bead soup – reveal, sort of

This year’s Bead Soup Blog Party challenge is all about love & heart!

Lori Anderson – the mastermind behind Bead Soup – designated the theme of this swap to send something treasured to another, to spread the kindness and love, “… to feel like a true giving of the heart. Paying love forward to a person you may not even know.” What a sweet sentiment.

Our partner packages were to be shipped out on Valentine’s day (Was this a coincidence? I think not!)

So, what did I send my partner? A treasured polymer clay Heart focal piece by Anastasia of Dreams & Elements. I knew as soon as Lori announced her theme, that this was the piece – that it fit the theme perfectly – and that it was meant to be passed on …



(and included with the polymer clay heart, were a few other little pieces to help get the creative flow going …  some turquoise chips, beautiful wooly wire, twilight cultured potato pearls, tiny pyrite hearts (I sense a trend here!), black & cream lampwork spacer beads by Burnt Glass Studio, vintage tribal tube beads and some vintage khaki glass beads)



Normally I would have written a whole separate post earlier, to introduce my partner Claire Fabian of Saraccino – to tell you that she loves nature, organic textures and found objects – whose style is tribal and has an ancient vibe – that creating helps her de-stress from her day job doing research in Leipzig, Germany – that she creates the most wonderful, earthy, organic pieces (just one look at her instagram feed and you’ll see what I mean!) … and to share what I had received … but unfortunately, her package to me may have opted to take the scenic route for now … to travel around and have an adventure of it’s own … to see what is to be seen in this beautiful world of ours! My hope is that once it has finished it’s walk-about, it will decide to find it’s way here, to it’s new home, and that I can share it with you then.


In the meantime, still wanting to be a part of the party and to play along, I’ve chosen to create some pieces using other items that I have been hoarding for some time … vintage and upcycled coins. They are mostly from around Europe (including some from trips to Germany – where Claire is from), and include some amazing coin beads made by my previous bead soup partner and friend Niky Sayers. Since our pairing in 2014 – I have commissioned Niky a few times, to make clasps for a series of Canadian (and American) penny wrap bracelets, and she has so graciously gifted me special treats (wonderful buttons and beads) along the way – all of which I have collected and admired for years – squirreling them away – waiting for a special moment to use them, and guess what?! This is it! What a perfect opportunity to do them justice.  🙂



I used three of Niky’s coin beads – a Canadian penny, a sweet wren British farthing, and an Irish peacock penny (!) in these colourful tassel necklaces.

Loving the bohemian/gypsy/hippie vibe …  I also made a few more necklaces  …


… using my old, hoarded coins – German pfennigs, French centimes, a Dutch guilder and a Cuban centavos – doming and hole punching each to create the start of the focal piece.


I handmade each of the tassels using various colours of embroidery floss, and then embellished them all with a mixture of either rhinestones, amethyst beads, moss agate, aventurine, turquoise, copper or seed beads and brass chain to create a little bit of an accent and add to the folksy feel.


I just love all of the bright colours (and apparently, so does my cat, Loco – I actually caught him carrying one off after I had set them all up to be photographed and left to get my camera!)



I have not heard from Claire since she received her goodies, but I hope that she’s had a chance to create – and am really looking forward to what she does with her bead soup mix! Let’s go have a look at her site to find out …   🙂

And to see the rest of the Bead Soup participants (and there are A LOT!), have a look at the end of this (our amazing hostess – Lori‘s) post for the full list  …   or see below ↓↓↓  (you might just want to grab a cup of coffee first, and then sit back, relax and admire all of the awesome creativeness!)

Thank you so much to Lori, for creating, organizing and continuing on with her Bead Soup Blog Party!


Lori Anderson :: our amazing Hostess

Claire Fabian – that’s my partner

Jennifer Strehler

Rochelle Brisson

Annita Wilson

Melissa Trudinger

Loralee Kolton

Valerie Tilghman

Mischelle Andrade

Elizabeth Bunn

Marianna DeLuca Wehner

Johana Nunez

Jenny Kyrlach

Elizabeth Hodges

Lennis Carrier

Candida Castleberry

Mary Govaars

Sandi James

Arlene Dean

Kristina Hahn Eleniak – that’s me!

