Peek Behind the Bead Soup Blog Party 7 Scene

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©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Potential Bead Soup Cabochon

For months I’d dreamed about the butterfly.

Oh I know there’s no butterfly in the picture.

But it existed in my mind. From the time I found the vintage sterling concho I felt a butterfly could be birthed from the fabulous rubbed copper earrings with the concho in the center.

When I impulsively enrolled in Bead Soup Blog Party 7, I knew the butterfly (to-be) would go to my partner, whomever and wherever.

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Catalyzed now, I affixed my butterfly, chose the delicas to surround it and began to pull strand possibilities for my soup. Emerald, the color of the year, captured my attention.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan Ingredients for Bead Soup Blog Party 7 partner

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan Ingredients for Bead Soup Blog Party 7 partner

I was travelling to the Tucson Bead Show the next day. I gathered my bead mat, packed my box, and began work on the cabochon as my husband drove.

The miles passed quickly. In a wild moment after lunch at Kranberry’s in Lovington, NM I affixed the leather backing to my piece so I could finish the cabochon before Tucson. Yes, right there in the restaurant.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, beaded cabochon with leather backing

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, beaded cabochon with leather backing

Somehow, betwixt and between bead shows, bead classes, and fun in Tucson, I finished my bead effort and received the name of my partner – Pam Chesbro from Tulsa, OK.

As I looked over her blog, “A Fortunate Soul,”  I felt enthusiasm for Bead Soup rising, even though I had no idea of what to expect. I felt truly fortunate to have Pam as my partner. Obviously, she was an accomplished beader.

At To Bead True Blue I found a butterfly clasp that seemed suited for my soup. It was more special somehow to make the selection with Pam in mind.

Pam and I exchanged emails and by the end of the week (before I left Tucson) this package was on its way to her.

bead soup for Pam

Are you as excited as I am to see what she made?