Week 19: Show Prep


At the end of May every year I have the Lilac Festival in Calgary. The weather is usually mild or downright warm by that point and it’s a HUGE show. My folks are my boothies for the day and we do our visiting while selling goodies. This means I spend the months leading up to it topping up my stock. The bouquet of flower necklaces above are a collaboration between my daughter and I.


The simpler piece on leather and wire above is some fun bead digging. Over the years I have accumulated scads of random beads. A big pile of little stone and glass beads makes up a few boxes of my stash and I promised myself I would use up a substantial portion of those this year that so that I could hit another bead show and buy more next year. I try to control my bead hoarding, really.


And a customer ordered a series of pillow beads with southwest colours in a slightly larger than my normal size. So that’s these guys which are winging their way to the Bead and Button show with my customer. One day, I tell myself, I will go to the Bead and Button Show. Until then I’m happy to send beads that way.