I returned home today from having a fabulous lunch with my friend Debra, bringing a gift home with me... and I found my bead soup package from Emanda in my mailbox. A great day all around!
Emanda thinks we're telepathic, I definitely think she has ESP. How on earth would she know that I collect boxes? I know the photo above is technically a purse, but since I can't possibly fit all my stuff into it I am declaring it a box for my collection. Isn't is gorgeous? Very Pre-Raphaelite which I adore.
Inside was a lovely note and my bead soup.
Such pretty colors and cool beads, I will have to cogitate (love that word) a while to come up with a design worthy of these. The butterfly focal is a ceramic pendant from Nan Emmett called Spirit Rattles. Now that brings several ideas to mind. The leaf toggle is pewter and so pretty, pale blue-green oval glass beads, 2 green cloisonne beads (how did she know I liked cloisonne?), lamp-work hearts in lovely greens, red aventurine ovals and and some butterscotch colored pearls (I love pearls too) and some beautiful lamp-work beads in earthy colors. There's a turquoise howlite cross bead I have plans for as well.
We did a bit of a trade, I had some brass chain I was de-stashing on Etsy and Emanda wanted it, so I traded it for one of her angel wings which she custom colors. Really, you need to visit her Etsy shop. I asked for one in my favorite colors and it is perfect! I believe she sent the aurora borealis Czech glass beads to go with it, again, how did she know I love aurora borealis beads? Emanda has to have ESP, I'm convinced.
As I mentioned earlier, Debra gave me a gift also...
Aren't these cool? I am wanting to do some pieces with Buddhas and these will be perfect. I have such wonderful friends and today has certainly been the highlight of my week.
Check out the list of participants in the Bead Soup Blog Party for more inspiration and definitely check back in on September 17th for everyone's reveal of what they made.