June flew by like an 8 year old on a roller coaster, hyped up on cotton candy. Amazing and gleeful, but with the inevitable sugar crash as I passed out from exhaustion, smacking my head on the window of the Prius as my husband drove me home from the airport.

My big beady family at the reunion called Bead & Button

On June 1st, I left for Bead & Button. Ralonda and I decided to drive my Prius from Dallas to Milwaukee because we’re crazy like that. I taught 3 classes to some amazing students. I had an overachiever student finish her Andromeda Spike pendant in class! I met a couple of you (readers) at Meet the Teachers and sold a nice chunk of kits.

Fun times at the Calderone Club, sooo goood!

I also worked at the Beyond Beadery booth, and ate delicious eggplant fries with some of my favorite people. I got all dressed up for the Toho Party and had the best time drinking martinis and taking selfies with more of my favorite people. I bought a ton of Maku Raku. I laughed so much I cried, and came home really inspired to design.

This is my favorite picture from B&B 2014, and the rest are in this album on Facebook.

Laughing it up- Melissa Grakowsky Shippee, me, Laura Ziener, and Jill McKay

When I returned I had ONE day and then left to teach at the Tyler Bead Retreat. This time it was me, Ralonda, and my friend Karen Williams from Seattle.

3 teachers and my Prius: me, Ralonda, and Karen

I taught my new Ratan Bangle for the first time, and had a full class of 20! Ralonda and I also co-taught our first collaboration piece. When I wasn’t teaching I was working on my doll named Destiny. More retreat photos in this album on Facebook.

Our table, and I’m working on my doll named Destiny

After I got back from that trip, it was time to get ready for the cruise! I had bronchitis on our honeymoon cruise, so six years later we had the opportunity for a re-do with friends. “Swim with the dolphins” has now been crossed off my bucket list.

Swimming with Reggae, the Jamaican dolphin

After that trip, I had ONE day before I flew to Cleveland, Ohio to film 2 TV segments for Beads, Baubles and Jewels with Katie Hacker. She interviewed me about my podcast, tips for creative people, and I showed how to create my fabric cabochons and bezel them with seed beads. That night, a few of us gals from this series went to the home of Kieu Pham Gray for a delicious dinner and bubble tea!

Katie Hacker and me on the set of Beads, Baubles and Jewels

After that trip I flew home, and my husband picked me up. In the split second before falling asleep and smacking my head I thought “Wow, if this is June, I wonder what July and August will be like!”