I want to thank Lori Anderson for hosting the bead soup blog hop. You can find a link to Lori's blog at: http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.com/ Lori has a book coming out in the fall on bead swaps so be sure to watch for it.
My partner for this bead soup is Jessica Klaaren. We were late signing up but met on the FB page for the bead soup. You can find Jessica's blog at: http://beadful-things.blogspot.com/ She makes some beautiful jewelry. I think we were meant to get together to do this bead swap because we decided to do this on our own. We also sent each other beads that were blue/green and butterfly pieces. When I opened my package and seen all the beautiful beads and Vintaj findings I was so happy because I love to work with filigree findings. You can see the beads that Jessica sent me below this post. It was a challenge taking the beads and deciding how/what I was going to make. I looked at them for a few days and finally had the idea to use a Vintaj butterfly finding and solder it onto a piece of textured metal along with the word inspire. I used the word inspire because I think it conveyed what the swap was all about. Below is the link for the blog hop.