The BEAD FEST Round Up

Whew! What a trip! Drove the 5 hours down to Philadelphia on Friday and met up with AmyNCognito on the showroom floor. We shopped til we dropped, literally- the entire weekend long. I'd have to say this was one of the most fun BeadFests ever.  There just isn't anything better than hanging out, laughing and shopping with friends who have your same interests and same sense of humor.  It just doesn't get better than that!!  Friday we met up with all of the Creative Bead Chat peeps at our annual dinner at Legal Seafoods. Saturday night was the annual Meet and Greet at the Courtyard Marriott. Saturday night was fun, but I indulged a bit too much in the wine and Sunday morning I woke up and seriously thought I was going to die from the hangover headache from Hell. Nothing a little water and Aleve can't help!! The 5 hour drive home was pretty long though and I was quite happy to finally get there.

Well without further ado, here are the beads I brought home.
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                                 Sue Beads              Starry Road Studio             Diane Hawkey

(Mexican Jasper)

(Matte Hematite)

(jasper (i forget which kind, Leopard maybe?)

The only thing I didn't photograph was a couple sheets of patterned brass and aluminum from 


  1. Oh man, I am jealous! Really wish I could have went. Some great finds that you can only get at a bead show! I am making plans now to go next year. Turns out it is the same time Mark does his Fantasy Football draft and it takes place in PA right by the bead show (he usually attends virtually), so we have decided to plan a vacation for it next year! Woohoo!! :)

    1. That is fantastic! I can't wait!! It will be so fun to hang out with you again! :)

  2. Drooling :) This is my "fantasy trip", but virtual shopping will have to do for now :)

  3. I think the coolest beads you got were the matte hematite (hot!), the cut coins from hands of the hills, and all the jaspers! :)

  4. Love, love, love! I have never seen a matte hematite before, awesomeness!

  5. You got some beautiful things!

  6. Julie B8/25/2014

    Those are beautiful! I too am drooling. It's so fun to see what's out there and the latest/newest beads. But my feet hurt in sympathy just looking at how much you got! Thank you for showing us these.

  7. Oh just yummy! I found out today that my husband's hearing for his disability will be this November so I might be able to afford to come next year. I so hope so.

  8. It sounds like you had a lot of fun and found some beautiful beads to boot. I can't help but be jealous, but am so very glad you shared some of your experience with us. Thank you.

  9. It was awesome to see you again xxoo

  10. Thanks for always sharing your haul with great photos and links to all the suppliers!! Glad you had fun, even if it was a little too much on Sat night!

  11. Could you please give me a link to Tracey Donoughe store? Thank you!!!!
    Love all the beads! Can't wait to visit one of those shows, here in Florida we have The Best Bead Show, but I haven't been in a Bead Fest yet.....

  12. Thanks for the links!
    Ordered some beads from Hands of the Hills and Saki Silver! :)

  13. What a fun weekend! Gorgeous bead loot, I especially like the red creek jasper and your artisan bead selections. I look forward to seeing what you create!


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