On the first night of the cruise, at the welcome party, cruisers are given a swag bag chock full of beady goodness. Along with the delightful treats, they are given instructions for competing in the Bead Cruise Design Contest. It is totally optional, and totally fun! Behind the scenes, locked away in their cabins, through out the week, students create original jewelry that contains at least 3 items from the gift bag. On the last night of sailing, students and instructors gather together for the farewell party and we finally get to see what each person has been secretly creating.
Above shows a sampling of some of the pieces submitted in the 2013 Bead Cruise Design Contest.
With each piece laid out for browsing, students and instructors get to vote for their favorites in each of 3 categories: Most Intense, Sweet & Simple, and Cruise Favorite. Winners are announced, prizes are won, and ideas for next year's entry are undoubtedly stewing.
This year's cruise had another event at the farewell party that wasn't to be missed, Show & Tell. Students brought some of the pieces they created in class to show off to the group. This was by far my favorite part of the night! I loved seeing what students had been creating in the other classes!! And OH! what awesome things they were!!