September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Party Hop

Welcome to Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Party blog hop! I hope you enjoy your pitstop here at the ol' blog!
If you are a regular reader, you may remember that my Bead Soup partner is Kate Richbourg and she sent me a colorful collection of beads in the olive and reds color palette. You can see the beads here. And then you can see what I sent to Kate, here.
First up, the necklace. This week I have had Round Rabbit on the brain and so Nancy's beads snuck their way into my Bead Soup!  I layed out my beads on the mat and separated them by bead, little groupings.  I pulled the Round Rabbit Owl bead and love the matte finish and the deep rust color with the reds and greens that Kate sent.  He looks cute dangling inside the glass ring.



I had originally thought of putting the box clasp at the front but wasn't sure how I would get it to work after I had already cut 2 lengths of green waxed linen cording.  This further proves the point that I usually do fly by the seat of my pants in most projects. So the clasp ended up at the back.

I started knotted the beads up one side, and as I was working I thought it would be cool to let some of the cording show by having a multi strand section of knotted beads. Right above the ceramic stick (also Round Rabbit!), I started an overhand knot with the 2 strands. I wanted to add 2 more strands so before the knot was tied, I slid in another strand of linen cording to the halfway point and finished the knot off. Voila! Now I am working with 4 strands!

So once I finish this multi-strand section, I have 4 strands of linen cording that will not fit into my beads holes. I tied a tight overhand knot with all for strands, and just trimmed 2 of the strands close to the knot. and continued knotting beads up the rest of the necklace.


I had the large chunky faceted green stones left over and a few of the red beads too. So I created a bracelet using a large Pam Wynn focal, some spacers, 3 porcelain Round Rabbit rings, and an enameled connector from C Koop Beads. I cut a length of red leather, and created a sliding knot style closure. Loosen it up, slip it on and tighten it up by pulling the leather tails outward.



Here's a nice close up of Pam's bead. Love that Mokume Gane and the colors in this really are great with the green and red beads.



Here's a detail shop of the clasp.


I hope you enjoy my bead soup! Have fun blog hopping, here's the list of participating blogs!


The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke



19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel




















131. Maria Grimes and Wendy Blum


124 comments:

  1. Love all the pieces, especially the first bracelet...yummy colors.

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  2. Lorelei, that necklace is just divine - such a lovely colour mix and you've balanced the textures and shapes beautifully. Great funky bracelet too and I think I might be borrowing that closure idea. Well done.

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  3. Fantastic colors JUMMM! and interesting shapes and textures..You are awesume !!

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  4. I absolutely love it!!!!!! Lorelei great job. Was looking forward to your pieces! :)

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  5. Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Love the addition of the owl in the middle of the glass round and the strands of knotted linen! The sliding connector closure for the bracelet is really cool.

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  6. Love the owl with the carved flower - I am a sucker for carved flowers !!! Love the hot/cold of the green/blue and red/orange. I totally get the seat of the pants thing and do the same myself. Drive myself crazy and wishes I was a better planner!!! Happy Hopping Lorelei!

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  7. Your creativity always floors me. Everything here is just gorgeous! Pam's beads are some of my favorites, but I have never thought to use them in a bracelet. Thank you for the inspiration!

    Wishing You Creativity,
    Suzann Sladcik Wilson

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  8. That linen cord is amazing -- now I really can't wait to learn more about using textiles. Fabulous as always, Lorelei!

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  9. Gorgeous beads - gorgeous designs!
    Love that owl!

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  10. Beautiful necklace and gorgeous color combination! Great year-round piece. I love the addition of the owl and rectangle bead.

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  11. You rocked it as always! I love the multi strand knotted section on the side and the bright pop of those coral flowers, too. Really clever closure idea on the bracelet as well. Awesome job!

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  12. Wow, just wow. You are so creative. I cant believe you don't sit and plan but that is probably why you make so many pieces and why you do the amazing work you do. You sit in your room with the music on and just do. You don't over think it. I am starting to try to work more like that. It's not easy, to get out of your own head.
    Anyway I love the owl in the circle, I love the bracelet! wow
    Shannon C

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  13. Lorelei!
    I love everything about the pieces! But then again I love everything you design!
    Great job! xo

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  14. Your designs are always so lovely, and this one is no exception! I love the colors and the way you added the extra linen on the one side of the necklace - fabulous!

    The bracelet is gorgeous as well!

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  15. A great set of pieces! Green and red must be one of the hardest combinations to use. You make it look easy!

    It made to laugh to read that you had already cut the linen cord before deciding where to place the clasp. That is totally the kind of thing I would do!

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  16. OK Lorelei, so you are my beading hero for sure. And I guess when you told your beautiful, gorgeous, lucious beads to speak to you they had some really great things to say, because these pieces are awesome beyond words! Love the color, design - everything!!! The ceramic stick bead is way cool too!!!!

