Saturday, February 26, 2011

Olympic Soup

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!
What's a Bead Soup Party?
Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer, thank you Ms. Lori Anderson for all your hard work,  and tasked with sending the following:

~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads

Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.

So...without further ado....

My lovely partner was Grace from Grace Beading.
She sent me a lovely little grouping of beads with a Lisa Peters Art focal, a gold clasp, and some beads in bright pink and green.

Well, when I got started my initial idea was to turn the whole thing into one giant cabochon, but's a huge focal and though I do like large-y pendants, there's really never a reason to walk around with a dinner plate around your neck.

I also struggled and struggled with the color scheme and ultimately decided to take it a little darker.
I chose a stone that I had on hand and created a little bead embroidered medallion.
(I know, I know....waaaaay out of my comfort zone, right?)

I hung the medallion close to the focal. I didn't want a lot of room between them (not that I'm forcing a relationship, it just didn't look good.)

I chose to use a deep chocolate ribbon as the cord, but I wanted to give it some pizazz, so I wove beads all along the length of the ribbon.

I'm pretty pleased with the results, I will definitely say that it was a challenge, but this was the first piece of Lisa Peters Art that I've owned, and now I'm hooked.

Oh, yeah, why the title of my post? Well, the ONLY thing that I'm not too crazy about? The length of the cord.
I made the cord

Congratulations Michael Phelps on setting a record for Olympic medals won!
We're proud of you here in the U.S. of A. and I've chosen to name my piece in honor of you....
Phelp's 17th!
(He's already got 16...I looked it up)

(We'll call this a lesson learned on trying on a piece before you're dead set on the length.)

Thanks for stopping by, and please visit the rest of these wonderful artists who've worked so hard over the month to create some gold medal worthy pieces.


1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
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 - YOU ARE HERE
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
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

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  
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, Beads and Bread

The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011.  Don't miss it!



  1. Funny girl!! I like it and you really went out with the embellished cord but it so works!

  2. Well, I think you did a beautiful job putting it all together. Great beading on the cord and gorgeous focals!

  3. Haha! I love the title! :) Marcie - this piece is absolutely beautiful. I love what you did with your soup.

  4. When I saw the colors of the beads that you and your partner sent to each other I laughed out loud. I couldn't wait to see how you toned down all those colores vivos. What a great job you did. I love the milk chocolate brown with the bright seed beads. Bravo!

  5. That is beautiful!
    I love the beaded ribbon cord! long or short. It's lovely!

  6. Nice composition with the focal and that beaded cord is wonderful with the little beads. I like the length!

  7. You are too funny. This is pretty! I'm in LOVE with the beaded ribbon!!! Beautiful!

  8. So pretty!! Nice job Marcie! Just gorgeous, and totally wearable!

  9. I love thE beaded ribbon too! I do the not measure/not try on thing all the time too!

  10. The beaded ribbon is fabulous! What a great idea! I like long so this is right up my alley! Lovely

  11. Very pretty necklace! I like how you beaded the ribbon to tie it together with the colours of the pendant.

    As for necklace lengths: been there, done that...

  12. Marcie, I love your necklace! The embroidery on the ribbon is wonderful and it compliments the pendant combo beautifully. As always, I'm impressed!

  13. Beautiful! I love that you beaded the cord and gave it your special touch!

  14. I love when fibres are thrown in the jewelry mix, what a lovely piece, never mind the length, I think your set stone really makes it. Oh and the wee seed beads sewn on the ribbon are fantastic, gives it a wee bit of 'sparkles' smile, Virginie

  15. beautiful necklace. love the beaded ribbon and the way you integrated Lisa Peters wonderful cab into the necklace!!

  16. Your jewelry always amazes me! So beautiful!

  17. sometimes it pays to dive right in and start creating...sometimes you have to remember to take a breath !!! Either way ...
    This is a WINNER for certain!!!!
    m.e :)

  18. I think you managed to find very interesting and original solution! ;) The necklace is beautiful!!!

  19. You know what, I really like the length! It is nice to wear just as you have it on now! Gorgeous!!

  20. I really like how you pulled it all together. I think you deserve a medal!

  21. I know you said the cord was the only thing you weren't crazy about but it was the first thing I noticed about this piece and loved! Totally unique. Love it!

  22. Very pretty! I love the focal(s?) but the embellishments on the ribbon is a special touch.

  23. i love the beaded cord. very nice touch!!

  24. I had to post another comment. ;-)

    You said, "there's really never a reason to walk around with a dinner plate around your neck."

    I hate to say it, but my piece sort of resembles this remark... ;-) But I think it worked....

  25. WOW what a gorgeous piece! I love the length and the seed beads on the silk at a great touch!

  26. Nice piece. I love the ribbon. The focal is beautiful.

  27. Too funny...I love the two focal pieces together and that embellished cord! Awesome colors!

  28. You came out on top....very nice piece.

  29. I love it! I think the length makes it more wearable with sweaters etc. Very stunning piece!

  30. Ohhh I love the way you gave that ribbon the piazz, and the focals are great. Your beading is wonderful!! You crack me up..Michael Phelps lol. Its lovely at this length!

