Friday, May 9, 2014

The 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party! Party Time!!!

Annnd....its reveal time!!

First off...a HUGE thanks to Lori Anderson of Pretty Things for hosting this hop in spite of all the health issues she has been having in the past few months. Thanks, hugs, and lots of love, Lori!

This is the third time I am participating in this blog hop, and it keeps getting better every time!
For those of you new here...Lori pairs up partners, and we exchange bead soups. The soup must contain at least one focal and one clasp, and we need to use them both in our creations in some way or another.

My partner this time around is the super talented Miss Kari Asbury..
Here's a recap of what she sent me:

Kari sent me two clasps and whoolllllleeeeeeeeeeeeee lot of focals! I knew right away that I was going to use the peacock focal. And of course the wonderful key clasp.

I went to the bead cruise right after I got these beads, and took them see the Bahamas, you know ;)

I worked on the pieces a bit over there...and used some of the door prizes and goodies I got on the cruise for my creations. Here's me in a mini pajama party in my cabin with Diana (Suburban Girl Beads), Erin (she's behind the camera) and Terri :-)

This is what I made at the pajama party...I used one of the ribbons Kari sent me. Paired it with a house bead by Heather Powers.
I know...this is too simple...hang gets better ;-)

And then we had a costume contest, where I was runner up...I won a big bag of beads! And then we had door prizes...where I won some beads from Ema Kilroy :-) (EmaKDesigns) And I learned some hammering techniques...And I used them all to come up with this:

I used one of the clasps that Kari sent. And the little spacer beads are part of Ema's door prize.
(Hang gets better...)

I hammered a bail for it...and used Ema's beads again in the rings that hold it all together.
The chocolate pearls (they are a dark brown..the color is not showing up right here :( ) are from my win from the costume party.

And here it is in all its glory :-)

Yeah, I know ya love it ;-) Am bummed about the chocolate pearls not showing up properly :(

Moving on...
The clasp had me stumped for a while. I had suggestions of making a bracelet out of it, but it looked too big on my wrist. And in my world, everyone is my size, and likes what I like. So..that idea didn't work.

I had taken a knotting class with Erin Siegel on the cruise, and not sure how, but I ended up deciding to make a knotted necklace with it. I used wood and metal beads (some of the metal ones are leftovers from her class) to maintain the rustic feel of the pendant (yes, we shall now call it a pendant, not a clasp)

So here it is:

I could not quite remember what Erin had said about how much length of cord I need to use (some formula based on what the end length is to be) and fell short of cord, so will have to rework this a bit. I will not say what's wrong with this, if you can find it...shhhh...don't tell ;-)

Here's a few more pictures of the necklace, I was just having fun with photos :)

Not sure why this is showing upside down, I tried fixing it, but it won't budge. Oh well

So that's what I have so far! Thanks so much Kari! I know I am going to have so much more fun with the rest of the things you sent me!

And now you (who are not Kari), go on over to her blog to see what she's been upto:
Kari Asbury of Hippie Chick Designs (blog / etsy)
In case you would like some of these tiles for yourself, here's the link to Kari's component store: Asbury Avenue Designs.

