|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.