Hopefully I’ll be able to make it up to my beading partners for the Bead Hoarder’s Edition of Lori Anderson’s Blog Hop by posting loads about both of my partners and how wonderful their work is…

Recapping, I was a little slow getting everything out to them, but they were both really sweet and understanding about it.


Anyhow, my second partner for the swap is

Liz Engriser –  http://beadcontagion.blogspot.com/

Liz does incredibly beautiful and textured bead embroidery. Make sure you go ahead and read her blog and look at all of her process and finished piece photos.

Again, a beautifully packaged little gift…  Plus a handmade clasp she found at a show and some wonderful beachy things…


And when I opened it up?  A handpainted Alphonse Mucha focal bead.  What Liz had NO IDEA about was that he is one of my all time favorite painters.  I already know what I’m going to do with the piece, but I’ll probably go ahead and hoard the finished product then.


There was also some chocolate, but it last like 3 seconds.  Apparently I have no problems hoarding chocolate.  Thanks Liz!

Want to read more about the blog hop?  Here’s my intro…http://goodrivergallery.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-2017-bead-soup-blog-party-hoarders.html


I’ve decided to take part in another one of Lori Anderson’s Most Excellent Blog Hops – and this one is right up my alley – its all for bead hoarders!

Well, I have to say that I was a little bit slow on the ball here.  Everything is back on track now, but the deadline was the day after Shawn and I returned home from the Club Bead Retreat at Club Med (Florida) and I promptly got the creeping crud.  Which reminds me that I still have to tell you about the Retreat…  Another time.

Anyhow, my first partner out of two (this is kind of random but her beads arrived first so I’m going to talk about them and her first) is

Barbara S Fernald – https://barbarasfernald.com/

Barbara does incredible silver clay beads.  Be sure to read her blog and then check out her lovely gallery of work (https://barbarasfernald.com/gallery/)

Ready to see what she sent?  I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with them yet…

First of all they were beautifully packaged, which is something to this day I’m no good at doing…

And then JUST LOOK at these lovelies…  I can just see why she hoarded the lampwork – and then she included some of her own pieces!  I’m so spoiled.

Want to read more about the blog hop?  Here’s my intro…


Whoohoo!  I’m taking part in the 2017 Bead Soup Blog Party: Hoarder’s Edition!


After a little bit of a late start (I forgot to tell you about how wonderful the Club Bead Retreat in Florida was and, of course, it was RIGHT BEFORE I was supposed to send beads out), I got my beads in the mail to BOTH of my partners!  I’ll introduce them to you separately in posts tomorrow, but for now, just say hello to

BARBARA FERNALD https://barbarasfernald.com/


LIZ ENGRISER  http://beadcontagion.blogspot.com/

I’ll wait until they get their beads to tell you what I sent to them.  Of course I forgot to take photos.  But the idea was, of course, that you send a bead you’ve hoarded.  Since I’m not a bead hoarder (and if you believe THAT I have a bridge to sell ya), I had NO TROUBLE AT ALL DECIDING WHAT TO SEND (anyone up for that bridge?)!

Anyhow, if you’d like to read more about Lori’s Blog Hops, head on over to her website and blog.


and for the instructions on the blog hop:


Anyhow, I’ll talk tomorrow about my partners and don’t forget to stop on by their blogs tomorrow (I’ll include links).  Also stop by ALL of our blogs on March 25th to see what we all created!


Well… Lori McDaniel Anderson has done it again!

Lori, as you may remember from some of my earlier posts, does a Bead Soup Blog Hop.  I took part in it here.  She also wrote a really fun book based on her experiences hosting the Blog Hop.  You can find it on Amazon or at Barnes and Noble.

This time, she came up with a slightly different idea.  In her own words:

So what’s this blog hop design challenge about?  Well, I’ve noticed that I’m really, really good at collecting beads, but not so good at parting with them!  I’ve amassed a scary number of beads that need to see the light of day.  I have excuses — lots of excuses.  This one is too special, this set cost a lot more than I usually spend, this set needs just the right accent beads.

Enough excuses!  It’s time to play!  Want to join me?  Here’s how!

That’s it!  You use your own hoarded stash and make as many pieces as you like.  

You know, I decided I just had to do it.  