And here's who else is partying with me!
Lori Anderson, Hostess

Tina Bosh                        
Kristina Hahn Eleniak       
Kari Asbury                     
Kris Binsfield                   
Cheryl Gangle                  
Amber Dawn                   
Michelle Wigginton           
Kayla Potega                    
Becky Pancake                 
Debbie Rogers                   
Jenny Kyrlach                   
Genea Crivello-Knable       
Deborah Read                   
Julianna Cannon                
Lisa Liddy                        
Debbie Rasmussen            
Iveth Caruso                     
Rana Wilson                     
Corrie Williams                 
Linda Anderson                
Miranda Ackerley             
Andra Weber                   
Loretta Carstensen            
Penny Houghton               
Tania Hagen                     
Robin Reed                      
Laurie Vyselaar                 
Rachel Baron                    
Erin Guest                         
Emma Todd                                  
Kelly Schermerhorn                  
Dana Hickey                                  
Rebecca Ednie                             
Marybeth Rich                             
Sherri Levinton                            
RaMona Woolson                      
Jo-Ann Woolverton                   
Audrey Belanger                        
Candida Castleberry                  
Renetha Stanziano                    
Carolyn Chenault                        
Toltec  Jewels                              
Diana Welte                                  
Jean A. Wells                                
Bev Breisinger                             
Autumn Adams                           
DiYana Alcalde                             
Patty Gasparino                          
Karen Mitchell                             
Regina Santerre                          
Dhea Powers                               
Jayne Capps                                 
Keri Lee Sereika                          
Melissa Trudinger                      
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                    
Jeanne Steck                                
Carolyn Lawson                           
Kay Thomerson                           
Maybeline Tay                             
Jackie Locantore                         
D'Arsie Manzella                         
Jacqueline Marchant                
Beccy Peterson                           
Katie Nielson-Nunez                 
Heidi Kingman                             
Andrea Glick                                 
Rose Johnson                              
Nicole Demore                            
Marti Conrad                                
Marianna Boylan                        
Mitzie Crider                                
Christa Murphy                           
Alisa Siceloff                                 
Maria Rios                                     
Tracy Martin                                 
Nan Emmett                                 
Jelveh Jafarian                                
Ali McCarthy                                 
Jennifer LaVite                            
Dolores Raml                                
Valerie Kravette                         
Bobbie Rafferty                          
Kathleen Breeding                     
Kristi Brokaw                                
Lisa Suver                                      
Natalie Moten                             
Jami Shipp                                     
Diana Shiraishi                             
Heather Otto                               
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp          
Lisa Knappenberger                  
Charlene Jacka                            
Patty Miller                                   
Sandi James                                  
Marianne Hurley                        
Cris Peacock                                 
Andrea Rivers                              
Gloria Allen                                   
Kandice Seeber                           
Janine Lucas                                 
Sandy Richardson                       
Hajer Waheed                             
Cynthia Abner                             
Peggy Johnson                            
Tina Holden                                   
Julie Bowen                                  
Heather Richter                          
Sarah Strover                               
Kimberly Idalski                           
Sandi Volpe                                  
Tandra Boyer                               
Klaudete Koon                            
Michaela Pabeschitz                 
Mea-B. Uebler                            
Mandi Effron                                
Evelyn Shelby                              
Shai Williams                                
Natalie Davidson                        
Evelyn Duberry                           
Eszter Czibulyas                          
Sylvia Lupberger                         
Divya N                                           
Blanca Medina                             
Ginger Davis Allman                  
Chris Eisenberg                           
Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic       
Jodie Marshall                             
Margareta Saari                          
Menka Gupta                              
Dian Hierschel                              
Kashmira Patel   <- You are here ->
Christina Miles                             
Inge von Roos                              
Sam Siegel                                     
Gina Hockett                                
Linda Newnham                         
Enikö Fabian                                 
Dorota Żerańska                         
Shalini Austin                               
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens          
Silke Groeber                               
Birgit Klughardt                           
Rebecca Anderson                    
Niky Sayers                                   
Stefanie Teufel                           
Rosantia Petkova                       
Alenka Obid                                  
Jacqueline Keller                        
Sam Waghorn                              
Jackie Ryan                                   
Kumi Fisher                                   
Joan Williams                               
Stephanie Weiss                         
Elsbeth Fuchs                               
Johanna Nash                                        http://
Natascha Marty                          
