The big party day is here. I finally managed to take some time away from my busy schedule and finish my pieces this morning - yes, so much about my room for improvement in planning....

What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

Our wonderful host Lori Anderson from Pretty Things is hosting the 3rd bead soup party today, and it is also the third time I participated. If you have not yet participated and are a beader and have nothing to do in August, then make sure you join the next party.

 Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:

~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads

Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.

My wonderful partner was Janna from Palimpa-Lim and as soon as I will finish this post, I will hop over to her blog and check out what she made with my beads. 


But long story short - here are the THREE things I made with Janna's beads (and I am proud to say that I used only her beads and added nothing from my stash except wire and one clasp!):

So first I made those earrings (last week), since I could not decide on a necklace and had a mental block. I really love them, especially that they are asymmetrical, and I have already worn them a lot.

Then I started this necklace with the gorgeous resin leg pendant that Janna made for me. I also use her blueish atlas beads with a few garnet accent beads. This strand has two clasps, attached to the main clasp, so if I want to wear it separate, I can just detach it. I added this clasp from my stash (you will understand the reason when you look at necklace number 2), and the chain too. A little flower, more garnet and glass and gemstone dangles, and done was my first piece, which is light and simple and gives just the right credit to Janna's wonderful pendant.

I came up with the idea to make two necklaces, since I wanted to use Janna's resin clasp (she also made this one) in the front, and that was not possible with my first design. So I used in as another focal / clasp at the same time - it says "unendlich" which means "infinite". Janna's piece really touched me, and I had to think about infinite love, and infinite life. So I attached her leaf / heart dangle for "love" and a nest for "life". All the beads are really gorgeous, but I am so in love with these recycled cast glass beads that I need to ask Janna where she got them. Need more.

Needless to say all three are keepers.....

I am planning a challenge myself (my first one actually). So if you are sad that the party is over, come back here next sunday and join for a nice small challenge with a cute little price to win.

So I hope you enjoyed my piece of the party. 
Thanks for stopping by.
Please leave a comment (and leave Lori a comment tomorrow and you can even win some beads....) and come see what the rest of us made!  

The party people:

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane 
4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio

11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14.  Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails 
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats

21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim 
23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads 
28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul

31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio

41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya 
44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles 
46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig  
47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux

51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa

60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog 
62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68.  Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver

70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art 
78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden  
79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84.  Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations

90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous 
92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead 
93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations 
94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio 
96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs 
98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads

101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations 
103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading
110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman

111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 
112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles 
118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 
120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 

121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven 
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings  
123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass 
124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks 
125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things 
126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos 
127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee 
128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M 
129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry

130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads 
131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies  
137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter

140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
142.  Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads 
147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul 
148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me  
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog 

150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area 
154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef            YOU ARE HERE !!!!
157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color 
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman 

160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio 
165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings

170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre  
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux

180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen 
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin 
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels 
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry 
189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos

190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious

200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209.  Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread

The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011.  Don't miss it!


  1. Pretty Things Says:

    KUDOS to you for using everything you received! And I agree, they're all keepers! I particularly love the necklace with the resin toggle. I wish I could get my act together and try resin.

    WONDERFUL work!

  2. Palimpa Lim Says:

    Nicki, WOW, ich habe keine Ahnung, wie Du DAS bei Deiner Zeitknapppheit geschafft hast!!!!!!!!
    Ich bin total begeistert - diese Stücke gehören zu den schönsten, die ich heute gesehen habe. Ernsthaft. Das hebt meine Laune gleich sehr - und wenn Du die Sachen nicht behalten würdest... ich hätte da einen Abnehmer... ;)

    Fühl Dich feste gedrückt!

  3. steufel Says:

    Wie gut mir die Ohrringe gefallen weißt Du ja schon. Und das die anderen beiden Sachen eine Nacht- und Nebelaktion waren, sieht man wahrlich nicht. Alles drei keeper und ich schließ mich Lori an, Nummer zwei ist auch mein Favorit! Bin ziemlich k.o. hab für die Party heute Abend vorhin 100 Frikadellen gemacht und gebraten....

  4. Cathryn Says:

    Nicki--I'm totally in awe and humbled with your lovely creations! I just about fell over when I saw the earrings! I wanted them so much it was painful! Then I moved onto both of your necklaces and realized how they complimented the earrings! You have such talent and creativity. I'm leaving your blog but it's hard--your art has a hold on me! Have fun blog-hopping!

