In fact I slept through my alarm this morning...something that has happened maybe four times in my life! It's a good job I wasn't needed for the start of the bead show today because I would have been late...and I HATE being late for anything. If I get somewhere five minutes early that's late in my book.
I admit tardiness bugs me. To me it shows lack of respect for another person's time. I do try to deal with friends who are constantly late by always having something to do when I am meeting them. I'll have my sketchbook with me at a coffee shop so I can work on designs until the tardy individual decides they have time for me. And if you're one of them reading this....now you know! Lol!
Anyhoo....the bead show was great yesterday, for anyone taking notes the classes I was supposed to teach in Cedar City were cancelled due to lack of sign-ups...Labor Day weekend, to be expected. I worked six hours and could not believe what a good turn out there was from my mailing list. I think pretty much everyone who has taken a class from me showed up. I also met some very cool people, a couple who I think will become bead buddies in the sparkle of a Swarovski.
It's a small show by ABC Direct out of AZ but they have some nice beads and some very cool vintage Swarovski that you get to see if you know to ask. I walked away with a very generous bead stash for my work. Thanks, Tomas.
It was a very cool day all way round, I met a local lampworker who is opening a bead store a couple of towns over (about a 30min drive). I think she was as excited to meet me as I was to meet her. I've wanted to work with a lampworker for quite a while now and I can't wait to see all her stuff. We also talked about my teaching classes there...and she is interested in stocking my bead kits...so, WOO HOO!!!
Now we will have a place to actually buy some cylinder beads and she's stocking Tohos so as I plan on carrying Delicas in my studio we shouldn't encroach on each other and I'm sure we'll be sending each other business as neither of us will be able to carry all the colors. She likes to barter too so we'll be able to trade off and keep our overheads low.
On a different creative side I voted today in Apartment Therapy's Design Showcase for Cat Merrick's gorgeous winter scene plate...an easy vote. I was led to the contest by Andrew Thornton's blog (http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com/)
he's raffling off one of his necklaces to people who vote for his friend Cat and then post on his blog. It's a pretty necklace but I'm much more interested in supporting a fellow artisan.
We'll see if the bead show needs me today....it seems everyone came out yesterday. We handed out flyers for the Bead Society, our first meeting is Wednesday so the timing couldn't be better, and people who didn't know about it got very excited and I was thanked many times for starting the society. Nice to know it's appreciated and that we may well have a good turn out on Wednesday.