I didn't think I'd be this excited about the next 7th Bead Soup Blog Party® . Last year was the first time I participated in the huge, international bead swap and blog hop. It was a lot of fun, but I wasn't sure I was going to do it again this year with other recent commitments. But as the sign ups draw nearer, I can't resist!
The mystery of who you get as a partner, Lori pairs everyone, is part of the fun, too. It's a wonderful way to expose yourself to other beaders and jewelry designers.
It's also a great way to test yourself. You never know what you will get, even though most of us try to send something our partners will like. Part of the fun is challenging your partner to use something they may not already; to broaden their beady horizons.
Last year, I had a wonderful partner, Maryse, who sent me gold leafed lampwork, vermeil beads and sari silk. Gold and sari were two things I'd hardly used. But the soup was so beautiful, I couldn't help but be inspired.
Sign ups for the 7th BSBP are tomorrow, so don't miss it!