Now, I used to live in Milwaukee, a mere hop and skip from where the Bead and Button show is held. But the annual show wasn't started until a few years after I moved away. (I've always taken that a little personally.) And I've always had it on my bucket list to go. When I moved to Chicago this year, it became a much more likely possibility.
So Sunday, I headed up the road. Got to the Wisconsin Center right as the show opened. I was ready. Or so I thought. After two hours, I had only made my way through two rows of about seven or eight. And I had only four hours left. That's when I kicked it into high gear and power shopped.
Knowing that it would be WAY too easy to spend too much, I had decided that I would only shop for things I couldn't find at home or at regular bead shows. So I concentrated on art beads, special findings, and things that I knew I'd kick myself the next day for not buying. No seed beads (gasp!!), no Czech glass, no gemstone beads. Ready? Here goes:
First, the gemstone cabs:
|Isn't this delicious? It's copper mosaic turquoise (that I grabbed the instant the woman next to me put it down)|
|(l to r, top row: ruby in zoisite, rhyolite, lapis. Bottom: crazy lace agate)|
|Two jaspers, just begging to be bezeled|
And the art beads:
|I've been lusting after Golem Beads for a long time. I finally got some!|
|BeadyGirl Beads - fun!|
|Diane Hawkey - sublime|
|Beautiful paisley beads from Dyed in the Fire|
|Not technically all beads, but two Czech buttons and some new Czech shapes from Lisa Kan|
|Sharon Peters - not some of her great, whimsical creatures, but these beads will always |
remind me of the hysterically funny conversation I had with this joyful lady
If you ever have the chance to go to Bead and Button, you should go. One of these days my schedule will allow me to go for some classes as well, but for now, I've got this one crossed off the bucket list. And I'm already planning for next year's journey!