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"Sneak Peak" of one of my Bead Soup Sets

Not only is today my 17th Wedding Anniversary, but it's the
BIG REVEAL for Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party

Woo Hoo!

It's finally time to go "Taste Testing" and "sample"
what every one has "cooked" up with their Bead Soup Mix!

So now, grab a cup of whatever it is you wish, and possibly some food too, 'cause this might take awhile, and go check out what everyone created!

(And leave positive comments for them on their blogs, too, K?)

I'm going to have a button up at the top of my blog
that will link to the list below for several weeks so this way you can come back
whenever you need to and finish up checking out everyone's "Soup"!

My Bead Soup Partner is Melissa Pynn - and we're #141 on this list - be sure to go see what Melissa created with the beads I sent her!

~ And here's what I created with what Melissa sent to me ~

Here's what she sent me!
Beautiful - aren't they?!

I created a couple of different sets with the gorgeous "ingredients"
that Melissa sent me - it was fun!

My sister told me that the picture I took above reminded her of a wedding cake!  LOL!
But that got me thinking "Romance", so I created something "Romantic" with the rose pendant, the heart clasp and some of those cute little faceted pink Czech glass beads. 
I threw in some recycled Sari silk ribbon, some faceted garnets and
some tiny vintage ceramic rounds ~ and, this is what those 'ingredients' became:

Romantic Rose Set with Heart Toggle
Romantic Rose Dangle Earrings
Romantic Rose Set - Bead Soup 2011- Michelle Buettner
Romantic Indeed!

Then, there's the silver bird connector Melissa sent me
and those yummy green leaf beads - I love those!!

I added some cool wood beads I had and hand-knotted them onto hemp cord
and this is what those "ingredients" mixed up into:

"Bird in the Rose Garden"
"Bird in the Rose Garden" Earrings

"Bird in the Rose Garden" Bead Soup Set

All the lovely little bird links and the beautiful opalite ovals
she sent me were screaming to be used.
I was inspired to put them w/blue sari silk and some other glass beads,
and this was one of my inspiration pictures!

And, here's what I came up with:
Ocean Blue by Michelle Buettner

'Ocean Blue' by Michelle Buettner

I hope you've enjoyed my "Cup-O-Soup" today!
And, I truly hope you enjoy the Bead Soup Blog Party this weekend!

Please Click to View the Bead Soup Blog Party Main Page

These are the partner pairs - click on each name below to go to their blogs.

The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke

1. Aimee Wheaton and Barbara York
2. Alice Craddick and Sandra Richardson
3. Alison Sachs and Amy Severino
4. Allison Scott and Cynthia Abner
5. Amanda Cargill Austin and Charlene Sevier
6. Amanda Davie and Patsy Evins
7. Amber Dawn and Kim Ballor
8. Ambra Gostoli and Christine Hansen
9. Amy Freelandand Christine Altmiller
10. Ana Krepel-Novak and Eleanor Snare

11. Andrea Morici and Hope Smitherman
12. Andrea Trank and Jayne Capps
13. Andrea Turini and Charlene Jacka
14. Angela May and Emanda Johnson
15. Anitra Gordy and Elizabeth Owens Dwy
16. Ann Rishell and Debbie Price
17. Ann Sherwood and Lynne Bowland
18. Anna Lear and Barbe Saint John
19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel
19. Nan Emmett and Erin Siegel
20. Astrid Boyce and Birgitta Lejonklou

21. B.R. Kuhlman and Deanna Chase
22. Barbara Bechtel and Bryna Lumb
23. Barbara Blaszczyk and DaviniaDesign
24. Barbara Judy and Holly Westfall
25. Barbara Lewis and Cathie Carroll
26. Barrie Edwards and Lyn Foley
27. Becky Fairclough and Jana Tarhala
28. Bella Borgouise and Gillian Lehman
29. Beth and Evie McCord and Erin Prais-Hintz
30. Beth Bricker and Heather Pyle

31. Beth Emery and Cassie Donlen
32. Bobbie Rafferty and Cindy Cima Edwards
33. Candice McGinnis and Sally Anderson
34. Carol Bradley and Cece Cormier
35. Cathy Khoury and Molly Alexander
36. Carol Tannahill and Hilary Frye
37. Carrie Tahquechi and Cris Peacock
38. Cat Pruitt and Cindy Gimbrone
39. Charlene Gary and Doris Stumpf
40. Charlotte Pevny and Kate Gardenghi

