Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Bead Show Wrap Up

by Staci Smith

I know I did post after post about bead show prep....here are some highlights from the show. 
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.
My booth all set up.
 Julia got to have her own little spot the first day because my neighbor couldn't make it in.  she even made her own sign.  She created all her own beads, from the sketches to the painting and sealing of them.

We had lots of fun at the hotel- love my girl time with my Julia!

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

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 know, I know, what about the beads? 
Here is the stash I came home with.
Here is a close up of my stash from Lisa Peter Art
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 Joan Miller's stash of crackle bone beads, her daggers, and got a newer highly textured one I couldn't refuse as well.
and last but not least GEMSTONES!!!!!!!!!!!
So, it was worth all the work.  I had a great time hanging out with beady friends from around the country, and lots of memories made with my daughter, who sold quite a bit by the way (I am one proud mama!!!)
If you want to read more detail about the show, you can check out my personal blog here..............
I know I spent a lot of time posting pics of my process, so I also did a blog on the design of my beads, and how they evolve.  You can read that here.  (There is also a giveaway on this post)
I also listed bead in my shop, finally!!!!!!!!!!  You can check that out here.
thanks to all of you!  It was fun to be able to share my process of prep with you all and be encouraged!


Libellula Jewelry said...

I think it's fantastic that you share all of that with your daughter. She is learning so much more than she probably realizes. She'll treasure all that time spent with you for the rest of her life.

stacilouise said...

she is wonderful! she is such a little artist herself, and I was proud, by the end of the day she was writing her own receipts and making change. Even smiling at the customers and chit chatting about her beads :) (and she has two brothers - older and younger- so our girl time is precious)

Kelli said...

Awwww. I think im more impressed by your "girl time" than with tne beads! And the beads, your beads, knocked my socks off;) julia is precious! So glad you can share this time with her. I know I treasure the time my sis and ihave at the shows

Artisan Beads Plus said...

I LOVE all of the pictures! Maybe one day I will be able to participate in bead events :o) The kids are precious!

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