For those of you new to the blog and jewelry hopping world, today is the big reveal day for Lori Anderson's world reknowned Bead Soup Blog Party Hop. Across the internet globe, jewelry designers waited and waited to see if they were selected to be part of 200 people selected to be paired up for this unique excahnge. Once selected, partners put together a challenging collections of beads that must include a clasp and a focal bead for the other to design with. Now, it's the big reveal day, where everyone posts photos of their creations.
I must say I was paired with a doll of a partner! A jealousy worthy partner... A partner I bet some of you wished you had...
This isn't the first time doing the BSBP Hop for me or Barbara, so we talked early on about ways to make this exchange a bit more interested. We had grand plans of doing a cool video but I was really too swamped to make that happen. Instead we decided to add a new layer to the challenge. Usually the challengeing part of this exchange is working we the soup that's sent. We're old hats at working with challenging beads though! So, we decided to set a challenge to start earlier... with the beads that would in fact be sent.
Are you wondering what I'm babbling on about?
Are you saying to yourself "Kerry, I have 199 other blogs to visit today, get on with it!"?
Hold your horses, I think you're gonna get a kick out of what we did!
Pinterest is all the rage these days in the world of social networking. (If you aren't on it already, find a friend who is and ask for an invite, because it is just about the best time sink around!) Barbara and I both have loads of virtual pinboards where we post everything from inspiring color finds to cool recipes we want to try. To make things fun, we picked our favorite image on Pinterest at the time this exchange started and challenged the other to make a set of beads inspired of the colors in that favorite photo.
And a big oops on my part for not remembering to take a photo of Barbara's beads before I started working with them, but you can totally check them out up close and personal below.
And now... without further ado... here is what I made with Barbara's fantastic collection of beads!
|Barbara's beautiful focal bead balanced with a wire link from my new book, Rustic Wrappings!|
I absolutely loved working this Barbara's beads and our collaberation doesn't stop here. We have something exciting to share. You'll find us together, sharing a booth, at BEAD FEST PHILLY!! It's going to be the highlight of my summer, I know it! And I can hardly weight. I'll be there signing books, selling kits, and bringing beads too. Barbara will be bringing her fabulous goodies too. You won't want to miss it!
On that exciting note, I want to say thanks again to Lori for hosting such a great annual event. Be sure to drop by her blog for the master list of all participants. There are loads of great jewelry to be seen.
(Special Note - I'm actually typing this days before the actually event seeings as how I am boarding a cruise ship today to teach on The Bead Cruise! So, forgive me for not visiting blogs and commenting.)