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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Bead Soup Book

It is out now! I got my own copy in the mail last Friday :-). It was so exciting to open and look through it. I must say it is a great book, with many different projects, in many different styles and by many different artists. Comprehensive instructions, and just tons of inspiration to get.


And, oh yes, I am one of the contributors with a jewelry piece. It's the stone soup one. I am not allowed to show you the necklace here, but this teaser picture I am allowed to show. :-)


I am also allowed to show you the soup I used. I got it from Lori Anderson herself. Isn't it just plain irresistible!!??!! And I tell you, apart from being just beautiful and very inspiring, this soup had a very special effect on me.


The first time I saw the soup I made an instant and unexpected inner "journey". In my mind I was taken back in time, to the late summer of 1982, when I was 17. And my father and I went on a week's holiday to Fårö, a smaller island just north of the island of Gotland in Sweden. In the middle of the Baltic Sea.


The stone focal with the wild flower motif ressembles the raukar and the sandy colors. The turquoise color reminds me of the sky on Gotland/Fårö, where the sky is big and always present. And most often also the sea. Nature, wind, sunshine, fresh air, rocks, raukar, sparse nature, sand, sand stone, wild flowers, sheep walking freely ... It truly is a magical place.

Lori's soup, with its color scheme, components, and the focal - together they took me there in an instanse. I was very moved by the whole experience, as it was so immidiate and really took me somewhere else in space and time. 

My father and I stayed in a hostel where we had our breakfasts and evening meals, and in the days we explored the unique and beautiful landscape and the pictoresque sceneries of Fårö. Here and there we settled in a special spot for a couple of hours. I was painting, and my father took photographs. I cherish my memory of this trip so much, even more since my father passed away a couple of years ago. It was a beautiful gift to be able to go there via Lori's bead soup. Thank you so much for everything Lori

I wish you all to be able to go there one day. Both Ingmar Bergman and Olof Palme had holiday houses there. Or why don't you watch the film Persona by Ingmar Bergman, partially filmed on Fårö.

The collage of pictures above I made for myself just after I got the soup. (I don't think I ever have done anything like that, but this time it felt necessary.) I made it to illustrate for myself my inspiration during the process of designing and making of the piece I made. (I took all the images from different places on the internet, but I am pretty sure none of them are copyrighted.) 


An now to my GIVE-AWAY!!!!
Because this book came about as an off-spring of Lori's famous Bead Soup Blog Parties in the first place, I thought I'd for my give-away offer you one of the pieces I made in the last party.



It is a bracelet I call "India", and I have used only beads and components from the soup that my partner Marsha Neal sent me. We had decided on a theme, the film "The Party" with Peter Sellers from 1969. Hence the Indian theme ;-). Read more about it here.



If you are interested in owning this bracelet, please leave a comment on this post. Make sure I will be able to get in contact with you IF you are the winner. I'll pull the winner randomly by using a random generator on the 8th or 9th. Check Lori's blog PrettyThings for more details on how the drawings works.

Please also make sure to check all the other post in this week long blog tour. There are so many things you can win. You'll find all the info on Lori's blog.

All my best,
Malin


83 comments:

Carol said...

Gorgeous bracelet and fab bead soup!

Patti Van said...

How wonderful to have such beautiful memories with your father - thank you so much for sharing those images of a place so near and dear to you! Your piece you made in the Book is wonderful, and you are so generous to share that stunning bracelet! Congrats to you!

Barbara Lewis said...

Very cool, Malin! What a great story about how these beautiful things transported you back in time to a precious memory of your father.

Sherri Stokey said...

What a beautiful story & a beautiful bracelet. I'd love to win!

Erin Kenny said...

I love the bead soup you received and how you used it. I love the bracelet, too!

Lucid Moon Studio said...

I love the colors in your bracelet! I can't wait to see your piece in the book - congrats!

Ella's Grandma said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this bracelet!! The colors are fabulous!!! I'd love to win it and would wear it proudly! Thanks for the opportunity!

AntiquityTravelers said...

Sweden is such a beautiful place! I took a boat along the archipelago years back to Helsinki - stunning!

Love your work, and that bracelet is divine. Can't wait to see your beautiful design in Lori's book!

Lorelei Eurto said...

Can't wait to get my hands on that book! congrats for being a part of it!

Alice said...

Malin,

I love that the soup you received evoked a memory from your youth! Your photos of that trip are beautiful!

I love the bracelet you are giving away. The bright colors are wonderful!

KayzKreationz said...

What great inspiration for your piece. I can't wait to see the whole thing. Would love to win your bracelet. I've gotten to participate in 2 of her BSBP's. It was a blast.

Christine said...

Love the story behind your lovely necklace - what wonderful memories! Your giveaway bracelet is so colorful and beautiful - fabulous giveaway!!

Becky Pancake said...

