Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Reveal!

My first cup of BEAD SOUP ~  
First came the cookbook...so well written by Lori Anderson......Thanks Lori ...you make it look so easy.
You can visit with the other Bead Soup Blog Party participants HERE
Please ENTER TO WIN MY GIVEAWAY see bottom of this post ~

Next came the ingredients by Maria Horvath........
thanks Maria...just the most wonderful ingredients.


 A special pendant: an eosin leaf. Eosin is a special kind of pottery made only in Hungary, in my town: Pécs. It's the product of Zsolnay company. You can see the stamp of company at the buttom of the pendant ~ 

Prep time.....1 month.....I left the box open on my work table to peek at while working in my studio....everytime I went by...I would look...slowly a recipe began  to form....my first concept of a wide cuff with a tree...didn't work out....and then I rearranged to the necklace concept....

A quick addition of spices from my farm.....Bring to a boil and add some creative thoughts....and now....for some thoughts while I breathe in the beautiful aroma of the beads

The wonderful leaf Maria sent reminded me of a poem written by
 Oliver Wendell Holmes...the last paragraph has a special place in my heart....I recite it often....I hope you enjoy it as much as I ~ 

"THE LAST LEAF" 
I saw him once before,
As he passed by the door,
And again
The pavement stones resound,
As he totters o'er the ground
With his cane.

They say that in his prime,
Ere the pruning-knife of Time
Cut him down,
Not a better man was found
By the Crier on his round
Through the town.

But now he walks the streets,
And he looks at all he meets
Sad and wan,
And he shakes his feeble head,
That it seems as if he said,
"They are gone!"

The mossy marbles rest
On the lips that he has prest
In their bloom,
And the names he loved to hear
Have been carved for many a year
On the tomb.

My grandmamma has said--
Poor old lady, she is dead
Long ago--
That he had a Roman nose,
And his cheek was like a rose
In the snow;

But now his nose is thin,
And it rests upon his chin
Like a staff,
And a crook is in his back,
And a melancholy crack
In his laugh.

I know it is a sin
For me to sit and grin
At him here;
But the old three-cornered hat,
And the breeches, and all that,
Are so queer!


And if I should live to be
The last leaf upon the tree
In the spring,
Let them smile, as I do now,
At the old forsaken bough
Where I cling.


You can find wonderful pictures and a note from the author here.....http://www.ibiblio.org/eldritch/owh/llpix.html 



It's Soup time! 

Beautiful iridescent peanut beads, vintage flower beads, hand crocheted copper and brass with  green glass leaves...

On the left copper oval are stampings saying ..."And if I should be"
and the two right  brass leaves  say "the last  leaf upon the tree"


Below are the beads I sent to Maria~
I really loved this new clasp design......just beautiful with the smoky pink and green tones....
can't wait to see what Maria comes up with!

I'd like to share an appetizer ~

I will be giving away this wonderful pair of leaf earrings in one week on Saturday, SEPT 24th
Please leave a message to enter! 
Extra entries for sharing on your blog and facebook ~ create a message for each share ~ 





83 comments:

Menno Jeweler said...

Very intricate designs...wow!

horimarika said...

WOW! I love this post! Every word and picture of it!!!! You made a really great necklace! Thank You for being my partner in this fantastic game!

Melinda Orr said...

DIANA>>>ENTERED TO WIN

Kristi Bowman said...

Super Soup Melinda, I love what you created with it all!! I guess simmering for a month was the way to go!! :)

fireflymyst said...

Melinda,

Love your designs!! The copper looks great with the leaf focal.

Lesley said...

Oh Melinda - this has brought a lump to my throat...that was my Dad's favourite poem too and it's so very beautiful.

But hey! so is your necklace and that bought a smile to my face. I love the warmth and the contrasting textures-good work on both counts!

Lisa said...

Melinda - your last leaf necklace is absolutely stunning. Your tie-ins with the poem are perfect little touches, and I love all the contrasting textures and the rich colors. As usual, you've just blown me away with your talent. Thanks for sharing yourself with the world.

bwheather said...

I totally adore your necklace, it's really beautiful. ;-)

Wendy said...

Your leaf necklace is incredible. You did an amazing job with your bead soup.

