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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Finally Here! BSBP 2014!

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Hello and welcome to the 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party! BSBP has become a well-oiled machine run brilliantly by the lovely Lori Anderson (with a little help from her friends), but for me a brand new experience, as I am taking part for the first time! Lori kindly paired me with an old hand (*TeeHee*) so the process has been fairly slick and painless for me. Thank you Lori, and thank you to a talented lampworker, potter and artist, Cheryl Brown of dragonflybeads in Alberta, Canada, for this marvelous selection of birds and beads, many handmade by Cheryl herself:




When I first received this beautiful soup, after the normal amount of bead-stroking and showing off the pretties to family and friends, I of course had a few panic attacks. What if I couldn't find a way to design a worthy piece or two with Cheryl's wonderful handmade lampwork? Until I finally sat with sketchbook in hand (something I rarely do these days)... and the bones of the designs came effortlessly :)



Two long necklaces and a work in progress...


I first made the longest necklace, using Cheryl's adorable caged bird and two feathered friends, on a handmade twisted-wire support, with some of my favorite copper chain (I call this design Visiting). The second necklace features wonderful melon-shaped large lampwork beads with the sparkly fire-polished faceted beads Cheryl sent, in clusters on gun metal chain. A lot of metal for me, but what the beads needed, I felt. I had originally planned to combine these as a double-strand, but I KNOW I will wear both more often if I can choose to combine them or not :) 

I was disappointed I hadn't used the pretty ombré ribbon from my soup, so when we got the extra week, I started playing around with it. I'm not sure whether the work in progress will ultimately become a choker or a wraparound bracelet... maybe both :) Here's a collage of a few of the pretty elements:



(The copper bird-shaped frame at lower right is a component I received from
  Gaea Cannaday, to which I added a bit of wire-wrapping and wove
the ribbons through it. I think it needs an extra layer in back.)


The lovely little heart-shaped clasp was used with the beautiful dark pearls and tiny sparkly gems from Cheryl's soup, to make this earthy bracelet with Czech seed beads and copper accents. I've always loved the way pearls take on one's body heat. I wear bracelets a lot, and this one has been on my wrist constantly!




I still have a few goodies in reserve. If you read my blog regularly, you know I was involved in the 100 Pairs 100 Days fundraiser. I am taking a break from earrings for a while, but I've got a few ideas I plan to share once my "earring mojo" is rejuvenated ;)

Thank you for sharing your talent with me, Cheryl; I so enjoyed working with your soup, I was definitely challenged as a designer and I can't wait to see what you have created as well! (Update 1: I peeked... OMG: GORGEOUS... get there and check them out!) (Update 2: Gadzooks, there's even more eye candy from Cheryl on this post.)



Some of the ingredients I sent to Cheryl...


BTW, if anyone would like to see another "caged bird" design, check out Cheryl's Facebook page for a silver set she made for the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie Annual Art Auction. Just gorgeous!

Almost 500 bloggers signed up for this Bead Soup Blog Hop 2014, and most of them will be posting today at various times according to their time zones. What a wonderful worldwide event :) I don't know how Lori does this, year after year. You are truly a force of nature, Lori!

Thank you for reading, everyone. You will find ALL the participant links on Lori's post. So now, go forth and visit!

P.S. I will be slower than normal blog-hopping this week. Yesterday was our day to bring home a shelter cat to foster, so I will be playing peacemaker with my other two kitties :( I'll post pics when the visitor comes out of hiding :)

121 comments:

  1. Oh Monique - I am in love with your birdy necklace! It is gorgeous! And that bracelet is a stunner for sure.

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  2. OMG the caged bird is Awesome!! And you made a beautiful necklace with it. Love it :-D

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  3. Your birdy necklace is perfect and even though I'm not a "green" person I think that bracelet is just incredible. Nice job.

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  4. Monique, I love that you were challenged by your soup. I had Cheryl as my partner for the previous BSBP and loved her soup. I love the caged bird necklace and your bracelet looks like it would be fun to wear.

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  5. Gorgeous soup! Cooked to perfection!

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  6. I love those necklaces and the fact that you kept them seperate sure makes them perfect for a variety of necklines. Fantastic job!

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  7. Wow Monique I love your creations. the visiting birds by the cage are amazing. Also that bracelet with all the strands is gorgeous. This was such fun. I made so many pieces incorporating the gems you sent me I hope I too did them justice. You'll have to check out the mother of pearl stuff and the other house ones when I get them up. i sure got lots of complements on the sets with all the generous wonder you sent me. Thanks again partner it was a great soup!!!!

