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Please check out Lorelei's Blog for a giveaway of her fantastic linen cord:
and go back again for more giveaways on Thursday and Friday!

Pretty colors from Lorelei's "A Jewelry Accord on Etsy"

Vintage China -pretty pink pattern - Listed and (some) sold

If you are looking for BSBP #8 click HERE


I recently started listing some vintage china from the 1950's.

This interesting porcelain pattern is from Princess China, and is called Tru-tone Flair. It was sold door-to-door until 1955.

It is a pink Lily-of-the-Valley pattern with charcoal grey foliage and is edged in platinum. I have a set of six place settings, plus a few chipped pieces. I have always found this pattern intriguing and unique, similar to the Mod "Atomic" style dishes, but with a more delicate look. I have used them once or twice a year for holidays over the past years, and they look very nice paired with pink depression glassware on a grey table cloth. They also would coordinate well with similar china pieces that have a silver or platinum rim.

The central motif: a delicate spray of pink Lily-of-the-valley

The six cup and saucers sold quickly, they were listed for just a few days.

Tru-tone Flair by Princess China: Cup and saucer: SOLD

These small dessert or fruit bowls are still available:

Fruit or dessert bowls; seven still available

Other pieces, such as dinner plates, soup bowls and dessert plates will be listed when I have a chance to photograph them.

The back mark for the china

 I'd be interested to hear what you think of this pretty pattern.


Check out the giveaway at Lori Anderson's Pretty Things Blog:

Edit: This giveaway is over. Congrats to the winner!

There's another giveaway,  (you know how I love these) and you can win a marvelous book; seven chances to win in all! Check out Lori's post and review. Here's the link:
The title is Beading All-Stars: 20 Jewelry Projects
It looks to be just the thing to kick up my skills a couple of notches!
Have Fun and Good Luck!
This is a Beaded Bead I made earlier this year - just for fun!
P.S. I can't get the link for a picture of the book to work, so here is a beaded bead (not from the book).

Kumihimo Adventures

I have been trying out Kumihimo lately:

      Kits and Kumihimo materials have been showing up in the local craft stores lately, so I picked up a loom to play around. Here are the results. This bracelet was the result of a happy accident in measuring incorrectly. I was frustrated it was too short, until I remembered I had the matching beads in my stash. This may be the beginning of a new series!
     Here's a Tip: An easy way to remember is to cut your eight cords 3 X the length that you want your bracelet to be. So since I use four doubled cords, I would recommend cutting 4 cords 6 X the measurement of your wrist. (You can make it an inch shorter to accommodate the clasp.)
Bracelet: Beaded with Kumihimo

This necklace is made with red-orange, black and white rat-tail cord. The butterfly focal is dyed Howlite and is finished with bead cones and chain, which makes it adjustable at the back of the neck. I am finding that point in making a braid where you are comfortable with the pattern and can do it while riding in the car or listening to TV - I find it relaxing and Zen-like. Next up, I will be making a flat braid bracelet.

Necklace: Kumihimo with Howlite Butterfly pendant

More from the Bead Soup

For the original Bead Soup Blog Party post go here

This has been both fun and challenging to be a participant. I do hope that this Blog Party will continue in some form. I now realize how much monumental effort our hostess Lori Anderson has put into this and all the past blog hops. I only came to understand how much time she and her team put into this after trying to hop to the nearly 500 posts myself.
Thank you for stopping by. I'm still hopping, so if I haven't visited your blog yet, I hope to soon. I want to visit, read and comment. I appreciate all your comments, so if you stop by please leave a quick note.
Now, a few more pictures that missed the deadline:
Stone Butterfly with copper headpins on waxed linen cord
For this necklace, I tried a number of new to me techniques:
The copper headpin bead dangles of different lengths, the asymmetrical arrangement of the beads on each side of the focal, and knotting on the orange waxed linen. I'm not sure that I'm completely happy with the results, so I may be reworking this piece.
Stone Butterfly and copper headpins focal
Czech glass and copper headpins
Faceted turquoise glass with waxed linen and copper spacers
Faceted turquoise glass, Czech glass, Vintaj chain and bead caps
Thanks for stopping by, scroll down to see more Bead Soup and let me know what you think.

Soup's ON!: Bead Soup Blog Party #8 Reveal

When Grandmother called the family to dinner, she said: "Soup's On!"

(When my Grandma served Sunday dinner, it always began with chicken vegetable soup. She made a good hearty soup that I have never been able to duplicate. But that's because I'm not using chicken feet! Well time marches on... spending hours in the kitchen is not my thing, unless you include the beading projects at the kitchen table.)

Let's play with Bead Soup!

I love the soup my partner Leslie Wayment sent me!
It was full of turquoise and turquoise dyed howlite; my favorite color. In fact it is full of color. I have enough beads to make several more items. I will share the first two, to begin.
Focal with wire wrapped bail and embellishment by Leslie
This focal deserved to be served up with just a few beads to accent . I love how the colors of the Czech glass, aventurine and howlite work with the copper tones. I used bright copper spacers and antique copper chain.
design process
During the design process, I auditioned several arrangements of beads. They all looked too complicated, which really distracted from the focal. In the end the simple design won me over.
The dark red Czech glass adds a nice contrast to the turquoise

The other necklace was made using one of the large reconstituted turquoise mosaic beads. This one used seed beads in brass color for a tassel, I also used brass tone and turquoise seed beads to make beaded bead connectors. The accent beads are faceted howlite, Czech glass copper tone beads, and Vinaj brass bead cap and chain.

Necklace Detail - Mosaic Bead with fringe

Mosaic reconstituted turquoise bead

Beaded bead connector

I will be adding to this post, I'd love it if you have time to stop here again... more to come!
Please visit Leslie's blog to see what she created with the Bead Soup I sent her:

Here's the link to the entire list of blogs particpating in Bead Soup Blog Party #8: Welcome-to-8th-bead-soup-blog-party. 

Soup is Served!

Now that Leslie has recieved her soup, 

I thought I'd share a pic of what I sent to her. I had started picking out her soup before our partners were assigned. I chose an ocean or seaside theme, both with the colors and the shapes of the beads. They are not colors she normally wears or works with, so it may not be easy. But, she has plenty of skill and a bead shop to inspire, so she will be up for the challenge!
Bead Soup for Leslie
Here are the ingredients for Leslie's Soup:
There is a large quartz donut for the focal, and two different toggle clasps, one by Patricia Healey and a copper plated toggle by Tierra Cast. Also, hand-dyed silk ribbon, and a blue/black bead: amazonite with black tourmaline. The photo does not do it's color justice. There's some polymer clay shell beads from Kristy Bowman Designs, a beautiful lampwork ammonite cab and lampwork from Sue of SueBeads, more lampwork from Julie of Studio Juls. I purchased my beads from Lima Beads and Munro Crafts, as well as ordering directly from the artists on Etsy. When I ordered the beads, I indulged my wish for artisan beads, so I kept similar beads for my own stash. They will stay in my stash for a while :), until inspiration strikes!

Lima Beads: 
Munro Crafts: 
Kristi Bowman: