I think I get this way every June. I get really, really depressed and frustrated that I can't be a Bead & Button show attendee. I am so envious of all of my fellow beaders that are going. I haven't ever been able to attend Tucson either - probably never will because of the distance. BUT - Bead & Button is a driveable distance away - probably only about 10 hours. And still, here I am. I've even had the pleasure (and I mean that in a NOT so positive way) of having people look down their nose at me like I'm not important when I respond to their question about whether or not I'm going with a NO. So I sit here, wondering - HOW can beaders AFFORD to go to Bead & Button? I have a bead shop to run, I have stock to purchase, I have bills to pay, I have a husband that was until recently, laid off from his job. There is simply not enough $$$ in the budget for it. Does everyone just max their credit cards to the limit to make the trip? Or am I one of the 'poor' beaders that gets treated like I'm from the wrong side of the tracks? It's not like I don't try to sell my art pieces. MOST of my beadwork is very detailed, seed bead heavy work, ala Marcia, and Laura, and Rachel. It's all very unique, and unlike a lot of the other work around my area. I've got an Etsy site. I've tried local art galleries. I have it proudly displayed for sale at my bead shop. And all I get in return is comments and pats on the back. Which are nice. But they don't pay the way to Bead & Button OR the bills for that matter. And then when I hear and read comments from beady friends that are going about how many classes they are taking, and what they plan to buy, and attending the parties - it depresses me even more that I seem to be the poorest beader in town.
Maybe I need to start a local club for hard up beaders that can get together and commiserate and bead together during Bead & Button. The "We're Too Poor for Bead & Button but we still consider ourselves Beaders" club. Although I'm thinkin' I may be the only member....sigh.
So that's my rant. Sorry I put you through that. If there is someone out there with a great solution short of winning the lottery, I'd be glad to hear it.