Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Gem Show and Exciting News

I have so much to catch up on here at the blog since I went on my trip and then returned in time for the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show.
I guess I'll need to travel backwards and share my most recent excitements with you first.
I can tell you that I was the most restrained in my buying ever my first day.
Let me tell you, only spending $55 for a day at a gem show tent is quite a feat.
On the second day at a different show which is my favorite (or was) The Gem Mall, I was there fro three hours before buying anything. ...and then the floodgates began to open to a trickle and I was working my way up to a good steam of acquiring some goodies.
My favorite silver findings shop seemed to have moved from it's location and well as one of my other suppliers. I would have to do some research to find them.


I felt as if I were shopping for you all. Certain beads would shout out names to me.
I would be thinking "Oh, Janet would like those and Cynthia wouldn't mind having some of those"


Of course I was also thinking of what I might like as well.

I was wearing a pair of the other Kim from FlotsamTide's "Seal Maiden " earrings that had some of this funky kyanite that I had been lusting after. It must have been good bead karma because I found these strands right off at a booth that wasn't offering many bead items.
I got a half a dozen compliments on those earrings I'll have you know.

These Tibetan yak bone mala beads were a hit last year so I've listed some in my supply shop today
Numinosity on Etsy

I may as well tell you that I had gotten my "BUY"on by the fourth day.
I have been told by "One who Knows" that all in all I must have still been fairly restrained when I told her the grand total. ( There is another weekend of gem show coming up though tee hee)


I thought of fanci when I saw these...well of course, now I see that she's been using some in her work already. I got two sizes. I'm realizing that I need to buy smaller beads for myself now because combined with lampwork a lot of combinations can get pretty heavy.

I thought of Vladthebat Steph and Pipnmolly Tracy when I saw these

bunches of cheapo glass beads

will dismantle

Roman glass!

Did you ever wonder if I buy other's lampwork?
Well sometimes I do.
I have admired Karen Ovington's style since I was first introduced to lampwork.
I had never picked up one of her beads for my collection.
Isn't it splendid!


and here's another gal whose beads I love from Tennessa at "A Beaded Gift"


I've also added some crubbly headpins over at my NuminosityBeads shop





and well, not so crubbly too.

I almost forgot to tell you my biggest excitement though.
I've been accepted for a techniques article in Belle Armoire as well as a few featured pieces in the gallery!!!!!
I just need to get cracking and write up the article now. We have just three weeks before our trip to South America.



40 comments:

  1. Ooooooooooooooooooooooo. Love it all!

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    1. twas fun it was. You have no idea (unless you've been to the gem show that is)

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  2. You did find some beautiful goodies, Kim! And I am so excited about your BIG news!! Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks, Linda. Yesterday I spent a few hours getting organized for the article just to realize how disorganized I was about submitting. Wading thru it though. I had to go take a walk just to clear my head!

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  3. That is such wonderful new Kimberly!
    Congrats on the Magazine.
    I have only been to one small gem show and it was so overwhelming.
    I have driven thru Tucson when the gem show was going on and thought how in the world do you make it all around. IT was HUGE!
    But you got some gorgeous things.
    Amy

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    1. It;s daunting for sure. I got it into my head very specific sorts of things I was searching for and then let myself indulge in a few surprises.

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  4. Nice picks from the gem show. You have us pretty well pegged. New yummy crubblys. Love the Karen Ovington bead.

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    1. That's right, it was really fun searching with other's tastes in mind too.

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  5. Ohhh, the kyanite...........slobber. And yes! More mala beads, they are so beautiful!

    What dangerous fun you are having.

    Congratulations on the acceptance of your article and photos! Way to go!! *applause*
    xoxo

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    1. Will be listing that kyanite soon, shall I save some for you? Malas are flying out of the shop so tomorrow I'm getting more.

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  6. WOW - you found some treasures! I am both happy for you and insanely jealous...maybe some year I'll make it to the bead show?

