Thursday, April 1, 2010

Bead Fest Santa Fe 2010

I love Santa Fe, NM so much. Especially when it snows there. The contrast between the browns of the adobe and the white of the snow is wonderful! This year was the second year of the return of Bead Fest Santa Fe since the new Santa Fe Convention Center was finished. The show location is at the La Fonda Hotel as well as the new Convention Center. The photo above is of the back of the La Fonda Hotel from my hotel room across the street.
Preparing for a bead show is a lot of work, traveling to the show is a lot of work as is setting up the booth. But I love being at my booth, greeting customers and getting to know fellow exhibitors. I had most of Wednesday before the show to walk around and take pictures of this special city. I passed by a church yard where lots of wind sculptures were planted. Wonderful to see on an early morning walk.

My booth neighbors, sisters, Susan and Dawn of Whoop! With Julie from Tierracast,who was visiting for a bit of laughter. Great neighbors. The brown of the adobe buildings almost always have brightly colored window and door frames
and doors. This shop has a very colorful painting on it's outer wall. So cool.

Breakfast at Pasqual's is a must! I had the Chorizo Breakfast Burrito the day I had to set up my booth and work until 9:00 pm. Look how colorful it is in Pasqual's Restaurant! Nice way to start the day.

One of the best things about shows is reuniting with old friends. Pat is a lovely person and one of my favorite students from so long ago. She is such a special person. It is always a joy to see her! We had to get at least three hugs from each other before she moved on to shop.

I had to get a shot of this customer. The minute she came in the door I thought, "What a great look she has
! I must take her picture."

I so look forward to next year's trip to Santa Fe.

More later about my post-show vacation in Taos.

I hope to see you at one of this year's upcoming Shows

This month is the Rocky Mountain Bead Society Bazaar in Denver, Colorado. April 24 & 25. I will have a booth this year with my friend, Hannah Rosner.

Then The Bead&Button Show in Milwaukee, WI
June 6 - 13. I have two classes and a booth this year.

July see me at the Puget Sound Bead Festival in Tacoma, WA
July 8 - 11 where I will have a booth
Then The Teton Bead Retreat
for Mastering the Curl with the PoP Bead Toggle Classes
July 24 - 28
Bead Unique Taho Retreat October 7 - 10
I am working on a special new project for this retreat.

See my Calendar at for more class offerings throughout the year.