The International Society of Glass Beadmakers is having their annual conference, called "The Gathering", in Rochester this year, which is why I'll be on a plane at 6 a.m. Monday morning heading east. We have a 1-day bead bazaar at the Gathering that's open to the public. If you're in the Rochester area on July 31, please come by the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Main St. and stop by my booth to say hi!
Here are a few items I'll have with me for sale. A few beads in my "Mudcloth" series...
And a brooch that I made on a piece of my handmade felt - with a lovely bird by Heather Powers of Humblebeads. I'm hoping to have a few more of these finished before I head to the airport.
I've been a member of the ISGB since 2000, and I've been to every Gathering since then except one. I wasn't going to miss this one - but getting to Rochester from the San Francisco area isn't easy. Not much choice when it comes to flights, and the cost was horrendous. Ah well... next year it will be in Louisville, KY - a much easier destination!
So today I have to do my high tech work, tonight I'm teaching a class, but tomorrow I'm dedicating the entire day and evening to making as many items as I can before I pack up on Sunday.
That's the Friday scoop. If all goes well, I'll have a few more pieces to show you before I take to the skies. Now I'm off to high-tech land - and you folks go have yourselves a happy and creative day!
Oh... and PLEASE don't forget to vote for Beads of Courage at the Pepsi Refresh site - we need your help to get into the top 10, and we're almost out of time. Thank you so much!