22 August 2013

Bead Fest Pity Party


Lots of my beady buddies are off to Philadelphia for the annual Bead Fest this weekend. It sounds like such a rollicking good time with fabulous opportunities to add to your bead stash and meet online friends. I wish I weren't like 10 states away!

My friend Heather Powers of Humblebeads organizes a Bead Fest Pity Party each year to help those of us who are watching from afar cope. Here is a line up of the self-directed weekend events:

All weekend - Sale & Giveaways.  I've joined up with some of my beadmaking friends to offer discounts for the weekend and I will be hosting a giveaway each day for gift certificates to my website.

Friday - Bust your Stash.
  On Friday we are going to go into our bead stashes and pull out something that hasn't seen the light of day for a while. If you'd been to a big bead show, I challenge you to find something from a past bead show purchase.  You can share a photo and story about it.  Create something with it or give it away on your blog or Facebook page.

Saturday - Inspiration Adventure.
  Get out of the house and find something to inspire you.  You can go to a farmer's market, craft show, festival, museum, gallery, bead store, antique store, walk in the park - whatever you can fit into your weekend that will inspire you. I have to sing at a wedding, but later I plan to go for a walk on the Green Circle Trail in Stevens Point as part of my 'staycation' exploration for the Challenge of Travel coming up - yikes! - on August 31st!  Share photos from your adventure... or make something! {And it is not too late to join the Challenge of Travel!}

Sunday - Class of One.
  Pull out a jewelry book and try one of the projects in the book. Go through a few books and pick a project.  How often do we really do that?  For me the answer is hardly ever!  I need to go through my book stash and found a new project!  Share your results with us.  We'll also share links of our favorite online tutorials. 

 

You can play along on your blog or on the Creative Bead Chat facebook group. Get busy gathering materials and make plans for the weekend. 

That should keep us busy and our minds off Philly!  Who is going to join us?  I'm looking forward to having some fun and being inspired together.

Start now...Get the discount! I don't run sales that often, but this is an exception. Use the code PITYPARTY13 for 15% off your order of $20 or more in my Etsy shop through Monday, August 26th. 

All weekend - Sale & Giveaways.  I've joined up with some of my beadmaking friends to offer discounts for the weekend and I will be hosting a giveaway each day for gift certificates to my website.

Friday - Bust your Stash.  On Friday we going to go into our bead stashes and pull out something that hasn't seen the light of day for a while. If you'd been to a big bead show, I challenge you to find something from a past bead show purchase.  You can share a photo and story about it.  Create something with it or give it away on your blog or Facebook page.

Saturday - Inspiration Adventure.  Get out of the house and find something to inspire you.  You can go to a farmer's market, craft show, festival, museum, gallery, bead store, antique store, walk in the park - whatever you can fit into your weekend that will inspire you.  I'm planning to attend an antique market that is not too far away.  Share photos from your adventure.

Sunday - Class of One.  Pull out a jewelry book and try one of the projects in the book. Go through a few books and pick a project.  How often do we really do that?  For me the answer is hardly ever!  I need to go through my book stash and found a new project!  Share your results with us.  We'll also share links of our favorite online tutorials.

That should keep us busy and our minds off Philly!  Who is going to join me?  I'm looking forward to having some fun and being inspired together. - See more at: http://www.humblebeads.com/blog#sthash.BJtY5a1B.dpuf
All weekend - Sale & Giveaways.  I've joined up with some of my beadmaking friends to offer discounts for the weekend and I will be hosting a giveaway each day for gift certificates to my website.

Friday - Bust your Stash.  On Friday we going to go into our bead stashes and pull out something that hasn't seen the light of day for a while. If you'd been to a big bead show, I challenge you to find something from a past bead show purchase.  You can share a photo and story about it.  Create something with it or give it away on your blog or Facebook page.

Saturday - Inspiration Adventure.  Get out of the house and find something to inspire you.  You can go to a farmer's market, craft show, festival, museum, gallery, bead store, antique store, walk in the park - whatever you can fit into your weekend that will inspire you.  I'm planning to attend an antique market that is not too far away.  Share photos from your adventure.

Sunday - Class of One.  Pull out a jewelry book and try one of the projects in the book. Go through a few books and pick a project.  How often do we really do that?  For me the answer is hardly ever!  I need to go through my book stash and found a new project!  Share your results with us.  We'll also share links of our favorite online tutorials.

That should keep us busy and our minds off Philly!  Who is going to join me?  I'm looking forward to having some fun and being inspired together. - See more at: http://www.humblebeads.com/blog#sthash.BJtY5a1B.dpuf

3 comments:

Dee Alcalde said...

Oooo sounds fun, I'll be joining in; who says only the Bead Festers can have fun :-)

KJ said...

I am 90 miles from Beadfest, so I will be going. It will be a first. However, I absolutely LOVE the idea of class for one. I have 4 tutorials that I have not tried yet, plus books galore. What a fabulous idea.

maxandlucie said...

Erin, I love this idea! I'm going to piggyback and offer a discount in my Olla Podrida shop as well.

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