Saturday, August 11, 2012

6th Bead Soup Blog Party - 2nd Reveal

Hello dear friends,

Sorry for my absence... I have had a few tough weeks and have not been creating or even thinking about it too much.

My darling Dad left this earthly life on the 28th of July... I was close to him and am missing him so much.
I have found these last weeks to be so strange... some days it is just so hard to get going and do much of anything.
However, there has been Bead Soup to finish and family to tend... life does just continue on wether we feel
sad or not!

My partner in the Sixth Bead Soup, second reveal, is Tanya from Moobie Grace Designs and she sent me such a lovely and generous soup.
Here is the picture to refresh your memory..


I chose to use the purple polymer clay focal and it's accompanying beads. I was originally going to have a chain in the shape of the focal bead, but then had just too much on my plate to complete this. ( Motto... do not delay your work... something I always say to my girls!) So it had to be a simpler project for me this time. I might even change things around soon.. and finish the chain... will see how I go.
(I am also going to change the cream sari-silk to brown to match the line on the focal.... the cream looks a bit bright  to my eye and possibly a bit too jarring.. but I didn't have the brown on hand)

I do so want to use the other gorgeous focal and beads ... I will be putting it together in the not too distant future... a "cuff" is  definately calling to me!

"River Song"
Polymer focal and beads by Tanya, salwag beads, pearls, wooden sticks copper clasp and sari silk.

Up close with the yummy focal element.

I made a bracelet from my hand made copper "easy links,"some of my handmade copper beads and ball-ended hook and mixed in some more of the beads Tania sent, including purple ceramic discs, purple briolette- shaped beads and Tania's fabulous wire-wrapped element which I love.

When I first opened Tania's parcel and saw the purple polymer focal, a song popped in to my head which I had not thought about for eons!!
It was a lullaby which I used to sing to my girls when they were little and my Mother did to me. I always just called it the "The river song"...... I have no idea if this is it's real name. This is how it goes...

The river sang softly to the leaves on the trees
"I am waiting to take you on a journey with me."
So the leaves fell down gently on a bright Autumn day
and floated with the river very far, far away.

So, although the focal bead has little flowers and not leaves on it... I called my necklace "River Song"
The bracelet is yet to tell me it's name!

Please check out the other items that the other Sixth Bead Soup - reveal 2- participants have made.
Here is the list for a bit of wonderful browsing...

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 

 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead


Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio


Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads      YOU ARE HERE


Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae


Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders


Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place


 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs


Pam Farren, re-maker
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle


Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads


Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs     MY PARTNER
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 


Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Valerie Norton, Hot Art



Hope you have fun browsing,
Cheers,

72 comments:

Tanya Ozanne said...

Copper and purple....awesome combination Love and Hugs Tanya

Cytherea Bijoux said...

I'm sorry about your Dad. I send you rays of happiness in these days.
The soup is so, so, so wonderful. I can't get my eyes of it. Perfect!

best,
Agata Grygiel

coffeeaddict said...

Your post made me cry, quite simply because the oh so familiar: " I know exactly how you feel!" applies. I lost my dad too and it's been a strange roller coaster of emotions ever since.

Your bead soup is quite simply stunning and the bracelet is incredible: the combination of copper and lavender is such a stark contrast of strength and frailty intertwined.

Kumi at Malie Kai Designs said...

So sorry for your loss :( Your work is beautiful! I especially love the bracelet!

Green Shoot Jewellery Designs said...

So sorry to hear about your dad, Jenni.

You made some beautiful soup, can't wait to see what you make with the rest of the ingredients.

Deb x

flyingbeader said...

Jenni I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. My Dad usgone too & I miss him after all these years.
You have done a wonderful job with the beautiful focal piece. I don't know the Ruver Song tune but I can imagine the love behind it

m.e. said...

I am indeed sorry for your loss.

Your designs are so peaceful and serene.
River song is the perfect name for your necklace.
Delicious Soup !
m.e. :)

Regina said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I love what you have made... River Song is hauntingly beautiful.

bailaora said...

