Bead soup 3rd reveal………My First bead soup!

This is my first bead soup and my first attempt at making bead necklaces. I have been learning to make focals and working with metal stampings. I have never actually strung beads on wire for a necklace. Okay, that is not exactly true. I taught my Cub Scout troop to add macaroni noodles on string, but that was 20 years ago!
I ended up creating and recreating the bead necklaces several times.
For the green focal, I attempted to recreate the stripes in the stone. I quickly eliminated white from the pattern as it became the dominate color. I used slightly softer yellow beads that really make the necklace pop in the evening.
The blue focal design started out with amazonite and white beads. Hmmm, way to formal and dare I say boring. I switched to a more southwestern style and it became a necklace that could go casual or workplace.
I have tried to show you day and evening pictures of the necklaces.
For the large brass bead, I used the bead focal as a bail for one of Bsue’s fun brass hearts. The back side is finished with clay.
So that is my story and I’m sticking to it.
Enjoy the blog hopping. I will race you to the finish!
You can head back to our lovely host Lori Anderson or stop by my partner’s site Norma Turvey. Thank you Lori what an amazing accomplishment !
My partner is Norma Turvey Let’s check out Norma’s site!






The eyes have it!


My first hand made eyes! For years I have purchased eyes or glued graphic eyes to the back of glass cabachons. I made these eyes from scratch with my two hands! Yahoo! Thank you Aniko for the fabulous tutorial !

Black cats..


We have many rescued black cats. Black cats are hard to place, because people believe they are bad luck. I find them beautiful and quite loving.
For the Friesen project, we are working on cats this month. Yahoo! I have many sizes and models. Jack is in the upper right picture. He loves to push the other cats in the pool. Cats can swim by the way.
The lower 2 cats are Bailey and Shorty. They are tuxedo cats. They have beautiful white chests. Bailey is probably a Maine coon. He is about 25 pounds. His back is hitting the bottom of the seat. He stands taller than 2 of our dogs.
Shorty is the cat that every child draws. Small head and round body. She never stops purring.
Cats really do make wonderful pets!



Jack is the first of the cat’s, month 4 Christi Friesen’s books.
In real life, Jack is quite a character. He will sneak up behind my other cats and toss them in the pool. Did you know cats can swim? Quite well actually! Do they like it? Ha, absolutely not!