I have finally recovered from all the fun I had at the Shreveport Bead Retreat. I’m used to getting up around 4am for work, but for the retreat I was getting up around 8am and beading past midnight! My roomie, Julie, and I went back to Albasha for the awesome Lebanese food that we found by accident back in August. We also found a new favorite Italian place called Monjuni’s and I just loved all the decorations and plastic grapes hanging from the ceiling!
Julie mostly worked on her Cynthia Rutledge locket, but I completed 3.9 projects. The three I finished are shown above: my Hippie bracelet from Edie’s class, a beaded cross from Chris’s class, and my challenge piece. I was 4 Peridot AB crystals short of finishing my Bling cuff, but I ordered more and they are on their way.
The challenge was to bead something during the retreat using a worry doll, a mini popsicle stick, and a beaded cab (the center of the flower). I made a Hippie tree hugger pin, he turned out so cute! I won by default since I was the only one to finish my project in time and my prizes were a pair of Wubbers and a Craft Mates organizer.
Friday night I taught my orbital earrings class, and we had a lot of fun! I waited until my class to bust out my famous cake balls, and they were a sinful hit. There was no clear winner for the colorways, as each was chosen about the same number of times. The gal beading away in the photo is my new friend and student in my class, Irene. I am so happy we will be taking Cynthia’s key class together next month!
I also won a really cool doorprize! This shadow box was donated by Cindy who works with Meadows Display Cases, here in Texas. It came with a key and mounting hardware, and I think it might be just the thing to display some of my beaded art cards!
Since it was just me and Julie, it was easier for me to meet new people and get to know others even better. I tend to be pretty introverted around people I don’t know that well, so at retreats I tend to only hang out with the people I already know. I’m glad I broke out of my shell a bit, and thanks to Ida for another fabulous retreat!