Monday, September 22, 2008

Went on a Binge!

I was a bad girl last week. Not really.

Last Thursday my friend, Lynn, and I went to the coast to relax and take a class. On Friday, we picked up my oldest GS, David, and went to Grover Beach and Pismo for the day. We shopped for beads (of course) and books and then went to dinner. Yum! On Saturday, we took a class from Teri Dannenburg at Naturally Jennifer's bead store in San Luis Obispo. We learned how to make a bracelet called Acropora (a type of coral). It's very organic looking. Did more bead shopping! We had to leave for home right after the class so we would be ready for the CCBS Annual Bead Show on Sunday. Did I buy more beads? You betcha! The top picture is my stash for the three days shopping. The bottom picture is just the seed beads I bought. Did I need more beads? Nope! Did I want more beads? Well, of course! Our show is not too large; about 30 vendors this year. However, we always have fun.

I also splurged on a new 19" monitor for my computer and if that wasn't enough, I bought a small laptop that only weighs 3.2 lbs. Can you tell I finally received my retroactive retirement check from the County? After buying clothes and paying bills, I even have a bunch of money left. It's going to stay in the bank, too. I've had my spending spree and I am a happy girl.

I'm finally getting back into the swing of beading. I was in a funk for a couple of weeks, but I'm gathering up steam to meet all the obligations I've signed up to do. It feels good to know I can do all these things without having to worry about finances anymore.
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Kiwi Ellen said...

Whee Arline, what fun!! I think one of the best things for a creative funk is bead shopping - tee hee- I love all your choices, very earthy & warm..
I can't wait to see your bracelet!!

Joslyn - Wildspirit Tart said...

Ooooh! Have fun with those gorgeous beads!

Henrysmomsmusings said...

I absolutely love all those beads you picked, Arline. Such beautiful colors! I'm glad you had so much fun on your trip.

Carol said...

Yay, More Beads. The more you buy, the more they make!!! Ain't beads grand!! Glad you had a great time. Beady shopping sprees are the best. BTW I am a huge fan of yours.

abeadlady said...

Thank you all for your comments. It was great fun to splurge.
Thanks Carol for the wonderful compliment.

The bad Liz said...

What a great looking batch of colours! I can't wait for my next beading frenzy - it's on October 5 when the local bead guild has a large show!! Can't wait to see what progresses from it!

Sunni said...

Hi Arline,
Your beading spree sounds like you had lots of well deserved fun.
I enjoyed reading about it and can't wait to see what you do with your new beads.

freebird said...

Some classes and some shopping, especially with money you have can get anyone feeling a bit more creative. Good for you.

The Lone Beader said...

I am jealous! That's alotta seed beads!

Beadin' Gram/aka Jackie said...

More power to you, Arline -- what fun that must have been. Everyone needs a day like that and I'm sure happy you had it. Love your bead stash -- lots of wonderful goodies there.

Yippee for you :-)