I am SOOOO excited! My bead Soup Mix has arrived and it is AMAZING! I have been blessed with the most amazing artist for a bead soup partner - Melinda Orr.
For those of you who aren't familiar with her work, Melinda is a phenomenal metal smith and jewelry artist. She makes handmade copper components with the most amazing patinas, and I've gotta say, her style is right up my alley! I received her package yesterday, and boy, am I spoiled!
Here is where I started unwrapping:
|Such cute dragonfly paper...|
|Oooooo! Look at these fun little baggies chock full of goodies!|
|From the peach baggie: gorgeous beads to compliment all the other components.|
|From the top blue baggie, handmade copper components that turn over to reveal...|
|This stunning patina! (Sorry - my photo editor just plain didn't want to get the colors right in this picture - the colors are so incredible rich!)|
|The top baggie also had these wonderful components: handmade bead caps, fasteners, copper rivets, and large oval connectors along with the domed glass circles to go with the cool artwork for mixed-media pieces.|
|My Bead Soup cup runneth over!|
Now that you've seen what I received, I can show you what I sent to Melinda:
The focal I sent Melinda is from a new series I am making using mixed media collage with seed beading techniques. Here's some of the others I'll be putting up in my Etsy shop soon:
I love how these turned out, and have some more in the works right now. In fact, I made one that completely reminded me of my friend, Patty Gasparino, and I sent it to her, asking if she would be willing to make something with it and post it on her blog. Here is her gorgeous design:
|Love's Letter Lost|
Isn't is fabulous? You can read more about this piece on her blog, My Life Under The Bus.
So, BIG thank yous to Melinda and Patty - you ladies are completely amazing!
For more information on the Bead Soup Blog Hop, check out Lori Anderson's blog, Pretty Things.