Thanx for sharing your story about a wonderful memory with your father. It makes Lori's awesome book so much more meaningful to hear the stories behind the jewelry. I would be honored to own this bracelet. The last BSBP was my first & it was great.

Gayle said...

Beautiful, aptly named, so unlike the things I usually make but an inspiration to stretch my creativity.

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

What a lovely story! I'd love to win the pretty bracelet.

TesoriTrovati said...

It is so nice to hear the inspiration behind the designs. Your cherished memory is immortalized in this pretty necklace. It is truly one of my favorites from the book. The simple and striking treatment and placement of each component with care... that is what I love about everything you design.
So glad to be on this Bead Soup book journey with you!
Enjoy the day! Erin

Kelly J. R. said...

I remember falling in love with this bracelet back when you revealed it for the BSBP. Thanks for the chance to win it!

kristyy said...

Oh my...reminds me of Mardi Gras!!! I love the colors and the style..would love to own it!

Lynda said...

Thank you for sharing about your special time with your father. What wonderful memories. And for offering this great bracelet...such a cheerful piece to wear.

Kelly said...

Funny how sometimes beads are like songs - they evoke memories of special moments or periods of time in life. Thanks for your story. And thanks for a chance to win your pretty bracelet.

Rosalynn said...

Malin, thank you for sharing the beautiful story that inspired your design for Lori's book. Although I have always lived in the US, my family on my father's side is from Tidaholm, Sweden. I have only been to Sweden once but seeing your lovely pictures reminded me of what a beautiful place they left to come to America. Thank you for sharing more about you and your background.

Shari said...

I love your story and the beautiful bead soup! What a pretty bracelet!

Lululiz said...

Very aptly named bracelet, it really does evoke images of beautiful Indian ladies clad in brightly coloured saris. Such a beautiful bracelet, perfect for brightening up the dark winter days ahead. Of course I would love to win it.

Jen Ren said...

Gorgeous bracelet! I loved that you told us about what inspired you to create your piece for the book. Can't wait to see the finished piece. :)

windbent said...

Thank you for sharing your inspirations for all your pieces. Your work is very thoughtful.

Kathy Lindemer said...

Thank you for sharing your personal story. I think Sweden is beautiful. Recently, I have been watching Swedish mysteries on Masterpiece Mysteries. They are really well done. I would love to win the bracelet. It would be a real treat to have someone else's jewelry!

Angi said...

What an awesome trip, Thank you for sharing this special memory with us! I would love to win your bracelet, you are so talented! Count me in!

Diane Valasek said...

What a beautiful story of your vacation with your father! What a gift to have those memories.

quiltingjewel39 said...

What a special memory you shared - thank you. I am sure that inspired you as you worked on the piece for the book. I love the bracelet and would love a chance to win.
rmar261783@aol.com

Cynthia said...

Thanks for sharing your story - it sounds like a beautiful and special place. Would love to win your bracelet!

Cris Peacock said...

Love to hear stories behind our creativeness :) Thank you for sharing and for sharing your lovely bracelet as well!

Shirley said...

I love the bright and happy bracelet, but I love the story behind it even more. Thank you for sharing that special time with your dad, and the gorgeous photos.

Shaiha said...

I do have to say that your soup was one of my favorites and it becomes even more special now that I know the inspiration behind it.

Michelle Tucker said...

Great post! Now I have 2 more movies to add to my list. I love the color combination of the bracelet. (Hope I win!)

Anonymous said...

The Party with Peter Sellers! WOW! Love that movie and the bracelet evokes wonderful memories of it. Love Peter Sellers and love your bracelet.

Thank you for offering it in the giveaway!

zanc@att.net

Penny Neville said...

Malin, what an awesome experience to share with your Father and in such a beautiful place. I can't wait to see the finished piece the elements are gorgeous! I love the bracelet you are giving away the colors are so vibrant! I am crossing my fingers and toes!

Jean A. Wells said...

As a long time admirer of your work, of course, I am throwing my hat into this ring. Yay!

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

That soup definitely looks like it'd be something I'd LOVE to design with! I love how it brought back really fond memories for you; that's just an added bonus to what Lori's BSBP offers to the people who participate :)

Thank you for offering your amazing bracelet as a giveaway prize-I would only BE so lucky if I won! ^.^

TheEclecticElement AT yahoo DOT com

Jami aka DaMamaShipp said...

What a lovely story - thanks for sharing your journey... I think the bracelet is an awesome representation and I would love to own it... I look forward to receiving my copy of the book so I can see the whole transformation.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter to win and share in the fun!

Here Bead Dragons said...

What a great bracelet - love the purples and gold. Can't wait to read the book. Thanks for gifting.

~cryssT

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

Really cool bracelet, would love to win.
Sonya
sonyastille@gmail.com

LuniLadi said...

