I just signed up for my first bead soup blog party!  Since its done by lottery this time, I hope I get in.

This idea is from Lori Anderson who has already hosted six of these blog parties and has written a book about the results.  Its called Bead Soup:  34 Projects Show What Happens When 24 Beaders Swap Their Stash.  Its available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  I got it downloaded to my Nook.

Here’s how it works (taken from Lori’s Blog)…
First, you must have a blog! 
Second, no, you do NOT have to make your own beads!

Sign up on her blog from January 25-27.  www.BeadSoupBlogParty.com

Once you get a partner, you’ll then send that person a Party Pack:
::  A focal  ::
 ::  Some coordinating spacers or beads  ::
 ::  A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)  ::
The idea is you will use the focal and the clasp, and if you wish, some of the coordinating beads, incorporating beads from your own stash.  The idea is to help you think outside the box and work outside your normal comfort zone, pushing you into creative directions you may never have gone.

When you get your package of beads, show your beads on your blog.  Then you make something with the beads (or several pieces!), take a picture, and post it on your blog on the reveal day.  Everyone hops around to as many blogs as possible to see what people made.  You don’t have to hop all on one day and you aren’t obligated to visit all the blogs.

There was a variation that Kalbach Publishing Company promoted when Lori’s book first came out.  A number of bead stores donated bead soup to Kalmbach.  They, in turn, sent the bead soup out to participating artists.  My bead soup arrived from Eva Madzsar Sherman & Grand River Beads

I used her lovely beads and added a whole bunch of own and came up with this piece.

We’ll see if I can come up with something I’m as happy about in this next blog party!