When I arrived it was unseasonably warm, 50 degrees in the day in Chicago! I walked in the morning and had to take off my light fleece and walk in my tee shirt and leggings. Day two things changed a bit with a 32 degree morning and I walked in my winter coat with earwarmers and gloves!
I happen to love a bare tree silhouette
and one covered in ice delights the senses
Friday night dinner out with a favorite group of folks, Lisa, Bev, Gabriella, NanC and Jeroen. Gabriella I was fortunate to meet in a bead class a few years back in Atlanta. I'm lucky like that, I get to meet and maintain so many wonderful relationships that started with the love of beads. NanC was one of my first teachers when the show was still called Embellishment. I did a little freefrom brick stitch vessel in that class and she encouraged me...and I was so grateful. Fast forward a few years when I was writing the first book and I was 'too close' to it and couldn't decide if the work was compelling or trite and again NanC encouraged me. Lisa I met at a Great Lakes Bead Guild bead daze so many years ago. Maggie introduced as and I knew at once she would stay in my life. Bev and I meet up at Bead and Button and this year, a first she took Aelia with me on Saturday.
I have a date in Chicago next year same time!