Malin, that is one fantastic bracelet! I would love to wear it! Thanks for the chance to win.
Doreen

Marla said...

What a great story! And the bracelet is Yummy!

Lori Schneider said...

Love it

Barbara Mason said...

Love your soup and the bracelet appropriately titled India -great colors!!!

Johana Nunez said...

I have the book!!! and I loved your soup. Thanks the chance to win!!!!

A Polymer Penchant said...

I love hearing the story behind your beautiful necklace. It's very fitting that you would choose your own BSBP piece to giveaway - id love to wear it!

Sweettooth said...

he Colors are so pretty, so colorful in this bracelet. Would love to win it.

Diana Napier said...

Love the bright and fun colors. I would love to own it.

sandi m said...

Beautiful stories - what wondeful memories for.
Congratulations on being part of the soup pot!!
Would love to treasure your bracelet.

zuzuka-zero said...

Hello!
I want join to your give-away;)

Wacky said...

That's so nice!! It has a tribal look with a refreshing feel. I would love to see your work in the book. ;)

swopemelmel said...

Beautiful bracelet !!! Beautiful memories !!! swopemelmel@aol.com

Mary said...

Love the color combinations!

AlysiaJo said...

Love love love it! One, because purple is my fave color and two I like that you used different components and materials in the same bracelet. Would love to win it!

Polly Barker said...

Thank you for sharing your story about your father! I would love to win!

Alaskan Nancy said...

The colors, the textures..... Heavenly!

Linda Landig said...

I enjoyed reading your reflections on the trip you and your father shared. That is such a treasure.

The bracelet is absolutely gorgeous!!! Thanks for doing this giveaway.

Linda said...

forgot to include contact info: llandig at msn.com

Manik Jawa Inc said...

I love the color, so beautiful =)

Kristen said...

Oh Malin thank you so much for the journey with your soup. I have a love of rocks and that pendant must have been amazing to use. I can't wait to see the whole piece!!!!

Maplegirl said...

I was so moved by your story of how the beads brought back memories of a trip with your father. Thank you for sharing that.
Andrea

Deana said...

love the colors in that bracelet!!

Erin S said...

what a gorgeous bracelet! I'd love to win!

stregajewellry said...

Really like your inspiration story for your "soup" that you received. Love that colorful bracelet too.

Bonita Bead said...

Congratulations on contributing to the book. I cannot wait to see the rest of necklace. I love the bracelet you made. Linda

Robin Reed said...

Hi Malin, I love the colors and textures of your bracelet. Love the different beads and everything. I would love to win this!!

Cheryl W. said...

Hi Malin,

I really love the bead soup you used and I enjoyed your inspirational story about your vacation with your father. Lori's book looks fabulous and I can't wait to see it in person. I would definitely love to win the bracelet. It's beautiful!

rrunner444@triad.rr.com

Doris said...

Congratulations on being part of the bead soup book!

rrjane011749 said...

I would love to win!

Carolyn said...

Malin,

Love the colors in the bracelet you are giving away. Have been looking for those colors to make something for me. Would love to win it.

Thanks for giving us the chance to win the bracelet.

Carolyn
carolynscreationswa.blogspot.

ArtZhodgepodge said...

What a cute and sassy bracelet... can't wait to see your creation in the book

Kristi said...

Gorgeous bracelet.

Sally Anderson said...

It sounds like your dad was really awesome! And what a great memory to use for inspiration. I love the bracelet you made, too. Hope I win! Of course!

Kimberly, Bakin' Goddess said...

Gorgeous necklace you made there! (From what I can see -- I don't have the book yet)

AND that bracelet is beautiful. The colors are so happy! Thank you for such a generous giveaway!

Klassy Joolz said...

Such a fabulous bracelet and nice story...I love it and your designs! Here's hoping I could be so lucky as to win it...

Thanks for the chance~~~~~

Creations by Kari said...

What a beautiful bracelet! Thank you for the beautiful share :)

usagypsy said...

Beautiful! Would love to have this on my wrist!

Cindy said...

Malin, I remember this soup well when I was taking the bead bowl pictures. I really enjoyed learning more about your design, because I loved the finished necklace once I opened my Bead Soup book for the first time! What a special memory - the trip with your Dad. And what a great idea, to create an inspirational photo collage. I should do more of that myself. Thank you for sharing this personal story - I can see how it influenced your design. Thank you for the chance to win your beautiful multi-strand bracelet!

New Moon Scents said...

Such a lovely bracelet! Thanks!

Shannon Chomanczuk said...

Congrats on being in the book!

Prządka said...

Awesome bracelet and wonderful giveaway! Oh!I would love to win it so much:)
Regards!

beadrecipes said...

How lovely to receive a soup that spoke to you so clearly! I look forward to seeing it in the book soon! I would love to win your bracelet, it's so bright and cheerful! melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com