Lori Baker said...

Beautiful necklace! And love the poem.

Cillaw said...

Great texture and design!
I adore the leaf earrings! Something about copper is so warm and lovely!Thanks for the contest!
Cilla
www.tellyourgirlfriends.com

Stacey said...

Such detail in your piece - what a lovely inspiration -that poem! Thank you for sharing! And those earrings are beautiful - you are so generous! :)

Abeille à miel said...

What a fantastic necklace!!! I love it! And I'd love to win those earrings. :)

Kristen said...

I have tears as I have read this post and I have no words that can express the thoughts you have provoked. This creation will forever be etched in my heart! To win these gorgeous earrings would be the best!

rockcreekcreations said...

WOW! What a wonderful idea! and the poem is very appropriate for the necklace! A piece of art@@

Klassy Joolz said...

I really love your designs!!! Thanks for the nice giveaway!

Smiles, Pam

Holly said...

Melinda! Oh my gosh, what an incredible piece! I'm so in awe of this...it's just lovely.

ccrider2006 said...

I loved your necklace and would love to win the earrings too.

B. R. Kuhlman said...

Totally love your design! It very much reminds me of fall. Beautiful colors, too. ♥

WondrousStrange said...

How creative!!!Wonderful work!!

Shirley said...

Melinda, that was just beautiful. I love the poem, and I can see every aspect of it in the necklace. Truly a wonderful design.

Rebecca said...

Stunning! You have really made these ingredients your own. Beautiful Melissa! And thanks for sharing the poem too.

Elizabeth said...

I adore the Last leaf!!! Very very nice!! what about the darling little owl???? Great to meet you !

Shaiha said...

That leaf just shines and the necklace more then does tribute to it. What a delicious soup.

Shaiha said...

I shared your contest on FB

http://www.facebook.com/sShaiha/posts/194055413998844

Michelle Mach said...

Wow! Looks like you had fun with your bead soup!

Those earrings are gorgeous! Whoever wins will be very lucky!

Shiraz said...

What a gorgeous piece. Really beautiful design and workmanship.

Pretty Things said...

I am SO sorry for being late — today our internet provider decided to crash. My stress level is through the roof, to say the least! They’re still working on it, but it’s like dial-up.

Lovely work, and I enjoyed the poem~!

I hope you’ll participate again!

Love, Lori

Birgitta Lejonklou said...

What a lovely design this "Last Leaf" and a wonderful post !!YOU ROCK !!

Christine Altmiller said...

this is such a beautiful piece of art! what strength. it really captured the feeling of fall. and the earrings would the "it" pair i would wear every day, much to the dismay of my other pairs!

EmandaJ said...

Lovely work. We’re all being pushed outside our comfort zones — with amazing results!

Enjoy the hop,
Emanda
http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

TammyGer said...

Hi Melinda,

I grew up in Muncy,Pa until I was 12 years old. My Mom grew up there and my Dad was from Montgomery. I don[t get back often but I would like to drive up soon before winter to visit my grandparent's graves, oh how I miss them. I love your work and I would love to be entered into your giveaway.
Blessings, Tammy

Cece said...

Love it.

Malin de Koning said...

How intricate and exciting! Beautiful!

The earrings are gorgeous. I wanna win them!

Regina said...

Awesome soup! Thanks for sharing your creative thoughts, it turned out just gorgeous.

susie said...

OMGoodness...your soup is DELICIOUS my Friend!!! I adore your design, it's truly stunning! Well done, another AMAZING cup of BEAD SOUP from a very talented designer!!! ;)

Karyn B said...

Your soup turned out just fabulously! Love all the little embellishments, too. (please don't consider me for the lovely earrings, I can't wear them! *cries*)

Sweet Freedom said...

I love your last leaf necklace - beautiful detail!

http://sweetfreedom-designs.blogspot.com/

KayzKreationz said...

I love what you did with the beads. And your inspiration in the poem made the necklace come alive. I love the little stampings, too. I'd love a chance to win the earrings.

KayzKreationz said...

Just shared about your bead soup and giveaway on facebook.

http://facebook.com/KayzKreationzGlassKreationz

Elisabeth said...

