I took a mini vacation for my own mental health this weekend. Headed to my sister's "empty nest" for some rest, relaxation and much needed sister time. We had a great time, stayed up way too late the first night, laughed ourselves to tears, shopped, stitched, and ate (way toooo much in my case). Thanks for having me Sis, it was definitely the recharge I needed.
On Saturday we headed out to the Berks Bead Bazaar in Reading. Perhaps the best part of this show is the smaller size of it, not overwhelming and the artists are very friendly. We chatted briefly with Louise Mehaffey about lampwork for a bit, she was very kind and informative. Ooohed and aahed over Joan Miller's porcelain. I was inspired by the lampwork of Starleen's Studio and Harold Cooney at another booth. Of course we fondled gems and beads at every turn.
So much talent and inspiration at this show. I pawed a ton of lampwork, but exercised restraint and didn't purchase any as I need to work on my skills. One of the things I am going to do right away is work on larger hollow beads, you may remember I have been making normal sized hollows. Big, gorgeous hollow focal beads were seen at several artist's booths. Some strung simply and alone to great effect.
And of course we shopped. I'm proud to say I actually came in under my bead budget. I got to meet Staci of Staci Louise Originals, and her lovely daughter Julia who is a budding artist as well. Staci's bird skull beads were the number one pick on my shopping list. Her work is just down right drool worthy.
Clever Treasures. I have way more leather than clasps, but I plan to experiment with making some of my own clasps for them.
Also picked up a kumihimo disc. Played with kumihimo yesterday and will include that in tomorrow's reveal post.
Hope you all had a fun and relaxing weekend too :).