Friday, June 18, 2010

Bead and Button Show Report 2010

Better late than never, here is my thoughts on the B&B Show this year (last years report is here and 2008 is here). I love coming to this show. This year, I drove with my friend Joanne, and two new friends Tricia and Rana (sp?) through Chicago (that took 2 hours!! Two hours?! Why didn't I take the train? Oh, yes, fun with the girls - that's why. But seriously - two hours? Don't you people in Chicago work? Or take the subway, etc??).

But that's negative thoughts and I don't want to be negative! Once I got to Milwaukee, and unloaded my wares into the hotel room, I started my search for my buddies: Marcia, Janice, Tracy and found them right where I knew that they wouldn't disappoint me! It was a fun evening with laughs, giggles and almost musical chairs as we were joined by Dallas Lovett and his trusty side-kick, Sam Mayo. What a wonderful welcome to Milwaukee!

My duties in Milwaukee are so easy: I do my best to make Marcia shine as she teaches for 4 full days. Her classes are full of so many nice, interesting and fun students that it's something that I really love to help with. It also helps me with my teaching skills and learning how to help students better. How can I miss with the great projects that she has to help with?
I thought that the show floor wasn't as crowded as in some years past, but it was far from empty. Just look at all these vendors! Many booths had lines around them with happy customers parting with their cash...that's a good thing.

My stash this year is different than it has been in some years. A couple of kits - Marcia's (of course) and Jill Wiseman's "Night at the Opera" bracelet, along with a few crystals. Just a few mind you. The hat was in the B&B bag (and I will never wear it), a Toho mug, some samples that I was lucky enough to get handed as I walked through the show floor. What am I going to do with all these crystals? I don't exactly know, but I know that Lafaye from Virginia was happy to see me (multiple times)...

How's this for a find? The long crystals were $7.00 a piece and I splurged on them. The rest of the crystals in this picture cost me ....$5.00! They were in a grab bag at the John Allen booth (and I bought 5 grab bags) and they are stunning. There are a few scratch and dents, but for the most part are pieces that I can use in bead embroidery or capturing with a bezel.

To close out this story, here is a picture of my good friends during out last dinner in Milwaukee (liberated the picture from Marcia's blog, thank you very much): Tracy Stanley, Marcia DeCoster, Jeannette Cook, Janice Berkebile, and me! Even better is that I will be on a bead cruise with Tracy and Marcia next March (see my previous post about this). I have even signed up for Tracy class so that I can play with hammers - does that mean that I am going to the dark side?And I am looking forward to next year's show already!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Beading Across America

During the 2009 Bead and Button show, I met with Amy Katz and briefly with Paulette Baron and was invited to join them in a book that they were editing with Sherry Serafini called "Beading Across America." I had a project that they were interested in the book, that I blogged about last April called Spring.

During this Bead and Button show, I saw a poster of the cover of the book - and it suddenly became real to me! It's really going to happen, and I am in the book. OMG.

Preorders for the book are available on the Kalmbach Bookstore!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Less than 300 days from now...

This is be my 5th bead themed cruise and my third with Heather Powers, Bev Herman and Bead Cruise. I really enjoy cruising (which I never thought that I enjoy). This next March will be extra special since we will be cruising with my favorite instructors: Dallas Lovett, Tracy Stanley and Marcia DeCoster!

But while I still have quite a wait for this Bead Cruise - another great bead thing is happening next week, it's time for the Bead and Button Show! I leave on Tuesday, driving to Milwaukee with a few bead friends from the Great Lakes Guild. I will be assisting Marcia DeCoster for four days in class, reconnecting with friends from past years, shopping and just generally having fun.

I wonder what kind of great things I will find this year?