I can hardly believe it’s been so long since the last Bead Soup Blog Party. This time Lori Anderson put together a list of 400 participants and 3 separate reveal dates. My reveal date is July 28th.
This time around my partner is Raida Disbrow of Havanna Beads. I’m jealous – Raida lives in beautiful Florida and I live in beautiful Michigan. Except for the seasonal stuff/ uh, snow! We’ve been exchanging emails and getting to know one another. It’s good to be able to communicate a head of time – You wouldn’t want to send green beads to someone who absolutely hates green, would you?
This is information I pulled from Raida's profile I thought you'd enjoy and the two photos are from her Etsy site - Gentle Wind Designs: "My name is Raida Disbrow and I live in beautiful Stuart, Florida. I have been making creative items my entire life. Several of my lampwork beads and jewelry designs have been published in Step by Step Wire, Beads 2011, and Bead Trends Magazines. I love to create unique lampwork glass and ceramic pieces for others to enjoy and create with." Already we have so much in common since we both work in metal, glass, and ceramics.
I’ve been playing at the torch and getting just the right combination together to surprise Raida now that I understand her likes and dislikes. She’s a very open artist and easy to talk to. I’m just a little afraid my request was a bit of a shocker for her. You see although I create holiday themed beads I rarely work with any and I asked if she might include those in her Bead Soup Mix. It is challenging to me since it is definitely not my usual fare but I’m hoping I can really do this justice. Now what kind of holiday beads (there are lots of holidays you know) I’ll leave the exact nature of those beads up to Raida. I hope she doesn’t think I’m too crazy.Hopefully, my bead soup will be ready to send on Monday/Tuesday – My plan is to work diligently on it over this heat spell. It is one of the areas I truly luck out in. My torch is in the dungeon (basement) and my home is blissfully air conditioned. Since I don’t plan on any long trips in this heat wave, except maybe the beach, I’m hoping my early reveal date will keep me moving.