Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party

Did you make it to the party? The Bead Soup Blog Party, that is! Lori Anderson of Pretty Things has been running this little event called the Bead Soup Blog Party for a couple of years now. The concept was simple: people sign up by giving their names and emails to Lori. Lori matches people up with partners. The partners exchange packages of beads and have about four weeks to create something with their beads and blogs about it. Then, on the day of the party, everyone visits everyone else's blog to see all the beaded eye candy!

I did my first Bead Soup Blog Party last summer, and it was so much fun that I signed up for another one this summer. I was paired up with Kim Hora, who sent me a wonderful package of brass findings, gemstone and natural shell beads, and two of her very own handmade enamel and brass rings. It was definitely a challenge for me to come up with a design for these pieces, since they were so totally out of my comfort zone! I loved the brass findings (my preschooler son kept gently picking up the brass dragonfly stamping to make it "fly" all around the house), and the enamel and brass rings were just so beautiful that I just wanted to hold them in my hand and look at them all day.

I finally got my inspiration when I was cruising the bead aisles of my local craft shop and found some gorgeous brass chains on clearance. And since it's been a while since I did something fun and funky with chains, I decided to just go for a simple design made with wire-wrapped beaded dangles and showcasing one of those gorgeous enamel and brass rings. It was just so easy to make it beautiful with those dainty brass filigree bead caps and the brass flower drop that I added to one of the gemstone beads. (The brass dragonfly will remain on my work pad for an unspecified amount of time, until my son decides that he's no longer interested in making it "fly" around the house.)

Because there were 362 participants in this most recent Bead Soup Blog Party, Lori has decided that the next round will be a little different. Participants will be chosen by lottery and limited to 200 – which is still a heck of a lot of people making beaded jewelry!

If you want a shot at participating in the next Bead Soup Blog Party, you can find all the details and signup dates on Lori's blog, Pretty Things.

Did you participate in Lori's Bead Soup Blog Party? Are you going to sign up for the next one?

Bead Happy,


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