Friday, March 21, 2014

Soup in the Mail???

On most days, a trip to the mailbox is done by habit, duty, routine, whatever you want to call it.  I am not even certain what time the mail is normally delivered in my neighborhood.  Monday was different, I caught myself enthusiastically awaiting the arrival of the mail carrier.  I was expecting my first ever Bead Soup to arrive from my partner Nancy Dale.  We were assigned as swap partners for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party.

I was so excited to open my package and find 2 soups.  One is a beautiful rich garnet red (my favorite color) and the other in gorgeous shades of blue. What makes this so exciting for me, is not only is this my 1st ever BSBP but I have been admiring Nancy's work for sometime now as I had found her blog and website some time ago while looking for bead patterns and tutorials online.  

The garnet red soup contains Lampwork lentils and large whole lampwork beads by Julsbeads, 8mm Czech Cathedral Beads, 6mm Frosted ruby beads, Vintage glass, a sterling snaky clasp, sterling crystal rondelles and lots of seed beads in red, silver and tan...I have so many ideas going through my head right now for these beads but not quite sure just yet what I will come up with.  I am seeing multiple projects take shape from this tasty looking soup.  

The 2nd soup contains the Blue soup...Which contains a beautiful Polymer Clay cabachon by Mandarin Moon, Two 18mm swarovski sapphire glacial blue rivolis, chinese crystals and Czech pressed glass, Cathedral glass, 4mm Swarovski sapphire cathedral crystal bicones and multiple seed beads as well as a sterling clasp and bead caps.  Again, I have a ton of idea running through my head and I can't wait to see where it leads me.  

For now, I will sign off and head to the beading table...Thinking I will have to flip a coin or maybe a two sided cabachon to see what color I should start with.  Happy Beading!!!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring Break=BEAD BEAD BEAD!!!

Spring break from the job is in full force for the next 7 days.  This means that I have lots or Beading Work to get done.  Sounds like work for some, but I have actually been looking forward to the time.

First on the list is getting the instructions written and diagrams and photography completed for the projects that I am teaching at Bead Blast 2014-14th Annual Retail Bead Show in Overland Park, KS on May 3rd and 4th.  It is always such a great time to get to make new friendships and renew previous friendships in the fun filled weekend.  

I am teaching 2 classes:  Fancy Right Angle Weave bracelet and Chevron Shine Pendant which can also be made into a bracelet or hair bling.  Both classes are on Sunday so I get to spend the day working with the Bead Society of Greater Kansas City on Saturday.  If you are in the Kansas City area, come check us out and visit the website to see all the classes offered this year.

Fancy Right Angle Weave
Chevron Shine

In the coming week, I also plan a trip to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, here in Kansas City.  I had not been there for several years until recently I went on a Field trip with 5th graders and was so inspired by some of the pieces that I had the opportunity to drool over... :)

I also plan to do some beading as I am excited to receive my bead soup for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party.  I have been partnered up with Nancy Dale owner of NEDbeads.  This is my first Bead Soup Blog Party and as I said in a previous post, I am both excited and nervous.

For now, I think I will get started on the instruction writing.  After doing this the first time, I have a new appreciation for all the designers that do this for a living.  Much more work than I ever dreamed it would be, but also a welcomed challenge.

Until next time, HAPPY BEADING!!!

River Walk Bracelet designed by Cynthia Newcomer Daniel

River Walk Bracelet designed by Cynthia Newcomer Daniel
Stitched by Me. Love the colors of this one.l