Friday, July 20, 2012

Tis All About The Choices We Make

You know most the time I don't have anything to do.  No where to go..  Well that's not really true.  I have lots of house cleaning that always needs to done, I have to go to work most days...  but you know no where really FUN and exciting.   So how is it, while I am planning to go down and visit my favorite Aunt in Law Jean (owner of sorts of Fling Jewelers  a  small in the mall shop who's not on line at all but has a great selection of stuff especially my favorite "estate" jewelery)  the endish of October, I discover that there's not one but TWO events happening there!!  One is Austin Texas Beadfest  and  the other is the Houston Intergem Show!  

How am I supposed to decide which is the bigger draw??  Intergem last time I got to go to their show in Houston was over 5 hours of shopping pleasure and I never did make it through the whole sales floor!!  I bought a ton of really interesting stuff (ok not a ton, but I bought a really really big amount) that I am still trying to get through 4 years later..  They do come up to Seattle, but I am not sure if it's the economy or the show right now that had such a small 'showing" of shops.  I noticed the Puget Sound Bead Fest seemed to have problems getting people to sign up an show this year as well and a lot of the staple show display's didn't seem to be there so it could be that it's just small because of the way people are spending right now too.

Any how the Fest in Austin is about 3 hours away from my Aunt Jean's, but we'd be able to take a class or something fun together if we did it.  Etching with Lexi Erickson

Is one  choice, there of course there's always one of my favorite people
Peak Into My World
Rivets and Chainmaille

Hinged Treasure Boxes

Not to mention I want to go see Marcy again for another one on one  silversmithing date on making a ring or two..    Work interferes so much, but if I wasn't working I couldn't afford to play so...    

  TIS ALL ABOUT CHOICES and which ones to make this time!!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

What Happens When You Join a Bead Soup Blog Party

1) Excitement!  as you collect a bead soup up for your partner based upon what she needs..

2) Frustration! while trying to remember to mail out said box on appropriate date (or really as close as a 50 hour weeks allows)

3) Squeals!! when your box comes in the mail and you realize that she's done exactly what was expected.  You are now the proud owner of a bunch of odds and ends that are supposed to create a necklace when none of them  no matter how amazing they are, are what you normally would pick up and buy...

4) Frustration!  is back while trying to figure out what on earth your going to do... Which of course drives you to ...  The Puget Sound Bead Festival  of course so you can find those much needed finishing pieces.  I mean it's not like that's the sort of place you'd go for any other reason right??  I mean who's interested in about a hundred artist's and gemstone bead supplier's all in one place right?

  5)  ADD develops.   Look those would be..    

         wait what's that??  The Lipstick Ranch

Ohhhh  how rich,

  oh Hey look at all those amazing Dragon's Leila  at Mae beads  she better list those dragons on Etsy in a hurry, how freaking cute are they!!

And where on earth did those come from?  Did we see those the first time Jane ???     Yummy I think I don't need any more pearls do I??  Oh you know what's one more small set gonna hurt??

OMG that's that booth from the gem show!!  I LOVED the green jade bits  got Jane look!! OH!! I need those!!  Really I do Jane..   Look!!  Artrade has more of those cool woven beads!!  Boxwood and Carnelian??  Oh Gotta have just ONE
and finally my other small indulgences  came from  really really small bits cause I just couldn't afford ONE more big thing!!  Eden Art Glass

I really wish I'd had a class to take but I couldn't find one that called my name this year.  I hope next year a whole BUNCH of new people like (you and YOU and YOU) sign up to teach and demo and sell!!

But all that leads back to!!!

6) Fun!!  I am one step closer to having an idea of what to do with  THIS!!!

anyone want to guess what I bought to go with my Bead Soup?  I have a special surprise I'll mail to who ever is following  me and leaves a comment