Summertime happenings

It’s been over three months since my last post here. Shameful really. Life has marched on and has taken my attention elsewhere. I traveled, my mother had several health issues and I just got behind in doing anything creative with my jewelry, including coming here.

As I said previously, summer is my jam. With it’s warm temps, long days, vacations, sunshine and all things leafed out and blooming who can resist. I know a lot of people do not like nor tolerate the heat and humidity and I have to admit there are days where I do not venture out in it. I just always feel better in the summer, being someone who loves lazy days and opportunities to do outdoor things.

In the travel department I went on a girlfriend trip to Charleston and a big trip with my hubs to Alaska! Great trips and fun times. Wherever I go, if time allows, I try to find a locally owned bead shop. I was not disappointed in either Charleston or Alaska.

The Charleston bead shop was just a few blocks from the VRBO home we rented for the week, so lucky!! I ventured over one morning with one of my friends and we found a charming little house converted into a store. I did not leave empty handed….rarely do.

Wasn’t sure what I’d find in Alaska bead shop wise, and I have to admit finding a bead shop was not top priority on this trip. With so much natural beauty and wildlife around it was hard to think about spending time shopping. Plus, one week we would be on a cruise ship, visiting three different ports before landing in Vancouver. Not sure how much time we’d have to shop around. Well, it just so happened I stumbled upon a little bead shop in a small Alaskan town where we were to board a train we were taking to our ship. I was giddy to see it and of course did not leave this shop empty-handed either. The town, Talkeetna, is just charming. I read somewhere it is the town Cicely, Alaska was modeled after in the tv show Northern Exposure. The store had the cutest signage, with the brightly colored moose figure and beautiful flowers. There was more than beads and jewelry in there and a fun place to look around.

Just goes to show, you never know what you’ll find in the far reaches of the world. I had a great time traveling and look forward to more trips ahead. Fingers crossed my mother continues to feel good after having a difficult year with her health. I’m back in the groove of being home and things settled down more, so hope to use my new beads in some future pieces. If so, I’ll definitely post what I make.

Pondering over beads and coffee- “We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend. ” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson