Monday, March 4, 2013

Berks Bead Bazaar: Friends, Beads and Good Times

Well- Berks was great.  Though there seemed to be less foot traffic then last year, all in all, it was great time, of course.  I mean, I got to hang out with soooo many beady friends, friends I get to chat with online, but rarely get to see in person.  They make the show wonderful.
I was between Lisa Peters Art, and Dona Jones of Kindred Designs.  Both are very creative women I adore, and love to spend time with.  I was close to Joan Miller Porcelain, and Greg Graup as well.  I didn't get lots of pics of everyone, but I will link to a post that will have all those pics when its up. 
Julia and I got to the hotel friday night and had a snack at the bar.
Then we got to the hotel room and she got all her friends tucked in.
and we had some fun taking funny pics of ourselves while watching funny movies
Saturday monring we set up and then got some breakfast.  Julia liked that she got to drink out of a fancy glass.  You know, we don't get out too often.
The booth turned out good, and since my neighbor missed the first day, Julia got her own little spot to sell her beads.  She even made her own sign. 

I really cannot express in words how proud I am of this little gal.  Not only did she design her own beads, she made them, painted them and sealed them. I only drilled holes for her.  This was her first time selling anything.  She picked it up so quickly!!!  By the end of the day, she was writing her own receipts, talking with her customers, and making change (still a little rocky on that one, she was nervous).  Everyone was soooo kind to her, and loved encouraging her in her art.  She even had a chance to show off some of her little sculptures and pictures she draws.  She is a natural.  She is also VERY confident, and had us all laughing all day long.
Saturday towards the end of the show, Marsha Neal came by with her daughter Chloe.  Julia had been looking forward to them coming ALL day long.
 They were instant friends.
photo by marsha neal
Julia was even showing Chloe the ropes of selling, she will be ready to be helping Marsha by late spring.
So they stayed for dinner and some gab time too.  While all us chatted beads and business (Marsha, Joan Miller, Louise Mehaffey, and Patti Cahill), the girls played some pool.

Then we put pink smash in the girls hair that Lisa brought for them to try out.  Oh my gosh, were they thrilled.

Later that night I got to hang out with Lisa a bit. We stayed up way to late chatting.  I really look forward to the time I can spend with my online beady friends.  They are very dear to me and I always come away refreshed and encouraged by them.
On Sunday, Dona, my neighbor, made it in, and she promised Julia she would share her table with her.  Dona and Julia hit it off, and they just hung out together all day long.  Dona brought her a box full of super girly craft supplies that kept them both busy.  Seriously, my friends totally spoiled her, but its fine with me, she's a great kid.
I got to meet Bobbi Horst (a friend from facebook) in person on Sunday, as well as some other of my blog readers who made a long trip to come and visit Berks!!!!  Thanks so much guys!  It was really great to see you all.
I know, I know, what about the beads?  Sorry, I really had a great girls weekend with my Julia and friends.  But yes, there were beads, lots and lots of beads.
Here is the stash I came home with.
Of course, I shopped Lisa's booth all weekend, adding things up to the last minute.  I am VERY happy with my newest stash from her.  Here is a little close up of them.

This last bead is a rustic tube bead from Lisa Peters Art.  It is sooo not a shape I've ever used, but I love the look of it, and the challenge.
I also got some cabs from Greg Graup.  He had some new freeform cabs this year, and of course, I love the organic rustic look of them.  I also got some really great rutilated quartz cabs that I would like to use in some chunky rings.

I got these from Dona Jones. I love her sawed metal charms, and this crab was screaming to be paired with sea glass.
I hit Joans stash of crackle bone beads, her daggers, and got a newer highly textured one I couldn't refuse as well.

And then there were gemstones.

green garnet


large whole pearls

and my favorite find of the entire show.....rough cut rubies

Oh, and remember that awesome trilobite necklace I made, well, it went home with the awesome Joan Miller.  Doesn't it look like it was made for her???
It was a great show, but now I am home, and wow, did that feel good.
After a good nap this after noon and some homemade soup today, I think I am ready to catch up tomorrow.  I hope to be listing beads in my shop friday (we have our tax meeting on wednesday, so we have prep to do).  I will keep you posted.  Thanks to all for your support, and for bearing with a million "getting ready for Berks" pictures.  You guys rock.


  1. I had so much fun reading your post!
    Julia is absolutely a sweetie pie. Your time with her was the most touching part of the post. I just love her booth and her "selling" spirit!

    Oh, the beads, yummy, yummy, yummy...I'm so glad you did a break down with close-ups too.

    That's going to be so much fun!

  2. Looks like you and Julia had a fantastic time! Well done to Julia on her selling debut.

  3. Wow, looks like an awesome time! And your treasures!So beautiful! I love seeing your two girls living it up, what a wonderful time.

  4. Was great meeting you and the talented Miss Julia! So glad I decided to head to my sister's house and got to go to Berks. The first little bird skull necklace is done and the designs for the others a still swirling in my head.

  5. Looks like it was a great weekend. Spending time with beady peeps really is the best! It is so awesome that you and your daughter can bond over creating (and selling) art together! I love the bead stash that you came home with. Lot's of goodies in there that will no doubt turn into works of art!

  6. What fun! I love hearing the stories you all tell of this great little gem of a show. And that Miss Julia is so grown up! I love the shots of her with Marsha's little one. Very creative and talented little girls! Thank you for sharing. Enjoy the day. Erin

  7. How special that your daughter got to go with you and be a vendor also! What a great experience to cherish for both of you. She is so cute and very talented - let us know when her shop opens! Love all the goodies you bought - you have such a good eye.

  8. Thanks for nice you and Julia had a girls cool you get to meet up with online friends the stash u picked well.....xox

  9. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my necklace. I rarely treat myself, you broke me down :) Its wonderful to have you and Julia at the show.