Saturday, March 30, 2013

2013 Bead Soup Blog Hop Reveal #1

It's finally time for the big reveal.  Group 1 of the Bead Soup Blog Hop is showing their designs today.  This huge event is put on by the fabulous Lori Anderson from  This event has grown to over 500 people.  It's so big that there are 3 separate reveals to make it more manageable.  BTW...yesterday was Lori's birthday so please be sure to hop over to her site and wish her a happy birthday.  It is amazing the amount of work this event takes.  She is wonderful!!

My bead soup was sent to me by Ruth Szapa from Wisconsin.  The beads she sent were wonderful and very thoughtful.

The beads came in a box with Bead Soup hand painted on the top.

And each group of beads was separated by squares of beautiful, colorful fabric.

I finished most of the jewelry pieces but really wanted to do something with the fabric, so I decided to make some bangle bracelets.  I made the bracelets from 10 gauge copper wire and covered them with 3 of the 4 different fabrics and then wrapped the fabric with some 22 gauge wire.  The leaf component on one bracelet came from the bead soup as well as all the beads used as dangles on all the bracelets.   I tied some of the fabric on two of the bracelets so the design could be seen more clearly.  I really like these. 

My favorite beads are these little "cherry" beads.  Many of the beads Ruth sent were representative of Wisconsin.  Some of the beads in the bracelets above are glass and rocks from Lake Superior.  These little cherry beads represent Door County cherries. 

These little cherries begged to become dangle earrings.  I put them on some chain so they would looks like they were hanging from the tree...ready to pick.  Yum!   Yum!! 

The necklace below uses  the lovely red and cream beads (pictured with the cherries above) from the soup as well as one of the tin disk focals.  I added the hook from the soup to the tin piece so it doubles as a focal and a clasp.   I added some mother of pearl beads from my stash and some red glass beads.  I added some leather to one side and some copper connectors I made to the other side.  I added some of my favorite chain to the back.  The necklace can be worn long or as a choker.

On this piece, I used the cute little owl focal piece with the leaf connectors from my soup.  Can you see how the leaf connectors match the leaf designs in the owl?  To keep with a forest theme, I used some wood, seed and nut beads from my stash.   I’ve had some of these beads for YEARS….it was great to use them.  I strung this on some cord I’ve had (again…for years) doing some knotting in between some of the designs.  The toggle clasp came from the bead soup as well.


These earrings use the blue czech glass beads Ruth sent me.  I made the earwires from 18 gauge sterling with patina.

I still have lots of beads left over.  I've already started a bracelet using the Green Bay Packers beads she sent me.  Fortunately, I have a friend that is from Wisconsin and her birthday was yesterday so I can give the bracelet to her.  Being a 49er fan, I certainly can't wear it.  LOL!!

One last picture of all the beads Ruth sent.  And then you can move on to visit all the other artists.
Please visit as many of the other participants as you can.  They are all so talented. 
First and Last Name
Blog URL
Alicia Marinache
Amber Dawn Goldish
Barb Solem
Bev Breisinger
Birgitta Lejonklou
Breana Fry

