June 11, 2012

Bead and Button Recap




 Lots of pics below! Better get some coffee and a snack!


Diane Hawkey
HAPPY. GO.LUCKY!!


Melanie Brooks of Earthenwood- our host for booth space, we had a little table at the left there, where we had set up some jewelry from the book, a couple of earring kits, and this is where we did the book signing on Saturday afternoon. The signing went well, quite a few blog readers stopped by to buy books and have them signed. It was so cool meeting blog readers!


Wayne Robbins lampwork glass beads- Below you'll see a little frog I bought myself. He's just the sweetest, and might be my most favorite purchase of the weekend!


Vlad of Golem Studios made some fun beady stickers for bead studios. I got a few, but this one is the best!


Joe saw these mushrooms on Facebook from Stephanie Sersich and made me promise to bring him one to make him a hanging doodad for the VW van. He picked the green one. I'll keep the other for myself.

Another splurge for myself. HEY! Didn't I come back with beads for jewelry designs?! Geesh.  The owl connector above from Green Girl Studios is something I've wanted for myself for awhile. I was lucky to snag this one with mysterious labradorite eyes.

Speaking of Green Girl, Cynthia gifted me this lovely wing pendant. I just love it. She was wearing a long chain with several of these, at the show on Saturday, and it was just stunning!

Finally some loot! Green Girl beads and pendants, bronze, gold, and pewter pieces. Some old stand-bys like birds, a few clasps and bead caps.


I was so bummed I didn't get back to the C Koop booth, but when I stopped by on Friday afternoon Sara gave me these new style connectors to see what I would do with them. She had a sweet bracelet using the 3 hole connector, with some enameled flowers attached with wire.  The wheels are a-turning!


Of course, you know I had to stock up on some Pam and Heather Wynn beads! It was so hard to choose, I felt bad I couldn't buy one of everything!



Here is the little frog I got for myself from Wayne. If you haven't seen his work, check out his website and shops. He is from California and is a real cool dude to chat with. Erin and I had a nice talk with him on Saturday about the book, and living out on the west coast. I feel like my little frog could come to life and slip his little tongue out at any moment!

Got some cool new Humblebeads to play with! Heather had a ton of new work and it's always a pleasure to be able to chat with her!

Ran into Lori Anderson on the showroom floor and we shopped a few vendors together like Glass Garden Beads! Stocked up on some bottle cap beads, and got a few of the new Cookie Tin beads, debuted at B&B for the first time!

Diane Hawkey always has sweet pieces to choose from- I tried picking a few things I haven't worked with before like the Raven bead,  and a face acorn. Love the personality of her work, it screams Diane!


Patricia Healey had a HUGE booth at the show. I would have bought more but she didn't take credit cards. I picked up some sweet owl beads, and few of her signature copper pieces. She was really cool to meet and chat with! I just loved her!




Wynwood's is always a favorite booth of mine. They had a bit of everything at this show, including these new rough edged Picasso Czech nuggets, and some raw brass rondelles. Looking forward to trying some patina on these.
Below, are the silver pieces I got there, of Lois Venarchick's. Sweet things, and great prices! I missed seeing Lois herself, but her husband is just as charming!




The Sandy Schor booth was HEAVEN!  It was huge and there was a ton of cool vintage beads. I picked up some vintage strands of lucite and glass. The lucite is some original beads from the Coco Chanel line of jewelry.

Stocked up on some really cool Resin, bone and wood beads from a booth I had never seen before. Wild Things beads was really really great, and the guy working there was really nice and chatty! Check out those wood rounds with inlaid abalone! AH-MAZING!


Stopped by Singaraja Imports and picked out a few cool silver pieces. I have to admit, I have seen Heather Millican use some of these pieces in her work and they really add such a cool element to her one of a kind pieces. I look forward to using these sparingly- they were SPENDY!


Gotta thank Heather Powers for the heads up on the ZnetShows booth that had PILES of seaglass beads. I stocked up on some beautiful colors and cool shapes.


