Bead soup is on!

If you remember Lois sent me the most beautiful beads.

She sent me- moonstone roundels, swarovski crystals, amazonite 8 mm, kyanite oval, freshwater pearls, and a Thai Hill silver flower and clasp. As a bonus Lois also sent me some sari silk. I was so excited to work with such great materials! Thanks again,  Lois!

This is what I came up with:

“tranquil hideaway”

Close up of earrings

Close up of the little nestie hideaways!

Lori Anderson of Pretty Things hosted this swap. Thank you Lori for all of your hard work! You totally ROCK!  Organize 210 people to swap beads with, you deserve an award!

Now, please go visit the other people in this fabulous swap.

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things ( the hostess)
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane
4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio

11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13.  Marian Hertzog, M’s Place
14.  Mary McGraw, MK’s Musings
15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats

21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim
23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads
28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul

31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie’s Sammelsurium
32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama’s Got to Doodle
36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl’s Insights
39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio

41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack’s
42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya
44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles
46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig
47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux

50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori’s Glassworks
52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel’s Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio
58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa

60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog
62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68.  Laurel Steven, Rue’s Daftique
69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver

70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
75.  Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There’s Beading to Be Done!
76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium
77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden
79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads

80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84.  Dana James, Dana’s Jewelry Designs
85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations

90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni’s Bead
93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally’s Creations
94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio
96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy’s Coloring Box
97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs
98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads

100.  Linda Landig, Linda’s Bead Blog and Meanderings
101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong’s Creations
103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading
110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman

111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe
112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice’s Beads and Baubles
118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart
120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs

121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings
123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass
124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks
125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things
126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos
127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee
128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M
129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry

130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads
131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H’s Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies
137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter

140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
142.  Regina Santerre, Regina’s Writings
143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear’s Nonsense
145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta’s Boutique
146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog

150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area
154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki’s Reef
157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman

160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio
165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa’s Clay Happenings

170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
175.  Julie Nordine, Julie Nordine | Credit River Art Glass
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka’s Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie’re
179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie’s Bijoux

180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader’s Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry
189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos

190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious

200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab’s Creative Concepts
203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209.  Dana Jones, Dana’s Jewelry
210.  Shirley Moore, Homeschooling Life

Thank you so much for stopping in to look at my “tranquil hideaway”.  Your comments, I cherish!


82 thoughts on “Bead soup is on!”

  1. I’m certain there are nests in India that look just the same. I found a bird’s nest on the porch that was lined with dog hair picked up from the corners of the room. I love the aqua colored thread that runs through the nests and ties (literally?) them to the blue-greens of the other parts in the necklace. Your weathered-wood background is also a great touch. Bravo! Bravo!

  2. Wow. You are so talented Kim. Amazing necklace and earrings. A sweet artistic original pair. LOVELY.

  3. OMG! I’ve never ever seen nests made like that and I LOVE them. This is such a creative and gorgeous necklace! So artistic, and I’m blown away. You knocked it out of the park.

  4. gorgeous creations…so glad I took part in this, can’t wait for the next bead soup!

    have a great weekend…


    hello gorgeous xxx

  5. Those little nests are AWESOME! What a wonderful idea! You did a great job!

  6. Oh, Kim – the little nesties are sooo wonderful! I’ve never seen them made like that, and I LOVE them! and such great design on the necklace! I’m so glad you joined this time around!

  7. Oooh, I love the flow of the necklace, the way all the sections fit so well together. Awesome idea 😀

  8. Those little nest are a hit! How creative and beautiful your piece turned out. Great job!

  9. Those nests are so cool — what a creative use of fiber, and they fit into the overall pieces very nicely!

  10. Those nests? AWESOME! Fabulous pieces and I just can’t over how stinkin cute those nests are.

  11. Hi Kim, I am in love with your nest and pearls — so soft and fragile looking. I’ve made nests with wire, but never with sari silk — delish.

    I hope you get a really good response from the swap/hop — So much fun!

    Artemisia’s Studio

  12. #209 here…how unique…I love this necklace…did you make the bids nest or where they sent to you in the swap…

  13. Wow! those amazing nests…so creative and unique. Very beautifully done.

  14. I love the little woven nests! They are sweet! Good Work!

  15. That’s so cool Kim! I love the little nests, and it makes the blue beads look like robin’s eggs. Very sweet and creative work!

