Saturday, February 26, 2011

Big Reveal !!!

First Let me say...
No polymer clay was harmed in the making of  this necklace.
That's right ! I did not make a single clay bead for this project!
I believe this fact  alone met Lori Anderson's  Bead Soup criteria !
I did think outside the box and work outside of my normal comfort zone !!! LOL !!!

The whole concept of this bead exchange  had me reflecting once again about how our beads connect us  to the world .
I have always seen beads as source of  beauty and personal expression.But,I also see them as a source of understanding and friendship .

 My partner Sandi Volpe made the beautiful pendant she sent me. She lives in Virginia and I  live in Maryland. By global standards we are neighbors.But of course, we  would never have met if not for beads.Sandi also sent me intriguing paper beads from Bead For Life.This project helps impoverished women in Uganda learn to support themselves and their families
These beads were the seeds that grew into my inspiration .

I "planted" a few in some wire ribbon and let  some sprout on the silk ribbon Sandi sent .Then I added  flowers from as far way as Thailand .I selected beads  from all over the world to grow in my garden ! I really don't know for certain where each bead came from. But, I do know they came from places I'll never see.
They were made  by people whose lives are far different from my own.But,those people have  hopes  and  fears , joys and sorrows just like I do. These beads are my reminder that, while we may all be different ,we are also all alike.

Today I'll begin to connect with even more people . I'll be hopping about the blogs of jewelry designers from all over the world !!!
I'll be learning  from  and inspired by , both the designs and the people who created them .
It's an opportunity  to meet new people and make new friends !!!
Please come join me on the Bead Soup Blog Hop !!!

I planted a bead...and garden grew !!!
This week  plant a bead
grow a garden of your own
Bead Happy !


1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane 
4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14.  Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails 
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats
21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim 
23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads 
28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul
31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio
41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya 
44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles 
46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig  
47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux
50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks

52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa
60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog 
62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68.  Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver
70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
75.  Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading to Be Done!
76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art 
78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden  
79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads 
80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84.  Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations
90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous 
92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead 
93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations 
94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio 
96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs 
98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
100.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations 
103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading
110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman
111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 
112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs

114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me        You Are here !    

115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles 
118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 
120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs
121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven 
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings  
123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass 
124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks 
125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things 
126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos 
127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee 
128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M 
129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry
130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads 
131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies  
137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter
140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
142.  Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads 
147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul 
148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me  
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog
150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area 
154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color 
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio 
165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings
170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre  
175.  Julie Nordine, Julie Nordine | Credit River Art Glass 
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen 
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin 
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels 
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry 
189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos
190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious
200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209.  Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210.  Shirley Moore, Homeschooling Life
       ENJOY YOUR HOP !!!


  1. What a beautiful garden, there is a sense of calm and harmony. I think you captured the essence of connection with everyone very well. Love the soothing blue, greens and the wire and ribbons. Your comfort zone just got much bigger. Happy weekend!

  2. That is stunning!!
    Love the way you used the silk ribbon! Gorgeous!

  3. MaryEllen,

    Wow, you did a beautiful job, really stunning. Hope we get a chance to meet in the future.


  4. Incredibly beautiful! I love the colors and your use of fibers! Wonderful!

  5. I always love anything with fiber in it. Also like how you interwove the wire ribbon throughout the piece and of course your color palette, Your sentiments express what this is about.

  6. Just takes my breath away! The colors and the use of the ribbon...I am in love with this design. Wonderful work, M.E.!

  7. Mary Ellen, you certainly outdid yourself this time! What a wonderful work of art that incorporates the theme of the this party and Spring. I love how you "planted" your seeds and watched the flowers "grow" along the silk. Wonderful colors, gorgeous textures, and amazing work of art! Congratulations!

  8. Stunning design with a yummy color palette!

  9. "LOL!! No polymer clay was harmed in the making of this necklace" LOL!!!! It's absolutely stunning!

