Bead Fest Update and Coupon

Thanks for bearing with me and my computer issues – I have a new computer, but lost my contacts, photos, etc. for the time being (after Bead Fest I will be visiting with Geek Squad!).  I wanted to give you all a sneak peek of the beads coming up at Bead Fest (booth #463 A) and a discount coupon for admission!

There are only four of this type of bead so far, and probably that will be all because I simply don’t have the time it takes to make them!

 I have lots of hand-formed hearts that I am really proud of!

 Lots of ammonite cabochons, plus some arty ones as well!

 I will have many focals like these, as well as small sets of three and singles of this new style of bead!  I really love these as well.

 More hearts!

 Round beads, in fabulous enameled colors that almost look like ceramic beads!

 Lots and lots of chicklets!

 Here are the sets of three of this new style of bead.

 Lots and lots of headpins – singles and pairs!  I really got into making these and hope you like them!  They are made on 20 gauge copper wire, and have been kiln annealed, so they are very flexible for your designs and are 4 inches long, so you can do lots with these!

 Here’s a printable coupon for Bead Fest – since they are charging admission again this year, this will save you $10 off your admission, making it only $5.  Please print it out to save yourself some money and buy more beads!

I hope you enjoy all my new designs for this year – I feel they are considerably different than my work last year and I hope you love them all!

See you at Bead Fest – in a week!!!!  Booth #463A – SueBeads

Bead Fest Update 3

Today I’ll show you some things I purchased for myself.  I have a bag somewhere with a few more things, but can’t find it at the moment! 

The first beads are from Holy and Pure Gemstone.  I’ve purchased from them in Monroeville Pa (here) before and like their beads.  In this case, I was inspire by Jenny Davies-Reazor and was looking for some stones to go with this focal bead I made.

Two Buddha charms from Hands of the Hills.  Really love these!  No idea what I’m going to do with them, but I just had to have them!

Something called titanium hematite from a vendor that I can’t recall now.  Wish I would have gotten a card from them. So many vendors don’t give cards in their bags, nor do they give receipts.  Kind of annoying…

I’ll probably have another wrap up update tomorrow for you!

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!

Another Bead Fest Preview!

If I had enough time, I’d be listing some of these in etsy – it’s just that every single minute is taken by either making beads for Bead Fest, or getting my daughter ready for college!  She moves in on the 19th!  It’s so hard to believe.  Anyways, here’s a photo of some metallic disc beads I made which will make their preview at Bead Fest – Booth #463 – come see me!

Pretty, rustic, oil-slick colors!  Hope you stop by and say hi!

Another Bead Fest Sneak Peek – Cabochons

I just wanted to give you another sneak peek at what you’ll be seeing in my Bead Fest Philly Booth ((Aug. 23-25 SHOP – I’m in Booth 463)!!!!! I’ve been making some fritty cabochons, so if you’re taking a bead weaving class or participating in Sally Russick’s cab challenge, you may want to pick one of these up!  As I only have two cab mandrels, supplies will be limited!

When Beads Just Go Together

I mentioned in an earlier post that Jenny Davies-Reazor and I noticed that a lot of our beads go together!  So I thought I’d show you what I mean!

These are some of Jenny’s beads that I traded her for at Bead Fest Philly last summer. I love them, and have been hoarding them.  But I think for the Bead Hoarders Blog Hop I’m going to make something with at least one of them!

So, here’s how our beads go together!

I’m probably going to work with the man/tree/nature face first, and the bracelet bar second.  The pink will end up being a necklace for my mom, I’m sure!

Hope to see you at Bead Fest – maybe you can pick out a Jenny bead (Booth 461) and complimenting SueBeads (Booth 463)!