Well, I am settled in back home in Melbourne again now. The last week of my USA trip was amazing, but very busy and tiring, so I didn't get a chance to Blog. As I mentioned, Julz and I drove to Minneapolis over 2 days, taking our time and stopping along the way. On the second day of the trip, we didn't take off until lunch time, and drove straight to Minneapolis, only stopping at Cracker Barrell for an authentic country breakfast. The next 5 days was filled with trading beads, socialising, buying tools and glass, volunteering, trading beads, dining out, trading beads, buying tools and glass, buying beads and some more eating! It was a whirlwind few days, tiring but lots of fun. The bead bazaar was mind blowing - to see that many top quality beadmakers selling in one room was something that simply does not happen in Australia, and it was a great experience. I sold for my friends Fay and Julz, and booth-sat for others as part of my volunteer hours. I both traded and purchased some awesome pieces - I will post some pics soon. I'm going to go back and add in photos to my earlier entries, so make sure you scroll down next time you visit. Now I am back at work, and getting ready to get stuck into my beadmaking with renewed vigour (and hopefully creativity!). It was very inspiring to see, fondle, buy and talk about such amazing glass art, and the demonstrations were great for information and inspiration also. Plus I cant wait to play with my new tools and glass. So hopefully I will be posting about new work for sale shortly - this weekend is torch time!