Monday, August 22, 2011

BeadFest Philadelphia...

Our day started dark and early. Through the mist and fog, we made our way across the state to Oaks. We were actually surprised with how quickly we managed to make our way out there. Becki (my mother-in-law) and I squeezed into the packed lobby and made our way into the new location. I noticed how much bigger the venue seemed and felt really excited entering the show. It's an odd sensation, being on the other side of the table. This is the first time that I've been to a show as just a shopper!

The experience really was a blur and I was talking pretty non-stop. Below are some pictures of the lovely people at the show (from left to right):

Diana of Suburban Girl Beads. Marsha Neal and Jenny Davies-Reazor. Marg of BeadFX.

Michelle McCarthy of Firefly Design Studio and her mom. Kelly Russell of Beadfuddled. Jane from Jane's Fibers and Beads.

Yvonne of My Elements. Elaine Ray from Ornamentea. Joan Miller of Joan Miller Porcelain.

Diane Hawkey and her new ceramic houses.

Jess Prill and Cathy Collison of Glass Garden Beads.

Greg of Green Girl Studios. Bob Burkett. Kelly Angeley.

No it's not an ad for a car commercial – it's just Meredith Roddy! We ran into her in the parking lot on our way out.

Afterwards we met up with Erica Cessna of Reed's Beads for a vendor meeting and then we drove back home. It was a long day and by the end of it I had lost my voice, but had a great time. Next year, we'll have to plan to go for the full weekend. I didn't get to see everyone that I wanted to and am sad that I didn't get to talk with many of my dear friends from the show, but am glad to have had the opportunity to see the ones that I did. It was a very full day and one that I enjoyed immensely!


somethingunique said...

Hi Andrew,omg i am so envious....Lisa Niven Kelly i love her & Lorelei too!! and many of the others i purchase supplies from it would be so cool to meet them all and of course you doll i would love to meet you some day,& i am just waiting till months end to support your fundraiser ok:)
ttfn Lana

Spirited Earth said...

Thanks Andrew for sharing these photos of the's great to put faces with the names we read about.
i've never attended a BeadFest..jealous!!

Diana P. said...

So glad I ran into you over and over again, lol! Also, thanks for joining in the swap! Good luck with the gallery and if you want more beads for fundraising just let me know! ::hugs::

Lisa Niven Kelly said...

Great to see you, you handsom man!!! xoxo!

Rebecca said...

Looks like you had a fab time! ANd thanks for taking all those photos, as you always do - it's so nice to put faces to names.

Gaea said...

That looks like the best time every! I always appreciate your field trips! Makes me feel connected!