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  17. Such fun color combination! And I can see why the owl made it's way into this piece - he is so adorable!!

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  18. Great piece. It definetly has your stamp on it.

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  19. I love what you mDe with you bead soup! The colors you got to play with are so much fun, and love your composition. The little bracelet is adorable with the touch of red leather. Great job. Thanks for stopping by, appreciate it! Take care, Riki

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  20. LOVE the colors in the necklace. They all go together so well, and (of course) the cording I love. I like the sliding knot closure on the bracelet.
    Wolfie says "hi"

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  21. Really wonderful. Can't say more - the WAY the colours are combined is just luscious.

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  22. Great juicy colors in that necklace. I love the 4 strands of orange to balance the red and larger beads in the piece.

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  23. Very pretty and I love the colors! That owl pendant is so cute!

    Have a great weekend!

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  24. Yummy pieces! Those colors make my mouth water. I especially love the bracelet's clasp--very clever!! I'm going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Oh, I love the knotting and the cord showing on the side, and both pieces are just yummy!

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  26. Yum Yum. Such delish colors. Good enough to eat!

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  27. Love the multi-strand section of berry-like red beads, makes my mouth water! You are the clever on with such a whimsical color scheme!

    Enjoy the hop,
    Emanda

    http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

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  28. Beautiful! You always make such classic pieces that can be worn for generations.

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  29. Girl! You knocked it out of the park for sure! I do love how we both used an asymmetrical design. I am so glad that you liked the beads and that it inspired such a rockin' necklace.

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  30. Love you designs Lorelei, you have such a knack for mixing colors. The little owl is so cute. Hope that Nancy is doing okay!!!

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  31. I love what you did with that leather slide closure! Stealing that idea for sure! :-)
    Erin S

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  32. You have made one really beautiful necklace out of your Soup!! And the bracelet is pretty tootin darn lovely..I love the red leather touch!

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  33. The owl looks so cute, hanging in his little 'cage'. And I love the ribbon clasp on the bracelet. You did a really nice job with your soup.

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  34. Love your design and the colors! I especially like the way you added the multi strand,very eye catching Lorelei! Beautiful work!

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  35. Lorelei, I was so looking forward to seeing what you'd do with the wonderful soup you received, and of course, I am loving both the necklace and the bracelet! The owl focal is so sweet, and I love all that knotting and cording. And that bracelet, the colors, just wow!!

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  36. Beautiful work - I can't believe how many red & green combos I am bumping in to as I hop through the soup! Loved reading how you constructed the necklace, and the focal on that bracelet is stunning!
    Great job!

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  37. Very cool pieces, Lorelei!

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  38. Very cool color combinations. How clever are you with that bracelet closure? Well done!

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  39. Sweet designs. That multi-strand necklace is da bomb.

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  40. Love your necklace...beyond a creative design, that's for sure!

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  41. Beautiful necklace -- I like the asymmetrical design with the knotted strands on one side! And how the owl is framed.

    The bracelet is nice to and I really liked that clasp idea.

    Great job!

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  42. Lorelei, the pieces you made are gorgeous and I love the leather and slide clasp of the last design, GENIUS! Beautifully done!

    P.S. Your photos are always so wonderful!

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  43. Oh man, I am totally stealing this colour scheme!! It's beautiful. The necklace looks like it feels really good to the touch. And Nancy's beads are the perfect pairing. *love*!

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  44. Hi Lorelei! These pieces show so much creativity. I love how you figured out how to get four strands for the multi-strand portion of the necklace. And the bracelet clasp is completely original, too. Very impressive!

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  45. I am in love with that little owl. I love the closure technique on the bracelet. I think I spy some Soft Flex on that bracelet...Yay!

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  46. Your work is gorgeous! The necklace is dynamite and I love that you incorporated the very unexpected into your design ... the rustic stoneware rectangle. Really nice! The leather tie with Sarah's closure is genius! Great pieces indeed!

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  47. I just love the way you have with color, these pieces are so beautiful! Great techniques too!

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  48. Fun & fabulous designs! Always inspired by your work!

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  49. What a wonderful creation!! Very nice!!

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  50. I am SO sorry for being late — today our internet provider decided to crash. My stress level is through the roof, to say the least! They’re still working on it, but it’s like dial-up.

    LOVE how you used multiple strands of waxed linen on the one side of the necklace -- and dangling the owl in the circle (like he was hanging out in a knot hole of a tree) is cool).

    I LOVE the polymer clay bead in the bracelet -- I have one of her postcards (have for years!) in my studio but have never had one of her beads and have no idea why not? I think I kept missing her at her booth.

