I’m packing and making lists to get ready to leave tomorrow for a special trip home to Wisconsin. I grew up close to Milwaukee which happens to be home to the largest consumer bead show in the world – Bead & Button. It is like the Super Bowl of consumer bead shows. If you are looking for unique beads, you will find them at Bead & Button!
Bead & Button is different than other bead shows because instead of just mass amounts of metal and gemstone beads, it has numerous bead artists who exhibit and sell a huge variety of art beads made out of every material you can imagine. I have been planning my list of all the artists I want to visit. The list is long!
I get to meet up with more online jewelry making friends I have not met in person yet. This is always fun!
My best long time friend from Seattle just happens to be in Milwaukee at the same time I am. Huge coincidence! We get to see each other, which only happens every year or so if we are lucky.
I get to see my Mom, Dad and 93 year old Grandmother. I never get to see them enough with the distance between us.
Best of all, my Sister just had her first baby a few weeks ago and I get to see her and her beautiful new baby boy!
Beads, Beads, Beads, Mom, Dad, Grandma, Sister, Best Friend and BRAND NEW BABY! Lots of awesomeness to fit into 5 days! My dear husband is kind enough to indulge me and stay home and watch the kids because school is still in session. He is a real trooper because I am missing his birthday while I am gone and he insists it is no big deal.
I will have cameras and video camera in tow. My intention is to share some fun shots with you so you can see what the show is like! Wish me luck – it’s easy to get caught up in it all and forget to snap pictures! I am there Thursday night and Friday all day. If you happen to be going – contact me, it would be fun to say hi in person!