Nan Smith

Nadine Edris

Denise McCabe

Donna Marie Hanna

Audrey Belanger

Nicole Rennell

Robin Reed

Gail Zwang

Terry Jeanette Carter

Donna Hoblit

Ann Schroeder

Klaudete Koon

Veralynne Malone

Lorelei Eurto

Ann  Sherwood

Jackie Locantore

Mowse Doyle

Dorit Woldenga

Cheri Reed

Dolores Raml

Palak Udeshi

Laurie Vyselaar

Heather Canepa

Dorothy Supri

Sharyl King

Elaine Robitaille

Heather Marston

Terry Matuszyk

Andra Weber

D’Arsie Manzella

Sooz Anzalone

Karin King

Leona Smith

Tania Spivey

Jasvanti Patel

Danielle Kelley

Shai Williams

Jacqueline Marchant

Erin Kenny

Becky Pancake

Kelly Schermerhorn

Renetha Stanziano

Rana Wilson

Janine Lucas

Kelly Hosford Patterson

Andrea Glick

Joanne Bell

Sarah Strover

Sam Waghorn

Helena Hatten

Jackie Ryan

Bridget Torres

Inge von Roos

Krafty Max

Iveth Caruso

Rebecca Ednie

Amy Severino

Sandra Wollberg

Blanca Medina

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell

Samantha Wescott

Christine Stonefield

Silke Groeber

Alenka Obid

Lori Bowring Michaud

April Grinaway

Yvette Goodridge

Kathy Lindemer

Kathleen A Breeding

Joyce Becker

Pam Farren

Divya N

Sherri Stokey

Terri DelSignore

Kate Gonska

Jean Wells

CJ Bauschka

Bonnie Coursolle

Barb Fernald

Noemí Baena

Dana Phillips

Karen Firnberg

Michelle  Escano Caballero

Natalie Ettinger

Valerie Norton

Rachel Mallis

Denise Milward

Bobbie Rafferty

Vonna Maslanka

Elisabeth Auld

Hannah Rosner

Carla Fry

Terri Gauthier

Teresa Fischer

Tanya Goodwin

Barbara Judy

Leanne Loftus

Carrie Stalcup

Lori Schneider

Joelyn Bissing

Kate Dufour

Gail Poveda

Katie Nielsen-Nunez

Pam DeBoer

Dee Elgie

Judy Jacobs

Elisabeth Matouschek

Shawn Elkins

Sally Russick

Susan McClelland

Tracy Stillman

Robin Lynne Showstack

Marianne Baxter

Maria Rosa Sharrow

Therese Frank

Sandi Volpe

Leslie Scholz

Joan Williams

Laura Guenther

Liz Engriser


Bev Breisinger

Radel Vela

Kim Dworak

Carol Dillman

Alice Craddick

Janeen Burlingame

Leah Curtis

Ann Marie Hodrick

Donna Millard

Hajer Waheed Khalil

Lucy Clasen

Michelle McCarthy

Maria Rios

Babette Cox

Natalie Davidson

Brenda Ballou

Christina Hickman

Heather Gunther


49 thoughts on “bead soup – reveal, sort of

  1. Beautiful! I love the simplicity and colour in your designs. And your cat playing peek-a-boo behind the strung necklaces and ready to play is too cute for words.

  2. I am a big fan of Niky and I love how you have used her components to make such colorful tassel necklaces. These would be great for summer wear with long tunics or shirts

  3. Hi – and thanks for such a well written description. I LOVED how you filled in the blanks, made soup from your own ingredients and posted such lovely pictures, jewelry (and tassles, so in right now) and you kitty too 🙂 Great job.

  4. Hi Kristine, Kudos to you for participating even though you package didn’t arrive. You showed the spirit of the hop well. Your necklaces are beautiful.

  5. I’m so sorry that your package decided to travel around. I hope it tires soon of sightseeing and makes its way to you. I love how you still participated. Those tassels are so gorgeous! I love the bright colors. Niky’s beads are a perfect pairing.

  6. I love the international, multicultural feel. Niky makes awesome things so I’m glad your were inspired to let them out of the Hoard and out into the World.

  7. I love how you took a problem and made the hop work anyway! Niki’s coin beads are wonderful, and I love the necklaces you made with those and your own collected coins! Great work. I’ll have to come back and see what you make with Claire’s soup when it arrives.

  8. Love the bright and happy tassels on your necklaces – and I hope your will recieve the package very soon.

  9. Beautiful and colorful, hope you get your package soon, it never fails when you are waiting patiently for a package, it fails to arrive. I love the way you made such adorable tassels. Fun!!!

  10. These necklaces are gorgeous. Love, love, love the bright colours. Looking forward to seeing what you make when your soup when it arrives.

  11. Those are super fun and the tassels are wonderful. Be sure to post in the group when you get your beads and do your second reveal 😉

  12. LOVE those tassels. I love color and these are a brilliant way to use those treasured coins

  13. The tassels and coins are great. I love the mixed chain designs. Good for you for making this party work out with your own hoarded pieces!

  14. What a nice collection of necklaces. I like your description of where your package might be and what it might be doing! When it finds you, I suspect you’ll be quite excited to see what’s inside. Long necklaces with accessorized tassels — what’s not to like? Very pretty. Your kittie, Loco, looks very sweet, maybe a bit mischievous, too.

  15. LOVE LOVE LOVE those necklaces! I’m sure your package will be worth waiting for when it finally arrives, but meanwhile, I’m happy you shared those necklaces with us. I think they’re the perfect combination of simplicity and color and wearability. Did I mention I love them???

  16. What a great sport you are!! I love that you participated and your pieces are fabulous! I would wear those in a heartbeat!

  17. These necklaces are fabulous! What a great idea! And your tassels are lovely! Great job making your bead soup with your own hoarded treasures! I hope your partners soup finishes its travels and arrives soon!

  18. Very pretty necklaces! I am Claire’s partner in another swap and it seems that US customs might have taken the travel ban to include our packages! I’m very tempted to attempt to call them! I love that you still used your own hoarded things! Wonderful job!

  19. What a bummer about the lost package. I’m glad you still chose to participate using your own hoarded stash! These necklaces are beautiful!! Love how colorful and those coin beads are super clever and unique!

  20. Love those tassels!!! I think you did an awesome job and I am looking forward to when your soup finishes it’s walk about….

  21. I hate that your bead soup never arrived and do hope it makes it way to you eventually. However, the necklaces you did create are way cool! I love the colors and the simplicity of them. They are sublime!!

  22. Ah well, if Claire’s package hasn’t arrived yet, surely Niky isn’t a bad substitute! Love your tassel necklaces!

  23. I love the necklaces you made from Niky’s coins. I was lucky enough to win one of her coin necklaces and I treasure it. It is from Scotland where my grandfather was born so it is very special to me.

  24. I love those necklaces SO much, and have Niky’s jewelry and beads myself! I hope your package does get to you and to her. 😦 You were a great sport and took on the spirit of this blog hop. ❤

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