The winning Bead Star entries greeted visitors as they
entered the expo.
A close up of some of the winning pieces.
Row after row of beads entice the shoppers.
I was lucky enough to meet Katie Wall (left, of Fusion Beads) and Katie Hacker (right, host of Beads,
Baubles, and Jewels) while I was at the expo.
Katie H. suggested this pose, dubbing it the "Katie Sandwich."
Just minutes from the expo center is Valley Forge National
Historical Park, where George Washington and his troops spent their days during a particularly harsh winter during the
Revolutionary War. I was awe struck while walking the same steps that Washington did
in his home shown here.
The architecture in downtown Philly is a fascinating melding of old and new.
I learned so much during our tour of Independence Hall,
where our founding fathers drafted and signed the Declaration of Independence.
To be honest, before my trip, the only thing I knew about
Philadelphia is the fact that it is the home of the Liberty Bell! Turns out it's much smaller than I had envisioned in my head all these years.
According to Philadelphians, one must-see attraction is the
heart that you can literally walk through at the Franklin Institute of Science.
My husband and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to chow down on a couple of authentic Philly
cheesesteaks at Tony Luke's!
With a background in pastry arts, I tend to seek out the
best sweets to be found in each city I visit. Shane Confectionery serves up
vanilla buttercream chocolates that date back to the Civil War!