I really enjoyed the Antelope Beads booth and picked up a few Kazuri beads but what really got my attention is this new line of Dorabeth Designs fine pewter components. You've gotta check these out, read more about Dorabeth on their website, here.





Remember when I blogged about Nifty Thrifty Dry Goods on the Jewelry Accord blog here? Well they had a very popular booth at the show. I was psyched to see them there! They had a bazillion buttons, and many options of ribbon sold by the yard. Some of the buttons were pretty pricey, so I picked out only a few. These cool stone buttons are amazing. And the carved mother of pearl inlaid brass shank buttons were too sweet to pass up.


Lilly Pilly Designs are always coming up with new designs. I chose a few center drilled pendants, some etched tagua nuts, and this awesome etched stone focal bead.


Funny story about Kerri Fuhr! I had never met Kerri before. Although I am quite familiar with her work- and have admired her gorgeous lampwork glass for some time. We attended a bead bloggers networking breakfast put on by Heather Powers of Humblebeads, on Sunday morning. We sat down at tables and someone asked this beautiful red head at the table about the necklace she was wearing. I was listening in on their conversation and heard her explain that she was a lampwork glass artist, that created beads featuring bees, birds, horses, and other such inspiration. My head started racing and I thought to myself. Hmmm. that's odd. That looks an awful lot like Kerri Fuhr's work. I wonder if she knows about this copycatter.
Everyone goes around the table introducing themselves. The beautiful red head stands up and says, Hi, I'm Kerri Fuhr. I just about died. And of course had to tell her this story. too funny.


Love love love the glass beads at Bead Haven. Another great suggestion by Heather Powers. I picked out some awesome beads, faceted and smooth with awesome and unique finishes! Check out those pewter colored faceted barrels! mmmmm!


Was loving all of Melanie's new pieces, especially the key hole pieces. She is just so dang talented, I just love her.

GOLEM! Loved seeing Vlad again this year at the show but mostly because his beautiful and talented wife Kremena was there too for the first time in the U.S.! What a sweetheart she is! I stocked up on some lentils and a few pendants.


Heather French of Vintage Meadow Artworks gifted me with a few flower strands, and also donated some beads for a future giveaway! It is always lovely to chat with her. Her booth was awesome, as always!


And of course, Lisa Peters. My friend, and a wonderful confidante. I enjoy her company so much! I wish we had had some more time to chat but her booth was twice as big this year, and she had twice the amount of shoppers at any given moment. That busy girl! But I did manage to sneak in at the last minute and get some new beads and pendants.

I hope you enjoyed this little recap and bead porn! Come back tomorrow, I'll be announcing 3 bead giveaways! I am giving away 3 sets of beads to 3 random winners! You don't want to miss it!

50 comments:

  1. Beautiful, wonderful finds! Looks like a great time was had.

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  2. Sue-Lin6/11/2012

    I am wiping the drool off from my computer keyboard !!!!!!

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  3. Wow! Sounds like an amazing show! I love your bead choices! thanks for sharing!

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  4. Holy moly you scored. Now just get down to it. Lots of inspiration there.

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  5. It's a testament to the show that you bought things I never saw there! It's like we were at a different show! I swear I could have been there for a week and still missed booths and things. Love the Czech nuggets!

    (I'm still amazed at how much you got that I never saw!!! :-) )

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  6. You got some great stuff, Miss Lorelei! I was attracted to the sparkly again this year and walked away with way too much in the fancy gemstone arena! I will be marking some of these shops as favorites going forward! It was very nice to see you again and to chat with you and Erin and have you sign my book. I am already looking forward to next year! Enjoy the day. Erin

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  7. No words can describe this post other than, "who cares about luggage as long as you have the purse!!" What a wonderful collection!

