Bead Soup Blog Hop REVEAL!


Well this has been weeks in the making and I’m so very excited that I participated this year in the Bead Soup Blog Hop put together by the fabulous Lori Anderson. As most of you know I dabble in jewelry making and I would love to one day be doing it full-time. I still love making art, don’t worry, but there is just something about handmade jewelry! I’m hooked no obsessed with making it, buying it, admiring it and more! I was thrilled when I saw a post from one of my jewelry making guru friends on Facebook about this event. I hope I can participate on a yearly basis. I received my beads from my swap partner Barbara York in TX and let my box of beads sit for a while until inspiration hit me. I had told her I loved aqua’s/corals/reds together and this is what she sent me:

My bead stash from Barbara York


One day when I was feeling creative I just started making links and the necklace then evolved! I really love how it turned out and I hope you do too. I used some of my artisan beads as well. There is a Gardanne enameled bead, and a handmade blue bird bead from someone I can’t remember now (I blame my prego brain.) I had enough beads to make an entire set that I can mix and match whenever I want to. I plan on keeping this set for me and every year that I participate as well. OK enough rambling from me…. here’s what I came up with:




Side detail with clay bird.

Gardanne Bead



So? What do you think??? I’d love your feedback. Also you can see all the participants blog’s right from this link. PLEASE check everyone out over the next few weeks. We are all revealing on the same day but there are so many participants (over 300) who knows you may find a new favorite blog to visit! After all it is a BLOG HOP! Happy hopping!! 🙂



157 responses »

  1. Aimee – just posted but then this popped up! I absolutely LOVE what you did with your mix 🙂 – from the unique asymmetrical necklace to the multi-strand bracelet and beaded earrings. What a fun mix of metals, beads and colors – you did a fabulous job!

  2. I love the colour combination you of my favourites. I like how you put the necklace together asymmetrically and also the dangles on one side..that little bird is too sweet! I also really love the fullness of the bangle and how there are multiple strands, very nice pieces.

  3. Wow, I have to say, for someone who ‘dabbles’ in jewellery making, you’re doing it like a pro! You’ve definitely made the blue and red colour combo work for you here, I think you’ve got the balance just right. Well done on a job superbly done 😉

  4. Wow – what a wonderful stash you received and I love what you created with those beauties! Love how you used the focal stone and built around it! The bracelet looks so light and comfortable to wear and the earrings are awesome! Great job and I hope you had fun your first time around!

  5. Great job, love the asymmetric necklace and the color combination. Actually, the necklace looks one of those fancy ones which can be disassembled to use part of it as a bracelet? But that’s not the case, is it? It probably makes me think of those designs because you decided to put the clasp at the side. Well, some neat idea for the future maybe! And that little birdy is übercute. *steals it* =D

  6. Wonderful! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture and the asymmetrical necklace design. Thank you for sharing your artistic process with us. Cheers!

  7. I am SO sorry for being late — today our internet provider decided to crash. My stress level is through the roof, to say the least! They’re still working on it, but it’s like dial-up.

    I LOVE the side detail on your necklace — I’m a firm believer in unexpected details making a piece not look store-bought and meh — know what I mean?

    I’m so glad you joined us, and I hope you’ll participate again!

    Love, Lori

    • Thank you Lori for putting this together! I’d love to participate again! Unfortunately my partner didn’t post about getting her beads or making something with what I sent her. Kind of bummed about that but the event itself is fabulous!!! 🙂 Looking forward to future ones!

  8. I love what you did with the necklace and the bird accent. I could really see myself wearing the bracelet, the balance of materials in it is great it looks very “wearable” and comfortable. Often I end up with bracelets that are too chunky or the balance is off and it doesn’t hang right once I put it on. Yours seems to be perfect,i bet its comfortable on.
    Carrie T

  9. I love the color combination in this. It’s such a challenge to mix these colors well. You really don’t want one to overwhelm the other. I think you did an excellent job. Congrats on a beautiful piece!

  10. Great variety from a lovely soup – coral and turquoise is one of my favorite combos. Like the fact that the focal is so uncluttered in the necklace. And so great that you used it all to make such lovely things. I struggled just to get a necklace done…

  11. Aimee,

    Love the pieces. This is my favorite color combination. I admire the asymmetrical way you put them together. I’m too left-brained, I have to have symmetry. lol Great job!

  12. Great color combo, and the bird bead is precious – I love how it’s a cute little surprise that pops up as your eye wanders around the necklace!

  13. Love this color combo!! i was sent the same colorway but a very different style! I love what you did – the little clay bird is perfect perching there!!! Very very nice!! I would love to have you hop by my blog to see my red and turquoise9 more of a sky blue) combo!!
    so nice to meet yoU!!

    • Hi Jenny,

      thanks for your comment! 🙂 I added the red seed beads, black glass beads, artisan beads and the white with orange dot lampwork beads. She sent me such a huge stash I tried to use most of it.


  14. Aimee! Just wonderful…your ability to cross mediums has always been an inspiration. This is such a fun idea and am so glad to see how you were able to piece together something unique and truly “you” with just a simple mess of beads. Keep letting your creative soul flutter, chica!

  15. How gorgeous,the colour combination is great.
    I love the little clay bird and the blue holey beads.
    You have a great blog, just yummy.

  16. I like the color combination – I am usually not a big fan of jewelry that is too colorful, but that red and turquoise just looks very friendly to me. and I love the organic style too.

  17. Wow! Love the color combo and how the necklace is cohesive and yet the same time variable with the asymmetry, etc. Great, great work!

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