Tag Archives: beads

Ayla’s Trunk Show Fun

In mid-August I spend the weekend at Ayla’s Originals, a lovely bead bazaar. I frequently peruse this treasure chest of beads, and my wallet was shivering slightly at the thought of being surrounded by sparklies two full days. It was fun to have two big tables to set up. I dedicated one to jewelry. The […]

Trunk Show at Ayla’s this weekend

Whew, I thought 2 weeks between shows is a long time, but there is still a lot to be done by Saturday. When I went to the Bead & Button show in June I stopped by Ayla’s booth first, and was promptly stickered by Joe. At that time, we made plans for a trunk show, […]

Bead Counting

Last week I shopped for some birthstones at Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop and at Ayla’s Originals. Ayla’s had a wonderful vintage bead sale and I couldn’t resist picking up a  sparkly iridescent strand. Then I made a pact with myself to inventory what I have at home. I always gravitate toward the same […]

Jigging at the Bead & Button Show

Two years ago I visited the Bead & Button Show for the first time and was overwhelmed. It is amazing how a convention center can have a block worth of bead booths with all of them offering different wares. The plethora of colors and sparkles resulted in me only buying a few strands, since I […]

Inspirational Women at Blue Buddha Boutique

At last week’s pop-up opening we had a lovely tour of the Blue Buddha Boutique facility and got to meet some fabulous entrepreneurial ladies. Rebeca Mojica started making chain maille jewelry 12 years ago when she saw a cool belt that she wanted to recreate. She purchased 1000 jump rings that turned out to be […]

Sparkles at Ayla’s Bead Bazaar

September closed out with a pop-up at Ayla’s Fall Bead Bazaar. I had perused the bazaar last year and was thrilled to be one of the vendors this year. What’s not to like about being surrounded by sparkles and beauty? Last year’s Pyrite strand made it into a set. I paired it with my Desigual […]

Playing with beads

The Bead and Button Show is on May 27 through June 8, but this year I won’t be able to attend. I would love to take Brenda Schweder’s Jig workshops, but time- and money-wise it’s not feasible to travel to Milwaukee this year. Instead, I am perusing the beads I picked up last year for […]

It’s selfie time!

Whenever I do my Etsy shoots, I try to also wear the pieces out and about for a photo record of how they look in real life, like this blue beaded pendant, ring and earring set. Sweaterdress season is almost over, and this jade stone collar looks great with knits. It’s fun to mix and […]

Fall Bead Bazaar

Ayla’s Beads held a Bazaar in Highland Park’s Art Center last weekend and I could not resist going. Having learned from the Bead & Button Show, I took a visual inventory of what I had in stock. I sort of had a budget in mind, but made exceptions for exceptional beads in the 4 rooms […]

Exploring Beads & Buttons

This year I attended the Bead & Button show for the first time, and it was a blast. I laughed at Milwaukee’s interpretation of compact cars. My intent was to systematically go down each isle, but there were too many sparklies and bargain tables distracting me. So I meandered and enjoyed the colors, the inspiration, […]