Hello to All!
You may have wondered where I was again and what I was up to. Well, lots of things.
First, some friends were visiting from Norway. This is J.T. and Mona:
I took Mona to Michael Levine's, a fabric store downtown. Mona does beautiful quilts and quilted objects, which you can see here on her blog. Poor J.T. was loaded down with fabric, as you can see here. After all that shopping, we had to go for coffee and a snack to keep up our strength. It was a very fun time and I enjoyed their visit.
So what else did I do?
I rode my motorcycle up to Clovis and had a visit with Kandra of Kandra's Beads. We hung around downtown Clovis, going into the antique shops and just general loitering.
This is the tea shop that I didn't get a photo of last time but was closed this time.
Here is a photo of a little walkway.
We went into quite a few antique shops and I was very happy to find some old keys and tintypes to use in some jewelry.
Here is a photo of Kandra and I next to a statue of Ken Curtis. Ken Curtis, in case you don't know or might have forgotten, played Festus on Gunsmoke.
Now, you may think that was all I did. Not true! This past Saturday was an open house, 10 year celebration at Southern California Motorcycles, where I purchased my Triumph Bonneville (aka Bruce).
There were vendors, hot dogs (of course), general milling around, not to mention, you could have your bike washed by the Boob Girls (I don't think they really go by that name but they are not Umbrella Girls, which you will see in a moment).
You think I should have gotten the bugs washed off my bike?
I wonder what the little girl in the pink plastic car is thinking. I didn't even notice her until I looked at the photos later. Do you think she is aspiring to be a Boob Girl or thinking "No way am I doing that!"
There were also some interesting bikes there, like this Ural:
Of course, there were a few of these:
And then to really top things off, they had a Ducati Fashion Show! Yes, and here are the Umbrella Girls:
There were also men's Ducati fashions:
Asbjorn and I had a fine time at this event. Southern California Motorcycles is a very nice shop and I was very happy to do business with them.
And now, one more thing. As some of you know, my friend Irene owns The Garden of Beaden in Upland. Twice a year she has a challenge and the current challenge was Alice in Wonderland. I was a little late with my piece but managed to finish it today.
I beaded the Hookah Smokin' Caterpillar:
I have made some silly things but this one may be the silliest. It was a lot of fun, though. I had forgotten how much I love beading around organic forms. The mushroom has a wood core covered with polymer clay and the caterpillar is polymer. Both are covered in peyote stitch; the mushroom in size 15's and the caterpillar in size 18's. Fun!
So, tomorrow, I am off to New Jersey to teach at the South New Jersey Bead Society. I will let you know when I get back and hopefully have some photos to post of the classes and fun.
Have a great weekend!