Thursday, August 18, 2011

GEM SHOW In Houston, TX


When you go to a Professional Football Stadium in Texas to go to a bead show… YOU KNOW IT’S GONNA BE BIG!

Stadium  collage

I shared with you that Hubby & I went to Houston in July. He had work to do there for 10 days & I was lucky enough to “PLAY” with some of my friends. I shared going to “The Rowdy Art Sisters” Monthly Art Meeting (HERE) with my buddy Diane Cook . And we got to spend some wonderful time with Diane & her Hubby. The guys went RV supply shopping while Diane & I found our own brand of trouble!


But, when Diane told me the Gem Show was in town & she couldn’t go (because she was babysitting her GRAND) I was kinda bummed. Then she said that Deryn Mentock was wanting to go & had a free admission ticket. Well heck, I didn’t need the free ticket but, I JUMPED at the chance to see Deryn again. I had met her at Adorn Me in Houston back in March 2010. Her classes (I took 2) were amazing. Below is a photo of Deryn at Vendor Night for that Adorn Me Event & beside it is the necklace she taught in class.

Deryn Class collage

We had been emailing from time to time since Adorn Me but, a Gem Show with Deryn… COUNT ME IN!!!!


Here she is doing one of her favorite things… buying turquoise!!!! She is darling & loves to wear her jeans, boots & amazing creations in turquoise(see one peeking out at the collar of that black T Shirt. Of course, most of those creations are made by her!


Above is my treasure. It is from Carico Lake & I bought the piece from the owner of the mine. Go HERE for a great post & link by Deryn about this particular Turquoise. The beads are much like Deryn’s & need stringing as well as needing an S Hook closure made. I bought TWO wonderful books on Wire Techniques for Jewelry Making & will refresh my skills for making that closure.


Above are a few more strands of beads I bought at the show. Some are just glass beads that had colors I really liked or thought I could use in some of the things I’m planning. And some are semi precious stones. I just love the ones in the middle as they remind me of Sea Glass.


Again, some yummy colored semi precious…


And these… well let’s just say they might end up in a present for someone I am going to visit VERY SOON! Wink Wink!!


Do you like the green (with red’s, orange, & browns)? Great for a fall creation don’t you think? Dragon Blood… ???? Deryn know so many of the stones names. And there are others that I didn’t share because I have not gotten them out for the photo op yet… Staging jewelry & stones is hard don’t you think? Getting the light correct with out the glare of a flash just really makes it tough. If you had ideas to share on this subject PLEASE FEEL FREE to share!!!!

What I didn’t show… London Blue Topaz. And of course… an empty checkbook. Oh well, It’s I Owe I Owe it’s off to work I go. Deryn & I decided that maybe we weren’t a good influence on each other after all. But, we sure had FUN! I can’t wait to use some of these in the earring class I’m taking from her. Be sure to check the previous post to find out about that! STAY COOL! I’m trying to!

HUGS! Charlene


Diane said...

All beautiful and oh so yummy!
Yep, it is a BIG show, and I know how it is to get in trouble there. Love the picture you took of Deryn =)

Sandy Navarro said...

Of course, ya know I gasped as I scrolled down and saw those orange beads! OMG! Woman, they are freak'in FabUlous! I'll be frisk'in ya at the airport! You should be used to it by the time you get here! LOL Only a few more days!

Sandies' Patch said...

I don't have the money for a flight or I'd be there! LOL!

Thanks for sharing,

Sandie xx

The Old Parsonage said...

Wow - you got some really great things! It must have been awesome!


Maija said...

I bet you girls were veery naughty and came home with tons of gems!!! So glad it was fun!!!!

Karen Valentine said...

You got some real beauties there girlfriend! I love all the cool blues and greens. You better start saving your pennies for January's show here. It's not in just one building... it's in the whole town!!! Hope you are staying cool! Did you see Cindy's post with the sign?? I was dying!! Too funny!!!!! Have a great weekend sweetie!

Decor To Adore said...

Oh yeah, I would have been in BIG trouble! :)

allaboutourdogs said...

Oh Charlene, I love turquoise!!!

Anonymous said...

Yep...I'm still in love with that turquoise pendant you got! Can't wait to see the finished piece...

Jill Marcott-McCall ~Feathers & Flight~ said...

The Gem Show Is the Perfect Place to Get into a Lot of Trouble! But Isn't it Fun!! Hope you are Having a Great Visit!

Leo said...

I love the turquoise. So pretty!!!

Unknown said...

What a great post! I would love going to that show! I too love the ones that look like sea glass...

Rainey @ The Project Table

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