Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tucson Bead Buying Trip Wrap Up

Well, guest blogger Chris fell down on the job.  No updates came while I was gone, did they?  So here is the photos of some things along the trip to Tucson!
Just before leaving Julie's Xpressions on Tuesday (in the blizzard).

Me getting settled in the van.
Dressed for the day of travel (blizzard over, delays yet to start)

Mary, Julie, and Jacee caught unaware of me sneaking photos with my iPad.
Plane beside us at the terminal, we were loaded on the plane an hour and a half before taking off, due to frozen lines etc
a de-iced plane gets a weird green color when the process is finished

Me and Deb Brooks goofing around
Irrigation pivot rings in the snow from the airplane.
Deb expressing her feelings on our several hour wait for our connecting flight from Denver to Tucson

Me in the Denver airport (apparently developing an eye twitch!)

Photos at our arrival at Tucson Airport!  The sun was on the mountains and it was lovely!

Deb letting her hubby know she is safe in Tucson

view from our balcony

Hotel courtyard

Hotel living room

Hotel work/bar area
One of the few photos of the bead show I took (at the Gem Mall)

Polymer clay pile at my Christi Friesen class

My creations from the Peaceful Leaves class with Christi Friesen

Monday, February 3, 2014

Bead Mecca Here We Come...Much to the Cat's Disappointment.

Our cat Luna, looks a bit sad here.  I have just informed her she can not fly with me to Tucson.  Poor, pitiful kitty cat.  Yeah Me!
"But PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Mom, I promise to be a good kitty while I hide in your suitcase"!
"No, Luna you can't go!  Julie said no cats are allowed on this bead buying trip!  There has to be more room for BEADS, so NO CATS."
"Oh, bother!  I will just not leave your suitcase!  It is going to be cold and snowy here and though I love to snuggle with Dad and Mina, I want to go with you on your adventure".  Poor sad, Kitty.  I love you, but you must stay home.

Ok, if you are a pet owner, especially a cat owner, I am sure you pack the suitcase, unpack the cat, pack the suitcase, unpack the cat, etc. etc. repeat, repeat, repeat.  My suitcase has been out for about a week, slowly accumulating my possessions to fly off to Tucson on a bead buying extravaganza with my boss; Julie, her daughter; Jacie, Mary Powell, and Deb Brooks!  In that time, Luna and I have repeated this ritual on a daily basis.  She is so adorable, she was purring the whole time we were doing our photo shoot this morning!  But, I am leaving and she is not!  We head off to Omaha tomorrow afternoon and fly out before the cats even get out of bed on Wednesday!  We have to be at the airport around 5 am and we will be in Tucson shopping for beads around lunchtime!  Whoot!  Whoot! On, Friday night we will play with polymer clay at the Friday night party with Christi Friesen and Deb and I are going to take a class on Saturday with Christi Friesen, learning to use Art Concrete and polymer clay!  In between we will be Julie's little worker bead bees, hunting for all sorts of goodies to bring back for the store in Hastings and to add to our own bead hordes!  Watch here for updates from my Guest Blogger, Chris (also my very favoritist guy in the whole world)!

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