Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party: Soup is Ready

Good Morning! Good Afternoon!!! Hello....FINALLY!!!
Today is the day for the reveal of the Bead Soup Blog Party.
Remember to go here to see all of the participants and their posts.

I am a little late posting today, and I apologize, but our internet is off more than it is on now-a-days! I have been trying to get this post done since yesterday! The internet will literally be on for 10-20 minutes, then it goes off for a few hours....very frustrating! And while it is on it is as slow as molasses!
My partner, Karen, was very generous, and sent me 5 focals and tons of wonderful natural stone beads. With all the natural stones I got on an earring making kick. A few years ago customers would ask me to make earrings and I would say, "no, I dont like making two of the same thing".
Then I came up with earrings that were the same, but different. They are very 80's probably, but hey, that's when I grew up so I am influenced still by that era.
Here are all three pairs that I made.....
Here are some close ups.....this first pair are my favorite :)
These run a close second....
The stones that my partner Karen sent were so cool that I love these just as much!

I then had to choose one of the wonderful focals sent by my partner. It was difficult because they were all so beautiful, but I finally chose the one with the sand dollar.
The focal can slide on the chain because of the hanger I made for it.
Karen makes all of these focals herself and she uses a lot of seed beads, so I thought I would challenge myself and use some even though I had asked her not to send me any. I am sure Karen would have done something more exciting with the seed beads, but I did what I could.

I am calling this piece "Earth and Water". The the black around the sand dollar reminds me of lava or the dark sand at a river's edge, and the leaf toggle represents land. The shell, the color of the raku beads and the seed beads represent the water.

Make sure you check out all the other wonderful Bead Soup Blog Party posts....there are over 300 of them this time around!
Also, be sure to go to Karen's blog to see what she made from the pieces that I sent to her.

42 comments:

one-eared pig said...

Very pretty! I just love all the earrings (and the 80s ROCK).

susie said...

What a beautiful soup you made my friend, your work is truly stunning!! Thanks for sharing & all I can say is yummmmmy!!!

Karen Williams said...

Fun earrings! It's so interesting to see what you decided to do with the various components. Glad you had fun with them. Love your 'Earth and Water' necklace, too.

Dana said...

I love all the earrings you made and the randomness makes sense. Love your style.

Janet said...

Lovely Kimberly!! Mines quite hairy looking! lol

carol said...

I think I want to buy a pair of those earrings for my daughter for Christmas. FM me, please!

mamacjt

CraftyHope said...

I like your not-so-matchy earrings. Very neat!
And your necklace is just so beach inspired, I can't help but like it! Nicely done.

JenniferJangles said...

The earrings are great Kim, I always like to see what you're creating.

Christine Altmiller said...

wow! these are so cool and funky and earthy and just have a great vibe! each pair of earrings is better then the next then the circle continues again! GREAT WORK!!!

coffeeaddict said...

love the photo settings, it really gives your design such a wonderful platform.

Pretty Things said...

I love everything -- and I'm a big fan of earrings that aren't matchy-matchy. Excellent!


I hope you join me next time!

Love, Lori

Elizabeth said...

I love your same but different earrings !! I don't do duplicates either!! Ha HA!!! The necklace is terrific- a very interesting focal bead!!!

Maggie said...

Love your same, but different earrings and that necklace is so beautiful! I love ocean inspired pieces and this one is a winner.

Deci said...

Really nice! I love the freedom in your earring designs!

Menno Jeweler said...

The 3rd pair of earrings are my favorite, but they are all very nice.

Sweet Freedom said...

I love all your earrings - earrings are THE hardest thing for me! And your necklace is lovely.

Carol Tannahill said...

You rock! I love the mismatched earrings! I must try this, but it can't be easy to make them blend as well as you have.....Inspiring!

Wendy said...

Very nice! I love how long the earrings are with all of the dangles! Fun! You did a great job!

SilverNikNats said...

Your earrings are beautiful and I love that they dont match!

Tracy said...

Beautiful designs.

KayzKreationz said...

The earrings are great. I like that each one in the set is just a little bit different.
And a great piece with the focal. It's nice that it can slide on the chain. Nice job.

I LOVE color! said...

I am so sorry for being so late my computer was resisting too labor intensive:^)Very nice designs. And there is still time to sign up for the give-away, Just go to SandysColoringBox.blogspot.com Sept.16th blog and leave a comment
Be blessed to be a blessing

Silver Parrot said...

Hey, don't be knockin' the 80's LOL! But seriously, I dont think your earrings look dated at all! They are very pretty and well done! Good job!

Riki Schumacher said...

Oh hi

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Earth and Water! Love it! And the earrings are all fabulous!

Beadaholique said...

Love your ode to nature with these pieces! They are so different from each other yet they all seem to compliment one another - great job!
Julie and Andrea

Terri said...

Your pieces are soooo cool. You really did a fantastic job photographing them too. I find that the hard part sometimes. Soup-er job

Bobbie said...

The mismatched earrings are such fun! Great job on everything!

Boot ~C said...

these are so pretty

Christine said...

Lovely, creative pieces!!

DaviniaDesign said...

I love how your necklace came out!

maneki said...

Very nice necklace! I like the asymmetry and creative design. The earrings are also lovely. Well done!

Karla said...

Hi Kimberly... thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind words. Love this jewelry... very nice! I'll be back to visit again for sure!! Blessings, Karla... Michelle's mom

Ullan tilkut said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! The necklaces are fantastic!! I love them! You are very talented!!! It's so nice to see your works!!! Have a nice day!

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

Very nice soup! I loved your photography, and the asymmetrical earrings are just great!

Shyme said...

Lovely pieces!

pinkchapeau said...

Love the necklace. The strands of seed beads fit perfectly in the design. And your 80s's style earrings are great!

Ann said...

The earrings are great, really fun and the necklace is pretty too. The focal and the clasp are both highlighted.

Starwood Quilter said...

Lovely earrings. It's so fun to see how creative people are the world over!

http://starwoodquilter.blogspot.com/2011/08/duck-tracks-quilt-block.html

Shay Stone said...

Wonderful pieces you've made!

Jo said...

You have been busy! I love the dangly earrings - they're really fun.

chicandfrog said...

I love the earrings the most (all six of them) but the simplicity og the necklace is really charming!
Ambra

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