Monday, June 20, 2016

My week at Bead&Button Show 2016

Let me start off by saying that I usually attend the Bead&Button Show as an attendee, and generally fly in to Milwaukee on Tuesday or Wednesday, so that I don't have to wait too long for the showroom floor to open to attendees on Thursday night. That being said, all of my classes were on Sunday, June 5th, so I had to fly in on Saturday to accommodate that schedule, and stayed a grand total of 8 days, flying out on day 9, and it was a long an epic week!

First off, my classes (the ones that I taught) went well!  I taught from 9am to 9pm, and had to pack up after that, so I was exhausted by the end of the day, but it was a good day!  I enjoyed meeting my students, and some of them came from as far as Israel to be at Bead&Button. The rest were a fair mix of Canadian and American.  We had a lot of fun, and everyone managed to get through the main parts of their projects with few issues.

I took a Micro-Macrame' class with Kerrie Sue Miller, who was a lovely woman, and a wonderful crafter.  Admittedly, I hadn't slept in several days at that point (I don't sleep great to begin with, but I really don't sleep when I'm traveling), and I had to leave the class a little early because my eyes had just given out by the time this evening class had rolled around, but I enjoyed the project, and will hopefully finish it at some point!  She had a neat macrame' board that she developed, along with a necklace template that she used, and I loved them, so I took them home with me.

Next, I took Photography for Artists and Crafters with Doug Baldwin.  It was interesting to learn the different techniques he put forth.  The most important thing that I learned was that I needed a $400 Macro lens to go with my $500 camera to really capture my beadwork well.  Though that was a bit of a bummer, I loved his light set up, and purchased one of my own.  Now to figure out where to put them....

I had a nice time in an Intro to PMC class that I took with Irina Meich.  Yes, THAT Irina Meich.  The one who writes all of the books ;) .  She was really great.  I've taken PMC classes before, but I like to take a refresher every few years so that I don't lost the basics since I don't get a chance to use those skills much. I made several little pendants that I adore, and hope to use sometime soon.  Unfortunately, I didn't take any pics of them, and they are currently MIA, but I'll try to post a pic when I find them!

During the week, I wore my Beetle Wing Necklace a few times, and got a lot of complements.

I also wore my new Lemon Necklace, and Crystallized Lemon Yellow Shoes, and even got a compliment from Marcia DeCoster, who was also wearing crystallized shoes in Fuchsia and Ruby crystals.


Overall, it was a great trip, and I hope to repeat it next year!  I brought back a ton of new stuff for you all, and I will get it up soon in my Etsy site.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Denver Comic Con 2016

I'm back from the Bead&Button Show in Milwaukee, and I promise to post about my experiences there, and tell you about what I brought back to share with you but, before that, I have to say that I'm vending at Denver Comic Con this weekend!  I'll be at Booth #528 under the Siouxsiequeue's banner.  Stop by to see us and show us your cosplays!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Jewel Beetle Necklace

When I had the idea for this broad collar, I'm not sure that I knew what I was getting into; I just wanted to use jewel beetle wings on a necklace!  There was a LOT of trial an error.  A LOT of drilling.  A LOT of breaking.  In the end, I am so very pleased with this necklace!
It features the Swarovski Crystal color Scarabaeus Green in several of it's forms, from rivolis to bicones, to a large center stone.  Notice how, in bicones and the large centerpiece, that there is a bit of bright purple in there with the green?  I love it!  I made this to wear during the week of Bead&Button 2016, and I thankfully got it done with a few weeks to spare.  Stop by my classroom on Sunday, June 5th (room 103C in the Wisconsin Center), or at my table at Meet the Teachers on Wednesday, June 8th to catch a glimpse of this beauty in person.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Classes at Bead&Button Show 2016

Though I've attended the Bead&Button Show in Milwaukee for nearly a decade, this will be the first year I've gotten to teach! I'm so excited!  I have 3 classes, all on Sunday, June 5th.  The Peacock Feather Earrings has sold out, but there is still room for you in my Orion Earrings, and Lucent Chandelier Earrings classes.

And you can sign up on site since it's just around the corner! I hope to see you there!