  31. really really really pretty--you are super good at what you do and I love your dry wit-- too fun!

    jean xox

  32. Love love your sense of humor...really you made me laugh out I know I'm at a party.
    Beautiful work!!!

  33. Thank you for visiting my blog. I am really enjoying reading the blogs of the "bead soup" participants and looking at all the gorgeous designs. Your necklace is beautiful.

  34. Marvelous, Marcie! (You AND the necklace!) So clever to embellish the ribbon. Never would have thought of that. And Lisa Peters is an addiction worth having. Every single thing she makes is awesome. I have half a printers' drawer dedicated to her that I am hoarding! And I will buy more when I see her in June.
    Enjoy the day!

  35. I love it! I bet you someone will fall in love with it's length :P

  36. Wow! What a gorgeous piece of jewelry you have made with your soup! I love it!

  37. Beautiful Marcie - I love everything about it!

  38. It's great, Marcie. I love the necklace and laughed out loud at how it got its name!

  39. #161 here! I just LOVE your beaded ribbon with your bead soup ingredients. Your creative design is the bomb:)

  40. Great job and you are so funny. You just need to give it to someone with big boobs like me, it'll sit up higher Lol!
    Shannon C

  41. I love the simple lines of your design! Cheers!

  42. #209 here...I love what you did with the pieces you got, great work...

  43. Very nice Marci, I love your color choices- but you already know I am a chocoholic. The little beads on the ribbon are wonderful and so is that gorgeous pendant.

  44. I think you worked your piece very creatively to get it just right.
    The colours are good together and I love the embellishments on the ribbon.personally I don't think it too long at all.

  45. wow...great job. I love the beaded chord idea..lovely! The design and the focal are beautiful...great job!

  46. What a wonderful job you've done! I even think the length is great, it looks fab, and really jazz's up a high-necked top.

  47. Lovely necklace I like the bead embroidery too.

  48. Gorgeous, love the cord and the bead embroidery.

  49. It's beautiful and I love how you added the seed beads to the cording.

  50. I love this! After seeing this I just had to go to my stash and look through my pottery pendants. I of course can't do the beading thing you did. I would wear this just like it is, I think the length is perfect, the colors rock and I LOVE this!

  51. Yep... Those LPAs are addictive :-)

  52. I love the whole thing and every decision you made...fantastic! And just so you know, I'm a seed bead hater, basically because I never know how to use them! You show me a path.

  53. Hi Marcie...just left a comment but not sure it posted, so I'll say again that I LOVE IT!!! Love the colors, the length, the details - all of it! I'd wear this one every day if I could!

  54. The embroidered ribbon is AMAZING! And the addition to the focal -- divine! I love this, would wear it!

    And Michael Phelps grew up about an hour from me!

  55. I love your beadwork. And that focal is gorgeous. Great job! You make good soup!

  56. This is really, really gorgeous!

  57. Well worth a medal this necklace ... IT IS !! :)
    lovely with all those small beads along the ribbon
    love it!

  58. It is Stunning, Marcie. I love your design, the colors, AND the length!

  59. Looks great, everything came together real nice!

  60. "and though I do like large-y pendants, there's really never a reason to walk around with a dinner plate around your neck." hahaha! Why NOT?

    I love the piece. I'm aH UGE Lisa Peters fan (I have a...stash (drawer) of her pieces. LOL! Ya done good. The story of the title is hilarious and I bet Michael Phelps would look totally hot wearing that gorgeous thing ;o)

  61. The necklace is one delicious bowl of soup! I love the embellished ribbon and the color palette. The name of the piece is a hoot!

  62. Another wonderful piece! Great embroidery. I love your photography as well.

  63. You are a seed bead goddess! (Get it...Olympia?? haaaaaaaaa) I love the piece, even if it really accentuates the bellybutton more than the cleavage. I hope we can get together over here on the east coast sometime soon! Take care! Jen

  64. Love the colors pink light blue and brown and awsome seed bead work I'm off to check out more of your beautiful work.

  65. I know exactly how it is to have to take a piece apart because I didn't check the length. Your piece all turned out beautiful in the end.

  66. I love the colors and all of the gorgeous detail you put into making this beautiful piece.

  67. Love the pairing of the 2 focals.... I never would have thought to do that. Great inspiration to get my creative juices going!

  68. YUM! I love the chocolaty silk with the woven beads to match your insanely gorgeous double focals! Your bead embroidered medallion is beautiful (wish I knew how to do that)... definitely makes me want to learn the technique.

  69. WOW!! This is REALLY pretty!! GREAT Job!!


  70. ~*Hello Marcie!*~
    Olympic medal indeed!
    The colors are lovely together!
    I think this design would be beautiful on a thong shoe or flip flop style sandal!