41. Cherrie Fickand Cathie Carroll
41. Claire Maunsell and Cherrie Fick
42. Cheryl Roe and Jenny Vidberg
43. Chris White and Norma Turvey
44. Christa Murphyand Kathy Alderfer
45. Christie Murrow and Dana James
46. Christina Miles and Collette Collins
47. Christine Brandel and Elizabeth Woodford
48. Christine Damm and Cynthia Deis
49. Christine Hendrickson and Debbie Goering
50. Christine Stonefield and Dee Wingrove-Smith

51. Cilla Watkins and Johanna Rhodes
52. Cindy Wimmer and Riki Schumacher
53. CJ Baushka and Cory Celaya
54. Courtney Breul and Joanna Matuszczyk
55. Cristi Clothier and Kathleen Robinson Young
56. Cryss Thain and Serena Trent
57. Cynthia Tucker and Kitty Durmaj
58. Dana Johnson Jones and Eva Sherman
59. Davinia Algeri and Janet McDonald
60. Deci Worland and Lara Lutrick

61. Diana Ptaszynski and Kristy Abner
62. Diane Cook and Kerry Bogert
63. Diane Hawkey and Jen Judd Velasquez
64. Dorcas Midkiff and Jill Harris
65. Doris Radlicki and Heather Goldsmith
66. Dot Lewallen and Gaea Cannaday
67. Elisabeth Auld and Jennifer Justman
68. Erin Fickert-Rowland and Geanina Grigore
69. Erin Grant and Julie Jones
70. Eszter Czibulyas and Helena Fritz

71. Fiona Christie and Michelle Heim
72. Gail Zwang and Genea Crivello-Knable
73. Geneva Collins and Jana Haag
74. Gretchen Nation and Heidi Post
75. Heather DeSimone and Karin Slaton
76. Heather Marley and Terry Carter
77. Ingrid McCue and Jennifer Pride
78. Jackie Ryan and Nicole Keller
79. Janna Harttgen and Joanne Tinley
80. Jean Yates and Lori Anderson

81. Jelveh Jaferian and Jenny Davies-Reazor
82. Jenni Connolly and Jennifer Heynen
83. Jennifer Cameron and Kristi Bowman
84. Jennifer Geldard and Lisa Liddy
85. Jennifer VanBenschoten and Kim Hora
86. Jess Italia Lincoln and Lori Greenberg
87. Jill MacKay and Lori Bergmann
88. JJ Jacobs and Karen Tremblay
89. Joyce Becker and Kathy Welsh
90. Judy Glende and Karen Sinkowski

91. Judy Riley and Kelly Morgan
92. JuLee Wolfe and Julie Bean
93. Julianna Cannon and Julianna Kis
94. Julie Nordine and Lesley Watt
95. K. Hutchinson and Shea Zukowski
96. Karen Firnberg and Karyn Bonfiglio
97. Karen Williams and Kimberly Roberts
98. Karen Zanco and Polly Barker
99. Kari Carrigan and Laura Twiford
100. Karin von Hoeren and Laura Blanck

101. Kate Richbourg and Lorelei Eurto
102. Kathleen Lange Klik and Maria Clark
103. Kathy Engstrom and Keri Lee Sereika
104. Kay Thomerson and Loretta Carstensen
105. Kelley Fogle and Laurel Bielec
106. Kelly Ramstack and Sally Anderson
107. Kim Stevens and Tiffany Long
108. Kristi Harrison and Mandy Williamson
109. Kristi Kyle and Lana Kinney
110. Kristina Johansson and Sue Hodgkinson

111. Kym Hunter and Laura Sanger
112. Laura Zeiner and Susan Kennedy
113. Laurel Stevenand Mary McGraw
114. Laurie Hanna and Lisa Boucher
115. Lesley Weir and Liz DeLuca
116. Linda Djokic and Tracey Weiser
117. Linda Inhelder and Pam Brisse
118. Linda Landig and Lori Dorrington
119. Linda Murphy and Lisa Hamilton
119. Line Labrecque and Marianne Baxter
120. Lisa Lodge and Monica Johnson

121. Lois Moon and Melissa Muir
122. Lola Surwillo and Therese Frank
123. Lori Bowring Michaud and Marci Brooks
124. Lupe Meter and Norma Agron
125. Maggie Towne and Marge Beebe
126. Malin de Koning and Susie Hibdon
127. Mallory Hoffman and Shirley Moore
128. Marcie Abney and Patty Miller
129. Marcy Lamberson and Melissa Clarke
130. Margot Potter and Suzann Sladcik Wilson

131. Maria Grimes and Wendy Blum
132. Maria Horvath and Melinda Orr
133. Maria Rosa Sharrow and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp
134. Marian Hertzog and Melissa Mesara
135. Marianna Boylan and Sandi Lee James
136. Marina Dobrynina and Michaela Pabeschitz
137. Marsha Neal and Miri Agassi
138. Mary Ellen Parker and Melissa Meman
139. Mary Elliott and Tamara Soper
140. Mary Hicks and Laurel Steven

