Bead Soup Blog Party, Bead Hoarders Edition

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So excited!  Stay tuned and check back, y'all can experience this with me :)

So excited to participate this year! It will be hard to part with some of them, but I am sorting through my horde to see what goodies I can send!

Janeen Burlingame challenged herself with these big red ceramic beads, and created this wonderfully chunky necklace.

Janeen Burlingame challenged herself with these big red ceramic beads, and created this wonderfully chunky necklace.

All packed up and out the door to her partner... I can't wait to see what's in some of these packages & what's created out of them!

All packed up and out the door to her partner... I can't wait to see what's in some of these packages & what's created out of them!

She laments not being able to get a good picture of this necklace she created with her swap... I can only imagine how much more beautiful this piece is in person.

She laments not being able to get a good picture of this necklace she created with her swap... I can only imagine how much more beautiful this piece is in person.

Janeen also created this piece using the hoarded pendant she received in her swap.  What a wonderful way to welcome in Spring!

Janeen also created this piece using the hoarded pendant she received in her swap. What a wonderful way to welcome in Spring!

I had great plans for what I received from my partner, Terri G.  My plans included a little bead embroidery, a lot of twisted herringbone, pearls (because I sent her some, too), and an elaborate necklace along with a couple of unrelated pieces.  You know what they say about plans, yeah?  The beads decided they mostly wanted to stay together, and be in one piece.  So I created a bail & added a few Czech beads & a gorgeous handmade bronze clasp, and viola!

I had great plans for what I received from my partner, Terri G. My plans included a little bead embroidery, a lot of twisted herringbone, pearls (because I sent her some, too), and an elaborate necklace along with a couple of unrelated pieces. You know what they say about plans, yeah? The beads decided they mostly wanted to stay together, and be in one piece. So I created a bail & added a few Czech beads & a gorgeous handmade bronze clasp, and viola!

Alice Craddock created this bracelet from her swap beads, and says, "This is a fun piece with an ethnic feel. I love the yellow beads made by Gaea. I felt drawn to add the cute little elephant to this bracelet."

This bracelet is a fun Ethnic feel bracelet with the bright colors. The two yellow beads are made by Gaea and sent to me by my partner Leah Curtis. I added a fun colored elephant.

... and the beads!  The heart shaped rose pendant & rectangular link are from Earthenwood Studios, and she also sent a variety of Czech beads, charms, red Malay jade, deep red wood? beads (not sure, but they are lovely & earthy), and seed beads!!  This will be so much fun to work with, I am already inspired :)

The excellent array of companion beads Terri sent-- and seed beads!

What Hajer Waheed made with her swap beads.  How cool is this theme??

This is what I made with the interesting beads that sent. challenges: colors, my first attempts with wire work, and a long necklace, something that I'm not used to. To the necklace I added swarovski pearls and czech beads.

Beads received from Johana Nunez sent to Karin King (Maverick Beads)

Beads received from Johana Nunez sent to Karin King (Maverick Beads)

Hoarded pendant and some of the beads I am sending Carrie S. my swap partner. Edited at http://lunapic.com <--- see that??  I dunno what they are, but they're gonna be mine!  I already love the colors :)

This is a pixelated image of the pendant I have been hoarding along with the beads I am sending to my swap partner.

This right here, such wonderful colors!

This right here, such wonderful colors!

And another example of some cool disguising of goodies!

Teaser of what I will be wrapping up and sending to Bev.

Here's another teaser that was sent out for the Bead Hoarders edition of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

Here's another teaser that was sent out for the Bead Hoarders edition of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

It's so interesting to see how everyone chose to show what they're sending, without giving anything away!

My favorite hoarded beads are packaged and ready to go in the box!

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