I'm setting sail next week. A bead cruise, actually. I'll be teaching for a
few days, but the other days will be filled with relaxation as I soak in the
sun and watch dolphins chase ahead of the ship. I can't quite believe it, actually. Hanging out with beadworkers is good enough, but wow, exchanging the dirty snowbanks of a Minnesota March for white sand beaches? Heaven.
Those of you who know me,
though, can imagine that while I'll be able to sit like a baked potato in a
lounge chair for a couple days, my fingers will soon start itching to do
you're headed on a spring break, too? And maybe you've got itchy fingers, too?
If so, you probably know exactly what to pack as far as beading supplies go. You'll need your beading box and a work surface, making sure there's nothing that will trip you up in airport security. (A tip for American travelers: follow the TSA guidelines very carefully, then print out the guidelines and place them in your bead box; this way no TSA official can argue with your bead kit's contents.) You'll need your magnifying glasses, but you'll also want to bring some sunglasses in case you bead outside; I'm going to pick myself up a pair of those dorky clip-ons so I can wear my bifocals. (And in the case of beading outside, don't forget the sunscreen! We all know how the hours fly by as we bead, and a sunburn isn't what you need on vacation.)
You'll also need something to bead. I just received a list of the newest beading project additions to the Beading Daily store. Here are my favorites: