October 29, 2010

I puffy heart Keith O'Connor

Beware, this may be a jealousy- inducing post!   Ceramic bead artist, Keith O'Connor had some business yesterday in New York State, and offered to stop by for me to be able to have my own little personal trunk show. I have never seen all of Keith's beads all in one place and was amazed at the scope of his work, that I had no idea about. Did you know Keith makes buttons!? and Cabs!? And may different pendants and shaped beads? 

So he arrived last night and pulled all the trays out and laid them on my dining room table, for me to peruse. It was all I could do to not climb up on the table and roll around in them all- they were so beautiful all together. Keith agreed that pictures would be cool and so, here you go.


I know, it's pretty amazing isn't it? I could have died.  Unfortunately I didn't have a whole lot of cash to spend so it probably wasn't really that worth it for him to come here but I bought what I could and am happy with what I chose, and know the beads will be put to very good use.




I have to say, there is nothing quite like shopping for beads in the comfort of your own home, with a glass of wine in hand. 






This pic above is my favorite, of all of them that I took. There is something so calming about seeing long skewers of beads in every color of the rainbow. I basically took 2 beads of almost each shape tried to pick colors that were in a variety of shades and not just the teal and greens! 



Below, are some of Keith's newest beads, I am LOVING the floral patterns on these and did buy a few in red and teal, and a few purple too.


Keith told me last night that The Beadin Path, of Freeport ME, now has a large selection of Keith's new beads. You can see them on their website here.



It was somewhat daunting having so many choices all at once.  It took me quite a while to actually pick which ones I wanted- trying to think of how I would use them, and what colors would be cool to have on hand.  


I tried to get Keith to just take them all upstairs to my studio and he could go on his merry way, but that didn't fly. ;)




I am looking forward to buying more of the small rounds in many colors, after my show next weekend. 





And here is most of the selection that I purchased last night....



I'll be away from my computer for the weekend so I'll meet you all back here on Sunday evening when I pick the winner of the 30 Minute Necklaces book giveaway!
Oh, you didn't know about the giveaway?

34 comments:

  1. Oh my,
    what a nice evening You had over there.....I understand it was so hard to choose from all those beauties.....but who would not like that kind of problems:)

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  2. All I can say is Oh My! :)

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  3. i love keith's work too - had no idea he made so many different kinds of beads...

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  4. oooOOOooo... lucky, lucky you! Lovely beads indeed! Have a great week-end:)

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  5. Naaaaa - I don't know - I feel I'm not at all jealous of you - naaa - wouldn't have liked to have that done to me at all ...

    Or ... really ... my godness ... what a treat! What a luxurious experience! Lucky you! Awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Jealous??? Who me?? YEEEESS!!!!!

    Keith wasn't very cooperative, I don't see why he wouldn't have left them all with you. You'd take good care of them!!

    Love the pics and that one is my fav too!! Thanks for rubbing it in...I mean sharing! :)

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  7. I'm nearly speachless. Hey, if you would have actually rolled in them, maybe some of them would have 'accidentally' found their way into your clothing.....just a thought.

    Keith coming to your house for your very own trunk show is like having a massage therapist available at your beck and call, or a personal chef cooking dinner in your kitchen, or a personal maid who picks up after you.

    I'm a little jealous.

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  8. Lucky, lucky girl!!! It's just a shame he was so negative about letting you 'store' his beads in your studio. ;)

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  9. Oh Man, you lucky duck. I never really had a thing for ceramic beads until I met you, you are a dangerous friend.
    I'm heading over to the Beadin Path.

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  10. What fun to have your own private trunk show and wish such wonderfully fabulous beads & artist!

    I lurve the beads you chose and can't wait to see what you do with them. Cause you're going to use them and not hoard them right? I know your kind ;)

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  11. I found myself leaning in closer and closer to the monitor as I scrolled through your post. Picture Alice leaning into the Looking Glass.........

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  12. Debby B10/29/2010

    Holy crap, you ARE spoiled!!! And I love what Kelley said!! Gorgeous and what a treat!!

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  13. I agree with Elaine - I could not get enough, leaned in AND zoomed the pictures. I love his beads (and hers too!) and stalk eebeads to see what is new, in stock, etc (as I do hers at ornamentea) - I wish they were available in more places!

    Thanks for the vicarious experience! And for turning me on to both of them in the first place!

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  14. * Lying in a pool of drool * Love that bee and the flower next to it- what a treat!!!

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  15. just ordered from beadin path! bet they see a blip in traffic and orders after this post - maybe he'll give you a commission!

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  16. oh.my.gawd.

    He's welcome at my house anytime. :D

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  17. Good Golly! How generous of him and I know you were beside yourself..lol who wouldnt be! How wonderful wow is an understatement. "and roll around in them all" I think you would of...me too lol. What a talented talented man!

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  18. Betty S.10/29/2010

    OMG!!! You are one lucky gal! And what a treat to see all of his beads...what a range! Will definitely be checking out the beadin path!

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  19. Gorgeous beads, and such a choice! It must have been hard to make a decision, what a lovely man to offer to bring them to you. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with them.

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  20. OMG...so...much...droolworthy....

    *is jealous, indeed!*

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  21. Anonymous10/30/2010

    Thank you for all your kind words!! It was great to see you and Joe again. The cake was fabulous!! Another great place to see/buy a large collection of our beads is at eebeads.com
    Thank You!!
    Keith

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  22. lucky duck! I have some of his from Beadin Path, and they are so pretty i don't want to use them!

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  23. I think when he declined to leave the beads in your studio, I probably would have been tempted to tie him up, throw him in the closet and hope no one would notice he was missing. That would be wrong, right??
    Those beads are so gorgeous ~~ and I love what you picked. We'll all be looking forward to seeing what you make with them.

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  24. oh WOW! I am wildly jealous that you had such a large scope of beads for your own personal viewing pleasure! Those ceramic beads are absolutely amazing. From the simple ones to the complex, i really do love them all.

    That blue-teal star bead just screamed at me. Off to the beading path to see if they have that one...

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  25. Good gosh! What a treat. Yeah, I don't even make jewelry anymore and I KNOW for a fact I wouldn't be able to resist.

    Hope you're having a great weekend.

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  26. a-ma-zing! Lucky duck! I wish I lived closer to you. I would have helped you make it worth his while ;-)

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  27. Wow, how about that, your own jewelry show and store! I just bought 3 strands of his beads from Beading Path something I have been wishing for a long time... need to get to work with them...

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  28. Lorelei, I'm green with envy! What a wonderful way to spend an evening, but oh, Lord, the CHOICES! How on earth did you decide? What a gifted artist Keith is! And I love your tablecloth, too!

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  29. And he escaped with any beads? Delish!

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  30. Good.God. Have Mercy. For Lorelei does not know what lies in my heart after this post.








    (:))

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  31. Loralei - you rock! Thank you for the shout-out! Keith is in our store now & we just restocked. He told us about your post & I'm now a follower of this amaaaazing blog. Thanks a bunch!
    Heather - BeadinPath.com

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