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BABE! In Oakland…


Six days and counting… for some reason I don’t feel so panicked about it.  I suppose I have learned that you do what you do and if it’s not enough then there’s not much you can do except try harder the next time. 

I am also just looking forward to leaving town… I used to get so home sick… now I look forward to going off and meeting new peeps and seeing the people that I only get to see away from home.  =)

My table number is 416 for those of you showing or shopping… if you’re an LE member please let me know… I’d love to meet you!

Oh… just in case you have no idea what I’m talking about… BABE is the Bay Area Bead Extravaganza in Oakland at the Convention Center on November 12 & 13th…

This does not suck…


I survived!  The show is over.  I managed to keep hold of most of my money… but still got a few things from Green Girl Studios and from ElementZ Designs, they were kind enough to trade with me, yay!!  Green Girl Studios make the funkiest cutest pewter cast beads, and Andrew Thornton is too much fun.

Opposite end of the bead scale is ElementZ Designs, owned by Tanya a local artist from the “Big” island…she makes beads made of wood and buffalo horn as well and leather cut outs for use in jewelry.

I also got a very cool bead from Sara Sally LaGrand who was directly across from me (so was Miss Katherine Natalia Wadsworth) and a kumihimo braiding kit from the people who run a local bead store near the Ward Warerhouse, right across the street if I remember correctly 🙂

Jeff moved us from Waikiki to Kailua while I worked the last few hours of the show yesterday.  It’s beautiful… Some how, he managed to keep how awesome the little house is a secret from me for an entire year.  The ocean is just yards away and you can fall asleep listening to the pounding surf.

This is the view out the slider facing the ocean.

And this a view from the bedroom window.

We have a house cat named Juliette, she belongs to the neighbors but hangs out at the beach rental.

This morning we went for a walk and we saw these…
Yes, that’s a sea turtle… no, we weren’t at a park or anything.  These guys hang out at a place called Turtle Cove.  There were probably a dozen or more that we could see.  Turtles just swimming around, popping their heads out every now and then.  They are friendly and you can get really close.  Jeff is trying to get me to go swimming with them… heh, yeah… 🙂  Aloha!

3 Days…


So, I thought I would post on Mondays (to write about the week-end) and again Fridays (to write about the week).  This time though, I’m going to write on Monday to write about the week ahead…

Most of you probably know I am a glass bead maker/jewelry maker… and I occasionally travel to places to work a trade show… This coming week-end I am going to hawk my wares at a show in Hawaii… Honolulu at the Ward Warehouse, to be specific.

I have nothing packed, laundry to do, beads to clean, sort and price.  I have an appointment to get my hair cut tomorrow at 1.  I need to touch up my grey hair and I’d like to get a pedicure and new pair of sandals.  I have a special order set of beads in the kiln that need to cleaned and photographed so my customer can see if she likes them… Oh, and my dog needs a bath. 

The next time you hear from me, I’ll be done with day one of my show… maybe sportin’ a couple new tattoos.  Well, if that happens you’ll probably hear from me before Friday…  🙂  ALOHA!

UPDATE: 7:35pm pacific time…
I got the flip flops (2 pair!) a cute top and a new dress, got the hair color, and made some more beads and Flower Power pendants, but I forgot my customers beads when I left the studio.