Sunday, August 11, 2013

Bead Fest Philly Booth- Part 3- complete!

Hello friends!

Wow what an exciting ride it's been. It has been so amazing watching my booth transform! I seriously have a million things I could write to you about! 

So I will start out with the glass headpin display. Displaying loose headpins was easy. Sweet little bud vases from Walmart worked out great, but what about the pairs? When they are in the shop they are bagged up like this. The shiny bags make everything look nice, but when you are looking at a table you lose the detail :( 

BUT... my dear sweet friend, Marsha Minutella had the perfect solution for me! Itty Bitty rubber o's! Look how sweet and tiny! The 3mm rubber o's from My ELEMENTS work perfectly to hold 2 (even 3) glass headpins together, AND I have even put 2 on the pairs so that you have 2 sweet little rubber o's to use in your designing(thanks for the tip Marsha!).

Just look at how much better these look displayed! You can see the texture in the stone headpins and everything! Yay!

I decided on using Kraft colored price tags with this amazing "Bohemian Typewriter" font. I LOVE how the look! Here you can see them in action! 
Look how clear the font is on this large sign as well! Love it! Nice and easy to read.
Here is the "Bright Earth" tray of beads. They are even more saturated than they appear in the photo. Aren't they soooo pretty all in their home together?!

I also came up with a GREAT IDEA! So say you don't get to go to Bead Fest with your friends. Well you know all of your "True" friends couldn't leave the bead show without picking you up something, right? (hint hint to all of you out there going to the show while your poor friends sit at home ;P) So I thought how fun would it be to put a wonderful bead in with a super pretty mini card for a "Bead Souvenir"! You could pick up your dear friends a special beady gift of awesome on your travels! Sure is better than that hokey shit you find in the airports! :D
Some things just need a teeny display. Well my spiral s-clasps were no exception. My teeny ramekin was still too big believe it or not! I went on the hunt for a sushi dip container, but they didn't have them at the World Market by my apartment. I did, however, find these super sweet and teeny little squarish bowls!
OMG look how cute! I had a TON of wine corks lying around from these ultra awesome succulent plant holders I made for Christmas gifts.
Since "Necessity is the mother of invention," I used the rest of these wonderful little corks to create my tag holders. I am so pleased with my sweet little handmade elements for my display! 
Next I saw these INCREDIBLE wooden patinated looking boxes that my friend, Barbara Bechtel made for her booth. *swoon* I LOVE verdigris patina! I asked Barbara if I could borrow her boxes for the show. Since she was traveling over the summer she only had one on hand, but she very generously offered to tell me how she made the boxes. 

Ricky and our friend Brandon assembled the boxes while I did the painting.

Here was the first layer. They started out really blue so I was a little worried we weren't going to get the right green.

Second layer. This one was sooo pretty! lots of nice streaks of color. 

Third layer. I was a little scared that I over did the metallic. By this time it was midnight and I was working in a dark garage. 

Here is a photo of the box in the sun. It sure is GA-REEEEEEEEEEEN in the sunlight! I still wasn't totally sure about the box. I really love the free spiritedness of Barbara's boxes. You can tell mine or "more stressed" out and "tight". Everyone else seemed to like them and I was worried about over working them so I stopped here. 

Here are the boxes with my display. They are nice and green and have a good contrast from the more aqua table covering.

It looks so pretty with the sea themed beads displayed on top! 

Only a few finishing touches that will take place at the show. Staci was such a sweetheart and created these GORGEOUS drift wood bead displays for me as my "First Bead Show" gift :D So I will be working these beauties into my table set up framing a few trays in the center of my display :D



Thanks so much for stopping in to enjoy the process of my booth set up with me :)

Have  a great upcoming week!

xo Genea

17 comments:

Karen Totten said...

Your booth looks stunning! It really came together nicely!

Genea said...

Thanks so much Karen and thanks so much for all of your input through this process! xo Genea

Patti Van said...

Your booth looks absolutely fantastic! I so wish I was going to Bead Fest this year, but the stars did not align for me! I am only about 2 hours south of Philly - hopefully next year! Hope you have an A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. experience! :)

Genea said...

Thanks so much Patti! OH NO! That close and you can't come?! That sucks. Are you sure no one near you is going that could pick you up?? Oh I plan to! I don't know how I couldn't have an amazing time! xo Genea

Gardanne said...

The o ring idea is genius, I may have to steal it. I sell pairs but also mismatched trios, I will have to check out larger o rings for those. I stole Suburban Girls idea last year for jump rings to hold her pair together, I was making this time consuming fancy wire thing that got all tangled with the other pairs.


Looking forward to seeing you at Bead Fest.

Sandra said...

It looks great Genea! I can't wait to meet you at Bead Fest!

Genea said...

Anne, You can thank Marsha Minutella for that one! She was the one that told me about it ;) Oh for sure! The teeny o's fit 3 headpins for sure. I am not sure how many more will fit, but they work great! Oh for sure. I saw you had wired yours. I tried wiring mine and it just bent the wire. This is quick and works amazingly! Can't wait to meet ya! xo Genea

Genea said...

Thanks so much Sandra! Can't wait to meet you as well! xo Genea

Ann Schroeder said...

Everything about your booth looks great. It is fun to read about. The o rings for the headpins and the souvenir bead idea are both genius! Have a wonderful time.

Genea said...

Thanks so much Ann! I'm glad you enjoyed reading about it! Thanks so much! I was pretty excited about both of them! Thanks we will! xo Genea

Niky Sayers said...

Oh my your display is as beautiful as your beads, truely a work of art and so beautifully neat!

Ema Kilroy said...

I've been following your posts and think you have done a wonderful job creating your booth! I love the look!!! I wish I was able to go to Philly this year and see it in person. All the best to you at the show!

Genea said...

Thanks so much Niky! I have had the best time putting it all together :)

Thanks for following Ema! Thank you for your kind words! We hope to do very well!

xo Genea

Sarah M. said...

You have such a lovely display! It's inspiring to see how much thought you put into all the details!

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Genea said...

Thanks so much Sarah! I am ALL about the details! I am glad it shows in my display :D Thanks for stopping by! xo Genea

Marsha of Marsha Neal Studio said...

I am SO excited to meet you in person!!! To see your beads too of course - but REALLY I'm SO EXCITED to meet you face to face!!! Everything Looks Awesome!!!

Genea said...

Yay! I am SUPER EXCITED to meet you too Marsha! Yay! For sure! We are going to have a BLAST! I can't wait to see your beads as well! It looks like D7 Studio is right next to us! See you soon! Xo Genea

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