Im very sorry for your loss.
Perfect jewelry, fantastic wire work.Best wishes!.Regards from Poland, Dorota

13 said...

Fantastic colours, love the purple focal and the copper bracelet is gorgeous

Marian Hertzog said...

Ah Jenni I am so sorry about your Dad passing. Blessings for you and your family. It is such a difficult part of life. You created some beautiful pieces there and the Little River story is so sweet!

The Jewelry Larder by Maybeline Tay said...

I am sorry to hear about your recent loss. Someone once said that our love ones continue to live in our hearts and lives cos we carry their teachings, beliefs and memory in us.

As for your creation, I love the River Song. It exudes a peaceful feel. Will return to see your other creations.

Take care.

Amy's said...

I'm sorry for your loss.Must be a very difficult time:(
Your pieces are very nice and I love the River Song :)
I'll be back to see other creations from you.
Hugs

Anke Humpert said...

Love love love your jewellry!!! The river song is jsut stunning!
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved father...;-(( hugs!!!

Moobie Grace said...

Oh Jenni...I don't even have any words to comfort you! Just know that I can relate and I'll keep you in my prayers!

I love both pieces so much! I have such a hard time with purple, and most of my pieces end up looking cartoonish...but these are are absolutely PERFECT!!! I'm SO thankful that we were paired together!

God bless, friend!

Tania

Mags said...

The River Song is so soothing and lovely <3
Love <3

Ginger Bishop said...

Your piece is lovely and I love the lullaby. I am truly sorry about your dad. I lost my father and my emotions hit in powerful waves. In the beginning it seemed I was walking in the world with everyone else, but somehow completely disconnected. I wish you the warm feeling of comfort and the soothing sensation of peace.

Love, Yesterdays said...

I am in love with that charm bracelet! So sorry about your dad :(

Whimsy said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. In spite of your pain, you made beautiful pieces. I am very envious of your ability to work the copper. I love the bracelete.

Pretty Things said...

First -- oh my. I'm so incredibly sorry for your loss and I have an ear if you need it. I can't imagine. I'm glad you found the outlet of creativity to be a good one for you, and you did an AMAZING job -- I love her beads and you did a fantastic job.

Thinking of you -- drop me a line, OK?

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Jenni I am so sorry for your loss and I am sending hugs your way.

You created an amazing necklace with those goodies you received and I love the little song behind it - Stunning! I also just love that bracelet and all the wire and components together is fantastic!

Big hugs to you!

Maneki said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Can't imagine what it'd be like to lose someone that close, someone who's always been in your life in one way or another. *Hugs*


The jewellery you made is lovely. The colours are gorgeous, the designs beautiful. Pretty name for the necklace, I can see the river in the pendant. To me, the analogy could be extended to the bracelet too: if the necklace is the river, then the bracelet is the pebbles in it.

And what a lovely lullaby. It sounds so peaceful and somewhat melancholic(because in a way that stanza seems to be about death too, if one can say that of a lullaby, how death is a river that will take us with it on a journey far beyond).

Francy said...

Bless your heart! *hugs*

Your designs are just awesome! The necklace is lovely and that bracelet with the copper and purple with the tube beads.....love it!

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

I am so very sorry to hear of your dad's passing Jenni. Please accept my condolences. Both of your pieces are lovely and I love the little song, it's nice that it gives meaning to your necklace. What a lovely soup!

Sandra said...

Im so sorry for your loss. Sending you healing thoughts and prayers.

You created two beautiful pieces!

Lola said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember having that same "stalled" feeling after my mom passed away. Hugs to you as you move through this difficult time. It's telling that you ended up choosing the purple beads for your designs as I believe purple to be an emotionally calming color. Your designs are truly beautiful ... that necklace is pure joy while that bracelet totally rocks!

Dana Fowler said...

Nice creations

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

Firstly, let me share my deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your dad. I can't imagine how tough things had to be for you, but like you said, life goes on whether you're ready for it or not!

Second, your soup and creations are stunning-I love all the components you incorporated, especially those amazing clasps ^.^

Happy Hopping!

