February started with twelve days in Tucson, which was wonderful, of course! I love meeting people, especially ones I've talked to in cyberspace and now can put a face to the name! I know we all have facebook avatars, but I find that few really look like "us!" We taught 85 students while we were there and came home with an order for over 900 beads for Lima Beads.
Two weeks after we came home, we celebrated the marriage of my daughter, Laura, to Matt Albright. The wedding was held on the rooftop of Painting with Fire Studio and officiated by Linda Champagne, a customer and friend. It was beautiful.
Okay, now scurry, scurry, scurry to get the Lima Beads order in the mail before we leave for the Glass Craft Expo, where Laura renews her vows in Vegas. This was planned as the "official" ceremony. It's a long story, what can I say. This marriage should definitely "take."
The flight back was smooth! David sat next to Bobby McFerrin ("Don't Worry, Be Happy") on the first leg of our trip ... Vegas to Charlotte. How cool is that?!!! They talked music ... what else?
I've announced to the family that I'm going "underground" to finish the projects for my second North Light book, "Torch-Fired Color" (working title). I'm not coming up for air unless someone's bleeding! Along the way, I look forward to sharing little peeks of my projects, which are due on June 3. However, since we're leaving for Bead and Button on Friday, May 31st, it will be an earlier self-imposed deadline.
There are still openings in the "Floral Cascade" and "Painting with Fire Workshops" at Bead and Button. Would love to meet some of you in class. :-) And, guess what, I've signed up for a class for myself! What a treat! I'll be taking a lampworking class with Sally LeGrand on "The Mystery and Reaction of Highly-Silvered Glass."
Here are some examples of Sally's work ...
Aren't these luscious? But tell me, what has your past few months been like? Any good things, bad things, or in-between things? I would love to catch up with you. :-) Barbara