Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Soup

My soup arrived via Priority Mail all the way from Snowflake, AZ. The same day, I got a questionnaire for Federal Jury Duty in Philadelphia.  (Philadelphia is a good hour away without traffic). 
My soup partner is Gina Hockett.

I love the card! Let's all do the Bead Soup Happy Dance!
There were lots of little packages in the box all wrapped so pretty.
Inside each of those packages were little plastic boxes, all labeled. It took me almost 1/2 hour to peel the tape off and discover the little treasures inside!

The soup is beautiful!  Lampwork by two amazing artists, (Carolyn Collins and Laurie Armet) Czech glass, pearls, glass beads, sari ribbon and more!  My soup is simmering.......

Below is a picture of what I sent Gina. It was a quick picture I took at my work space. 

The Girls' Soup

Many of you know that my daughter, Sarah, and Staci's daughter, Julia, also exchanged soups. 
Julia is following in her mother's footsteps, creating beautiful polymer clay pieces. 
This is the soup that Julia put together for Sarah. Sarah loves all the bright colors of Ynonne's pieces and Genea's wing dings are so much fun!
But the polymer hearts are the best!  Sarah asked if I still has some polymer clay in the basement!  Staci, a play date might be in our future. lol. Sarah want to learn clay and she can teach Julia enameling! 
Below is a picture of the soup Sarah sent Julia. 

Doing the Bead Soup Happy Dance!

Heather and Sarah

Saturday, March 8, 2014

NYC ~~~~~ Again!

I went to NYC again!  This time I was there for 5 days. 
This was the view from the hotel room. 
View at Night
Notice the snow on the roof tops!

I was tagging along on a business trip that my hubby had to go on. One of his co-workers also brought his wife, Natasha, along. We hit it off immediately, was like finding a long lost friend. :)
Friday night we caught a play, Cinderella.  It was wonderful, with Fran Drescher as the Evil Stepmom. 


On Saturday, Natasha and I headed to Mood Fabric. The store is amazing, 3 floors of wonderful material, trims and ideas!  I bought some leather lace that looks like barbed wire, I just could not pass it up. Natasha bought some beautiful fabric to make a scarf.

After shopping in the morning, we met up with our husbands and went to Ground Zero.  The memorial is breathtaking. I felt it was an amazing tribute to those that lost their lives, yet was peaceful and healing at the same time. 
From here we split up, Rich and I headed to Chinatown to shop for tea (one of my obsessions) and lunch.

On Sunday, Natasha and I hit the shops on 5th Ave. We walked every floor of Sax, trying to find something we could afford!  Our feet were throbbing, but we plowed on. I drug her into Beads World where I picked up a bunch of chain and some findings. 
That night, the 4 of us went to the Carnegie Deli and had pastrami and cheese cake. 
I justified the calorie intake by the amount of walking I had done!

On Monday, Natasha had to leave and head back home. But, my friend Bobbi came in from PA on the bus......guess what we did?  BEAD SHOPPING! Check out Bobbi's work at

By the time we were done, our bags must of weighed 50 pounds. 
We went to Metalliferous - love this place!  Tools, metal, wire, copper, silver, brass, ols and new stuff!  Need patina?  They got it. Need sterling clasps?  They got it. Want the materials and tools to soldering?  They have that too. 

After our purchases were complete, we heading to York Beads. This place is floor to ceiling Czech Glass beads. Here is a picture of just half of one wall:
Here is what I bought. 

We left while we still had some money in our pockets, that is hard to do, and headed over to CJS
We were greated by the employee of the month, David. He is a hoot and everyone I have taken to CJS loves him. Karl, the owner, ordered pizza for us while we dug to find treasures to purchase. 

CJS is unique in that your purchase by the pound. And when we talk about a treasure hunt, that is what we mean!  Here are just a few pictures from our time there. 

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The Chain Room

My Favorite - the Metal Room.
I love this place!  
I will blog about what I make with all my treasures soon!