Friday, June 18, 2010

The Stash...

This year, I tried to reign in my spending a little and stick within my budget. I'm going to try and be responsible and use some of the goodies I already have in my dragon's hoard. But I couldn't resist these mighty fine finds:

Polymer from Heather Wynn-Millican and Heather Powers of HumbleBeads, resin from Natural Touch Beads, lucite from The Hole Bead Shop, lampwork glass from Patti Cahill, Kerri Fuhr, and Katherine Wadsworth of Natalia Designs, ceramicss from Lisa Peters Art, Diane Hawkey, and Melanie Brooks of Earthenwood Studio, metal components from Anne Choi, Cathy Collison of Glass Garden Beads, and my family at Green Girl Studios, and garnets from Kia.

I wish I could have had more time (and more cash) to pick up more. The Bead & Button show is a wonderland of treasures. It's a particularly nice place to get artisan-made goods that are hard to track down otherwise. I know now that I'll be kicking myself for weeks for not picking up certain goodies. Oh well... next time.

9 comments:

Alice said...

What a bounty of goodies! Good for you for reigning in your spending--I don't know if I could have done the same.

Janet said...

Ohhh I see Keri Fuhrs crow now that is a treasure! All of your treasures look wonderful! I wonder how these artists are doing with the economy? I hope everything will pick up!

Malin de Koning said...

Oh what treasures! And I just loooove the fact that you have photographed them on the back of your favourite tweed jacket ...

TesoriTrovati said...

Totally kicking myself for not stopping by your booth Andrew! I should know better than to leave it to the last day. You booth was always swamped. That is awesome. And I think you found some great goodies.
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Lynn said...

Anne kids me about "The Lynn Daley School of Business"...but I sure can save $$ and teach you how as well! Hundreds (well maybe just a handful) of people have followed my path & been happy about it!!

Hope your projects are going well!

Kay Mallery said...

My niece and I finished the first three aisles and then went to lunch having spent close to $1000 between us. It wasn't our first time at B&B and we both kicked ourselves all the way back to Chicago that we didn't start in YOUR aisle first instead of ending up at your booth five minutes before the close of shopping. Lesson learned!

Pretty Things said...

Yummo. Seriously delish.

Joana said...

Wow! You got some real pretties! And good job on sticking to your budget, must have been hard.
I honestly wish I could go to such a huge bead show! Must be heaven.
Where I live there isn't even a bead shop!!
Lucky me there is Internet!
Great to see you had a nice time.

terri said...

Hi Andrew.
I'm going through the same thing--I have sooooo much, and I should probably use some of that before I buy more. So when my 9 y.o. goddaughter asked me last week to help her make bracelets for a school project, I pulled out a bunch of the old stock & some memory wire. We had a grand time, made a dozen bracelets, and have a memory of a lovely activity together. (And she wants to do it again.) I had so much fun that I've been making memory wire bracelets since!
So I said all that to say this: Using up the old stock can be a lot of fun, and you might find all sorts of stuff that you even forgot that you had.
(Nice finds, though. Enjoy!)