Sunday, February 5, 2012

Inspired By Bead Soup Ingredients...

The ingredients for my bead soup have arrived from my super talented BSBP partner Karyn Lewis Bonfiglio of Plus Size Bangles! She sent an awesome assortment in hues that remind me of a summer sunset. The package included a beautiful note card with a snowy owl on it, my favorite kind of owl.

Some of the nature inspired beauties that Karyn sent were a gorgeous brass sunflower, brass leaves, an oxidized wing stamping and some really cool carnelian calla lily beads. I have never seen calla lilly beads before and can't wait to work with them! She also sent some o-rings, coral colored Swarovski pearls, a tagua nut pendant, an orange colored wood ring, some really beautifully carved wood beads, and 8mm mahogany agate beads.

Check out the awesome brass sunflower pendant! It immediately caught my eye, not only because of the size (it is 3" in diameter) but also because it is so gosh darn beautiful! While my style is generally bold, this will be the largest element I have ever worked with-can't wait!

I love the detail of the carved wood and agate beads!

She sent a stunning red bronze hook and eye clasp-love it!

As an added bonus, Karyn also sent some really unique large serpentine diamond shaped beads, yellow turquoise wavy oval beads and square beads. I tend to salivate over large stone beads, so it will be fun to work with these!

I am really inspired by the bead soup that Karyn sent and can't wait to put my ideas into form! Here is a preview of what I sent Karyn. For more details, visit her inspiring blog.

Happy creating everyone!


  1. That's a very interesting soup dish you got there! Have fun creating - there's so much to inspire you!

  2. The colors of this bead soup are gorgeous! I can't wait to see what you do with this!

    I've never seen anything like those lovely agate calla lily beads.

  3. Exciting! So many directions you could go in with this fabulous soup.

  4. Oh WoW, what an incredible bead soup you got, I can't wait to see how you put it together! Those cala lily beads are gorgeous! And I love the soup you sent her, that fiber is delicious!

    Thanks for the well wishes Kathleen!! : )

  5. Nice! The calla lily beads are fabulous and I really like the color pallet. Have fun and see you at the party.

  6. Oooo, very neat! You received such unique items...dying for the reveal!

  7. Orange is my favorite color so I am crazy about your soup.

    Right now I'm doing a lot with patina and would love to get my hands on that giant flower!

    Have fun!

  8. OMG OMG. That first photo took my breath away and they are NOT my colors but I so want to dig in and play -- they're inspiring!