Saturday, August 25, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party 6 Reveal

Welcome to the reveal for Bead Soup Blog Party 6
The Third Reveal (Aug. 25, 2012).
My swap partner is the awesome Malin de Koning
And we had extra fun with our soup, working from a theme:
A movie called "The Party".
Read more about it HERE.
In this necklace/bracelet I used a lot of the up-cycled and vintage beads that were in my soup from Malin.
I was drawn to the gold and black of these pieces and decided to make a double wrapped bracelet.
Luckily, this bracelet fits perfectly as a choker necklace too.
1.8mm golden leather knotted with all sorts of fun beads.
I think I'm going to need to make more of these (and to make clay beads to go with them!)

This pink, purple, yellow triple strand (long) necklace was a bit of zen experience for me.
I used the Barbara Bechtel (Second Surf) pieces, and Malin's Polymer bead in this one.
I blame all the wire wrapped pieces on hanging around at beading nights with my friend Jenny Davies-Reazor (it's totally the good kind of blame - her work is awesome!).
I had wire wrapped some of the focal beads when I first received my soup, 
but then put the soup away for a while to get ready for Bead Fest Philly.

Then just the other night we had an impromptu Beading Night at my friend Bonnie's house while her very cool daughter was home for a week after just graduating from college - Go Jen!!!

This was the first official bead night that I took Chloe (my 4 year old daughter) with me since we were not planning an extremely late night being on a Wednesday and all...

Chloe helped me make brownies ahead of time.
Jenny brought salad and wine.
Bonnie and Jen made dinner.
Lisa brought the fruit.
It was also a Bead Fest Show and Tell night too!
It was SO delightful to just sit around and work on projects together and chat.
 The funny thing that kept happening to me is that sitting next to Chloe,
her little 4 year old wandering eyes kept looking at my bead stash.
Chloe has her own bead stash, an entire triple stacked bin of beads.
And I knew what was coming as Malin's bright pink, purple, green and yellow beads hit my work station - she kept reaching over into my Bead Soup stash...
"Mom. You have a lot of these pink beads. Can I use them too?"
She was SO drawn to them - all those bright colors...
And at first, that grown up voice in my head said: 
"No. I need those beads for my Bead Soup."
Then as I looked at her, with that creative desire going - how could I tell her no?
(I am trying to be extra aware of how adults can say things in a negative way that can stomp the creativity and self confidence within a person, especially a child.)
And I aim to have my daughter be creative, smart, strong and caring.
Besides, I had SO many beads (thank you Malin!), 
and was probably not going to use up every single one anyway.
So Chloe created a bracelet on her purple Irish Waxed Linen string.
You can see it in the photo above.
It is the bright colored one - in the bottom right corner.

So as I sat yesterday putting the rest of my beads on wire and wrapping then assembling them,
I fully let myself be inspired by the creativity of my 4 year old daughter.
Just the love of the colors of the beads and the way they went together.
It's a good exercise to remember to not stress out about how perfect something is, and to enjoy things as they are and make the best out of what you have in front of you.

And to experiment with things you are not quite familiar with,
then be ok with taking them apart again if you need to.
I took to some more leather knotting and wire wrapping with this quick bracelet.
I used the polymer bead from Maureen Thomas 
and the fiber wrapped copper wire from Nellie Thomas (Yarn Sweet Yarn).

One of the greatest joys in jewelry making is getting together with a bunch of friends.
Either on a blog hop like this.
A FB group where you can all share and chat.
Or at a friend's house, enjoying being together over a meal and finding things in common to talk about.
It's all comes back to "The Party!"...

Thanks Malin for providing our swap a theme!
And for lots of fun and awesome beads!

Thanks Lori for hosting this wonderful gathering of beady goodness!
And thanks to you, the reader of this post and the many others that are participating in this 6th Bead Soup Blog Party!

Here are the rest of the 3rd Reveal Participants:

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're 
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations 
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous

Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads 
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World 
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs

Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show

Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities

Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry 
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures 
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land 
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

My Partner ---> Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin <--- My Partner
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
You Are Here ---> Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio <--- You Are Here

Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter 
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi

Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry 

Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sally Anderson, Wild Sally Road
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo 

Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila

Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads 
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created

Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas 
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs


  1. Marsha!!!!! Oh my, how I love everything you have made. And I love reading about your creative journey too. Reading about someone else's journey sometimes, when it is good, makes me also see my own one from a different perspective. And I love that! It is a beautiful interaction and it really inspires me creatively.

