Monthly Archives: August 2011

Bead Soup


I’ve been working on my Bead Soup ingredients.
I think I may make more than one piece!

Just a reminder to check out Lisa’s shop

15% off everything and she has beautiful things!


Shaking Things Up


I’m working on my blog’s appearance… I wasn’t really happy with the theme I had.

I like some things about this one….but, not the background picture and color. Now, I know you are saying… But, Monica, that’s all you see! I know, I know… What I really like about this theme is the way the titles of the blog are highlighted…looks like brush strokes, or torn paper.

I’ve got to work on a new picture for my background.

Then I’ll have to get my 24 year old son to help me set it up.

So, it’s a little WILD right now, but it will calm down in a few days (hopefully)

Stay tuned…

My Bead Soup From Lisa Lodge has arrived!!


Dolphin Focal

Yea!!  My soup is fabulous!

The focal is a dolphin jumping over a large crystal.  She included a beautiful Rhodium plated clasp and lots of beads and other components. There are Czech Firepolished beads, Czech teardrop beads, Abalone shell, Mother of Pearl round beads, Rhodium plated pewter links and Miyuki Seed Beeds.

Everything else!

I have never worked with seed beads, so that kinda scared me….they are so tiny!  But I feel confident that I can make something pretty.  As a matter of fact, I have already been playing around with them and came up with a couple of cool ideas.  I’m sure I will go through lots of ideas before I make a final decision!  It’s really going to be a fun challenge.

Jewelry Class today!


This morning I am taking a jewelry class with Diane Cook. She is teaching us to make her Etched and Layered Cuff. I am so excited!
I’ll tell you about it later.
I also need to post pictures of my Bead Soup….
Life has been getting in the way, but I’ll catch up this week-end….
Have a fun Saturday…I know I will…



I am so excited to be participating in my very first Bead Soup Party!
I’ve been wanting to do it for a while and finally decided that now was to time to do something kinda challenging.
Here’s how it works….you are paired up with a partner. You each make up a ‘soup’ of a vocal, clasp and some other beads. Then you send it to your partner and you each have to use at least the focal and clasp to make a piece of jewelry.

My partner is Lisa Lodge. She makes beautiful beaded jewelry (some are one of a kind) using pearls, Czech firepolished beads and a variety of stones.  Her shop is ‘Pine Ridge Treasures’ on ZIBBET.  She is having a ‘Grand Opening’ Sale!  She is taking 15% off of her very reasonable prices.  Check it out… It’s really pretty… And be sure to visit her blog

We both mailed out our ‘bead soup’ to each other on Saturday, so we should get them sometime this week.  I can’t wait to see what she sends me!  She says it is very different than what I am used to working with, so it will be a challenge…

I’ll post a picture when I receive it.