August 16, 2012

Bead Fest Pity Party

Okay, so I'm all sorts of bummed that I'm not going to Bead Fest this year.  I was going to have a booth, but it just wasn't something I could realistically fit into my schedule and live to tell the tale.  But I'm not one to sit around and pout for long, so I've come up with a Pity Party (heavy on the party) for us to have together so we don't feel like we are missing out on all the fun and all those beads!  With a little thought I've come up with three days of fun for us to join together, inspire each other and get creative.

You can play along on your blog or the Creative Bead Chat Facebook group.

All weekend - Sale & Giveaways.  I've joined up with some of my beadmaking friends to offer discounts for the weekend and I will be hosting a giveaway each day for gift certificates to my website.

Friday - Bust your Stash.  On Friday we going to go into our bead stashes and pull out something that hasn't seen the light of day for a while. If you'd been to a big bead show, I challenge you to find something from a past bead show purchase.  You can share a photo and story about it.  Create something with it or give it away on your blog or Facebook page.

Saturday - Inspiration Adventure.  Get out of the house and find something to inspire you.  You can go to a farmer's market, craft show, festival, museum, gallery, bead store, antique store, walk in the park - whatever you can fit into your weekend that will inspire you.  I'm planning to attend a Fiber Fest that is not too far away.  Share photos from your adventure.

Sunday - Class of One.  Pull out a jewelry book and try one of the projects in the book. Go through a few books and pick a project.  How often do we really do that?  For me the answer is hardly ever!   I'm going to pull out Kerry Bogert's Rustic Wrappings and try my hand at one of the new techniques in her book.  Share your results with us.  We'll also share links of our favorite online tutorials. 

That should keep us busy and our minds off Philly!  Who is going to join me?  I'm looking forward to having some fun and being inspired together.

10 comments:

Kristi Bowman said...

I'm too busy to be too awfully bummed but yes I know some of my friends are heading that way and can't help but wish I were there. I'd like to join in a couple of the days if I can. Thanks Heather, you're so good at thinking of fun stuff!!

Alice said...

Heather, these are all fabulous ideas! I might not get to do all of them but you can count me in.

KayzKreationz said...

I'm going to try to join. But I'll be busy. Heading to San Antonio Friday for a bead show. Maybe that will count for the inspiration on Saturday, since that's the day I'm going. And then maybe Sunday, I'll be able to try something new with whatever I get Saturday. We'll see. Thanks.

CraftyHope said...

This is such an awesome idea and I really want to play along, but my weekends tend to get out of control on me and I never know what direction they'll take. I might try to squeeze in a few of these activities though for fun and a challenge. Thanks for the great idea!!

jumbledhutch said...

Sounds like a great idea! I am going to try to play along the best I can!

TesoriTrovati said...

You are so clever! I am in on it! I will have to post some things to keep me motivated this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration. Enjoy the day. Erin

SummersStudio said...

Good stuff, Heather. I have my thinking hat on.

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

What a lovely idea! I'm in! One of these days I'm going to get to Bead Fest or Bead and Button. For a short time we had a lovely bead show by Louis Wilson that came to the Boston area and I was able to drive to it a couple of times. But, alas, it is no more. I'll post later today when I return home from work. Thanks Heather!

kim Idalski said...

I'm going to a small craft show today and can join in on tomorrows also. What a fun idea. Are we doing a blog hop or should we just post our fun adventures here?

kim Idalski said...

My finished blog about my fun filled Bead Fest ~ Pity party weekend. Hope everyone stops by. Ill be checking out everyones tommorow to see how all of you were inspired. Thanks so much for having this. I really needed the pick me up. Alot of hurting the last few weeks and this really got me motivated. Hugs and happy creating to all.

http://kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com/2012/08/bead-fest-pity-party.html