Bead Fest – Stash!


About a dozen of my online my bead artist and designer friends were all planning on attending Bead Fest in Philadelphia last weekend.  I yearned to meet these women in person because I had enjoyed and cherished our online communication so much.   Once I got the idea of going to Bead Fest, I couldn’t get it out of my thoughts.  Mind you, I live in the completely opposite corner of the United States.  Flying to Pennsylvania for just a day and a half is totally expensive and frivolous.  Etc.,etc.!

I wanted to go anyway!  I’m retired, right?  Time to have some fun.   Well,I thought,  I’ll just take a peek at online ticket prices…no harm in that.  The first time I looked, tickets ranged from $565-$1500.  Yikes!  No way.  But I kept monitoring the airline prices and by Friday night the prices had fallen to $507.  I’m usually not given to impulsivity, but my desire to personally know my beady sisters, out-weighed any judgement or caution.  I booked my tickets at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday night and in less than 24 hours, I was on my way to the Philly Bead Fest!!!

Bead Table Wednesday

So here’s what’s on my bead table today: my great new bead stash from Bead Fest.  I know you’re jealous, but don’t drool on your keyboard, OK?

Hands of the Hill

Kazuri Beads

Dyed howlite & matte finish sodalite

Hand-painted porcelain

etched and matte agate beads

Rustic fire polished beads

Drop beads

Tribal beads and pendants

Delightful rustic glass beads

Lampwork glass flowers

Drilled river stones

Here’s Diana Ptaszynski  demonstrating how we all felt after a day’s worth of bead shopping: exhausted!  We revived ourselves with an excellent dinner at Legal Seafood—but more on that in a future blog post.

Bead exhaustion!!!


Visit the BTW Flickr group and see what others have on their  bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group

12 thoughts on “Bead Fest – Stash!

  1. Well, thanks for the warning, so I only had a trickle hit my keyboard, instead of a flood! I love the rustic tone of your purchases. Those rustic fp are stunning! Did you get to meet a lot of folks? I’m so thrilled you took the plunge and went. I still haven’t, and I live a lot closer to Philly than you! 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

  2. Needless to say I’m so drooling on my keyboard!!! LOL
    Why do all these fab events take place in the US and I live in Italy? 😦
    Glad you had fun, Linda 🙂
    And I love all the beads you bought! fab!!!!

  3. Oh, you must be thrilled with all your gorgeous new beads!! And to think you got to mucky-muck with the actual artists! I’m so glad you got to go, Linda. Can’t wait to see what you do with all your treasures.

  4. Wow! There was definitely some drooling involved over here. What FUN! I wish I could bring myself to be THAT impulsive (don’t get me wrong, my hubs thinks I’m impulsive enough 😉 )!!
    I’m so glad you got to go so that you could share your finds and the fun with us here.

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