Sorry for screaming, but it’s JUST SO EXCITING!!!!

The classes are all full, but the vendor area is open to anybody who pays the $2.00 admission charge, ($5 for the whole weekend) and that works out to less than a dime per vendor, I think.  And it’s not just yarn, Knitting Lagniappe has wonderful ceramics, and there was a wonderful handmade basket vendor last year.  And the booth with the little travelling project bags that were all SO FANTASTIC that they completely sold out of inventory on the first day and had to stay up all night making more, just so they would be able to take orders.  (Yes, they were THAT cool! and would work for beading as well as they do for knitting.)  They will be back.

Many of the vendors are local but not all, and most of the farms don’t really have a storefront where you can just walk up some afternoon and squeeze yarn, so this is a great showcase, and a chance to meet a lot of the local knitting store owners too.

We will be in a slightly different spot this year, more toward the center row, off to the left as you walk in the main door.  You’ll hear the noise of the Giant Bead Bowl being sifted through, I’m sure.

And we will have all of the colors of our new Dancing Leaves kits, along with our Tila and Triangle kits.  We have two new Limited Edition triangle kits for this summer, too – Lizzie’s Ray of Sunshine and Michell’s Pacific Coast!  Both are perfect for blue jeans, hot days, and relaxing in the shade.

AND we bought a MBT of size 8 and 6 round seed beads for the Betsy Beads book!  They are (say it in that voice, now!) “***FABULOUS!!!!***” (Tried to get the book too, I guess you all got there first.  Dangit.)  And a lot of other wonderful colors for everything else!  We’ll have those with us, and lots of beading supplies, looms, and fun!

Come see us!  But don’t go down the close-to-the-airport 121 way, that leads to undue traffic stress.  From North Dallas, come down 121 to the Highway 26 exit, follow that till N Main Street in Grapevine, go South (left) until you are just a couple of blocks away from 121/114, and look for the Library/Convenvention center on the left.

I got yer pyrite

We spent all day Thursday at one show, but we have to go back today because we only made it partway through the second tent. But look at this!


And check out these pendants! Awesome they are! (sorry, Star Wars previews make me channel Yoda)



Pendants out the Wazoo!

Did you see those pictures of mounds of gemstones yesterday? Yep. We bought all that, and more. Beautiful labradorite and moonstones, garnets, peridot, tanzanite, and more moonstone. Even lemon quartz leaves that scream Springtime!

And then we got pendants from three new sources, fun new styles with stones to match the beautimous strands.

And we were so tired that we couldn’t get decent pictures of them, we brought no light box and they are too shiny. Oops sorry wefelreallybadaboutthat, you know. But now we have to get ready to take on today’s show.

We have the wish lists, and many things are already checked off. Except the one that says “Lizzie wants to come with” – trust me Lizzie, the only room left in the truck is the bed under the cover, and not much even there.

Thanks Deb, for the hourly regular updates on the Cutest Puppy in the Galaxy, which is being Professionally Adorable at the FTW store.

Delicious chaiiinzzz…

Shopped the first show. Got awesome brass, fantastic magnetic clasps, margaritas for lunch, and lots of fabbu chain!

All together now, arms straight out front, walk stiff-legged and moan:




Also fabulous raku birdies, but I want breakfast now.

We made it to Deming NM

After an agonizing farewell in Fort Worth (due to Mary leaving The Cutest Puppy in the Galaxy) we drove west. Dust storms may still exist, but I don’t feel any certainty that breakfast does anywhere close.


Happy Weekend!

Be sure to check in here or on Facebook next week! We leave Monday for out annual Tucson Shopping Extravaganza!

The weather is supposed to be much more reasonable than the great Arizona Ice Age of 2011, and we are ready to shop till our feet swell and out backs cramp up!

I need to go pack now…

Happy Black Friday!

We hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving, we sure did!

And continuing our Artful Bead tradition, we open today at the magnificently civilized hour of 10:00 AM. None of that silly up at the crack of dawn (or midnight) for us!

We are having a lovely sale all weekend, so come see us and shop and relax and maybe have a cup of tea. Of course, we Always have chocolate!