Friday, January 27, 2012

My bead soup is here!!!!

Finally getting some time to put up the pics of the sweeeeet bead soup I got from my partner Kat White of Shiny Moon Beams: http://www.shinymoonbeams.com/

I opened the door one morning, very soon after the bead soup partners were announced to find this nice little white box sitting quietly beside the big fern pot. The box itself was so pretty...adorned with butterflies and flowers :)

I was super thrilled to get my "soup" already! Opened it to find this:


I lovely Millefiori pendant! I can't tell you how many times I wistfully looked at these, and didn't buy any simply because I could not decide which one I liked best (yeah, I am amazing, I can control my bead-buying urges :p)
The "universe conspired" to bring me what I really really wanted :) (No, I had not mentioned this to Kat, of course!)

Here's a closeup of the pendant:






Love the detailed flowers in the pendant. And what's even amazing is how Kat picked out so many of the colors in the pendant in the other beads she sent! There is a very subtle lavender in there, the sweetest color ever, and she found me beads in that color! And the yellow! Have been looking for something I like in yellow for ages too, and she sent me those as well!

The pewter spacers and clasp match some of the flowers in the pendant!

And then there are the tiny little seed beads in the most wonderful purple! What's more, she even wrote up a whole pictorial on how to use the lil ones to make a loop for the pendant:

Want to see?
http://www.shinymoonbeams.com/2012/01/how-to-make-seed-bead-loop-for-donut.html

Thanks you SO much, Kat! This is all so very thoughtful and amazing! I am thrilled :-)
I have a bazillion ideas swimming in my little head...hopefully I will settle on one soon!

You probably also want to know what I sent to her? Yeah?

This...






It took me a couple days to figure out what I wanted to send...I browsed Kat's blog a few times. And then one night, it came to me! Crochet! She loves crochet, so I should crochet a focal! Happy with that decision, I set out to find a pattern I liked on ravelry.
This is what I picked:
Dream Weaver Square

I modified the original pattern to make it a bit smaller, since the pattern was for a quilt square. Loved how it came out. Wanted to keep it for myself, but then had to slap my own wrist and let it go to its rightful owner ;-)

Didn't have too much trouble finding the co-ordinating materials...here's another pic where you can see everything...in a soup spoon, haha!


Source:
Crochet focal: Made from pattern at http://stormyzcrochet.weebly.com/dream-weaver-square.html
Rose toggle clasp: Etsy:CMVision: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CMVision
Clove lace filigree: Etsy:CMVision: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CMVision
Ribbon cord ends: Etsy: buyimeiren2010: http://www.etsy.com/shop/buyimeiren2010
Wood beads: Michaels
Suede cord: Walmart
Seed beads: Not sure :-)

Can't wait for March 3rd now...to see what becomes of this soup!

23 comments:

  1. Love your bead soup! Lovely mix of materials. I would love to work with the elements you picked out, especially the crochet piece you made yourself! I'm sure your partner will have some fun!

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    1. OMG! Erin! I am so thrilled to see you here! I am a HUGE fan of your work, I literally drool over all your designs (but I lurk, I shouldn't, I know)

      Let me know if you would like one of these focals, will gladly make one for you too :)

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  2. How exciting to receive your Bead Soup mix!! And the one you sent out is beautiful...I agree with Erin, your mix is beautiful, especially your own crocheted piece. I think that is extra special that you sent your own handmade component.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words of encouragement, Cindy!
      I feel the need to pretty up my blog now that I have so many cool visitors!

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  3. Love the bead soup mix that you put together for your partner. I unfortunately was not lucky enough this time to get a bead soup but I'm hopeful that the next time. I am new to blogging and I just happen to find your site through Erin Siegel's blog. I love the crochet focal. Do you sell those? I would love to buy one.

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    1. Thanks Linda! Did you check out Lori's instructions for those who did not get selected? You should try that out and feel a part of it all.

      About the focal, no, its not my pattern, so can't sell it. Maybe someday when I can come up with my own patterns :)

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  4. That is a great post! I still am thinking what I will make I have some ideas. Thank you Kashmira. I didn't think of where to put where I got the beads, that is a nice touch. Can't wait to see what you do. Have a great Sunday!

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    1. Thanks Kat! I put the information all in the post since I forgot to put the descriptions in the package I sent you.
      I am still not able to zero in on one idea, there are so many possibilities with that donut pendant :)

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    1. Yup! So many choices! Thanks so much for hosting this, Lori!

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  6. Your bead soup is very original. The crochet piece is very sweet and delicate and I can't wait to see what your partner does with it. Good luck with the millefori! Funny how the universe works hey!

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    1. Thanks Sandra! Yep, the universe is one mysteriously amazing thing :)

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  7. You and your partner really exchanged some wonderful soup. I too love your hand crocheted piece. I crochete but haven't made anything like that. Your blog is really cool. I'm enjoying it, especially the fight about your business plan between your right and left brain. Good luck with that.

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    1. Jean, thank you for your kind comments :)
      You should try making it. I made this from a modified granny square pattern, and used thread instead of yarn. Do give it a shot.

      And glad you enjoyed my ramblings :) I love writing and making others laugh, haha. Check out my other blog (me wanna talk talk and talk)...its full of such random things.

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  8. Both stashes are beautiful! Can't decide which one I like more - you'll have sooooo much fun with them :)

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    1. Thanks Alicia :) I am certainly having fun with mine!

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  9. Very interesting that crochet. I can see doing that in a fine wire. Thanks for the link to the pattern.

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    1. Oooh, yeah, will look pretty with wire! Do you do wire crochet?

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  10. A crocheted focal would have been a real challenge to me. I am curious to see how Kat is going to use it. And you received a real nice soup too. Wonderful colours.

    Ambra

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  11. A crocheted focal would have been a real challenge to me. I am curious to see how Kat is going to use it. And you received a nice soup too. Wonderful colours!

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  12. I love the focal you made. It is very pretty! Do you sell them also? I will have to hop on my pc and visit more of your site tonight. I followed you here from BSBP group.

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  13. I love the focal you made. It is very pretty! Do you sell them also? I will have to hop on my pc and visit more of your site tonight. I followed you here from BSBP group.

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