Tuesday, February 28, 2012

bead soup and a drawing

I don't think I've had the opportunity to share the big news about my east coast friend 
Lori Anderson's
Bead Soup book coming out this fall.
Not only that, I am honored to be a part of it.
Lori is the brainstorm queen behind the semi-annual
Bead Soup Blog Hop...
which resulted in the Bead Soup book!
This Saturday, March 3rd, you will be able to see the creations made by
200 participants.
This is my third participation, and I must say,
it really is one of the highlights of my year.
It stretches me and gives me a refreshing prompt.  If you are a new jewelry designer, 
or an ole' seasoned metalsmither, you will like it.  I promise.
Taking what you receive from your swap partner and putting your stamp on it,
is what it's all about.
I like to think of what Forest Gump's mama said,
Life is like a box of chocolates.  You just never know what you're gonna get. 
 The same goes for the Bead Soup Blog Hop.
Take what you get and make it work.  Make it yours.
You have no idea where it can take you, and where you can go from there.
In celebration and preparation for this fun event,
I am having a itty bitty drawing.
I would love if you would leave a comment, talk about it on Facebook, tweet about,  or whatever.
And, if you decide to follow along with me on my blog, well that will be icing on the cake,
and another drop in the hat for you =)
So, now...what will you win?
Well, since using vintage rhinestone jewelry in my jewelry designs is one of my many passions, I have created a little video tutorial called
Transforming a Vintage Earring into a Connector
which is about to end up in my Etsy shop.
If you have ever wanted to know how to make a connector out of a vintage scatter pin, brooch, ear bob or screw back earring, this will show & tell you how.
It is one of the techniques I used in a piece of jewelry I'll be revealing for the hop on Saturday! 
I will be giving away two of these tutorials
on the first day of Spring, which is
March 20th!
 Here's a sneak pic.
 So please stop by on Saturday to see my blog hop jewelry.
I've made several pieces with the stash of goodies sent by my bead soup partner, 
And, don't forget to leave your comment here and there~BOTH DAYS~if you like.
All names on these two days will go into the hat for the drawing.
I will also have a snippet clip of the video on Saturday!
BTW...here was my post from the last Bead Soup Blog Hop, 
when I was paired up with the ever talented,  
And, the one before that,
when I was swap buddies with a wonderful lampwork bead artist named,
P.S. Don't forget to let me know how to get in touch with you, if your email address isn't attached to your name via your comment!


Lori Anderson said...

I absolutely am touched to tears (really) by your words, and bookmarked this page. Someone recently said they didn't know what all the "hoopla" was about this, which made me feel like crud, so seeing this post made me feel so much better. I respect you so much as a teacher, and artist, and a person, and I'm so glad you agreed to be in the book!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea fof a book and that you are part of it Diane is that much nicer!!!! ;) Isolina

Hope Amen said...

I so love your vintage jewelry designs! Would love to win one of your tutorials, and I follow your blog. Thank-you Diane, for the generous giveaway!
Hope xo

SueBeads said...

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you at ArtBliss in September and would love to learn something else from you! Thanks for the chance to win!

one-eared pig said...

Thank you so much for the shout out! My creative well has been woefully empty this year. Your creations are so beautiful, that this just might get me into the studio for more than 10 minutes!

shelly said...

i just found your site!! i am excited to see how you use the vintage pieces in your video!! i take old jewelry that customers bring me and re-create new pieces for them!! your pieces are lovely!!

please visit my blog, too!

shelly said...

i love your blog! i love your jewelry. i take old pieces that customers bring me, like old pins, earrings and incorporate them in new designs for them! your blog is special to me for that reason!! please visit me at my blog!


Stacie said...

Next Bead Soup I am getting in on...what a lovely tribute to such a giving artist...Lori has been a fave of mine for a while!

Thoughtfulhands said...

Would love a chance at your tutorial and I truly can't wait to see what you made for the blog hop...

Already a follower =>

Anonymous said...

I love your jewelry - the pieces you make for this exchange are always wonderful and so inspiring!

