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Friday, October 5, 2012

Bead Soup Book and New Website Sale!

I've been waiting patiently for my day ... but enjoying the posts by the other artists involved in the Bead Soup Book blog tour! 

Raise your hand if you thought Lori's first Bead Soup Party Swap with 60 participants would lead to a multi-national event and a book?  Who knew?  But anyone who knows Lori knows she's a pixie on the outside and a dynamic powerhouse on the inside! We love you, Lori!  

I think we all have our personal reasons for being involved in Lori's Bead Soup Party Swaps. For me, the Bead Soup Party Swaps got me into the studio to MAKE JEWELRY!  Imagine that! The other thing Lori's swap did was to encourage me to stretch my creative wings.  While you may be receiving some jaw-droppingly beautiful stuff from your partner, the stuff might not be what you would normally work with.  It's about staying true to your aesthetic while creating from the work of another.   

So, I was over the moon when Lori asked me to submit work for the book.  We all understood that she couldn't guarantee whose work would be accepted by Kalmbach, but I, for one, was extremely honored to be asked.  These feelings were magnified when I found out who else was involved!  

What I received from Lori was this cup of bead soup.   



The copper beads and toggle clasp were from Shannon LeVart and the rest was from Lori.  I laid out a bunch of different arrangements, but what kept calling me was an asymmetrical design with the leaf dangling to one side.  I beefed up the arrangement with some enamel and patinated pieces. The chains were patinated ... one in verdigris and the other in a dye-oxide patina in red. You'll have to look in the book for the vintage copper flower and more enameled pieces! 




"Autumn Harvest" Necklace




"Autumn Harvest" bracelet

My partner in the swap was Cindy Wimmer of Sweet Bead Studio!  Wow, Cindy hit it out of the park!  Make sure you visit her today!

My bead soup to Cindy!  

Okay, now down to the stuff you've all been waiting for.  First of all, Lori's having a drawing for this Grand Prize.  Everyone who leaves a blog post at her site or any of the other sites on the Book Tour will be entered in the drawing. Please check Lori's site for details about the drawing. 



But for my prize, you're going to have to do a little  work ... like visit my new website:  www.paintingwithfirestudio.com.  Take a look at this photo ... 


These are just a few of the Just Sayin' Pendants and Charms at the site.  The ones that are face down are meant to spark your interest in turning them over!  You can do a cyber-turnover if you visit the website, but right now you may be asking yourself, "What kind of other inspirational or perverted sayings does Barbara have on those pendants?" To find out, you'll have to go to the site, click on "Artisan Beads" under "Beads + Filigree."   

The large, slightly domed pieces are 1" in diameter and the others are 3/4".  The winner can select one pendant and two charms ... whichever you'd like.  Just make sure to leave a comment on my blog and on October 9 I'll randomly draw a winner and announce the winner here.  By leaving a comment at my blog, you'll also be entered into Lori's drawing for the Grand Prize! 

While you're at our website, please take a look around because we're celebrating the opening of the new site with a sale.  



The site has been a long time coming, but I'm pleased with the outcome. But for now, I'm off to make some more pendants.  These are going to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so please come back to the site in a few days to look around. We'll be donating a dollar from the sale of each of these new pendants to the Suncoast Chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  

Today, make sure you also visit Brandi Hussey of "Brandi Girl ... a Life Inspired by Color," another contributor to the Bead Soup Book and, of course, don't forget that Lori's having another giveaway today ... in addition to the main prize!   

92 comments:

Wendy said...

I love the "First, coffee" one, that's so me! You make beautiful jewellery, I'm so glad I've found your blog!

Shari said...

These are so fun, Barbara! I love them! The bracelet is so pretty!

13 said...

I love first, do no harm! Just makes me chuckle and the web site is cool

Kiwiken said...

He, you read my mind - i *did* want to turn over those little charms and see what's under them... I like the "jump in, warer's fine" one...

Why isn't OpenID working? I hate technology :(

Kathy Lindemer said...

Bazinga makes me smile! Love your fabulous creations and your photos are wonderful.

Courtney said...

Congratulations on being a part of this wonderful book. I agree, Lori is amazing!

Love your charms!

Angi said...

Congrats on being part of the book! Your work is amazing and has inspired me to try my hand at enameling! I love your new chams and pendants! My fav is "play with dirt"! I would love to win your giveaway! Pretty please!

Sweettooth said...

These charms are so fun. I like the 'dare to be great' and
'bazinga' - that's very cool.
Thanks for the chance to win.

KayzKreationz said...

I love your new site. That 'you and what army?' Pendant is great. Plus I really like the 'coffee first' and play in the dirt charms. Too cute.

AntiquityTravelers said...

What great charms! and love that you call them 'just say'n' too cute!

ArtZhodgepodge said...

What fun... have to say I would have to go for What the ?!!. Congrats on your store opening..

Alice said...

What? You want us to choose from all those great charms? That's tough, but my favorite is 'You're Not the Boss of Me'. These are darling, and the possibilties are endless!

And by the way,congratulations on being a part of this wonderful collaboration!

OriginalBorski said...

Wow, your stuff is always so pretty, the jewelry you design as well as the components you make. Perfect!

Cassi said...

I love these charms! "first, coffee" is my favorite, but I also love "jump in, the water's fine" and "solace". I really love wearing jewelry (bracelets specially) that have a message to remind me of certain things during the rush of the day.

quiltingjewel39 said...

Congratulations on your new site and being part of this book. I am going over there to turn over some of those charms! They are wonderful. rmar261783@aol.com

steufel said...

Oh my, your pieces are divine!

Kristi said...

I love your charms!! Congrats on being part of this amazing book!

Anvil Artifacts said...

Your "just saying" charms have such a cool retro vibe while being completely current. Love them!
Watching the unveiling of the Bead Soup creations has been a fantastic journey. Great fun, ladies!

Cheryl W. said...

Congratulations on being asked to participate in Lori's book. I just love the soup ingredients you submitted. I really like your new site and all of your pendants/charms are so cute. It will be hard to decide! Thank you for this opportunity.

D Fritz said...

these are so fun. Hope I win.

Bobbie said...

they're all such fun, but the "bazinga" made me laugh!

Becky Pancake said...

My favorite is the blue follow your bliss #1472. I want to learn how to torch fire enamel beads. I really liked Cindy Wimmers' necklace with your great beads from the "Bead Soup" book. Lori's book is awesome & this hop enhances it with the stories behind the pieces & great stuff to win. Thanx so much for a chance to win some of your great enameled pieces.

freshbakeddesigns said...

Two hands raised in the air for this wonderful book and it's contributors. Woot! Love your enameled work and the chance to win a few of my very own to work with.

Sherri Stokey said...

hahaha - You're not the boss of me!

Robin Reed said...

Hi Barbara, I have picked several of the pendants that I just love!! Please add me to your drawing I would love to win any of these! Thanks Robin

Jen Ren said...

I love bazinga and star in your fairytale. Your new website is awesome. :)

Linda said...

Hi Barbara! Love the new website, and the charms & pendants are just precious.

Lori Anderson said...

Oh what a hoot -- "perverted or inspirational"! I love it!

Thank you so much for making such lovely pieces for the book, and all the encouragement along the way!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love your pendants! I checked out your new site and it is great. I toured the store and if I was anywhere near I would be in my car now and on the way there! I must wipe the drool off my monitor.

Thank you for the giveaway offer and congratulations on being published in Lori's book!

zanc@att.net

TesoriTrovati said...

You know I am a sucker for messages and your Just Sayin' line is PERFECT! I will be back for some of those for sure!

I especially love that no matter what soup you get you end up tailoring it to your own unique tastes and styles. That is what is so fun and revelatory about the Bead Soups. I am honored to be on this bead soup journey with someone I admire so greatly! Enjoy the day, Miss Barbara! Erin

Erin S said...

love the new charms. several of the sayings spoke to me--"wild child", "you're not the boss of me" and "trust the vibe" are my faves. I'd LOVE to make something cool with one of these!

Kokopelli said...

*LOL* Play dirty, fight clean! Second would be "First, coffee!"

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

Your charms make me smile! I'd love to win.

Kelly J. R. said...

I really like the "be the difference" charm. That is so fitting for my life right now.

Stephanie said...

I love the charms/links they are very pretty! I would love to win one.. The designs are just beautiful!!

AliMc said...

Congrats on being in the book Barbara! The "be mindful" ones are very fitting for me right now.

JuLee said...

I have been waiting anxiously all week to see what you were doing for the giveaway and I am blown away by your charms. I really like Bazinga, me being a Big Bang nut... but would love to be able to wear "first do no harm" to my job (I work in a hospital) as a reminder of why we are all there in the first place.

Abby said...

Oh my goodness, I have so many friends who would love the Bazinga charm!!

Jami aka DaMamaShipp said...

I absolutely love the Autumn Harvest ensemble... You are amazing! Love your work and your story :) This has been such a fun launch and book tour. I am just loving all the wonderful giveaways you ladies are offering - what an opportunity for all of us to own artisan pieces made by the masters.

I had such a hard time picking favorites in your pendants and charms... I'll have to come back frequently to aquire all that I want. If I were to win I would select these... Enamel Decal Charm - Be the Difference 1464,
Enamel Decal Charm - Share Your Gifts 1465, Enamel Decal Pendant - first, DO NO HARM 1439 They spoke the loudest to me as an ensemble of sorts... thanks again for the fun challenge and opportunity to win:)

Elena Adams (ElenaAdams1992@yahoo(dot)com said...

BAZINGA!omg im at work and busted out laughing i love Sheldon!I must have this whether I win or not!:)How flippin cool!Thanx for the chance to win:)

Cynthia said...

Love your new website, and the charms! It would be a tough job to pick just one, but I'd probably go with "WTF". just sayin!

The Creative Klutz said...

Love the 'play in the dirt' one (so me) lol ... and 'wild child' is brilliant too, and the 'first do no harm' one reminds me of things my martial arts teacher told me ;)
Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win ... bookmarked your website ready for when I can have a bead spending spree lol ;D

Johana Nunez said...

Barbara, you know that you're my "Rock Star" :) I really enjoy and loved every single piece that you make. If I win I like "pray daily" decal "embrace YOUR power!" and the more significant for me "jump in, water's fine" This one really makes me cry. I't seems like God saying that to me.

Thanks Barbara!!!

sandi m said...

Those charms are just too cute! Will definitely hop on over to your site after this.
Congratulations on your soup participation. It's fun to see how your PWF style comes through in your soup mix. And what a cool soup you sent Cindy.

flyingbeader said...

Wow loved looking at the gallery on your website...loved everything there. Fantastic work...I enjoyed it all

Anonymous said...

What fun these charms and pendants are and I would love to win some! Thanks for the opportunity. Lynn

Kristen said...

Oh Barbara you have made it soo hard for me. And for me "coffee first" is my little sayin. But in the grand scheme of things I do also teach my children "First Do no Harm" so that is very close to my heart. No you just need to make one that says "Now, forever after" and that will complete the trilogy as it is my hubby's and my song.

Cindy said...

Barbara, what a great blog post celebrating Lori's Bead Soup book. You are so right, every one seems to have participated in the BSBP for a variety of reasons...but I think one thing is for sure, everyone is glad that they did! I can't tell you how happy I was to receive your beads to work with....I'll admit it was a fun challenge because I love your enameled beads (especially that great pendant with the little domes) AND the colors were ones that I would have chosen any day.
The creations you made wtih your bead soup are so stunning. I like how you added a mixed media element to the book - both your necklace and bracelet are like no other...I want to make that bracelet some time soon myself! Thanks for the great give away & CONGRATS on the opening of your new website!

Kimberly, Bakin' Goddess said...

Oh! Those are fabulous! I love your storefront! I wish I lived near you so I could visit & take some classes! I love the "First, Do No Harm" charm! There are several that I love but that one is one of my favorites!

You have some amazing pieces there! Thank you for sharing such beautiful work with us!

*Kel* said...

OMG! These are fanfreakintastic, afreakinmazing and I'd Absofreakinlutely love, Love, LOVE the chance to work with some of these! I'm all about doin' you're own thang! These so rock my creative world! You are covered in awesome sauce & totally made of WIN! Kel :-)

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

Your website is gorgeous! I am seriously blown away and if I had some extra money, I'd definitely have a little fun splurging ^.^

For now though, it's going to be bookmarked!

I really love your 'Embrace Your Power, and your 'Trust The Vibe' pendant/charms! Although, I pretty much love them all :)

Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity!

TheEclecticElement AT yahoo DOT com

ZUBEAJAY said...

ooooh i love them !

Carol said...

Still loving the FIRE! And the awesome necklace you made for the book.

