Holy cow! I've been MIA for quite a while now! Oops! I have been out of town all week babysitting for my brother's children so he could take his wife to Europe. I'd forgotten how much energy it takes to chase a four-year-old and a six-year-old around all day. Whew. I did, however, find a little bit of time to do some bead shopping. I found one store going out of business where everything was 40% off. Now that's my kind of sale! I found some Czech assortments and some great Czech buttons there:
I also got to meet up with a friend who took me to a couple more shops. Star is a fellow jewelry maker I met on Facebook and we finally got to meet in person:
She's great fun! We hit The Colorado Bead Company and The Peacock Shop, and I picked up a few treasures to add to my stash.
I also found a couple of kits to play with. I don't usually do kits, but sometimes it's a fun way to learn something new. I bought one for a chain maille bracelet that I'm excited to make:
After we'd shopped, Star bought me a latte at her favorite coffee shop. It was the perfect ending to a great outing.
And I can't leave out this photo: