Tucson 2011!

Welcome to sunny Tucson! Well it was sunny but it definitely wasn’t warm. We headed off to Tucson expecting temperatures in the high 60’s to low 70’s – a tropical heat wave compared to Seattle. However, when we got there, Tucson like most of the rest of the country was hit with a winter cold front. It got to record lows of 19 degrees! Check out the frozen fountain Katie and I found!

Katie and I

The cold weather didn’t dampen our spirit! We were here to shop and check out all of the new stuff in the bead world. Our first day at the shows – comfy shoes and badges on!

Me, Mari, Mel and Katie

Check out C-Koop’s booth. It’s a beautiful rainbow of copper enamel charms and beads.

There was inspirational jewelry everywhere! I liked this piece made by Beadalon designers.

These earrings from Linda Hartung use pink wire lace ribbon and Swarovski crystals. Gorgeous!

Check out this amazing necklace made from colored wire from Parawire and glass beads!

Fun earrings with TierraCast components and Swarovski crystals!

Not only was there shopping, but there were parties and fabulous people that we got to chat with. Here we are with the amazing Danielle Fox, editor of Stringing magazine.

Me, Katie, Danielle Fox, Mari and Mel

Marcia DeCoster, amazing bead artist and instructor posed with us – but I think her necklace steals the spotlight.

Katie, Me and Marcia DeCoster


Denise Peck, editor of Step by Step Wire magazine, is always wearing stunning pieces.

Denise Peck and I

Bernadette Fuentes shows us her new handmade beads.




Bernadette Fuentes


The Green Girl Studios booth is always busy. Andrew Thornton, jewelry designer and brother of Cynthia Thornton adorns their table.

Andrew Thornton

Jamie Hogsett, jewelry designer was doing demos of her fun projects for Soft Flex.

Katie and Jamie Hogsett

At the Swarovski Element’s show there were tons of classes. All of the pieces were gorgeous! Here are just a few projects.


Blossom Necklace by Val Hirata

Crystal Connections by Tammy Honaman




Prong Set Jeweled Bracelet by Bonnie Clewans

The cases were filled with pieces encrusted with crystals!



Piece created by Margarita de Gonzalez

Thank you to all of the amazing people who participated in the Swarovski Elements Sparkling Make and Takes on the Patio! Katie and I had a great time! And thankfully it warmed up a little in the afternoon!

Tucson, we will miss you! See you next year!


Sparkle! – Lindsay

5 comments to Tucson 2011!

  • Brenda Wergin

    thank you for sharing those great pics!! I actually got to go to the tucson Bead show once, 10 yrs ago. So inspiring! Your pictures made me smile!

  • You all look fabulous!!!
    Great pics & love hearing about your trip to Beadland! Since I couldn’t go, walking in your beaded shoes was the best next thing!
    Looking forward to seeing the sparklies when they hit the website & the store!
    Thanks for sharing, as always!
    Big hugs,
    Nona Wong

  • Cheron

    Great job Lindsay! Sorry I wasn’t there to see everything. What fun.

  • I miss you guys so much! It was fabulous to see you as always. I wish that we could have had more time to hang out and talk and laugh. Maybe I’ll finally get myself up to the Northwest and hang with you all on your home turf.

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