Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bead Soup Process

What I did on my Florida Vacation ~
Day One - Fresh Fruit Salad
In between glorious walks to the beach, bike rides, relaxing, shopping and dining on delicious food, I had time to finally work on putting my bead soup together.  I brought my tasty mix of goodies from Emanda, along with some other beads I had on hand that I thought would go well with the mix.  One thing in particular that I was glad I brought was a bag of mix matched earrings that I bought at the hospital street fair for a song, and ended up recycling some parts into my bead soup creations.

I had hoped to have time to glaze some beads to add to the necklace which I had mentioned in one of my earlier posts, but unfortunately I ran out of time, and was not able to glaze them before I left on my vacation.  But that's OK because it ensured that I did something completely different from what I normally do in my bead creations.

Instead, I went to this awesome Bead shop on Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach called Halos and Dreams where it says Beads, Beads, Beads on the door, and they weren't kidding.  Wow - what an amazing place - she has the most incredible selection of beautiful, quality beads I've ever seen, and the owner was really helpful and had some great ideas of what I could use for complimentary beads.

So, these are a few that I chose to incorporate into my bead soup pieces ~
I fell in love with the colors and the way the light reflects off these crystal beads, and you will see on Saturday during the Bead Soup Party Reveal how well they go with the other beads in the mix!

And, I went back to Halos and Dreams a few more times of course, and couldn't resist but to purchase some more beauties, and I have to blame it all on the influence from the Bead Soup Group and my soup partner Emanda and her very excellent taste in beads.  Thanks for broadening my bead world view! 
Turquoise, Agate, Imperial Jasper and Crystal Beads I'll be using for future creations.

See you this Saturday at the Bead Soup Reveal!


  1. Well.... first of all, I'm jealous! Walks on the beach!!! Lucky! It is freezing, snowy... now wet and snowy... here in Central, NY. I'm looking forward to seeing what you make. On another note, you have been chosen to receive The Awesome Blogger Award... check it out :O)

  2. Hello MaryAnn - Thank you so much for the awesome blogger award - I'll check it out! Very cool. Also - yes, it was wonderful in Florida but unfortunately I'm back in the snowbanks of New Hampshire now. Oh well ~ couldn't last forever I guess. Try to stay warm - :)

  3. Very, very nice! Those vintage finds are something - I found myself staring at that picture for a while, checking out each piece. I'm excited to see what you'll be revealing!

  4. Thanks Cassandra ~ I know, I was so psyched to get that bag of earrings. There's even quite a bit more than that. The pieces I used in my necklace aren't in that photo actually, but the photo is a good representation of the little treasures. I'll point out the ones I used on reveal day. :)

  5. Can I live vicariously through you for a moment - I really need some beach walking today... :-) What a great find! I wanted to let you know that I received your very BEAUTIFUL dove in the mail. It is absolutely gorgeous and the picture is a pale image of the beauty you created. I have posted about your gift on my blog:

    Hugs, antonella :-)

  6. Hello Antonella ~ Yes, I could use another beach walk myself. I'm so glad you love the dove! It's nice to send it to someone that will enjoy it. Thanks so much for the wonderful post. Have a warm day - Lisa :)

  7. Ooo, yummy! I can't wait to see what you have done. I'm glad you have enjoyed the challenge -- I have too. Aren't beach vacations great. See you Saturday!


  8. Thanks Emanda! It's been so much fun. I'm looking forward to seeing what you made as well!! Yes, beach vacations are wonderful - as well as bead vacations. :)

  9. looking forward to seeing you Saturday!