    I think what you have made in each piece is a quality that I myself am a big fan of. When it feels very playful and childlike and fun and almost random, but yet not. I have noticed however that my own pieces are becoming less and less like that over time. A few years ago you could definitely see stuff I had made looking like that. And I guess you could tell from a lot of the stuff I have in my stash, that I do love that quality in beads and components. I did then, and I still do.

    I think it is so well understood when you tell us about what happened there with your daughter. Oh, how I recognize the story. I have two children of my own. 9 and 10 now. I know that feeling of being torn between being supportive and generous on one hand, and yet protective and "no, this is mine" on the other. Sigh, it will never end. I love it when my children inspire me creatively just the way you said Chloe did for you. Some of my best pieces has come to be thanks to when a child of mine has commented on a bead or some components they have seen in my studio. They lend me their different eyes every now and then. Great it is!!!

    So again, your pieces, I love all of them! And Chloe's bracelet too :-). Thank you so much for a great post and for making jewelry pieces that will keep inspiring me for a long time.

    It's been fantastic for me to have you as my partener in this party. Beady num num!

    1. Thanks Malin! It is a bit trying at times to keep that adult "No" voice at bay, and I really have to work on it sometimes.

      I always remember what my sister April (a teacher) said when Chloe was little: that if you can make a situation friendly to kids at the level appropriate for their age, you set the situation up for them to be more successful and avoid having to get to that frustration level. I think that is the best advice I have ever gotten about kids, and I try to keep that in mind for myself too to avoid excess frustration in creative situations.

      This has been such an exciting soup to be in with you! Thank you so much too for suggesting the theme - what a great idea!!!

    2. April is a wise woman yes. And it is so great to see your own children being creative on their own terms (or any children really). If they have the drive, they will be, either way. They always find a way, don't they. Just like "you and I" do. I also find it important to say that it is not necessarily bad to set up your own boundaries for your own creative space. My children are NOT allowed to play around in my studio or with my bead stash. Absolutely no way. But I involve them in what I do at times. And I have set up for them to play with part of my stash at times. Or I set up for us to do something creative somewhere else in the house. I guess that is what your sister mean. Is it? It is ever so interesting to discuss this topic. I have an aquintant who told me about her father who actually took her painting when she was about 13, and "corrected" it by painting on it himself. Have you ever heard of such a thing? She was scarred for life by that. What a complete idiot he must have been. But it is also interesting to think about what would have happened if she wouldn't have let him scar her. What if she had become so upset she went and painted on one of his paintings. I think that is something I might have done ... Or I would just have thought he was a complete idiot, and continued painting but not showing him my paintings. I don't know. Of course you never know. It depends on the dynamics between the parent and the child, and the personality within them selves. The end of the story for my aquiantant is that she is indeed working with something creative anyway as an adult. She is sewing clothes and dresses for theaters and other types of shows. But she might not be completely happy anyway, coz she was never approved by her father. Some people continue to struggle their whole life for that approval from their parents, and some people just don't care. Or perhaps the second group just know deep down that they are very approved of for who they are anyway. Psychology ... :-)

      I could talk for ever about this topic. :-)

      I could talk for ever about this topic. :-)

  2. Marsha, it was so wonderful to view all your colourful, Peter Sellers-inspired jewellery pieces. Of course you know that your greatest creation of all "stole the show"... your daughter, Chloe! I was moved when I read how you included her in your circle of friends, and especially how you allowed yourself to be inspired, by her natural and unaffected designs. I believe you are doing a great job in helping your daughter be "creative, smart, strong and caring", as you seek to do. These times spent at your side, creating beauty together, are sure to be among her fondest childhood memories!

    1. Awww... Thanks!

      I just remember thinking things like me saying to her "No. Don't mix the play dough colors. No. Don't mix the underglaze colors." and then thinking - why not? It doesn't have to be neat and orderly. Mix the play dough (it was my favorite thing to do as a child - make new colors - and I was allowed at my Grandma's house - so why not my kids?). And with the underglazes - put enough on the lids and let her mix them all she wants. Then the container is not mixed, and the lids can be rinsed when finished...

      And watching her creativity, and capturing some of that for myself - is such a wonderful thing to experience.
      I must remember to keep a part of that creativity in my head so I don't forget it as she gets older...

