A few years ago I participated (several times actually!) in Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party and when I found there would be another one this year I signed me right up. I found out I got Sam Waghorn, of Pale Moon Creations, for my swap partner. Sam is much more on the ball than I am and regularly posts delightful things on her blog and Facebook page.
Part of the whole bead swap process is posting a really artsy teaser of what you’ve sent your partner so I took a photo of the little monsters I’d rounded up from my hoard (my horde of hoards?) before they rolled away again and photoshopped it. Sometimes the weirder filters in there come in handy.
This is to be the bead hoarder edition of the bead soup blog hop so I made sure to tuck in a couple beads I have from over the years that I love but for some reason or the other have not used. Before I really settled down and started cranking out masses of my own beads I bought many more focal or fancy other beads. I still do when I go places: buy local rocks, local artisan lampwork if I find it. Or do swaps and trades.
I decided to join another Etsy team – the Saskatchewan one this time, since it looks like I’ll be here awhile yet (six years is coming up pretty quick, yikes!) – and we just ran one of the first team outreach events this past weekend. Our Newbie Event – Etsy 101 – was held in Regina, Saskatoon and in Swift Current right at my shop.
I got talking and forgot to snap pictures. This doesn’t surprise me. It mainly went well with a peek into my Etsy shop for folks thinking of joining up, discussion into the business realities of Etsy and the orange iced cupcakes my kiddo made for the whole deal.
I’ll run the event again, in July I’m thinking, to help folks who want to run through the fall season get going. I may structure it more as a boot camp so that we actually get people set and running in one go. I remember how long it took to get each of my shops going and it would have helped to have friends giving me a
nudge swift kick.
So my saga starts with how I decided I would open a shop… and still do all the other things I do most springs. This may not have been the most sensible thing in the universe and as a result I’m playing catch up. I luckily ended up with the patient and talented Allison Fitzpatrick (who lives pretty darn close, comparatively). She also has an Etsy shop at Polka Dots and Paisley.
While I was dragging my feet and going a little nuts she sent me a cute box filled with nice soup:
All the nicely arranged colours and shapes… it didn’t take much figuring to whip up a couple of necklaces which my patient sidekick helped model:
This one was a cluster of big chunky soup bits, a length of chunky chain and a key charm from my pile. It just worked, instantly. The next piece was a little daintier one with a few of my flower beads and some of the smaller elements from the soup:
The kiddo prefers the smaller necklace because it hangs where she likes her necklaces to hang. I think they both worked pretty well… picking colours was a breeze since Allison put together some super combos.
The big turquoise nugget is waiting for me to find my drill bit in the new shop space so that I can ream the hole a bit… it will be wonderful strung on leather cord with some of the silver and glass from the soup.
Despite all of my bumps this time around I managed to squeak in. This is my fourth Bead Soup Blog Party. You can see year one with Cilla Watkins here, year two with Judith Johnston here and year three with Michi Pabeschitz here.
As always, tons of thanks and credit goes out to Lori Anderson who arranges and runs this every year. This year was particularly trying and she still pulled it off!
Here are the other soup swappers: