Bead Soup from Janna has arrived !

I know, work, baby and all that daily life stuff is keeping me really busy. And yes, I know this is no excuse to stop blogging...
But I have been active in the meantime. I prepared a bead soup for my wonderful partner, the lovely Janna of Palimpa Lim. She lives in Germany too, although a few hours away from me, but it is soooooo nice to finally meet some more people that have fallen for beads as well. 
Janna makes beautiful jewelry and I really like her blog as well. But I won't tell you too much about it, I would rather like you to hop over there yourself, and read and shop and leave comments (because in the end, that's what this is all about, right?)
So more about what I sent her in another post, but in the meantime, I need to share this package she sent to me.
This is so cute, I do not even have words for it. But looks at it yourself.

 This is what I saw when I opened the envelope. The large package even include a tiny sweater for my baby from the store where Janna is working (it is really really cute, but she hasn't worn it yet, so I do not have a picture to share - but it will follow....).

Janna packed all the beads in these cutest envelopes - each envelope is different - and she labeled them like soup ingredients (in german, in case you wonder what these weird words might mean): Herbs, Pasta, Bones, glass noodles, spring onions and so on.

And when I opened the envelopes (with Stefanie by the way, and these are her pictures - yes, I know the quality is a bit different :) ) - there were lots of ooooohs and aaaaaahs. 
I love the colors of this soup (Janna was kind with me and did not send me bright pink flower and heart beads), but I got pearls in a wonderful brown and dark blue color, enameled beads (by Janna), a number of gemstones (Onyx, Nephrit, Prehnit, Howlit and Garnet - no guarantee for gemstone name translation into english). What you can't see well on this picture are the beads in the lower right corner - cast glass beads - GORGEOUS ! Then there are a few bone beads, metal components, and these cute glowing "Atlas" seed beads - I love this color. Janna took them from her treasure box as her source for them is drying out, so I feel really honered to get some of them. The glow is just great. And sari ribbon.
And I know - I saved the best for last, as I realize I do not have a close up shot of the pendant and clasp that Janna made for me - Copper with resin - TOP! If I ever learn to do resin pieces like those, I will get rich. I thikn we need to convince Janna to start to sell them, so I finally get a source for resin pendants in Europe and do not need to buy them always in the US (I am learning, but it will take some time until I get there).
The pendant is a leg - so cute, and the clasp is a toggle with the word "unendlich" which means infinite in german. This soup is perfect as it is. I don't even know what I would want to add.... I need to get close ups of that too.
Dear Janna, thanks a ton for this lovely soup. And I am so glad that I have met you. I can truely say you feel like a new very close friend, even if we have just met a few weeks ago.
And to Lori - thank you for hosting this party. All of my bead soup and bead swap partners have become really close friends. And who does not need more friends.
Have a good night all you beaders and readers.

9 Response to "Bead Soup from Janna has arrived !"

  1. Palimpa Lim Says:

    Ich glaub, jetzt bin ich gerade rot angelaufen :)
    Vielen Dank - und schlaf schön!!

  2. Cathryn Says:

    Excellent ingredients for your soup, Nicki! I know this will not only come out tasty with your talents but also showcase your gourmet full course meal! :D Have fun!

  3. steufel Says:

    Die ist soooooooooooo schön:-)

  4. Courtney Says:

    It all looks wonderful! You will have a great time.

  5. Kate Says:

    Super yummy. Can't wait to see your end result!

  6. Pretty Things Says:

    That looks FANTASTIC! Have fun with it!

  7. Clayworks by Lisa Boucher Says:

    Yummy yummy - what a great package! How fun ~ :)

  8. Menka Gupta Says:

    Wow! your bead soup looks so yummy...both, the packaging and the beads are just awesome. Waiting to see what you design!

  9. Cindy Says:

    Yes, I agree your Bead Soup from Janna is wonderful...she sure sent you such pretty pieces. I love the enameled beads, the ribbon, and especially her resin focal...I agree she should sell them! :-) Have fun with your goodies, Nicki!