Bead Soup to the rescue

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I had a long day at work. One of those days where there’s more problems than solutions. When I finally got home, I was thrilled to find that my Bead Soup, from Shalini Austin, had arrived. Definitely a pick-me-up.

Shalini sent me a treasure trove of goodies, all wrapped up in separate bags with a little note. I discovered that she had made a number of the components, including these lovely wire flower links.

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Wire flower links

Shalini works primarily in wire and I had admired similar flowers in the jewelry on her blog/website. So I was delighted to receive some od my very own. The photos don’t do them justice – they are very pretty.

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Close up – wire flower link

 

Shalini also sent me a Kumihimo cord made of organza ribbon. I’ve never worked with this type of cord before, but now I have 30 inches to play with. Plus a large S-hook clasp.

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I love felt beads and Shalini sent me a bag of tiny wet-felted balls in bright colours.

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Candy is dandy…but beads are better

The piece de resistance, however, is the focal – a beaded wire Tree of Life, also made by Shalini. It is stunning.

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Beautiful hand-made focal

As if that wasn’t enough, Shalini also included an assortment of Tibetan silver components and a bag of freshwater pearls and glass beads in colours that coordinate with the felt balls and the focal.

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More bead sweetness

Lots of colour. The perfect antidote to the sea of white that greets me every time I look out the window (with more snow predicted for later this week – oh joy!).

At this point, I have no idea what I’m going to make with my Bead Soup. There are so many possibilities! I know that I’m going to have a lot of fun. Thanks to Shalini for brightening my day.

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A little bit of everything

Please check out Jewellry by Shalini to see what I sent Shalini. I sent along a little card with her Soup – liked the design so much that I’ve copied it for several birthday cards.

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The Bead Soup reveal is May 3, 2014. Something to keep me occupied while I wait for the snow to melt.

 

 

 

 

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5 responses »

  1. Oh Susan, You are so kind 🙂
    I am really pleased you like what I sent and so excited to see what you will make from it.
    I have not stopped drooling over the soup you sent me yet… once I do I know I am going to have a lot of fun, especially with the ribbons because I have not done much work with ribbon and it will be an interesting challenge for me.
    Shalini

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