Saturday, 11 August 2012

Yay! Soup's on!




Hello and welcome to the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party from sunny Singapore!  Before I go any further, I'd like to thank Lori Anderson for putting this massive party together. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger, and better and better.


This is my second time playing in the BSBP and my partner for this round is Carmen Lau of Little Maketto. Carmen lives just north of the border in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which is about a 5-hour drive from Singapore. If you recall, she sent me a huge helping of bead soup. 



One that terrified me, and made me face up to my fear of - gulp! - pastels. Her soup was a genuine challenge and it alternately frustrated and inspired me. My biggest struggle was what to do with the focal, and the baby blue and pink crystal rondelles. 

Eventually, I made the following pieces. Yes, I made several - the challenge I set myself was to use as many of Carmen's beads as possible.



You wouldn't believe the number of times I made and re-made this necklace. Or maybe you would. My biggest headache was how to attach the oval focal to the chain. 

My next task was to overcome my deathly fear of pastels. I knew I wanted to use the blue and pink rondelles in a bracelet, but I didn't want to just string them. I finally made a connector out of air-dry clay, paper and resin. And I made it pink. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? In a stroke of luck, I also had some blue chain in my stash that matched the colour scheme perfectly. 



Up next were some simple earrings.



I thought I was done by then. But Carmen also sent some champagne-coloured teardrop crystals and tiny red glass drops that just begged to be paired up. 



I'm not entirely happy with the necklace, but at least it's a different style from my usual. Finally, I used up the bulk of the remaining beads in making a ring, and a bag charm/zipper pull. 


There are still a few assorted beads left (including two beautiful silver filigree hearts that I am so hoarding) but I think I did pretty well in attempting to use most of Carmen's beads. 

So, that's it from me. Thank you so much for visiting and reading till the end. My thanks also to Carmen for sending me such a generous soup that stretched both my skills and creativity. 

Now, if you aren't too exhausted, let's grab a drink (or two..or ten) and go blog hopping!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs (you are here)
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 

 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead


Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio


Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads


Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae


Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders


Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place


 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs


Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle


Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads


Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 


Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art

117 comments:

  1. Congratulations on overcoming your fear of the deadly PASTELS, Adlinah! These are beautiful pieces (and this is from someone who also does not always "appreciate" the pastels!) How awesome that you created a PINK connector... facing your fear LOL

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  2. When I first saw that focal, I thought it was almost impossible to make it feminine. You have managed to do so! Lovely!

    I LOVE your clay connector. Pretty. The bracelet is my favorite cos it so pretty. : )

    The Key chain looks like it requires alot of work. I am impressed with the amount of wiring you put into the piece. You did well with your soup!

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  3. Beautiful job with your bead soup! I love how well you embraced the challenge and worked with the pastels! Lovin your jewelry!I was hoping to find a few people who have posted already. Mine should be posting shortly! Have a great day hopping!

    :-) Kris

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  4. Very pretty.Lovely work.Love and Hugs Tanya

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  5. Woow.you made so many gorgeous stuff. That focal look so happy in the middle:) you made it so feminine.
    I also love the coloured teardrop crystals and tiny red glass drops necklace.

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  6. Oh how cute is the shabby bracelet...just too sweet! Awesome job and gorgeous soup!!

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  7. The tear drop necklace, there is a hint of victorian on it. It's my favorite! I totally understand your challenge with the focal, I was in the same boat with mine.

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  8. You did a beautiful job on all your pieces! Well done overcoming your fear :) You're my second stop. It's just after midnight here in the USA and mine just posted. Have fun hopping!

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  9. I really love the crystal and chain necklace!

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  10. Even though you have a fear of pastels, I think you did such a beautiful job on ALL of your pieces! :)

    Not only that, but you're quite creative with your designs; the way you attached the pendant in the first necklace, creating the focal for your bracelet, making a zipper pull...

    My favorite is the bracelet!

    Happy Hopping :)

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  11. Maybe the first necklace isn't what I love, but I must say that bracelet is incredible! I'd love to wear it! Maybe it'll bring me luck :)
    And the last necklace with crystals is really beautiful.

    Love,
    Agata Grygiel

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  12. I love the way you have connected the pendant. All your pieces are lovely but I especially like the wire wrapping on the zipper pull beads.

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  13. Your pieces are so delicate and feminine. You did a awesome job!

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  14. I think you managed to get over you fear of pastels. Great job

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  15. The zipper pull is my favourite!

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  16. All projects are inventive, i considered bracelet as the best!!!Regards from Poland!Dorota

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  17. Glad you overcame your fear of pastels because I love that bracelet. The connector is great! The chain is fun too. You made a bunch of great pieces. The earrings with the double rings are great too.

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  18. I love earrings and bracelet!
    ciao dall'Italia

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  19. I would never know that you have a fear of pastels! Stunning work! All great pieces.

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  20. Beautiful pieces :) That zipper-pull looks like it took you longer to make than some of the rest .. wow, what a lot of wire wrapping!

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  21. I love that you made different styles of jewelry and used so many of the beads! Beautiful job. <3

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  22. Perfect Pastel Pieces!!!
    Love each and every design
    The bracelet is just WONDERFUL!!!
    Delicious Soup !
    m.e. :)

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  23. That bracelet is very pretty!

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  24. Wow! You certainly DID overcome your fear of pastels!!! I like all the pieces, but that pastel bracelet is simply stunning!!!

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  25. gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous... my absolute favourite is the focal...!! I love how you managed to pull it off in a way that I would never have thought off! you did a great job and you used up so many of the beads..! so proud of u...!!! you did justice to the colour scheme and i am truly happy to have been your partner and friend.

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  26. Great job with the pastels! I love the connector you made for the bracelet. It's so cheerful!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! Looking forward to seeing your reveal piece(s) on the 25th.

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  27. Gorgeous pieces all! You sure nailed that pastel bracelet and I think you overcame your fear of pastels! I also love what you did in the first necklace and connecting the big focal - awesome!

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  28. Love them all! You did justice to the pastels, especially considering your "fear," and i love the connector you made.

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  29. I like all of your pieces, but the favorite for me is the zipper pull - great work!!

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  30. Really pretty pieces! I love the bracelet, and the second necklace is so delicate and pretty!

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    1. Thanks for visiting and the compliments! I appreciate it.

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  31. Wow you've been busy! I love that paper / resin connector you made.

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    1. Thanks Deb! I like the connector too :-). It turned out much nicer than expected.

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  32. I really love your work! I especially love both pairs of earrings!

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  33. great job using your soup, I especially like the bracelet, even though I am not much of a pink and blue pastel girl eithe Annita

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  34. I'm so impressed with how you made so many great pieces despite your fear of pastels. Way to jump right in. Your attachment of the focal bead in the first necklace is so clever! Nice work, all of it!

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  35. Salam alycum Adlinah !
    good use of the beads, I especiaally like the first necklace!
    Congratulations!

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    1. Waalaikumsalam Hajer! Thanks for coming by :-). I'm glad you like the necklace - it took me ages to decide what to do with that focal. Btw, I heard your bead soup hasn't arrived. I hope it comes soon so you can play too. Take care!

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  36. I love the bracelet! The colors match perfectly!

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  37. You did a fabulous job overcoming your fears! You would never know that these colors were any challenge for you. I think all the pieces came out beautifully and I really LOVE that bracelet! I think you should do a little tutorial on using air dry clay, paper and resin (for me), lol!

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  38. You did great with your helping of soup!!! I especially love the bracelet with the blue chain! Wonderful!

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    1. Thanks for your kind comments Anke! I appreciate your coming by :-)

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  39. Wow! Beautiful pieces :) Love the necklace and how you used the oval focal. The bracelet is gorgeous with the blues and pinks. Cute earrings and love the zipper pull :)

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  40. You don't need to fear pastels. You did a great job. I really like the necklace with chain, red, & clear drops.

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    1. Thanks Becky! I'm looking forward to see your reveal pieces. Are you in the 3rd reveal?

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  41. I think you made the most of that tricky oval focal and turned it into a lovely necklace, I especially like your bracelet with the unusual (to me) aqua blue chain I do like that, in fact it has inspired me to bring out some coloured chain I have had for a while and make something!
    Jackie

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  42. I think you have successfully -- and beautifully -- overcome your fear of pastels! That bracelet is gorgeous!

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  43. Wow Adlinah, you did have a challenge (it would have been a challenge for me too; I'm with ya on the pastels!) But I absolutely LOVE what you've done with it; particularly that bracelet with the paper clay focal....really cute!
    Thanks as well for your lovely comments on my soup results!

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  44. Well, it seems as if you worked through that challenge very well! I am not much into the pastel colors either, but you pulled it off...I would completely wear those pieces!

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  45. Wow, you did a great job using most of your soup ingredients! I love your first necklace and really like how you attached the pendant to the chain. Your pastel bracelet is lovely and the handmade connecter brings is all together. Your last necklace is so romantic!

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  46. Wow. Beauty of a soup. I don't know what I would have done with all that pink and blue. You did a great job, especially coming up with that conector. Very creative.

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  47. I love all your pieces - the bracelet is really beautiful - way to go pastel :-)

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  48. You handled the pastels pretty well. I truly love the piece you weren't sure about. If it hangs right on a person, I think its very balanced. The light blue bracelet also attracted me.

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    1. Thanks for the kind comments Andrea! I appreciate them so much :-).

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  49. Beautiful job. Pastels won't hurt you, and it looks as if you may have some lurking in your stash. Tackle them full on. I love the way you attached the pendant to the necklace with the tie. It's so feminine and adorable. Great job!

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  50. Love the earring pairs. Great sense of design.

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  51. I totally understand being pushed out of your comfort zone, you did an amazing job, I so love the pink and blue bracelet, how very creative.

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  52. Love the colors (I love pink) and the designs.

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  53. I am so not a pastel girl...you did awesome...the bracelet is my favorite. The clay piece you made is cool. Very nice.

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  54. So pretty, I love the pastels, and you really went with them and made them talk!

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  55. That bracelet is just adorable! I'm not much on pastels either but I would certainly wear that. I love what you did with the paper clay too, great design!

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  56. I'm not a big fan of pastels either, but you have created some beautiful pieces! I would wear every single piece.

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  57. Singapore is one of my fave places! Lived there for a while and really miss it! Love what you did with your soup...and am quite smitten with the pastel bracelet myself!! Great job!

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  58. I think the bracelet is my favorite, but all your hard work is absolutely lovely!

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  59. Such pretty colors and beautiful pieces! Good job on attacking your fear of pastels!

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  60. Very nice soup. Love the necklace very soft and girlie.

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  61. in LOOOOOVE with the bracelet! You would never know you were afraid of pastels -- you did a smashing job, and you should be so proud!

    I hope to see you again in Jan/Feb!

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  62. Really like both sets of earrings.
    ~cryssT

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  63. Love the blue chain bracelet! So pretty! And I think the necklace with the focal is just perfect!

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  64. Gorgeous pieces. That first necklace is so dainty and feminine yet the chain gives it an industrial flare.

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  65. I love how you used the blue. Hain and the red connector that you made to pull the pastels together. Very cool bracelet!

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  66. You did great, overcame your fear of pastels beautifully. I love the necklace it has a very holiday feel to it. The bracelet is pure joy.

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  67. You did a lovely job! Did you overcome your fear of pastels? I think you worked beautifully with them!! We share the same reveal day. Come by for a visit!

    XO
    Dhea
    http://javabead.blogspot.com/

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  68. Wow! That was a lot of soup and you did a terrific job using it up! Love your style and how you incorporated other things into your work like the little bit of cord on the bracelet and the ribbon/cord on the necklace. I really like that zipper pull! The little strawberry is so cute in there!

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  69. I love what you did with the soup - especially the first necklace. Your rose to the challenge beautifully.

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  70. I had to work with pastels too ~ Yours are beautiful.

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  71. You did a fantastic job with those pastels! All the pieces are just gorgeous.

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  72. Oh that turned out great. I actually really like the necklace with the red beads. I love the shape of it and everything. You did an amazing job with everything. <3

    Melissa Muir
    http://design.kcjewelbox.com

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  73. Oh - I hear you. Pastels would be a challenge for me, too. You did very well and I LOVE that clay/paper/resin connector you made. The cherry blossom and blue chain is very cool together -- somehow sweet without being to sugary. :)

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  74. I love what you did, love the connector you made too. My favorite is the bracelet with the blue chain. I would never have known that you were out of your comfort zone

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  75. Great designs! You so rock'd it out! Bracelet luv!
    Shanti

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  76. Wow! Your collection is beautiful and delightful. I love the bracelet with the pink connector and the ring! congrats.

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  77. Wow! stunning! I like that you just went with it and with such a great attitude. It shows in your pieces here.

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  78. You did a lovely job. I adore the bracelet. I would never guess you have fear of pastel colors from the beautiful job you did using them. You were ambitious in making so many pieces. Well Done!

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  79. My goodness, you might be afraid of pastels, but you sure know how to use them!!! AMAZING creations!!

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  80. i like it all but i really love the bracelet...that chain is stunning!

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  81. You really got a lot of items made from your soup and each one of them is really wonderful. I'm not a usual fan of pastels either, but that pastel bracelet you made is really super. The little flower focal on it is neat. . . air dry clay you say? ;) In all, you definitely did a great job with the challenge. Congrats!

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  82. Love them all!! But I especially love the teardrop necklace and bracelet -- well done!

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  83. Love your bead soup!! Such lovely colors and your creations are beautiful...great job!!

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  84. I love what you did with the first necklace. The oval looks perfect with the tiny blue and pink... it's very delicate and elegant. The use of ribbon or bringing the mixed media essence gave this necklace another modern, charm. You did a great job. Dita

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  85. All of the pieces are stunning!! My favorite is the pastel one I like the chain mixed with the other pastels.

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  86. All of it is beautiful, but I LOVE the pink and blue bracelet! Bravo for you for doing such a great job with the pastels!!

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  87. It may have been a challenge for you but you rose to the occasion and created beautiful pieces. I especially love the first necklace and the earrings.

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  88. Love the bracelet!!! Each item is very nice but again I love the bracelet!!!

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  89. Me too, love your bracelet, it's magnificent! All your pieces are very lovely!

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  90. The bracelet is absolutely stunning. LOVE the connector you made.

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  91. Beautiful! The bracelet is very pretty. And go you for using pastels!

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  92. I'd say you conquered your fear of pastels very well! Love how you attached the focal and the bracelet is cute!

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  93. Well, consider yourself an expert in pastels now, cause those are some great pieces!! I'm really not a pastel girl either, but I just LOVE that bracelet with the blue chain! Great job!!

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  94. Love the bracelet! And the connector you made is gorgeous!

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  95. Great soup designs!! thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog. I look forward to following yours. Happy Beading!!

    deb

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  96. Ok I think with all that accomplished you must be a reformed pastel avoider... pastel acceptor at the least! I think you did a beautiful job

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  97. Hi Adlinah,
    I love all of your bright and cheerful pieces. My favorite are the earrings with the cheery quartz squares they are beautiful.
    Therese

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  98. I'm so impressed! The cool red and champagne necklace is beautiful -- light and elegant yet sexy -- very wearable and rich! Also, how beautifully you used the pastels, really used them in the pearl necklace and cool bracelet and earrings! The necklace is pretty, and I like how you used a bow with the focal and bow to connect your ribbon and chain. I love the blue chain and pink connector and pink rondelles! Using the pear mother of pearl as earring blossoms and a flower ring was brilliant! And I also like the way you created spiral cages for the rest of the beads to make a full, lovely key-chain! Amazing creativity and cool style!!

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  99. Thinking about your fear of the Pastells I must say that you did a great job, indeed! Your bracelet is so pretty! Adorable art work! Congratulations!!
    Sabine

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  100. You made such lovely pieces and I think you were very successful in working with pastels. The bracelet is lovely.

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  101. You are a great designer. I cannot believe you are afraid of pastels, that bracelet is my favorite. I love the connector you made. Linda

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  102. You faced your fear of pastels and did an outstanding job putting beautiful things together!

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  103. Your pieces are absolutely beautiful! My favorite is the bracelet. I love the connector that you made!

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  104. Wow, love that first bracelet with the pastels. Also love that crystal teardrop necklace. Very elegant and would be perfect for a night out.

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  105. I am late hopping around the soup... a week to be exact.. Your pieces are stunning hun.. great job.

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