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  8. I love the goodies you hae returned home with. The Green Girl Studio Owl is adorable. I did not watch the video yet, But will as soon as I get my mess cleaned up in my kitchen/studio.. Hoping one year I will get to attend a bead show and met all you wonderful ladies.

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  9. Such cool stuff! I love it when you show pictures of your new purchases!

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  10. Great post, Love! I felt privileged to be there with you and to meet all those talented artists you mentioned. Would love to go again next year maybe just as an attendee and be a little more focused on buying beads! I had my blinders on this year and that took a lot of determination! You are so very good at finding the most amazing stuff at the show. There's no one better. You got some eye there, Girl. Love everything in your stash. You certainly would be a fantastic bead buyer for a store, just sayin' ;)

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  11. Just received your book and am so looking forward to seeing your creations with your new pretties. Love your blog and wanted to let you know that you have inspired me to used more eclectic materials in my jewelry.

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  12. Shit girl! How much did your suitcase weigh? Ibet the plane was buffing the tree tops on your flight home!

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  13. Wow what a great haul of beady goodness! There's a lot of wonderful beads and wonderful people there. I've never been, but maybe its a good thing since I'd probably put us in the poor house. Thanks for sharing your bead porn with us!

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  14. wow I have never been to bead & button show or any other big shows come to think of it...maybe one day ...so until then i will continue to see them through all of you attendees...I love all the pics and things

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  15. Oh, oh, oh yummy!!! Just looking at your haul makes me more determined to get to B&B one day...and really bums me out that B&B didn't exist when I actually LIVED in Milwaukee!

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  16. Thank you for sharing, I love all of your purchases and seeing you vlog!!

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  17. I'm so in love with everything you got! Looks like you had a good time!! :)

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  18. Oh I'm dying of envy over here. What a glorious haul! Can't wait to spot them in your upcoming pieces.

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  19. Wow!!! Great pics and finds!! I can't wait to see what you create with all of your wonderful pieces!

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  20. Very cool stash! I think a trip to B&B needs to be added on my bucket list

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  21. Really lovely finds...I managed to hit one or two of the same ones on brief visits outside my booth.

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  22. It sounds/looks like you had a fabulous time! Thanks for sharing all your lovelies. I always discover new things (new to me) that way.

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  23. OMG!
    So stunning!
    I'd like to be there ... there was only a little problem...it was to far away from me...

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  24. Ok, now this is a great shopping list! Might have to bookmark and come back when I have time to get through all the links!

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  25. Now, I have to wipe the drool off my computer!!! What fabulous finds you got. I don't think I could pick out 1 favorit - they were all so cool. Looks like you had a wonderful time - not only with the beads but with talking to everyone and meeting new people. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. swopemelmel6/11/2012

    WOW WEEEEEEE!!!!!!! That is so cool!! Those sweet little owl beads look just like tropical fish if you turn them sideways. LOL

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  27. Words fail me! There is just so much in your haul that I covet and I am sooooo jealous you don't know!

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  28. Wow.....awesome stuff...I really have to save up and go.

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  29. LOVE your post. So many wonderful beading inspirations. I must admit I am feeling a little jealous. I am going to start saving so I can attend next year. Thanks for sharing all the awesomeness.

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  30. Loved your post & video. But, omg my heart skipped a beat when I read about the vintage beads from the Coco Chanel line!

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  31. Wow, those are some seriously awesome beads! No really, seriously awesome, gorgeous, unique beads. I have got to make my way to Bead and Button next year! I look forward to seeing their debut in your creations.
    p.s. How on earth were you able to focus at work after such a weekend? I think if it were me, I'd still be drunk on those bead purchases ;)! Happy creating!

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  32. Wow, wonderful beads, thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see what you make with them.

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  33. What a beautiful lot of beads.. All so unique. I am going to spend the morning looking at all the links! It certainly looks like a very successful show in regards to buying! Glad to hear you had fun selling your book and meeting blog readers...I am trying to engineer a way to get there next year!!!

