To start the process, Lori pairs everyone up (a lot of work when there are over 400 of us!) Then we contact our partners and send them a 'bead soup', including a focal bead, a clasp and assorted beads to match.
Then we all have until May 3rd to come up with our designs.
I was very excited to meet my partner Maddison Langford, a graduate in fashion design, and an avid crafter with a shop on Etsy. She is a regular blogger and has lots of different interests and commitments, including teaching. Among other things, she makes the most intricate gemstone trees.
I had fun putting together my soup for Maddy - nothing like playing with your beads! I know she's received it now, so I can show you what I sent. (Another blog post to follow when her soup arrives with me :)
The focal is this handmade ceramic pendant by Natalie Fletcher of Peruzi. I have quite a stash of her wonderful beads...
Using the colours in the pendant, I added Czech glass -
metallic elements -
some semi-precious stones -
and some other little bits and pieces -
Oh yes, and I couldn't resist including this little fellow (made by Angela Pyke of BMUB on Etsy -
Here it is all together -
I can't wait to see what Maddy makes :)