Brenda Sue Lansdowne

Bridget Torres

Carol Dee Myers

Carolyn Chenault

Cassi Paslick

Cece Cormier
Cheryl McCloud  **you are here**
Cindy Wilson

Crystal Thain

Cynthia Riggs

Dana Hickey

Dana James

Darlene Fortier

Deana Hager

Deanna Cox

Deb Brooks

Debra Behrends

Denielle Hagerman

Denise McCabe

Diana Frey

Diana Welte

Dini Bruinsma

DiYana Alcalde

Dolores Raml

Donna Millard

Dot Lewallwn

Duane Clark

Dyanne Cantrell

Eleanor Burian-Mohr

Elisabeth Auld

Elizabeth Owens Dwy

Emily Greer

Enikö Fabian

Erin Grant

Eva Kovacs

Eva Sherman

Gina Hockett

Grace Rotenberg

Gretchen Nation

Hannah Rosner

Heather Davis

Heather Marston

Heather Powers

Ingrid McCue

Jacqueline Marchant

Jan Petek

Janeen Sorensen

Jane-Michael Stallings

Jasvanti Patel

Jayashree Paramesh

Jayne Capps

Jean Yates

Jennifer Cameron

Jennifer LaVite

Joan Williams

Jodie Marshall

Judy Riggs

Julie Anne Leggett

Kat Barron Miller

Kathy Lindemer

Kim Hora

Kim Houston

Kim Sparks

Krafty Max

Kris Lanae Binsfeld

Krista French

Kristen Stevens

Kristi Harrison

Kumi Fisher

Laren Dee Barton

Laura Bracken

Laura Demoya

Laurie Hanna

Laurie Keefe-Cecere

Lea Avroch

Leanne Loftus

Lee Anne Messerschmidt

Leslie Schenkel

Linda Anderson

Linda Djokic

Linda Murphy

Linda Sadler

Lisa Liddy

Lisa Suver

Liz DeLuca

Liz Engriser

Lola Surwillo

Loretta Carstensen

Lori Anderson

Lori Bergmann

Lori Bowring Michaud

Lori Poppe

Lori Schneider

Lyn Foley

Maddison Langford

Magdalena Sikora

Mallory Hoffman

Marcella Austenfeld

Marcy Lamberson

Maria Clark

Maria Rosa Sharrow

Marianna Boylan

Marie Covert

Marti Conrad

Mary Ellen Merrigan

Mary Harding

Molly Alexander

Nan Emmett

Niky Sayers

Pam Chesbro

Pam Farren

Pam Sandy

Pam Traub

Pamela Gangler

Patricia Buchanan

Patricia Johnson

Patty Miller

Paula Hisel

Peggy Gabrielson

Perri Jackson

Rachel Baron

Rachel Stanley

Rain Hannah

Rana Wilson

Renetha Stanziano

Robin Reed

Rochelle Brisson

Rose Rushbrooke

Ruth Szapa   **My partner**

Sally Russick

Sandi Volpe

Sandra Pendragon

Sandy Richardson

Sarah Small

Shannon Hicks

Shari Replogle

Sheila Daniels

Sheila Davis

Shiraz Biggie

Shirley Moore

Skylar Bre'z

Staci Smith

Stacie Florer

Stacy Pomerleau

Stephanie Weiss

Sumi Rani

Susan Sheehan

Suzette Bentley

Tamera Norris

Tracy Choy

Tracy Stillman

Valerie Norton

Vicki Holliday


  1. Oh my gosh I love everything you made but fell head over heals in love with your owl. Wonderful!

  2. Lovely pieces! I really like the bangles!

  3. Yummy! LOVE the unique fabric idea - for both packing AND designing! Cute pieces!

  4. Great jewelry! My favorite-the cherry earrings! I’m in the third reveal. Can’t wait.

  5. The bangle bracelets are so creative! Love your other designs too!

  6. What a clever use of the fabric! Those adorable cherry earrings are my favourite.

  7. The cherry earrings are just too cute! Love what you did!

  8. Love the bracelets with the fabric, great idea!

  9. Lots and lots of beautiful designs here.
    I love them all!

  10. How fun that your soup partner sent things that represented where she was from - that adds an interesting touch to the mix. Hands down my favorite are the clever fabric wrapped bracelets - aren't you a creative spirit! The one with the copper leaf connector just steals the show. I can tell you added your personality and style to each set of beads to create a fun collection of bead soup jewelry.

  11. Wow Cheryl you were busy. Love that style of Boho Bracelet and those earrings are just too cute with the cherries.

    Wonderful job.

