Back from Bead & Button {the photos, video, and give away post!}

by Cindy on June 14, 2011


Hello everyone

I hope you’re not too tired of Bead & Button stories yet!  You’ll find there IS a little surprise for you too though when you get to the bottom of this post!  🙂   It was an exciting trip both going to Milwaukee (plane delay causing me to miss my connection, then giving up my great seat so lovebirds could sit together) and coming home (unexpected bump to First Class – good karma!).  And the few days that I was there?  It really was all they say about BEAD & BUTTON – So Much Fun!

For me, this was first and foremost a great getaway weekend with Lori of Pretty Things. One week prior, I had NO idea I would be flying out to the big show.  Somehow it hit me that I could make it happen (with the support of my husband).  This was also an opportunity to meet friends who I had only known online – isn’t it incredible to actually give a hug to someone whose blog you’ve been following for some time?  The very first person who transcended the “online” to “real-life” barrier was Beth Bricker of Vintage Sweets.  I was so happy to meet many jewelry designer/blogging/bead maker friends and only regret that we didn’t have even more time to hang out together.

Me 'n Beth Bricker

Me 'n Beth Bricker

A glimpse of the attendees from the U.S.  People from Israel to Japan gathered at the annual show.

A glimpse of the attendees from the U.S. People from Israel to Japan gathered at the annual show.

Lori had arrived before me so she had already scoped out the showroom floor briefly.  I had heard that there would be a phenomenal amount of bead shopping, but what really struck me was the quality.  This event was above and beyond.  If you have a favorite bead artist or bead shop, chances were good that they were there!  It was great to actually see products from the Beadin’ Path, Vintaj, or AD Adornments in person.   It was a thrill to meet bead artists such as Heather of Humblebeads and Vladislav of Golem Studio (btw,Vladislav and Kremena won in the Bead Dreams Handmade Beads category).

All sorts of finds - AD Adornments

All sorts of finds - AD Adornments

Vintage chains from AD Adornments

Vintage chains from AD Adornments

An incredible selection of Tibetan capped beads

An incredible selection of Tibetan capped beads

Another show highlight was viewing the Bead Dream entries in the glass showcases.   We walked along slowly, admiring the incredible artwork from lampwork to beadwork.





Shopping for beads with a friend like Lori was so fun.  She knows what I like so it was like having two sets of eyes, helping to be sure I didn’t miss the must-see booths (which could account for just about all of them!).  Some booths contained such interesting beads/tools/components/demos, and the vendors so engaging, that I sometimes spent an hour in a booth at a time!  We both enjoyed perusing through the Kalmbach store as well, and found some cool books that are hot off the press.  I’ll share more in a future blog post.  It was great to be there to see some of the Beading Across America participants signing their new book and joking around like a tight-knit group of beading sisters.

"Beading Across America"

"Beading Across America"

Now what would a post-bead-show post be without a few BEAD pictures??  I unpacked some of my new beads and took a couple of beauty shots.

New charms and pendants by both Humblebeads and Golem

New charms and pendants by both Humblebeads and Golem

Tibeten beads:  amber, turquoise, coral, lapis, naga shell, carnelian

Tibeten beads: amber, turquoise, coral, lapis, naga shell, carnelian

Vintage and vintage-style from AD Adornments

Vintage and vintage-style from AD Adornments

I interrupt this post for some action, scenes from B&B captured on rare video footage. 🙂  Lori and I would like to give Kerry of KAB’S Concepts a big shout-out for kindly putting this video together for us (she’s an artist and a techie!).  Nothing like hanging out in the hotel lobby, uploading video clips, and calling a friend to ask, “er, can you splice together these little videos??” – and she says yes without hesitating.

Okay, no need to wait as stated in the video, let’s get started now!……

Time for the “Back from B&B” give away!

Lori and I wanted to share some of our Bead & Button treasures with you so we’ve put together a little give away.  I should say mine is “little”  because I know Lori even more to share.  The pretty inspirational pack was generously donated from the sweet Beadin’ Path ladies.





If you’d like to enter the drawing, simply leave a comment!  I will draw FOUR different winners.  Winners will be drawn on Monday, June 20th.  Be sure to visit Lori’s blog for more chances to win B&B treasures!

The Bead & Button experience was certainly one for the records for me.  Thank you for stopping by and sharing in the weekend wrap-up.  Good luck in the drawing!


{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly June 19, 2011 at 10:31 am

Great giveaway – lots of ideas just from the photos!

Mary M Elam June 19, 2011 at 11:14 am

Oh what fun!!! Your finds are amazing-thank you for providing us with the opportunity to see all your goodies at B&B!!

Brandi June 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I’m so late with a lot of my blog comments, thanks to my stupid computer problems, but I just wanted to say that I’m glad you got to go! It looks amazing and like you and Lori had such a great time!!

Elizabeth Hodges June 19, 2011 at 5:04 pm

OOOH so many colors of fun! I enjoy seeing the experience through your and Lori’s eyes and words. Thanks for sharing!

Ruth June 19, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Sure which I could have seen every booth at the bead show – love the items from AD Adornments which I missed!

Ashleigh June 19, 2011 at 9:42 pm

What a great giveaway! Looks like you had a wonderful time!!

Teresa R June 19, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Thanks for sharing your experience with those of us who couldn’t attend the Bead and Button Show; and thanks for the opportunity to share in your goodies. I love what you got.

Mallory June 19, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I don’t think I entered before, so I’m entering now! Wow! This should be fun! Thanks for your generosity!

Jackie McKenzie June 20, 2011 at 12:52 am

Oooh all the pretty beads. Wish I was there with you for all the fun. Enjoy your blog, Thanks

Cryss Thain June 20, 2011 at 1:06 am

It’s fun to see the Bead Show through your pictures and video. The items that you are giving away are sweet. Thanks for post the Bead Show.


Hilary June 20, 2011 at 1:07 am

Looks like you had a great time at B&B! I like seeing you and Lori on video. That was nice Kerry helped out. And, great photography on this blog post! I’m keeping my fingers crossed to be a winner! Thanks for this giveaway opportunity!

Rebecca Anderson June 20, 2011 at 3:53 am

Am I too late?! Looks like you guys had a fabulous time! Enjoy the memories 🙂

Teresa McFayden June 20, 2011 at 7:46 am

Looks like a paradise!! so many pretties!!!

Kashmira Patel June 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Wow! So much eye-candy! I so wish I could have gone to the B&B show!!!

Krys July 9, 2011 at 7:20 am

very cool, love the photos, must put bead and button on my bucket list!

Michelle Hardy July 9, 2011 at 9:57 am

What beautiful pictures. Looks like you both had a wonderful time! Such a great giveway.

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