I spent 8 days in Milwaukee for Bead and Button. I'm exhausted. Classes were for the most part good to great. Celie's PMC class was awesome. It was such a kick-ass project and we learned a lot of new techniques. The class was so good that everything after that was anti-climactic. I reunited with Cris, who I met last year. She is like my twin sister. I feel so comfortable around her. We both got manic during class because we were out of our own comfortable workshops. Somehow we named the frenzy.....manic monkey.....monkey manic. Works both ways. I think we finally settled down a little on the second day. Although we got chastised on the third day for making noise. We also hooked up with Gigi in that class. What a sweetie!. We all want to take classes together next year. My other classes were wire work and a chain mail class.
I worked for Michele on opening night. It was fun to be on the other side of the vendor exhibit. She is sweet and funny and makes great beads. Check out her website. She is also a talented photographer. I was so busy the entire week that I feel like I didn't get enough time to talk to her. Next year I think fewer classes. I met Amy, Cynthia and Jill from Toronto. They had the booth space next to Michele. I have a girl crush on Cynthia. I ran into Susan Kazmer a number of times. She has such a high energy level. I don't know how she does it. I which I had a small percentage of her wattage.
I didn't buy many beads. Although I did get a large collector's bead from Larry Brickman, a cool dagger bead from Stephanie Sersich, a great botanical bead from Gail Crossman Moore (which Michele thinks needs Viagra), and some skulls from Michele. I'll post some photos when I get a chance. But that's not alot...I usually buy bags full of beads. I bought some Thai silver and a couple of kits and that's it.
Saturday I had an all day class, but decided to cut out after lunch and drive home. I was so fried I couldn't look at another beads or even think about it. Once I made the decision to drive home early...I was really charged up. It was good to get home. I will miss all my B&B girl pals and look forward to seeing them again next year.