Shaiha said...

I am so sorry about your loss. Hopefully you were able to loose yourself a bit in your soup.

That bracelet is incredible. I just love the combo of the lavender and the copper. I so need to learn to make chain. Your's just adds the perfect touch.

Emakaye said...

Wonderful creations. I love both pieces.

Katherine at Terra Beadworks said...

Oh Jenni you did such wonderful creations in the midst of such deep sorrow. I feel so very sorry for your loss of your Dad and know how hard it is to move on. You have such talent and a beautiful way of putting it down on paper. I believe as artists that we process our grief through expressing or creating and I hope you find strength and healing this way. Beautiful work!

adlinah said...

I love purple but never thought of pairing it with copper. Your designs showed how wonderfully well they go together. Love what you made - so very pretty!

Shyme said...

I am really sorry for your loss! The necklace and bracelet you have made is so beautiful!

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

Very spectacular works!Fantastic jewels!Congrats!

Lorelei Eurto said...

I really love your soup you received from Tanya! She does amazing stuff!
Great job with both pieces! I would wear them both!! Just beautiful!

Malin de Koning said...

Such beautiful pieces Jenni!!!! Both of them. You have used the beads sent to you so well.

So sorry for your loss. I also miss my dad very much. I keep thinking he still here in a way though, in my (and others) memories, and through all the knowledge he has passed on, and in his silly funny jokes that are told again and again. Things like that. When I need him, his good advice, ways of thinking, and his comfort, I can think about what he would say and do if he was still here, and it helps a little. People who are important always keep living on in one way or another. I don't know if this gives you any comfort for you in a time like this, but I hope it does. Take care dear Jenni. Don't let anyone tell you how you should go about your mourning. Go about it the way YOU need to. HUGS!!!!

Linda Y said...

Love your soup components and I love what you did with them. Great job.

SwallowtailJewellery said...

Both your pieces are stunning! The bracelet is just gorgeous - love it. So sorry for your loss :(

Kris Lanae Binsfeld said...

Jenni,

Great job with your soup... I love your wire work and the mixed colors!! Super amazing work! Kris

Creative Atelier said...

Love, love this bracelet, gorgeous! Great job:)

A Polymer Penchant said...

Oh dear, I'm so sorry for your loss, a great one I'm sure. You did a wonderful job rising to the challenge and I think a cuff sounds awesome for the other parts of your soup. healing thoughts for you

Shirley said...

I'm so very sorry about your Dad. I know. It's been 2 years, and I still pick up the phone to call him.
You really made some beautiful pieces with your soup. I love them both, and am thrilled to have found your blog.

Lilyweeds at Augusta Kent Studio said...

im a bracelet fan... add copper and i'm over the moon. :) beautiful work! ~diana

Elisabeth said...

So sorry to hear about your dad - your pieces re wonderful - I love the mix of copper and purple.

A Half-Baked Notion said...

I am hurting for you, Jenni, on learning of your dear Dad's passing. Though both my Mum and Dad have been gone for many years, hearing of another's loss still recalls the pain of grief. Yes, time does have an impact to lessen the hurt, but it never really disappears. We merely make a sort of peace with it. Reach out to your friends and family, who will be the source of strength and solace.

We are fortunate when our hands can be occupied with creative endeavours at these times. These lovely Bead Soup pieces you designed may have provided a welcome distraction. It is wonderful that lots of Tanya's treasures remain to play with!

Kim said...

I am so sorry about your Dad. You did a wonderful job with your soup and I hope creating helped you, it always seems to for me. <<<<<>>>>>

BackstoryBeads said...

Hugs to you, Jenni. Love the personal remembrances you've woven into the rich, muted colors in your designs.

Cheryl at Get Your Bead On said...

That bracelet is to die for!!! The necklace is very pretty to but I love, love, love the bracelet.

Karen Mitchell said...

So sorry about your Dad. It's really hard when daughters lose their fathers. Lost mine when I was four, always thought he was watching over me, my own Guardian Angel.

Love your bead soup, purple and copper, my favourite combination. Great designs, love them all!

