I am back! What a whirlwind weekend. I knew it would like that. It always goes by so fast. The anticipation leading up to this BeadFest weekend was enough to make me crazy, I can imagine, you too! Ya'all are probably glad I am not talking about it anymore. BUT. I have to. Because I have to tell you about all the fun.

Nancy and I headed out first thing Friday morning. On the way, in a spur of the moment hunger-induced sharp right turn landed us at the coolest diner on the planet.  We enjoyed our breakfast and continued on our way. But while there, we each got some cool Instagram/ Hipstamatic shots wiith our iPhones.

Traveling to Philly was easy peasy- sunny skies, perfect weather and no stressful traffic. We dropped off our bags and hit the shuttle to the bead show immediately on arriving.  Here's where I have to apologize. For some reason, I did not connect with my camera too much this weekend. That makes me a bad blogger I know. I promised you photos and videos and I can say that the bling had me quite distracted, and so. Not many pics.  But I do have a few to share. Just a couple. And lots of bead pics will make up for it, I promise you.

 We met up with Lisa at the show. Headed back to the hotel and enjoyed some drinks with Richard Salley, Robert Dancik, and Melissa Cable. Erin and her mother-in-law Nancy arrived and came over to eat with us! It was great to meet up with Erin again, hadn't seen her a while! Friday night we picked up Kelley from the airport, and only had to endure some scary thunderstorms, and stopped traffic due to a tanker that spilled some hazardous material over 4 lanes of I 95.  Saturday was an all day shopping day. There were lots of hugs, and hellos to all of our favorite friends and vendors.  I took along my list and did very well at getting what was on the list but somehow a few extras landed in my shopping bag.

Elaine Ray beads at the Ornamentea booth

Saturday, at 4 we met up with all the bead swappers. My partner was Marsha Minutella of Marsha Neal Studios. She's always such a blast to be around, so happy and full of life. I just love her! I brought her some goodies from Jade Scott, Lynn Davis, Guy Melamed, SwoonDimples, and a resin filled connector that I made, and she gave me these beauties:

Then we went out and met up with my friend Beth Anderson, for drinks. I was so happy to be able to catch up with her, since I only get to see her about once a year! :(  Then we all met up for dinner at Legal Sea Foods in the King of Prussia mall. Dinner was fantastic!

Sunday we had breakfast, said our good-byes to Kelley, Erin and Lisa, and then headed back over the bead show. We had a couple of hours and bought a few more things. Had lunch and then got on the road. The ride home was challenging to say the least. Let's just say, we left at 2:30 and didn't get home til 10:30pm and I was the biggest ball of nerves ever. Poor Nancy- she kept a smile the entire trip- even through my temper tantrums and prayers to God for it to stop raining.  Ok enough of all that....

the beads. here you go!

 Top Left: My Elements
Top Right: Vintage buttons from Annie Frazier
Bottom Left: Earthenwood Studio
Bottom Right: Diane Hawkey

 Top Left: Barbara Lewis
Top Right: Lipstick Ranch
Bottom Left: Lilly Pilly Designs
Bottom Right: Earth Door Sky Door

 Top Left: C Koop Beads
Top right: April Melody
Bottom Left and Right: chain and watches: Primitive Earth Beads

 Top left: Bead Biz
Top right: Lisa Kan
Bottom Left: Bead Haven

 Top Left: Dakota Stones
Top right and Bottom Left: Elaine Ray from Ornamentea
Bottom right: 2 Brand New books from Heather Powers and Barbara Lewis

Top Left:  Marsha Neal Studio
Top Right: Veni Vidi bead
Bottom Left: Green Girl Studios
Bottom right: (does this not look like an owl or what!?) Shoot I can't find the receipt to give you the vendor! sorry!