  5. Clayworks by Lisa Boucher Says:

    Really beautiful design work. Nice use of all of your mix! Really like how the earrings are not exactly the same. Very fun.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    WOW what a nice mix of all the beads! Love them all! So creative!

  7. rockcreekcreations Says:

    nice work!! I'm following your blog to see what you have coming next week!!

  8. Charlene Says:

    You did a really beautiful job. I like the asymmetrical earrings too!

  9. Lisa Godfrey Says:

    Both necklaces are so pretty! I love the asymmetrical earrings too! I really love how you used the resin toggle in the front. Beautiful!

  10. Marie Cramp Says:

    I love what you made!! Really beautiful!!

  11. Jennifer Pride Says:

    Those are some very nice pieces, definitely all keepers.

  12. N Valentine Studio Says:

    Gorgeous work, I love the toggle bar in that clasp. Stunning! Thanks for visiting my blog it's fun to read everyones comments and check out what they made!

  13. Beadbug Says:

    I love what you have made, beautiful.

  14. Beadroe Says:

    I agree I would definitely keep all three. Love, Love the earrings.

  15. Everyday Gypsy Says:

    I love everything you created. I too love asymmetrical pieces that just seem to flow together. And your pieces really flow. Great job.

  16. sundownbeaddesigns Says:

    I agree, they are all keepers! My favorite is the last necklace. I really like the toggle in the front with the dangle.

  17. Libby Leuchtman Says:

    Wow, another one of my favorites. Really love what you did.

  18. Debbie / Prairie Emporium Says:

    Great job!!! Love both necklaces but the 2nd is my fav. I would keep, what fun to wear.

  19. My Life Under the Bus Says:

    Beautiful color combinations and stunning results love the second necklace with it's elegant leaf.

  20. Wendy Says:

    Lovely designs! You did a great job! :)

  21. stregata Says:

    Wunderful - I especially love the resin toggle as the focal. Great pieces.

  22. maryharding Says:

    What a fun resin leg pendant on your necklace. Love how you designed around it. And the resin toggle bar on the other necklace is a great focal. Your use of fiber makes it so warm and inviting.

  23. Helmitarha Says:

    Oh, wow, all piece are stunning! But I especially love the asymmetrical earrings! Great job!

  24. Deci Says:

    I love asymmetrical pieces. I also now follow.

  25. Lois Moon Says:

    Nicki I love the resin leg pendant with the floral dangle. It reminds me of a milagro piece. The combo of fiber and a few types of wire in the last piece made me smile when I got around to seeing the bird's nest. I get quite a few nests in my yard lined in dog hair from my corgis.

    ...and yes, I'll will want to send you some of Georgia's heat in just about a month when it gets too hot.


  26. Kristen Says:

    WOW you stretched and hit these right out of the park! I love them all!

  27. Salzanos Says:

    I am totally in love with every piece you made!! I can see we think along the same lines in many ways as far as design. Your pieces are earthy, natural, and full of life and living. I love that you do asymmetrical and give your pieces true artistic originality!!

  28. GlassBeadArt Says:

    Die Ohrringe sind wirklich wunderschoene geworden und die 2.Kette ist der Hammer!

  29. Stacey Says:

    Gorgeous - I would have wanted use that gorgeous clasp as a focal as well! Great idea on the two strand detachable necklace - looks great either way!

  30. Anonymous Says:

    Wow, they are beautiful!! I love them all. The earty color palettes are so soothing and relaxing! :) Great craftsmanship too!

  31. Hazel Ward Says:

    Those asymmetric earring are fabulous! Great ideas on both necklace designs - and I love the dangliness of the second clasp/focal element :D

  32. one-eared pig Says:

    Warm, lovely colors. I love all of them!

  33. Dee Says:

    cool cool cool!! love the mix you had to work with. The designs turned out fabulous!!

  34. EmandaJ Says:

    It's day two and I'm having a blast! Your two necklaces are just gorgeous and I love the earrings too. It seems a lot of folks are making multiple pieces or pieces that can be worn in more than one way. Great Job!

    Oh, and I'd be very interested in an international swap -- I'll check back next week.

    Isn't the swap hop fun?!


  35. Boot ~C Says:

    oh my word these are great!

  36. Cyndi L Says:

    As a lover of all things asymmetrical, I'd say you are batting 1000!!

  37. Penny Says:

    Incredible, you did a fabulous job!

  38. Angela Rae Says:

    Absolutely love the resin focal piece! Stunning! Love how you used fibers for part of the necklace. Great job!

