Bead Soup Blog Party.. finally

I'm a couple of days late, but hey, better late than never, right?

To start.. My partner for this Soup was Ingrid McCue.  Poor Ingrid had to send me 2 sets of beads because the first set got lost in the mail :(  Judging by the set I got, I can only imagine what the first set looked like.  This is what she sent:
A gorgeous mixture of Indian Agate, Carnelian, Labradorite, and a set of mystery beads I think are Jasper

As luck would have it, I did end up with 2 sets of beads.  And by luck, I mean bad luck on Ingrid's part.  An injury put her out of commission for a few days, and so Lori was kind enough to send some beads as well.
Marsha Neal Studio [ceramic] pendant, Tierracast toggle, matte rose quartz pebbles, and Czech glass

Out of these, here's what I created with what I received from Ingrid:

Carnelian & Labradorite with a Leaher Wrapped Jasper Donut
The photo doesn't do the carnelian justice.  These beads are the most beautiful red-orange I have ever seen. I paired the carnelian rounds with labradorite disks, with a couple of faceted agate beads in there for good measure.  The donut I wrapped with red leather cord and it hangs from a silver bail.
Indian Agate with Fancy Jasper
With this one, I just had to go simple and let the beads speak for themselves.  Just look at the colors!  To the Indian Agate Ingrid sent, I added some smaller, faceted agate beads, along with even smaller fancy jasper beads for some contrast.  The bottom photo shows the Bali Silver toggle that Ingrid chose.

And from Lori:

Marsha Neal Studio ceramic pendant, Elaine Ray ceramic beads, Czech glass, and Rose Quartz
When I opened the package from Lori, my first thought was "Wow".  Then, "How am I going to put these together??"  So, beads in hand, I headed down to Ornamentea.  As luck would have it, there was a string of  ceramic beads by Elaine Ray that are virtually the same color as the ceramic pendant Lori sent.  Yay!  Add some more rose quartz and I'm in business!  By the way, I am in love with those Czech glass beads!  What an amazing color!  Below is the Tierracast toggle that fits the necklace perfectly.

I know I was late to the party, but in case you haven't already seen the list a billion times already, click here for the list of other Bead Soup participants showing off their creation.


A Full Plate Means No Room for Soup

Regrettably, I do not have any Bead Soup to share this morning.  Oh, I have beads, and some almost finished pieces, but because I bit off more than I could chew so to speak, there won't be Soup to share till this evening or perhaps tomorrow evening.  Sigh.  That's what going to school and working full time will do to you :/

Stay tuned though, because, I have not one, but two, batches of Soup to share, courtesy of the USPS.

In other news...  I can't believe I missed the posting, but my Etsy shop was featured at Kaeli's Kiwis.  While I am uber-excited about the feature, I'm holding off on sharing the link at the moment because Chrome is telling me that Kaeli's blog may be the victim of a malware attack. :(

And I can't forget about my Creative Sistah's!  I finished my "August" sketch in Brandy's book in the nick of time, and it is now in Stephanie's very capable hands.  Here's what it looks like:

More to come, but right now, it's time for this busy girl to get some sleep.