    Thank you for the "Bead Soup Beader Award"

    You made me smile!

  71. I really admire your ability with beads and thread. I think your piece came out stunningly. The beaded bezel and beaded cord are fantastic. I just loved it.

  72. So beautiful friend, I love this necklace & what you did with your SOUP! Simple Stunning!!! ;)
    Thanks for sharing...

  73. Hi Marcie, sorry that I have made it to your blog kind of late, but I am trying to attack the list randomly, so the people in the 100s don't have to wait for a comment for two weeks - and I think I have still 130 posts to go or so and it is day 3. I love your design - it is something really special, you know how much I love your bead embroidered pieces (maybe I should give it a try one day). But I need to say I cracked up laughing when you described the medal part..... so funny. And I thought I was crazy because I sometimes spend more time in front of the mirror, trying to figure out the right length than designing the piece.....

  74. Hi there Marcie - I too am a little late in looking! I really like the way you've teamed all the colours up to make them work well together.

  75. Excellent job! I love the beading you did.

  76. i think your necklace came out fabulous :)


  77. Beautiful necklace! I love how you worked with the gorgeous pendant and really made it your own!

    Oh, and this - "there's really never a reason to walk around with a dinner plate around your neck." - is now my favorite line from this whole Beady Party! Love it! LOL

  78. LOL, hilarious post :) Those colors look great together! I always have the shoulda-checked-the-length-first problem too. But then I figure it will work on the right person with the right body shape. Your beadwork is loveley - I'm in awe of those of you who do that. I'm not that patient or nimble-fingered.

  79. Excellent...Simple but Elegant... :)

  80. Beatiful necklace, worthy of any superstar athlete! ;-) Seriously though, I love it. It's so pretty and I love what you did with the ribbon!

  81. Wow you did a great job Marcie - the colour combination is just beautiful and I love the beaded necklace... so pretty. Well done!


  82. Your necklace is beautiful! Love all the beaded detail work you put into it, makes it extra special. Length looks good to me!

  83. You left a very attentive and generous comment on my bead soup piece, so now that I'm able to make the rounds, I wanted to be sure to see yours, which is simultaneously beautiful and, yes, perhaps a little awkward in length, making it also hilariously named. I realized I had lingered at your blog the week before the reveal. Your work is gorgeous and you write well. Keep it up!

  84. Your bead work is exquiste. Beautiful!

  85. Marcie, your designs, no matter what you think them, always inspire me. The embellished ribbon is AMAZING!

  86. Your comment on my soup totally made my day yesterday! I love what you have done with your ingredients, and pretty much everything you work on. I am always checking out your Etsy store to see if there is another ring I cannot live without.

  87. Very nice color combination and design.

  88. Great job. I love the textures and the focal(s) are wonderful. Love the texure on the neckstrap!
    Bead Happy!

  89. You get the GOLD for this one, love what you did with the focal and the bead below, and great work on the cord. Very nice!

  90. So, I'm still hopping, and trying to go in an orderly fashion. So glad I finally got to yours! You are always so creative, and you didn't disappoint this time either. Love the embroidered cord! You really made this a stunning piece, and, well, I LIKE long necklaces. :)

  91. I love the colors in this piece and what you did with the cord. I also like the length.

  92. I lik ehow you toned down the colors of your beads. Your bead work in this piece is also very nice.. I have no idea when it comes to seed beads. The length of the necklace doesn't bother me, I happen to love long necklaces.

  93. Lovely necklace. Like the way you beaded the ribbon and your seed bead work is amazing.

  94. I love how the cuts on the fire polish bring out the cuts on the stone you used. The added seed beads on the ribbon really added depth to it. I have to agree about the lenght as my piece should have been shorter as well. A lesson learned. Alice's beads and baubles

  95. I think going dark was the right choice. It really seems to highlight the blue of the pendant. For some reason the whole piece ALMOST has a native American feel to it. But, not quite. . . I adore all you little touches.

  96. It turned out beautifully. :) I'm really loving the color palette and how you used it. Very sophisticated looking. The brown is like the earth reemerging after winter, and then the focal with its blues and greens and humble flower colors is like a glimpse of the spring to come. Lovely. :)

  97. Wow this is really pretty! I love the embroidery work!

  98. I'm actually a big fan of the length! Think it balances out the size of the focal. It's really lovely but I also must say...*oh!* those beautiful bracelets in your blog banner! I really must pull out some seed's been too long. You've inspired me!

  99. Still making my way to all the blogs. Love the beaded ribbon and your beaded medallion. Great job.

  100. Hi Marcie, It is great to know that you've enjoyed your time in Spain. It is a great country to live, that's why we came back to live here when I got pregnant.

    As for your necklace, is really impressive. very beautiful.

    I would also like to thank you for your kind words, it has really meant a lot, specially as I am having a really tough time.

    Just So you know, I have left a thank you note on my blog, and I would love you to read it if you have time.

    A big hug your way.