I admit to having been a bit of a blog slacker these past couple weeks. BUT I think I have good reason.I was getting ready for a show! Wow! I still can’t believe it, and I was there!
I spent the week before deciding on which additional pieces to bring – Something new? Something blue? And of course, Something Completely Different!
First, for those who don’t know, Elko is a fair sized town in Northeastern Nevada, about a six hour drive from Carson City, the state capital. Predominant business there is mining. Nevada isn’t called “The Silver State” for nothin’. This weekend also happened to have a mining convention, as well as high school graduation, so it was a hopping place.
The Museum is absolutely fantastic. While I tend to think of Elko as a small town (shame on me for that) the Museum is top notch. The permanent exhibits are exceptional – Ansel Adams and Edward Westin to name just a few. And me! Not that I’m rubbing display areas with the likes of them. Ha! Ha!
For the reception they decorated an antique display case, and positioned it right up front as you entered the Museum. I got to sit next to it, and show additional beadwork. I brought some pieces that were in progress so visitors could see they really are created One Bead at a Time.
It was a Grand Time. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the Museum staff and visitors. Everyone was delightful, attentive and personable. If you’re ever in Elko, be sure to stop by!
Isn’t she just the coolest thing!
Yes, this is a mannequin. A padded mannequin, no less. We were introduced at Pier 1 Imports, of all places. I was running errands one weekend, when I stopped in for no good reason what so ever. Some errand missions are like that.
She was draped in all manner of things, and I thought “What a cool display! Stores have access to all the best goodies” On closer inspection, there was a price tag on her…she too was for sale! “Hmmm,” thinks I, and leave.
Of course, the whole next week, I couldn’t get her out of my mind. What could I use a mannequin for? Besides the fact I’ve just always wanted one.
Then it hit me…all those cigar boxes of beading. Yes, all those bright baubles I make are stored in cigar boxes – can’t see a lick of ’em. Françoise could wear them! A pin here, a necklace there; I could drape her in diamonds (euphemistically speaking)!
She came home with me the very next Saturday. Even better, she was marked down from the week before!
Now she sits near the beading table, ready to wear whatever creations are completed. I think she may be visiting next year’s Studio Tour too!