Thursday, August 9, 2007

Sonoma Wine Country Glass and Art Bead Festival

Heart lampwork beads are really catching my eye these days. This beauty is by Grace Ma and was just added to my personal stash but I can order another for you if you like. There's a matching set of lentil shaped beads....kapow! They are awesome.

I have another heart by Payton Jett coming up next. Jaw droppingly beautiful. And no, she's not related to the rocker Joan Jett but would gladly make a bead for her any time!

I'm on my way to the Sonoma Wine Country Glass Art & Bead Festival this weekend. (The name is bigger than the bead show!) It's only a couple of hours from home and I'm pickin' up my sis along the way.

I love this bead show. It's at the veteran's memorial hall so your entry to the show is outside on the lawn. Free parking, free admission, no gate or door to enter. Just out of car and onto the lawn. Something about not walking straight into a convention hall gets you into a great mood. The perfect weather helps too!

Plus you get to see handmade glass beads sparkle in the sunshine.

There are single classes held outside on the back patio and the rest of the show is in two large rooms that are just packed to the gills, but the high ceilings keep even a claustrophobe like me comfy as can be. The building is old so it's got more character to add to the homey feel of this show.

What I like best is it is a BEAD show not a gem show. There are a few of those vendors, of course, but I'd say 80-90 percent are selling beads....ahhhhhh, what more could a girl ask for.

This is the same show where last year another bead addict and I laughed as we joked that we needed to create Bead Addicts Anonymous. Since it's B.A.A. for short, we could make rounds through bead shows bleating like sheep to find one another to help keep us from overspending! Okay, now that I typed that it sounds JUST a little weird....ya had to be there...ya know? Heh, it still made ME laugh.

Until my next heart posting,


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