Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spring is for Easter Eggs and Bead Fest Wire!

by Barbara Martin

We just got back from the whirlwind of Bead Fest Wire ... with all of its serendipities and adventures.  Here are a list of some of the high points, not necessarily in the order of importance:
  • I got to meet so many customers, members of the pwf ning, former students, new students and fellow colleagues who took the time to come by my booth and chat!  Thank you ... it was wonderful!
  • I met Jen J-V.  OMG!  Is this girl not only talented but she cracks me up!  I love her!  The beads she made in the workshop were over the top.  The yellow orange one that looked like alligator skin is a personal favorite. Her friend, Elizabeth Auld, was equally as lovely.
  • Lori (aka Wendy)!  This is how we lovingly refer to Lori Anderson in our family!  On our way home from an Annapolis workshop in October where Lori was an attendee, Jim said to me, "I think I was calling Lori "Wendy."  So when I saw Lori next, I apologized.  She said Jim only did it once.  So, that's the story behind her nickname!  When I say to Jim, "Hey, do you know what Lori told me?"  He says, "You mean "Lori aka Wendy?" and we both crack up!
  • Jim and I met the lovely Linda Larsen of Objects and Elements fame.  I know you've had the experience of meeting someone and immediately feeling as though you've known them for years.  That's how it was with Linda.  She's just a really lovely, generous, funny gal.  I can't wait until we can meet up again ... 
  • Yvonne of My Elements and JoAnne of Z-Beads were my neighbors and I couldn't resist possessing some of their wonderful work!  Yvonne saved me from a complete disaster by making some suggestions on where to place things on my table.  She probably saved my marriage because I know Jim and I would have been at each other's throats if she had not been so generous with her advice.  Thank you, Yvonne.
  • We all benefited from Interweave's wonderful Karen Keegan and her work behind the scenes, and that of her staff, to create the a perfect event!
  • Barbara Martin, a fellow Marylander who bought beads from me in Tucson, showed up wearing the most gorgeous necklace (see above).  She's a beautiful model besides!  I had people coming up to me all weekend saying, "I just saw this woman wearing a necklace made of your beads!"  Apparently, she had people stopping her and placing orders for her necklace ... I think they wanted to rip that beauty from her neck ... or maybe that's just projection! LOL But two weeks ago, Barbara took a PWF workshop and will be flying solo from now on!
  • I gave two demos where I felt like a rock star!  I loved it. 
So, I'm leaving you with a couple of photos.  I need pictures when I visit blogs and I'm thinking you might too!  This reminds me of a basket of Easter eggs. What if I were to hide this in the thicket with the other Easter eggs, could you find it?





14 comments:

Jen V. said...

haaaaaaaa Now you can picture it loud and clear!!

Thanks so much for a wonderful workshop. I was able to make some great mistakes and play with color in a way that just makes me happy.

I was really excited to show my husband my cool fave bead and then he asked me who made it...I started screaming "I DID! Isn't it awesome?!!" He wasn't surprised at all that I came home with the whole torch setup. :)

THANK YOU!!
Jen

Elisabeth said...

What a wonderful class - and I had such a great time! I loved meeting some of your family, too! I'm looking forward to setting up my torch in the garage and getting busy!

sharon said...

Sounds like you are still on HIGH Barbara! Looks and sounds great, how wonderful for all of you! This kind of postive reinforcement is what makes it so special!

Melissa Meman said...

sounds like a great time! That necklace is so gorgeous...love that opened-up bead cap into the flower! The colors are so lovely :)

TesoriTrovati said...

Sounds like a wonder-filled time!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

SueBeads said...

Glad you had so much fun!!!!

Kristi Bowman said...

I read Jen's blog earlier today, sounds like so much fun. I look forward to my turn. It's coming up fast, better make my hotel reservations!!

Sally said...

Barbara it was so nice to meet you and your fantastic and oh so helpful family! :) Thank you for taking the time to chat! Sounds like you had a excellent weekend, hope to see you again in August.

eve said...

I just received my order of my enamels today, thanks again

Silver Parrot said...

I love that flower shaped link in the last necklace photo - that is really cool!

sundownbeaddesigns said...

That's because you are a rock star! The demo was great! It was SO nice to finally meet you! Sounds like you had a great weekend! Your necklace is beautiful!

Judy said...

The necklace is so yummy looking! I love the colors! So glad you had a great show and had fun meeting lots of new people. One of these days I hope to take one of your classes!

Christine Damm said...

Thanks for sharing your Bead Fest time-- almost like being there, you have some funny and wonderful observations!

Linda said...

Barbara, it was so great to meet you at Wire Fest, I felt like we had been friends for many years! I am so excited for your book and love your whole look, it's amazing.