Bead & Button was buzzing with energy and I enjoyed walking the show with my Mom and meeting different bead artists and online friends. We spent about 10 hours over a day and a half walking the show floor, aside from a few quick Starbucks breaks! I could have spent all weekend but our time was short and our feet were tired. Good thing we were not wearing these beaded shoes!
I was able to briefly meet up with Erin Siegel and Lorelei Eurto and give them some hugs in appreciation for choosing me to be a contributor to their book. I’ve have had plenty of online communication with these great gals but this was the first time I met them in person.
They shared a booth with Melanie Brooks of Earthenwood Studio and held a book signing on Saturday.
Melanie had some beautiful pendants and components for sale. I picked up a few beauties to play around with.
Lily Pilly Designs is always a favorite of mine with beautiful engraved shell pendants. I acquired several of them!
I was drooling over Christi Anderson’s exquisite work in fine silver. She has won the 2012 Saul Bell award in the metal clay category. Her artistry with silver clay is amazing! Her booth was pretty cool too!
So many colors and textures and demonstrations and cool tools! The show was sensory overload – in a good way!
That is the tiniest tip of the iceburg as far as Bead & Button goes. If you haven’t already, I hope you get a chance to experience a big bead, gem or jewelry show like this one day!