I've just returned from vacation, so I'm a bit late in posting about my bead haul from Dot of Speedie Beadie for Lori's 6th Bead Soup Blog Party. Her package was waiting for me when I got back in town.
Here are the goodies I found inside the polka dot-wrapping paper (Hmm, do you have a thing for dots, Dot???)
I had told her that I liked all colors but was especially fond of blues. She thought she was challenging me by sending me earthy browns and greens, but actually that is a favorite color combo. I have tons of beads in my stash that will complement this beautiful haul.
What will be a challenge--and one I'm looking forward to--is how to do justice to the lovely raku face that she sent as a focal. I'm finding it very hard to photograph, but here's a closeup:
I've been saying I wanted to learn how to bezel, and it looks like here's my chance!
In addition to the focal and lots of packs of seed beads, she sent me some lovely rings in two materials--I'm not sure what they're made of--a couple of cabs, a sweet little turtle bead, some cubed beads that also look to be raku, some gold-finish faceted rounds and a few coins. There are also these cool French vintage sequins she sent--they're barely visible in the top photo because I have the focal propped up against them. I don't know if I will use them in my reveal piece, but they'll be fun to use on something.
As a sweet gift, she also included this cute cat pin:
I must have talked a lot about my cats a lot in the emails we traded back and forth!
I'll have fun playing with all of these.
I'm especially appreciative that she was able to mail this package to me while going through the multiple-day power outage that I largely escaped by leaving town the day after the storm hit. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, and I live in the Maryland suburbs of D.C., to give you an idea of how ginormous that storm was.
You can read about what I sent Dot for the bead soup party at her blogpost here.
Our reveal date isn't until August, but the first reveal is July 28, so be sure to visit the blog hop link above on that day to see what the first-round participants created.