Its a whirlwind. I felt such a sense of relief as I left to set up… yes – before the show started! The week prior was so busy and stressful! Thursday was set up, airport trip to pick up friends, and time to socialize!
I was happy to debut my polymer shrine pendants – which were well received! I will be continuing to work with this shape and format. Lovely to see familiar faces, to talk beads, to meet new people !
And with Cooky Schock and Heather Boardman as my booth neighbors – I couldn’t ask for a better home away from home.
There was some shopping. There were some high jinks. There was a lot of coffee.
New this year: the lucet. Braiding from one cord with these fork shaped tools. Easy once you get your tension right… Cooky has these stunning hardwood lucets made in Wales by an artisan woodworker.
And the beads. And cabochons. And headpins. I was pretty restrained – only 4 strands of gems. I couldn’t handle the thought of being at Bead Fest and NOT buying stones! But the real treat for me is the artwork beads and components by my friends and colleagues in Artisan’s Alley!
Now – to recover, unpack, and plan for the September shows on my calendar!
Have a great weekend…