I finally got to attend a bead show a week ago and it was AMAZING! I had such fun looking through all the wonderful pieces and meeting some of the artists I'd only previously met online! I promised I'd show you my loot, so without further ado... the pieces above are from Sue Laupp of Star Spirit Studios. As you can probably guess from my purchases, I fell in love with her raku. I also picked up several pair of copper ear wires and some really fun buttons that look like cave art.
I have Stephanie Haussler of Pixybug Designs to thank for getting me to actually GO to the show. I'm such a homebody and inertia really gets to me sometimes (LOL) but Stephanie invited me AND sent periodic reminders and I am really, really glad she did. Stephanie does beautiful beadwork and her husband, Chris, makes fantastic lampwork beads. I couldn't help myself...
I don't know which I like more - the skull with the flower or the bat. And the buttons will be featured on multi-strand necklaces, I'm thinking. It was really hard to choose a few to buy and leave all those others behind...
Rachel Pozehl of Two Dog Pond was such a nice lady. We had a nice chat and I left with a few of her soldered pendants and some ceramic hands. One can never have too many ceramic hands.
I'd wanted to meet Darcy Horn of The Jade Dog since I participated in one of her Design Challenge last fall (you can read all about that here). She was just as nice as I imagined and I left with some fun beads and clasps from her booth. I also bought some sparkly beads and some African Trade Beads from Julie's Xpressions.
Boy, this is getting kind of long, isn't it. I told you I had fun! I can't leave without showing you the lampwork set I got from Jodie Marshall!
I'm not finished with it yet, but I'm already working on a necklace with Jodie's beads.
And last, but not least, I got these cool clasps from Dan Starkey of Ayla's Originals.
See - I wasn't kidding when I said I had a really good time! Many thanks to Stephanie and to all the vendors there for putting on such a great show.