Last year I started to notice blogs talking about Bead Soup Blog Party. Everyone seemed to be quite enthused and there were lots of pretty beads and jewelry to see. But I didn’t know the details and figured it was some exclusive club or group. Recently, though, I thought enough was enough and I actually looked it up. Ooh, I wanted to join! Bead Soup Blog Party is a brilliant “game” created by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things Blog. The idea is that people from all over the world sign up to be matched with a partner. You each create a bowl of “Bead Soup”, which is a collection of beads that must contain a focal bead, a clasp, and some supporting accessory beads. You send your Bead Soup to your partner and each of you take on the challenge to make something from those beads. Then, on a certain reveal date, each participant reveals his or her Bead Soup and completed project.
I found out on February 10th that my Bead Soup Blog Party partner is Arlene Dean who has a blog called A Glass Bash. Arlene and I have chatted back and forth a bit. We were both supposed to have mailed our Bead Soups to each other already, but I suspect that Arlene’s life is as busy as mine and we’re both running a bit behind. But as I’ve told her, I’m mailing this out first thing Tuesday morning. I promise!!
So what beads will I be sending to Arlene? Because I work with polymer clay, I knew that I wanted to create my own focal bead. I also created some accessory beads and head pins to go with it, all in a little matching set. This morning I took my focal bead shopping at my favorite local bead store. I wandered around with my little tray, picking up this strand of beads, laying down that strand. I considered several color options but really the focal bead needed the supporting cast in the colors I settled on.
One of the best things about Bead Soup Blog Party, aside from meeting new people, is that you have an opportunity to work with a bead style or color palette that you wouldn’t normally choose for yourself. I can say that Arlene is definitely getting the color palette that I normally choose for myself! I can’t wait to see what she finds for me. This is going to be like Christmas!! I am so excited about this.