Saturday, November 24, 2007

adventures in bead land!

i am involved in a Secret Santa bead swap with the Bead Hive Group on eBay. because i don't have a bead store near me at home, i have taken advantage of being in a bigger city and checking out the great bead stores while on vacation over the thanksgiving holidays. i found some great places and great people, and i wanted to share with you. i also found some great beads to send to my secret santa, but sorry, not posting that here!

first i want you to meet tammy who owns island dreams beads. she is a hoot! she was so friendly and helpful. you gotta go and visit her web site! she will ship to you and she has some great lampwork and polymer clay artists that design for her. i will definately be going back when i am back in town. and here is the really cool mural outside of her shop! check this out.

Here are some really cute designs the "islanders" put together at Island Dreams Beads. they are too beautiful.

while i was there they were having a trunk show with an increadible lampwork and polymer clay artist named Suzy Komar who owns her own bead business called Bizzie Bee Beads. here are some examples of her work. She is amazing and I bought several beads from her. if you click on her name you can contact her about her work. check out this eye candy! this is a sample of her polymer clay work.

and her are some pictures of her gorgeous lampwork beads! i have no idea how she does this fantastically detailed work.

beatiful aren't they? i may start carrying her work on my Etsy site, that is how much i love her work.

i love sharing about the people and places i find on my adventures! i think as an artistic community we have to support eachother, so if you haven't taken the Handmade Pledge yet, go to the sidebar and click on the Handmade Pledge banner and take the pledge this season! i will share more about the places and faces i found on my trip soon. later!


Kim Cavender said...

Hi Carole Dawn,
I'm so glad you stopped by my blog. It's great to see what you've been up to. I love all the altered art and collage things! I keep saying one day I'll make time for that! Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

Brandi said...

Thanks so much for joining the Indiepublic Blog Ring! Welcome!

Altered Kat said...

Looks like a beaders paradise! :o)

Laura Bartlett said...

Hi, I wish I had a better bead shop near me. You make me jealous.

Suzy's work is stunning. I can see why you'd want to carry it in your shop.