Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bead Fest Wrap Up...Artisan Beads.

I have returned from a fun filled weekend of bead shopping, get-together's and new friendships formed while at Bead Fest in Philadelphia! There is nothing like a room full of gorgeous beads along with the amazing artists that create them to inspire you!

These are the artisan beads I purchased and the talented people that I met...

My bead shopping began in Artisan Alley with Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio. She welcomed me with a hug and an East Coast Bead Mafia button-I wore it proudly all weekend! 

Next up was Ornamentea to buy some Elaine Ray beads.
Love Elaine's beads...yes I am an ER geek and probably three beads away from starting a fan club! 

The lovely Cynthia Deis of Ornamentea.
I spy a Bohemian Inspired Jewelry book.

I then wandered over to a table filled with colorful gorgeous glass...yep, it was thee
David Christensen and his stunning lampwork glass beads!
I am beyond giddy over these beads, especially the large ones! The three in the center will be hoarded as decorations in my studio. They are over an inch in size!

Bergamini Beads
I love squares...can't resist squares!

 I bought these from my super fun room mate Lisa Liddy of Metal Me This.
Love these bead caps-they are a gorgeous coppery pink hue.
She gave me a set of her awesome metal patina's-if you don't already own them, stop by her Etsy shop. They are FANTASTIC-you will love them!

Awesome seven inch copper head pins from Lost Marbles. Can't wait to work with these!

Greg from Green Girl Studios. Look at all those gorgeous beads that he and Cynthia create!
My Green Girl loot! I am especially excited over the new bronze pendants they created. Each one is individually hand carved and pressed. Their finger prints are still on the backs of them, adding a literal handmade quality to them! I will be keeping this one for my own collection, which means I should have bought two!

I seemed to be drawn to lampwork beads this year...

The gorgeous colors and patterns were calling me. Although I tend to think every bead I see is calling me!

Lorelei Eurto signing my copy of Behemian Inspired Jewelry!

The lovely and talented authors of Bohemian Inspired Jewelry.

Next up was the Art Bead Swap, hosted by Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio.
 Some of the Bead Swap gals!
Karen Totten, Lorelei Eurto, Stacie Smith, Diana Ptaszynski, Melinda Orr.

Diana mentioned in Creative Bead Chat that gummy bears were an essential part of her well being or something along those lines...I took her seriously and bought her a package of them. Hey, I plan to buy more of her amazing beads and pendants and we need her in good form so she can create them!

Erin Siegel with her mother-in-law Nancy. I had such a wonderful time talking with both ladies.
Thank you for sharing your chair with me at the Happy Hour event on Saturday Erin!

 I purchased some gorgeous beads from Sue Beads.
Love these olive green/pink bead caps and this Southwest Colors collection!

Susan Kennedy next to her mini masterpieces!

 I am completely stoked over these recycled glass pendants from Glass Garden Beads! The one on top is made from a vase and the other from a wine bottle-how cool is that! I love buying beads that have their own story!

Kazuir beads. I am starting to collect these.

 Can't resist pendants from Marsha Neal Studio.

or her silks...
and her beads!

Marsha is one of the nicest artists I have ever met! She is always happy to do custom colors and orders. She gifted me seven, yes seven of her gorgeous buttons! I thought someone was going to have to resuscitate me upon receiving these! Thank you, thank you Marsha!!

 GORGEOUS raku beads from Xaz Bead Company.

Tierra Cast buttons, antiqued brass clasp and gorgeous 
matte black chain (thank you Graham) from Primitive Earth Beads.

Nature inspired ceramic beads and pendants...
 from one of my favorite ceramic artists...
 Michelle McCarthy of Firefly Design Studio.

 No trip to Bead Fest is complete without stocking up at Clever Treasures!

 I am in love with these bronze twigs and Saki pendants from Hands of the Hills!!

