Oh my goodness! It is October already! Where is this year going?
September seems like such a blur.
I took a few days off in September to travel back to my hometown of Steeleville, Illinois.
My wife Debra and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary on September 4, in the same American Legion where we had our wedding reception. (Married in 1985 and moved to Texas in 1987).
My daughters, Jaylen and Jourdain, planned this really wonderful celebration for us.
So we fed 224 people, drank a little (lot) of wine, danced, and visited with many family and friends. Some we had not seen since our wedding, 25 years ago. All in all it was a great time!
Recently Design Originals attended the Bead Fest Show in Arlington Texas. This was the first time the show has been in our area. There were lots and lots of beads! The show also featured some very talented Bead Artists who were in attendance. One great thing about doing a local show is the fact you can go home every night. Plus, my wonderful wife Debra and daughter Jourdain also were able to help out. (Really I think they both shopped most of the time). Top selling books for us at the show were Kumi Brading, Beading Basics & Beyond, Friendship Bracelets 102, Bead Basics 101, and believe it or not, the Zentangle titles SOLD OUT. I am telling you, if you have not jumped on the Zentangle bandwagon, you need to.
CHA California is right around the corner, January 29th, and there is a lot of preparation already going on. Booths to plan out, classes to organize, demos to create, paperwork to fill out, and that is just the beginning.
Even before CHA, we have many shows to plan and attend:
The Houston Quilt Show is October 30th.
Art of the Carolinas is November 12th.
TAEA (Texas Art Education Association) is also November 12th.
Then we start all over again with the start of the 2011 shows.
Till next time,