Saturday, September 6, 2014

Life After Bead Fest

Hello friends!

Wow what a crazy ride it's been. I can't believe Bead Fest Philly was just under 2 weeks ago! So let's catch you all up on my last couple of weeks.

A view outside of my car window on the trip to PA. This photo doesn't do it justice at all. The clouds looked like feathery wings outstretched. It was really magnificent!

One of the signs by the show. Lol, we couldn't resist taking a photo. 

Here is a shot of our booth. Ricky and I got in and set up in 2 hours. That was record timing from last year where it took us 4.5 hours to set up! Guess we are getting good at this huh?!
Staci and I shared a booth again this year. Here you can see Barbara Bechtel holding down the fort.
A pic of Staci and me at our booths.

We also shared our power house corner with Starry Road Studio and Wooly Wire Etc. It's so much fun to share a space with these awesome women. I wish I had clicked some more photos of their booth's, but I dropped my phone face down 2 days before the show :( You will have to hunt them down on facebook to view their photos when they get their albums posted ;)
I made myself a quick necklace with one of my "Eye See You For All That You Are And Will Become" focals. Nothing like making yourself a piece of jewelry at the show cause you didn't have time beforehand ;)

Here is a better photo I took out in the sun yesterday ;)
I just LOVE this necklace!

Our Courtyard party on Saturday night was rained out, but that didn't keep our bunch of wild gals from partying inside!

I had an awesome class with my students! I clicked some quick photos with Ricky's phone.

Our mother and daughter team that came to class together wearing their finished jewelry :)

Ellen didn't have pierced ears so she purchased some clip earring backs at the show that matched perfectly! 
Our two classmates that met at the class and became great friends. I love how beads bring us all together :) Didn't their pieces turn out awesome?!

Here are a few photos of my students work from class.




I love how everyone's piece is so unique.



While we were at the show, Don, Karen's husband gave her a special birthday present he comissioned me to make for her. May I present, "Gypsy Magic". Holy wow, huh?! It took me about 3 days to design this necklace since I really wanted to bring all of the design elements together.  I am so pleased with the finished piece!


Here is all of my loot from the show :D
Wooly Wire from Wooly Wire Etc.
More Wooly Wire :D


Ceramic eye house from Diane Hawkey.

Polymer clay beads by Second Surf and eye charms from Cynthia's sweet daughter :)

I wanted to wear some of my pieces right away so I put them on chain and sari silk. Awesome, huh?!

The not so fun part of the tail end of show time, the creative mess. This is my upstairs studio. I am STILL getting things organized and back into their places.

In the meantime after show also means SUPER MASSIVE SHOP UPDATES! All of these beauties are in my Etsy shop. It was just easier and faster to update there first. Some of them are in my .com shop as well. I will get everything moved over shortly.







I also marked some beads and jewelry on sale. I will be creating new jewelry designs soon. I can't wait to get back to designing as well as making. 

See you soon!

xo Genea


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Last Minute Bead Fest Philly Info and Updates

Hello Friends!

Let the last minute panic begin in 3.....2.....1..... COMMENCE FREAK OUT! Actually... I am feeling pretty ok considering how much stuff I have left to do.

So let's get to the SUPER important stuff first since this will be a LONG blog... 

My shop's will be CLOSED while I am away at Bead Fest Philly from sometime soon today through August 26th. So if there is something you can't live without you should run over to my shops and grab that now ;) 

It's been several days of craziness. I have successfully dropped my phone face down and KILLED it so I am WITHOUT MY PHONE. It's almost as bad as not having a limb. So if you need to get a hold of me you will have to facebook message me or call Ricky's phone. Message me for his number if you need it ;) I am PRAYING that my phone will arrive at the shop today instead of it's scheduled date of tomorrow when I will already on the road to Philly. Send out those good vibes everyone!

You can find Staci and me over at booth #371 where we were last year.
Here is the map for Bead Fest so you know where to find us.
Here is your coupon to save $10 on your entry. Print this image off and present it at the door. Use that extra $10 to buy your beads! ;)

There is STILL TIME TO SIGN UP for my  "Wooly Wire One-oh-FUN" class! Class is Friday night at Bead Fest Philly August 22nd from 4:30-8:30pm! I believe that sign-ups are closed until the day of the show, but you can sign up that Friday up until class! If you need anything before then, I am at booth #371 so come find me there ;)

Wooly Wire "One-oh-FUN" class projects. 
We are in room #31 for class. 

I have been burning the midnight oil the last few nights tying and pricing my work.

I had only a few days this time to work on my display when I had it up for well over a month last year.  Here is my progress. I am at the point where I think I am just going to wing it. You all love pretty beads and I doubt you will be agonizing over my lack of labeled table tags and stuff that I worry about. 

Some of my show crap I have to cram into crates and organize for the trip. I guess as long as I remember my: beads, class kits,  lights, cash box, and cc swiper, we are good, right?

Well I am off! I have a newsletter to write and students to contact. See you all soon!

xo Genea

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hoopin' and Bead Fest Prep

Hello friends!

I am always shocked by how fast the time has been flying by! I have been chained to my lampwork desk making beads like a crazy fool! I kinda freaked out when I laid out my trays to see what beads I wanted to make for the show. It doesn't look like much does it? Well not to worry! I have LOTS to make between now and then. I need to pull out my show table and get my set up all worked out as well so I can see how I want my display to look this year. It will be pretty similar to last years set up with a few changes ;)



 Infact I thought I would take a short break and offer up a tray sale on Facebook. Just a nice sampling of some of the beads I was making for the show all in one place. I did sell a good amount of these pretties yesterday, but there are still some amazing beads left!



Here is a shot of the entire lot of beads I had for sale yesterday.  Here is what I have left...

"Eye See You for All of the Beautiful Things You Are" Teal XL focal - $65
Rainbow Batiks "Teal" set of 7 - $64.50
Desert Serpent "Purple Peacock" Large focal - $38

Desert Serpent "Mermaid" Large focal - $38(Shiny, normally sold matte)

Desert Serpent "Mermaid" small set of 3 - $38(Shiny, normally sold matte)

From the Inside Out "Crimson" small set of 3- $38(ONE LEFT)

Spiral Earth Stones "Purple Velvet" stone textured small pair- $24(3 available)
Rainbow Batiks "Orchid Rose" set of 7 - $64.50(SOLD OUT)
Desert Serpent "Purple Peacock" small set of 3 - $38(SOLD OUT)
From the Inside Out "Sahara" small set of 3- $38(SOLD OUT)

Here's a shot of the back side of the beads.

I have also been working on getting my kits ready for my Wooly Wire "One-oh-FUN" class that is RAPIDLY SELLING OUT! So be sure to hop on in and grab yourself a spot for class. Details here. Here is a shot of the bundles of silk students will get to pick out for their class necklace.

Here are the designs we will be making in class in case you forgot what they looked like ;)

I've been making it a point to click pictures in my studio while I work. I forget that not everyone knows what it's like to be a lampworker. We do all of our daily routine stuff without a second thought. 

Here I have some colors laid out to make a sunflower bead for a dear friend. This is just the beginning step. I took more photos while I worked, but I will post those later( I gotta keep you coming back somehow, right? ;)


I have had the extreme pleasure of reconnecting with my dearest friend, Sean. I have enjoyed the pleasure of his company along with getting to watch him dance(Hooping technically). He is one of those people that has this thirst for life and is so full of light. One of my favorite things about him is his love of music. He is forever catching a beat and just moving to it. I really admire his free spiritedness. Here you can see him hooping at Drum Tribe this past Monday. Isn't he amazing?!

I have even been entrusted with one  of his very first hoops to learn myself. *Insert heart here*
It inspires me just watching the iridescence glide along the hoop as it moves :D

Here's to my new adventure....

xo Genea

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Oxygen Check Engine Light and Sky Bleached Batiks

Hello friends!

I had intended this post to be souly about my new beads, but it turns out life decided to get more exciting... So let's start at where we are at this moment in time and work backwards.  So today I sit down to create. I pull out my glass and grab my nubbies of one of my colors to melt down and make into something usable. After all I am WAY overdue on ordering glass and have to  squeeze the last bits out of the glass I can. So I go to click on my oxygen concentrator(an essential part of my lampworking machinery) and I get a flashing red "service" light and beeping. 



So at any rate, my "check engine" light to my oxygen machine comes on and it's inoperable. Awesome.  Did I mention that this is my BACKUP concentrator? My "donut" tire, if you will. So what happens when your spare dies as well? Well, you cease to make beads. As you can imagine the panic sets in. I mean Bead Fest is HOWfar away? and HOW many beads to I have to make yet? oh and I have class beads to make too. *dies*

So what do we do after we panic and proclaim that the world is against us? We have sale, yep, that's right! a S-A-L-E! We tell our friends of our woes and ask them for their support by joining us in a sale to repair our broken equipment.

From now through July 11th(my birthday, YAY!) I will be offering up a 15% off sale in my shop here>> www.geneabeads.com. Use the coupon code "glass4oxy" at checkout to receive your discount! So this is a win, win for both of us. Not only have I just release these amazing, LIVE NUDE BEADS, but they are also on SALE! The sale will help me buy the necessary parts to fix my machinery and return to my regularly scheduled glassiness. See, yay for both of us! :D

Now about that moving from the present to the past thing. You can pretend it's like those movies that show you some strange blip and then start the story, only to re-show you the weird blip and then tie things together. Just like a big bow on a present!

So here we go...



So you see that bright band of color there? It's yellow, pale mint and turquoise? Yeah, that right there is what got my heart all a flutter. So I pulled out my glass and got to it on some more designs!

This is what the beads look like when you make them. Ugly huh, but with all beautiful things, it's what lies beneath.....
Partially cleaned. You can now start to see the design peeking through the muck.
Here they are the LIVE NUDE BEADS! Pretty sassy in the buff huh?! Isn't glass an amazing creature? May I introduce my "Sky Bleached Batiks" collection :) I had intended to sit down and make more of these awesome beads until my oxygen concentrator(oxy con, as we lampworkers call it) crapped out on me. Pretty breath taking huh?! I think I could still make a whole pile of these and not tire of them. So if you would like to see more of this glassy awesome. Stop on over to my sale and send some love my way ;)

I was kind of on this stone theme from last weeks update, which I failed to post here, oops!

These were last weeks treasures(there are still plenty in the shop). I am a dirty tease though, I did save the Orchid and Black beads for my Wooly Wire "One-oh-FUN" class for Bead Fest Philly. You can get all the details for class here.

Or you can just read it here ;) Be sure to sign up by using the link above ;)

Here is what we will be creating. Pretty sweet huh? If you have never used Wooly Wire, but want to dip your toes into the pool of fiber wire, you really should hop on over and take my class. We will start out with some basic steps and move into these gorgeous pieces.

If you haven't already, you may want to take a moment to sign up for my Genea Beads Bulletin Newsletter. You will find out about all things Genea Beads including: special subscriber only sales, new work, classes, shows and more!


Well I will have to bid you adieu for now. I'm off to tag and tie up the new beads so they can get ready to go to their new homes!

See you soon!

Much Love and Beady Goodness, 

Genea