Sarah Goode                                
Agata Grygiel                               
Jeannine Vetsch-Bokstaller        
Rebecca Sirevaag                       
Magdalena Sikora                      
Ana Krepel                                    
Saskia Letta                                   
Beth Emery                                   
Lizzie Clarke                                  
Evie and Beth McCord              
Marcia Dunne                              
Agi Kiss                                           
Esterina Jagiella                           
Judith Johnston                          
Jenny Vidberg                             
Klaudia Toth                                 
Merja Sundström                       
Colleen Vinthagen                     
Leah Curtis                                    
Giorgia Rossini                             
Sandra Wollberg                         ‎
Annica Larsson                            
Johana Nunez                              
Krafty Max                                    
Lori Schneider                              
Mary Govaars                              
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi  
Maddison Langford                   
Ginger Bishop                              
Birgitta Lejonklou                       
Lesley Watt                                   
Doris Stumpf                                
Marjolein Trewavas                  
Silvia Sernicola                             
Roxanne Blanc                             
Wendy Chamberlain                 
Siobhán Keogh                            
Claire Fabian                                 
Katrin Fenzke                               
Eva Wills                                         
Kathy Lindemer                          
Bridget Torres                              
Marina Passarella                       
Christina Hickman                      
Tammie Everly                             
Ana Cravidao                                
Keren Panthaki                           
Jennifer VaBenschoten           
Solange Collin                              
Marina Kosović                            
Michelle Tucker                          
Sue Rennie                                   
Claire Lockwood                         
Barb Solem                                   
Caroline Dewison                       
Noemi Baena Roman                
Marsela Schroth                         
Amy Severino                              
Vonna Maslanka                         
Andra Marasteanu                    
Cherrie Warzocha                      
Amanda Wacasey                      
Marcy Lamberson                      
Lisa Johnson                                 
Gail Vanderster-Zwang            
Laurie Keefe-Cecere                 
Asri Wahyuningsih                     
Laurie Ament                               
Lilik Kristiani                                  
Stephanie Haussler                   
Deb Fortin                                     
Kelly Hosford Patterson          
Katy Heider                                   
Christine Stonefield                  
Dagmar Liebisch                          
Sandra McGriff                            
Sheila Daniels                               
Rossana De Gaspari                   
Cory Tompkins                            
Sonya Stille                                   
Judy Riggs                                      
Lora Bright                                     
Tina Noonan                                 
Shawn Price                                  
April Grinaway                             
Cheryl Roe                                    
Pam Hurst                                     
Shirley Moore                              
Emmanuelle Roué                     
Tammy Adams                            
Kristin Oppold                              
Catie Doman                                
Sheila Prosterman                     
Cheryl Foiles                                 
Stephanie Perry                          
Barbara Fernald                          
Debi Dufrene                               
Kathy Stemke                              
Anne Betenson                           
Chris Haussler                              
Catherine King                             
Andria Poole                                
Sherri Stokey                               
Sharyl King                                    
Donna Millard                              
Gayle Dyck                                    
Gen Smith                                     
Deanna Cox                                  
Beti Horvath                                 
Rose Rushbrooke                       
Arlene Dean                                 
Maria Rosa Sharrow                  
Deborah Apodaca                      
Veralynne Malone                     
Stacy Alderson                            
Eva Sherman                                
Cassi Paslick                                  
Cindy Boissonneault                    
Linda Sadler                                  
Louise Glazier                              
Susan McClelland                       
Kathrin Lembke                          
Susanne Stelljes                          
Terry Jeanette Carter                  
Susan Kelly                                    
Kim Paige                                       
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell         
Annita Wilson                              
Tracey Leeder                              
Elizabeth Bunn                            
Allison Fitzpatrick                       
Tania Spivey                                 
Ilenia Ruzza                                   
Lauren Potts                                 
Lynn Jobber                                  
Lee Koopman                              
Carol Wilson                                 
Elizabeth Woodford                  
Deb McKinnis                               
Rochelle Brisson                         
Shari Replogle                              
Janeen Sorensen                       
Kat Barron Miller                        
Elaine Robitaille                                     http:/
Darlene Fortier                            
Leslie Schenkel                            
Kym Hunter                                  
Leslie Wayment                          
Beckie Robison                            
Hannah Trost                               
Kim Hutchinson                           
Liz Engriser                                    
