Lori at Bead & Button ShowThis weekend was the annual Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, WI…definitely one of my favorites.  Not to mention it is relatively close to home.   Shopping stones really is an art…and it it has taken me several shows to really refine my own process.

I still remember the first show I went to, I ran out of time and didn’t even cover half of the show floor.  I was astonished by everything that was there…SO MANY STONES!…it was an absolute feast for my eyes and I was in LOVE with every stone I picked up…to say the least it was overwhelming.  I returned home exhausted, broke and with more stones than I ever imagined (not to mention more Shopping for stones, boothstones than I could possibly use). I knew I needed to do something different.

This year, I arrived at the show ready to go with a no fail system 🙂  I had so much fun, returned with everything I needed and I even felt energized!

I thought I’d share some of my tips with you in the video below.
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Some of my gemstone finds…mmm…I’m so excited to begin creating!

Enjoy & Shine Brightly!