    All in all, well played, well done, and I love the colors.

    I hope you’ll participate again!

    Love, Lori

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  51. Just love what you have done the colors are just blooming...
    So now I know were that little owl ended up that I tried so hard to nab... LOL

    Beautiful work Lorelei

    Still Hoppin,
    Theresa

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  52. >Sigh< Can I just come live in your brain? Cause you come up with the most stunning color combos, like, all the time!!! The green linen cord is so interesting, and that red leather just jumps right out and grabs. You seriously did your soup proud!!

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  53. I love the use of the linen with all the elements of this soup mix, it's just a perfect match. The leather in the closure sweet!

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  54. Such a yummy color palette. I really love the multiple knotted strands at the side! Great pieces. I've been thinking of Nancy! I hope she's doing well and the relief efforts are going well, too.

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  55. Love the colours so much! You were very clever with the knotting..thanks for explaining a bit about that process, I totally love the leather closure style on the bracelet..very adaptable. Have just noticed that gorgeous box clasp...WoW! A beautiful soup.
    jenni

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  56. Lorelei, the composition in your necklace is amazing. There are many elements that just jumped out at me - like the beautiful color palette. And the oranges...the addition of orange on either side, randomly is striking. And the knotting - what a clever design. You took an assymetrical design and really knocked it out of the park.

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  57. Cassie9/18/2011

    You've done it again. Your designs are incredible and so juicy. Love the colors and the clasp on the bracelet is fab. So so clever.

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  58. OOOOOOOhhh, love, love,love the colors and your pieces. And the closure of the braclet - pure genius. So, so cool.

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  59. Clever clasp. You work so well with this colour palette. I love both pieces.

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  60. Flying by the seat of your pants is good! Lovely colors, great designs, creative techniques. Great soup!

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  61. Beautiful pieces, Lorelei! Love the colors! You gave Nancy's little owl a good home in his (her?) glass loop - and the clasp of the bracelet is simply stunning!!

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  62. Lorelei, You are the best! I always love to see what you come up with. This design is super. Love all of the colors.

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  63. Awesome! Simply awesome. Love the colors, the distribution, the multi strand section, all of it! Beautiful!

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  64. Your designs are gorgeous Lorelei! Completely out of my box and so inspiring!

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  65. Beautiful, you make it all look so easy!

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  66. OMGoodness...your soup is truly DELICIOUS my Friend!!! I love the owl focal...WHO WHO, so cool.
    Well done, another AMAZING cup of BEAD SOUP!!! ;)

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  67. what gorgeous colours :-) it's simply wonderful!

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  68. what gorgeous colours :-) it's simply wonderful!

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  69. Sooooooo wonderful colours in your necklace! And what a great idea the closing for the bracelet. Thank you for sharing with us!
    Greetings, Michi

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  70. You did a great job of mixing weight and texture in the necklace -- and the owl in the ring is adorable! Great job!

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  71. As usual, beautiful, unique design. 'love your work, continued success.

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  72. Really beautiful pieces. I love the use of fabric/leather. I struggle with that..... I love the necklace, so elegant. That little owl is wonderful.

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  73. This little beginning jewelry-maker is always inspired when I visit your blog and today was just blown away! Love, love, love what you did with the necklace! I especially love the bracelet! Love those chunky green beads and especially that closure! Will have to try that one day! Have a great week!

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  74. Lovely, I sooo want that bracelet!

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  75. Ilove the colors and the richness of your necklace. Great variety with the waxed linen multibead part. And the bracelet clasp is stunnng.

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  76. Such lovely pieces love the knotting and the bright colors.

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  77. That necklace is so awesome. I love the section with the coral beads and the waxed linen. I can't wait until your book comes out so I can learn about how to use waxed linen when I am stringing.

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  78. I saw your comment last week asking the beads to speak to you. I felt the same way. Sometimes it takes that. You pulled colors together beautifully just like you always do and made them your own. The owl necklace is perfect and you made it fun. The bracelet is whimsical and wonderful colors.

    I know how busy and exciting show time is. Good luck on your show this weekend. It is fun to hear the comments up close and personal.

    If you have time try to stop by my blog, I have a design with french ribbon and I know you are excited about the use of fiber. i can't wait for your book to get some new ideas to work with. Thanks for sharing, Cherrie

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  79. You are so amazingly talented. Love the colors together and that owl is the cutest!

    Anitra

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  80. That leather clasp setup is awesome! I also love the color palette of the necklace.

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  81. Gorgeous pieces! I like the use of linnen in the necklace to make the combination of single strand and multi strand... Lovely colors as well...

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  82. I love the colors and mix, great job.

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  83. Oh, I love the four strand approach... it adds a nice sense of balance to the whole necklace. Very cute owl focal!

