Bead Fest Update 2

Each year at Bead Fest, Diana Ptaszynski hosts a swap; she pairs us up and we bring 5-7 art beads to swap with our partner.  It’s a face-to-face event on the Saturday of Bead Fest and always very entertaining and fun!  Diana also asks people to contribute to a giveaway, and many people win pretty things.

Here are the beads that my partner, Marsha Neal Minutella gave to me!  Not only is Marsha one of the most generous people I have ever met (she actually brings us all chocolate bars to keep our energy up!), she is crazy busy with children, a master gardener, AND she keeps making these crazy wonderful beads!

The ones on the left are her new beads, watercolor styled bead caps.  Can’t wait to start using them! 

As I mentioned Diana also hosts a little giveaway and I was the lucky winner of this gorgeous pendant and linen cord from Mary Welsh Hubbard!  Mary and her two girls are a hoot and some of the nicest people I have ever met! 

This little get together gives us all a little bit of time to get away from our tables, say hello to each other, and laugh at the entertainment Diana provides!  Tomorrow I’ll show you the things I purchased at Bead Fest!

Bead Fest Update 1

I’m just going to jump right in and give you the eye candy post now!  These are all beads that I traded with various creative women at Bead Fest – one of the best parts!  Click on the photos to see them bigger!

A trio of beads from Jenny Davies-Reazor.  She makes yummy ceramics and I love being her neighbor at Bead Fest! 

Gorgeous amulet from Diana Ptaszynski – these are new for her and so popular one even got stolen from her table!  

Metal and polymer lovlies from Staci Klinger Smith – can’t wait to make something with that owl!  I wanted to get one of her gigantor hearts, but I didn’t…

Amazing goodies from Mary at White Clover Kiln!  Her ceramics are so colorful they just make me happy looking at them!

Finally some fantastic raku from Amy Mealey of Xaz Bead Company.  She just gets the most amazing raku colors and I’m a sucker for hearts!  She is too genergous, as well!

I’m so thrilled with all of the beads, I am going to go fondle them now!  Back tomorrow with another update!