Saturday, August 27, 2011

My Soup Mix

Bead Soup Mix
My Bead Soup mix is here!!!
I think the tastiest food is made with the best fresh ingredients .
Just  look at these ingredients!!!
This yummy soup mix was sent by my partner  Melissa Meman .
Everything is so delicious !!!
Melissa made the focal  and toggle  herself..AWESOME!!!
She enameled the big  metal beads herself   too !!!
GORGEOUS components!!!!
I am a very  lucky lady to have such a talented Bead Soup partner!!!
Melissa 's ETSY shop is filled with lovely jewelry creations  and some very beautiful  crucifixes .
Be sure to check out her designs !!!

A Sample of Melissa's  Lovely  Jewelry  Designs

Now  that I have all my wonderful  ingredients on hand,
how shall I combine them ?
Am I in the mood for a simple refreshing creation , something spicy and complex or something bold and hearty ?
Baking calls for precisely measured ingredients .
But, making soup gives you a bit more freedom.
You can add a bit of this and a pinch of that, until  the taste and texture is just right.
When you are cooking  "real "soup it's hard to take things out.
Does any one remember TV's All in the Family episode when Edith told Gloria her soup needed " a little less salt " ? LOL !!!
Luckily with bead soup you have the option to remove some components . You are able to switch things around as often as you please ! Some people can do all this on paper, sketching designs until they are satisfied with the result .
I have to "taste " things as I cook . I lay out everything on my bead board and start moving things around .
I design a lot like I used to do the old  Rubrics Cubes.
I just keep moving things, hoping they will all fall into place.
Even after all is strung and done I might undo and redo!!!

This week we had an Earth Quake !
This  weekend a hurricane is coming !
I'm really not sure what kind of soup I'm in the mood to cook !!! Maybe I should have let the quake shake my beads into some sort of pattern !
If the storm makes my electric go out , I might be designing in the dark...that should be interesting !
But no matter what , I  know the process will be FUN !!!
 Bead Soup is meant to be a challenge .
It is a way to think outside the box .A chance to work with components picked by someone whose designs differ from your norm !
Thank you Lori Anderson for all the long hours you spend matching partners!
The challenge is Beady Adventure of Mixing and Matching .
So many beads,so many kinds of soup, no recipe to follow......
I just have to add the focal , add the toggle then add a bit of this and a pinch of that...
stir everything up and have the result ready to serve you on September 17 !!!    Time to start cooking !!!
this week
pick some new or unusual  ingredients
try cooking  up your own mix of creative soup
Bead Happy !
Start Cooking


  1. That focal and toggle are definitely exquisite...all the soup is beautiful. Hope the hurricane not too bad...will be thinking of all you guys in that area.
    Will be looking to see what you do with your beautiful soup.

  2. Cool Soup mix! Let's hope you will not have to design in the dark! Looking forward to Sept 17th for the reveal!

  3. Lovely post. I cannot wait to see what you cook-up.
    P.S. love the photo of the antique measuring spoons with your soup ingredients. Stay safe and Be blessed to be a blessing

  4. Oh boy have fun whipping up a good pot of soup. With those as the main ingredients it should be delicious. Stay safe during the storm.

  5. Love the soup and the post! Stay safe!

  6. Love that pendant!! How wonderful to get fresh new ideas with fresh new ingredients. I look forward to seeing what you do with it all!

  7. Great soup and creative post. Should be fun for you.

  8. I love your use of metaphors. The focal piece is magnificient. I am sitting in Florida wondering how the weather has gotten so wacky that my siblings in NJ are facing a hurricane and I, who cashed in my teacher retirement plan for hurricane shutters, hasn't used them once. Knock on wood. My blog is

  9. Great post.
    Thanks for sharing those ides.
    Indeed, you're very creative.

    Cassy from Acoustic Guitar Software