I started the trip by burning several CDs of my favorite music -- a very eclectic mix of tunes from Depeche Mode to Nine Inch Nails to tango music. I chronicled the start of the trip with a photo...
I was a little tired and couldn't muster a smile, but I was smiling on the inside.
I really did have fun! I got to see Jen Judd again, and meet Elisabeth Auld for the first time. They're sweet as pie and absolutely hilarious. I love meeting blog friends in real life! I also got to talk to Barbara Lewis again and take a few photos of her oh-so-colorful booth....
|amazing enameled beads|
Barbara had a booth across from Yvonne of My Elements -- Genea included some of Yvonne's fun findings in her Cup of Bead Soup package. Her booth is a feast of fun...
I have to show you a few things I bought. I always buy (and hoard) Joan Miller's ceramic beads. This time, she had owls (shriek!!!!) and coffee mugs. Love love love.
|:Left Owl: Did you drink my coffee? :Right owl, looking away: What? Hoooo me?|
|These are nice and chunky -- I'm thinking of putting these in a necklace for myself.|
As for the ring class on Sunday -- I'm so disappointed. I woke up at 3am with (you guessed it) a killer migraine. I stayed in the room in the dark until check-out and then limped my way home. Now, I always use my turn signal. But holy Hannah. When your head hurts as much as mine did, that turn signal was like exploding a hand grenade at close range. Jiminy Christmas. I had to forgo that particular law-abiding gesture.
So after sleeping off the migraine, I got up and put together some giveaways for you! Instructions for entering are below, but for now, take a look at each lot up for grabs....
A yard each of faux suede from Barbara Lewis' booth.
A grab bag of fun from My Elements.
Pewter toggles from Bead Me Up.
Earring pairs from all the Czech glass strands I bought.
A pendant from Green Girl Studios.
And last but not least, two stamps from PJ Tool & Supply.
So here's how to win ONE of these:
1) Leave a comment below -- be sure you have a way for me to contact you.
2) Get an extra entry for blogging, Facebooking, or Tweeting about this.
Come back on Monday, April 18th,
to find out who wins what!
(PS: I will be away from the computer most of tonight and through tomorrow, April 12th, so don't worry if your comment doesn't show up right away -- rest assured it will get through!)
Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene. She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.