Friday, July 27, 2012

Bead Soup Swap Reveal

Bead Soup Reveal group 1 Day... Well the time has finally arrived for the big reveal of the creations that I made with the beads that Jennier Davies-Reazor sent me. Just as a refresher, Lori Anderson paired up about 400 of us with a partner and then we swap beads and create jewels with the swap and then we all do a blog hop and post what was created on a designated day to share with the community.

So this time around had me encountering beads that I have never worked with - Ceramic Beads. I'm not sure why as they are so popular now. But that is why these swaps are called a challenge as the goal is to stretch your boundaries. I find these so rewarding to do but also difficult as it really does become a challenge.

So just a quick reminder, this is the stash that Jennifer sent me. As you can see, she gave me the most fabulous collection and I was so excited opening the package. Jennifer has a great talent in creating her ceramic focals. She mentioned that she was in Bead Fest making mode and had sent me some for her inventory for the show. So ya know where you can go shopping to see them in person or she also has an Etsy Store for you to find her creations.



As you can see, there are loads of options here and it was so hard to choose my favorites. Although the tree focal and the night scene totally caught my eye and think those were my favorites at first. I had to wrestle these away from my 8 year old as he was trying to convince me to hand them over to him. 

I grouped the beads by colors and let them sit and simmer for a bit. The focals are so pretty and speak for themselves so I tried not to over do the designs by adding much of my lampwork beads to the mix. I happened to have an enamel flower and some lampwork head pins sitting on my desk and I picked them up and sat them on top of the "create" focal and knew that would become a necklace. Then I had some extra rhinestone chain sitting on my desk and I used it to hang from the extra hole on the pendant. So the only thing I added to the design that wasn't in her stash was the lampwork beads, enamel flower, enamel flower toggle, steel wire, and the 2 round blue beads. The rest came from the beads Jenny sent.




So a matching bracelet is always a good thing so I took one of her focals to make a bracelet. 



Then I focused on the reds and orange colors and created another necklace and matching bracelet




So the crazy thing is that I still have the other beads left to play with. I just ran out of time, but I think this bead soup is one that will keep on giving as I use the rest of her beads in future creations. 

Thank you Jenny for a wonderful Bead Soup Party swap. I had a ball playing with your beads. Thank you for the generous stash! 





118 comments:

  1. wow lovely pieces ... I especially love the second bracelet - the wire wrapping is a really nice touch =)

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  2. The autumnal coloured necklace is just stunning!

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  3. Incredible pieces...I just love the blue set. Looks like you had lot's of fun!

    Happy hopping!!

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  4. Great use of color, texture, and variety. Truly delightful mied media pieces. i can see you had fun and will continue to do so for awhile.

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  5. These are gorgeous pieces. I'm particularly loving the necklaces and red bracelet. Beautiful wirework!

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  6. What a great set of jewelery! I am amazed by what you have done. I like to wear it, but it's not mine :(
    best,
    Agata Grygiel

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  7. Stunning!
    There's no other words...I love what you created ^_^

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  8. Your pieces are so alive :-) and playful and fun. I'm Smitten!

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  9. Beautiful, beautiful work Cassie, I love them all. I particularly love the blue pieces but then I look at the red ones and think these are my favourites too!
    Oh and the visual of you wrestling the bead from your 8 year old really made me smile.

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  10. All of your designs are fabulous! I really like the first necklace with the create focal. It has just the right amount of flowers and dangles!

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  11. Beautiful designs and fantastic soup! You are both super talented!

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  12. Gorgeous creations.I love the red and orange sett the most

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  13. That is jumbo soup ! And amazing pieces~ I hope you show us what you will eventually do with the night scene - that one caught my eye right away !

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  14. Well, I just don't think you were very challenged, cause all those gorgeous pieces looked way too easy for you! :) I adore your wirework, and I have to say the bracelets are my favorite. You truly designed well with your soup!!

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  15. Holy cow! I love what you did with the rhinestone chain in the focal of the first piece! Beautiful and so darn creative! But, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE both of the bracelets! I am on a bracelet streak lately, and your designs are just stunning!

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  16. WOw what lovely pieces you have there.Love and hugs Tanya

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  17. Love all of those whimsical and colorful designs !!

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  18. Wow!
    I love each design !
    Great color combos too !
    Great Soup !
    m.e. :)

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  19. Hi Cassie,

    Beautiful work, I especaily love the red one. Have a great day.

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  20. Love what u did with the beads! Very fun and colorful creations.

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  21. You did a great job with your soup! Love everything!

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  22. Wow, that is an amazing soup and you did a great job with it!

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  23. Great pieces Cassie. I love them all. Particularly fond of the blue bracelet.

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  24. Soooo Cooool! I love the colors against black wire work. Beautiful.

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  25. Great job on the soup!
    Absolutely gorgeous pieces!
    Everything is so beautiful.

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  26. WOW! What a great soup you received. And your designs are wonderful! So many pieces. After each one I thought, oh that's my favorite...no, that's my favorite...no...LOL. Love them all.

