Sunday, August 29, 2010
Small, yes, but extremely good quality. And at $4.00 to enter, a very reasonable show to attend, too.
There was also a very good variety of vendors. I saw seed beads, silver findings, Czech and Swarovski beads, Venetian glass work, a huge selection of natural stone beads in every price range, cutting edge stringing products, ceramic beads, lampwork supplies, carved wood and bone, resin beads, etc. etc. Just about everything. I spent the first whole hour just wandering around and trying not to be starry eyed as I jotted down things that caught my eye in my notebook.
So many things caught my eye! At the right are beads I was lucky enough to come home with. The first are small rounds of some kind of stone, probably a jasper or agate. Then tiny, very clear cubes of fluorite. You can't tell so well here, but they are a beautiful light purple color. Then top-drilled turquoise, or perhaps dyed howlite, seeing as how the color is so intense. But even if it is dyed, the color is extremely beautiful. Beside it are some gorgeous amazonite faceted rounds. The color of this is like the purest glacial ice. I had to have it when I saw it. It is extremely good quality. Beside that is a strand of tiny amazonite rounds. Not as good quality as the larger ones, but still sky-blue and lovely. Last is a strand of jade spears. These are just gorgeous, like sunlight on willow leaves; just gorgeous. I kept coming back to them and coming back to them, and finally said, "I just have to have these!"
Here are some lead-free pewter three-to-one findings that I thought would make some lovely earrings or a lovely bracelet; a string of gorgeous mauve faceted glass rondelles; some green, white, and black biwa pearls (yes, I finally have some biwas!); and some truly beautiful carved wooden leaves. The stand I bought them from, Priscilla Marban, had carved leaves of all sorts. I'm definitely going to order more in the future.
Anyway, what a great weekend! It was definitely worth the five hour round trip; I had a blast! Will definitely be attending next year and hope to meet some other very nice beaders and vendors there.
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