Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bead and Button Show, Part One: The Loot

This past weekend was a whirlwind of shopping, meeting friends, shopping, parties, shopping, a chocolate martini, and losing a credit card.


Oh, and shopping.


Today let's focus on the loot, shall we?

(Click on each photo for a larger view.)


This year I was on a defined budget, but I discovered something interesting.  By writing down the amount of each purchase in my notebook and adding it up as I went along, I spent less than I ever have at this show but had much more to show for it.  Does that make sense?  And this is the first time I've come home and gone through my purchases and not had a moment of regret. 


My first stop was at Stephanie Sersich's booth.  I adore Stephanie, have taken a couple of classes with her and love that she is very real and genuine.  I spied her latest alligator beads and who do I think of but Zack?  I immediately got on the phone with him, asking him about colors, and bless his heart, he IS his mama's boy -- he chose purple.



Stephanie was also my splurge spot, and I picked up these three pendants.




I have more tools than sense, but had to get the square Wubbers pliers.  The problem -- choosing which of the four sizes to get!




Then I stopped at MAKUstudio to discover her completely swamped with people literally grabbing things off the table out from under my nose!  It was well worth the wait.




I used to use a LOT of Swarovski crystal in my work but have drifted from it for some reason.  However, I couldn't pass these up.




I needed a lot of "filler" beads, and Czech glass is a huge favorite of mine.  Some of these will be included in the giveaway I'm having next week, and some will end up in the Bead Soup Kits shop veryveryvery soon.








I also stocked up on pewter.  Interestingly, but probably not surprisingly, there were very few sterling silver vendors at the show.  The price of sterling has come down a little, but it's still in the grit-your-teeth zone.




Then I got some amazing polymer clay beads from Heather Wynn of Swoondimples.  I really love the saying on the pendant -- kind of sums up my beliefs exactly.




I loved Heather Power's daffodil pendant!  And I finally got to meet Cynthia of Green Girl Studios -- she's very cool and somehow we ended up talking about "Dark Shadows" (which I've been working my way through slowly but surely on NetFlix).




I discovered an amazing boro glass artist, Zion Waters Glass.  I got a very cool and unusual pendant and added to my paperweight collection.




I've also started collecting beads from Harold Cooney of American Trade Bead.  You'll have to check out his web site for the story behind his beads.  This one is a "Florida" pendant with holes at 10-and-2 -- love the stripes of etched glass!




I discovered another cool polymer clay artist who was being represented by North Lake Trading Co. -- I don't know from the handwriting if it's Gail Gia or Gio, but she apparently doesn't have a shop and prefers to work strictly on her art.  I'm envisioning these on multiple strands of leather.





Some new ceramic beads from Diane Hawkey (who is a hoot!)



Golem Beads has always been a favorite and I got to meet his wife this time. The bird piece is a cabochon because I'm finally going to get over my fear of seed beads and learn to bead a bezel!  My friend Ann bought a cab, too, so we're going to hold each other to learning this technique.




I absolutely love the colors in these beads by Laura Drosner Schreiber.  I am not an orange person but I was drawn to those beads like a moth to the flame and can't wait to make something with them!




Joan Miller is another artist whose beads I collect and hoard and I bought a number of beads to go with a mermaid pendant I bought from her a while back.




Pretty ribbons from DaBeads.




Stones from Riverstone.




Vintage buttons from The Button Box.




Tagua nut beads from Nature Beads.




Tibetan beads from Modern Tibet.



And lovelies from Amazing Porcelain.



Tomorrow I'll post about seeing the rough rough draft of my book, closing down a restaurant with friends on Friday night, the dinner party I hosted on Saturday, and bits and pieces from the show floor.


Stay tuned next week for the giveaway, and oh yes!  This weekend is the Bead Soup Blog Party sign ups!!!!




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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party tm.   


Join me at the Facebook group Bead Soup Cafe for bead chat, swaps, challenges, and lots of eye candy!

63 comments:

  1. Awesome loot Lori! You spent your money wisely and beautifully!

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  2. These are all so wonderful! If (no, I'll think positively - WHEN) I get to go to B&B, I'll have to drive, if only to have the cargo space to haul everything back!

    And I can't wait to see your first embroidered cab. With that technique up your sleeve, you'll be UNSTOPPABLE! ;-)

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  3. WOW! Amazing! YUMMY! That must be the most fun ever! Thank you for sharing! I can't wait to do a bit of splurging (thanks for the links!) and can't wait to see what you create with all that great loot!

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  4. Lori,

    What an amazing selection of gorgeous loot you bought! It astounds me that we can all go to the same show and come away with such amazingly different beads! So cool! I enjoyed closing down the restaurant with you! Wish I had been able to join you on Saturday night! Can't wait to hear more! :-) Kris

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  5. Ohohohoh!!! love everything you got! LOVE love love it!
    It is quite amazing how we each saw such different booths. I somehow totally missed Joan Miller. Nature beads! and I am kicking myself I didn't buy some of that printed ribbon at daBeads. damn.