      Kids are just so amazing when you take the time to really pay attention to them (which is not an easy thing to do most of the time as we rush about day to day activities).

      I hope she remembers some of these things - or at least her actions speak from these times :)

  3. Beautiful pieces Marsha (and Chloe)! Love your theme and that you let your daughter's creativity soar and inspire you!

  4. What an interesting color palette! I think it is fabulous that you and your partner worked with a theme for this swap, what a wonderful idea and an extra challenge! I love that you and your daughter bead together.

  5. What a great theme! I love all of your pieces. The pink and yellow go great together. Your wire wrapping works well.

  6. I love your pieces and all the color in them. It was great that your daughter got to share in the creativity and excitement, too. You did a wonderful job. And it looks like you had great fun, too, while doing it.

  7. Wonderful designs!! Great creativity!! May Chloe and you learn from each other. I sat with my moter as a little girl playing with her button box and I am sure my love for textiles stems from that time.

  8. I love creative kids! I sometimes want to jump in and "just do this" with something Zack is working on and have to sit on my hands! Glad I'm not the only one! And how in the world did you two talk about this movie? I've never even heard of it until now but am intrigued. I love how colorful both of your soups were and everything you made!

  9. I am so jealous that you have people near by that you can have a bead night. Except for online my beading is very much a solitary activity.

    I just love that first necklace/bracelet. It is so perfect!

  10. Everything is so fun, but I have to say I love the idea of a double wrap bracelet that can also serve as a choker. Talk about great travel jewelry!

    And I loved the story about your daughter - her bracelet with the pink beads turned out so beautifully!

    I didn't make it to Bead Fest Summer, but I'll be at Bead Fest Texas. I'm hoping at least a few people from the blogging community will be there too! :)

  11. What a great idea to add a theme to your bead soup experience! Very creative pieces!

  12. Beautiful creations!! Such lovely color combinations! Great work!

  13. Gorgeaous!! I love especially the first necklace!!

  14. Elegant and creative! congratulations!

  15. The gold and black pieces are great!

  16. All fabulous pieces, Chloe's too! I'm glad you enjoyed the experience so much and that the joy of your daughte brings s uch inspiration. Lovely :)

  17. Great job with your soup. My favorite is the black & gold piece. Multi-duty pieces are great. It is so kool that you are passing creativity on to your daughter.

  18. Love you pieces.The White and yellow remind me of eggs LOL Thanks for sharing.Love and hugs Tanya

  19. Thanks for sharing this and your lovely bead soup creations! Fun and unique! You all did a Soup-er job!

  20. Love your bead soup!! You did an awesome job with it that first set of jewelry!!! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Great jewelry designs the choker necklace/bracelt is great, love that your daughter jumpped in to design too, great job!!!

  22. Love the idea of a theme for your soup, Great pieces and what great colors.

  23. Love that you are creating with your daughter! Reminds me of wonderful times I spent with my children, now grown. And both of your designs are wonderful :)

  24. How sweet that your daughter was eyeing your soup beads! Beautiful work!

  25. What a fun get together it sounds like y'all had. I love that you let your daughter design with you. Her bracelet is precious. And actually, the bracelet you made when you freed yourself up was my favorite of all your soup pieces. Though I do also love those shell-like earrings too. It's all great!

  26. What a nice blog post. Your pieces are beautiful and your daughter's is too. So nice that you shared your soup and had a great mother/daughter experience. You sound like a good Mom.

  27. Marsha, I love that you and Malin challenged yourselves even further on this bead soup blog party. I love the fun and imaginative creations that you made.

  28. Love the pieces you have made. Nice to see the next generation of beaders are well on their way

  29. you did a nice job with your soup, very lovely designed!

  30. First of all, I love your silks. My partner sent me some for my bead soup and I'm afraid I might now have a problem.

    I love your story. I love how beading and jewelry making is a creative outlet, but also how it can bring people together. It's great how your daughter inspired your creation too.

    Really like the first bracelet/necklace and am enjoying going back to the colors of the 2nd. Lovely work!

  31. Your designs are so fun and feel happy. Great job!

  32. What fun designs - love the colors! all our beautiful!

  33. Great pieces, and I think it's lovely your daughter was so involved! Really liked the theme you had with your partner.

  34. Beautiful pieces - I love how your daughter inspires you, too!!


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