Bead Soup 2013


These are the stunning handmade beads I was sent by the Uber talented Linda Newnham of Earthshine Beads. How lucky am I?!! I just love handmade beads and especially lampwork ones! The colors are vibrant and happy. I used just about all of them with another bracelet in the works with linen. Linda deserves credit for this great photo of the Bead Soup too. Thank you so much for being a GREAT BEAD SOUP PARTNER LINDA!! I just wanted to shout that out so she could hear me all the way over on the little island in the United Kingdom where she lives.

A big thank you also to the amazing and tireless Lori Anderson who designed the whole Bead Soup Party.

Now on with the show…….

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These are very simple earrings I made with Linda’s yummy cream-sickle colored glass beads. They screamed for copper accents and I was happy to oblige!

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This bracelet design is one that truly looks better in person then my photos have captured!

I used Linda’s stunning handmade glass beads with recycled silk sari as an accent.  A few darling copper-crystal accents and leaf toggle clasp to carry through the garden like theme that the Bead Soup from Linda inspired.

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This simple design incorporating Linda’s handmade flower toggle with purple suede cord and her stunning beads is just right. I struggled with re-doing it several times because the design is so easy, but when you wear it that is exactly the way I wanted it. I looks cool and sometimes the KISS method is just best!

PicMonkey Collage2This is what I made with the stunning focal bead Linda sent me. The focal bead is so beautiful I was afraid I wouldn’t do it justice but the tiny sterling silver charm by  Lesley Watt was the perfect accent to set off this focal bead. I added tiny crystals in peridot and tangerine to set off the focal bead too.  I added Linda’s spacer beads to the chain with matching seed beads and a flower clasp to tie it all together. It is quite long at 24″ but just perfect to set off a simple T-shirt or blouse with it’s fresh Spring and Summer colors.



This is a chunky bracelet I made in the silver metal tones. Sometimes this is what I want to wear in the summer with a simple pair of silver earrings. The turquoise nuggets were quite dear and a great accent to the wonderful lampwork beads!

Hope you enjoyed my Bead Soup! I enjoyed it so much I have a shopping cart full of beads from Linda’s store just waiting for the check-out!  There are a lot more to blog hop to so get hoppin’. Thank you for leaving a comment, greatly appreciated!!

Sale in my Etsy shop Tell Your Girlfriends for the Bead Soup Celebration. Enter BeadSoup2013 to recieve 30% off your purchase. Enjoy!


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Did you see my Tiffany&Co mug?

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Did I tell you I sell BeautiControl? It is the best skin care and make up I have ever used.

I have used and bought a lot and I am telling you this is the best! I was so happy to have tried it and loved it that I told a few of my friends ( not all of you I know, sorry but I hope this helps!) and they wanted to buy some of the best face care products too so I signed them up. Because I told one of my friends who loved it as much as I did and wanted more, the BeautiControl company sent me this wonderful mug from Tiffany & Co free! I didn’t pay for the shipping or anything! I just love the box and ribbon too!. If you live in the USA or Canada please look at this web site for BeautiControl and see if you would like to try it. I am telling you it is the best!

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Yep! I Won!

Just a quick note to let you know I won a Prize from Natalie McKenna of Grubbi in the Bead Contest I posted about! YEAH!!!!!!

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Dreaming of a Beach Vacation

PicMonkey Collage2I have been dreaming of a beach vacation. The inspiration for these earrings. Recycled glass discs, sea stars, handmade lampwork glass with a wave design. Ahhhhhhh!


The above earrings are ones my sister asked for. The beads are handmade by Terry Belcher with recycled African blue beads.

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Hoppy Bunny Ear Earrings

DSCF2532I bought these Jade Scott enamel paddles and thought they would be just perfect for Easter. Handmade lampwork glass beads and a tiny matching green metal bead on top.

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Natalie McKenna of Grubbi Beads ( all the wonderful beads listed here!!) is having a giveaway!! Here is the link to her blog and all the ways to try to win. I hope I win!

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Spring Bracelets

Spring is here!

Lovely sunshine has inspired these Spring themed bracelets.

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This top one is made with crystal and copper accents, fresh water pearls, handmade polymer flowers from Elaine of Tooaquarius, Czech glass beads, Handmade glass heart and flower focal by USA artist and two 1950′s green ( that’s what I call it!) lampwork beads from Canadian glass artist. Nice garden theme to welcome the cheery new weather and sunshine!

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This pretty in pink themed bracelet was inspired by the latest episode of Project Runway. Richard’s team came in first but no thanks to his lack of accessories! He made a classic , ladies who lunch dress and didn’t add a stitch of jewelry. This bracelet would be just perfect! Handmade clay bird from Ingrid of Pottery Girl, handmade pink rose by Leah of Beady Eye Bunny, lampwork handmade beads from the U.K and U.S.A, Peruvian pink opals, copper,crystal, fresh water pearls , my favorite part….a handmade clasp from Jo Tinley and the key to the garden gate!

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I just love this copper,coral and turquoise colored one. The lampwork handmade glass beads are from Paulina’s Beads. Tooaquarius polymer white handmade flowers and Czech beads.PicMonkey Collage

 Lastly, this little gem features a handmade copper chain with handmade pottery beads, carnelian  amber, Canadian jade, and blue gem teardrop beads that were gifted to me and I finally found the perfect use for them! SOLD


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Season’s Blog Hop- What I Received to Play With

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Lisa Lodge of A Grateful Artist Blog has a number of Blog Hops organized. I signed up for the Season’s Blog Hop. It was $11.00 and you were sent a mystery bag of beads. Here is what I received yesterday. The rules are to make something out of what you ordered. The reveal date is in July. Are you playing too? If so, please add your link in the comments so we can see what package you are playing with.

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Tempting Little Charms



I was looking for some glass butterfly beads and found this new ( to me!) lampwork artist with a sweet store called Tempting Little Charms.  The artist is Keeley Kenyon from the U.K. I love the sweet packages she packed them all in. So nice to open tiny paper packages!

I just love the bright colors and of course the butterfly beads! I love everything in her shop.


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St. Patrick’s Pottery Beads Bracelet

DSCF2319Here is a new bracelet that was inspired by the lovely sunshine that has decided to show up . Copper accents with Natalie McKenna pottery beads, a pottery bead by a local artist named Betty Gordon, crystals,freshwater pearls, Pukka shell beads, Aventine gemstones, seed beads and a bit of ethnic purple in there. A tiny flower charm with design on both sides to welcome the bit O Spring that is arriving.


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