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  27. Good Morning! Cassie - they are so fabulous! I love the flower perched on the "Create" milagro's head! It took me a minute to recognize the gems in that necklace as soup too! ( Had to scroll up and look again...) The wire dangle - jealous. May have to make some now, put my spin on it. I love everything you did, and find it surreal/exciting to see my lil clay pieces alive and starring in your creations! Thank you for your excellent partnership! (Sorry I was late this morning. I am an Olympic junkie.) Until later...

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  28. Wow, you really got some lovely things to work with!! Your creations are so pretty....love the bright colors, and mix of textures!!

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  29. Oh, wow oh wow. What rich, lovely work. Every where you look, there's something to drool over. Fantastic pieces!

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  30. Wow !! what a collection - beautiful work - all of them!

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  31. what a beautiful bead soup you had to create with!and what amazing things you have made with it!

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  32. wow, your wire work is really nice, great soups!

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  33. the create necklace is definitely my favorite. I love the use of the steel wire with the purple tones. wonderful!

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  34. First, I love your new blog! And second, WOW, what a great soup you got! I love the purple and blue in particular. I've just started messing with steel wire -- you'll have to tell me if you wax yours or leave it as-is.

    THANK YOU for such gorgeous work, for supporting the BSBP, and for your contribution to the book!

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  35. Oh, goodness, what lovely beads, and what lovely work! I think you have made just gorgeous things, paricularly the first necklace. It's just awesome!

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  36. Cool pieces - I love your use of wire on that second bracelet!

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  37. These are amazing! I would wear them all.

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  38. A wonderful mix of soup and creations from the soup. I enjoyed looking at them!

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  39. I love your work on this soup! Very beautiful and inventive! :)

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  40. What a fabulous soup! I like all of your pieces but the orange set is my favorite (and I don't even like orange!)

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  41. wow, what an amazing soup! With so much to chose from I think I might have froze up >.< I LOVE the bracelets though, I'm on a bracelet kick lately so they seem to be catching my attention over everything else lol

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  42. I love what you did with your soup. I would wear both sets.

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  43. Wow, wow, wow. Beautiful pieces, every one, but I'm particularly fond of the reds. Great job.

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  44. Wow, you created some amazing jewelry pieces! I'm totally in love with the necklace that has the red enameled flower and ceramic beads, beautiful.

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  45. Man OH man I do not know how you were able to choose. here is just too much I mean overload.smiles. You have done a great job. Noce designs
    Be blessed to be a blessing

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  46. Beautiful pieces!!! Love the blue ones!

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  47. My favorite are the bracelets. Wonderful work - you always do!

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  48. All your jewelry designs are amazing! I love what you did with your soup all those vibrant colors!!!, you really put everything together nicely!

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  49. Cassie, you do not disappoint! Once again you have created something wonderful. Those focal beads are great!

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  50. Wow, beautiful designs. Love the color palette too! Enjoy the hop!

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  51. Wow what wonderful colors you had to work with. I love the last necklace and the first bracelet- The bonus for my was the one yellow toned bead added to the blue necklace. How fun!!

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  52. Gorgeous soup. Lots to choose from and you did a wonderful job! I would totally wear each and every piece you made!!

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  53. Love your blog, love your creations!
    jean yates

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  54. Love your necklace with reds and orange!

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  55. Great work. Beautiful pieces. I love all the color schemes!

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  56. Like all of the pieces but especially LOVE the necklace and bracelet with the red...the last two pieces are so awesome!!

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  57. Love everything you have made.

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  58. I just love all of the pieces but that first bracelet really sings to me. Lovely work.

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  59. as always love it!!! but this hopping will wear a girl out & I'm just starting

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  60. Wow! Love your color palettes and results, Cassie. The first set is my favorite...love the textures and colors.

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  61. Wow, fantastic sets! I love how you've made matching bracelets!

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  62. Cassie! I love love everything you created, the blue set, no the orange set, wait I just can't decide! Oh heck.. I'd take both if I could! :)

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  63. Love your work...what a great mix of colors and textures!

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  64. These are absolutely fabulous!!! Really amazing job.. I love the shapes, colors.. they make me smile when I look at them!

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  65. Beautiful soup! Beautiful jewelry!!

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  66. Such beautiful, colorful pieces! I love them!

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  67. For someone who has never worked with ceramic beads, you did an amazing job. You have a great sense of mixing colors. My reveal is not until second date. www.heavenlanecreations.com

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  68. What a crazy cool bead soup she sent you! And what marvelous pieces you created! The colors and the designs are just fabulous. Great job!

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  69. Wow, you did a great job. What a fabulous collection you recieved. I love what you did with them.

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  70. Wow, what an amazing soup! Your designs are really fantastic! I am in love with your second necklace; love the colors and variety of elements. Beautiful and eclectic!

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  71. Wow, what an amazing soup. Nice job with all the pieces, very whimsical take on them.

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  72. I love everything you've made but the blue bracelet is uttery drool worthy!

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  73. good grief, that's a lot of soup! love your bracelet designs, well, i guess i love just about everything! your color combos really pop each piece :)

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  74. These are all beautiful pieces. Love the blues in the first set but also really like the last bangle

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  75. You hit the jackpot in the soup category! I adore how you layered the purple flower over the pendant in the first one. All the pieces are stunning!

