This coming weekend is Bead Fest. Every year since 2008, I have traveled to eastern Pennsylvania for this amazing bead show. But not this year. At 34 weeks pregnant, I realized I would not be able to endure the travel along with three days of shopping for beads, beads and more beads!
So I decided instead to go to the International Gem and Jewelry Show at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia. It is only about twenty minutes from my house and I had a free admission pass! While it is nowhere near the magnitude of Bead Fest, it has a great selection of vendors. Jessica Stoops of Joyful Gems joined me for a bead shopping adventure!
These are some of the treasures that I returned home with...
faceted smoky quartz
gold and silver plated copper pendants
silver and gunmetal plated toggles
Aztec inspired gunmetal beads
silver plated circles and fish
silver plated butterflies
large gunmetal plated spacers
I also picked up some essentials that include pretty sterling silver chain, closed 6mm sterling silver jump rings, sterling silver leverback earrings and gold filled 4mm jump rings.
I will miss Bead Fest this year. Not just the amazing selection of artisan beads, gemstones and findings but mostly for the amazing people (beady peeps) that I have gotten to know over the years. They are what make this annual trip so special! I look forward to seeing all of you next year!