Friday, March 24, 2017

Bead Soup Blog Party Hoarders' Edition

Well, it's been a few years but Lori Anderson has put together another great bead swap/blog hop.  This time it's not only blogs but Pinterest, if you don't have one.  This one is a totally different concept from the others.  Rather than finding out what our partner liked or disliked, we were told to get out our hoards and choose something that we've held onto for some time and have it ready to go before we even knew who our partner was😊  You would think this would be easier but some of us (ok, I) hoard almost all my beads.  Picking something out was going to be difficult.

I was a day late sending mine out to my partner, Donna Marie Hanna, who you should visit as well.  Donna turned out to be a fellow procrastinator so I didn't have to feel too guilty.

Here is what I received with a wonderful note explaining why the beads were special. 

I love the cigar box which is from her mother's collection, both the turquoise and coral beads were picked out with family members and so, are not just beads but memories.  I have not yet been able to use the coral beads but plan on doing so.

I contemplated the beads for weeks and, as you might suspect due to my procrastination comment, had to take a PTO day on Thursday to finally turn those thoughts into a piece of jewelry.  I like it, it turned out to match the picture in my head almost exactly.  However, since the first try worked out, my backup earrings plan needed more turquoise so I will have to search through my own hoard to finish off some other things.  In the meantime, here is the main piece.   I don't have a mannequin, so I had to make due with the back of a chair.                                                                                               


Now hop back to Lori's blog for the full list of participants and spend some time checking out all of the pretties.  http://www.prettythingsblog.com/2017/03/welcome-to-bead-soup-blog-party-bead.html                                             

56 comments:

  1. A lovely necklace, that I'm sure you'll wear over and over again. Turquoise is always stunning.

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    1. Thank you, I did wear it on Friday. I still think it might go to a friend though, as I think of her when I look at it.

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  2. What an incredibly elegant necklace!

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    1. Thank you! I've already worn it:)

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  3. Very pretty necklace! It's so fun when they match the idea in your head.

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  4. Beautiful necklace~ Love how you highlighted the turquoise focal.
    Terry Matuszyk Pink Chapeau Vintage Jewelry

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    1. Thank you, I like how the amber works with the turquoise as well.

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  5. Your necklace is very pretty. I love turquoise.

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    1. Thank you, I don't use a lot of turquoise but I really like the way it looked with the chain, wire and amber.

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  6. You started with a great selection that could have gone several different directions stylistically, so it's interested to see what you chose to do. That's why I love these hops.

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    1. Thank you, yes it could have and it's always great to see how people work with selections picked out by others.

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  7. Turquoise is one of my favorite colors, and also stones. Your necklace is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, I think this is my first use of turquoise though I'm sure I have some hoarded myself:)

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  8. Good job Ann. I like your necklace.

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  9. I love what you did. Elegant in its simplicity.

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  10. It's so fun to create layering necklaces with bead horde beads! I love what you did with this one..

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    1. Thank you, I really like it too.

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  11. I love the simple design (my favorite style, and my birthstone). Great job on your soup.

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    1. Thank you, I wanted it to be worn often

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  12. Beautiful necklace! I love turquoise!

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  13. Thank you, this was the first time I've used it. I will continue.

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  14. As I look at the various blogs, I stop & try to imagine what I'd do with those beads before scrolling down to see what was created. I have to admit that I've come back to these a few times & couldn't imagine anything. So, I finally scrolled down.

    Your necklace is PERFECT!!! It's like all these pieces were meant to go together...

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    1. Thank you! They really were meant to go together but had to stew in my head for a month to do so.

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  15. What a lovely necklace, that chain makes the turquoise really stand out.

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  16. I think we belong to the same club. The procrastinators club and co.
    You do work under pressure, you managed to make a beautiful necklace.
    And oh boy, I love that cigar box. Lucky you.

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    1. Thank you, I love the cigar box too. I think I need to start hoarding cigar boxes now :D

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  17. The dangles on the turquoise focal add a fun whimsical touch.

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    1. Thank you, they are amber beads that came from my partner on some vintage brass chain I've had for years.

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  18. That necklace came out great! I bet you'll wear it a lot. I especially like the three reddish dangles with the turquoise focal. Nice pop of complimentary color!

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    1. Thank you! I will wear it quite often unless I give it away:)

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  19. Beautiful - Iove turquoise and you showed it off well!

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  20. Beautiful necklace! That is so my style.

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    1. thank you, it is great for tunics

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    1. Thank you, the colors were all thanks to what I received.

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  22. It's very touching what she sent and how. I love what you made, too! And you know I couldn't have pulled this party off without you. Thank you so much!

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    1. I agree and thank you! I think you would have done it regardless but I'm glad I could help :)

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  23. I think it turned out really well and hate that you had to take a day off work to get it made. It looks like it was worth it though. I hope you had fun in the process.

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    1. Thank you, and I have a lot of PTO (I've been at my company for 32 years) so it was ok for me to use a day to make up for my procrastination.

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  24. I love the contrast of the red and turquoise. Beautiful piece!

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  25. Stunning in it's simplicity yet to me sophistication! I really like the turquoise with red. Makes the red pop!

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