Bead & Button Highlights

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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!

A view of the entry and the display cases full of the winner’s of this year’s Show contest in all different categories.


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!




  1. Oh what a blast with all those beautiful beads!! Sensory overload or sensory inspiration!! ha There hasn’t been one of these close to me … a good thing – I’d probably never want to leave!

  2. So sorry that I wasn’t there to give you a hug in person Miss Tracy! It was a lot of fun and always an overload to see all the beads. I got a ton but not even what I was looking for! Can’t wait to see what you do with all this inspiration! Enjoy the day. Erin

  3. It was AWESOME to see you at the show! Great pic of the 3 of us! Glad to hear you had a good time!
    Thank you again for being such an integral part of our first book. xo

  4. So great to finally meet you, Tracy! I enjoyed our time together, although I agree, it was too short. Looking forward to the next time. I do really love this pic of the three of us! Do you mind if I post it? Also, Interweave Press was looking for some bead and button photos to post to their facebook page. Do you mind sharing some at all? I was a bad, bad photographer during the show and hardly took anything. Too focused on trying to sell some books!

  5. Ooohhh!! Ahhhh!! What a lovely experience!! Thanks for sharing!! Talent and beauty abounding! Now we can’t wait to see what you create to inspire us!! 😉 Patty

  6. Tracy hubby dropped me off at 10:30 on Sat—the first time I sat down to rest and look at the time it was 3:40–time flew! My mind was frazzled and feet tired…it was wonderful to get to talk to some of the artists. My pocketbook is sore too….oh well!

  7. Glad you had a great time. I can’t wait to see what you’ll do with
    all those goodies. Thanks for sharing, and inspiring others.

  8. Thanks for sharing your photo’s! I would love to be able to go sometime! Will be watching for your creations from all of your new beads.

  9. I think you had a wonderful weekend! We don’t have such show in Belgium 🙁

  10. One day I do hope to go. For now, I’ll just delve in to every post like yours so I can oogle all the goodies! 😉

  11. Tracy, it sounds like you had a GREAT time. I totally hear you about sensory overload – so many people to see, beads to buy, etc… 🙂 That’s cool that your Mom went along. What a great picture of you, Erin and Lorelei. That’s neat that you got to meet them in person after the many months that went on behind the scene in the making of the book. I got my copy recently and absolutely love your projects in it! 🙂 Hope your husband survived in your absence (I’m sure he did fine), and enjoyed a belated B-day celebration with you.
    Did you see Rings ‘N Things is coming to the Tysons area next Wednesday? I’ve never gone to one of their trunk shows so I’ll see if I can stop by. The kids are out of school though….

  12. Hi Tracy! My sister and I went to the Bead & Button bead show for the 3rd year. We always have favorite booths and artists we like to visit. We only go on Saturday for the shopping day. We spent 4 hours there and took no breaks! We were pooped and out of money by then. So much FUN though! Now I can’t wait to make new jewelry with the items I bought. I’ll look forward to seeing your new jewelry too.

  13. Thank you very much for showing these beautiful photos. I will never be able to go to this show but alone by looking at these pictures is amazing!

  14. I live in the Milwaukee area but never knew there was a Button and Bead Show until I was viewing your website just now. I’ll have to put it on my calendar for next year! I am going to be making your waxed Irish linen wrap sparkle bracelets with a bunch of pre-teen/teen girls in a few weeks. Can’t wait! Going to order the Irish linen cord online but not sure where to get the best deal on the sparkle/silver beads–in bulk.

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