At the Whole Bead Show inSF ---
BEST news and fun was seeing my friend Jamie from Oahu, Hawaii. last
year, we met through a newsgroup posting about beads. She then came out
to CA to take a lampwork beadmaking class - as a beginner, she was even
brave enough, and accomplished enough, to make a fish murrini cane that
was just as pretty as Leah's!!!!! Well a year later, she has quit working
for the state government, worked in beadshops and demonstrated
lampworking, and NOW she's opening a beadstore in Waikiki, Honolulu,
Hawaii, near the Ala Moana Shopping Center! She is going to town. She's
taking georgeous vintage and lampworked beads there (she's on a buying
trip after the show) --- and she'll be featuring classes there also. So
it can be a writeoff (check with your tax person!) if you book a trip to
buy beads/take classes --- I said "right on, as long as I can swim!"
Jamie replied, the beach is right across the street! I know that beach,
and it's wonderful!!!! Leah is planning on teaching there by year's end,
I believe - so what could be better? Learning how to make mermaids,
fishies, aquarium beads in an inspiring setting. Why go to Hawaii to
learn/buy? Well you DESERVE a vacation! And you can stay out of the
sunburn zone from 10am to 2pm by visiting a nice airconditioned shop with
lots of goodies to look at, hold, and maybe buy. ALOHA!
and more about the Whole Bead Show:
I exhibited marvelous restraint in the face of temptation! I bought a
georgeous fused pendant made by Bruce St. John Mahr. It's a scene of
trees and night sky through a misty mountain fog. He's also got a new
series featuring cherry blossoms and branches against a soft blue & cloud
sky! And some amber insects, etc. Buy them at the first booth - Out of
the Blue from Ashland, OR!
And though I swear I'm a beadmaker, not a bead designer - I couldn't
resist Ava Motherwell's French faceted beads - beeeeauuuutifulllllll! And
I'm no wirewrapper, so I bought some of those wirewarp headpins (as
featured in a Bead & Button article, I think) of stars, triangles, and
hearts in copper and silver.