Berks Bead Bazaar!

Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I took a little overnight break and went to the Berks Bead Bazaar in Reading, PA.  My friends Diana Ptaszynski, Staci Smith and Jenny Davies-Reazor were vending there so I really wanted to go and check it out!  We drove up Saturday, got there about 1:30, stayed at the bead show until it closed at 5, and had a fun dinner at Tokyo Hibachi.  The next morning we decided to leave about 11 because of the monster snowstorm predicted (and btw, we got about 2 inches of snow at home…).

Of course, while I was there, I had to buy some beads!  Here are some photos!

Diana Ptaszynski and her husband Colin, and the beads I got from her – notice the cab!  Can’t wait to get started using these!

 Jenny Davies-Reazor and the beads I picked up from her – 2 cabs – hmmm, is there a pattern here?

 Staci Smith and the great polymer clay beads I purchased from her!  She was there with her daughter Julia, who was also selling her beads!

 An amazing lampwork bird from Patty Cahill – this will probably end up in the permanent gazing collection!

 Some seeds from Twisted Sistah.  There were many many more, but it was literally at 5pm when I was buying these…

 Gorgeous stone cabs!

 This cab is called a doublet – it is a transparent agate on top of turquoise, so the blue shows through!

 Finally, some porcelain from Joan Miller. She put on a great show, from what I can tell everyone had a blast!  Too bad about the weather on Sunday.

Hope you enjoyed my parade of beads and aren’t too jealous!

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!