Marcie Abney, COME ON DOWN!
Maybe this will help Marcie's hurt feelings about not going to B&B! Congratulations Miss Marcie! You have won Kylie's cuties.... please email me with your address and I will get these right out to you pronto!!
I am so so sorry to hear so many of you can't make it to this bead show. I know the feeling, as I have been wanting to go for about 4 years now. I am excited to tell you that I will be going this year, after much contemplation. But let me tell you how it ended up working out. I don't want you to think I'm sitting here rolling around in the dough, because that is not the case!!
Initially I thought, hey this might be fun to go to even if I don't have a large bead buying budget. So I started looking into tickets, and quickly became discouraged until I had a creative idea- Our bank has this ScoreCard Rewards system where we have accumulated all of these points that you can use to spend on different things. We get the point balance in the mail like every few months, and I have never given it a second thought before ditching it in the garbage.
Joe looked up the balance and we have like 36,000 points saved!! Come to find out, we can use that for round trip airfare, anywhere in the continental U.S.! It's amazing! K so that was the great surprise of yesterday. I booked my flight last night, and was kind of thinking it may be a jip because most of the airlines were telling me I could put partial points towards the flight but would still have to pay like $300. I finally found an airline after searching and searching, where I was able to apply all the points and no extra.
Then yesterday I was talking to Lisa Peters and she graciously offered to let me stay in her room with her and Mom. So so stinking excited. We went to Spain together a few months ago and had a blast. So I am all set, and do have a very small bead budget but will bring the Flip video and get lots of good footage for the blog so it will be like you're all there with me! Not only am I excited for the beads, but I am most excited to meet a few more people, finally in person, that I have been following the past few years- such as Cynthia Thornton (who I'm not sure if she'll be there, but I hope she is!) and Heather Wynn-Millican (also don't know if she'll be there but she has been there in the past), Anne Choi... there is going to be a few Art Bead Scene peeps there, so it will be fun to see Heather Powers again, and meet Erin Prais-Hintz, and maybe Lori Anderson!
Definitely want to meet Brenda Schweder.. and Vlad from Golem Studio!.. can't wait to see Diane Hawkey and Melanie Brooks again!
Anyhoo, stay tuned- next week will be another Jade Scott giveaway!