Diah Anggreni                              
Monique Urquhart                    
Kim Williams                                 
Theresa Buchle                           
Susan Bowie                                 
Pam DeBoer                                 
Skylar Bre'z                                   
Janet Loomis                                
Tari Kahrs                                       
Nancy Smith                                 
Erin Grant                                      
Barbara Mason                            
Karin King                                      
Mary K. McGraw                        
Mandi Ainsworth                       
Jasvanti Patel                               
Donna Conklin                             
Karen Jones                                  
Lori Finney                                    
Sheila Davis                                   
Sabine Dittrich                             
Nicole Valentine Rimmer        
Marge Beebe                               
Michelle McCarthy                    
Chandra Merod                          
Nancy Olliver                                
Alison Sachs                                  
Kay Mallery                                   
Beth Petricoin                              
Marta Grabalowska                   
Clare Etheridge                           
Heather Marston                       
Ann Rishell                                              Http://
Cece Cormier                               
Shannon German                       
Mary Ellen Merrigan                 
Cheryl Brown                               
Mary Hicks                                    
Judy Robinson                             
Danielle Kelley                             
Cate van Alphen                         
Patricia Buchanan                       
Billi R.S. Rothove                         
Laura Blanck                                 
Pam Traub                                     
Fay Wolfenden                           
Kristi Harrison                              
Karen Martinez                           
Sarah Singer                                 
Megan Tillery                               
Dana James                                  
Rachel Stewart                            
Valerie Cook                                 
Debra Gibson                               
Pat Haight                                      
Rachel Stanley                             
Sandra Pendragon                     
Anja Schultz                                  
Sharon Driscoll                             
Lecia Woessner                           
Kitty Durmaj                                 
Donetta Farrington                    
Bonnie Coursolle                        
Laurie Wirth                                  
Lori Callahan                                 
B.R. Kuhlman                               
Karin Grosset Grange               
Rebekah Payne                           
Lori Bowring Michaud               
Jael Thorp                                      
Patty Woodland                          
Eleanor Burian-Mohr                
Susanna Lehto                             
June Butt                                       
Melissa Muir                                
Laney Mead                                 
Tamera Norris                              
Andrea Trank                               
Marie Covert                                
Valerie Tilghman                         
Jean Baldridge Yates                 
Sierra Barrett                               
Patricia Robitaille                        
Leanne Loftus                              
Sally Russick                                  
Mallory Hoffman                        
Dini Bruinsma                               
Marde Lowe                                 
Hannah Annear                           
Patty Johnson                              
Valerie Norton                            
Ann Sherwood                            
Staci Smith                                    
Jen Purple                                     
Ruth Szapa                                    
CJ Bauschka                                  
Karla Morgan                               
Suz Hamel                                     
Laura Guenther                          
Elisabeth Auld                              
Martha Aleo                                 
Shiraz Biggie                                 
Brendalee Astells                          
Heather d'Entremont                   
Kelly Morgan                                
Lori Blanchard                              
Susan Kennedy                           
Rain Hannah                                 
Janice Warden Bergeron         
Melissa Packer                            
Jana Haverty                                
Cindy Ritchie                                
Marianne Baxter                        
Denise McCabe                           
Sharon Palac                                 
Cathy Buckley                              
Jennifer Van Horn                      
Crystal Rector                              
Susan Walls                                   
Penny Neville                              
Lisa Cone                                       
Heather Davis                              
Michelle Escano                          
Carmen Lau                                  
Janet Borzecki                             
Rhonda Hagerman                     
Katrina Taylor                               
Molly Alexander                         
Nicole Rennell                             
Chris McGilvery                           
Erin Prais-Hintz                            
Dawn Williams                             
Kate Dufour                                  
Robin Lynne Showstack           
Elizabeth Hodges                        
Adlinah Kamsir                            
Carol Dillman                                
Christine Hansen                        
Andrea Frank                               
Tracy Stillman                               
Denise Petersen                         
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom       
Madonna Liza Cruz-Comia      
Suzann Sladcik Wilson              
Terri Gauthier                              
Alicia Marinache                         
Barbara Bechtel                          
Hannah Rosner                           
Keren von Hoeren                      
Lea Avroch                                    
Maire Dodd                                  


