Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ok, Soup's on!

I was on a total roll a few weeks ago and then, well, life again.

So without further anticipation, time to show the Bead Soup!

My partner is Beti Horvath at Stringing Fool.  She sent a goodie package of bead goodness.  Mother of Pearl beads, polymer clay, porcelain, stone color, 2 toggles and buttons!  Take a look....
Soup from Beti - Isn't it yummy?  

Now, what I sent her......
Now if itsn't out of her box....he he!

I can't wait to start!  Actually, last night I pulled out the box and started coordinating things together.  I think I'm gonna use the large poly focal and the MOP circles with some of the other beads with black findings (gotta see if I have some if not I'm going shopping!) to make a necklace.  I'll use some of the others to make a matching bracelet.

Stay tuned to see what I make!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Ciao friends!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Now the February Swap...not AS late....

Ok so I thought I'd do all my "late" posts all tonight.  Well, don't hold your breath!  I'll just have to make you wait.....torture you with such suspense!  He He! (insert evil grin here!)

So now onto the real prize!

February the theme was Valentines! Here is what I sent my partner Linda at Lambsworld.  I've swapped with Linda before at Red Lead Paperworks swaps.  I hope she liked what I sent!
 And this is what I received from Elizabeth Q at Tales from the Pond.

Everything was sent all dolled up.  She sent the cutest card and tag!  She sent a bunch of paper goodness and hearts galore - stamps, doilies, red ink, thread, etc. It was one Lovely swap package!

Next up will be March....stay tuned!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Ciao friends!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

January Swap Pics - REAL Late!

You know when you say that life grabs you by the pants and sometimes doesn't let go?  Well, I think life had my britches in a knot for a few months now.  Do you seem to never get ahead?  Or remember you had to do something and POOF! gone like the wind?

Well, that's been my life lately.  Don't know why....maybe just lack of sleep and the winter weather doesn't help...want to stay in bed like a bear and not come out till Spring!  (which is tomorrow by the way, so I guess I'm too late even for that!!)

So here is my January Swap pics from a Swap for all Seasons.  This is what I sent my Pittsburgh Peep Joyce from Scrap for Joy.  I've known Joyce for a while and met her when we hung out at the scrapbook store.  Boy I do miss those days!

I sent Joyce a little "extra" giftie because I was a few days late mailing.  (see late again!)

Here is what Marie (my person) at Spun by Me sent to me -
A wonderful card and tag and a little package of goodies.  Blue vintage buttons, a little blue doily, and other little bits.  What a great partner!

Well, this was January....Stay tuned for February!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Ciao Friends!

Monday, March 17, 2014

My Bead Soup Blog Party Partner is....

Beti Horvath of Stringing Fool,  She is from New York.  She is a crazy crafter like me!  You can see a sample of her work here.  Very talented if I do say so.

I am a little late posting this (no surprize)....been so busy with work and other projects I can't get a breather!

Well, I did receive my box of great Bead Soup mix from Beti today - what a surprize to come home to after a long day at work.  I can't wait to share what I sent and what I received today.

I can't wait to get started making my Bead Soup jewelry.

Here is something to tide you over until I get the pics off my camera.....my soup to Beti!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Ciao Friends!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

8th Bead Soup Blog Party Signups today!

Don't forget to sign up for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party TODAY ONLY! 

Go to Lori's blog HERE - fill out the form and hit SUBMIT!  Then you will be signed up!

Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.  This is going to be awesome!!

Ciao Friends!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party....

....dates have been announced on Lori's Blog HERE.


Let's have some fun and sign up on February 9th - ONE DAY ONLY!  Mark your calendars!  And only ONE reveal date!

Start looking through your stash or think about the awesome FOCAL, that special CLASP & some filler beads that you will send your partner to make that special jewelry piece.

Hope to see you on the list!

Thanks for stopping friends...


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December A Swap for all Seasons - Reveal

Ok, catching up here.  I'm loving doing my paper swaps again.  This group is a great bunch of gals that have history with the swaps that were.  I do see some new people that I've never swapped with before so a refreshing start.