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  6. The beads are amazing. I bet the enegery was wonderful. I cannot wait for the giveaways. Iove the bead for Zach. Sorry about your c. card. That sucks. Thank you for keeping me company on Facebook and words with friends. It means alot to me. ;)

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  7. Good stuff Lori! I have some of the same pewter ones you got. I am working on a special project with them. Never saw the polymer at North Lake - very cool! And I love your idea of WRITING IT DOWN! I am going to have to do that myself in the future because I went a bit batty - even more than last year! Oh no! I guess I will have to get busy and actually make something that will hopefully sell! Enjoy the day. Erin

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  8. Such a lovely account of your adventures! Your loot is gorgeous - looking forward to the next posts :)

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  9. Such a lovely account of your adventures! Your loot is gorgeous - looking forward to the next posts :)

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  10. Oh Lori what wonderful goodies you got. I have wanted to o to the B&B for many years but was afraid that I really couldn't afford it. I think that it needs to be only bucket list. You picked up beads from some of my favorites and it does my heart good to hear that you hoard some of these artist beads. I have at least three sets of Joan Miller's beads in black and white. I have been wanting a mermaid pendant for some time. Sometimes I feel so very guilty about the beads that I have and have not used. I put myself on such guilt trips. I am looking forward to seeing some of these goodies in future projects. I'm curious about the square wobblers - what are you planning on using this for. I was trying to make a pair of earring yesterday that had a squarish base and found that it was rather difficult to get good square corners. This might be the ticket. Thanks for sharing your B&B experience with us.

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  11. mmmmm that's utter torture, I've had my nose pressed against my computer screen drooling over these gorgeous babies!

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  12. Ooh, Lori. You did such a great job of shopping! So many cool things and such a great assortment and variety. I love that Zack got in there too! Can't wait to see what you make with all this!

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  13. What beautiful beads you got! Can't make up my mind which is my favorite. Great idea to write it down because you can blow through a bundle at any show before you know it. Can't wait to see how some of your goodies end up!

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  14. Wow! What a nice stash. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Wow such great finds especially the heart with the nails - love, love that piece!!!!

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  16. Sounds like an amazing time. You really selected a beautiful batch of beads - can't wait to see what you create with them.. I love turtles, and that turtle pendant is adorable!

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  17. Great loot Lori! You know I am envious. :-)

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  18. Wow, you done good! As I was scrolling down I thought that gee I should hire you to do my bead shopping for me :-) Thanks so much for sharing, and I will be so excited to see all the beautiful jewelry you will create with these lovelies!

    best
    Lisa

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  19. Mmmmmm mmmmm mmmmm all those look quite delicious!! I especially love your new czech glass.....

    I am going through bead show withdrawal!

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  20. Well, from the looks of your loot, and your feedback in this post, it sounds like you had a wonderful time! Glad to hear that! Everything is GORGEOUS!! Enjoy!

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  21. Oh DROOL! If only Milwaukee were closer to Florida!

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  22. Oh dear god, I am seriouslyseriouslyseriously drooling over the Stephanie Sersich pendants.

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  23. Oh I just have to save up and make it to B&B, those beads are really cool. Sounds like you had a really fun time.
    Sonya

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  24. You got some real treasures !! Closed down a restaurant did you?1? :-D
    Everything sounds fun except for the part about loosing a cc. Sure hope you got it cancelled immediately.
    Looking forward to hearing more.

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  25. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my face, Yummy beads..I hope someday I can go to B & B

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  26. Oh god!!! So much goodness!!!!!! I am kinda glad I didn't go, I would definitely be broke by the time I got home!

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  27. I LOVE this post about B & B shopping stash. I am from Singapore which is about 22 hours of direct flight to B & B show. Sigh... since it requires great effort to make a trip down to the show (which one day I will attempt), the next best thing for me is to see some of these wonderful photos and posts about the show. I will buy all these things u have bought. I love them all! Enjoy your loot.

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  28. Oh Lori, What a yummy collection of goodies. I'm not an orange person either, but love the Laura lampwork.
    Funny about your tally - I do the same thing at shows by using an envelope with cash and jotting down the vendor and amount on the back. Now it may not stop me from spending but I least I can quickly see the damages!
    Sorry we weren't able to meet up. You sounded like you had a whirlwind schedule - maybe next year....

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  29. WOW. Look at all that beady goodness!! You must have had an awesome time, Lori, can't wait to hear more!

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  30. Great loot! It looks like you had a blast! Stephanie is wonderful, I've taken several classes with her back when I worked at The Beadin' Path.

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  31. Oh Lori - just love it all! what a great collection from the show!

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  32. What an incredible haul Lori and the MAKUstudio pieces are simply incredible.

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  33. I am still focusing on the chocolate martini! Mmmmm chocolate...okay, I'm back. Gorgeous goodies! I think my favorite are the ribbons. I have never seen anything like them before, really beautiful. Love the Golem beads too and the etched river stones and the pewter and...!