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  84. So pretty! Love the bracelet! That polymer clay bead is so neat!

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  85. Wow! That is a party for your neck! Great colors and I love the knotting.
    The bracelet is just so sweet!

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  86. First, that clasp for the bracelet is freakin brilliant. Love it! And I love the colors (it wouldhave been tough for me to put those chunky green beads with that poly bead). The necklace is to die for, drop dead gorgeous. Love it!

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  87. Beautiful work, love your sense of colour and design. That's the cutest little owl focal too. :)

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  88. Wonderful! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture, love the little owl, and I thing the asymmetrical design is fabulous. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!
    Lori

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  89. Oh! That color palette in your necklace is just so bright and vibrant! I adore it!
    Both pieces are lovely (as are to be expected from you) but I really do adore that necklace. The section where you have the cord showing is really quite interesting. This is a fun and unique design overall and I would have expected nothing less from you! Excellent as always!

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  90. Beautiful! I love the knotting and colors and textures!

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  91. Love the eclectic and colourful mix! Great combo!

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  92. Love both pieces -- especially the 4-strands of the linen cording. Wonderful color & texture contrast all over the place.

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  93. I am so sorry for being so late my computer was resisting too labor intensive:^)Very nice designs. And there is still time to sign up for the give-away, Just go to SandysColoringBox.blogspot.com Sept.16th blog and leave a comment
    Be blessed to be a blessing

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  94. I love the colors and the owl focal and the leather closure of the bracelet are awesome!

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  95. Oh my! What beautiful pieces! I love the asymmetry on the necklace and how the knotting/cords are showing! Love it! And the bracelet is so pretty, what a clever clasp!

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  96. Whoo Hooo, I've finally made it past the 100th pair and now to your post. Your pieces are so gorgeous, with wonderful colors and textures. I especially like the knotted bead portion of the necklace.

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  97. I love your jewelry designs! I love the colors of the first! Pretty!

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  98. Now I definitely know I want to be you when I grow up. Very beautiful design! As expected, but still surprising and inspiring.

    - Pepita

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  99. Absolutely love your designs and style. Both the necklace and the bracelet are gorgeous!
    Julie and Andrea

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  100. As always, your designs are just gorgeous - so inspiring. I love how you think out of the box, using beads in such unusual ways - beautiful! :)

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  101. I'm working my way up slowly from the bottom..so I don't miss any one and especially my BSBP from this past winter. Hope all is well with you and from what I see in your posts you a busy lady!
    Love how you compose the necklace and the bracelet. Nice fall color pallet. That box clasp that your new partner sent in your soup mix is Soup-er Cool. I must look into getting some of those of various styles. As always I have enjoyed my visit.

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  102. What a cute owl! Your designs are gorgeous, as always Lorelai :)

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  103. Love the way you have combined the colors in these pieces. Intrigued by the C Koop connector idea with the leather strip...fits one size, genius! And of course, enamored with the cute owl!

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  104. Love how creative you are - always out of the box. Flying by the seat of your pants seems to work weel. I stumbled on your other post about booth display - also creative. Hope you have a good show.

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  105. Your work is a riot of color and asymmetry and fun! I love it!

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  106. I love the asymmetrical look - I always struggle not to try and balance everything perfectly, but I like the effect so much more when its not.

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  107. I love it!!! I would love to spend a week looking at your bead stash!

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  108. Hi Lorelei, i'm off to a late start due to a family illness and your the first stop on my hop and well... abso fabu!!! i just love the color combos great job my dear.
    ttfn Lana :)

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  109. very nice and attractive designs here...colors,beads and a lot of wonderful add ons to good dressing.

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  110. Wow L! These turned out beautifully! I love how you hung your owl in the little hoop(you know I love negative space). I love the knotting on the left side and the over all design.

    I love the bracelet as well. The nifty leather closure is a wonderful compliment to the design.

    xo G

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  111. Ooooh, those colors are the best I've seen in this party! I love that your style is distinct but can go so many directions! Have fun with your holiday sales season!
    Jen

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  112. great necklace! the colors are fantastic!

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  113. love the colors. the little pop of teal and orange are spectacular!
    michelle

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  114. Love your work, Lor, great job with the beads!

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  115. Love, love, love this! Beautiful work.

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  116. Love your pieces!! Colors are awesome!

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  117. gorgeous necklace....I love it! thanks also for the posts on displays....I found a new source :) thanks to you, and I will save $ too!!!

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  118. Yummy pieces as usual Lorelei! I always enjoy your work :)

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  119. It was so interesting to read the entire process. The little owl is so nice but I am impressed by the closing made with leather band. It's genius!
    Ambra

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  120. Nicely done, the owl looks so cute in the ring great use of your stash items to compliment those that were sent to you.

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