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

These are really cool, and the new website looks awesome. If I win I would like, first coffee and pray daily.
Sonya

Skye said...

Oh so many fabulous things :) As far as the charms and pendants, 'Bazinga' & 'first, coffee' are tied for fave lol

Shaiha said...

I love all of those charms. My favorites are 'Wild Child' and 'WTF?'

rrjane011749 said...

I would so love to win!

Renetha said...

"First do no harm" - That's my favorite.

Christine said...

The sneak peak of your necklace - amazing! I love your pendants & charms - I would pick the "follow your bliss" pendant and "play in the dirt" and "what the?!!" charms. Great giveaway - thanks for the chance!!

Shirley said...

The shop looks beautiful! I really love all of them, but the one that grabbed me today was, share your gifts.
Thanks for the great giveaway!

Vicki said...

I love your "Always forever" and "embrace your power". Great messages. Thanks for your generosity.

Lori Schneider said...

Your charms are cool. Love them

teachergustavson said...

What a cool new thing to do with enamel! How I would love to create with these!

Lupe Meter said...

Love the charms! Your bead soup was quite yummy! Love the designs and like your new studio!!

Jean A. Wells said...

Love your "just sayins". Off to check out the new site.

usagypsy said...

I love those! I could do so much with them. My daughter would love it if I made her something with some of those charms! Too cute!

Mellisa said...

Love them Barbara! The challenge is deciding which to choose, there are so many I like :)

Klassy Joolz said...

Those charms and pendants look so fun...! Such beautiful soup, too!

Kelly said...

I would giggle each time I wore a piece with the Bazinga! charm. Love Sheldon on Big Bang Theory. Thanks for putting these up for a win.

A Polymer Penchant said...

"first, coffee" seems oh so appropriate for me, I love how it also bings to mind a coffee ring left behind. The site is beautiful, just wonderful watching all your efforts grow

N Valentine Studio said...

Bazinga!! Love it!

stregajewellry said...

You had me with the OMG, but I did have to go to the "site" and check out some more. Cool!

windbent said...

I can't wait to see the book. I love the "first, do not harm" pendant and the moon face charms...so I really hope I win. Thank you for the opportunity.

Creations by Kari said...

Absolutely LOVE these new pendants and charms!!! You captured the antique feel perfectly and the colors are awesome! They make me smile :)

New Moon Scents said...

These are too fun! I love Share Your Gifts and Bazinga! Thanks!

Manik Jawa Inc said...

Cute charms =) and I love the "OMG"

Anonymous said...

I always love you work Barb! :o) Hope you are coming to Tucson this year!! Sandy

SuzQ said...

Love all of your work. You do such beautiful art. Good luck to you always!

Lululiz said...

They are so cute! I love the "always in my thoughts" one best, I think, although there are a number of others which appeal to me as well.

Mary K. McGraw said...

Your Just Sayin' Pendant and Charms are so much fun. Thanks.

Vivi Magoo said...

I'd love to create around your beautiful pieces! Thanks for sharing!

Diane Valasek said...

COFFEE! yes! Love the coffee.

Shannon Chomanczuk said...

these are so fun!

Prządka said...

Awesome blog, wonderful pieces and today - fabulous fun:) Thank you for chance to win beautiful goodies.
Regards!

Doris said...

I love star in your fairytale. Your work is so inspiring.

Lisa said...

This line of Just Saying pendants are so cute! I hope I win them! Thanks for the oppportunity!

Chrizette said...

Oh my goodness! I just love your disks. Two that is just so me is "First Coffee" and "Bazinga" (just love Sheldon!). Another I love is "Oh no, he didn't!". Just love them all - the sayings are so cute :) Would just love to own one. Please enter me in the giveaway.

baychriz at gmail dot com
Bead Soup Mix

maffy neri said...

Congratulations on your new site and being included in the book. You truly deserve the break. God bless you!
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Carolyn said...

Barbara,

Like your pendants and charms and appreciate the chance to win some.

Thanks,

Carolyn
carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Alicia said...

Oh, choosing will be impossible - all charms are beautiful and... charming :) If I win, I'll leave it to you to pick :)

Thank you for the opportunity to win!

Liz said...

Oh my these are fantastic!

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Barbara I love these pendants!!! It is so hard to pick but I love the Bazinga!, You and what Army!, and first COFFEE! I know that is three but I couldn't help it :)