I love attending the Bead and Button show each year in Milwaukee.
I had the pleasure of helping out my local bead store, BeadFX, at the show way back in 2002 and 2003. I was thrilled to be there - I worked hard, had next to no money to shop but had a blast.
I started returning in 2008. I took a wonderful two day class with Akihiro Okama. The next year I took an even better Master Class with Kristina Logan. Then I started to teach at Bead and Button.
My first year teaching was in 2010 - that makes this year the fourth in a row I have taught! The class was held early in the week, so it was quite small. All the students had a good time and it is wonderful to get to know them and have so much time with each person.
I also had really big news to share. A few months ago I received the most wonderful email - inviting me to be the 2014 Commemorative Bead Artist for the Bead and Button Show Commemorative Bead! I nearly fell off my chair.
I have been making beads for months, keeping track of all the colours, sorting, trying new things. I think I rejected many more beads than I actually offered Bead and Button to choose from.
I wanted the beads to be presented as something special.
I found this adorable box.
I carefully strung each bead and gently wrapped them all in tissue.
I gleefully gave the Box to Marlene Vail, the show organizer.
Now I wait. Which one will they choose? I will let everyone know, just as soon as they announce the official bead for the 2014 Bead and Button Show.
I am honoured to have received this wonderful opportunity. Wish me luck on making them all - initial order is 200 beads - yes 200 identical beads. And if they are well received they may order more!