First off, many blog readers have asked for a Mom update. She's doing really well, completely lucid, has charmed the pants off of everyone at rehab. Every time I call for an update, I hear, 'we adore you're Mom, she is so cute'. Which means she's getting very good care with a prognosis of going home a couple of weeks.
Bead and Button! What can I say, such a favorite show, connecting with friends, being inspired by the art of it all, loving the teaching, it was all grand.
My big purchase this year a Kristina Logan ring. She makes them to order, I picked my very favorite bead and she will bezel with silver in my size and ship it off. It will be lovely, I know because two of my friends already own one and I wanted to join the crowd.
The trip wouldn't be complete with the purchase of a Gail Crosman Moore bead. What I love about Gail is how she is always evolving.
I seldom have time to make other folks work, even those I admire, but a few years back I just had to make a Head over Heels doll by Sylvie Elise. I love the whimsy of it. It was so great to see her back at Bead and Button and visiting with her for a bit.
Another must have for me was the Ootheca cuff by Rachel Nelson Smith and if you don't have one you should majorly consider it. The bracelet is brillilant with reversible sides and over 300 crystals attaching the two pieces for major sparkle impact.
And I bought this kit from Dustin aka Beadboy. It's a ring called Eye of the Dragon, he had one on and it was totally cool. I love the packaging, minimal, but colorful and effective.
I also bought these little boro spacers from James at Lilyrosebeads. I love the variation of color and the tumbled matte finish.
I visited with Beki from Whimbeads, Betcey of Beyond Beadery, Heather Trimlett, The Wired Arts Girls, Beverly Gilbert, Annie Hesse, Lisa Niven Kelly (Beaducation), Kriss Silva, Martha LeVan from Lark Books, Kate McKinnon, Tonia Davenport, Jean Campbell, Meredith from Beadalon, Helen from the Loose Bead Society, Lynn Yuhr, Mary Hettsmanperger, Suzanne Golden, Stacy Creamer, Rachel Nelson Smith, Jill Wiseman, Liz Thompson, Sandy Martin, Lynn Cheek, Becky, Jeannette Cook, Dustin Wedekind, Kelly Angeley, Lindsay and Katie from Fusion beads, Andrew Thornton from Green Girls Studio, Linda Myers Alaska Bead Company, Dallas Lovett, Roz, Shelly Nybakke, and oh so many more. I adore each and every person I get the chance to spend time with and can't wait for next year .
The title promised New Ventures and they are on the horizon, but in the interest of keeping this readable, new ventures will be for another day!