So…  I actually have to say I sort of was planning cheating.  I have this tutorial I wrote a while back called “If Money Grew on Trees.”  I had a sample.  It was cool, but needed a better chain – it was really just a pendant.  I sold it.  That was a bad idea because three or four years later, I still hadn’t remade the sample so couldn’t really sell the tutorial.  And also, the tutorial needed an overhaul.

Anyhow, so I grabbed the stuff I’d been hoarding for it FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS.


And started creating.  And I hated it.

Go figure.

I just wasn’t working out.

So…  I have this soutache thing going on now.  You know, that thing I taught at Bead & Button?  Folks seem to dig it just now.  Anyhow, I had an awful lot of green soutache left over after B&B and the Baltimore Best Bead Show.  I haven’t really been HOARDING it since I just bought it about a month ago.  But… it was just sitting there.  Eyeballing me.  Sorta saying “neener neener.”  You know how soutache does that, right?

Laurie’s going to make it an annual event, so keep next summer free and join in with us!  Meanwhile, I’m eyeballing this pile of keishi pearls.  My original idea was to use them for this blog hop, but after I took them out and played with them, they went right back into my stash.  Hoarder much?  😉

Here’s the finished piece!

Here’s the whole darned list, just in case you want to hop and comment!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
10.  Erin Guest, Renlish

11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It’s a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17.  Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda’s Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine’s Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre’z, Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D’Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
65.  Tracie Dean, Dean Designs
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie’s Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama’s Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia’s Unique Beaded Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka’s Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda’s Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou’s time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 – For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD’s Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine’s Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl’s Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn’s Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings ‘n’ Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi’s Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra’s Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge’s Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca’s Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena’s Beady Blog


Here it is!!!! It’s reveal day for the BEAD SOUP BLOG HOP!

Just as a reminder, here’s what my partner, Darlene Fortier, sent to me.

I used the yellow matte beads, the pearls, the focal bead and the clasp. I added some 8/0 metallic AB green beads, some silver wire, beads and spacers, and some crystal.  I stashed the antique steel cut seed beads in with my drawer of “favorite things ever.”

The bracelet is sized XXS, and it fit me perfectly and I ADORE it.

As a reminder, late last month, I signed up for the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party.
You can read more about it here http://goodrivergallery.blogspot.com/2013/01/bead-soup-blog-party-sign-ups.html.

I’d like you all to meet my Bead Soup Blog Party Swap Buddy, Darlene Fortier!  Darlene owns Darlicious Rejuvenations and in her own words she “creates one-of-a-kind recycled and salvaged jewelry with a hint of bike.”
You can see her her Etsy Store – http://www.etsy.com/shop/darlicioushouse
Or… you can follow her blog – http://www.darliciousrejuvenations.blogspot.com/
My inspiration for my piece came from Kelli (Rae) Burns Lucie’s Daisy Patch bracelet.  You can see her original one below.  And better yet – you can buy a kit on her website: http://www.theholebeadshoppe.com/product.php?productid=18567&cat=256&page=1
Below is the full list of blogs to visit today – they should have all their new items up! Have a great day!
Alicia Marinache
Amber Dawn Goldish
Barb Solem
Bev Breisinger
Birgitta Lejonklou
Breana Fry
Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Bridget Torres
Carol Dee Myers
Carolyn Chenault
Cassi Paslick
Cece Cormier
Cheryl McCloud
Cindy Wilson
Crystal Thain
Cynthia Riggs
Dana Hickey
Dana James
Darlene Fortier
Deana Hager
Deanna Cox
Deb Brooks
Debra Behrends
Denielle Hagerman
Denise McCabe
Diana Frey
Diana Welte
Dini Bruinsma
DiYana Alcalde
Dolores Raml
Donna Millard
Dot Lewallwn
Duane Clark
Dyanne Cantrell
Eleanor Burian-Mohr
Elisabeth Auld
Elizabeth Owens Dwy
Emily Greer
Enikö Fabian
Erin Grant
Eva Kovacs
Eva Sherman
Gina Hockett
Grace Rotenberg
Gretchen Nation
Hannah Rosner
Heather Davis
Heather Marston
Heather Powers
Ingrid McCue
Jacqueline Marchant
Jan Petek
Janeen Sorensen
Jane-Michael Stallings
Jasvanti Patel
Jayashree Paramesh
Jayne Capps
Jean Yates
Jennifer Cameron
Jennifer LaVite
Joan Williams
Jodie Marshall
Judy Riggs
Julie Anne Leggett
Kat Barron Miller
Kathy Lindemer
Kim Hora
Kim Houston
Kim Sparks
Krafty Max
Kris Lanae Binsfeld
Krista French
Kristen Stevens
Kristi Harrison
Kumi Fisher
Laren Dee Barton
Laura Bracken
Laura Demoya
Laurie Hanna
Laurie Keefe-Cecere
Lea Avroch
Leanne Loftus
Lee Anne Messerschmidt
Leslie Schenkel
Linda Anderson
Linda Djokic
Linda Murphy
Linda Sadler
Lisa Liddy
Lisa Suver
Liz DeLuca
Liz Engriser
Lola Surwillo
Loretta Carstensen
Lori Anderson
Lori Bergmann
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lori Poppe
Lori Schneider
Lyn Foley
Maddison Langford
Magdalena Sikora
Mallory Hoffman
Marcella Austenfeld
Marcy Lamberson
Maria Clark
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Marianna Boylan
Marie Covert
Marti Conrad
Mary Ellen Merrigan
Mary Harding
Molly Alexander
Nan Emmett
Niky Sayers
Pam Chesbro
Pam Farren
Pam Sandy
Pam Traub
Pamela Gangler
Patricia Buchanan
Patricia Johnson
Patty Miller
Paula Hisel
Peggy Gabrielson
Perri Jackson
Rachel Baron
Rachel Stanley
Rain Hannah
Rana Wilson
Renetha Stanziano
Robin Reed
Rochelle Brisson
Rose Rushbrooke
Ruth Szapa
Sally Russick
Sandi Volpe
Sandra Pendragon
Sandy Richardson
Sarah Small
Shannon Hicks
Shari Replogle
Sheila Daniels
Sheila Davis
Shiraz Biggie
Shirley Moore
Skylar Bre’z
Staci Smith
Stacie Florer
Stacy Pomerleau
Stephanie Weiss
Sumi Rani
Susan Sheehan
Suzette Bentley
Tamera Norris
Tracy Choy
Tracy Stillman
Valerie Norton
Vicki Holliday

As a reminder, late in january, I signed up for the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party.
You can read more about it here http://goodrivergallery.blogspot.com/2013/01/bead-soup-blog-party-sign-ups.html.

My Bead Soup Blog Party Swap Buddy is Darlene Fortier!  Darlene owns Darlicious Rejuvenations and in her own words she “creates one-of-a-kind recycled and salvaged jewelry with a hint of bike.”

You can see her her Etsy Store – http://www.etsy.com/shop/darlicioushouse
Or… you can follow her blog – http://www.darliciousrejuvenations.blogspot.com/

Here’s what she sent to me.  I’m not going to use the antique steel cut seed beads.  Why not?  Well, I collect antique seed beads, so they are just going into my own super secret dragon stash.  I haven’t decided what to do with the vintage glass vintage triangles, but the rest have been combined with some Toho 8/0 metallics.  Here’s what I have so far – its a bracelet!

I plan on adding… what else?  Fringe!  I’ve tried making some bellflowers using my new Carlo Dona press, but they just too big and took over that focal bead by George O’Grady.  So…  stop by on the reveal day (March 30) to see what I’ve done!

Since I’ve nothing else to write about today, I thought that I’d just snag the whole list of participants for the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party off of Lori Anderson’s Blog.  But for some reason I couldn’t get the HTML to work out.  And so I spent a bunch of time trying to read through the code line-by-line, but this blog just isn’t buying it.  Apparently I can’t save the document without my account getting upset with me.

Just as a reminder, I am taking part in this huge online thing.  I got my beads in the mail (right) from Darlene and actually have started work on the piece already.  I’m making a bracelet.  Around March 15th, I’ll show you where I am at that point, and then the full “reveal” and first part of the party will be on the 30th. There are two more reveals after that date.

So… here’s the link to all of the 80 gazillion participants on Lori’s blog (actually there are 500).

Some time this week/month/year I’m going to try to visit as many as I can and comment.  How many can you view?