Sunday, September 18, 2011

Day 1 of Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Hop

Psssst:  If you're looking for my Bead Soup's in the previous post!

Day 1 of  Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Hop:  Wow!! I've been able to visit approximately 1/2 of the blogs today, and with each new blog, I'm nothing short of amazed at the soup mixes sent/received, the talent, the creativity and craftsmanship of my fellow hoppers.  I honestly can't begin to pick  a favorite...every single piece created has a uniqueness all it's own! 

I always try to take something away from every experience...the good ones (in this case) and also the bad (too many to count!)  and here's what I've learned so far:

1.  Having someone pick out what you will base your creation around is a completely foreign concept to almost all of us!  Whether we create our own beads & components, or prefer to purchase we're still making the choice...take personal choice away...and well, you have 362 people scratching their heads for quite some time! :)

2.  Every piece I've viewed today is completely different...further proving that each one of us is an unique individual...yet we all share a bond of beads/jewelry.  Something as simple as that brought us all together, where nothing about our differences mattered...maybe we should encourage Congress to start their own Bead Soup party?

3.  The encouraging comments, thoughts & accolades make me proud to be a part of this community.  I know all too well the feeling of not "being good enough" at times...and the  inspiring comments I read today could just be the little lift someone needed...myself included!

4.  Lampwork artisans still amaze me!!

5.  As well as the intriguing work of bead weavers!!  I have little experience with seed beads (mostly limited to picking them off of the floor, after dropping more than I've strung)...I can't imagine the hours that go in to these tiny works of art!

6.  Visiting all 362 blogs in a weekend was just a pipe dream of mine...nothing more!  I got way too side tracked reading more than just "The Soup" blogs...story of my life!  Of course having 4 kids, a silverware bending husband, and the world's most needy dog stuck inside on a rainy day wasn't much help!

7.  Lori Anderson deserves some type of medal, to be knighted or the like! :)

8.  I drank way too many cups of coffee...could be the reason why I'm still blog hopping 18 hours later...please Lord don't let the kids wake up before noon!

9.  I should of explained my work in a more detailed description...I was just too eager to start my trip around the world!  I know we were encouraged to dig deep into our own stash for complimenting accents for our pieces, but I didn't want a piece that was more me, than my partner!  I want to look at my necklace and be reminded of Tari...therefore, I left it simple.

10.  After the said 18 hours, I have deleted more of this post than I will end up posting...and I need to back away...especially when I can't even string a coherent sentence together!


  1. What a great post! And I am with you...lampwork pieces amaze me too! I took a sodering class once and left the class with burns all over my hands. I can't imagine trying to handle the hot melted glass, much less make the intricate designs that they do with it.

    I have also enjoyed receiving as well as leaving comments today. Your sweet baby jesus comment made me laugh out loud. Thank you for that bit of joy your brought me. Laughter is my very favorite emotion :)

    And yes, Lori is too amazing for words :)

    Hope your getting some sleep. 18 hour of blogging, yikes! i would be seeing double.

  2. I so adore your summary of the BSBP, so true. It's amazing how many creative people are out there, their styles all so very different. Many times I've wished I could have a duplicate of someone's bead soup, just for comparison, because I'd have gone a completely different way with it!

    I totally second you on the lampwork artisans and the bead weavers. AND on too much coffee!

  3. Oh I really needed that sweet comment about right now! Thank you!

    I actually swept back over here to see if I could commission or buy a toggle from you like the one you made for your partner! I'm in loooooove with it!

  4. I can't believe how far you've got. I think i've done maybe 60. . . but I have a baby and a toddler so thats my excuse. I also have a novel to read before Weds book club. I am struggling with which one to devote my time too. Blog post will be here but book club will pass. That said I want to be up to date on my blog reading. . . :o) Xx