"Coloring the sunshine hours, they are the ladies of the canyon."
It's one minute after midnight EST on April 27, or it will be when I hit the publish button. Grab a bowl and a spoon because it's time for the third and last reveal of the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party. Beaders from around the world exchanged beads and now we are sharing the *vegetables* of our labor. (Well, you don't ordinarily put *fruits* in soup.)
First, credit to Lori Anderson, who hosts the party, matches up the exchange partners, listens to all the complaints about packages lost in the mail and no doubt a zillion other things, and pulls it off with grace and aplomb. No mean feat when you have participants in 28 countries on four continents. Here's a map she put together showing where we all are.
Second, thanks to my partner, Heather Otto, who lives in the Austin, Texas countryside and raises goats, sheep, llamas and yes, real vegetables. You can read more about the delicious soup she sent me if you wish, but I'll re-post pictures here.
Closeup of the focal beautifully wire wrapped by Heather and two copper clasps handmade by Heather.
And I'm pretty sure if you're still reading, and all indications seem to be that you are, you probably want to see what I made with the beautiful beads she sent.
I made a suite of necklaces. They can be mixed and matched or worn alone. Here we go.
A group shot first, then some modeling.
For the short choker I used the white agate druks, mother of pearl coins and sodalite rondelles that Heather sent, with a round copper bead from my stash.
The longer choker uses Heather's laboradite ovals, lapis, onyx and copper rounds, plus copper spacers that I had on hand. It is finished with Heather's lovely clasp, which is meant to be worn to the side.
Then I have Heather's lovely pendant on a simple copper chain. I thought a lot about adding dangles or putting it on another necklace, but honestly, it stands out so well on its own and I know I will really enjoy wearing it this way. Or maybe I'll change my mind and add another strand of beads later.
I used some of the extra beads for a double-stranded bracelet. Of course Zamboni just had to photo bomb the shoot. That cat is bead obsessed. Can't imagine why. He's sitting on the back of my chair, watching me type right now.
I still had Heather's second clasp to use and I'm very proud of this one. I had the glass beads in my collection, just waiting for the right opportunity and this was it. Again, the clasp is mean to be worn to the side.
So I'm happy with my mix and match collection. And I didn't use even one of my lampwork beads. But who's to say I can't add another coordinating necklace later?
I'm looking forward to seeing what Heather made with my beads. Here's another shot of the bead soup I sent to her.
Please join in the hop and see the pretty creations made by the many talented artisans in this global blog party. You can find all the links posted at Pretty Things.
"Trina takes her paints and her threads
And she weaves a pattern all her own
Annie bakes her cakes and her breads
And she gathers flowers for her home
For her home she gathers flowers
And Estrella, dear companion
Colors up the sunshine hours
Pouring music down the canyon
Coloring the sunshine hours
They are the ladies of the canyon"