  12. I really like what you did with your bead soup.

  13. I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP, I'm visiting all blogs...
    such a great idea to use fabrics too, I love that bangles!
    and I love owl necklace and cherry earrings :)
    ciao dall'Italia

  14. That was a great use of beads. I especially like the wrapped bracelets!

  15. its all gorgeous but the owl necklace and the bracelets are my favorite. stunning :)

  16. OMG I love those cherry earrings! Darling! And using the fabric is such a great idea. In BSBP6, I resined some of the paper from packaging into a pendant.

    I love the owl necklace, too! They're all wonderful.

    Thanks for participating!

  17. very funny fabric bracelets! congratulations!

  18. Love your creations! But especially your clever use of the fabric. Nicely done!

  19. Great jewellery, with juicy cherry earrings ;-) the bracelets with the fabric are really beautiful!

    Greetings from The Netherlands.

  20. The owl necklace is adorable! I am very much into owls right now. Those cherry earrings are also quite cute :)

  21. Great idea to use the fabric in a bracelet, but those earrings are just really speaking to me! Great job!

  22. Ohhh - your designs are wonderful! I adore those cherry earrings, too! ;)

  23. Love the little cherry earrings! The owl necklace is so cute...all your designs were wonderful!

  24. So many wonderful designs but I really love the owl necklace.

  25. Wonderful designs! Love your fabric bracelets.

  26. I love your creativity . Your pieces brought a smile to my face they are adorable , cute and funnnnnnnnn. Thank you for sharing with us all , bye for now and happy beading.

  27. It is really fun to see what someone creates with beads you've given them! I love all the things you've made Cheryl! I love the nature theme you used for the owl, it is very warm and colorful. And I like the brown cording with the red/white beads, it really ties everything together. The bracelets are so cute too! I love that you used the fabric that I used as packing. I am going to try to create some similar ones! It was great having you as a partner!

  28. I love the bangles in perticular. Nice use of the 'wrapping paper' !

  29. You did your soup proud, beautiful pieces, the cherry earrings are so cute and I am partial to owls.

  30. The cherry earrings are so cute!! Very lovely work!!

  31. Wow, what a wonderful selection of beads!! I just love how you did the fabric covered ones!! Very creative and fun!

  32. I like all of your pieces Cheryl. The cherry earrings are my favorite.

  33. Love the bracelets.. Your pieces are wonderful.

  34. Lovely all, but the owl is most adorable!

  35. I loved how you used the beads in different designs,you did a fabulous job,beautiful.

  36. Inspired by what you did with the fabrics! Terrific creativity and design - all are lovely!

  37. Inspired by what you did with the fabrics! Everything is lovely!! Great job!

  38. You got me with the cherries...

  39. Fun job - especially like the fabric bracelets.

  40. Love how you made the fabrics into bracelets! Great pieces!

  41. Wow you go girl! The bangles are very cleverly done.

  42. Love all of your pieces but those bangles are my favorites! Excellent work!

  43. Great soup! I really liked those cherry beads, too!

  44. all your pieces are wonderfull...
    I really really love your owl :)

  45. I love your pieces,I adore the cherries!!!

  46. WOW, what a great soup!! I just love the read earrings, but it all looks amazing!!! ~KM

  47. What a great job you did with your soup! I love the bangle fabric creative! But I think my favorite is the owl necklace. Thanks for sharing how you though through the process of making it!

  48. I really love what you did with your soup. Excellent job!

  49. Yours are very beautiful designs! My favourite is the owl necklace and I love what you've made with the fabric. Congratulations!

  50. You did a wonderful job with your Soup! Each piece is lovely but I especially like those cherry earrings. They are bright, cheery, fun and very wearable. Your post was great too, I really liked reading it.

  51. totally smitten with your earrings!

  52. I so love your designs! The cherry earrings are great. I really love your fabric bangles, too!

  53. The fabric wrapped bracelets are wonderful! How can you not love the cherry earrings!!

  54. Earrings are such a challenge for me, so I'm really crushing over both of those! And your fabric bangles are awesome! What a wonderful idea!

