Saturday I drove to McLean, VA to exhibit at the McLean Jewelry Showcase, a show in its 2nd year that is ALL jewelry, and all handmade. The first year was really successful, so this year they added a lot more vendors and filled up almost every single room and hall in the place. I had a wonderful time, was busy the entire time, and am already looking forward to next year. I'm not sure if they're going to tighten up the event next year (65 artists may be about 15 too many, as a lot of the customers had sensory overload) but it was well worth the drive.
Sunday I taught my first beading class. I taught the wire-wrap technique needed to make cha-cha bracelets and earrings. The class was sold out, and it was so much fun! I brought "Bead Soup" (a huge mix of all kinds and colors and shapes of beads) rather than limit people's creativity by bringing only one type of kit, and it was so interesting to see what everyone came up with.
I'll leave you with a picture of my bedside table -- I've gone a little nuts on books lately and have a healthy stack to read. The dictionary is there because I hate when I'm reading and run across a word that I'm pretty sure I know what it means, but not entirely. So I'm doing like Diane Court, the girl in "Say Anything", and checking off each word I look up in the dictionary. (Didn't you just love that movie?"