141. Melissa Pynn and Michelle Buettner
142. Michelle Hardy and Niki Meiners
143. Michelle Mach and Moira McEvoy
144. Missy Rappaportand Mags Sarri
145. Molly Alexander and Poranna
146. Mylene Hillam and Nicole Rennell
147. Nadezhda Parfyonova and Stacey Curry
148. Nan Emmett and Nancy Peterson
149. Nancy Boylan and Natalie McKenna
150. Natalie Monkivitch and Niky Sayers

151. Natasha Lutes and Pam Ferrari
152. Noemi Baena and Penny Ilagan
153. Pamela Petry and Rebecca Sirevaag
154. Pat Haightand MaryShannon Hicks
155. Patty Gasparino and Vonna Maslanka
156. Penny Neville and Sandi Volpe
157. Pepita Bos and Wendy Chamberlain
158. Raida Disbrow and Rebecca Watkins
159. Rebecca Anderson and Sabrina Staub
160. Regina Santerre and Rose Binoya

161. Rhea Freitag and Tari Kahrs
162. Rochelle Brisson and Teri Baskett
163. Sally Russick and Tracy Bell
164. Sandra McGriff and Shay Williams
165. Sandra Wolberg and Sara Hardin
166. Sarah Elder and Salla Small
167. Saskia Kaffenberger and Sharon Gardner
168. Sharon Palac and Shannon Chomanczuk
169. Shay Stone and Suzette Bentley
170. Shiraz Biggie and Tammy Powley

171. Staci Smithand Tracy Stillman
172. Stacie Stamper and Tracy Martin
173. Stefanie Teufel and Vicky Taylor
174. Stephanie Dixon and Stephanie LaRosa
175. Stephanie Haussler and Valerie Norton
176. Suzanne Tate and Terri Wlaschin
177. Sweet Freedom Designs and Tammy Jones
178. Tania Spivey and Tari Sasser
179. Tara Plote and Terry Matuszyk
180. Terri Gauthier and Deana Hager
181. Theresa Fosdick and Tracey Nanstad


Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and A Lovely Cup of Bead Soup!


  1. Michelle the Romantic Rose Set is lovely... The silk looks perfect.

    Happy Hoppin,

  2. I love these !
    especially the use of the silk !
    Great Soup !
    m.e. :)

  3. Love the Romantic Rose earrings...just lovely!

  4. Beautiful and romantic - I love the colour combination you came up with for the first piece... so feminine!

  5. Your rose set is sooooo pretty, lovely, beautiful... not a perfect word for that! Congratulations!!!!!!

  6. Yes, I agree Romantic it is! Imagine at dinner on Valentine's day with your special someone and this necklace around your neck! And the bird in the rose garden, nice mix of colors, and so aptly named. Can't wait to see the rest.

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  8. ...and it's my birthday!!!! That first set is fantastic!!! LOVELOVELOVE - everyone is using ribbon fibers and silk - this is gorgeous I love the color combo!! Congrats and enjoy your day!

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  10. Holy smokes, I love EVERYTHING! You really made wonderful pieces with the stuff I sent you! I *love* the first piece especially! Can't wait to see the third (!) piece later on. :)

  11. Romantic says it all!
    I love the green leaves and how the earrings came out so cute!

  12. Love the beautiful garden feel to both of your pieces. Love the addition of the sari silk - so pretty. Those leaves on the second set - so cool!!

  13. These are all gorgeous, ultra feminine and romantic. As I go blog-hopping, I see the bead soups, I think "huh, what would I do with those beads?" and then I scroll down and see everyone's artistry, and I am just gobsmacked. In your case, I know those leaf beads would have stumped me, but I just loved what you did with them.

  14. beautiful the ribbon and the knotting...something I've never tried....

    Happy Anniversary

  15. Beautiful work! I really like the romantic earrings! Isn't funny how inspiration can come from the most random comment?

  16. Oh, I'm so loving these pieces! I don't do romantic style at all, but I could change my mind for that romantic rose set! Love, love the cord in the second piece. Can't wait to come back and see the other when your camera issue is resolved. :) Happy hopping!

  17. I am SO sorry for being late -- today our internet provider decided to crash. My stress level is through the roof, to say the least! They're still working on it, but it's like dial-up.

    That ROSE! I'd love to own a pendant like that in the worst way!

    And I think it's SO cool that you had two nature-inspired pieces -- a flower, and leaves -- yet they're TOTALLY different. WELL done!

    I hope you participate again!

    Love, Lori

  18. You made a whole wardrobe of beautiful creations. I love the romantic set and the bird in a rose garden. Love everything actually!