  55. Fantastic pieces - I really love the cherry earrings (my fave fruit) and those fabric wrapped bangles - I bet they look great stacked up =)

  56. Very sweet designs and I hope you're having a blast with the rest of the blog party too! *Ü*

  57. Want, want, want :0) - those charming cherry earrings are so cute!

  58. Great job with your soup. Very pretty designs. I especially love those adorable cherry earrings!

  59. I really love the earrings you have made! And what a fun soup you were so lucky to receive!

  60. love these... especially the cherries, and the owl piece. ~diana

  61. Those cherry earrings are so cute. I also loved how you used the fabric for the bangles.

  62. I bet the cherries sound great! I also liked the chain & wire earrings & the bangles, nice soup!

  63. I loved the cherry earrings and the other earrings! The necklaces are gorgeous! But what you did with the fabric was ingenious!!! Excellent!

  64. The cherry earrings look good enough to eat. Yummy

  65. wonderful designs !! the cherry earrings are DELICIOUS !!

  66. The textile bangles are fantastic and the owl necklace is charming

  67. Great Job!! Love the Owl the most!!! That is a great necklace! All f the piece are really nice. Good Job!

  68. I think I like the wrapped bracelets the very best, but all of them are just stunning. Thanks for sharing!

  69. I just love the variety of all your different pieces. Such a wide range. My favorite has to be the owl necklace.

  70. Love your creations...very creative and lovely! Nice job!

  71. great job! I love your color combo on the owl necklace.. not normally my favorite combo but you really made it work

  72. Love those!...and especially appreciate the details of how you accomplished these, for a newbie wireworker like me. Those bracelets rock....and as a former quilter, I have *cough* a little fabric to work with. :-)

  73. the fabric bangles are fantastic! I also adore the dangly berry earrings!

  74. Your little cherry earrings are delicious! How cute are those? Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

  75. What a fun batch of soup ingredients you got to play with! You obviously had a great time, and the pieces are all lovely -- but the cherry earrings are so sweet, they have to be my favorites!

  76. Oh, wow - what a fun soup you had and surely you did it justice! Every piece is beautiful; those cherry earrings make me wish summer would be here right now (I love cherries) :) I love the versatility of the first necklace - I like when you can wear the same piece multiple ways. Great job - thank you for sharing!

  77. Love the bangle bracelets! They would be so fun wearing them all at the same time. I also love the owl necklace. Such a fun pendant!

  78. Wow, great components! I really love the little cherry earrings. Great Job!

  79. I think you did a marvelous job! How clever to use the fabric--and I absolutely love that owl necklace! Nicely done! :D

  80. Pretty jewelry! Love the red berry earrings!

  81. All really fun pieces. I think wrapping the bangles with the fabrics was genious, going to have to try that since I have a huge fabric stash from my quilting days.

  82. Love the owl necklace and the fibre bangles. Thanks for sharing!

  83. Such a fun idea to have your bead soup represent your state. Just love the cherry beads and your designs are so clever. Good work!

  84. Love the bracelets - what a clever idea way to use the fabric that came with your BS.

  85. Such a fun really did a good job -love the cherry earrings - makes me think of Carmen Miranda!

  86. You made quite a few pieces with your soup! I love both of your necklaces, they're really fun!

  87. I love that you used the fabric and the bracelets you made with it are great!!!

  88. I love your earrings! The bracelets are pretty cool,,

  89. What an ingenious way to use the fabric! Super cute bracelets :)

  90. Omg! i love it all! earrings specially!

  91. Love the bangles and the cherry dangles,so beautiful work.

  92. All of your pieces are really sweet. I especially like your cherry tree earrings and that owl pendant. Well done!!

  93. CONGRATULATIONS Cheryl on winning a prize for your bangle bracelets! They are really cool and unique among the entries.


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