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  34. It was so great to finally meet you in person! If you ever need a little side job, I think people would pay you good money to escort them to bead shows and shops and point out all the cool beads. It looks like the only thing we both bought was some of that lovely sea glass.

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  35. I just arrived home from the B&B today (side trip to Chicago). It was so nice to see you again and to meet Erin! I am loving your book and plan to read it slowly so I can enjoy each page. I really enjoyed the pictures of your purchases. I will be referring back to this post when I need to capture the B&B feeling again. Right now I am still on the B&B high!

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  36. Excuse me while I pick up my jaw from the floor....oh my lands!!! You got some serious bead loot! I can't wait to check out some of the links that I'm not familiar with, particularly the sea glass. The beads you chose are so earthy and unique, just like you! I can only imagine how incredibly fun and amazing this show must have been. Thanks for allowing those of us who didn't attend to live vicariously through your experience!

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  37. I'm lucky to live about 20 minutes from the B&B show. It truly is amazing. I loved every minute of being there. On Thursday night I spent 4 1/2 hours shopping and didn't stop to eat, drink or sit down for even a moment. I took a class for the first time and absolutely loved that, too. I bought beads at many of the same places you did, but looks like I also missed some good stuff!

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  38. Such goodies!!! I have wait until the end of July for the Pasadena show (nad do some serious saving!)

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  39. It was such a treat to finally meet you face to face! I had such a heavy heart upon saying goodbye because I wished we had more time to spend with one another.
    You were just as lovely as I had imagined, beautiful, kind, calm, and so very genuine. I admire your honesty, integrity, and boundless creativity. You are a true gem and I feel beyond blessed to call you my friend.
    Thank you for the shout out to Henry! He is going to love it when I show him in the morning.
    xoxo, Heather :)

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  40. Ditto on all the comments!....but how do we get one of those cool wing pendants???!!!

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  41. Wow, what a haul! I really must attend this show one of these days. Sounds fabulous!

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  42. Great finds Lorlei. Think I got to most of these shops - I must have gotten 10 pounds of Znets! And the buttons and ribbons were to die for, and then the Sandy Schor stuff...wish we could start over again this weekend!
    Sad that I didn't meet you. I stopped at Earthenware several times but you weren't there (Friday and Sunday.) Maybe next year.
    Sounds like your book was a hit - Congrats!

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  43. Thanks so much for sharing these pics Lorelei. They are all wonderful. You made some wonderful choices.

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  44. You must be in heaven. Godness me all the goodies you got from the show. I am always completely envious of everyone who can go there, meet everyone else and breathe the atmosphere you speak of. I understand it is fantastic. I hope one day I will be able to also.

    I love the stickers by Vlad. Super awesome! Hope he will continue to sell them online also.

    And what else? All of it really, but just to mention a few:
    those blue flower lentils from Golem are to just die for. Heather's strong colored long bead is yummie. The black beads with white corners from Wild Things beads look super interesting. And the Dorabeth Designs. I would love to use those rough edged Picasso Czech nuggets.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  45. Score!! What a load of goodies - amazing. What a dream show to attend. And the fact that all these goodies are together in one show instead of spread out all over the city in a ba-zillion different shows like during Tucson, would be way too much for my brain and heart to take!

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  46. Lorelei,

    It was great to meet you on Saturday! Wow, it must have taken hours for your recap! It is amazing how two people can go to the same show and find amazingly different goods! Happy to hear your book signing was a success! Congratulations to both you and Erin!
    :-) Kris

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  47. Heaven!!!
    Although the B&B away from where I live, but by looking at your photos, I seemed to be present also in the exhibition.
    Thanks a bunch Lorelei =)

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  48. What a juicy blog post! Thanks for taking the time to put it together. I can't wait for bead fest Philadelphia!!

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  49. Really nice to meet you Lorelei! You came home with oodles of goodness! Can't wait to see your creations. LOVE that wing pendant from Green Girl, I totally missed that. Thanks for sharing your lovelies!!!

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