Finally digging into my bead soup

Hi everyone,

I am finally home from our epic road trip (24 days in the car with our kids and everyone got home in one piece – congratulate me!) and arrived to find a yummy surprise in my mail box.  These are my bead soup ingredients send to me by the lovely Marianna Boylan of the blog Pretty Shiny Things and Star Girl Jewelry.  I was very excited to get Marianna as a partner as I have been drooling over her whimsical and fun lampwork beads for a long time now.  Check out these Minnie Mouse beads; are they fab or what?  She also makes glass headpins, chocolate shaped beads (yum!), other beautiful lampwork and jewelry.  You can imagine how happy I was to open up my package and find these:

Marianna sent me a wonderful selection sea inspired lampwork, a beautiful focal, a few lampwork headpinss, a textured clasp and a nice assortment of glass, metal and lucite accent beads to work with.  Here is a close-up of the sea inspired bead set – I LOVE the colors, they are so me.


I can’t wait to get started on my soup.  Whatever will I make?  Hmmmmmmm………

Here is what I sent to Marianna.  I hope she enjoys working with it:

Stay tuned for our bead soup reveal.  Marianna and I are in the first reveal group on July 28th.  Also be sure to check out Lori Anderson’s bead soup blog party blog and her Pretty Things blog.

Until next time,

Julie Anne

  1. Cindy Wimmer’s avatar

    What a fantastic partner! I have been a fan of Marianna’s beautiful beads since my very early days of making jewelry – yes, her Mickey Mouse beads are really adorable and right up your alley being a partial Floridian. :-) I really love the beachy lampwork beads that she sent to you. And the set you sent to her is just about my favorite colors ever. Are you finished your piece/s yet? I’m just getting started with mine!


  2. Audrey Bélanger’s avatar

    Hm, very lovely and elegant <3


  3. Jean A. Wells’s avatar

    You created beautiful jewelry. The bracelet obviously has a special meaning for you. Great job!



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