Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bead & Button Giveaway and Musings

Hello everyone Happy first day of summer to you all.  I am finally more or less caught up on the mundane chores that piled up while I was off to Bead and Button.  I fully intended to post the winner of my giveaway sooner but I kept running out of time doing those exciting things like bills and taxes and the like.  But I woke up today and said to myself the first thing I'm going to do is get that announcement out there.  But first a bit about the show.

This was the first year I have gone to Bead and Button and it was a great time.  Lots of fun with friends some good sales activity and new places to visit as well.  We drove to the show as the displays plus all the beads are a bit much to fly with and besides with the two of us the cost is less than flying.  But it is a long trip and a grueling one to do in two days.  But we survived.  On the right you can see a shot of Vlad's side of the booth after we got all set up. 

After setting up for the show we had the Thursday evening preview time.  It was very busy and we met several of our online friends in person for the first time.  Here in the photo to the left you can see Linda and Petra, two of the online friends we have met on facebook.  Thursday was the busiest of the days at the show but Friday and Saturday were also very busy and there were more new friends that stopped by and said hi.  Unfortunately we didn't get photos of everyone but we did get a chance to chat with most of them for at least a few minutes.  These photos were shot by Vladislav Ivanov of Golem Studio, my booth partner.

Saturday night we went to a very interesting restaurant called the Safe House.  It is a restaurant with a spy theme and there are lots of fun things going on there.  To get in you first have to pass the door keeper she first asks you for a password and if you can't guess the password you have to do some odd behaviour for a few minutes to get in.  Our group of about 16 had to waddle around like penguins and make penguin noises.  Finally when you get in there are all sorts of spy like things.  Old fashioned phone booths that are not exactly phone booths, secret passages, stools that slowly sink into the floor, interactive pictures on the wall, etc.  I had seen a special on tv about this place and recognized the interior immediately so I knew it would be a fun evening.  Here on the left you can see a rather dim shot of our group table with one of the interactive walls on the right of the photo behind us.  The top of the wall moves back and forth to change the tops of the figures. Thanks to Marianne Kasparian of Maku Studio for this photo.

Here is another photo from the Safe House taken by Vlad.  In the background here you can see Lisa Peters and her mother who arrived a bit late and were not able to join the rest of the group but did stop by to chat for a bit.  In the foreground is Melanie Brooks of Earthenwood and Heather Powers of Humble Bead, Diane Hawkey with her back to us and a couple more of our group that I can't quite identify.   Vlad and I were sitting next to Marianne Kasparian on one side of us and the Vintage gals were on the other side.  Across the table was Loreli Erto whom we finally met at this show after knowing her online for quite some time.  This was a great evening outing and really finished of the Saturday evening beautifully.

So now to the original subject of this post to give away the $100 gift certificate to one lucky winner that was selected by random selection from all of the people that entered the giveaway by answering my survey questions.  First off thank you to you all for answering my survey questions and entering the giveaway.  Now!

Congratulations to Howard Sawhill of North Carolina, you are the winner of the $100


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