Tuesday, January 31, 2012

They're Here!!!!

I discovered I'm very liberal in my use of exclamation points ( note to self: be less exclamatory) but when something's worth celebrating, why not use them? Today we'll celebrate the Bead Soup Blog Party because I've got my beads- doing the happy dance :)

I once again forgot to take pictures of what I sent to Andra Weber , but she'll be posting them so hop on over later. I did take this, though. Does it count? Here are my beads for her all bundled up before I mailed them.

And here's what I received from her  :: big sigh of delight::
 Luscious, gorgeous opalite rounds in different sizes start off the list. I already know what is going to happen with these, and can't wait to get started, They won't be part of the main project, but Lori has always encouraged us to do more than one thing if necessary, and I find it VERY necessary to use these :).

The focal bead and matching rounds are from 2 Bead Sisters - handmade beads with a beautiful combination of caramels, blues and blacks. Inspired? Yes, ma'am.

But she didn't stop there...

Are you drooling yet? I am. Mother of pearl rounds and mother of pearl rice beads from a local bead shop Andra frequents, Sand and Stone Creations, as well as beautiful copper glass roundels, copper round and butterfly spacer beads, and a lovely copper clasp. The richness of the colors in combination with one another is truly a delight. These are so very pretty- it was hard to leave them on the table and come to work

lots of 4mm faceted Czech glass beads and handmade black and white glass toggle. One can never go wrong with black! .  (note to self: edit, edit, edit) We're required to use the focal bead and the clasp/toggle- it's up to the individual participant  if he/she uses the beads that were sent along with the goodies and/or adds to from their stash.

And now the true work begins. Don't forget to check back on March 3 when all the BSBP participants will reveal their creations. If you're looking for inspiration, Lori has a brand new baby that's sure to please- her latest book all about Bead Soup. Congratulations to her, and many thanks again for allowing us to join in the current one.

Visit me again on Friday to find out about my latest obsession, but until then...
Wishing you splashes of grace and dashes of joy



  1. Love the copper and mother of pearl!! Also that black and glass toggle is awesome!!!

  2. Great colors and I love the handmade glass focal bead. Can't wait to see what you make from all this goodness.

  3. That's a lovely stash! I hope you have fun! And remember you can make as many pieces as you want!

  4. Christie, I love your message in your 'About Me' section, and I love that you chose the name Charis for what it represented. And by the way, I seem to use exclamation marks too much as well, especially when leaving comments on other blogs. I'll try to restrain myself here...

    The bead soup you received is fabulous! (oops, there's one). I can't wait to see what you do with all that gorgeous stuff. And the pouch you sent your bead soup in is just gorgeous!! (oops two more).

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog.
    Have a wonderful day.

  5. Oh, that's a wonderful 'soup' you got there - have fun!

  6. Don't you just love those lampwork beads and clasp? - I do! You have a great bunch of inspiration

  7. wow, what a great soup. I look forward to your reveal :) x