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  8. What a lovely soup you've got to play with, Monique! And you did an amazing job with them. I'm sure that a true eyecatch if you wear both of the necklaces together!

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  9. I love all of your pieces but truly gasped when I saw your bracelet. The colour combination is just gorgeous.

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  10. Such a lovely set made from the bead soup, this year I've going with the bird theme when it was decorating my bathroom then roosters with the front porch. Lovely bracelet.

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  11. Awww Monique the designs are all beautiful...BUT THAT BRACELET! oOOH aHHHH!!

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  12. That necklace is a perfect showcase for the caged bird, it works beautifully and I think the second necklace complements it so well. I like where you're going with the choker/wrap bracelet, you'll have to come back and show it to us when you're finished! And the bracelet is divine!

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  13. Very lovely soup! The bracelet at the end is wonderful!

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  14. Love love love how you used your soup, the caged bird necklace is fabulous and the bracelet is divine.

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  15. Wonderful Monique! It's like the necklace is gilded like an old Victorian bird stand. It's just perfect in its presentation. You did your components good! - very good.

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  16. Wonderful designs. The caged bird necklace is such a unique piece and the bracelet is truly gorgeous. Bravo Monique.

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  17. What a lovely reveal ." A bird in the cage and two in the bush " , if I were to call it , is absolutely stunning !

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  18. Love how you designed the birdcage necklace and the other one is going to be perfect if you want to wear them together or seperately. Gorgeous bracelet too.

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  19. Beautiful designs. The bracelet is my favorite but they are all lovely. And how wonderful of you to foster a cat. My two are from a rescue.

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  20. Gorgeous pieces Monique! The bracelet is so beautiful, I wouldn't take it off either! I love the idea of wearing one or two fabulous bird necklaces. Can't wait to see what the ribbon becomes...

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  21. What a beautiful soup, and you made amazing work with it. I love all your pieces!

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  22. Monique your designs are wonderful. It's great that you can wear the two necklaces together or separately. Your designs are unique and creative.

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  23. Oh whatbeautiful necklaces! You have shown those beautiful birdies off wonderfully and the two necklaces look gorgeous together. Loving what you're doing with the ribbon.

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  24. Awesome Monique! I love how the bird in the cage is kept company by friends, such a charming design. I'm getting used to seeing seed beads on your blog now, the bracelet is so full of wonderful texture, I love it. The whole palette I could just melt into, beautiful job

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  25. I was looking forward to seeing what will you do with the caged bird - and your design is perfect! I love the idea of creating a somewhat matching 2nd strand, and use them together or separately. I can see why would you wear that bracelet a lot, it's simply gorgeous! everything is - and I love all your pieces.
    Did the visitor come out of hiding after all?

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  26. You are so talented! Your necklaces are so beautiful and unique!

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  27. Love the bird cage you received and the necklace you created with it. Also love the fabulous bracelet and it has inspired me to create a similar one for myself. Great job!

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  28. I love this collection of really creative, nifty looking pieces. That seed bead and pearl bracelet would totally be on my wrist nonstop too. :-D

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  29. I love your necklace with the birds and cage, so awesome!

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  30. I love how you put the birdcage and the little birds in the necklace but the bracelet is stunning!!

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  31. Very creative. Well done. I particularly like the necklace with the caged bird.

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  32. Have you heard, I love the caged bird? Lol! Fantastic soup and you did a great job with it!

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  33. As always, your designs are beautiful! I love how you accented the caged bird, and I can see why you're wearing that bracelet a lot! Gorgeous :-)

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  34. Love your creations Monique. I can see I need to do some blog hopping to see more too.

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  35. Your multi strand bracelet is stunning! Great work.

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  36. wonderful pieces, I love both the bird pieces, very inspirational

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  37. Wonderful job Monique. The "Visiting" necklace is precious and a great idea to make 2 long necklace that can be worn together or separately. Love, love, love the bracelet, it is lush with beads, beads and more beautiful beads, just the kind of bracelet we girls swoon over.
    Well I'm off to check out you BSBP partner, Cheryl's creations, I'm sure I'll find they're amazing also. :)

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  38. Such lovely work well done!

