Monday, September 19, 2011

FIDDLESTICKS! I missed the Bead Soup Reveal!

Dang it! I thought I had everything so well planned. :(

This past week I've been gone and for a wonderful reason. At long last we took our parents on a well deserved Anniversary cruise to Alaska! It was fantastic being there with family, even though it rained a lot. There will be pictures to follow (beware).

I knew that the Bead Soup Reveal Day would fall while I was on the ship, so I set everything up to automatically publish on Friday night. Problem is… it didn't.

Today I finally got back on the computer and the first thing I saw as a note from the lovely Bead Soup party coordinator threatening to blackball me for not posting my pictures. (I guess I can't blame her, she's worked so hard on this.) Then I saw a note from my wonderful Bead Soup partner who was worried whether I was alive or not.

I feel like a heel.  My apologies to one and all.

So, without further ado, I present My Bead Soup Project!


Can you believe time has flown? It seems like only yesterday that we were assigned partners and my beads showed up in the mail.

I finally decided to use the pink and blue bead collection. If you read my post when the beads arrived you'll see that my partner, Terry Carter, very kindly sent me two sets of beads. It was hard to chose which to use, but I kept imagining a lovely Victorian setting with drippy tea stained lace and lavender ribbons intertwined with the beads. The focal piece would be offset and feature a large lavender ribbon bow… yes, the plans kept running through my head.

Problem was, I couldn't quite make it work.

The focal piece was just too heavy to stay where I wanted it (on the collarbone at the left side) and kept sliding down to the middle. The ribbons where gorgeous, but too thick to string beads on, so I tried beading them but that just didn't look right.

Finally, in despair I called out the cavalry. In this case, my sister Holly.

You should know that Holly is the crafty/talented one in the family. She spins her own yard, knits, crochets, beads… everything.

Holly came in to see what I was doing and just shook her head. What I had in mind would never work. But… ta da! She'd just finished crocheting some lovely black lace that would look great with the colors of the beads and the focal. And if we got rid of the ribbon, and restrung the beads….

Two hours later, and here is the masterpiece. I have to admit flat out that it isn't my work. This is all my sister's inspiration but I love it and don't want to change it. I hope you like it also. It's no longer Victorian, but it's oh so fun.

Drum Roll....

The picture, sadly, does not do it justice.  The beads are very pretty lavender, pink and several shades of blue. The lace also doesn't show up well but Holly did a great job on it.

Thanks Terry, for the lovely beads!

I enjoyed being part of Bead Soup this year
To see Terry Carter's (my partner) creationa, go here.
They are amazing!

To see the rest of the Bead Soup projects go here:

The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke

19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel 

124. Lupe Meter and Norma Agron

For the next Bead Soup party look here:


Shirley said...

What a great idea to use lace! That's a new one I've not seen yet. You had a great partner, and lovely colors to work with. I know the frustrations of blogger not posting! Happened to me last year, but I was only a few hours late. Hope you had a wonderful trip!

I LOVE color! said...

I am so sorry for being so late my computer was resisting too labor intensive:^)Very nice designs.
and there is still time to sign-up for the give-away. go to Sept. 16 and leave a comment
Be blessed to be a blessing

KayzKreationz said...

I think it turned out lovely. And to me it still looks rather Victorian with all that great crocheted ribbon underneath and the style/length. Very pretty.

tappingflamingo said...

wow, love the lace idea. so glad that you are An Alaskan cruise! sounds fun to me...getting ready to go on a Bahamian cruise in one month!!!!

Ann said...

Looks nice and it's good to have a family member to turn to in times of stress. I didn't trust the timing when I set up mine to go auto so I just stays up and posted at midnight eastern:), I'm central but I figured the hour early wouldn't hurt.

Sweet Freedom said...

What a fascinating, inventive way to deal with a heavy pendant!

Beadbug said...

I love all you have cooked up with your soup. Nice job with the design.

Shay Stone said...

Well I think you and your sister made a wonderful piece! I also love your zentangles. I'm thinking I aught to go make one myself!

coffeeaddict said...

Sometimes all this technology is more trouble than it's worth!
Lovely work, you're incredibly fortunate to have a sister to help you along.

DaviniaDesign said...

Lovely necklace.
I hope you did enjoy the after cruise feeling...

Beadaholique said...

very pretty! that focal is so unique :)

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Ok that is awesome! What a brilliant idea to use lace! Wonderful and creative and beautiful!

Christine said...

Lovely necklace! Great teamwork!! :)

Bobbie said...

It's taking me so long to get through all the blogs, I had no idea your post showed up after the due date -- glad you had fun with your parents on their cruise, and with your sister creating your cool necklace!

Christine Altmiller said...

this is SO beautiful---fantastic soft colors that pop so much with the black framing it. Lovely!

Terri said...

Gorgeous soup + talented designer = Gorgeous necklace! Soup-er job!

Anonymous said...

You and your sister made a great job with your beads. I love team work!

CraftyHope said...

I'm glad to know that you made it back and discovered the oops in time. Your necklace is very interesting. I like the texture. Overall, it's very nicely done!

Cindy Cima said...

Very nice necklace - very creative!

maneki said...

Sorry to hear about the tech issues. It's just so typical, isn't it? Anyway, I'm still making my way around so the post isn't too late for me.

Very pretty and creative necklace! I like how you've used the lace to "back" the beads. Great job!

Anonymous said...

It's got a lovely romantic feel to it...your collaboration with your sister turned out great!