No Wine Bottle Yet

Last night the engineer and I spent a good bit of time getting my kiln to slump a wine bottle. It is not done yet… So instead of showing you a picture of my first wine bottle cheese tray, I am showing you a photo of Philadelphia – the standard photo of Philadelphia. Why? Because I have a fun little story to go along with it!

On our way to Philadelphia from Coopersburg, we stopped in Plymouth Meeting to eat dinner, because we were just tired and nauseated from a very long, hard, heavy day of class. After that, we asked the GPS to find us a “state” store, so I could have a mini bottle of wine for the hotel room. It took us all over the eastern part of the state. By the time we got to the main highway that goes into Philadelphia, I had to go so bad I was crying! The engineer spotted a Borders, and pulled over to the valet lane of the very expensive hotel that sits on the left of the photo (not our hotel!), and waited while I RAN across the street and into the Borders.

Did you know that Philadelphia Borders Books are THREE stories high, and that the bathroom is of course in the farthest corner of the store on the third floor? Now you do! Now I do! All I can say is, I thought I lived in a city, until I stayed in Philadelphia for a weekend!

My New Stash

I just can’t help it, if I go to a city, I have to visit bead stores. It’s a sickness. The engineer just goes along, not saying anything. Pretty nice of him!

Here’s two photos of my new stash. I got those fantastic colored seed beads, although they are Indian, so they won’t be as perfect as Japanese. Oh well… I got three sets of buttons. Why? I don’t know. I saw them in Pearl, and really liked them, so I just picked them up! Pearl is a really cool artist store, in the really cool trendy part of Philadelphia, the part that I am just too old for.

I got a strand of botswana agate, which I love. The other strand is some kind of blue rutilated quartz, although I’m not sure if that’s the name – it wasn’t labeled. The strands I got in Beadworks. I have to say that I have never in my life walked into a small bead store and not been greeted. That’s what happened here. No hello, no can I help you find something, no nothing. Not impressed. I’m sure the owner wasn’t there, because maybe that wouldn’t have happened. Oh well. I’m sure they won’t miss my business.

BTW, Pearl is large, and even they went out of their way to greet us when we walked in! I’ll have more later. I got the kids off to school, walked, worked out, dipped mandrels, did some bead packaging and blog reading, and now the blog post, so I REALLY have to start doing something like laundry and picking up! Oh, and making Kristin her yellow beaded beads. Do you know how impossible it is to do beaded beads on a plane, or in a hotel room????

Off To Philadelphia…

Via Allentown, on business. I may be able to blog this weekend, I’m going to see a college friend and visit some bead stores and a Cezanne exhibit. If I don’t blog, I will still be reading yours on my baby laptop! Have a great weekend everyone!

BTW, the above photo shows my donation to my son’s school fundraiser, The Great Event! I haven’t slumped the wine bottle yet, but included will be a recycled slumped wine bottle cheese tray, in a very beautiful pale aqua color. The wine bottle was a Riesling!