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  39. A lot of people would have felt constrained by the birds, but you embraced them and made them your own. I can tell that you had a lot of fun with this. And the bracelet...love how you added the blues!

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  40. Love each of your designs! I like that you made the necklaces separate but wearable together...I love those type of styles...you just never know what you might be feeling. Wonderful of you to foster a kitty in need good luck getting everyone settled and friendly :)

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  41. This is so much fun! When I saw the soup that you received I was in love. I love making little birds and the ones you got were beautifully done. You did a fantastic job with all of the elements that you got...just wonderful!

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  42. I can't decide which one I like more. That little bird in acage necklace is fabulous and the bracelet calls to my gypsy heart. Lovely work!

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  43. such gorgeous wire work for the bird cage necklace. and the bracelet just oozes hippie vibe!

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  44. The bird cage necklace is so beautiful and I just love the design! The multi strand bracelet is gorgeous!!

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  45. Monique!! You knocked it outta the park! Fabulous reveal :) I adore the birdcage necklace, and am swooning over the Czech and pearl bracelet -- luscious beauty! I'd wear it all the time, too. Jewelry to relish in and truly wonderful art!

    Happy hopping,
    Rita

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  46. I love that bracelet so much! And the two necklaces would look so pretty worn together. I wish I had some talent with putting together jewelry. You definitely do!

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  47. That soup you received is absolutely breathtaking! And the fact that she CREATED most of it is incredible indeed :) I love the way you made two separate necklaces but left the option to combine them if you felt like it-now THAT'S versatility!

    That bracelet is fantastic as well! Those colors just POP ^.^

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  48. Love what you did with your birdies. And the bracelet is divine!

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  49. Oooo, love the birdcage necklace! It looks so light and airy! And I am such a big bracelet nut! What's not to love about that bracelet? The colors are great.

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  50. Those birds are sooooooo cute, I love them both caged and out. I enjoyed the free birds visiting their friend in the cage in your first necklace. The bracelet is wonderful, it can go with so many things I'm not surprised you've been wearing it all the time.

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  51. I remember seeing your soup and the awesomeness of it. Your pieces are all so cool. I like your wire work with the necklaces, but that bracelet is just perfection. It's my favorite of the bunch!

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  52. It's all wonderful but that bracelet is a show piece.

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  53. Stunning little details in your necklaces. ♥love♥ it! When I look at the bracelet, it reminds me of some walks in the forest :-) Beautiful jewellery!!!

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  54. what a great necklace! Love it. Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a note regarding my set (bottlecorkcrystal.blogspot.com). Have a wonderful week

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  55. I just love everything! I love the idea of the visiting birds & the design you came up with is Fabulous! And I can see why you're wearing your bracelet alot! Can I borrow it?!? I wanted to thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for leaving me such a nice & very encouraging comment (copperroses)! I hope that we come across each other again somewhere in the beading world!!!

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  56. Two such different pieces, and I love them both!! Great soup to work with!!

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  57. Monique, your multistrand bracelet and necklace with so unusual focal are absolutely gorgeous. Your creativity is GREAT!

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  58. So sweet little birds! You made a beautiful, stylish necklace of them. Yes, metal looks good with those beads.

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  59. Monique, love those little birds and love your pieces. Very well done!!
    Alenka

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  60. I'm a bracelet gal too! I like all of your designs and how you included the clever creations that your partner made into wearable art! Fantastic use of your beads, findings and talent.

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  61. Love your work! Beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my blog too! I can't wait to see more, so I followed yours!
    Rachel

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  62. The little bird cage would have had me stumped to!! I think you featured it beautifully and adding the extra two was perfect, birds never fly alone. I love the mix of beads you used with your bracelet, I would be wearing in constantly too!

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  63. You nailed it Mon! Those beads were so gorgeous, it would be hard to add design elements to them without stealing their thunder. Love the longest necklace...it reminds me of the birds in my yard sitting together and talking :)

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  64. I love how you used your little birdies to make that astonishing necklace, the bracelet is also cool but the necklace is so theatrical!

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  65. Great idea to make the two necklaces separate yet still have the ability to wear them together. Love the bracelet

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  66. Oh that little bird in the cage necklace is adorable.

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  67. Such unique and fun designs! Love your creativity!

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  68. That bracelet is so lush - I love it. I also like the idea of the two necklaces that can be worn together or separately.

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  69. Lovely work! I really like the long necklace with the birds - so creative. Best of luck with the new foster kitty!

