Thursday, July 31, 2008


Ahhhhhh......I fooled you!
On Saturday, Sarah and I went wedding dress shopping and we found one.....and bought it!!! She looks drop dead GORE...JUS in it! She says it is her dream dress...which makes mama very happy! She said to me when we got in the van after we bought it that she thought we would have to go to 10 stores before she found one that she liked. She said "Mom...did you think we would buy one today?" and I said YES! And the neat thing about it is that we bought it as Cupids Corner in WI Rapids and I bought my wedding dress at Cupid's Corner to when it was at Johnson Hills years ago. History repeats itself! Any whooooo......I can't show you the dress, it's a surprise! But I will show you a picture that I cropped out of the detail of the dress! Have a great day! Boo

Baroque Motifs

This card is made using the stamp set Baroque Motifs. I stamped it twice to make a shadow effect.

Artfully Asian

Here are a couple of cards made with the soon to be retiring Artfully Asian Stamp Set.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Sarah and Della

Sarah's best friend Deanna had a baby a couple of weeks ago and they named her Della. Sarah and I went to Fort Atkinson to see them at the hospital. Sarah just loves her to death. We had a nice visit and also went to Good Will and Jo Ann's while we were out and about. A very fun day!

Hobo Bags

Here are some pictures of some hobo bags that I have made. I have carried one of these bags for a year now and just love it!

Bead and Button Show

Dawn from Milwaukee who I met at the Scrapbook Pajama Party Weekend in Milwaukee just sent this information to me and I thought I would post it on here so that you could see it. Melissa is getting into jewelry making, I suppose I will get dragged to and kicking!

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Bead&Button Show Newsletter
July 25, 2008
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The Auctions at the Bead&Button Show - We raised $28,825!
We are grateful to all of you who participated in the Bead Artists Against Breast Cancer fundraising efforts during this year's Show. You made so many donations and generously bid on the auction items - thank you sincerely for your commitment to this worthy cause. We applaud your efforts.

The beneficiary of this year's auctions is the Medical College of Wisconsin. Their mission is to uncover the causes of cancer through basic and clinical research and to translate this knowledge into effective treatment and set national standards for cancer patients. We have earmarked the dollars raised solely for breast cancer research.

This year, we bettered all previous records for fundraising at the Bead&Button Show. The contributions consisted of $23,825 raised during the Silent and Live Auctions, and $5,000 from Kalmbach Publishing Co., publisher of Bead&Button, BeadStyle, and Art Jewelry magazines in matching funds.

Special thanks go to the editorial staffs from Bead&Button, BeadStyle, and Art Jewelry magazines who tirelessly covered the Silent Auction booth at the Show and coordinated the Live and Silent Auctions at the Bead Social. They did an amazing job of organizing the donations and keeping track of all the bidding.

We also applaud Rio Grande, sponsor of this year's Bead Social and Auction Night. Rio Grande also donated to the auctions and contributed many door prizes for attendees. Grateful thanks also to our auctioneer, Jackie Truty, President of Art Clay World USA who definitely raised the bar on our fundraising at the Social.

We would also like to mention, and thank, the incredible work and dedication by teacher Jeanette Shanigan who coordinated the 20 bead quilts auctioned off during the Bead Social. The quilts are always at the top of items and dollars raised. Jeanette has been tireless in her annual commitment to this cause. Here is the link to participate in the 2009 Bead-It-Forward Quilts.

The Bead Social and Auction Night was a merry evening of meeting beading friends, enjoying cake and coffee, and more importantly coming together to generously raise money for Bead Artists Against Breast Cancer. To all of you who generously gave, our heartfelt thanks. Be sure to join us next year at this lively and special event. Tickets will go on sale online on December 12.
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Hyatt Hotel Rooms - Reserve Them Now!

Hyatt Regency Hotel
333 W. Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203

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Room Block Name: Bead&Button Show
Room Rate: $132.00 (for single, double, triple, or quad) (Request a king-size bed or two double beds in a room).

In order to secure the Show rate, you must ask for our room block by name.

We highly encourage you to reserve your hotel rooms. NOW is the time to make your hotel reservations for the 2009 Show. Rooms sell out quickly. Please contact the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 414-276-1234 and ask for the Bead&Button Show rate. Don't be disappointed - book your rooms immediately. The Hyatt Hotel sells out by the Fall, and it is the most convenient hotel for the Bead&Button Show.

JR (left) and Bobby (right).
Postscript ... a number of our attendees and Hyatt guests e-mailed us post show about their favorite Bell Captains at the Hyatt. JR and Bobby are legendary with Show attendees, faculty, and exhibitors. Thank you for your kind words about these two great Hyatt staffers ... we love them too!
Bead Dreams Winners
Top left: Best in Show, "Early Summer Wedding Bouquet" by Miyuki Sugimura, Hiroko Toda, Masako Kato, and Akemi Hara. Top Right: Best in Show Runner Up, "Sakura" by Hiroko Toda. Bottom: People's Choice award winner, "Beaded Chess" by Nobuyo Chiba.
The above photos are just a mini sampling of the fabulous pieces of jewelry and items that were are top awards in our Bead Dreams juried competition. The winners and finalists will be featured in a special section of the October 2008 issue of Bead&Button magazine. The photos from Bead Dreams will also be posted online on the magazine Web site by the end of August. Congratulations winners and finalists ... we are so proud of your artistry and creativity!

We also thank our generous Bead Dreams sponsors: Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Art Clay World USA, Beadalon, Rings & Things, Rio Grande, Soft Flex Company, and Swarovski for their underwriting of the Bead Dreams awards.
2008 Bead&Button Show Program

If you didn't attend the Show, or if you misplaced your tattered copy, order an additional copy of the 2008 Show Program for $5.00 plus applicable tax. Chock full of information on our 2008 exhibitors, this is a great resource and materials guide to utilize year round. We have limited copies of this very special publication. This is our Show staff and magazine editors' favorite keepsake and reference from the event ... it's so useful to remember where and from whom we bought that amazing bead!

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More Show Photos
Another sampling of Show images - what a celebratory week of beading and jewelry fellowship ... to all of you who came from so far (and near) with so much enthusiasm, we share your passion and excitement. No rain (or tornados) dampened our spirits ... plus it gave us all more shopping time!
Master Classes 2009
Pick Your Master
We are again hosting three celebrity teachers in 2009 - join Valerie Hector, Alan Revere or Kristina Logan to enroll in a class of a lifetime.

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Planning the 2009 Show - we are off and running ...
We spent some leisure time beading, walking by favorite lakes, fishing, swimming, and just enjoying ourselves at summer festivals after this year's successful Bead&Button Show - we earned it (and needed it). However, August will find us sorting through boxes and boxes of jewelry again as we receive close to 1,500 teaching submissions. If you could be with us as we unpack the jewelry, you would hear our oohs and ahs and sheer delight from the Show team and editorial staff. We can't help ourselves, it's fun to hold and model all that jewelry!

If you have not yet submitted your online applications to teach in 2009, we encourage you to do so. Jurying starts in August - don't miss the opportunity to teach at the largest consumer bead show in the world - we welcome you to our lineup of outstanding faculty from the U.S. and abroad.

Apply here to teach at the 2009 Bead&Button Show.
2009 Show Class Registration Booklet (Pre-Order)

A printed registration booklet for the 2009 Bead&Button Show is available for $5.00 plus applicable tax (booklets will mail in December). 2006-2008 class registrants will receive a complimentary copy.

If you have not yet attended the Bead&Button Show, come "Celebrate Your Passion" - join us May 31 - June 7 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin ... it will definitely be a week to remember.

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