Friday, August 24, 2012

~Bead Soup Blog Party~

A big welcome to our hostess Lori Anderson and to my partner Linda of Lindy's Designs.

and Give-away

My post is a bit long, sorry, if your impatient 
scroll down for the pictures! 



"Its alright little girl. You go. I will stay." -Daniel Warner Marvin
April 15th 1912 
Daniel was just 1 young soul who perished in the Titanic Sinking 100 years ago.

There were 13 couples on their honeymoon when the Titanic set sail. After hitting the iceberg, men made sure their wives were in lifeboats if they could, and kissed them goodbye. The men who got in lifeboats and survived were scorned in society after the sinking. 
Daniel Marvin was just 18 years old when he saved his young bride of  17. 


I loved working with the beautiful beads Linda sent me!
Click on the pictures for a closer look.

 I had recently been to the Titanic exhibit just before I sat down and played with my soup mix, shades of blue, moonstone, and the frame that I had added a 
tintype picture of the gentlemen, from Susan Lenart Kazmer. 

Suddenly,  it all came together to make this Widow necklace.
As soon as I opened my soup from Linda, I knew I would use
this polymer frame for a focal in a necklace.  

 The iceberg, the cold night, the frigid waters, the men who were lost, the souls forever linked together, all are represented here, in this necklace. 
The moonstone, the deep blue hues of the beads, and the chain all symbolize 
what happened that fateful night so many years ago. 

Everything here is from my soup, 
I only added a couple of beads and bead caps.  

I have an attachment to it now,
after viewing the names of the departed and the survivors on a large wall of the exhibit.  Walking by 100 year old remnants that were brought up from the wreckage, is an experience you must take in if the exhibit comes to your city.  

The iceberg exhibit was the part that stuck with me, a large 10 foot slab of ice in the shape of an iceberg, that visitors touched, hand prints embedded in the ice.  When you place your hand there, you were awakened to just how cold the water was that night, April 15, 1912 

Thank You Linda! 
A special thanks to Lori, for all your hard work on this event and her help and encouragement with my blog.  But wait, there's more ...

~Titanic Honeymoon ~
Grooms Bookmark

Join my site and comment about the 
give-away for a chance to win this bookmark!

For this piece I used the black glass bead, faceted crystal glass, 

and the blue leather, from my bead soup. 
I added the focal connector I made with a reproduction tin type photo and Mica tile.   
I can imagine the groom keeping this in his book.

Quotes relating to Eileen and Dean- both perished on their honeymoon, Eileen was 19 years old.

However, Eileen's effects were retained and how sad it is to relate that she was wearing the beautiful blouse with the little blue anchor when she was found. Her treasured wedding ring was on her finger and the ticket for the voyage was in her purse.

Amid the grief back in Salisbury her mother recalled, "They were so excited about the voyage and their new life together.  I was with Eileen when she was packing her trunk and the last thing she put in was her bible Mr. Pritchard gave her." From Eileens mother.

But wait, there is more!

~Titanic Honeymoon~
Astor Baby Bracelet

In my research, I found 2 babies that were born to the honeymoon 
widows from the Titanic. Baby Astor and baby  Smith

For this piece, I used the blue barrel beads, deep blue lapis rounds, 
light blue raku beads, 
silver beads, leather and white chain.

I went looking for white headpins for the beads
 but couldn't find them in stores. 
So I made spirals on the ends of the beads with white wire. 
I also used some white enamel findings I had in my stash from a 
years ago, when I was purchasing white supplies. 

Baby charm- Nickle silver, mica and tintype photo
Maiden Voyage Earrings

~Clip on Earrings~ 
Clear faceted beads, gorgeous midnight blue
 Picasso finish beads with layered brass findings.

Thanks for visiting Blue Antiquities.  Enjoy the last reveal! Be sure to 
join my site and comment about the give-away for a chance to win the Grooms bookmark!
The winner will be announced on September 1.

Hugs to all, Laura

Here is the link for the rest of the participants, go and check out some beautiful designs! 

And please check out my friend Linda here, my bead soup partner!


  1. Love your creations! And your story! I've joined your site and would love to be the lucky winner of your giveaway ;o}

  2. Laura, I love what you did with the polymer picture frame and that you told a story with your pieces. You did a wonderful job with all of it and I was so happy to have you as a partner. I have always love old pictures and your use of them in these pieces was great. Particularly like the bookmark how unusual. I must talk to you about each of these more in detail. Hugs.

  3. Interesting story with a beautiful soup! Nice work :-)

  4. Loved your entire blog post - very creative - fabulous jewelry too. This has been so fun to compare all the different styles and interpretations of a bowl of beads!
    Thank for doing such a nice job! Joyce

  5. Laura, My husband and I went to the Titanic exhibit when it visited Seattle. When we entered the exhibit, we were each given a ticket with a passengers names. We both had tears in our eyes well before we made it to the final room with the lists of names of who lived and who died. The passenger's name from my ticket had lived, but my husband's had not.

    Your post and pieces brought those memories right back to the fore.

