This is what it looks like when you are packed and waiting to fly to your first non local bead show: Bead and Button. With much coaching from my bead sisters (Marsha, Diane and Nikki) I was packed and as ready as I would ever be.
Bead and Button is a large retail and wholesale trade show – literally beads and buttons. But also so much more! Jewelry supplies – and the classes! Oh the classes! I haven’t ever attended for pleasure or education, but this year I decided it was past time for me to vend!
Those 2 suitcases contain trays, table cloths, lights, packaging materials, all the display items, and a few of my cabochons I ran out of room… The green backpack? ALL the beads in my carry-on! Heavy, but safe. It all turns into this:
My bead sisters have a routine – and welcomed me into the schedule, and the shared hotel room with open arms. Without them I would not have attempted this! We had a day to explore the city a bit… say Hi to the Fonz – as you do! Milwaukee has some gorgeous Art Deco buildings and a lovely River Walk. We headed to the Historic Third Ward for pedicures, and lunch at the Milwaukee Public Market.
The show was great fun! As always it was wonderful to see friends, and family from this beady tribe of ours. Old friends: Cynthia and Greg of Green Girl Studios, Lisa and Hank of Lisa Peters Art, Leslie Pope, Marianne of Maku Raku, Kayla at Dakota Stones… New friends : Joy Munshower, Anne Choi, Kellie Wiegand, Natalie Hanson,
A had a stowaway – and Mendel the Mandrake did get up to some hijinks while I was busy with customers!
And there was a little shopping. No really, not too much!
But I think the most exciting new thing was the FISH LEATHER! Lisa Peters is importing this stunning material. I will be interviewing her for the Art Elements Blog in the near future. We were designing with it at once! Stay tuned!