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Monday, 25 February 2013

Pookledo: Bead Soup Blog Hop - The Soup I Sent

Pookledo: Bead Soup Blog Hop - The Soup I Sent'via Blog this'

Sarah's blog post about the soup she sent me. and a picture of what I received :-)

Thank you Sarah, I am working on some ideas... and eagerly looking through my beads and stones to find things that would go well with the sparkly stash you sent me!

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Large Amber And Sterling Silver Pendant | Jewellery By Shalini

Amber 2 | Jewellery By Shalini:

This has been an extremely enjoyable and satisfying bespoke wire sculpture project!..

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Soup's Simmering for Pretty Things Bead Soup Blog Party

My Bead Soup from Sarah Goode arrived last week! Today is the first opportunity I have had to update this blog because I have been rather pre-occupied with a beautiful piece of Amber (more about that soon!) and my friend Eve Marshall's website.

So here is what Sarah sent me.
A combination of Swarovski Pearls, Glass Beads and Rhinestones. The Focal is a beautiful Sparkly piece and there is a magnetic clasp too! And a generous helping of silver plated chain.
This is going to be interesting... Sarah has set a challenge! A big one! None of these items are my usual components so I am TOTALLY out of my comfort zone. Not complaining!  This is the whole point of receiving a stash from someone else. You have to work with something new and make your creative brain work hard! 

My reveal date is 6th April.Watch this space...

And now I can show you what was in the soup I sent Sarah. 

It includes some of my favourite beads Turquoise, Corals & Freshwater Pearls. There is a good handful of Shell and Tibetan Silver in there too plus a couple of other secret ingredients! And a Turquoise and Heart wire wrapped Focal.

Let the fun begin! :-)

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Soup's On!

Well the ingredients are ready. That's a start I guess!

The chef won't receive them until next week because I completely forgot that our post office closes at 12.30 on Saturdays! iPlonker! Again...

Bead Soup for Pookledo
The picture on the right is what the mess I have put together sort of looks like...

I am sure Sarah will create something very tasty out of it, and perhaps a couple of side dishes too.

She is sending me my own batch of ingredients to play with which I am very excited about :-) And as everyone who has ever tasted my cooking will agree my bead soup should be a lot more palatable than things I cook up in the kitchen!

Both soups will be ready on 6th April so you will just have to be patient for a taste!

And now you have soup on your mind right? I have something to share that requires little waiting and if like me you are cold today it will definitely warm you up! My friend Chaylo's Carrot & Coriander Soup. I have tried it and even I can follow the easy steps! Try it! Its delicious!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

7th Bead Soup Party: Meet My Partner Sarah Goode

The 7th Bead Soup Blog Party is now in full swing and I guess there is a lot of soup making going on amongst beaders and jewellery makers all around the world :-) There are hundreds of participants!

Pookledo on Facebook
My Soup partner is Sarah Goode of Pookledo from Loughborough. Yes only about 35 miles or so from Stamford! Quite amazing that I get a fairly local partner through a party organised by Lori in USA! Don't you just love the internet?

Mixed Media Art Brooch
Hopefully there will be an opportunity to meet Sarah at an event or two in the near future. I don't travel too far for my shows but you never know. Sarah might be venturing our way. In fact I have a feeling Sarah and I have been in touch before as her name sounds VERY familiar. Perhaps it was for a Stamford Artisan Guild event. I am sure it will come to me at some point.

I am sharing a couple of examples of Sarah's work listed in her Etsy Shop. Lovely aren't they? And Sarah sounds lovely too!
Sunshine Peacock Cuff

Wonder what Sarah is cooking up for me. I love a challenge!

My soup is almost ready. I decided to make a focal piece instead of buying one and its almost complete. Hopefully I will be able to post it by Saturday latest.

This is what we have to send:
 :: One focal :: ::  One special clasp (not a lobster claw) ::
::  Some coordinating beads (no need to send a million) ::
No religious items -- crosses, Buddhas, goddesses, etc.
No political items.
No naked bits of bodies (yup, it's happened.)
No cabochons unless you're sending to a seed beader.
I would also just like to say a big THANK YOU to Lori Anderson who is the brain behind these parties for bringing artists from all over the world together for blog networking (and facebook via the group she runs there.) Lori has not been well in the last couple of weeks but still got this massive project going as planned. SuperWoman! 
Get well soon Lori, you are amazing!

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Very Proud of This One!

Just look at that wasp! Its one of the most beautiful stones I have ever wrapped. Thank you Gary and Vicky for giving me the opportunity! More here: Amber! | Jewellery By Shalini:

Bespoke Amber Pendant wrapped with Sterling Silver Wire

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Saturday, 2 February 2013

Me Name's On The List!

This is getting exciting! Feel like a kid getting ready for a party!

I can see my name on the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party list now which means very soon I will know who my partner is and get my soup ready to send. And I am really looking forward to receiving mine!

We are having a party! :D