On Saturday morning my ship docked back in Bayonne, NJ. I had just spent the last 8 days on the fabulous bead cruise hosted and organized by Heather Powers. If you can go next year, DO IT. I had the best time ever. Here, let me show you…
Our first full two days out at sea were spent in workshops. I took a full-day cubic right angle weave workshop by Beverly Herman and Heather’s cast away necklace for my half-day class. I found CRAW to be horribly frustrating but Beverly had me doing it! Bead weaving really isn’t for me though and I”ll probably stick to bead embroidery (less counting, lol). We used a bead spinner in Heather’s class and I made a mess. There were a LOT of beads stuck to the bottom of my pants by the end of the morning.
Dinners on the ship were fun (and tasty). We had a whole group of tables for our party so you could sit with whomever you liked each night.
There was also a vendor night! The teachers each set up a table with their wares (kits, tutorials, beads, etc…). Erin Siegel convinced me to go on the cruise and she was my roommate so I got to help set up her table for vending. I LOVE merchandising!
After two days at sea, we stopped in the Bahamas. I got to go snorkeling and then venture through the straw market. Sadly, the straw market is mostly imported stuff and does not reflect the original purpose of supporting traditional handmade straw items on the island.
We got rained out the following day for CocoCay but we all ended up beading and creating fabulous jewelry. On Wednesday, Barbara Bechtel came and picked us up at Port Canaveral. She took us over to Beads by Baker. What…a…fantastic…store… No, seriously. This store was packed with czech glass, trade beads, seed beads, tools, gemstones, blah blah blah!
Yeah, for realz it was that awesome. $$$$$$$$$$$$!!!!!!!!! ::wallet explodes::
After my wallet exploded, we did some additional non-bead shopping in the area. Then Barbara dropped us back off at the ship and we headed back out to sea. There were more workshops, yummy dinners and all sorts of fun stuff.
Random fun stuff from the cruise!
One evening there was a PJ beading party. My awesome peeps here at AJE donated a bag FULL of awesome art bead/components and Glynna Merritt White was the lucky winner! Congrats, Glynna! I should also mention there was a crystal clay Make N Take (see lower right-hand photo). I haven’t finished my piece but I should probably work on that…
Our final evening at sea, Heather hosted a farewell party. Those of us that created entries for the jewelry contest presented them that evening. I made the three piece set on the left.
I had an amazing time on this trip. I got to spend time with old friends, make new friends and finally meet friends I had only known via the internet. Heather is going to release the details for the 2015 cruise later this spring. I highly recommend going if you can. I hope to be able to attend again next year.
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