Monday, February 13, 2012


Another purchase at the Gem and Jewelry Shows.  What is it you ask?  Never in a million years would I have guessed that it is a peice of tilapia leather; cured and dyed in dozens of lucious colors.  Had to have several.  Purchased from Nature Beads.  I don't think it's on their website yet; and they sold out at the show; it is definitely yummy!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Gem Show Find

This is a spool of silk cord that I found at the holidome this year.  The color is magnificent and the picture doesn't really capture the shimmer.  I'm thinking a kumihimo bracelet would be wonderful or maybe a macrame bracelet that I have been working on in leather would look good in this cord too.  Stay tuned.  I definitely want to order more in different colors.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show

I had a booth at the To Bead True Blue Show this year.  The show was great and I was lucky to be near some wonderful people.
Next door on one side was Julie Picarello.  I bought her new book.
On the other side was Paula Best with her lovely whimsical multi media beads.
Acrosss from me was Karen Ovington.  Her husband helped in her booth and ordered pitchers of margaritas at 5pm.  How cool is that!
Next to Karen was Barbara Minor and Chris Hentz (of Chris's cables).  Her enameled beads are unbelieveable!
And down a few tables was Steff Korsage.  Steff has used my glass beads in her jewelry; and I was lucky enough to purchase a ring from her. 
And behind Steff were two friends from Dayton OH...  Bridget Beck and Colleen Girard
And right behind me was Amy who made raku beads. 
I could go on as every booth in the show was spectacular.  Had a great time!