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  70. Oh, what a luscious soup - those colors are simply divine, and the elements are all fantastic! You set off that bird-in-a-cage focal perfectly, and I think your idea of creating two coordinating necklaces that could be worn together or separately is just brilliant! Can't wait to see how the ribbon piece turns out, and Girl, I *totally* understand why you don't want to take that scrumptious bracelet off! Well done all around!

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  71. OMG, all your pieces are amazing! I love the necklaces and your wire work is outstandig. Really great job!

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  72. Sooooop envy!! :-) Absolutely wonderful pieces made from it, too. I love that the necklaces are wearable in different ways, and I just adore that bracelet! Smashing!

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  73. Monique - thank you so much for visiting my blog. I am quite envious of your soup! You received such lovely lampwork beads - especially the birds. And I do like the birdcage necklace. You are right - just the metalwork for the birds, it works. I can see why you wear the bracelet a lot too - very pretty. Rose

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  74. Great pieces! I remember when you posted the soup you got, I was excited to see what you made with that wonderful caged bird focal. Great job!

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  75. Squeeeeeeeeee! Birds indeed!!! Lovely soup, even lovelier pieces you've made from the soup! Well done!

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  76. What great soup ingredients and what a delicious soup you cooked up with them! I love that you made two individual strands. I, too, would get better use out of them. So easy to wear together if you choose. I love all your pieces.

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  77. That caged bird is adorable! You did it justice and then some...well done!

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  78. Monique, all your pieces are gorgeous, but I'm in love with the bracelet with the seed beads and pearls that I find awesome. I really the display you chose for the long necklaces - they are so, so difficult to photograph.
    Happy hopping.
    Ana

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  79. Beautiful jewelry. I love the bracelet!!!

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  80. Those bird beads and the tiny cage are amazing!! Love them and I love how you put them together!! I understand your panic for sure!! the bracelet is also wonderful!!!

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  81. Exceptionally beautiful soup results! Love everything you made and the ribbon WIP promses to be just as wonderful.

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  82. I just love your soup and what you did with it. Those Lampwork birds and beads are beautiful!...Love metallic....the cage is awesome, too! Great Bracelet as well.

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  83. Your soup mix is right up my color palette and I love everything that you have done! Everything layers so well, and the multi strand bracelet is my favorite!

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  84. I love your necklaces, they're awesome!!

    The first 2 ones go perfectly together! And the choker it's very beautiful! But the bracelet, ohhh, it's fabulous!!! Adorable!

    Pleased to meet you adn your work!

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  85. Great reveal. Monique! I love the birdcage necklace and that fab bracelet! Sorry it's taken me so long to get here but as you know I've been a bit preoccupied. I'm having fun hopping now but it's going to take me weeks to get to everyone. I don't have much stamina right now. Love your creations....very happy making!

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  86. Love the designs. I like that you can use the 2 necklaces as layered or not and I love where you are going with the Bird choker!!! Great Job! Have a Blessed Day!!!

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  87. I love the multi-strand bracelet and all the turquoise colors! BUT the necklace is fabulous!! I love it!

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  88. I love the bird beads and the bird cage necklace! So adorable :)

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  89. What a great soup you had there. I love what you did with it too :-)
    Looks like you had lots of fun with it, great stuff :-)

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  90. Wow did you work some magic with those beads, I love what you did with the focal I would have been intimadated to work with such a beautiful piece but you really have done a fantastic job, I love the little birds flying by the cage!

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  91. Both pieces are beautiful ,specially the bracelet.

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  92. Thank you for visiting me Monique, you have certainly done justice to your soup that is such a cute necklace with the little bird cage, I got one in my soup last year and didn't have a clue what to do with it, I must give it a go1 Your bracelet is delightful I love the colours too.
    Jackie

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  93. scrolling down, I was so impressed. loved the necklaces, THEN, I came across that lost piece...LOVE IT!!!!!!

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  94. This soup was wonderful. I like the birdy necklace very much. But the bracelet is wonderful with its colors and richness.

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  95. What a unique focal! You've showcased it beautifully. The bracelet is yummy- I'd wear it a lot as well :) Christie

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  96. You certainly did justice to your soup, you've shown off the bird beads in the best way! So cool you can wear the necklaces as multi-strand or just one and I suspect that the choker/bracelet can fit there too for a more unusual combination. And I know how difficult it is to make a combo of lots of tiny beads good looking - I love the bracelet!