  16. I have to agree, those little nest are perfect. Such an earthy, organic way to add the silk to your piece. They have a way of attracting the eye and drawing you into the piece. It is a show stopper.

  17. Greetings Kim! So glad to meet you! This is one tasty helping of soup. It is so unexpected to see the silk used in this way. It is a brilliant use and really puts those nests in the spotlight. Such a delightfully imaginative piece. Thank you for sharing your soup with us! I am a new follower.
    Enjoy the day!

  18. I had Lois last year as a bead buddy, isn’t she the best? You have got to share with the world how you do your little nesties! I for one would definitely love to learn. Great job!

  19. Oh My Goodness this is so stinkin’ cool..Love it!!Love your style and the pendant you sent you your partner..well you are one uber talented lady!!!

  20. Those nesties are just amazing, as is the rest of the necklace of course. But, there’s just something about those little fiber and bead nests that absolutely draws the eye to them. You are an artist! Wonderful!

  21. oh wow these nests are so awesome. What great use of the materials you were given, very creative, I love your necklace!

  22. This is just darling! I love the whimsical quality….amazing that you were able to make sweet little nests out of the silk! Beautiful natural necklace!

  23. Awesome! I love your little nests. They’ve got so much texture. It’s a really nice piece. Good job!

  24. I love what you created! The colors, the textures, the flowers! Perfect.

  25. Those little nests are so clever and creative! What a beautiful idea! Great work!

  26. Wow how on earth did you make these nested pearls?! Introducing fibres in my jewelry is definitely a project that I have and that I want to get into soon, well done, smile, Virginie

  27. Just love your necklace and earrings with the fiber nests. Fantastic!!

  28. I’m totally into bird’s nests right now–but yours take the cake, icing and all! Beautifully done! Amazingly beautiful necklace and earring sets–something I would wear proudly! Congratulations and Thank you!

  29. OMG, OMG, OMG. Holy Catfish as you would say. K, you did an over-the-top piece. You TRULY need to make more and sell them. You can get big bucks for this set. So creative with the nests. Awesome!

  30. those little bird nestsare simply adorable! what wonderful imanigation, and design skills you have! its all so very pretty! good job!

  31. Yep, you hit it! What a stunning idea! Love those nests. At first I thought it was a burlap or twine, and was thinking that would be scratchy. Then when I went back and saw that it was sari silk, I was enchanted!

  32. Somehow I missed your blog on my first pass through the Bead Soup Tour. I am so glad I didn’t miss it entirely!

    A perfect harbinger of spring!

  33. Such a pretty reminder of spring on this cold wintry day here in Maine. I absolutely adore this jewelry!

  34. Oh, amazing little nests! They work so well with the color of the beads, like little robin eggs. They’re made of fabric, right? How’d you do that? 😀 It looks fantastic! Great spring piece. I love your style!

  35. I come again and again to see these lovely nests 😀
    Do you mind if I’ll make my own version of them? Love!

  36. Love the nests, too cute for words. Very serene color combo, I’m thinking blue sky and a little brown bird chirping away in the trees. Thanks!

  37. The little fiber nests are so so cute 🙂 Lovely beads you had to work with – hard to go wrong!

  38. Still making the bead soup rounds . . . Your pieces are exceptional. Thought I’d seen every nest possibility, but I was wrong. Really interesting and clever.

  39. Oh my goodness, K, what a beautiful jewelry set. I missed that you were doing this swap, but am soooo happy I saw the final results. I can’t even imagine hosting any kind of swap with over 200 people.

  40. Fabulous BEAD SOUP Friend!!! I love what you designed with all your components… Beautiful work!Thanks for sharing your creativity!!

  41. Very nice creations — those bird’s nests are just so cute and creative!

  42. Those little bird nests are amazing! I love how you incorporated them into your design 🙂

  43. ~*VERY PRETTY!*~
    You did a fabulous job creating such a lovely and natural looking set of jewelry!
    :::big smile:::

  44. What awesome pieces…your soup mix was delicious! I love the little bird nests you have created. Well done!


  45. HOLY CRAP! That necklace is AMAZING! I LOVE the little nests you made! So creative ! I love the asymmetrical design. One of the best pieces I have seen in the hop!

  46. What unexpected and creative components your designed. Love your necklace!

  47. I love the nests for the earrings and in the necklace – so unique and creative!

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