I started with the card where Andra wrote encouraging words for a first timer. This is Andra’s third Bead Soup and my first. I hardly knew what to expect.
With the card were two embroidered bags and a cabochon with fern patterns on it. O Wow.
These two small bags are going in my purse so I can carry beading with me for those moments when you are waiting and need to keep busy in the interim. Beautiful little bags that will replace the small cardboard box I had been using.
Andra sent an array of incredibly beautiful natural colors of stones, pearls and seed beads. It’s an amazing feast — far more than just a soup — that will keep me beading for quite some time.
As pictured below my bead soup consisted of:
- 1 strand old crazy lace agate
- 1 strand coffee diamond pearls
- Funky green pearls
- Copper spacers
- Copper toggle
- Green agate focal
- 4 tubes of size 11 seed beads
- 1 tube S/L yellow/green Delicas, size 11
- 1 tube S/L brown Delicas, size 15
- 2 embroidered bags
Since my photo area is outside in the backyard, I enjoyed the play of light on several of the pieces. This leads, as you will see, to several more photos in the glistening light.
The focal is fabulous. I used to tumble stones when I was 12 or so and one of the things I loved was when my family would find crystals and rocks on our travels. This has elements of moss agate, granite and a geode-like-center of crystals. Absolutely stunning.
The second focal was made by Andra’s friend from beadmylove.com. Andra put it on Lacie’s stiff stuff (what a dear she is!) to help me with my ambitions to learn good bead embroidery techniques. With a beautiful green fern pattern, I couldn’t resist trying different seed bead colors with it. What fun with leaves and stone focals!!
I share this close up of the old crazy lace agate string because there are such wonderful colors in them. How could Andra have known I love the natural stones.
Andra, you’ve sent me a veritable feast. Thank-you. I absolutely love it. I have months and months of beading joy with these pieces. Oh wait — not too many months. Our reveal is in April !!!