Would love to win those lovely earrings!

Silver Parrot said...

Absolutely beautiful! That leaf really makes the design special!

The Clay Chick said...

LOVE that necklace! Your design really highlights that gorgeous leaf pendant!

la mar de bonita said...

You did a truly fantastic necklace! I like those green, brown and copper spots and the way you're knitting the copper chain. Great work!
Greetings, Michi

Chelsea O. said...

Bella! These are perfect for fall which is coming to quickly! I also posted this on my blog!

Mary Anne said...

Hey Melinda! Love what you made, love what you sent (REALLY love what you sent). Would love to wiwn your earrings!

Mary Anne said...

I shared your post on FB! One more chance to win... :)

quiltingjewel39 said...

The necklace is stunning!! It all fits so well and I love how you tied in the poem. Really great.

Christals Creations said...

Wow. What a great soup. And a lovely poem too.

Francy said...

you created such a beautiful design with your soup!

Lupe Meter said...

Awesome soup! Love your designs...beautiful!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

What a wonderful post with your pics! I love the poem! And your piece is absolutely stunning! So beautiful! Well done!

Maggie said...

Your first necklace is incredible! I love the netting look at the bottom.

coffeeaddict said...

the poem is beautiful and it ties so perfectly with the necklace.

Hope Amen said...

Lovely design. Thanks for the chance to win!

Wendy said...

Your necklace is lovely!

CraftyHope said...

That necklace is delicate and substantial at the same time. It's really something special. Great, great job with this.

Shyme said...

Lovely copper necklace! A real fall piece!

Terri said...
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Terri said...

Looks like we were both given a leaf as our focal..your's is just stunning. You have great beading skills I hope to get there one day. Lovely post... all in all... a Soup-er job!
And Yes sign me up for a chance to tell everyone where I got those cool leaf earrings!
Sorry about the delete comment...way too many spelling errors.

FryeStyle said...

Like the wire crochet! Nice touch!

Jennifer Cameron said...

Stunning piece and I love the poem. I had never read that one before. Very moving. Also, the clasp you sent your partner is AMAZING! Just thought I would tell you that here.

I LOVE color! said...

I am so sorry I am so late hopping your way. My computer dug it's heels in and said Not gon'a go thaat fast.:^)
Your designs are nothing short of amazing.
Be blessed to be a blessing

Bead Lola Bead said...

Your design is breathtaking!

Beadaholique said...

Looks sensational! The copper crochet work is fascinating, really creates a dramatic feel.

Julie and Andrea

Off the Beadin' Path said...

I admired all of your work with awe! You really showed off that inner beauty and talent!

T... said...

stunning pieces, love the colours

Tracy said...

Gorgeous design

Alice said...

I love your inspiration for the bead soup. The necklace is as lovely as the poem.

Marianna said...

I love the poem, inspiration, design, colors and your gorgeous wire and metal work. Beautiful work!

Amy said...

Wow!! What a beautiful job you did with your soup!! That focal really pops! And your post was lovely too!

Bobbie said...

Thanks for sharing your inspiration and creative process with us - lovely necklace, too!

Thoughtfulhands said...

Gorgeous work!

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Shay Stone said...

Gorgeous leaves! I just found you through Etsy, but see I will have found you anyway once I get through all the bead soup posts :)

pinkchapeau said...

That leaf is beautiful, and your work is the perfect compliment to it. Thanks for sharing the beautiful poem, too/

Christine said...

Gorgeous - there are so many lovely details!!

Linda Landig said...

I love your bead soup necklace and enjoyed the poem as well. I made it to your blog too late for the giveaway, but someone was lucky to get the earrings!

maneki said...

Love that necklace! I like the wire crochet, adding texture and interest to it. Lovely colours too. Fab job!

one-eared pig said...

I love it! Very nice post!

Jenni said...

The hand crocheting with wire looks fabulous..it is the first crocheting I have seen so far. Such great detail in your necklace and the poem is a very nice touch...a creative post all round.
jenni

chicandfrog said...

I have never tried to hand crochet copper, it seems a very interesting technique. Someday I will give it a shot.
Ambra

Ann said...

Definitely wearable art. Beautiful color combination.

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