  19. Happy Anniversary!!! YOu did your blog partner proud. Gorgeous romantic pieces.


  20. Your Bead Soup pieces are just beautiful.

  21. Shel! Okay, that rose Romantic necklace is just gorgeous! I love the fibers used in it. The second necklace is lovely too :)

  22. When I saw your first pic I immediately thought, 'dainty and feminine'. That first piece is very romantic and I love the sari silk with it. The second piece is just cool. Nice job.
    Congrats on the anniversary.

  23. Wow! These are both amazing sets! I just love that you used ribbons and cording. You know I love these kinds of materials. Adds so much interest and texture! Wonderful work!

  24. Wonderful! You have created two terrific pieces of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture for Romantic Rose, but my favorite is Bird in the Rose Garden best. Thank you for sharing your artistic process with us. Cheers!

  25. Two beautiful sets. I love the mixture of textures with the Rose set. Looking forward to seeing more when your camera is fixed!

  26. I love the colors of your pieces and the romance of the necklace is divine!

  27. Just breathtaking! I love how you tied the little dangles into the sari silk. I never would have thought of that! My favorite is the Bird in the Rose Garden. I'd love wearing that!

  28. I love the color combinations that you came up with to enhance the soup! Beautiful pieces!

  29. I love the silk you used and your color choices. gorgeous. I also love the was you made the second piece with the waxed cotton(?). the bird is a fab touch!

  30. I absolutely love what you did with the Romantic Rose set. The rich burgundy ribbon helps to provide weight to the piece! Just beautiful. The other pieces remind me of a walk in the garden!

  31. especially loving the earrings, lots of dangles!

  32. Everything is so beautiful, but I love the rose set the bestest!

  33. Lovely necklaces! You framed the rose just perfectly. Can't wait to see the other creations when your camera decides to cooperate again!

  34. Both are lovely! The rose piece is very romantic, and I love the hemp and knotting on the second. Fantastic soup!

  35. I love both sets! You did a great job.

  36. I love the first earring but the second set is my favourite. It's very me. :o) xx

  37. Oh my! You have made some really lovely pieces! The rose necklace is my favourite. The focal is lovely, and you have made it even more beautiful with the rich silks. Gorgeous!

  38. You really did justice to those beads. Fantastic design work. Just stunning.

  39. Those two sets are so very different and yet both very pretty.

  40. great colour coordination with the wooden beads :-)

  41. I love nature inspired jewelry and these are just beautiful!

  42. I'm so glad I was late getting to your page, 'cos I got to see the blue birds piece without ever knowing I might have missed it, lol! Everything is wonderful! I seriously love it ALL :)

  43. Very romantic! And perfect for the 17th wedding anniversary celebration :o) (happy anniversary!) Love both pieces and I love the one in another post inspired by the beach.

  44. Both sets are awesome! I can't decide my fave. At first I thought Romatntic Rose was my fave, then I saw Bird in the Rose Garden. Fab-u-lous! You are very talented.

  45. these are gorgeous!!! i especially love the leaves and wood one. just beautiful! i thought i would get through the hop in 3 days. very naive, i was! i am glad to make it here! i went to GIA too! GG degree and the pearls and stringing class. what fun!

  46. Shel - just love your romantic rose set, it's beautiful.

  47. I thought your jewelry was lovely - and your pictures too in spite of camera problems.

  48. Everything is lovely. I just adore the Romantic Rose set. Such a feminine color, and I love the use of the ribbon.

  49. OMG, I love all of them! Just gorgeous!

  50. Beautiful, beautiful jewellery! I really like the colour combo in the rose necklace. Feels like the red adds depth to the rose compared to if it'd been used with, say, the green leaf beads in the soup. And I really like the colour and bead mix in Bird in the Rose Garden. Fab job!

  51. Wow, you're like a bead soup ninja! You'd never know those amazing creations came from the same soup. Each and every one is GORGEOUS!

  52. I love all your pieces but especially the Romantic Rose set with it's stunning focal and beautiful sari ribbon.
    I also love how the earrings tie in so well with your 'story'. I also LOVE that silver bird connector...wonder where it came from??

  53. Beautiful! I would have been severely challenged by the rose focal, but you made it look so right, perfectly at home in your design!

    And I love how you separated out the beads into three very distinct color ways and design themes. Very versatile. Can't decide which is my favorite - the green leaves and crow or your ocean piece. Both incorporate themes I love.

    Your photography is beautiful, too!

  54. I love the Rose dangle earrings but I am smittend with the colours of Bird in the Rose Garden.
    In any case, you made great pieces.

  55. A very nice group of pieces. They're all pretty and yet completely different. You showed off a lot of your skills.


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