Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bead Soup GIVE-AWAY!


Samples from my Bead Soup Collection

To mark my 2nd month of blogging* and to thank all of you who have commented on my blog either directly or via e-mails through my website:

I'm celebrating by giving away 1 bead soup from my Bead Soup Collection to a special reader!

To enter to win a bead soup of your choice, simply enter a comment. The winner will be chosen in a highly technical manner: I will ask my family to choose a number - that comment number will win!

And while I'm at it, here is a Double Bonus! If your name is chosen and you happen to be a 'follower' of my blog, then you can choose 2 bead soups!


My bead soups have been used in everything from beadwork (of course!) to quilting and felting embellishment, collages and encaustic to a customer who displays them in dishes around her home. Are the creative juices flowing?!

Samples from my Bead Soup Collection

You can see more of my Bead Soup Collection on my website - they are now for sale on-line.


*On New Year's Eve a dear friend convinced me I had to 'get with the times' and start blogging. Okay... sounds good, but to be honest, I was very nervous. What would I write about, would anyone read it? How personal should it be - would I feel vulnerable? Was it hard to set up? How would I find the time to create a blog between writing a new book, teaching classes, raising kids, making kits and working on new class ideas for next year?

Well, the set up took all of 30 minutes (most of that time was in deciding which format to go with) and half way through my first entry I came to the conclusion that my blog will serve 2 purposes:
1. It is for me - a diary, a forum for expression, a way to document what is going on in my life and how my family, my art work, mother nature, food etc. is all tied to who I am; and
2. It is for you - hopefully giving you ideas, inspiration, and ultimately confidence in your artistic voice.

So sometimes my blog is personal, sometimes not. Sometimes I may strike a cord with my readers, and sometimes not. And that is okay. Because along the way, I am learning to write. I am growing with my blog.

... of course I could always use more time! But who couldn't?

Added on 3/17/09: I am still getting some wonderful comments! However, the bead soup give-away was given away (check the next post for the winner). Stay tuned, there will be another!

115 comments:

  1. OOH love the bead soup !! looks delicous!

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  2. I had all these doubts too ..as I started blogging..and after I signed in, I did stay away a couple of months.. then somehow the blog seemed to take on it's own persona. Now I have three blogs, all denoting my various interests and my way of sharing those with others.
    The best part about blogging is communicating with others..people who are soooo talented, that it is a pleasure to just feast your eyes on their work !!!
    This time I know about the comment give away, though how do u part with such beautiful beads :) .. I like all of them...and I loved 'taupe', cabernet, cafe au lait,cardamom..........okay.. I could go on... anyway... You found the perfect names too...

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  3. Yummy! I want beads, I want beads! Pick me, pick me! (I really do love to see your blog posts--giveaways or not!)

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  4. Oh my goodness, your beaded creations are some of the most gorgeous things I have ever seen! Truly. All that colour and texture - beaded perfection. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and bringing me back to yours... What a treat. Don't you love that about blogging? How random paths crossing bring one to all sorts of lovely stuff and lovely people one might never otherwise have found? It's one of my favourite things about it.

    Congratulations on 2 months! :)

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  5. Great looking blog, Beverly. It looks like you've been blogging forever.

    I'm hungry for some bead soup now.

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  6. Congratulations! Isn't it a wonderful blogging world? I've met so many other artist this way.

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  7. Hi Beverly!!! Well this is a great thing-- bead soup! I will cross my fingers and hope to be the lucky number. And you know I'm a follower (as in I'd follow you and your beads anywhere) so surely I would get two if I should win. That would SO rock!!

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  8. Dear Beverly,
    I am so glad I received your email about your blog. I am signing up to be a follower. I can't tell you how many compliments I get on the jewelry piece I made in your class. You are a wonderful teacher. Thank you for sharing your gift. Blessings, diane

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  9. Hi Beverly,
    I think you've taken Blogland by storm! It is a great outlet, isn't it? I have gotten a little lax as compared to blogging multiple times a day last year. Must find happy medium. Throw me in the soup for some soup. I'm feeling olive-y right now!

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  10. Thanks for checking in on my blog and congrats to you for following through with yours. It's much easier than it would seem and much more fun! Love your colors & the way you photograph your beads.
    Jane

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  11. Congrats on your blog Beverly, always a pleasure to visit & thanks for your positive comments on my blog.
    Your bead soups look delicious!

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  12. I am so glad I found you!! Color is my biggest nemisis. somehow I just cant GET the color wheel. I am thinking I'll try your concept. It can only help, right. Love your bead soup. I want some!!

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  13. I love your work, especially your use of color.