  1. Oh sister,...or should I say Mothing-In-Law,...I am LOVING these!! Especially the knotted toggle clasp one - wow! I really don't see the 'error' that you mentioned, but I trust you, and cannot wait to see the re-work.

    1. Thanks Shel! I knew you'd like that knot so many things so many different ways :)
      So for the flaw...well, its very well covered by my photography skills ;-)

  2. Love what you made Kashmira! The bail was such a cleaver idea! The knotted necklace is definitely my fav! Well done!!

    1. Thanks so much Kumi! I need to share more pics of the bail. I made it long ago, and now when you (and so many others) mentioned it, I went back to see the pic and was did I do

  3. I love everything! The peacock is gorgeous...the bail you made for it so unique. In my world a clasp can always be a focal the key toggle design is wonderful! Thank you so much for being a fantastic soup partner and for taking your goodies cruising...nice to know they saw the Bahamas even if I couldn't! lol

    1. Thanks Kari! They loved the Bahamas and the Bahamas loved them back :)

  4. Woah! Yeah, I love it ALL!! The little house necklace is so cute. The peacock necklace is amazing. . .the bail you created is AWE-SOME! And, that necklace with the clasp focal, omg! It's beautiful. I don't see any problems with it. You totally rocked your soup!

    1. Thanks Hope! I must say I do love them all too :-) Need to make more of those bails...everyone seems to have loved it so much! Abt the flaw with the knotted necklace, darling, its called trick photography :P

  5. Very pretty designs, Kashmira. And what a fun idea for a party! I love the way you hung the peacock pendant. And the use of the clasp as a pendants is perfect!

  6. I love ,love ,love all of your pieces .Your knotted piece is one of my favorite you did a great job .I don't see anything wrong with the piece it is beautiful.

  7. Wonderful pieces! How nice you could use all the techniques learned on the cruise! The mix of fiber and beads is just so perfect and I love how you showcased the peacock pendant.

    1. Thanks Karin! I am glad I took my soup along...the ladies were all so inspiring, I was bound to make something fantastic!

  8. Wow really nice pieces! the peacock necklace is my favorite. I love how you incorporated the pendant-nice!

    1. Thank you! I wish the colors of the pearls had come through better. Am so glad I was able to do justice to that beautiful pendant :)

  9. Lovely, Kashmira! Both necklaces are gorgeous! :)

  10. Look at you putting all your new found knowledge and beads to work, what a great example you are! I agree, your teeny wrist would be dwarfed by the pretty clasp/focal the knotting and lengthening was a great idea.

    1. Right? And it would not do any good to that gorgeous pendant to look so out of place there.
      I am glad I took the soup along..I would not have put all my new knowledge to use so effectively otherwise.

      Been thinking of you all day, Emma...because of the earrings I made today :)

  11. Very beautiful and what fun, creating on a cruise.

    1. Thank you :) And oh my, the cruise was SO SO SO SO SO much fun!!!

  12. Fun post to read. Beautiful jewelry to look at. Great job.

  13. Really clever and beautiful pieces. Love them all!

  14. I love your pieces! So nice. Can't tell which one I like the most, they are both so lovely.

    1. Thanks Becca...same here, I am not able to pick a favorite!

  15. I love that you could use the skills you learned on the cruise to make your pieces! They are lovely!

    1. Thank you! It was all fresh in my it was perfect timing :)

  16. the 2nd and 3rd necklaces are fabulous Kashmira, they are bohemian

  17. I love the peacock necklace, but this multistrand is also awesome!

  18. So in love with your designs! The peacock is just fabulous and the knotted key looks like it would be so comfortable to wear.

    1. Thanks Shaiha! I must give credit to the fab pendants though...they make it all work so very well :)

  19. You are very talented and resourceful, and sound like you had a lot of fun with your soup. Love the peacock necklace and the bail you mae. Also love the knotted necklace. I have been planning to follow one of Erin's tutorial and you have inspired me. Great job!

    1. Thanks Regina, you're too sweet :)
      Erin has the best designs and is an awesome teacher! Her tutorial she gave us in class was sooo easy to follow, you should definitely give it a shot!

  20. I really like the clasp/pendant necklace. I love making knotted designs! I can't see what's wrong with it by the photos :O) The bead cruise is something I hope to experience one day.

    1. hehe, its trick photography :) well, its not super bad, but I know about it, so i have to fix it, lol.
      The bead cruise is something you should DEFINITELY put in your bucket list!

  21. Lucky you!
    What you have done with the first necklace is so nice, but the one I really like is the one with the key clasp.

    1. Thank you! I am having a hard time picking a favorite right now :)

  22. Kashmira the cruise sounds super fun, wish I had been there. Simple is not bad in a design, it lets each element be important. The key clasp looks great as a focal. Great designs. I like both of your necklaces.

