Friday, 15 February 2013

BSBP sneak peek

It's been a while, but this year I signed up for the Bead Soup Blog Party. It's the seventh BSBP and my fourth time participating. As I love both swaps (especially international swaps -- I want to do more of those) and challenges, the BSBP is right up my alley, but recently the size of the blog hop has felt overwhelming so I opted not to participate for a while. Until now. 

Earlier this week I sent off a bead soup to my partner, Noemi Baena in Spain. Can't show you what I sent as it's a secret until I know she has received and opened the package, but I can give you -- and Noemi -- a sneak peek.

After sending the bead soup, I started thinking that maybe the colours were a tad boring, eventhough some beads were more colourful than others. But then I thought they could also be seen as a good base to which Noemi can add the accent colours she likes best.

The part of the soup that I'm mostly looking forward to see being used is the focal and clasp: I've had them for years and do think they're very pretty -- very fairytale-esque so to speak -- but I just haven't made anything with it so in the end I thought maybe someone else will be able to make something with those components. Worried about regretting the decision as I can't undo it (that's why it's so important to really make sure if you want to get rid of something or just keep stashing it when destashing!), but while I might regret not having it one day, I don't regret giving it to Noemi. If that makes sense.

Anyway, if you want to see what Noemi has done with my bead soup and what I have done with hers, be sure to stop by here on April 13 (3rd reveal).


  1. Hi, Maneki! I'm your most recent follower and I'm also taking part in the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party. I love the caleidoscope you made with the bead soup. Would you like to share how did you do it? I'm also on the 3rd reveal date. See you then. Ana

    1. Hi there, Ana! I made that fun effect in a free online software called Pixlr Editor, which you can find here: You'll find the caleidoscope effect under Filter (about halfway down on the list). For my pic, I changed the size of the effect to 100 (in the box that pop up after selecting the filter) and then I cut out a circle using the marquee tool, copied and pasted it onto a new, white image to crop out the corners (where the soup ingredients were too easy to recognise).

      For even more interesting/weird patterns, you can do it all over again, making a caleidoscope image of the caleidoscope image.

      See you at the blog party!

  2. stopping by all the blogs taking part in the bead soup blog party. cant wait to see what you make!

  3. Wow! There'll be 500 participants in the BSBP this time. It'll be interesting to see what you and Noemi are going to create. I cannot take part in the challenge myself due to some health issues, but it's a treat to see what you folks make out of your surprise soups. Milka


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