This month was a Christmas card & Tag and a Green destash item..... Here is what I sent to my swap partner Heidi....
And a handmade envie!

 I included some washi tape (my new hoard), some label tags, some hand dyed tags and ribbon & green envies from a friend (Debbie M), a handmade pin from Pam an ArtCharm friend, and some cut-outs.

I received from Deb H a little early....

How cute is that card?
I love all the ephemera, buttons, and lace she sent.  I'm doing a journal so much of these items will go in...I may even put some in my "Green" journal.  What great stuff - Right?

Next Swap is January and the theme is Thinking about you and Blue....stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by friends....

November Swap Receipt

I am so bad lately with posts and pretty much everything!

I just had to show you the awesome swap from my Swap for all Seasons swap partner Heidi....

The swap was all wrapped so nicely.....
Pulled apart  - be-still my heart!

What a cool card Heidi made by attaching an old candle box and inserting a vintage pic.  Her tag was cute with the wood frame and little car!  She thought outside the box on these!

And my destash items were a great addition to my hoard!  Brown colors are one of my favorite to craft with and to wear.

This was such a great swap and partner!

Thanks for stopping by friends....


Friday, November 1, 2013

A Swap for All Seasons November Reveal

I rejoined Linda and her swap for all seasons.  I'm real excited to get back to paper again and a swapping change.

In Linda's new swaps, each month she sets a theme to make a card, a tag, and a color destash.

I was too late for October's swap but joined in for November.

My swap partner is Becky.This is what I created and sent to her for November.  I mailed a few days early, so I hope it already arrived.

I hope she likes it and can use it in the future for someone's birthday.  I also hope she likes the little package of destash items included.  The ribbon sample and tags were purchased from a great friend Deb Metti - at Kitten Creates.  This is her Etsy.  I also included some buttons, flowers, and tins.

If your in the mood to do a small swap, A Swap for all Seasons is the swap for you!  Stop by and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by friends.

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary Mom & Dad!

50 years ago today you committed to start a life together forever. You have been on the roller coaster of life, and if you have stayed together this long, I know you will have many, many more happy years together.

We hope you enjoyed your day today!

With love....

Monday, August 12, 2013

Scrapbook Supplies for a Cause

Do you have a few bucks left on that Michael's or JoAnn's gift card or bits and pieces of leftover scrapbook stickers, stamps, paper, embelishments, etc. that you don't know what to do with?  What about all those unsharpened pencils your kids collected from school parties or those left over die cuts you'll never use - or even new ones you'd like to make and donate?

I have a solution for you!  Stop by Melody's blog and donate to at-risk 4th graders in California!  Melody teaches at-risk 4th Graders to journal.  It's a wonderful class she has for the kids  - doing it year after year.  It really makes a difference in a child's life to express themselves in a non-judgmental way - through ART.

Visit Melody here to see what her Bits & Pieces Art Program is all about.  There is also a list of items she likes to provide in the journal packets (see them here) she gives to the students. 

**Donations would like to be received by August 30th, but she accepts donations all year round.  Sending your items in a flat rate box is a very economical way to go as well.  She supplies her address on the post as well.

Stop by and take a look.....a child will appreciate anything you can send!

Thanks for stopping by.

CIAO Friends!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

TODAY IS REVEAL DAY 7th Bead Soup Blog Party!

WAHOO!  Finally got my camera to cooperate with me.  I'm so sorry I'm a little late posting this, but I wanted to wait till today to take pics of my creation when we had SUN!

SUN for the whole day!  We haven't had sun or no snow for a few days now - YAY HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE!

Ok, enough babble....drum roll please....

Here is the Bead Soup my partner Rachel Baron from R. Baron Designs sent to me.....

And what I made from my Soup......

