Panic on the streets of Newark…

When I say that – do you hear the Smith’s song in your head? Because I do. By the time you read this it will be (milder) panic on the streets of Milwaukee, which doesn’t flow as well anyway…

Yes, I said Milwaukee. I am experiencing Bead and Button for the first time! As you read this – I will have arrived, and debuted at the Midnight Madness Tuesday night preview event. Then Wednesday is a day of socialinzing and errands. Thursday I/we set up and the doors open!

I say we – as I am traveling with my AE team-mate and friend Marsha. I am so very thankful for her experience vending this show – which she shared with me via advice, recommendations, reminders and general support! We will be joined there by fellow bead artist friends Nikki of Thornburg Bead Studio, and Diane Hawkey.

Caboodles of cabochons

I have been pretty nose to the grindstone on preparation for this show. With the personal events that took my focus/attention/energy in April and into May… Whew. I do have plenty of inventory! But there were, as always, cool new ideas I wanted to try. (They will keep until I’m back in the studio.)

The packing and prep for this trip is all new territory for me. Flying with my suitcases filled with my display items, my packaging materials… and my beads in my carry on!? This does eliminate risk factors of loss of inventory, and manages potential damage…

So I have half a suitcase for clothes, shoes and toiletries. hmmm. Guess its jeans and tee shirts for me! Who cares? It’s the jewelry that is most important! If you are at the show – please stop by! Introduce yourself! I will be at #1226. 

I am excited, a little anxious, and as ready as I will be. I feel both exhausted and energized. I look forward to shopping, inspiration, exploration – and most of all? Spending time with my bead family. 

Panic on the streets of Newark…