  39. jamberry_song Says:

    Oooo! I love the asymmetrical earrings. :D I've never been brave enough to try that myself; they look great! And the necklaces are so interesting. I like that you don't get everything at first glance; you have to come back and keep looking. Your designs really emphasize that quality of the beads. They are artifacts or relics that tell a story. Or maybe they just keep their secrets. ;) Beautiful work! I really enjoyed looking at these.

  40. Marcie A. Says:

    You made these with JUST the stuff that you got from your partner?! How awesome is that?! I bet nobody else can say that! Great job Nicki and the photos look awesome by the way! I think I'll stop typing with exclamation points so that it doesn't sound like I'm yelling!
    Great job. ;)

  41. Terri Says:

    A beautiful pieces!!But I'm loving the necklace with the toggle & the trailing heart on the chain..really really wonderful necklace!!!

  42. Lutka And Co. Says:

    Great necklace, love the resin pieces!

  43. CraftyHope Says:

    Keepers indeed! But I'd love to wear any of the three myself. You did an astounding job with the challenge and you should be proud! Wonderful, marvelous work!

  44. Jenni C Says:

    Beautiful work, I especially love the second necklace with the gorgeous clasp, fibre and recycled glass beds, love those! I also love your fun earrings, cute idea.

  45. Jennifer Cameron Says:

    Everything is gorgeous, but that last! That toggle is so neat and you did a wonderful job with it. Great job using everything you were sent, that's impressive!

  46. Steph L. Says:

    Really beautiful pieces! I love the double strand necklace.

  47. Courtney Says:

    All three are stunning! Your ingredients were amazing as are your creations. Definately keepers.

  48. Rebecca Says:

    Beautiful Nicki! I absolutely love everything you've made here. Those resin pieces are amazing! I am so in awe of anyone who can use such materials. Janna and you are both very talented! I also love your photos - they are gorgeous!

  49. Kate Says:

    Super cute! Love that clasp in the front!!

  50. Anna Lear Says:

    Very pretty -- the 2 strands in the first necklace are wonderful together, and the 2nd necklace and earrings make a lovely set. Nice work!

  51. Shirley Says:

    I can see why you have worn the earrings so much, they are just amazing. I'm not usually an asymmetrical girl, but those just rock! Love all the wonderful details in the necklaces. The clasp is awesome.

  52. Elisabeth Says:

    Wow, your pieces are really incredible. The earrings are so well done I didn't even realize that the two leaves were different until I read your text. I love how the first necklace is convertible.

  53. Cindy Says:

    Nicki, you were sure ambtious making 3 pieces...and I especially love the "unendlich" necklace...what a beautiful composition. I can see why they are all keepers, I know you'll wear them with pride! :-)

  54. KayzKreationz Says:

    All the pieces turned out very nice. I love the way you used the clasp. Will try to remember to check back for your challenge.

  55. KayzKreationz Says:

    Such pretty pieces. Congrats.

  56. maneki Says:

    Beautiful necklaces! I like the well-balanced asymmetry in the second one and the idea with a detachable second strand in the first one. And I also like how you made the earrings using different leaves -- very nice!

  57. vintagesusie & wings Says:

    Fabulous BEAD SOUP Friend!!! I love what you designed with all your components... Beautiful work!Thanks for sharing your creativity!!

  58. Andrew Thornton Says:

    Stunning pieces! You created some really beautiful work! I too really love the piece with the resin clasp. It's got a lot of movement, energy, and I love how you move the eye around the entire piece. Good job!

  59. Fire Phoenix Says:

    The asymmetric earrings are a great idea!

  60. Releases by Rufydoof Says:

    I can see why these are keepers! I love earrings but your second necklace is gorgeous - I love the toggle at the front and the wee little bird nest is just too cute. Well done!


  61. French Elegant Jewelry Says:

    I like what you made gives me some ideas for the beads I have. I also have the hardest time making necklaces. It is a challenge to make them iteresting but not over the top or too simple and boring. Would love to do your challenge next sunday hopefully I will remember to comeback then and check it out.

  62. EB Bead and Metal Works Says:

    Wow - awesome pieces! They are all stunning and I love the leg resin pendant, so cool.

  63. Jen V. Says:

    I'm totally coveting! You're right...all your pieces are keepers. I think it's genius to go with a double strand to make the most of that awesome leg. It' so fun!! Have fun hopping...

  64. becca Says:

    I love your pieces! Yes, all keepers. Particularly like the asymmetrical earrings and the 'unendlich' necklace. I love those beautiful recycled glass beads!