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  14. Yummy, yummy bead soups! Beverly, you are quite the talent and I'm so glad I ran across you. Your use of color and texture is very inspiring. Congratulations on finding a balance with everything you do in your life. It can't be easy, but you are making it look that way. I'm on my way now to check out Eye For Color. Wishing you the best and I'll be checking in to read your blog.
    Karen
    JewelryArtByKaren.etsy.com

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  15. I wish I could do bead soups the way Beverly does. Anything I make with her beads soups always get tons of compliments. I'm so glad she's selling them on-line now. Great value!

    Jan Richie

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  16. Please enter me! I love your bead soup! The colors are wonderful!

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  17. First - please accept my congratulations on your blogiversary! You ROCK!!! :) Second - I'm in love, love, love with Antique Brass... to be closely followed by Velvet Cloak - my memory is so short that I'm not sure I got the second name right... sigh. Love your blog!

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  18. Your work is exquisite!! You must have alot of patience to create such pieces. Thank you for the opportunity to view them!
    Michelle

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  19. I enjoyed your artist profile on Jewelry and Beading. I have found blogging to be a great way to stay in touch with my creative side. So glad you are enjoying it too. Your bead soups are beautiful and inspiring. Even if I don't win, I will continue to follow your work.

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  20. I love your work! I'm fairly new to beading and was mesmerized at your use of color (something that I'm just now learning to play with). I'm going to take your advice to heart and push myself to be a little "uncomfortable" with my color choices and then step away for a little bit. Thanks for showing so many pieces and for giving us a peek at your artistic process. So glad I stumbled upon your site!

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  21. your work is absolutely fantastic, and i am addicted!! i've been checking your website for 2 years, glad to see you blog friendly now.
    i would just LOOOOOOOOOOVE a chance to work with your beads! thanks for sharing!!

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  22. Those colors are just astonishing. I just found your blog on a link from another, but I'm going to put you in my feed, just to look at the colors!!

    -Mina

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  23. No woman can have too many shiny things. Enter me, please.

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  24. I love the colors in the bead soup mixtures and what you do with them. I am following your blog thru google reader as of today because I don't want to miss any of your inspiring work.

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  25. Wow I love bead soup!! We, "Beading Broads", call ours "our stash"!! One of the gals, Jeanne, is fabulous at tracking down, cleaning up, and tearing apart, old jewelry at antique shops, yard sales, jewelry boxes, etc. and she throws everything into a big clear plastic box. Well our boxes now weigh probably 5 or 6 pounds or more!! I would love to win a "bead soup" prize!! Beautiful colors and I love the free form peyote. The first time one of my teachers said go for it, freeform anything you like, I jumped in with both feet and I loved it. I kept hearing from other classmates but I don't know what to do or how to do it and what color should I make it, who cares just do it!! I am new to the blog business myself so am enjoying seeing yours and learning!!

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  26. The colors in the "soups" are amazing!!

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  27. The lucky thing about being a beading blogger is that even if we don't have anything 'interesting' to say today, we've always got pictures that people will love!

    So, do you guarantee that Bead Soups will result in ultra-fabulous beadwork? *wink*

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  28. I hadn't heard of bead soups until I found you on MyCraftivity.com - but I love them already! I make necklaces to give away in shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, so winning a bead soup would be awesome! :) Thanks for letting us know about it!

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  29. The colors are gorgeous, and your jewelry pieces are stunning. I hope you teach at Art & Soul at Asilomar in CA sometime!

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  30. I would love to win some bead soup. con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. Love the soup. What a great idea. I do more mixed media than jewelry at this point, and love the idea of a big mass of different shapes in a single color family. Yum!

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  32. Wow! I am so glad for other people who can put colors togther for me! There are so many combinations I wouldn't know looked good together. Always good insight. Thank you.

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  33. You do absolutely beautiful work!
    I would love to win the bead soup. I've been wanting to give beading a try and this would be my perfect start!!!

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  34. Oh, the bead soups look wonderful! Those rich colors are gorgeous! What a wonderful giveaway!

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  35. Wow, I'd love to win one of these wonderful soups! Thanks for the opportunity. donnellrs at embarqmail dot com

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  36. geenee39@yahoo.comMarch 6, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    I would have to say it's LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!!! I'm a newbie to beading, I started about 2 years ago, and have come across alot beautiful designs, but I can honestly say that your designs, ideas, and colors really make me happy and glad to be a beader in training. I can hardly wait to see what you come up with next. Jeannie B.

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  37. Hi Beverly, This is my first visit to your blog. I was fasinated by the awesome bead soup and would be so excited to win. I am a quilter and a teacher and love the use of your words. It would be so wonderful to put your beads on a quilt and make it delicious..
    I can't wait!

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  38. I would love to win a bead soup and make a one of a kind bracelet! Dianne Graham diagramdachshunds@gmail.com

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  39. It would be fantastic to win one of your bead soups. To win two because I am a follower would make me ecstatic.

