Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Above: Road sign for Graveyard Fields. Above: Another shot of the scenery from the road. Above: The swimming-hole at the base of the waterfall. Above: This is a picture taken at the top of the waterfall of Sheila's painting set up at the bottom. If you CLICK HERE you can see the painting she was working on. Apparently the name of the waterfall is the Yellowstone Prong.
Above: This is a shot of our yield. We found tons of wild blueberries and blackberries. It was a lot of fun going out with the family. My mom and dad were there and Azalea was having a blast running around helping pick berries.
After our adventure in the woods, we stopped at the Moose Cafe right near the Farmer's Market for a late lunch/ early dinner. It was so good! I had, quite possibly, the best chicken tenders that I've ever eaten. We wound down the night with games of Bananagrams, dice, and watching Mrs. Henderson Presents.
Friday, August 29, 2008
After a harrowing trip to Verizon to update our phones, we swung by Barnes and Noble for a quick coffee and to see if they had the Children of Dune mini-series on DVD for purchase. While we were at Barnes and Noble, we ran into our friend, Patti Cahill. She's an amazing lampwork artist. Make sure to check out the latest issue of Bead & Button to see some of her work.
When we finally got back to the house, I made a variation of the tres leche cake. Instead of soaking a whole cake in the milk mixture, I crumbled the cake up and made it more like a bread pudding. It turned out great!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
All in all, Bead Fest: Philadelphia was a good time. I got a couple new treasures and saw some folks that I rarely get to see. (Some of whom I will feature in forthcoming "interviews" on my blog.) Below is a picture of some of the goodies I picked up at the show:
I got a Russian hand-painted owl bead from 3C Studio Art Beads, vintage Swarovski and costume jewelry components from Collective Collage, glass flowers and lampwork urchins from the delightful Stephanie Maddalena, a unique lampwork bead that looks like petrified spaghetti from Joanne Zekowski of Z Designs in Glass, a new beaded owl friend from the supremely talented Dustin Wedekind (Check out his blog by CLICKING HERE.), unique vintage sequins (not shown) and a brass owl from Gail Crosman Moore, and of course, Swarovski flatbacks for an upcoming project.
Lucinda Storms of Belvedere Beads left a wonderful comment on my post about my latest Anne Choi acquisition suggesting that I take a look at the above animation on YouTube. It was just so cute that I couldn't help but feature it in a post. The animation is titled, Some Facts About Owls and was created by Anthony Dusko of Notebook Babies. It's SO CUTE!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
We got in on Monday after the drive down from Philadelphia. Azalea has been helping me in the studio making a surprise for Anne Choi. Azalea is a good helper. She's been my artist assistant since she was two years old!
Yesterday we did more work and started planning out more activities for our trip. Sheila also came in yesterday. Cynthia prepared a feast for us. I'll post pictures of it later. We ended the evening by watching the first half of the Children of Dune mini-series. It was pretty good. I haven't seen it for a while. So it was like watching it all over again.
Anyway, it's back to crafting and cooking and having lots of fun.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Tonight we had a wonderful time with the gracious and inspirational folks from Interweave. We love them! It was nice to see Melinda Barta who is coming out with an AMAZING BOOK! You just have to check it out. I'll be writing more about it soon.
I'm watching Azalea, so I've got to jet. But I just wanted you all to know that I'm thinking about all of you out in Blogland.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Eventually Cynthia picked me up and we headed out to the convention center where the show is at.
Today we set up the show and I stayed at the booth mostly and saw lots of folks I haven't seen in a long while. Some from as far back as the Charleston show about two years ago. It was a lot of fun to touch bases again. I'm looking forward to walking around the show a little more tomorrow and snapping some photos (with my new Sony Cyber-shot that Greg and Cynthia got me) and getting some goodies.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
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Once I've got it all pulled together, I'll start snapping photos. But I want it to be a surprise until it's all ready. One of my biggest problems is that I need a storage solution that makes everything visible and easily accessible. Out of sight - out of mind. Then again, it's quite enjoyable to go rummaging through my things, as I realize just how cool some of my stuff is.