    1. Thanks Becky.
      Well...I guess I should have reworded "simple" to "not used the best parts of the soup" :) I do love that little house necklace a lot :)

      You need to put the bead cruise on your bucket list, its been one of the best experiences I have had so far!

  23. the peacock necklace is just gorgeous. and what a wonderful creation time you had.. maybe next year i'll haul my bead soup to holiday and get inspired while on bead retreat!

    1. Thank you! Yes you MUST do that! Its always so much fun to get ideas and inspiration from other beady friends!

  24. gorgeous work! love how the designs complement and enhance the focal and the clasp

  25. Beautiful pieces, Kashmira, I think I'm in love with the peacock and the key necklaces ... they are simple, but whispering to me ... Well done!

    1. Thanks Alenka! They are special to me as well. Am gifting them to my nephew's fiancee...just so it stays in the family ;-)

  26. Excellent! I love the knotted necklace. =)

  27. I love all the pieces you made. I especially love the necklace with the bail. The bead cruise sounds like a lot of fun and inspiring.

    1. Thanks Inge! the bead cruise was one of the finest experiences I have had so far...because of the bead part of course :)

  28. Beautiful work Kashmira! I love the idea of 'taking class and having a mini pajama party'. It has a lovely result :-)

  29. Love your necklaces, Kashmira - you sure found a nice way to showcase those focals. And yes, the clasp *is* a focal :)

    1. Thanks Alicia! Yes, we now call the clasp a focal. lol :)

  30. Love the Peacock necklace and the way you used the key clasp. Beautiful work!

  31. Congratulations on your costume win! You did a great job showing off both the focal and the clasp that you chose. Both your designs really let put the focus on them.

  32. I can't tell if my comment took or not so I'm commenting again:) Congratulations on your costume win! Both your designs really showcase the components you chose from your soup. My favorite is the necklace you made with the beautiful key clasp. Simple yet perfectly focused.

    1. Hi Ann, yes it did come was just waiting for me to publish it. Thanks so much for your sweet comment :)

  33. Ahhh, you've been on the bead cruise - must be an amazing event! I've thought first you will play with both pieces (the peacock and the clasp) in one design - both of them are a treasure. Good decision, to make two seperate necklaces with the peacock and the clasp as an eyecatch. Lovely cooking, Kashmira!

    1. Thank you!
      Yes, the bead cruise was awesome fun!

      Hmmm...both pieces in one design might be too much for me to handle, lol, i usually work with smaller components :)

  34. Yummy Kashmira! I love all of it but especially the key necklace! Beautiful work!

    1. Thanks Patricia! I promised that necklace to my nephew's fiance and the mad boy now wants a keychain with the same key focal. And his fiance said sure make him one, i don't mind. what a lucky boy!

  35. Your pieces and sense of color are awesome, and the toggle as focal is an amazing idea-it was too beautiful to stay hidden!

    1. Thank you, Pipa! I do love to add color to everything :)

  36. I've never worked with this style of pendant, Kashmira, but they sure look awesome :) Definitely that peacock is a beauty and I love what you designed with it. Looks like you had a ball on the cruise!

    1. Mon, you MUST try them...they are so cool to work with and have this ethereal quality to them!
      And the cruise...was a total blast, hoping to go again some time!

  37. The bead cruise looked like great fun and you sure did put it to good use. The pieces you made are inspiring and very creative. I really like that you moved the clasp to the front of the piece and knotted beads for it. Really great work!

    1. Thank you, Sharon! I did think of making an anklet with the key clasp, but that would almost be an insult to it...I mean who looks at feet and it deserved a better place of honor :)

  38. I would proudly wear any of your pieces:) My no 1 choice would be your Peacock necklace, it is so beautiful and the colours are just perfectly chosen.

    1. Thanks Annica! I did try to get all earth tones in there...luckily I had the right ones!

  39. That peacock necklace is amazing - the choice of beads and colors for the beaded links couldn't be more complementary to the fantastic focal! And you've found just the right design (and a different technique) to hang the key clasp from. And I think that the pendant on the ribbon necklace is just right, because it is the ribbon that stands out by itself.

    1. Thank you! I do love the links in the peacock necklace a lot :) I don't usually use pearls much...since the holes are always so small..but I got lucky with these ones.

