Well, I’m in Myrtle Beach, and this is a rainy day photo of the beach. But first let me say a little about the class I took with Heather Trimlett on Thursday and Friday. I left home for Myrtle Beach without the beads that I bought, or the beads that I made, (although I didn’t make anything worth showing) so I don’t have a picture related to the class to show.
It was an excellent class. Heather is a great teacher – very clear and precise instructions that were easy to follow. We learned how to make a marble and poke a hole through it with a tungsten pick. My bead marbles came out all wonky though. It is very hard to keep everything on center and get the hole poked through. But I did manage to get the hole through on two different beads/marbles, so that was OK.
We also learned the secret(s) to even twisties. I will have to practice this some, but I think I will finally be able to make nice twisties. And, we learned how to make a very nice encased multi layer twisty. We also worked on encasing – I learned a couple of new tricks there too.
All in all, I’m really glad we could rearrange this Myrtle Beach vacation so I could take this class. It was a fun class and just what I needed to get my interest reinvigorated. I had been feeling blah about everything recently, but now I’m really looking forward to getting back in the studio and putting what I learned to good use.
Saturday was another opera. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts some of their Saturday matinees live in HD to movie theaters all over the world. We have been going for several years and enjoying the heck out of it. I only slept through a little of the opera, and now I’m wishing I had stayed awake. Aida is an amazing story – I’ll definitely have to buy the DVD or something.
Then I headed up to Beads by Design to shop for beads. I have some Christmas orders allready, so I wanted to get a start on that. Then there was the Southern Flames meeting, and that was a lot of fun too. Heather did the demo, and it is really fun to watch her work. There was also a woman there from Gadsden, AL – about 30 to 40 minutes from me – so that was cool.
Sunday was rough. We got up early, packed and drove to Myrtle Beach. We didn’t eat dinner until 9:00pm Eastern! But today was nice, although rainy. We had a leisurely morning and a knitting session. I got the back of the cardigan that I’m working on finished! Then, after lunch, we drove through the main roads in town. Judging from what I saw, Myrtle Beach is all about miniature golf, calabash seafood, pancake houses, and ice cream. I wasn’t particularly looking forward to this trip, but now that I’m here I hope we have a good time. More to come soon!