My mom and Julia accompanied me this weekend to Bead Fest. We headed out Friday night and stayed at the Marriot Courtyard. We had dinner, went swimming and enjoyed some girl time together.
Saturday we ate breakfast and prepared to BEAD SHOP! The show opened at 10 and I was due to demo at Parawire at 11. So I made a quick stop at Holy and Pure Gems.....got a nice batch of beads there. Then we went and said Hi to our vending friends.
Demo'ing was a lot of fun. I got to meet some people who follow online. Its always nice to be able to meet people in person!
I used parawire to make some of my donut pendants while sitting there- a fun in and out sort of weave that can be used lots of ways- and I made some clasps with it as well. I found that the Vintage Bronze is my most favorite color. Sort of like an old antique brass- so rich.
Then I had an hour to shop before returning to ParaWire. I made sure to go and see my art bead friends again, and we traded for some goodies. Heather of HMB and Michelle of Firefly Design Studio traded with me for some art beads. I ended up chatting with them for my break and then back to Para Wire.
My mom and Julia went to see a movie and then checked out an antique store nearby until I was done the demo's. Then we shopped. We made our way around the whole show.
I got to see CB & Co and C-koop's booth. Looked really nice, and I just love Kristi's jewelry. It was even better in person. I knew my mom would like it too, and she ended up buying a pair of earrings from her.
CB& Co Booth
I made sure to hit Hands of the Hills for my unique goodies and beads- and I picked up an antique brass belt. Its soooo amazing. I also got some brass do-dads for the boys, and some other bone antiquities.
Then, I just peeked in Intrinsic's booth, and ended up with a heavy bag of gemstones. They also had nice $2 bags of metal beads and Aiden's big request from me was to get him some metal beads. Julia hit their $1 section. I told her she could get 3 and when I checked out there were 11 in my basket. That's my little bead addict! How could I say no?
I came home with some REALLY good loot and can't wait to create now.
left to right: ammonite faceted beads, matte kyanite top drilled, faceted pyrite, LARGE labradorite beads, two strands of lovely turquoise, antique brass belt, goldish druzy beads and center drilled rutilated quartz
top to bottom- art beads from Firefly Studio, HMB Beads, bone beads, rough kyanite coins, charms from HOH, ammonite donut pairs, grey ammonite pendants, and DRUZIES
Left to right- recycled glass beads, mamoth bone beads, fossil clam shells, kyanite rectangles, small drilled ammonite beads (for earrings), fossil coral slabs, excellent fire agate faceted nuggets
ceramic bee, headpins and fish by Firefly Designs
HMB Glass disc beads
After a long day of bead shopping I was looking forward to a relaxing girls night and early bedtime since I was due to teach Sunday morning. But Julia got a stomach bug, and we spent our WHOLE night up in the bathroom. POOR GIRL. she felt so terrible. Thankfully she is such a big girl that she let me sleep a couple hours......it was a REALLY tough night.
In the morning she was still not feeling well, so we checked out of the hotel very very early......my mom dropped me off at Beadfest to teach and ran Julia back home. Then she turned around and came back to help me with class. (isn't she great? I would be lost without her)
Not only did she do that all for Julia and me, when she came back she went into the show and picked me up some of the druzy shell cabs that I was drooling over.
She really knows how to cheer me up.
Despite no sleep, my class went well. It was a small one, but I think we had fun.....lots of gabbing and creating. Its a packed class, and in 4 hours we go from a pack of white polymer, wire and beads to a finished necklace. The ladies were wonderful, and they all made amazing pieces of jewelry!
(really bad lighting in the classroom)
I love when the students put their own spin on the pieces! Alison Lee made a whole new shape for her focal. That is the magic of polymer clay, you can make it into whatever YOU want. Make it just your style.
Though it was an exhausting weekend, I had a blast. I really LOVE teaching. I enjoy nothing more then watching those light bulbs go off when people learn something new, and then do it. They all left with pieces to be proud of and techniques they can use a million different ways. It is so rewarding!
Now to unpack and get back into the swing of things. Julia is home today to recover, since she is JUST finally eating this morning.
(just a little mess to put away)
Thank you to all who stopped by and said hello or took my class.
Enjoy your week!