  40. Beautiful pieces! I especially love the peacock piece! I'm a beginning wireworker so to see your bail is inspiring and gorgeous! Well done!

    Linda A.

    1. Thanks Linda! I struggle a lot with wire wrapping, but I think working with thicker gauge and hammering it to will works well for me :)

  41. Wow, you chose the perfect beads to accompany those focals, and the perfect styles to show them off :) LOVE that bail you made for the peacock! So are you keeping either of these for yourself ;) ?

    1. Thank you, Sandra! I think I am going to make more of those does look pretty neat!
      Well...not keeping them for myself, but they will stay in the family. Am giving them to my nephew's fiancee :)

  42. Love the style of the bail for the peacock pendant. It is so unique.

    1. Thanks Jo-Ann :) I think I will make more of those...similar if not the same..

  43. The peacock focal necklace is gorgeous. Impressed how you adapted new techniques into your designs.

    1. Thanks Susan! The focal itself is so amazing, it needs to be seen to believe it! So I had to make sure it got a fitting design :)

  44. The bead cruise is on my bucket list :) Sounds like you had a blast, and I love how you incorporated the new techniques you learned into the blog party. The clasp is just right as a focal- nicely done!

    1. Thanks Christie!
      Hope you get to strike that off your list soon. It definitely a must-do!

  45. Well, you sure had a lot of fun! You made so many pretty things with all your focals and your goodies. Beautiful work.

    1. Thank you! Yes, it was a blast, and the ingredients I got were so super awesome, made it all the more fun!

  46. I love the knotted piece with the focal/clasp. I love the use of clasps as focals.

    1. Thanks Lisa. This is the first time I have used a clasp as focal. Clasps are actually the step-children in my world since they are always hidden by hair ;-) But this one needed to be the center of attention..

  47. Ohhh, my goodness! Everything's beautiful, but I love the way you attached the peacock focal best of all.

  48. Oh, that knotted necklace with the clasp, so lovely. Great work!!

  49. Sounds like you may have had the most fun cooking your soup of us all. And you beads got to go on a cruise. How lucky. Beautiful designs. Love the hammered components

    1. Thanks Tammy! This is the only kind of cooking I like to do ;-)
      And yes, will be hammering more than i have in the past from now on!

  50. I would have gone nuts with that many focals... in a good way ! I love how you used the peacock, though. And you used the clasp in such a nifty way, I agree that it so deserves to be seen front and center !

    1. Thanks Audrey! Am still wondering what to do with the rest of the focals. Hopefully something will come about soon!

  51. I love what you made with your soup. Wow, that Bead Cruise really set you up! I love the peacock focal and the bail you made for it. It's perfect. My favorite is probably the key "focal" you made from the clasp. I love that knotted look!

    1. Thanks Ann! Yeah, the Bead cruise was one of the best experiences I have had so far.

  52. What awesome focals you got to work with. I love the way you put the toggle in the front as a pendant. I probably would have done the same thing.

    1. Thank you! Yup..that's where that clasp belongs...front and center (or maybe on the side in an asymmetric design ;-)

  53. Cool beans! I love all of your designs. Especially the knotted necklace with the clasp as focal.

  54. Love all of your creations but especially the last 2. Those pendants work really well and you did a great job with them. Bead Cruise looks like lots of fun!!!!

  55. Fabulous designs - love them!!

  56. Yeah to learning new techniques! Looks like you had fun at the Pajama party! Simple or complex designs ....there is a place for them all in our jewelry boxes. Beautifully designed pieces Kashmira. Really Soup-er!

    1. Thanks Terri! Yes, the PJ party, the cruise everything was super fun and super creative!

      BTW..I wear the bracelet and earrings you sent to me ALL the time! Love them!

  57. Those are both beautiful designs. That key clasp certainly deserved to be a focal, and the knotted cord is a great match to it.

    1. Thanks Cassi! The cord just looked asked to be paired with the focal :)

  58. awesome job on all pieces but REALLY love what you did with the clasp!!!!

  59. Both necklaces are beautiful, I really love how you used the hammered metal to display the peacock pendant.

  60. I LOVE the key necklace. I don't see anything wrong with it, imperfections show character. Sometimes I even prefer the imperfect :) Wonderful soup!