Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Books and Beads

I just finished two books that are worth a look!

First, "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It's a hilarious account of the End of the World, and I found myself laughing out loud at many spots. It takes place in England, and an Angel of Good and an Angel of Bad (mainly, the Eden Serpent, now a guy who has a penchant for fast cars and nice clothes) have misplaced the Anti-Christ. They want to stop Armageddon from happening because they've grown accustomed to living with all the trappings of modern life. If you liked Dave Barry's "Big Trouble", you'll probably like this one!

The other one is Amy Tan's latest, "Saving Fish From Drowning". I adore Amy Tan and this was a great read that I was sorry to see end. Bibi Chen plans a trip for 12 travelers to Myanmar (Burma) but has the misfortune of dying before the trip. The group still takes the trip, and Bibi travels along as the narrator of the book. Lots of interesting tidbits about Burma, and another great one from Amy Tan.

Beads -- I just got accepted into a new show for this year, the International Gem and Jewelry Show, or Intergem as it's commonly called. It's a HUGE show with a wholesale section that sells predominantly beads (I buy most of my gemstones at these shows) and an enormous retail section that sells beads and a lot of jewelry. At least in my area (Baltimore) I've noticed a lot of high end diamond jewelry and low end plated-made-in-China junk, but nothing in between, and no artisan jewelry. I thought it might be worth a try, but I'm still amazed I got in! It's either going to be an expensive mistake, or a fabulous experience, but either way, I'm excited, and now am spending more time on making things than I am on updating the web site -- I am still updating it but not as copiously as before. The show is April 20-22 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Email me if you want a ticket!

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