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  40. your jewelry creations are amazing and inspiring. I recently found your blog by accident and have enjoyed your comments and links to other blogs. I love the bead soups and would be very happy to win one and create something. Nancy

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  41. I would love to win one of your bead soup mixes and would follow you but I am not quite sure how.

    Shaiha
    shaiha(at)comcast.net

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  42. What a beautiful collection! You are so generous to offer such a wonderful thing!

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  43. You do some great work. Beautiful pieces. I love makeing jewelry, I'm still a beginner. I even have my husband helping.

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  44. Your beads are so beautiful. I would love to win one of your bead soups. Thanks.

    Jane

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  45. Bead soup! wow, they are all so pretty! thanks for the chance to win one!

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  46. Mmmmm Mmmmmmm good. Bead soup! Thanks!

    Tami.winbush (@) gmail.com

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  47. wow, your work is total inspiration for a person on a cold frozen island off alaska. it's all beautiful!

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  48. Hope I'm the lucky number post - would love to win a bead soup (or two)

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  49. What a beautiful collection of colors, your Bead Soup is something anyone would love.

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  50. I would love to win Bead Soup. Fantastic assortment and such vibrant colors!

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  51. Wow the bead soups are inspiring! would love to win!

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  52. Yum, yum, yum...food for the eyes.
    Can't wait to start beading!

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  53. Wow, what visual treats! I love the bead soup and I love the photos, your jewelry, and other eye-catching things. I do bead and this blog is great for color inspirations. I'm bookmarking it and coming back! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  54. Your bead work is gorgeous. I love the stories you have writen to go with them. It is very touching to read your dedications to your family members. I never imagined the meanings behind jewelry pieces that are truly art pieces. Just incredible.

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  55. This I a good way to build a bead collection.

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  56. Your beads are beautiful. I would love a collection of bead soup. I have just started in jewelry making and I am amazed at the pieces of art you have on this blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  57. You know those shivers you get when you see something fabulous / beautiful / inspiring / yummy / full of color? I got those shivers when I looked at your bead soup! The first time I bought beads (in Mill Valley, CA) the bead store woman asked what I was going to do with them. "No idea" I replied. She said, "well, you certainly selected a nice family..." Yes, I am a beadaholic! I have them hanging in my doorways, windows, from my ears and wrists... I am very happy to have discovered your wonderful blog. You make wonderfully beautiful creations. Peace and Love.

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  58. Wonderful colors! You have quite an eye.

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  59. I love all of those colors!! Just beautiful. I just started my blog last year - sometimes hard to keep up, but, for the most part, a lot of fun.

    Anyway, I really, really hope my number is picked!!!!

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  60. I am the proud owner of MANY of Beverly's bead soups (Bead & Button Color Class '08. Don't wait to win...BUY! They are exquisite and the photos are perfect, too! I learned so much from the class and Beverly's book that it made my brain cry! I'm saving my pennies (that's all that's just about left!) for you new book. HURRY!

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  61. wow your give away is Great !!
    huntsfunnyfarm@yahoo.com

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  62. stephanie gilbrideMarch 7, 2009 at 5:17 AM

    the colors are beautiful I can make so many wonderful pieces for my spring collection.

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  63. Your blog is pure eye candy! I'm very inspired by how you choose the colors for your bead soup. I make wire crochet jewelry and bead soup is perfect for that. I started a blog last month and had the same feelings that you did! Thanks for giving us a chance to win!

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  64. I love to make beaded jewelery, most of what I make I give as birthday and Christmas gifts.I buy cheap beads, as being on a fixed income I am unable to get the ones that I really want. Beading is fun for me, I have just started making wire jewelery too. It would be great to join the two together. I have so many ideas and I have the know how, now I just need the beads to make them. Thanks for the chance to win them.

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  65. This bead soup is fabulous.... it's like a jump start to creativity...I'm already imagining what I could do with some!

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  66. Your creations are lovely. Great job with the blog. It's very appealing. Please enter me in your bead soup giveaway. The beads are beautiful.

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  67. You are very talented. I'm so glad you started blogging. Have fun with it.

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  68. What did we ever do without Blogs?? I love being able to see others' artwork at the click of a button in my jammies with a cup o' joe! What a luxury!

    Please enter me in your soup give away! I love your beads!:)

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  69. Cool....found your blog from the MyCraftivity.com website. Great marketing.
    CherryChick

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  70. lovely colors in your bead soups.

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  71. Love your blog -- and your bead soups! Check out my latest creation using your Silver Sand bead soup on my blog.

    BlueSandStudio.blogspot.com

    -- Suzanne

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  72. I just found out about bead soups through mycraftivity. I immediately had to show my (almost) 17 year old daughter all the rich colors and beautiful photographs. My daughter is the beading queen in the house and if I won a bead soup it would make a great birthday surprise!

