Tuesday, August 25, 2009

My BeadFest Stash...

Here's what I picked up at the show. I didn't really get a chance to walk around very much, but I'm really pleased with the goodies that I found. I adore all of the makers of these beautiful objects. They are all extremely talented!

The above Botanical blossom is from Lisa Kan. CLICK HERE to read the story about them and what inspired the making of these delicate and colorful blooms. Lisa also showed me a quick bracelet she put together with her botanicals and a strand of fairy ribbon and it looked fabulous!

Saki Silver has been making some phenomenal toggles and links in bronze and shibuichi. I love the warm rich tones and the fact that they are friendlier on the wallet! They go perfectly with my family at Green Girl Studios' shibuichi components and bronze coins. Check out the full line of shibuichi HERE and the full line of bronze HERE.

Above are three separate purchases from three different vendors. The first purchase was made from Priscilla Marban. These beads are made from sawdust. I love that her natural line of beads help support the Filipino economy and utilizes sustainable resources. CLICK HERE to see her new line bright, graphic sawdust, decoupage, and coconut beads. The center lampwork piece is done by the very talented colorist lampwork artist, Patti Cahill. I adore her beads. They are simply eye-candy! CLICK HERE to check out her Etsy site. On the far right are Maureen of Pumpkin Hill Beads' earthy lampwork glass beads and shibuichi pieces that she carries from LeaAnne Hartman.

Bronwen Heilman of GhostCow has been making some pretty cool things. The stands of beads and the loose green bead in the center are all made from liqueur bottles. The blue ones are from a Skyy vodka bottle, the clear ones are from a tequilla bottle, the gold and clear ones are from a vodka bottle and Myer's rum bottle, and the green one is from a wine bottle with micro shards of steel from the device she uses to crush the bottles. The others are her astounding painted and silver-dotted beads. Aren't they just incredibly juicy?

The rose-gold anodized niobium earwires are from Marti Brown of The Odyssey and Bead Expressions. They are perfect for making earrings with. In the center are some really awesome vintage sequins from the ever so versatile and ever-creative Gail Crosman Moore. She's getting ready for hand surgery, so let's all send her positive vibes and well wishes! She's really a darling! Make sure to check out HER BLOG. The two beads on the far right are ones that actually came in the mail before I left for Philadelphia. They are from the ever so talented Lucinda Storms. The one is a bird and the other is a "bloody beautiful" heart. CLICK HERE to read the story behind the creation of the heart.

The last bunch of beads I picked up were from the delightful Kelley Wenzel of Kelley's Beads on Etsy. She and Lorelei popped in throughout the weekend to chat behind the booth and show me what each of them found at the show. I had a great time with them, Kelley's lampwork glass beads, and the bowl of Mississippi Mud Pie that Kelley brought up with her ALL the way from Atlanta.

9 comments:

norma said...

Oh...I absolutley adore the cherry blossom bead you picked up from Lisa! I can't wait till she offers them online.

kelleysbeads said...

Can't wait to see what you do with ALL of these goodies! What great finds you took away from the show :)

Lorelei said...

all of your goodies look fabulous. I'm mad that I didn't get to the SAKI SILVER BOOTH. I am drooling over the clasps you got there.
It was great to do a little shopping with you. Wish I could have hung out longer. Will have to come down to NY soon!

mairedodd said...

you got some great things! i picked up some of those recycled liquor bottle beads too - loved the soft sea glass look and the eco-friendly attitude! was great meeting you...

kelleysbeads said...

Hi Andrew, I posted the recipe for the Mississippi Mud Cake at http://kelleysbeads.blogspot.com/2009/08/mississippi-mud-cake.html

I know it's not the same as your Mom's, but I thought you might be interested...

Marcia DeCoster said...

so sorry I missed you and most of the show for that matter....I flew, I taught, I left....darn...

Cyndi L said...

Ohmygosh! I'm drooling right on my keyboard over those toggles and links!

Jean Hutter said...

Love your stash - especially the toggles - they are amazing!!!

Jeannie said...

You have a great eye for the unusual and beautiful. My favorites are the liquor bottle beads.
I've never been to Bead Fest, someday, maybe.