Saturday, 27 April 2013

Bead Soup Reveal

Hi there, and welcome to my corner of the Bead Soup Blog Party 3rd Reveal. 
Thanks for stopping by. 

This is my first time joining the party and I have been very excited about the 
whole process. 

I was really lucky to be paired up with talented lamp worker 
Laney of Izzy Beads.

You can see the fun selection of goodies she sent me in the pic below: 
(and keep scrolling down because there's more creations to come!)  

I have to admit that after the initial rush of 'Oh how cute' 
on opening the Bead Soup package 
I panicked! 

Each lamp work bead was a little character in its own right.
So many of them and such different colour ways. 
Just how am I going to use ALL of them  AND do justice to the 
outstanding craftsmanship and attention to detail on each and every bead. 

I was afraid, VERY afraid! 

So I sat and stared, and stared. Luckily my initial panic was without 
reason (kind of)
as ideas started to come to me. 

The first design that I had in mind was a pretty 
little Spring chicken 
 I hand stitched a daisy chain with a peyote 
clasp in pretty spring green and fresh orange shades to 
compliment the first little Easter chick.

Here I focused on picking 
out the colours of the rooster in the necklace.
I choose the semi precious rounds because they were
the perfect colour match and reflected the little 
bobbles on his head!  

Ta Daa! 
How do you like your eggs in the morning? 
I wanted to make a necklace that resembled a
fried egg - you know when you crack it in the pan and it goes 
all wobbledy (for want of a better word!) 
I beaded a rivoli as the focal and used the egg lamp work and 
clasp that Laney sent. 

I wanted to use every single bead 
and there was one lonely egg left over. 

 It led to the making of this breakfast time 
kilt pin brooch! 

Rooster button as a focal 
on beaded napkin 

Cheeky chicken earrings in complementary 
colours of red, orange and yellow.

The second adorable mouse bead 
this time as a book mark 
with rose quartz rounds and the 'just for you' star charm 
hanging from the end.  

For my final designs the ornate  metal hearts and tiny flowers 
struck me as very feminine and pretty 
so I teamed them with soft milky shades of palest pink
and  pastel  green. 
I beaded a around a Swarovski rivoli for the focal point and added 
an ornate dragon fly clasp which I was thrilled to take from my stash and find 
a home for at last! 

I thought it would be nice to make a matching set. 
So here we are.. 

This is my first time playing the  Bead Soup Blog Party 
and I've been enjoying embracing every facet of it: 

I've learnt a new technique (beading around a cabochon) 
Pushed my creativity by working with different beads to what I'm used to.
Hopped around all the blogs discovering all the great talent and interesting artisans. 
Spread some love with some nice comments. 

(Just 'loved' my computer playing up and not letting me 
post all the comments I wanted to... ;-0 ) 

Eagerly awaiting my purchase of some hand made beads.   
It's nice supporting self representing artists, and I have my eye
on a ahem *few* more... 

and I've made a new bloggy beady friend 
of my partner. 

All in all it's been a great experience 
and I'm already looking forward to playing again next year! 
Thanks Lori for organising this epic adventure! 

So, anyway,  thanks for wading through all that! 

Take a look at my partner Laney's blog to see what she made with  what I sent 

P.S A 'BIG THANK YOU'  to Lori Anderson 
- the lady who makes the blog hop happen! 

Oh, and If you wanted to see the frying pan necklace close up 
here it is... 

For the full list of 3rd reveal participants 


  1. Lizzie that is amazing!! Really really amazing!! I LOVE the fried egg necklace, and the napkin chook, I love them all, you have done wonders with those beads and made me grin from ear to ear :) You have been a great blog party partner, hope we stay in touch, and thank you, they are fabulous :)

  2. Agree with everything Laney's said! They're beautiful designs!I love the pendant with the little mouse!

  3. You did an absolutely wonderful job with Laney's beads!! Very cool

  4. You have made such a lot of jewellery from Laney's beads. Love the rooster and semi precious rounds best I fried egg one, its so spring chicky daisy chain, so colourful...all of it!

