Saturday, April 09, 2011

Bead Shopping

Oh my, ya'll.

(Yes, I did say "ya'll.  I was brought up in southwestern Virginia, after all).

I'm sitting in my hotel room at BeadFest in King of Prussia, PA, and I can't walk.

Nope.  Not a step.

Well, I did get to the door for room service because cheesecake was involved.


I started walking the bead show floor at 10am and didn't stop until almost 5pm.  That's some serious bead shopping.

Now that Zack is in private school, my approach to bead shopping is significantly different.  Before, I'd buy things because they were pretty and have no immediate plans for the beads, and that was ok.  Now, I take a more methodical approach -- especially since sterling silver hit $40+/ounce today. 

(I'll wait while all the jewelry designers out there scream in horror.  Go ahead.  I'll wait.)


My goal for shopping today was to find some awesome clasps and focals for my book, and that goal was accomplished several times over.  I also got a lot of cool Czech glass I haven't seen before, and Czech glass makes a mighty tasty Bead Soup.

Smack me up side the head with a big ol' bead, though.  I made sure to bring my camera and double checked that I unplugged my camera cable, but completely failed to PACK the camera cable, so I can't upload my photos from today.  

Cripes.

But never fear!  I've bought presents to give to you!  I'll be having a give away SOON for goodies from Green Girl Studios, Barbara Lewis, My Elements, PJ Tool & Supply, and more.  

You may not have been able to make the trip to shop with me, but I shopped for you!

So stay tuned!



Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.



43 comments:

  1. Wow - my own "personal shopper" lol, great - however I.Want.That. Cheesecake!!

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  2. Being able to walk to the door for room service cheesecake after a long day walking through bead-palooza...that is amazing...I think I'd have crawled if I couldn't have walked!!! ;)

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  3. Oh yummy! To the beads and the cheescake, lol. Hummm, I didn't know about the show in King of Prussia, let's see it's about 2.5 hours from Baltimore, if I left early......

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  4. sounds like it was a productive shopping trip..my feet hurt just thinking about walking that much .. can't wait to see your finds.

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  5. Suffering serious shopping envy here!

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  6. Sounds like you had fun!!!!! Glad you can enjoy it!!!!!

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  7. Glad you had a productive and fun shopping day, and with cheescake on top, sounds perfect to me!
    Will look forward to photos.
    Jenni

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  8. And you shared cheesecake! sorta. It looks so lusious ... I'm sure all the beads are, too. Get some rest.
    SusanMarie

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  9. That sounds divine! Glad you are having fun.

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  10. I'm jealous!!! But, it sounds as if you've had an amazing trip...Can't wait to see your finds!!! Now....Put those feet up and enjoy that amazing cheesecake!

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  11. What a dream day, Lori! Shopping for beads ALL day and then ending it with cheesecake! You are living the life!
    Hopefully I'll go again next year since I'm skipping this year!

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  12. Ooh, can't wait to see the beads you scored :-). And shopping for your readers? How generous is that? Thank you Lori!

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  13. Yum that cheesecake looks divine. I am waiting for your pictures to be in bead heaven.

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  14. That sounds like so much fun, though..worth not being ambulatory for a while! Silver is so high...I am trying to figure out how to use more copper....thank you for the goodies!!

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  15. Seven hours of bead show walking! That is what I call dedicated!
    or do I mean addicted??....
    Can't wait to see the goodies you scored!

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  16. Can't wait to see what you got, that is almost as good as being there...almost!

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  17. Wow shopping foorrr little o'le me Well hit the sassifrass. I just love your blog. And I surely relate to being exaudted. Long story. but I misplaced my tax information. my house got a sound cleaning. FOUND IT
    Be Blessed

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  18. I love it -- ya'll -- and you spelled it exactly the way I do, too, here in MS! Glad you are having so much fun bead shopping! Sounds like heaven to me! Can't wait to see your treasures!

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  19. Ahhh, beadshopping the only thing I love more is to shop for shoes:-)

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  20. I can't wait to see the new beads. And yes, I'm crying now because of the silver price...big tears.

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  21. I'm at Bead Fest as well...and my feet and the rest of me are hurting too! Glad you are having a great time, too!

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  22. It's fun shopping vicariously through you! There's a great seller of Czech beads there that i always buy from, April Melody, the BEST selection, look for her. Can't wait to see all the goodies. Have a great class today and safe travels home.

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  23. Let's see~~you were surrounded by beads all day & presented with cheeSeCake at the end of the day~~What a wonDerful day to remember! [See I'll bet you've already forgotten the waLking part ♥][or the not waLking part} Ha! Can't wait to see pics!

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  24. Can't wait to see your photos. The bead show sounded like so much fun, so it will be great to see the photos and the beads.

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  25. Fun! Can't wait to see the pics!

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  26. can't wait to see the beady goodness.

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  27. Oh good! I am not a fan of shopping, but love beads and other goodies...Sounds like you had lots of fun. And that silver price? Ugh.

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  28. How great that sounds I have never been to a bead fair/festival I know you have some fabulous ones over there and cheesecake sounds wonderful lol.
    Jackie

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  29. Sandi Volpe10:15 AM

    Hi Lori, I hope you are having a great time..cannot wait to see your goodies:-)

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  30. Sounds like you had a grand time!!! One of these days I'll get to a "big" bead show!!! Even a smaller bead show would do... :0)

    I'm sure the cheese cake made up for all that walking...
    Cheers

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  31. Go http://www.eye.fi/. I have this card in my camera. You never need that darned cable again! It's so cool. Once you install it, you just turn on the camera & set it near the computer & it downloads all by itself. Like friggen magic! I've been using this product for a long time and can't rate it highly enough!

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  32. Wow! I bet good shoes were involved. That cheesecake looks delicious.I imagine you are very happy even if your body wants to quit. I'll be waiting for the giveaway.

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  33. Sounds like an awesome trip! Can't wait to see the photos!
    I hope the cheesecake was super delicious! :)

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  34. BTW/ I say Y'aLL all the time! Is that bad????? Ha!

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  35. I am sooo upset I couldn't make it to the show! I love sooo close too. My weekend was packed!!!! :( Can't wait to see what you bought!

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  36. Sounds like TOO MUCH FUN! Wish I could be there! Can't wait to see what you bought!

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  37. I was glad to meet you saturday at Joan Miller's porcelain beads booth. I hope you got the owl bead, it is a great piece. I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures. ' how nice of you to share your treasures.
    Chris

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  38. I sure know how you feel!! When I owned my store downtown, I went to the shows on the west coast and walked for days. But It was worth the aching feet. I still get excited over shows!! Can not wait to go to our northwest bead wholesale shows this year!!

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  39. It's been way too long since I got to a bead show. Can't wait to ooh and aah over what you found! There's supposed to be a show in Hampton the same time that I'm down there for Art and Soul, so I'll get my fix soon. Who ever thought silver would get to $40 an ounce? Nice to know that things we made ten years ago have quadrupled in value!

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  40. OK, I'm done screaming! I remember when I paid only $.40/gram. I'm hoarding - I don't want to use it. Shopping from 10-5? We'd make a great team. Can't wait to see all your goodies.

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  41. Take care of yourself!! But have fun too. :-) I can't help but love a "y'all" kind of woman, being raised in the mountains of VA myself!

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  42. Ooo - I want a piece of cheese cake! And that bead shopping sounds like sooo much fun!

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  43. I am really fixated on that cheesecake!!! There is nothing like a day of bead shopping! ~Val

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