I arrived on Thursday and helped her with the pre-show setup. I'm familiar with the whole setup and breakdown routine from my experiences with the fine arts and crafts shows where I sell my finished jewelry.
|Thursday night. All's quiet and ready!|
Friday morning was a bit slow, but by the end of the day, Kristi felt pretty satisfied with her sales. We found that we worked well together. I'd wrap up the purchases and write the receipt, while Kristi added up the sales total, added the tax and operated the Square.
You can't imagine how difficult it was to spend 3 days with all this treasure right in front of my nose, tempting me! I wanted it ALL! I kept picking components up, fondling them and then reluctantly placing them back in the trays.
Each day of the show, I wore different jewelry featuring Kristi's copper components. Pictured below is the jewelry set I wore on Friday.
April Bloom Earrings and Fly Away Necklace
On Saturday and Sunday we were battling gorgeous weather. With summer-like temperatures, people wanted to be outside digging in their gardens, sailing their boats or playing sports. Attending a bead show indoors, slips lower on the priority list in those circumstances. Vendors told us the turnout was lower than the year before. We had gaps of time when it seemed like there were more vendors than customers, but then there were other times when we had a pretty steady stream of shoppers. At the end of the second day, Kristi was happy with her sales and she knew that she'd be able to call this show a success.
|Linda and Kristi at the Whole Bead Show|
I spent the nights at Kristi's house and I must say that I fell in love with her 2 adorable long haired dachshunds, Shasta and Ginger.
I had earrings made for Saturday's show, but I'd run short of time and had never made a necklace. On Friday night, after the show, I created a necklace to go with the earrings. I was so tired by then that I was getting cross-eyed trying to wire on those dangles!
Saturday's jewelry du jour:
My daughter and her boyfriend live not too far away from where the show was being held, so on Sunday, I met them for brunch, since the show didn't start till noon on Sunday. That was an enjoyable bonus treat!
One of the best things about the show was getting to know our nearby booth mates. We had so much fun laughing and goofing off together! So much talent and such a great sense of humor. To the left of Kristi's booth, was Sheila Davis of Stone Designs. Unfortunately, I didn't get a photo of Sheila or her booth, but her lampwork is truly gorgeous. Both Kristi and I bought a good deal of beads from her. And, not only does she create lampwork glass beads, but she also designs intricate jewelry which features her beads. Swoon!
To our right, were three more talented lampwork glass artists: Judith Billig of Judith Billig Contemporary Lampwork Beads, Lori Bergmann of Lori Bergmann Design and Lara Lutrick of Lutrick.
|Judith, Lori and Lara - photo by Lori Bergmann|
These three women are immensely talented and both Kristi and I bought a lot of their gorgeous beads! During slow times, we talked shop, laughed and goofed around.
Judith hamming it up and showing off her "Angelina Jolie lips"!
She cracked me up!
|Judith with her delightful lampwork|
|Lori and Judith at Lori's booth|
I bought some lovely sage green lampies from Lara on Saturday and used them to create earrings to wear on Sunday. I paired the new earrings with the necklace I'd made the night before.
|Ammonite Impression Earrings|
Overall the show was a success. Kristi did well at her booth, we both scored lots of great new beads and we enjoyed the company of great people who shared our passion for beads and jewelry. I returned home inspired!