  5. Adorable!! Love the fried egg necklace best. You really did justice to the beads that were sent. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  6. They look amazing! The styling of your photos shows them off to perfection

  7. You did those super cute beads justice. How fun!!!

  8. You made wonderfully funny things with all your adorable creatures. Love the breakfast pin. It brings a smile to your face!

  9. Your pieces are so fun & whimsical, what a wonderful soup you cooked up!!! Well Done Girl!!! :)))

  10. Wonderfully done for someone who was so panicked about her soup!

  11. great work, i admire your fotos!!!

  12. Wonderful, fun designs! I love how you embraced each character and created so many fun designs.

  13. thats are lovely pieces. Great to hear the story, your thoughts to every piece. I am still smiling with your egg-brooch
    Greets Gite

  14. whimsical pieces, they are all too cute!
    great job, it wasn't easy to work with these little creatures, you made them justice!
    ciao dall'Italia

  15. That is just about the sweetest mix of little creatures and I don't think you could have possibly done a better job with them. All very sweet and happy creative pieces made with your soup. Nice job!

  16. I love what you've done with your soup! That is the prettiest fried egg I've ever seen. I adore Laney's chickens, and you matched the colours perfectly. I had a chuckle at that fried egg brooch, too!

  17. What a cute idea, I love the fried egg brooch and the rooster napkin cuff. Very well done!

  18. What funny pieces, I must laugh out loud. :-D I have had no idea as I see the ingredients of the suop... A really great job you've done. Most congrats!

  19. Now this is fun! Very well-worked, detailed and beautiful fun. The fist classic seed bead necklace with (surprise!)a mouse (yes, a mouse!) made me to stop and stare. And the egg things are great.

  20. awesome, just awesome! I love all of your designs and the fact that you chose to make such unusual items like a pin, bookholder and napkin ring. And yor photos are just perfect, must have taken you a lot of time and effort to pair your pieces with your props (totally cute pink pan!)
    Enjoy the rest of you blog hopping

  21. You have done such a fantastic job with Laney's beads, absolutely brilliant. And I really adore the pin, it's genius. Lol, and I have the same pan:)

  22. This is such a cute bowl of soup and from the looks of it, you have great fun with the soup. Your creations brought out the cuteness of the beads. I feel happy (and hungry) just looking at them.

  23. What a fun soup. Looove that brooch - too cute:-)

  24. this is the coolest soupe ever :D I admire your courage and the final result!

  25. I would have panicked also. You did an amazing job with this soup! Love your delicate style.

  26. I laughed at the whimsy of those fried eggs! But I would also have panicked about how to use such sweet individual sculptures. You figured it out and made a really fun collection of designs. Bravo!

  27. Love what you did with the soup - especially the necklace in the frying pan - what a scream! Well done.

  28. Absolutely delightful use of your soup, incredibly creative and so very cute. I want the kilt pin!

  29. I think this is one of my favorites. You got some really adorable beads, and really rose to the challenge of using all of them.

  30. So creative. The fried egg necklace in a pan made me giggle. You've made gorgeous use of your soup.

  31. Lizzy you made great use of your soup. All of your designs are creative and fun. My favorite is the first necklace in pink with the tiny mouse on it.

  32. What a fun soup! You did a fantastic job...your pieces are ery cool and fun! Well done!

  33. Great job with your first bead soup - your pieces are so fun!

  34. Your whole post had me giggling with the way you used those cute animal beads. So inventive and ingenious. The necklace in the frying pan 'cracked' me up!! My favorite of the bunch though is that last elegant set. It's stunning. Nice job all around :)

  35. Absolutely freaking darling, and I hooted out loud at the photo of the necklace in the frying pan! Lisa Liddy had a bacon and eggs theme (Metal Me This) -- did you see that one?

    You tackled a challenge so well -- I hope you are proud! And I'd bet a magazine would love to see something this creative.

  36. Thank you all for the nice comments.

    Lori - Thank you for the compliment :-) I have taken a peek at Metal Me This, it was fun to see someone else working with egg beads! I loved the crochet chicken she used. Looking forward to playing the BSBP again next year!