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  76. I love what you did with all of those focal beads. Everything turned out very nice. I like your bracelets. I also love the bracelet featured on the wire work magazine. Congatuaions.

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  77. Wow! What a great soup, so many options. I love the necklaces, especially the blue one.

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  78. Both your color schemes are gorgeous! Lovely work.

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  79. Wow, you were a lucky girl. Great ingredients and wow you made them work so wonderfully.

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  80. Wow, there are so many beautiful focals I would not know where to start! I think you were wise to sort by color. Everything you made is fabulous! While I tend to gravitate to blues and greens, it was the warm red/orange pieces that caught my eye.

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  81. Fabulous soup mix. Your created marvelous designs ! A moody blue chic set and the bright and sassy warm colors ! This must have been so much fun to work with !

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  82. Wow, that's soooo much soup, and you made such great stuff! I think that enamel flower bracelet is my favorite, although I love them all! I love your beads, but this shows how talented you are. You can make great things with just about anything! Love your creations.

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  83. You got some gorgeous beads to work with and made some wonderful pieces. I like the matching bracelets too. Great job!

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  84. Both sets are fantastic! You sure lucked out with such a great soup :)

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  85. Cassie..you did an awesome job with the soup you received. You brought those ceramic pieces to LIFE. I love ALL the choices you made and would be excited to wear any one of these pieces. Beautiful! ~ Shelley

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  86. I was ooohhhing and aaaaahhhhhing all over this post!
    You may not have been comfortable with using the ceramic beads, but it doesn't show at all. You really rocked this challenge and I adore what you came up with. In fact, I CANNOT pick a favorite as they are all so fabulous.

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  87. Your soup was to die for and I love what you did with it! The blue bracelet is my favorite (I think) so hard to decide!

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  88. Oh my, that's quite the helping. I agree with CraftyHope, I can't pick a favourite either there is so much good stuff going on here

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  89. Wow, your pieces love amazing. My favorites are the first set as blue and purple are two of my favorite colors. Great job using those lovely ceramic beads.

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  90. I'm always in awe of people who can design eclectic assemblages of color and texture so beautifully and seemingly effortlessly. These are nothing short of amazing!! I am in serious lust with the blue bracelet...... :^)

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  91. This is so great to see two bead artists combine their work. Being familiar with both of your beads, this is just wild to see the Cassie Donlen spin on Jenny's components. I just love what you did - and boy were you on a serious creative streak, making so many pieces!! I love the purples and your enamelwork mixed with Jenny's "create" focal....now that will be a really fun necklace to wear! And the matching bracelet with the ribbon is beautiful. And then the switch to the warm colors with the browns and red is just beautiful...gosh I'd love to wear that necklace too! You sure did amazing things with you bead soup, Cassie!!

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  92. I love them all. So much color and life in them!

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  93. There is so much to love in all your pieces...but I think my fav is the celtic knot bracelet. You definitely had a great soup to play with and the fun you had shows!

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  94. I absolutely love the two necklaces you have created: incredible work and thank you for introducing me to a new bead artist!

    Elly

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  95. Beautiful soup and well done!!

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  96. What fun, beautiful pieces you got out of your soup! I loved looking at all of them!

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  97. What an eclectically beautiful job you did! The soup you were sent was divine!!! I can't wait to see what else you create from it!!! =)

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  98. Wow! five pieces & beads left over great job Cassie. I like the black wire with the brown beads.

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  99. You did absolute justice to that fantastic soup you received. In complete love with every piece.

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  100. Wow - love the soup you got!! Your pieces are stunning!

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  101. Absolutely beautiful work. I love all of the pieces you created!

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  102. Cassie, there are some nice pieces here. Well done!

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  103. What a yummy bead soup!! Your creations are fabulous!

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  104. Omigosh, what wonderful pieces! I would absolutely wear each one of them to DEATH! Love, love, love that "Create" necklace and also the brown-toned one.

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  105. wow, you received a beautiful soup, and you did a great job!
    I love them all!!
    ciao dall'Italia

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  106. What a bunch of awesome pendents. Looks like they kept you busy.

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  107. Really like your bracelets! :)

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  108. Oh that was really quite the mix that you got. Not only did you get a beautiful mix, but you made the most wonderful pieces with it. I cannot choose a favorite.

    Melissa Muir
    http://design.kcjewelbox.com

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  109. I envy your soup! lol It is such a generous mix and great focals to play with. Just awesome!

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  110. I like what u made! Especially the bracelets!

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  111. Oh, my - lovely soup mix and lovely results! Really love everything - the mix of ceramics with enamels is gorgeous!

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  112. Great googly moogly! That is a lot of soup ingredients! I love what you did with them. The placement of the beads and the little touches all around make for a great look and keep your eye moving and coming back for more peeks! Enjoy the day. Erin

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  113. My oh my, you had enough ingredients for an army. Your soup is absolutely delicious!

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  114. Wow what amazing soup you received, and you made some really beautiful designs.
    Sonya

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