Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Mmmmmm, Bead Soup!

When I received my ingredients from Maire Dodd, I knew almost immediately what I'd cook up. I'm a Florida girl now and absolutely live for the sound of the ocean, but one thing I miss so much about the Midwest is autumn. I yearn for the intense, crystal blue skies, the smell of burning leaf piles and all of the earthy color of the season.

Whenever September arrives down here and the season fails (once again) to change, I have such a sense of awareness of the passing of my days and of the memories of my childhood that have - thankfully - mellowed and improved with age. So, when I saw the beautiful focal that Mary Jane made and the pretty little spacers and copper components, I knew I'd be making something just for myself - something eclectic, a little bit funky, casual.

Something for September.

Thanks to Lori, for organizing the party. I've discovered so many beautiful, inspiring, creative, funny, thoughtful blogs that I might never have found if not for this. And now, I can't wait to go and visit the rest of the partygoers and see what they came up with. Here's a list of all the participants so you can come along.

3. Terri, Blooming Ideas
9. Adrienne, Adrienne Designs
11. Laurel, Rue's Daftique
14. Cassie, The Glass Beadle
17. Lisa, Lo and Behold
19. Judith, Judith B.
20. Debbie, Prairie Emporium
24. Marianna, Pretty Shiny Things
25. Lisa, Joolz by Lisa
26. Cristi, 2 If By Sea
30. Leslie, Bei Mondi
31. Loretta, Designs by Loretta
33. Kathie, The Bead Cult
34. Patty, Plays With Fire
35. Nicki, Nicki's Reef
36. Anne Marie, Heart's Desire
39. Emanda, Artemesia's Studio
40. Whitney, Whitney Lassini
41. Marcie, La Bella Joya
42. Suzann, Beadphoria
45. Janiece, J Birds Garden
47. Laurie, The Mermaid Tale
49. Sue, Sue Beads
51. Nancy, The Rabbit Muse
52. Kristie, Artisan Clay
53. Regina, Regina's Writings
55. Lyn, Lyn Foley
57. Cathryn, Chile Cats
60. Juli, Jul's Beads
61. Julie, RockerJewlz
70. Lynette, Rock Hill Designs
73. Ruthie, Rose Works Jewelry
74. Elizabeth, Turquoise Sky
75. Maire, Maire Dodd
76. Janet, Singing Woods
77. Eileen, Dorset Hill Beads
79. Joann, Jo's Jewels
80. Patti, PJ Clark Designs


Terri said...

This came together so beautifully. Love the mix of textures. great colors too!

Patty said...

Something for September is Something Wonderful! Very inspired, very lovely. :-) Now you can wear it in the fall and think of the Midwest.

mairedodd said...

i looove what you did and am so happy that the components made you feel something! everything you added was so 'right'... a wonderfully earthy and funky necklace!

Lisa said...

I love your results! just beautiful!

Jenny J-V said...

I just want to reach out and touch all the texture and pretty in your piece! I can totally see September in it!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous stuff! I love how you mixed the metal with the ribbon. The colors are wonderfully put together.

Be glad you are not in the mid-west today - 2 feet of snow and an earthquake! I definitely wish I was where you are!

In Beads and Happiness,
Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Pretty Things said...

That is completely awesome! I LOVE that pendant!

Thanks for being a part of the party! We'll do another SOON!

Rickie said...

Laurie, you created a beautiful design with your bead soup--no wonder you want to keep it just for yourself--it's lovely!

SharonP said...

I love the ribbon you added to the soup-brilliant! It lends such a feminine and airy feel to your beautiful necklace!

Cathryn said...

Great combination of color and texture. It simply flows well and I love it!

JBird's Garden said...

Laurie - you completely honored the beautiful pieces you were given and created something very special and timeless with them. Wonderful.

EmandaJ said...

Ooo, love the mix of textures! The neclace is gorgeous! Hasn't this been fun!!


Mermaid Glass said...

Thanks so much for all the nice comments. I'm not a jewelry designer - I just made something that I wanted to wear. There's no pressure that way! I'm glad it turned out nicely because I would hate to make a mess of Mary Jane's awesome focal.

Jo Ann Gallagher said...

I love the electic look of this! So different but a real stand out! beautiful job!!

Katie said...

