Sep 16, 2013

Winners of the Bead Soup Cafe 9th Blogger/Non-Blogger Challenge!

Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Cafe on Facebook has an ongoing community run jewelry and bead making challenge called the Blogger/Non-Blogger Challenge.

The ongoing challenge was created by Marlene Cupo of Amazing Designs by Marlene to meet the needs of jewelry designers and bead artists who wanted to participate in community blog hops, but without the need for blogs.

 Each new round, the previous winner is hostess and is responsible for choosing a new design inspiration photo and offering a prize. The BNB challenges take place regularly at The Bead Soup Cafe' and are great fun! 

Here are examples of prizes from challenges: 
Goodie Bag Prize from a BNB Challenge -- Hosted by Robin Reed
Jewelry Prize from a BNB Challenge -- Holiday art bead necklace by Marlene Cupo

As the winner of the 8th Bead Soup Cafe BNB Challenge, I have the honor of hostessing the 9th round.  I decided to double the fun by creating two colorway inspiration photos: 

A modern art colorway, Teal Goddess:

And a folk-art colorway,"Time Flies" by Frida Kahlo:

I also came up with two prizes, one for each photo inspiration. The two first place winners will receive one of two first place prizes: a $50 gift certificate to Lima Beads or a bountiful bead goodie bag, with additional items added for each participant who posted an entry.

Round 9 First Prizes:

The start of the Bountiful Bead Bag

However, once the challenge began, it was obvious to me that two winners would not reflect the talent, beauty, and contributions for this round! The artists of the BSC came through with the most beautiful work! Go to the photos at the Bead Soup Cafe to view the album. Although the next hostess is not in any way required to do so, I decided to offer additional prizes for the 9th BNB Challenge. The outpouring of fine art jewelry and the exceptional entries of the artists were an inspiration, and I'm so impressed. 

With so many beautiful, well thought out & excellently created designs and beads for the 9th Blogger/Non-Blogger Challenge, I created the following prizes: First Place, Runner Up, Third Place, Hostess Choice, and Honorable Mention. The contributing artists made this challenge one of the finest, and I thank you everyone who participated. Please know you created truly incredible jewelry and beads!

First Place

First Place for Time Flies:
Esterina Mestoko Jagiella 
"Inspiration of Life" 

First Place for Teal Goddess:
Kandice Seeber 

Winner of 50 Goodies Bead Bag: Esterina Mestoko Jagiella
Winner of Lima Beads $50 GC: Kandice Seeber
Next Hostess: Esterina Mestoko Jagiella

(First in list wins Goodie Bag & is next Hostess)

Congratulations Esterina and Kandice! 
You created beautiful art! 

Runner Up

Runner Up for Time Flies:
Robin Showstack "Time Flies"

Runner Up for Teal Goddess:
Kelly Hosford Patterson "The Fairy Goblet" 

Winner of 25 Goodies Bead Bag: Robin Showstack 
Winner of Lima Beads $25 GC: Kelly Hosford Patterson

Congratulations Robin and Kelly! 
Beautiful work!

Third Place

Third Place for Teal Goddess (Tie):
Dhea Powers * Java Bead

Third Place for Teal Goddess (Tie):
Birgit Klughardt 

Third Place for Time Flies (Tie):
Stephanie Gard Buss * Max & Lucie Jewelry

Third Place for Time Flies (Tie):
Agnes Keh * Me Made Jewels

Winner of 10 Goodies Bead Bag: Agnes Keh 
Winner of 10 Goodies Bead Bag: Stephanie Buss
Winner of Lima Beads $10 GC: Dhea Powers
Winner of Lima Beads $10 GC: Birgit Klughardt

Congratulations on Gorgeous Designs Agnes,Dhea,Birgit,and Stephanie!

Hostess Choice

 Stephanie Gard Buss

Kelli Nelson

Catherine Shattuck "Poseidon"

Serena Trent * Pink Ice Jewels

Marlene Cupo *Amazing Designs by Marlene

Alison Baird * Beads By Alison

Lennis Carrier * Windbent

Gloria Allen * Gloria Allen Designs

Andrea Glick * Zenith Jade Creations

Dini Bruinsma * Angaza by Changes

Paula Winchester Hisel * Simply Beadiful

Stephanie Weiss

Leah Mifflin Tees 

Elsie Deliz-Fonseca

Sam Waghorn * Pale Moon Creations

Dolores Raml

Honorable Mention

Serena Trent * Pink Ice Jewels

Shalini Austin * Jewellery By Shalini

Marie Covert Thistledown and Swaddlings

Veralynne Malone

Sandra McGriff * Skye's Creative Chaos

Alison Baird * Beads By Alison

Anzia Parks * Anzipanz Designs

Robin Reed

Agnes Keh * Me Made Jewels

Hostess Choice & Honorable Mention Winners 
will receive an art bead for each winning design! 

I didn't award prizes to every design, nor did I pick only one design per artist. I thought a great deal in deciding the hostess choice & honorable mention winners. 
Congratulations on Superb Designs!

Gift Certificate winners, please message me with your email 
Good Bag & Art Bead Winners, please message me your mailing address

Meet the Artists 
9th Blogger/Non-Blogger Challenge


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Toltec Jewels is an author by day, jewelry maker by night. Her literary work is housed by the San Francisco MOMA and is published internationally in popular magazines, literary quarterlies, and university publications. She has won a number of awards for literary and jewelry arts. She is happiest making handcrafted jewelry with her entire family, snuggling with her doggies and grandkids, sewing, singing, reading, and learning more jewelry techniques. She is the hostess of JSF, a diverse community of expert and emerging artisans taking inspiration from each other and jewelry arts. Join her on FB for networking, fundraising for Beads of Courage, jewelry making challenges, blog hops, contests, give-a-ways and of course, cool beads and jewelry!


  1. Thank you so much Rita. I am honored. You are a very generous lady. I always have so much fun doing these challenges. I definitely grow as an artist with every one. Looking forward to your Octoberfest blog hop. :)

  2. I am so honoured and touched to be selected as one of your mentions Rita. Really grateful. Thank you!

    It has been a fabulous challenge with so much fun and amazing creativity on display.

    Can't stop smiling :D


  3. Awesome Job everyone. It was fun to participate!

  4. What a wonderful post and an incredibly fun challenge! thank you so much, Rita.

  5. What a wonderful post and an incredibly fun challenge! thank you so much, Rita.

  6. You know I have a vested interest in this "BNB" and must say your tireless efforts have made this round a super event! Luv ya!

  7. OMG these are super duper gorgeous


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