Bead Soup Blog Party – Malie Kai Designs

A few weeks ago I announced that I was going to participate in the Bead Soup Blog Party again this summer. With all the craziness that has happened lately, I have taken much longer than I should have to post about my partner in this exchange. My partner is Kumi Fisher (I love her name.) Kumi lives in Hawaii and does a lot of really neat jewelry, and lately she has been playing with enamels. She has a fun style and is also learning a lot from various teachers. It is fun to look through her blog and see the projects she has been working on.

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As you may recall, I sprained my ankle just before my birthday. I was feeling rather bummed on that day because we had a big hike and picnic planned as my husband was off work and would finally be able to spend some time with us. Well, it turned out to be a great birthday regardless. One of the things that made this day special is that I got a big package in the mail from Kumi. I was shocked as the package I sent to her was quite small. What in the world could possibly require such a large box? I mean, we are exchanging a few beads, a focal piece and a clasp. Not only was this box big, but it was heavy too. How can that not get you even more excited to open?
I was thrilled when I opened my box to find a HUGE 2 lb bag of Macadamia Nut Hershey’s Kisses. Did you know, you can only get those in Hawaii? And to top that off, I LOVE Those things.
In addition there was a smaller package which contained some beautiful silk cords, faceted beads, drilled beach glass and 2 large enameled filigree beads. There was also a hand made toggled clasp with enameled ends. She even took the time to stamp Kelsi’s Closet (The name of my company) on the ring of the toggle. The most special part of the package, however, was the beautiful handmade enameled and wrapped heart pendant.
Kumi has taken the time to read through my blog and knows about the story of my daughter Kelsi. She wrote a message about the meaning of the heart and how it represents the healing of broken hearts that happens with the death of a child.
She is so good with the color mixing. That is one thing that I seem to really struggle with at times. So I was excited to see this grouping of items. Not only that, but these are colors that I really enjoy.
This is actually kind of struggle for me as I rarely work with beads, but most of you already know that. I am actually thinking of not using these items to make a piece of jewelry. But you will have to wait until next week (Aug 11 reveal date) to see what I have come up with.
The package I sent to Kumi included a black, blue and gold theme. I also sent her a handful of copper blanks as I knew that she enjoyed enameling. I forgot to take a picture of them before they were all sent off. Luckily she took a picture for me, and she made it all look so good. Thanks Kumi.
I am very excited to see what she comes up with.

9 thoughts on “Bead Soup Blog Party – Malie Kai Designs

  1. Julie Panusis

    Kumi is a very special person and is loved by everyone who knows her. There is not a selfish or unkind bone in her lovely body.
    I am proud to call her my friend.

  2. Shelby

    I can’t wait to see what you create with what you’ve received. Kumi really put a lot of thought into creating your package. You lucky duck for getting those Kisses! I think I’d hide them away in my studio…my own secret stash!

  3. Melissa Muir

    HAHA, I can’t wait to see what I come up with. I have been thinking so hard on this trying to come up with something. I think I may have it figured out, and the best part about what I am thinking is that it will allow me to see almost daily. 

    And yes, I was so lucky to get the kisses. And even one better than that, my kids don’t like them. Well, the baby does, but still, if the only person I have to share them with is the baby, I can’t complain about that. And yes, they are in my studio. YUM!
  4. Melissa Muir

    Julie, I am a fan of hers too. She seems to be very sweet. The messages she has sent me have been really neat. 

  5. Kumi Fisher

    Thank you for your kind words Melissa! I’m working on the soup this weekend 🙂 Can’t wait for our reveal!! <3!

  6. Melissa Muir

    I wish I were working on mine. I will start on the construction on Tuesday when I get home. <3 I have been thinking a lot about it. I am excited for our reveal too.

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