Cindy said...

Diane, what a GREAT idea.... a brand new tutorial and your bead soup reveal...so much to look forward to!

Charlene said...

Can't wait to see what you make! Each year you get great beads!!!! You are one lucky swapper! Have a great week. HUGS!

Courtney Breul said...

What an opportunity, thanks for the chance. I am a follower and drool over your pieces. Lori's book looks amazing.

I have a wonderful stash of vintage pieces that I received when my MIL passed and want to create with them.

Teresa said...

I can't wait to see the book and look at everyone's creativity. I love your jewelry and I'm excited for the tutorial!

KayzKreationz said...

I can't wait to see what you do. I'll be watching so I can have a chance to win one of your tutorials. I'd love to take one of your classes one of these days. I got to participate in Lori's last bead soup blog party, but wasn't picked this time. Can't wait to sign up for the next one. It's so exciting to see what everyone does.

Alice said...

I'm so happy to be participating in my first Bead Soup Blog Party this time! I love that Lori is making a book, and can't wait to get my hands on it.I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone makes.

I'd love to win your new tutorial! Thanks for the chance to win!

Alice said...

And I've been a very happy follower for a while now.

Kerry said...

You're one of my most favorite BSBP partners ever!! It was so wonderful to work with you last time around and I can't wait to see what you make this time. You are a master at making beautiful things Diane and I'm so glad you are a part of Lori's book!

Linda Sadler said...

I can't wait to see what you made with your "bead soup" .
Love your designs, your style shines through all of your pieces. Thanks for the chance to win your video! Lori's book was a wonderful idea, looking forward to seeing it.

Anonymous said...

Love your work and am amazed with what you do with your Bead Soups. Definitely have your stamp on them.
csdillman at gmail dot com

shelley said...

oh...how fun...i would love to win a tutorial to learn how to make a connector that i don't know how...play well...shelley

Chris said...

How wonderful to be in the newest bead soup~your designs using the soup you receive are always stretchfully gorgeous!

Daryl said...

I know I would be sitting there just staring at the pretty beads unable to create .. I am the same way in front of a blank canvas

baymoondesign said...

I so need to win your tutorial. I love vintage. I am totally blown away by your jewelry, photos, and blog.

Kathy Lindemer said...

I would love to win your tutorial because I love vintage. I am blown away by your jewelry. It is just gorgeous and so cleverly made.

Marianna said...

Gorgeous, sparkly, bling! You're work is dreamy :) I would love a chance to win a tutorial. I LOVE working with vintage bits and repurposing and upcycling as much as I can!

karen hess jewelry said...

I just found your site through BSBP and I'm totally bowled over by your creations, Diane. I feel like I now have an opportunity to "learn at the master's feet!" I've joined your blog as a new follower and will be following, loyally...and learning! Thank you so much for a chance to win your fabulous giveaway!

Suzanne said...

Thanks for the chance to win your video! I could definitely use the help!

sharon said...

I am just getting around to seeing so many of the bead soup projects, your are AMAZING! Your talent boggles my mind, your eye for beauty is exceptional.
Thank you for the opportunity for a chance at your tutorial!

Tarnished Rose said...

Would LOVE to win the tut. I'm always up to learning something new.


Danielle said...

I love the use of vintage pieces, eye candy with the possibilitie to learn.... thats priceless!

Danielle said...

I love the use of vintage pieces, eye candy with the possibilitie to learn.... thats priceless!

Jean A. Wells said...

This is my first Bead Soup Party and I have loved every single part of it. I am taking my time working through the blogs, leaving comments and joining blogs and reading the posts. I want to soak it up good. And, I only recently got acquainted with Lori Anderson but you are right about her - she is a peach. She gives so much.

I would be thrilled and honored to win a copy of your tutorial. I have some old vintage pieces and really don't know what to do with them. Thank you for offering the giveaway.

I will post on my blog as well.

cathy @ma vie trouvee said...

It is always so inspiring to hop by and see what you are up to. I would love the change to win a class with you - thanks!