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    1. Yes Nikki, you would faint and need some beer cheese and pretzels to revive yourself!

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  7. DAMn!! i just went crazy on buying some beads today. BOOO!!! that verterbrae one is DELICIOUS!! and i love the roman glass. ANd the black ones that look like fossils...and the sparkly rainbow one.......I WANT THEM ALL!!!
    tsk. why can't i have all the beads?? :(

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    1. I'll be listing the roman beads soon and the sparklies. Yes it was funny that when I got home from the show I had a shipment of Petra's beads waiting for me when I got home. What a wonderful overload!

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  8. yah hoo the mag...just knew you were gonna get in...wait till the issue comes out you will not believe the excitement you feel...so thrilling. Now get busy!! it goes by fast...


    ok...yeah more beads and glad you thought of me!!!

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    1. Thanks, I'm just realizing how disorganized I was in my submission and am wading in between panics thru what I think I need to do. Will attack it with focus today.
      It's hard to take pictures of ourself torching I've found...not to mention dangerous!

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  9. Great selection of beads. How fun.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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    1. Thanks, Nicole. I'm glad I'm not buying for a bead shop. Much more fun to narrow it down to my own taste and friend's taste.

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  10. It felt like being there with you the way you described finding each treasure. Looks like you know exactly what your peeps like.
    Please tell me I'm not the only one who sees an octopus when they look at your new bead. It's a stunner!
    Congrats on the magazine article! Can't wait to see it!
    Nice new work. Love those green headpins.

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  11. $55 and so much fun. I hope you got some good deals. So nice to see those worms in the post beneath.

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    1. Oh Dawn, the $55 was just the first day...I went way beyond that in four days. That was just to illustrate the restraint I had at the BEGINNING!

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  12. What a haul....and I am sure you WERE restrained even after all that. I am not sure I could survive a show that big if ti were paper and goodies....So excited for you about the aeticle and your upcoming trip!!! xox

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    1. I know what you mean. My pile for resale was much bigger than my pile for my own use so there's that.

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  13. Beautiful pictures of beautiful beads. I had to look three times to soak it all in properly. Congratulations on the article! That is quite an accomplishment.

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    1. Thanks, Now I just gotta get that article writ.

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    1. Thanks, Kirk. It will be an undertaking getting it all together, I'm finding out!

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  15. Lovely goodies, like the look of that roman glass and the fossil beads. Headpins are wonderful too.

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    1. Thanks, I got a good deal on the roman glass so I bought lots!

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  16. You are a a star on the rise Kimberly - congrats re mag gig! Beaut stones and beads - I am dead impressed that you were able to be frugal - I think I would find it hard to choose - but you chose so well! I love that as a glass artist you buy lampwork from other artists - a real compliment!
    x sue

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    1. Thank You sue. Frugal is relative isn't it. I'm pretty sure I can make my money back one way or another!
      I know what you mean about buying form other glass artists. Problem is that when I use them everyone assumes they are mine!

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  17. What beautiful bead finds! I tried to pick a favourite... but I couldn't. Also love your headpins..they are gorgeous! AND of course how exciting about the magazine article and images. The sharing of all your news makes me smile... and yes I am enjoying the snow especially since we are beginning to get more day light!

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    1. Thanks Kim, That daylight makes all the difference doesn't it!
      Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  18. It's a good thing I don't have many bead/gem shows near me. ;)
    Congrats on your article!

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  19. wow great news Kim .....and great goodies .........have a safe trip.......xx

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  20. I always enjoy hearing about your gem show purchases, Kim. There are some gorgeous beads here!

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  21. What a fantastic collection! Love them all!!!
    Congratulations on your article, Kim!

    Hugs,
    Gaby

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  22. roman glass would have to be my favs... but what a stunning collection!

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  23. I've just added going to the bead show with you onto my bucket list. What a brilliant haul! Can't wait to see what gorgeous things you make with them.

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