Love and hugs from a fellow Aussie.

Jean A. Wells said...

So sorry for your loss. Give yourself time to grieve - I hope the creative process helps. The necklace is beautiful but that bracelet is fabulous. Love it. Don't you just love those easy links. Great job!

Melissa said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. :( That is never easy.

Your soup was amazing. I simply adore that bracelet. You have done a wonderful job.

Melissa Muir
http://design.kcjewelbox.com

Patricia L Johnson Glass Art said...

I am so sorry to hear about your dad. It is a hard loss...sending all my best to you and yours.

Your pieces came out beautifully. The bracelet is to die for. Your a girl after my own heart. I just love the story behind the necklace...perfect name for it.

Courtney said...

I am sorry for your loss.

You did get an amazing lot of ingredients! The purple focal is wonderful, and paired with copper, perfection.

April Grinaway said...

I now am in LOVE with COPPER !
Amazing work. Thank you.

CraftyHope said...

Let me start by saying that I'm so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for healing are being sent your way.

Both your necklace and bracelet are yummy in all kinds of ways. I like the necklace with the cream, but agree that something darker might work better. I can't wait to see it when you make the change. As well. . .this cuff you have coming, can't wait!!

windbent said...

Both beautiful pieces. Thank you for sharing your art and soul with us. Best Wishes to you and your family.

said...

what a beautiful soup! and I love both pieces you realized.
ciao dall'Italia

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Jenni,
I am so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing, but just know that he is not gone. He is right there with you and occasionally when you feel a soft breeze, that will be him whispering in your ear that he loves you.
Your pieces are gorgeous I love them all.
Therese

BluMoon said...

I am so sorry for your loss, I still miss my dad and now my mom also, they live on in my heart.
Both your pieces are lovely and I do agree that maybe a different colour of sari silk would work better for your necklace.
Jackie

Heather said...

Beautiful pieces! I am so sorry for you loss.. in time, you will be able to remember him with a smile, instead of tears.. xo

Krafty Max said...

WOW, that bracelet is so very pretty!! I love your creations, but that one is my favorite!!

beadrecipes said...

So sorry to hear about your loss, I can't imagine how hard it must be right now. I'm glad you were able to make something, and something as beautiful as that bracelet!
And it's great to see another Aussie (also from Melbourne!) in the BSBP!

Kathy Lindemer said...

I love the bracelet that you made. You have some wonderful copper components that you made in it and I love those purple beads.

Alice said...

Gorgeous! Who would have though the purple would work so weel with the copper! I just love your handmade copper components!

Shanti Johnson said...

SO sorry for what your are going thru emotionally and your loss. Your pieces are so beautiful and the bracelet has me in awe of it. SO incredibly gorgeous...

Penny Neville said...

Stunning! Absolutely beautiful designs, I love the pairing of copper and purple it looks dynamite!

Sharyl said...

So sorry about your father. It's a terrible loss. But you've created some beautiful pieces in the midst of your grief. They are both exquisite, even before any additional changes you mention. I'm especially fond of the bracelet, just because of all the beautiful, earthy metalwork.

fireflymyst said...

Great work, Jenni! Love the copper and purple:>)

fireflymyst said...

I am sorry for your loss.

LeeLu Creations said...

What a great soup! I love the richness of the purple in the bracelet. I am partial to a cha cha bracelet! :)

Linda Y said...

Jenni, so sorry for your loss. You were very brave to continue on and get your bead soup finished. The River Song necklace is beautiful. I love the entire piece. Your bracelet with the purple copper combo is awesome as well.

Maplegirl said...

So sorry to read about your dad passing. Thinking about you.

Bead soup - I loved your easy link chain on the bracelet (reminds me of the sorrento chain I am working on right now). I also love your clasps. I have your box of them that I won on your giveaway, and I have one in a necklace that I have it in a project box almost finished. I wanted to put it with some special components, and I wanted to highlight it at the front of the necklace. So fun for a fairly newbie jewellery designer. Thank you again for offering them up.
Andrea

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