I have returned from Bead Fest! The best things about Bead Fest were meeting lots of awesome designers and bead makers, some for the first time, and some who I only get to see at shows. It really is the people who make all the hardships of a show worth the effort. My buddy Diane Hawkey and I did as much schmoozing as we could, watching each other's booths, and going out for a couple of fancy and fun dinners.
As you may have gathered, the show was not so great financially for me. It was definitely not as bad as it could have been, as I covered my expenses, but not by much. It was very disappointing and I don't plan to return next year, but will consider it again in the future. I wish I had brought some of my regular items that people expect to see from me, and I wish I had spent a little more time and energy bringing some more elaborate displays, but I managed an elegant display of new work and it was well received, so I can't complain much. I just have to work a little harder this month to make up for it, unfortunately.
Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.