(You know -- I have a secret to admit. I have gone back and forth and back and forth whether it's HOARDERS or HOARDER'S. And spell check and even grammar check aren't helping (I think grammar check doesn't even understand what a hoarder IS. So please forgive my spelling. Thanks.)
When I first started the Bead Soup Blog Party in 2010 (link to all the parties here) it was thanks to an idea I got from Heather Powers of Humblebeads at Art Bead Scene. She talked about a New Year's Eve party where women got together with a bunch of beads they wanted to trade (and probably some primo Champagne) and got "new" beads in return for their "old" beads. I live in a rural area, and that would never have worked, so I thought, what about an online trade?
Well, for some reason that is still unknown to me today, the Bead Soup Blog Party (or BSBP) exploded. If you click that link, you'll see we had seven parties, but ELEVEN reveals. Towards the end, the party was in the 500's and it was just SO MUCH. Then I got Lyme disease and that ruined a lot of plans. But that ended up being OK, because after so many spreadsheets, making sure people who traded together in Party One didn't trade again the rest of the time -- it was a little like self-imposed insanity. I loved it. And it culminated in a book, of which I'm very proud.
When I announced I was going to do the BSBP again, I wanted a twist. Not a huge twist, but just enough to make it peak the interest of past participants and intrigue new folks. Next year, there will be yet another twist (I know it already).
I'll be making lots of blog posts and Facebook posts at www.BeadSoupCafe.com (please consider joining if you're in the party -- it's a lot of fun regardless).
Being about to pull this off was a Herculean effort on my part because there were many times when I thought, why bother. No one does these things anymore. No one even remembers who you are, you haven't made or shown anything for years. But I threw all those fears out the window and decided I would purposely set the dates for Tucson and The Gathering, NOT so I would exclude people, but to give myself some self-fulfilling boundaries. I thought 40 would be a good number, 80 a hope-for.
To say I was overwhelmed and honored by the sign ups is an understatement. I'm busily putting spreadsheets together before I put the final list up (I thought it would be today but I overextended myself) but that will be up tomorrow, and I seem to be on track to get the partners out early!