Bead Fest: there and back again…

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Every square inch is used…

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!

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The debut of the shrine pendants! 

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.

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The “Mythic Nature ” line in cabs and pendants. 

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A few of the monthly goddesses on display

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And a last minute batch of goddesses – of course! 

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I always wish I had taken more people pictures… 

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So I am really glad when friends take pictures! 

There was some shopping. There were some high jinks. There was a lot of coffee.

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The lucet – braiding Zen

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!

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What Bead Fest post would be complete with out the “loot” picture? 

Now – to recover, unpack, and plan for the September shows on my calendar!

Have a great weekend…

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