The best way to wind down from two days of bead shopping...
Elaine Ray has the right idea!
Stacie Smith, Sally Russick, Elaine Ray and Erin Siegel enjoying a fun get-together organized by Melinda Orr at the Courtyard Marriott in King of Prussia. Thank you Melinda for putting together this really fun event and for the CBC bracelets-I have worn mine everyday!

 I roomed with Lisa Liddy of Metal Me This-she is beyond talented and a really awesome person to hang out with. Joining us at the Comfort Inn was Lisa's booth-mate Maria Richmond of Lost Marbles with her partners in crime Amy Renee Cornelius and Diane Postrech.
They added some seriously zany fun to the weekend's festivities!
Thank you for the pudding shots Diane-they rock!

I was attempting to take a photo of these lovely ladies when I realized my camera was set to video! 
Lisa Liddy, you are so busted for the bunny ears behind Diane Postrech!

I have made so many amazing new friends this year at Bead Fest...I look forward to seeing all of you next year! Thank you for a weekend of wonderful memories and crazy antics-all of you are awesome!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Adirondack Adventure...

A few weeks ago, my husband and I joined our family at a cabin in the Adirondack mountains. 
It is our home away from is our Zen! 

 A gorgeous view of Blue Mountain Lake from the top of Castle Rock.

 Hiking up Castle Rock was no simple task! Round trip, it is a four mile journey.

 A really unique pattern, formed by algea, at the end of a small stream.

 Twila and Brenton do some "rock climbing".

This was my unique view from inside a bear cave. I wasn't there long!

 Brindee and Twila, communicating in their own way.

 Getting ready for a canoe ride on Seventh Lake.

This is the life!

 A beautiful lakeside cabin. When we win the lottery...

 One of my favorite shops in Old Forge: The Starving Artist Gallery.
This artisan shop is filled with beautiful handcrafted items.

Two miles and two hours later...we made it to the top of Castle Rock. This view was worth every step!

Nothing like the natural beauty of the Adirondack mountains to inspire creativity!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Lovely Package Exchange With Lorelei Eurto...

I recently signed up for The Lovely Package Exchange, hosted by Dani of Oh, hello friend. The concept was to create a beautiful package containing a gift that you think the recipient would love. I am somewhat of a packaging geek (just ask Lorelei), so I was definitely up for this fun exchange!

Well, the stars must have been aligned because I was paired up with the ultra lovely and talented Lorelei Eurto! Lorelei and myself are both self-admitted bead addicts. So creating a beautiful package for her was easy, I will admit!

A few days ago, I received my lovely package from Lorelei. Here is what she sent me...

A really cool distressed aluminum box from Ornamentea locked with a tiny brass heart.

The little locket is so sweet! 

This is what I found inside...

I don't think I have ever used the word "swoon" in a sentence...

But swoon over this pouch I did! I was beyond giddy when I saw this Made by Hank creation. 
Simply stunning, inside and out!

I then opened this really unique fabric tied with a vintage key and found...

A gorgeous pendant by Jean Christen

A strand of of beautiful light blue glass beads along with ELAINE RAY BEADS! 
Can you sense my excitement? I am addicted to Elaine Ray beads; 
so many fun shapes and colors! And a fun wooden key from Ornamentea as well.

There was also this tiny vintage tin holding a really sweet glass heart made by 
Stephanie Sersich, along with some vintage buttons! It measures 1.25" in diameter...really nifty!

This is what Lorelei sent, in all it's loveliness!
Thank you Lorelei for the wonderful gift!

You can see what I sent Lorelei here.

 This was the box that Lorelei shipped my gift in...

Twila, who ABSOLUTELY loves opening presents as much as I do, decided that she too was getting a gift!

When I started opening up the key fabric, she ran over and began excitedly sniffing the beads. Apparently Twila loves Elaine Ray beads as much as I do! So I gave her the USPS box that my gift came in...and she thought it was Christmas! In case you are wondering, the fun part for her is ripping boxes up into little pieces.