Thursday, September 5, 2013

Bead Fest :: Final Thoughts on Laughter

That is likely going to be one of the things I remember most about my first trip to Bead Fest. All the laughter. It was contagious. I think leading up to the event there is so much anticipation, and then let all these lovely bead ladies loose in a room together and you get a rush of energy where the chatter is seemingly endless. Oh, and then there is all the giggling that ran late into the night. We even managed to be so loud in Melinda Orr's suite that the manager kicked us out and down to the lobby. I felt like college kids getting in trouble.

My daughter managed to snap this picture of Linda Landig, and I just love how it captures her smile. Yes Anne, my 10 year old, was hanging with the bead ladies for the weekend. And made quite a few friends. I went back through pictures and manage to find Anne photo bombing a few of them. There she is jumping in right over Genea's head ... that's my girl! Not that she was alone. There were plenty of other photo bombers around. I think the queen is probably Amy.

I love how I caught this action series of Linda Younkman unsuspectingly. She was snapping pictures, only to find I was taking pictures of her! Once she realized it, we did a picture of the two of us taking pictures of each other. As I said ... pure silliness when you get this many bead ladies in a room. Or a patio as the case may be.

It was great meeting people in person after only knowing them through blogging. Like Sandi Volpe. She was too much fun to hang out with and just chat about the events of the weekend. And then there was Genea and Staci (I'm not sure I ever saw one without the other all weekend long). And I met Lea Avroch, and Sue Kennedy, and Anne Gardanne, and Jan Onipenco, and .... just so much talent all in one place. Truly an amazing weekend.

17 comments:

Duni said...

Love that pic of Anne - haha!
Glad you had such a wonderful time with your beading buddies :)

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

What a great time! It is so much fun meeting other bloggers. I'm glad you had such a good time with so many nice people.

Claudia Aguilar said...

I don't think many people blog here in Hemet. It'd be nice to meet bloggers!

I am happy you, the ladies and you guys had a nice time!

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

What a party... I wonder how anyone got any "work" done LOL

Copper Diem said...

It was so fun and so great to meet you!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Cynthia,
It sure sound like y'all had a wonderful time, I am so glad that you and your daughter enjoyed yourselves. One year I hope to be able to at least attend one of the great bead gatherings.
Therese

BeadedTail said...

Looks like so much fun!

Additionsstyle said...

What a great event! The best part of events like those is all the wonderful people you meet that will become lifelong friends.
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

Caron Michelle said...

There is nothing better when you get to meet someone physically for the first time after getting to know them so much online. Looks like a fabulous time was had by all!

Gloria said...

Who knew beaders could be so raucous?
Love that you all had such fun and happy memories!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Good times! There is nothing like getting together with the ladies chatting, laughing and even getting into trouble. Anne is riot!

Magic Love Crow said...

Laughter is good for the soul ;o)

Linda Y said...

lol. What a great weekend. Photo bombs and all!

stacilouise said...

It was a bit like college on the weekends! girls having a great time! so nice to meet you, I loved every second of the weekend!

Genea said...

What a lovely post! Laughter is a wonderful thing to remember about a person. After the sad passing of two of my friends, their laughter is the one thing I can hear in my head and that comforts me in their absence. It was so wonderful to share the weekend with all of you! xo Genea

Erin Siegel said...

Oh, I'm so happy you've had the experience of the Bead Fest gathering! Nothing like it. I'm so, so sorry I missed it this year and I missed you. Perhaps next year? I know all these ladies you speak of! I've had the pleasure of meeting a good number of them and I feel privileged.

CraftyHope said...

Sounds absolutely wonderful! I'm so glad you got that experience and that you've taken the time to share it with those of us who couldn't as well.

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