  10. What a beautiful, lovely post! And it matches your necklace, which is stunningly beautiful and obviously made with love and affection.

  11. I love this the colours are wonderful! THe silk ribbon and mesh work so well together!

    I did not manage to make my necklace without adding some of my glass flameworked beads...

  12. This is incredible, M.E. I think this is the best I've seen of the revealed work yet. We have got to find a way for you to make more necklaces. You have a gift, a natural talent for composition and color that is simply amazing.


  13. Such nice colors-they flow together so well!!

  14. Thank you everyone !!!
    My fingers are tired
    but, my heart is Happy!!!
    back to hopping.........
    m.e. :)

  15. Oh my this is so stunning! The colors are gorgeous!

  16. So, your piece is really stunning, as I am sure you are well aware. And if you don't, trust me, it's amazing. But I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post about it as much as looking at the actual piece. You are a wonderful writer.

  17. I absolutely love what you made! It's soooooooo pretty!

  18. Beautiful piece, the colors are so wonderful together. Great job, I love it!

  19. Stunning piece! Love your design and the colors are amazing! Love you polymer clay creations too!

  20. It is gorgeous and very lyrical!

  21. That is a gorgeous garden you grew from an equally gorgeous seed packet. I like how you stayed away from your comfort zone!

  22. Amazing use of supplies and the colors are just beautiful.

  23. Great job, M.E.! It's hard not to use the clay, isn't it? But you made a beautiful piece.

  24. so Pretty! Makes we think of spring.

  25. #209 soft and sexy looking great job...

  26. From the design to the spirit it was created in, really pushing your limits, this is just lovely. It is soft and pretty, but even more so, I love the sentiment in your words. From these beads many friendships have grown, bonds strengthened, live touched.

    You can count me as a new follower.

    Enjoy the day!

  27. It's beautiful! I love the dangles and the use of the fabric and colors. Also loving the fact that this bead soup party allowed me to discover your wonderful blog and beautiful poly work and etsy shop! I LOVE the flowers you create!!!

  28. Oh I just love what you created! It's gorgeous! Great job! :)

  29. m.e. Isn't it awesome how we meet some of the coolest people around doing things like this blog party? And the inspiration found is just is your necklace!

  30. Oh my god, I LOVE this necklace. Follow you now and sure will be back. What a great soup and what a great party this is!

  31. This is absolutely gorgeous! When I was at Tucson I saw that woven wire ribbon and couldn't think of a single thing to do with it ... boy was I wrong! I love this piece .... hey, I also live in Maryland!

  32. Such lovely delicate springtime colors! This piece makes me believe that winter will one day end here in New England!

  33. So lovely! Just like a Van Gogh or Monet painting. Love the way you used the ribbon you were sent; it's so dreamy and frilly, like a reed. This is a fairy piece. ;) Love the idea of the "budding" beads. And for such a challenge, you met it with vigor! The piece turned out magnificently and I really enjoyed your post. :) Thanks!

  34. I was going to say stunning, but I see that it really must be stunning, because if I said that it would be like the 3rd or 4th time it was said! LOL!
    It is breathtaking. The colors, the textures, your photo's.....awesome job. I loved your soup!

  35. Really beautiful! Those ribbons - gorgeous...just a lovely design!

  36. if I could sing Gor-ge-ous that's what I would do. This is so what you did with the bead soup mix you were given!!!

  37. Wow! It's gorgeous!!! You did a wonderful job with your soup beads. Cheers!

  38. almost makes me sing toooooo :)
    lovelovelove !!! the soft colors and the swirling ribbons lovely pendant and beads.....
    will have to take out my paperbeads from the same project and use them - this was a gorgeous romantic <3

  39. I really love your necklace, it is so serene and calm and soothing, just like spending time in your favorite green space, what a beautiful garden of a necklace! Love it!

  40. Oh, wow, it's gorgeous!!! So delicate and full of life!
    And I love your store, too! ;)

  41. What a gorgeous garden and I love your post.

    Count me in as a follower.

