The Rocky Mountain Bead Bazaar held this past weekend in Denver was fantastic! Rack after rack of every size, color and shape of seed bead imaginable, followed by table after table of gemstones and glass, on top of booth after booth of artist pieces. What's not to love? Here are some of my favorite buys:
The brass pieces of Judie Mountain and her partner Wayne Robbins' glass make Mountain Robbins a must see. I couldn't resist these pieces with a primitive cave art vibe.
Sue Laupp of Star Spirit Studio has long been a favorite of mine. She had some new pieces - little hand carved birds and a house that I could not pass up. And the new teal-ish color she's working with (like the leaf at the top) had me at "teal" :)
I found a few seed beads I thought would go with the raku I favor and some metal end pieces (for earrings, I think?) that I want to use for bracelet ends. Oh, and some snapping jump rings I want to try in place of jump rings in my micro macrame:
I found some other great raku pieces including these from Urban Raku I think will be perfect - the bars on the sides should be just right for anchoring macrame cords.
These larger necklace focal pieces are from Beady Eyed Women. She had some great beading kits, too, but these jumped into my "cart":
Last but certainly not least, I picked up a couple of finished bracelets from The Bead Parlor because even if I thought I had the patience to do something like this, I don't think that I would ever get around to it. So much better to let a professional do it for me!
They also had some classes I thought looked like fun. Next year, I'm going to have to sign up for one! Who's going to meet me there?