I love the fall colors in your necklace...That's a season that we don't see much of here in Texas, so I know what you mean about missing it...I also love how you used different kinds of fibers in your piece :o)

Loretta said...

I love this funky necklace. Very nice use of beads.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Ooo - I like what you did with that! Your giving me ideas that I might use in the future ;) (don't worry, it'll be very different)

Julie Nordine . Credit.River.Art.Glass said...

Laurie.... absolutely stunning! I love everything about this piece!

Don't suppose you're missing the Midwest right now, are you?? :o) I can send you some snow, if you'd like. ;o)

Thanks for stopping by my blog & making my day w/ your comments!


Lorelei said...

This is absolutely GORGEOUS. I love every part of it. I am jamming to your music on your blog too. yesssss, this is a great visit. I'll be back!

Mermaid Glass said...

No snow here and I don't miss it. But it is in the very low 40's and heading for the 30's tonight. That's as bad as snow for my pineapples!

Spirited Earth said...

this is amazingly lovely

maryharding said...

Your necklace is just plain gorgeous. I love the colors and the highlights of color. It is warm and sensuous and so true to the beads in your soup.

Erin said...

This is so beautiful! I love the vivid colors. The texture of the gorgeous ribbon and copper is rich. I'm so in love with your beads! Your work is exceptional. I'm also enamored with Mary Jane's work as well. You and Mary Jane were a perfect pair. The talents are matched toe to toe!

*melanie* earthenwood studio said...

I love the eclectic mix of charms and beads on this necklace! Thanks for sharing!

Mary K. McGraw said...

Love your mix of textures and colors.

Kate said...

I love what you did with Marie's Soup! And I especially liked the wonderful memories it brought to you. I'm sure you will treasure this for autumns to come!

Hope you are enjoying the Party!
Kate ~
Organic Odysseys #46 Bead Souper

Kella said...

I just love this piece, the focal is beautiful and I have been wanting ever since I saw it in the fligkr group pictures.

You combination of mixed elemnts really makes this piece sing.

Julianna Cannon said...

Laurie, this is one of my favorites. Organic and feminine are not easy to combine, and you have mastered it. LoveLoveLove it.

Janet said...

You have made a really very lovely pc!! The components Marie Dodd sent you were wonderful!! So intrigueing!

Lyn Foley said...

Very nice mix and use of the focal and other beads. Thoughtful and creative.

TesoriTrovati said...

Greetings Miss Laurie!
I am in love with Mary Jane's refined rustic style. I love what you did with her piece and the colors are so well suited for it. I am a Midwest girl and you reminded me that I would so miss the changing of the seasons if I lived elsewhere! I love fall. My favorite time of year. Thanks for sharing this heaping serving of great soup! Be sure to stop by and taste some of mine. Enjoy the day! Erin

Pearl and Pebble said...

This is exquisite! I love the color! And the pendant is soooo pretty. Everything works so well together and I really like the ribbon. You definitly pulled of casual ala funky and I know you will really enjoy wearing this awesome necklace:)

Cindy said...

Oh my goodness, this is gorgeous! You did wonders with Mary Jane's amazing focal... I could totally wear this one and never want to take it off! :-)

Islandgirl said...

Really nice use of those components... Love the colours!

Like the beads you posted today too especially tidepools!

Patti said...

What a great mix! One of the very best!!

Dee said...

gorgeous necklace!..I love the colors and the use of the textiles! Your beads are beautiful and I'll definitely be bookmarking your blog...job well done!

Anonymous said...

beautiful, love it!

Anonymous said...

That's a really fun design. I love the funky-ness of it too. Very cool!!

Adrienne Jewelry Designs said...

I love the soup mix you received and I've been anticipating your creation. It's just, funky,and feminine. I'm so jealous! :)

Nicki said...

This looks so soft - a very very great necklace. And you bead from your Feb 11 post is just wonderful. I am going to check it out.

Jo said...

Such a beautiful mix of colours and textures!

Lynette said...

I want one too! Love it :) Great job.

Maria said...

What a fabulous creation!!!
So very creative. :)

lisa oram said...

So glad I didn't miss this one! I love what you did with the ribbon cord. I'll have to remember that. I'm an aspiring lampworker myself, so I'm sure I'll be back at your blog - your work is beautiful!

gongyandsquish said...

Wow! Absolutely gorgeous necklace Laurie!

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