All in all, it was a total blast, and well worth the Philadelphia traffic, pouring rain, and uncomfy Sleep Number bed. I got to meet in person some fabulous people such as my roommate and partner in crime, Kelley Wenzel of KelleysBeads. And walked away with a huge stash of new beads! If you didn’t get a chance to make it to the show, I would put it on your calendar for next year and I’ll see you there!
Bead Fest: PhiladelphiaAugust 25, 2009
You’ll probably end up seeing many different posts about Bead Fest: Philadelphia, all around the blogosphere this week. I wanted to share some of my loot with you today. Although I went to Bead Fest with the intention of NOT buying a boatload of Art Beads, I was not very successful.
I can’t help it! Bead Fest is probably one of the best places to stock up on art beads! There were so many great artisans there selling their handmade beads.
I stuck to some tried and true favorites like Green Girl Studios and Bob Burkett pewter beads and components, and Marsha Neal Studios ceramic buttons and bobbles. I also snagged some beads from some new peeps, like these enamel metal components from C-Koop Beads. I can’t wait to start putting these beauties into some jewelry designs. I picked up a few pieces from Kristie Roeder, of Artisan Clay, a couple of her smoke fired beads, and a Fall inspired ceramic connector with gorgeous leaf colors. And then after I was all done shopping, I spotted and fell head over heels for this sweet little Shibuichi bee charm from Leanne Hartman, at the Pumpkin Hill Beads booth. Look how sweet he is! I might have to keep him for myself.
Written by Lorelei Eurto