Friday, April 26, 2013

Bead Soup Reveal 2013

Welcome to the third reveal of Lori Anderson's Bead Soup. So happy you could come join in on the fun.

As a reminder, I was paired with the fabulous Jessica Klaaren. She gifted me with some wonderful unusual beads. The pendant is stunning and large. It reminds me of a bunch of crayons that have been melted down and made into a flat pendant. Wonderful bright colors. The collection also included colorful stone beads, crystals, ribbon, and findings including head pins, a toggle clasp and ear wires. Here is a pic as a reminder.

I loved the dark findings she included and decided to follow that theme and use steel wire to turn the beads into a necklace. Of course the pendant was deemed worthy of being the focal of the design. I added some of my enamel discs onto the top of the pendant and wired it up into a scroll work design for an added touch. Each of the stone beads were wire wrapped with the steel wire to make a necklace. Finally, the ribbon matched the colors so closely that I decided to add it as the finishing touch for the necklace. 
And I got a little matchy matchy and wired up some earrings using the stone beads to complete the entire design. 

That my friends is my creation for Bead Soup 2013. Please visit Jessica's blog to see the collection that I sent her. I'm so excited to see what she creates with the goodies. In the mean time, Jessica has a great store on Etsy or visit her website at

To view the entire list of participants in the third reveal date, please visit Lori's website here to get the links.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Spring brings new Lime Yellow Color

Well, at least it is supposed to be Spring. I know a lot of us throughout the US are still getting snow this late in the season. Here is St. Louis, we keep going back and forth too. Tonight is is supposed to dip back down into the 30's with a chance of snow flurries. But the trees are in full bloom and we have some beautiful tulips in the front yard. So I'm not complaining loudly but it does put the vision of a nice sweet ride down the local pool's lazy river further down in my minds eye.

I just listed on my Etsy store a new color choice for the enamel flower toggles. A  yellow lime color. More yellow with beautiful tints of lime around the edges.

Today is the day I told myself that I'm going to work on my Bead Soup creation. The new reveal date is this Saturday and I've procrastinated long enough. The extra time was helpful to help think about what I want to create. I think I have a plan. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

An incredible Adventure

I had the bestest adventure last week. I know bestest isn't a word but it seems to describe it perfectly.

I will give more exact details towards the end of May - early June. But I had the opportunity to fly out to Colorado to the Interweave Studios office and shoot a jewelry making DVD. I was beyond giddy with excitement and.... scared out of my wits that I will come across as a complete and total goof on film. I'm still holding my fingers crossed that fear doesn't come true. 

I had the opportunity to meet and work with some of the best caliper highest quality people imaginable. Every single person I have ever come across with Interweave Press has always been amazing. I have often wondered how they are able to recruit and retain such incredible people. So I was supposed to fly out on Tuesday and return to St. Louis on Thursday. Monday morning I get an email saying there is a big storm headed to Denver and they are afraid I won't be able to get to the airport on Tuesday. So in a complete and utter whirlwind, I jump through hoops and reschedule things, get the kids lined up, hubby in the loop and rebook to fly out that evening. I'm at the airport and the flight is delayed of course due to a late inbound plane. Then about 15 min before we are supposed to board, they make the announcement that the flight is canceled because of the high winds and storm that has arrived early in Denver. So that was when I hung my head low and strolled back to the shuttle to go to my car as I was defeated by the weather.

I rescheduled the flight for Wednesday with a shoot date of Thursday. It felt like it took me several days to get there but once I arrived, life was great and I was so happy to be in Colorado. I met a lot of people that I only knew by name or had limited email contact. Gotta say that was a true highlight. The office is in Loveland, CO which is a wonderful small town. Their downtown area is beyond quaint. There are tons of local small business and restaurants. The coffee shop had the best atmosphere, and I loved how it was all independent with no chains stores/restaurants in the area. 

I felt like a teeny tiny star as I'm just an ant making a video out in some far land. Having my make up personally done that morning was a real treat. I wanted to pack her up and take her home with me. This is a pic of Corey and I right after she did my make up. 

Here is a pic of part of the studio. 

I just wanted to wet your whistle and give a head's up so that when the video is actually ready to be released, there will be some advanced curiosity. I have to admit that I'm beyond thrilled with the topic and would have jumped at a chance to buy this particular topic when I was wanting to learn. I had to go to the local college to take classes and now you will be able to sit at home in your pj's and learn the same thing!!! So stay tuned for all the juicy details. As nothing is definite until it has been released. I don't want to reveal too much on the off chance that some catastrophe would come to light and it is never released. Wouldn't that just stink?

On another note, it looks like the Bead Soup 3rd reveal has been pushed back another week for the following Saturday, April 27th which is probably a good thing as I still have to finish my creation.

I did a small shop update on my Cassie Donlen Etsy Store today. Personal life has been so crazy behind the scenes that I haven't been able to give a lot of attention to my web stores. There is a tiny break in the chaos so I'm trying to take advantage of this time and get some new beads and jewels listed and to make a presence back into the beading world. Wish me luck!!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Happy Spring

Hope everyone is finally starting to get some warm weather. We came home from Spring Break and then 2 day later got about 13" of snow.  The kids got a snow day on Monday. Which seems strange adding on a snow day to the kids spring break get away. But, I wasn't complaining.

We spent the week with my parents in Orlando. We ventured over to a new beach area in St. Petersburg for the first time. Fell in love with this area. It reminded me a lot of Destin. We found a lot of sea life and even animal life that the kids really enjoyed.

We were hoping to find shark teeth on the beach but instead found a dead shark with a tiny mouth of teeth. The boys thought it was so cool. We walked down to end tip of the beach that was pretty secluded and found all kinds of neat things. Including star fish, sand dollars, and pretty birds.

 We spent St. Patricks Day at Downtown Disney. That was a party area with live bands, beads, and of course included celebrating with green beer at Raglan Road.


The Bead Soup 3rd reveal has been delayed by one week so the reveal for the 3rd group (which is the one I am participating in will be on Saturday, April 20.

Here are some photos of the soup that my partner Jessica Klaaren sent me. Love the colors. The focal bead is huge. I am still in the process of designing. I started in one direction but didn't like it so I'm back to the drawing board.