Thursday, September 13, 2012

In The Pink

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I had heard rumblings of Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party ®, or BSBP for short, in the past but could never manage to sign up for one in time....until about 6 months ago. And boy, was it ever FUN! To those uninitiated, the brainchild of this fun project is Lori Anderson. You'll have to read her blog to see what it's all about because this post is about HER, not her blog.

Over the years the BSBP's have grown in size so Lori opened up a facebook group so everyone could interact with one another even beyond the reveals. It's a fun group filled with caring people that love to share their work and ideas and are always more than happy to give advice when needed. It's wonderful for those times when our lives may be too busy to sign up for a BSBP, so we can keep in touch with one another.

But I digress...Shelley Graham and Sandra McGriff came up with a fun way for us all to honor and thank Lori for all she's done. We decided to all go PINK! Lori has had her own personal struggles, which she details in her blog post, explaining how she came to have pink hair. With my son's wedding just weeks away, I must admit that I cheated and used pink extensions, which may be for the best. I don't think I can carry it off as nicely as Lori. lol!

I was so inspired by her attitude that I created this pink haired lampwork glass goddess bead for her. To me, it represents the goddess that she is to all of us. Love you Lori! Thank you for all you do! I hope it puts a smile on your face!

Here's a list of the other participants. Check out the other pink haired goddesses!

Gail Vanderster-Zwang
Lea Avroch
Leslie Wayment
Kelley Katherine Hagerty-Fogle
Sheila Davis
Amanda Effron
‎Solange Collin
Jennifer Chasalow VanBenschoten
Isolina Perez
Toltec Jewels
Sherri Stokey
Mary Howell Govaars
Bee Kuhlman
Lynnea Perry Bennett
Alicia Marinache
Heather Otto
Kimberly Flood
Courtney White Breul
Lisa Liddy
Marlene Cupo
Marianne Baxter
Mária Horváth
Andrea Beth Trank
Heidi Mansfield Kingman
Emoke Schmidt
Sandra MrtzDiaz
Lupe Meter
Tanya Boden
Ambra Chicandfrog
Kumi Fisher
Sandra Young
Sandi Marinaro Volpe
Gretchen Nation
Mimi Gardner
Marian Hertzog
Sonya Ingersoll-Stille
Terry Matuszyk
Audrey Belangér
Sandra McGriff
Shelley Graham Turner
Sally Bohner Anderson
Mowse Doyle
Judy Daly Reganti
Brenda Lee Sigafoos

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Ladies Behind Creative Bead Chat

Pin It Creative Bead Chat, aka CBC, is a facebook group created by a group of ladies for the express purpose of discussing....what else?? Beads! lol! Or to put it more specifically.....

A home for creative component and jewelry designers to share new creations, tool tips and help build our creativity and sales ! A home for new designers as well experienced to share your experiences and ask questions. Ultimately we are a team and work together towards the goal of being proud of our accomplishments and accomplishing our dreams...welcome to Creative Bead Chat!
Only rule...Treat others as you would like to be treated :-)

It's one of my go to places when I have a question or just want to ogle the amazing creations that members post each day. Their talents are many and varied and you can be certain to get your questions answered by this very diverse group. The admins of this wonderful group are:

Melinda Orr of Melinda Orr Designs. I have had the good fortune to collaborate with Melinda on a design recently that was very well received. She makes most, if not all, of her metal components. Check out her etsy shop for more of her beautiful designs!

Marla James of Marla's Mud is a super talented ceramic artist. I am fortunate to have some of her work myself. She has an etsy shop where you can see her work. I love her new raku work:

There's not one, but TWO Marla's on CBC! Marla Gibson of Spice Box Designs. Her etsy shop is currently closed due to health issues, but I found this darling earring pair amongst her sold listings.

Karen Totten, another talented ceramicist of Starry Road Studio, sells beautiful jewelry and components. I just love these bronze charms that I found in her etsy shop!

Last, but not least is Keirsten Giles of Lune Artisan Jewelry. Keirsten creates unique jewelry pieces using the highest quality components such as artisan lampwork glass beads, semi-precious stones and her own beautiful OOAK metal components. I love this necklace that I found in her etsy shop.

Many thanks to all these wonderful ladies for creating a space for us all to share, enjoy and laugh together!