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  73. Bead soups are a great idea. I am having trouble getting out of a monochromatic scheme, because I don't know what to put with what.
    Sharon

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  74. Whoa...these are beautiful. It would be an honor to win!!

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  75. Bead Soup....very creative name! Your creations are ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!

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  76. I have always been an artistic creative person, I just started making simple necklaces and earrings....Your beads in your bead soup are just beautiful and elegant...They put what I have to shame...I would love for my number to be pick...I am wanting to get some books to help me learn some more complex styles....It would be an honor to win...I have never really won anything in my life....this would be a great unique first start...Thanks for offer this opportunity...for us who really cant afford such beauties...Stacy (hydrobutterfly22@hotmail.com

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  77. I love your bead work, Beverly! And your bead soups are gorgeous! Thank you for having such a lovely giveaway!

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  78. Your colors are wonderful. I can see why she displays them in dishes around her house.

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  79. I just discovered you through My Craftivity. Your bead soups look delicious!

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  80. Beautiful beads and I just love the name, Bead Soup.

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  81. I love reading your blog. It's nice reading thoughts from other beaders.

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  82. Your beads are GREAT. The color combos are fabulous!!!!

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  83. Love you blog and your Bead Soup/the colors are beautiful. thank you.....

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  84. Beverly, What a talented and generous lady you are. Thanks for your talents and having this product available. I've recently got into beading and absolutely love it. Your "Bead soup could be well used if your family picks this number. Hehe

    Jane

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  85. I would love to win bead soup it looks like a work of art. I know I create something special

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  86. I love beads! I wanna win!!!!!!!!!! mickiedownend@yahoo.com

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  87. Your color choices are so awsome. I wish that I could blend colors like that!
    Andree Adler

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  88. Great idea! You have wonderful color options. I love using soup components!
    And on a non-bead related note - how do you get people to comment on - and follow - your blogs? I've been posting a blog through Blogspot since before Christmas, and as far as I know only my husband is reading it. I've linked it on my website, and let my friends know. Just curious...
    Thanks for the contest. What fun!

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  89. wow I love you blog!!
    Please enter me in your drawing for the bean soup. What a cute name for it.

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  90. Bead collecting is addictive. I do more knitting than beading but I can't resist the call of the beads. I like your blog. You've done a swell job setting it up.

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  91. I have been a lurker since you started blogging and just absolutely love your work!! I am a scrapbooking and love to do beading on my pages at times when I find just the right color combo that moves me!! I know your bean soups move me for sure!! Lol!!

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  92. Gorgeous!! I'm so glad they posted this on Mycraftivity!! I love your bead soups and your awesome beadwork! Lisa C., www.abeadaday.blogspot.com

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  93. Ah, some mistake just happened. Anyway, I'd love my name to be added to your list. But I kind of hope a regular reader wins. I'm just a newbie to your blog. Your bead work is simply beautiful. ;-)

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  94. I would love to win some "Bead Soup".

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  95. Wow! Great blog! Im so glad jewelry and beading website had an article about your blog. I always look for blogs to inspire my beady muses, and yours definitely qualifies. And winning bead soup would be cool too. But just looking is a feast for the eyes. Thank you.

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  96. am so glad to see you blogging... I took your bead on metal class and had a blast! Do put me into your drawing...

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  97. Great Blog! Love the bead soup and the jewelry you have listed!

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  98. I love to look at your bead projects as well as these beadsoups!

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  99. What a terrific idea! If I win this you'll have to choose for me because there's no way I could choose from that gorgeous range of soups!

    Love your blog though this is the first time I've commented. Keep up the great work!

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  100. Beautiful stuff....all of it...

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  101. ooo wowuld lovethe bead soup!! yummy!!

    glittergurl04 @hotmail.com

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  102. I discovered you through Fave Crafts as I was checking out their blog!

    I love to do beaded flowers, jewelry and embroidery with beads. I am learning peyote stitch and TRYING to figure out RAW, but not having much luck! LOL!

    I just wanted you to know that I am really enjoying your blog!

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  103. wow - your beautiful creations are getting me inspired@

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  104. ooo i love bead soup! yum!!

    glamorchick_007 @hotmail.com

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  105. ooo god i love bead soup!! yum yum!!

    swt_babe321 @hotmail.com

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  106. Hi BEverly!!! Your creations are sooo FAB!!! and your candy too!!! Did you know that I've been wanting to give beading a try and this would be my perfect start!!! I envy your craftsmanship in this field!!! Thanks for the chance to win. I'm already your follower!!!

    Thanks an hugs
    rowee

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  107. You are a wonder and an amazement!! I love our eye for color!

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  108. i like your bead collection.
    I'm from Indonesia,do you know how can I get bead like that?

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  109. i like your bead collection.
    I'm from Indonesia,do you know how can I get bead like that?
    can i get some information if I can buy online?
    thx

    st_funny@yahoo.com

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