  42. Creative use of the ribbon and chain. Wonderful explanation.

  43. Your garden is stunning! I'm really impressed that you went so far around the world to make the selection of flowers so perfect...all without going into your own worktable and just making what you needed. Very neat!

  44. love, love, love the wire mesh ribbon and the beads within and hanging from them! Beautiful necklace!

  45. Wow M.E. the necklace is beautiful I love the combination with the ribbon, and no clay beads??? You are good, I had to use some :-)

  46. Oooh, I love the ribbon, so romantic!

  47. Love it! The ribbon totally reminds me of foliage.

  48. I love the ribbon! It gives it a very nice organic feel!

  49. Stunning, beautiful--love the ribbon.

  50. The Mesh wow this is a really beautiful necklace!! Just beautiful! You have done a really spectacular job!!!

  51. A masterpiece! Everything is perfect and on a right place - colors, ribbons, beads! *_*

  52. Oh My what a pretty necklace I love how you used your soup.

  53. What a wonderful piece! You obviously put a lot of time and thought into the piece and it shows. Thank you for visiting my blog it's been really fun to read everyones comments and see what everyone made!

  54. Really great piece! Love the beads you got!

  55. Lovely!!! I like the attachment of the beads to the silk. And the clasp, the way you used it with the silk. Great job!!!

  56. That is gorgeous! And congrats on going out of your box :)

  57. You worked outside of your comfort zone and you created something that is so beautiful and heart felt. I have used Uganda beads before and just love them!

  58. Was hopping in order but your comment made me jump to your location to check out your soup....lovely, partial to those colors....great soup... :)

  59. your ribbon work is divine! love the dangles too

  60. So pretty! I am in love. I tried something similar with my silk, and um, not even close, so I did something else. :) Great job!

  61. Mary Ellen - That is just one of the most striking necklaces. The combination with the ribbon and beads is really gorgeous. Very nice piece.

  62. Oh holy cow, that is one amazing piece of work! FANTASTIC!

  63. That turned out beautiful. And I love the meaning/thought behind it. Congrats

  64. That is an amazingly beautiful necklace!

  65. LOve the ribbon and fibre work you included.

  66. So beautiful friend, I love the necklace you made & what you created with your BEAD SOUP! Simple Stunning!!! ;)
    Thanks for sharing...

  67. What a lovely, dreamy necklace! It's so very beautiful!

  68. Beautiful, floaty piece - and I love your explanation of the thoughts behind it :D

  69. First your photo is tops! And the design is the best use of fabric/ribbon I have seen, very well done, I love the whole creation!!

  70. Just gorgeous! Such great colors for spring!

  71. Glad to see you worked outside your normal comfort zone! You created a beautiful piece :)

  72. Amazing! The ribbons add so much dimension to the piece and the focal is very beautiful.

  73. Ohhh my that is so pretty. I love how you have used the ribbons - they really give the piece a soft and feminine feel. I love it. Well done!


  74. I love all the concept of your 'Garden'! Such warm and caring thoughts you share and so beautiful soft colours you chose - Warm Hugs from Finland, my bsp-friend!

  75. Lovely creation -- and I love your whimsical writing style. I'll definitely be back!

  76. What a beautiful creation. Very intricate but not overwhelming. I love the colors! Also, thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting. So nice of you!

  77. Wonderful to share your process of creating this gorgeous necklace! It's so creative and innovative! I love it!

  78. #161 here
    I'm still blog hopping!
    Love your necklace design:) Awesome use of fiber and color!!

  79. Wow!! That is gorgeous and I love the idea of the beads sprouting. Love the mix of mesh wire and silk ribbons. Wonderful design!!

  80. Wow! What wonderful designs! You did an excellent job!

  81. Your piece is lovely- I really like the pendant. Nice colors!
    Alice's Beads and baubles

  82. So beautiful! I love all of the fibers along with the dangles and soldered pendant!

  83. Absolutely stunning!! I love what you've done here - the fabric adds a really special touch.