and meet the cook

Hola to all of you! Is so nice to be able to write again, I have been so busy being a mommy and at shows and is great!, and I'm grateful for all the shows and for all the wonderful people I get to meet.

So let's talk about Lori Anderson's 6th Bead Soup Blog Party! . This wonderful artist has been hosting this parties for a while and everybody loves them!!!! This is my first soup and I'm (of course) very excited, you can read all about the blog party here:

So guess when is my reveal date? The first reveal on July 28th! And I have been partnered with an awesome designer, so who is it? ( drum roll please) ...

Meet Jessica Klaaren - Jewelry designer and the cook of my soup

Jessica is 31 years old, married and the proud mommy of 2 boys: a 4 and 8 years old.

She has been making jewelry for about 6 and I'm happy to say that she had her first magazine publications this year in Bead Trends magazine.

She told me and I quote: " I love vintaj natural brass and use it more than any other material in my jewelry designs, although I do sometimes stick to beading or use silver, polymer clay, etc. I have never had a jewelry class and everything I do was learned through trial and error." Wow, isn't she awesome? . When I read this I realize we have so much in commun, I never took a jewelry class either and oh my goodness I'm always learning from my mistakes, who doesn't?

Jessica is a very versatil designer she works with many mediums and recently she started incorporating fibers into her work. Her favorite colors to work with are: blue, green, and purples, but she likes the challenges and would do her magic in any colors.

Here are some of her designs:

All are lovely!

Don't forget to visit Jessica's links:

Etsy store:



Now, what kind of wonderful things did she send me??? ...

Taste my soup

My bead soup arrived the past Friday and as soon as I got it I opened so quick like a little girl on Christmas morning :) so take a look:

I just love all she sent me, the focal is fabulous and also the rest, I feel like she read my mind!,I already have so many ideas of what to do with all this wonderful beads,so don't forget to come back to my blog to find out what did I came up to.

Jessica also got her bead soup from me, and you might have to wait to the reveal date to see all the things she got from me, but for now here is a sneak peak of a special pendant I hand sculpted on clay...

What do you think of this little one? If you like it, you might also like to know I will soon be opening a new store for clay components... What's the name? I will reveal it soon on another blog post, for now I have to go back to work because I have another show this July 21st! Thank you for visiting and I will love some comments ;)

Have a wonderful day!