Things have been really quiet around here the past couple of months. We've been nursing a sick dog, and kept homebound since the Boston wedding back in October. When I learned the Intergalactic Bead Show was coming to Durham in January, I started having hot flashes of beady desire. I arranged with Marbleman to dog sit so I could spend a day at the show. I'd never been to an expo like this before and man, I really wanted to go. I talked a friend into going with me and "Awaa-ay we went!"
I plopped down my entry fee and walked through the door. Oh..My..God! There were a lot of beads in there! I stopped at the first vendor and my brain short-circuited. An hour later, my little tray was full, and I realized I needed to pace myself, or I'd blow my whole budget at this one table. But with the hot little jewelry lights, all those little shiny sparkly things had me hypnotized. I actually went through and put some things back (What?!?).
I made my way around the room in a very organized way after that, keeping an eye to the unusual, or fabulously priced strands and came home with a tote bag so heavy I had a sore shoulder for four days. I was told this was a fairly small show, as shows go. I think that's a good thing. I managed to get what I needed in a single exhausting day and had the time of my life in the process. I've heard the Tuscon, AZ show is the place to go - that it's a week-long event. Holy Cow. I don't think I'd have the stamina for something like that.
Now I really have to get into the studio to work! Mostly I just want to spread all those lovelies out on the floor and roll around in them, but I think it would hurt.