I have been absent from here for a while - still feeling raw from the loss of my pup, Sam, and still trying to heal my hip. But in the meantime, I received my Bead Soup from the wonderful Lori Anderson yesterday!! She generously gifted me three pretty two-toned pink boxes, neatly wrapped with a purple ribbon (as well as a nice card, too) that contained these beauties (click on the pictures for a larger view):
This is a BEAUTIFUL color palette to work with: turquoise, purple, silver tones, neutral, and a splash of red! I happened to have received my copy of this book on Monday which I have paging through for ideas in using the cording and faux suede ribbon:
This book is awesome - as I knew it would be! So many wonderful design ideas by some extremely talented artists!
These are my favorite beads received from Lori:
Look at that gorgeous focal from Juli Cannon! My picture does not capture the beautiful colors and the stamped texture on the glass - just love it! And, Lori made the coordinating lampwork beads and the wire-wrapped silver hook clasp! I love this combination and am so appreciative of the handmade aspect of that clasp and her beads! I have several ideas floating in my head and cannot wait to get started!
I sent Lori 2 different beads sets:
The first set includes stunningly gorgeous lampwork beads by the extremely talented Donna Millard, and an awesome focal bead by Marsha Neal. I recently commissioned Lesley Watt to make me some sterling silver PMC clasps. Lesley's work is just gorgeous, and Donna's beads deserved that clasp for sure! I also gave her some cool lampwork head pins from Havanna Beads and Nadin Art Glass - love these!
The second set includes 5 beautiful, chunky lampwork beads handmade by Lea Avorch, antique gold pewter beads, Swarovski pearls, freshwater pearls, blue silk, and wonderful bronze components - by Lesley Watt (can you tell I love her work!) and the wonderful LeeAnn Weih of Summers Studio.
I had a good time putting this soup together and I cannot wait to see what Lori has created! My reveal date is July 28th.
Thanks for stopping by!