    I have always brought a notebook with me to bead shows and have kept track of my purchases at the end of each day. Mostly to remember who I purchased from and what I paid. It also is a great way to see where all my money went!

    Glad you had a wonderful time! I hope to go next year. After reading how much fun was had and seeing all of the gorgeous beads purchased, it is now a must on my list!

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  34. Wow Lori - totally totally jealous - but love all the photos of your stash - I love that fact you posted about each of your finds and the people behind them - I have it on my bucket list to go one year.

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  35. OH my gosh... I love the... and the ... NO, wait the... are my favorite... CAN.NOT.DECIDE! I love your taste - thank you for sharing the pics. I was waiting for this post and you didn't disappoint!!! Hope you're recovering peacefully ;) ~~T

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  36. Looks and sounds like you had an awesome time! You need to join me with my Friday Bead Friends. We will get you going with the bead embroidery around those great cabachons! Lots of pretties!

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  37. It looks like you've got quite the beautiful, colorful haul there Lori! I had to wipe a little drool away while looking at all your gorgeous pictures; seriously, I'm in love with everything!

    Good luck learning how to bead a bezel-I'm so envious of seed beaders and the amazing artwork they come up with, but I, too, am pretty scared to start.

    One day...

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  38. Thanks for sharing your finds. I love them all. Thanks to you I now know some wonderful shops to visit online. I can't wait to see what you do with some of these beads.

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  39. Thanks for sharing your finds. I love them all. Thanks to you I now know some wonderful shops to visit online. I can't wait to see what you do with some of these beads.

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  40. Lori, Awesome loot!!! Let me know and I'll come over and bead embroidery with you. I'll let you pick my tiny brain! LOL

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  41. Yeah! I went back on Sunday to get seed beads to match my cab. This one looked like a good tutorial to start with:
    http://www.beadingdaily.com/blogs/beading_instructions/archive/2012/04/17/make-a-cabochon-bezel-with-right-angle-weave.aspx
    I can't believe you actually found time to buy that much that I didn't see:)

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  42. Thanks SO much for taking the tme to hyperlink these amazing artists so we can check them out! And do provide a report on the square Wubbers-- I've been eyeing them myself.

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  43. So many lovely beads =)

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  44. Thank you for sharing your loot! It is the next best thing for us! Can't wait to hear more about the show!

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  45. Looks like you came away with some fantastic finds - lucky you!

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  46. Lori, it was so awesome getting to meet you in person at the show! <3

    Here's the bead embroidery post I told you about. There are some great (and some free!) resources for beading cabs. If you get overwhelmed, let me know, and I'll give you a smaller list!

    http://www.saturdaysequins.com/2012/03/bead-embroidery-resources.html

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  47. OK, I'm still drooling.....will make a wise comment later....;-)

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  48. WOW! This is the loot of all loot. The mother lode. I bet your head is swimming with ideas.

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  49. What a gorgeous variety you purchased...thank you for all the links...going to check some out. I LOVE the stones and Stephanies beads are a total treasure!
    jenni

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  50. Wow, all this gorgeous pic`s, I hope I can visit the B&B once in my life at least;) Maybe I will combine it once with my holidays;) but then I need an extrabudget for shopping;O)
    Thanks for showing lori;)

    lg
    sabrina

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  51. really beautiful finds... i am excited to follow links and learn more about these people... these will become beautiful pieces of jewelry, i am sure...

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  52. Looks like you had a fun time Lori, I'll have to learn your plan for staying on budget, it's so easy to get carried away when surrounded with such beauty and inspiration! Can't wait to see what you create from your new stash!

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  53. Sounds like so much fun!!!! I just completely fell in love with those ocean theme beads! Lucky!

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  54. Wow, what great loot. I love the little heart czech glass beads and the beads you're going to put on leather. Those are wonderful. But the whole lot is great. It must have been a blast.

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  55. OMG what a haul I can not wait to see just what you will create with your treasures. Be blessed to be a blessing

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  56. So much COLOR!
    Thak you for the Maku Beads link- I would have snatched up that heart also!

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  57. Please adopt me and let me play along with our your treasures from B & B.... I will be a good girl I promise :-)

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  58. Would you please adopt me And let me play with all your B & B treasures. I will be a goo dgirl.... promise :-)

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  59. I read B & B blog #2 first and I'm glad I did. This one wore me out with all the drooling and oooooing and ahhhing that went on! The last thing I need to do is shop for beads! Thank you for shopping for me and for buying such fabulous beads (and allowing me to shop vicariously with you!)! XOXO

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  60. No kidding, no regrets when looking back through that haul! Gorgeous choices and sounds like you had a great time (minus the credit card part).

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  61. ********drooling***********

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  62. I didn't see a single item in this stash to regret either. But, I sure do wonder what kind of spending budget to set.. .hmmm. I'm guessing the credit card didn't get too lost! Ha! :D

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  63. Wow, what a variety! I love everything! Thanks for the lovely tails of you trip. Hopefully, I'll get to enjoy the show in the next year or so.

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