Bead Fest was an amazing experience. I've never been, and I was really looking forward to meeting all my friends in person. My first day I spent most of my time walking through Artisan Alley meeting all those amazingly talent people who make the beads I love!
I had my personal photographer (my 10 year old daughter) with me who was very politely going up to people and asking if she could snap their pic. She got quite a few takers. But I can see that she and I were distracted by all the beads and didn't take as many as I would have liked! To see the rest, try this month's Bead Chat Magazine where we pulled in lots of pictures from the event. Above is Staci of Staci Louise of Artisan Accents, Diana of Suburban Girl Studio, Sue from Sue Beads and Jenny Davies-Reazor
And for a little show and tell, these are just a few of the gorgeous beads that came home with me. There were these awesome Roku faces by Amy and Daniel Mealey of XAZ Bead, and these super fun beads by Genea of Genea Beads (which I actually won in a swap - yay me!). I love this cool octopus by Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio which my daughter picked out for herself. She reminded me yesterday that I better get crack'n on making her necklace with 'her' octopus. And I just love these little head pins from Sandi Volpe. She shared these with quite a few of us, which was so sweet of her. They are so cool, and I know exactly what I want to do with mine. I'm just still looking at them a bit longer before I do that!