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  97. I can't think why you would be worried about doing right by your soup because everything is gorgeously done. I happen to adore birds so your long necklace really speaks to me. You were given a fun and unique soup, but it's your creativity that makes it all sing. So well done.

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  98. What beautiful components to make such an eye-catching necklace with the birds and the bird cage. WOW! The bracelet is just my style, and I can see that being worn everyday, it looks so good and can go with anything. I loved the wire bird, can't wait to see the final design for that one! Great job!! Gina H

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  99. Love the wire bird and specially how you hanged the 2 visiting friends!

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  100. Hi! Thanks for your great comment on my blog!WOW your two necklaces atr incredible! Love whet your partner sent you. I LOVE how you bent the wire to hold the birds on either side of the cage! brilliant ! I keep going back to look at your work, its fabulous!!

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  101. ...and the bracelet!! Yum yum! Love all the layers!

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  102. stunning bead soup ,stunning-er results . I love the simplicity of the necklaces , but I truly adore that bracelet. I think I'm in multi-strand mode right now.

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  103. Absolutely stunning piece...I love "Visiting"...Brilliant use of your components.
    All the pieces are fantastic. I like the option of the layered look or single. Your really rocked it for your first time participating. I, like you, felt intimidated at first, but had a great partner so that made it all so much easier. I look forward to seeing more of your work and will continue to follow your blog.

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  104. I love all of them, but that bracelet is fabulous! Love the wire-work you did in your necklaces. =)
    Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  105. Your caged bird necklace is awesome. I also love your wonderful bracelet. The colors and design are wonderful.

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  106. I'm in love! I'm in love with Your wonderful pieces! Your wirework is so great, the birdies necklace - can't find the right words....

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  107. Great pieces. Love the long necklace and the green and copper are just lovely.

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  108. I love what u made! Love the birdies and how u incorporated them! Congrats

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  109. Great pieces, Birds in a cage Necklace, So cute, Brilliant!

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  110. When I saw the birds & the washers, I couldn't wait to get through the post. I scrolled to view each photo. Then came back to read everything. The birds are so cute and one of a kind. What a lovely partner you were paired with.

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  111. I love the soup you were sent and you made some yummy stuff with it...I love it all but my fav is well I like the birdie necklace and the bracelet a lottttttttttttttt....but I love the other necklace also and can't wait to see the work in progress finished...You did a brilliant job ty so much for sharing and I must hop along ....bye now happy beading

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  112. I love the necklace...a real statement piece! The bracelet is beautiful as well. I can see why have taken to wearing it constantly.

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  113. OMG that is a beautiful necklace. Those bird beads are incredible and you showcased them so well. Love the bracelet as well.

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  114. I love your work! The choice of dark chain works so well with those lampwork beads. Gorgeous. The bracelet looks like so much fun to wear. If it were mine I would never take it off!

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  115. I really enjoyed seeing your work, I visited the blog a few weeks ago but for the life of me can't find a post, I must have been half asleep when I saw it the first time and didn't comment... anyway, I only remembered this as being a multi tiered necklace... now that I have re-read your blog, I see I was so wrong. I loved the use of the birdcage... is why I came back to see it again, I'm so glad I did. ( I made quick notes on some of the blogs I wanted to take a second look at and I'm glad I did) ... anyway, I really like the way you used the twisted wire to make the 'perches' for the birds ... and I like where the ribbon is going, I will look at the rest of your blog to see if you have it finished. I think if you connected all three pieces, maybe the ribbon a little longer, it would be wonderful! I like your beaded bracelet as well, love the multi-strand. Glad I came back by!!!

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  116. Wow, what stunning pieces you made with your bead soup. The components you received are definitely unique, I love your wire-work too! Great job!

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  117. What beautiful pieces! I honestly don't think I can pick a favorite. Thanks so much for sharing! (And do please pardon me being so late in commenting... I am slow in hopping, but seeing your wonderful creations has made it worth it!)

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  118. Gorgeous work, I love everything you've made. The bird beads and cage are so pretty and you've done a great job of showing them off, without distracting from them.

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  119. Love the bird in the bird cage, I probably would have set him on my desk and let him supervise lol The multi strand bracelet is wonderful too! I would wear that! Great soup!

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  120. I say Gorgeous work too! Such a talented lady! Really Soup-er! Yep I'm still hopping! Don't want to miss a thing!

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