Today it's the revealing day of the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party organised by Lori Anderson to which I thank very much for all that she does and I wish her well, hope to feel much better soon!!
It's a huge party, 541 participants! WOW! And it's getting higher ;) Today it's the third revealing day, we are 200 who show off today their projects! It will be a great pleasure to hop as much blogs and FB pages as possible! I hope I can get to all finally! ;)
This is my second Bead Soup blog Party and I'm very excited about it! I find more and more reasons to participate to the next parties, I find great inspiration and great PEOPLE!! Now we're moving on on Pinterest too, so if you want to see a lot of beautiful stuff in one place, check here for the party participants or for the contest entries here!
In the first Bead Soup Party I have participated last year, my partner was Alison Sachs and I've made some very beautiful necklaces out of her soup!! See here!
Now I'm pleasured to present you my new partner, Rachel Van Walsh, from Ireland!! She seems an extraordinary person, kind and warm, I like very much the fact that she was so interested in me... I've had some very bad whole weeks in the first 2 months of this year and I (still am actually) was pretty absent... But she was so nice, sending me such nice messages that brightened my day!! Thank you very much Rachel!! You've inspired me, not only by the soup but also with the energy and positive thoughts you have sent to me!
I had a whole year of break from beads - not totally, of course, but I've been beading too rare I might say :) I missed the beads, the blog, everything!! Now I;m back, at the beginning of March I've released some collections, with a new awesome direction I want to follow in my creations, based on leather and natural wood beads: Connections, Jendayi , Amira Hasiina, Gadina and plenty are to follow, because my ideas are just flowing!!! I have a lot to catch up, in the next posts I will tell more about the pieces I've worked until now!
But today, it's FAITH's day!! Inspired by all the people around me, both off and online, who made my days brighter and easier in rough and good moments as well, by the things that are happening to me and the new sustained positive thinking, free mind and spirit, dreaming an desiring, and of course my new achievement - a diploma in Massage Therapy (and related), followed by the desire to learn and study much more in this area - because I strongly think it's time to learn to give back!-, the new collections and Bead Contests I organize (Provocari Breslase - The Zodiac - with stones and zodiacal influences and Breslo Boemie- with free bohemian touches in our creations and lives), I made a necklace, a superb one, bold, extraordinary, interesting and with bohemian accents, in which I caught up all the things around me in this moment, all that gives me JOY and FAITH that I'm the right track and the autumn is ready to come on my brightest desires, and the winter will come shortly over the darkest things in my life and never loose FAITH that all the great things are prepared for me and are ready to reveal in my way !!
There are so many things I put in here that I don't know how to say all... I guess I will leave a bit of mystery above it's symbolic meaning !
|WHAT I RECEIVED!|
A much better image you'll find here
From Rachel I've received a wonderful Bead soup, made out of handmade and handpainted (by her) chain and clasp, 2 shell-focals (handmade by Yvi), great grey freshwater pearls, navy blue glass pearls, Swarowski crystals, lampwork glass rondelles, tierracast gold sealife charms and a superb denim blue crushed velvet ribbon.
I've used all of the beads and findings, except for the charms (which I might put them in this necklace if I think more about it :D) and some Swarowski crystals that I'll use for the matching earrings ;).
|WHAT I'VE SENT|
It's been a real challenge, it took my inspiration a while to come to life...but it finally did! I've worked more than 7 days full time (8-10 hours/day) at this project - mainly because I wanted to be perfect and I've made and unmade several times some of the components, I've made my own original design for the beaded base (so it's been a challenge to make it right!), I've rearranged the beads, ohh, ten times at least, made and unmade decisions about it, the beads, the design... until it looks like now! I love it, I love how it looks like worn, It's very interesting and appealing, it makes a statement, it liberates the mind, soul and body, it mixes a lot of things: colors, materials, shapes, dreams, ideas, symbols, darkness and light, mate with shiny, styles and techniques! I simply love it!!
I wanted to keep the shell focals in... focus so they were the base for my design.. I love their finesse and simplicity, their boldness and perfection and I wanted to make sure they are at their best! And I think they are!! I wanted from the start to use at least 90% of the materials, preferably in one project and I made it! I've joined all things together with Toho, Delica, Chezch and some usual seed beads, crystals and glass beads in various shapes and forms, gemstones in various forms (amethyst, Agate, Jasper, Mountain Jade, Calcite, Kianite, Apatite) and freshwater pearls, shells, Zirconium dangles and a very beautiful lace ribbon, with metallic cord and brass, bronze and gun metal findings - all this along with what I've received from Rachel- using a whole bunch o techniques (from simple stringing to horizontal and freeform netting, fringe, peyote, brick, right angle weave, embelishment techniques, etc) !!
I love my FAITH necklace, and since next weekend we celebrate Easter here in Romania, I believe it is the perfect moment for this Reveal!!
I hope you like it at lewast half as I do!
Have a great day!!!
The list of the other participants *3rd Reveal day: