Saturday, June 11, 2011

Bead and Button

I haven't posted in so long. I think my writing Muse had taken a vacation long before I decide to. Just life getting in the way and spending too much time in the Art Cave beading away has left me limp by the time I come upstairs to sit in front of this computer and try to journal about what I've been up to. So instead I just took a sabbatical from blog land for awhile. I actually took a small sabbatical from all computer things for the past week. I went to Bead and Button show in Milwaukee last Saturday and came back last evening. I didn't think about work at all, and I didn't take my lap top even though there was free WiFi in the hotel where I stayed. It was kinda nice to just veg out with the classes and my beads. I took a great Master class with Carol Wilcox Wells and a full day with Marcia DeCoster. (More about both of those later). My goal for the week was to learn Right Angle Weave or what beaders refer to it as RAW. Did I ever learn it! I find myself dreaming in RAW! I woke up a couple times with bead weaving patterns imprinted on my eyes. I wrote them down and them smiled as they made no sense what so ever as they were mystical dream pieces. Hum...wonder if that is how Carol & Marcia come up with their wonderful designs.

Julie, Me (looking wind blown as I walked down to the Art Museum that morning with the winds blowing 30 mph), and Cynthia

As a come back from my long silence, I thought I share with you some pictures from Thursday night at the opening of the doors for the Vendor Night only for participates of the Bead and Button show. I got in line @ 3:15 & my two friend Cynthia and Julie met me there. It was chaos when we first entered but I had my plan. I wanted to go to Out on a Whim first to see Shawn & Beki and pick up some new seed bead colors. WOW is all I can say about their displays. I actually was first person at their booth! Woohooo! Then with map in my hand I wandered throughout the showroom looking at this purchasing that, enjoying a quick conversation with old friends and meeting new people who all love beads.

I got to show Betcy at Beyond Beadery the piece I finished with our BFAC kit and add a few more seed bead treasures to my stash. I found out that I don't have to whine about not having Silamide anymore as I found BeadCats has it in all the luscious colors I have loved and used all up. They told me they could order me more. Double Woohooo as I adore Silamide. Then I found a booth with metered/measured stones. I feel in love. I spent so much time there that I wondered if the skies outside had darken. Nope, still more time. I have to photograph all the wonderful treasure both bead, crystal and Fiber (yes, I bought fiber there that is to die for). So here are a few pictures I took Thursday night at the big Market in Milwaukee. I think I MIGHT have enough beads just from this show to keep me going another couple of years.


Carol said...

Well, glad you are back. I have spent less time on the net too, and its about the only way to get any work done ~lol~

Hope you'll show some of the items you bought to suppliment your stash.
xx, Carol

Papillon Bleu said...

Oh my!
So many beads!!! I love beads!
There are some that I love so much that I can spend ages looking at them.

I am pleased you've received your book once back home! YAY!!! Don't forget to listen to the CD if you want to hear me read the story and enjoy the music and sound effects!

Thank you for your enthusisasm.

Your post makes me want to open my bead box again.



Mandy said...

ohhh you have me salivating! Looks like you are having a great time, hope you get some great goodies for yourself!

abeadlady said...

So glad you had a good time. You and Cyn look great! Wish I could have made it this year, but life happens...have to stop and wipe the drool off my keyboard now. LOL