I used the wonderful handmade lampwork focal bead from Rachel, picked up some of the brown in the piece.  I used the toggle as a side ornament on the necklace.  I also used some of the sea glass from my soup.  I pulled a sea glass piece from my stash that matched the colors I've wanted to wait to use for just the right piece.   I also used some of the crystals and pale green gemstones she sent as well.  I added one of my favorite friends - a frog - in the piece (like you would probably expect that-right?). You should be able click on the picture to enlarge it to see the beautiful focal piece.

Stop by Rachel's blog to see the wonderful piece she made with the Soup I sent to her.  I love the way she turned the heart I sent as a focal upside down - it's awesome!  See her awesome piece here.

This Party was sooo much fun!  Thank you Lori at Pretty Things for the opportunity to connect with new bloggers and to encourage us to think outside the box to create some wonderful pieces.  I did want to make a bracelet / earrings with the rest of my soup but the deadline snuck up on me.  When I do, I'll post them here.

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my Bead Soup Necklace 2013.

Ok, so do you want to see MORE Soup creations?  Here is a list of all the bloggers whose reveal day is today.....Enjoy, these are all wonderful!

First and Last Name
Blog URL
x Alicia Marinache
x Amber Dawn Goldish
x Barb Solem
Bev Breisinger
x Birgitta Lejonklou
x Breana Fry
x Brenda Sue Lansdowne
x Bridget Torres
x Carol Dee Myers
x Carolyn Chenault
x Cassi Paslick
x Cece Cormier
x Cheryl McCloud
x Cindy Wilson
x Crystal Thain
x Cynthia Riggs
x Dana Hickey
x Dana James
x Darlene Fortier
Deana Hager
Deanna Cox
Deb Brooks
Debra Behrends
Denielle Hagerman
x Denise McCabe
x Diana Frey
Tattered Adornments
Diana Welte
Dini Bruinsma
DiYana Alcalde
Dolores Raml
Donna Millard
Dot Lewallwn
Duane Clark
Dyanne Cantrell
Eleanor Burian-Mohr
x Elisabeth Auld
Elizabeth Owens Dwy
Emily Greer
Enikö Fabian
Erin Grant
Eva Kovacs
x Eva Sherman
Gina Hockett
Grace Rotenberg
Gretchen Nation
Hannah Rosner
Heather Davis
Heather Marston
Heather Powers
x Ingrid McCue
Jacqueline Marchant
Jan Petek
Janeen Sorensen
Jane-Michael Stallings
Jasvanti Patel
Jayashree Paramesh
Jayne Capps
Jean Yates
Jennifer Cameron
Jennifer LaVite
x Joan Williams
x Jodie Marshall
x Judy Riggs
Julie Anne Leggett
Kat Barron Miller
Kathy Lindemer
x Kim Hora
Kim Houston
Kim Sparks
Krafty Max
Kris Lanae Binsfeld
x Krista French
Kristen Stevens
Kristi Harrison
Kumi Fisher
x 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
x Lola Surwillo
Loretta Carstensen
Lori Anderson
Lori Bergmann
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lori Poppe
Lori Schneider
Lyn Foley
x 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
x Pam Sandy
Pam Traub
Klassy Joolz
Pamela Gangler
Patricia Buchanan
Patricia Johnson

x Paula Hisel
x Peggy Gabrielson
xPerri Jackson
x Rachel Baron
x Rachel Stanley
Rain Hannah
Rana Wilson
Renetha Stanziano
Robin Reed
Rochelle Brisson
Rose Rushbrooke

Ruth Szapa
x Sally Russick
Sandi Volpe
Sandra Pendragon
Sandy Richardson
Sarah Small
Shannon Hicks
Shari Replogle
Sheila Daniels
Sheila Davis
x Shiraz Biggie
x Shirley Moore
x Skylar Bre'z
x Staci Smith

x Stacy Pomerleau
x Stephanie Weiss
x Sumi Rani
x Susan Sheehan
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
x Suzette Bentley
Ellie's Bijoux
x Tamera Norris
x Tracy Choy
BumbleBeads Designs
x Tracy Stillman
x Valerie Norton
x Vicki Holliday

Thank you for stopping by today!

Ciao Friends!