  6. Yes, we were passengers too. My son and I did not survive. Thank you for your thoughtful comments everyone!

  7. I have to comment anonymously because I am having a glitch with Google! Of all times to have a glitch right? Laura

  8. Wow! What an amazing theme! I love everything you made and especially love the earrings!! Bookmark was a great idea too! You are such an artist Laura!

  9. I love how you incorporated your visit to the Bead creations you made!! Wonderful designs!! I have joined too so I can see more of your fantastic designs in the future.

  10. What wonderful pieces. Titanic is such a sad story, (I haven't gotten to see the exhibit) but your pieces are wonderful reminders of the lives lived and lost. I especially like the Baby's bracelet. Life does go on, and the bracelet helps us rejoice in the lives that went on.

  11. What an awesome theme you gave yourself and WOW but the pieces are sincerely amazing! I'm so proud of you!!!!! Excellent job. You're welcome to party with me any time!

  12. I really love your creations and I like that they have a theme surrounding them! Really unique and vintage looking...beautiful! Awesome job!! Just became a follower and hope to see more of your lovelies!

  13. I love your pieces my kind of style. Love tin type jewelry! Awesome pieces

  14. nice pieces. i love the theme.

  15. Your post totally moved me. I am going to have to keep an eye out for this exhibit.

    All of the pieces are absolutely incredible. There is no way that I could choose a favorite as they all touched me in a different way.

    I am going to be following your blog to see more of your incredible jewelry.

  16. And I forgot to mention but I would love to be entered in the drawing for the bookmark.

  17. Thank you all for your wonderful comments. I have been bummed all day because I have a glitch that has made it impossible to comment on other participants blogs. In part leaving me out of the party! So, this is a test comment. I may have figured it out. Laura

  18. Love the theme- well done!

  19. Everything is lovely, and I enjoyed your narrative - so creative! I think the bookmark is my fav, but it's hard to pick! Love the earrings, too!

  20. Loving your Titanic themed pieces...Looks like I'll be picking up some of that white chain when I find it. Fantastic job! I would love the chance to win the book marker... Definitely following your blog! I'm still partying (blog hopping)...I think I may get through the list of the 3rd reveal participants today...or this week ;)

  21. Lovely pieces and great story and inspirations.Love and hugs Tanya

  22. original pieces,I love them all.
    great design.
    thanks for the giveaway
    ciao dall'Italia

  23. Such unique pieces and a story to go along with them! Great job.

  24. Very beautiful and original! i love your style!!

  25. Love the bracelet but every single piece is unique. Great work, i love the theme of Titanic!!!

  26. Jewelry with a story touches our hearts. Your pieces are amazing!!!. I love the baby bracelet.

  27. fantastic idea! congratulations!

  28. Loved your work and your story. I would love to see that exhibit you made it all seem so personal! I Even had goosebumps

  29. Beautiful pieces. It's amazing that nspiration tinged with such sadness can create something so lovely. I especially like the Maiden Voyage Earrings. Pretty :)

  30. Love your beautiful Jewels. So Romantic:)I need to figure out how to get the pricing and leave my E mail!!! Wish me luck!! Kathleen Becker

  31. You pieces are stunning. great job.

  32. Love all of the pieces you made.Attaching and involving the history was sad yet amazing and even hopeful. I was was able to check out the titanic display on a field trip with my son just this June and it was truly humbling and through out the whole thing you couldn't help but in your mind put yourself right on the ship.

    Gorgeous! By far the most touching, amazing pieces I have seen so far. I am excited to follow your blog.

  33. Wow, what a post! I have seen that exhibit and I can understand how deeply you were touched by it. I was too. What a lovely collection to give tribute to those that were lost. How creative. Great job.

  34. Loved your post and your creative designs, beautiful jewelry!!

  35. Beautiful storytelling and equally beautiful creations~you really put a lot of time and thought into your jewelry and it really speaks what is in your heart~lovely!

  36. Romantic words, and very romantic, creative beading! I was enthralled and moved to explore every piece. Thank you!

  37. What a wonderful story you created here! Love it!

  38. Wow! You totally did justice to the soup and to the theme! Wonderful!!

  39. You totally nailed the romantic "Titanic" theme! I love your use of history and elegance! Thanks for such an awesome giveaway! I would be sooooo happy if I won!

  40. This post choked me up some. Your beautiful pieces really paid homage to those who perished that night as well as to those who survived the tragedy. I personally love the earrings. They look quite fitting for the time and still quite appropriate for today. Wonderful work!!

  41. I love that you chose a theme for you bead soup! What great stories you found along the way. And your pieces are both unique and beautiful!

  42. very creative and unique! love them all. you created wonderful jewelry pieces!!

  43. Beautiful pieces for a tragic story!

  44. I love that you used a theme for all of your pieces and what a romantic theme! I think all the pieces are beautiful but really like the Astor Baby Bracelet. Great work!

  45. Beautiful pieces and what a great way to work them through the story!!

  46. You chose a fascinating theme to make pieces from your bead soup and they are all wonderful.

  47. I really enjoyed the story that went along with your soup. I had no idea. I especially love the bracelet. Lovely blues in your soup. Beautiful


Thank you for your comments! I love to hear from you! Laura