I returned home yesterday after spending a lovely week with my parents in Florida. I usually visit them twice a year, in the spring and the fall. The weather is cooler then and the humidity not as bad as in the summer. My sister drives down from Alabama and we have a great time together. She is a real talker and the laughter is non-stop when we get together. My mom and dad look forward to our visits and have something planned for each day that we're there. Normally we do three things... shop, talk, and eat... My mom is a great cook and loves to plan her meals ahead of time. We usually go out to eat at our favorite restaurants, too, and give her a little break in the kitchen. My sister and I help her out by doing the clean-up after meals. The weather was wonderful last week and there were no thunderstorms! It's not unusual, at this time of year, to have lots of rain and then bright sunshine all in the same day! But this trip, it was blue skies and sunshine the whole week... My sister loves jewelry and has always been the one to buy bright colorful outfits to wear with store bought jewelry. She has always had the gift to put together great clothes with great baubles and I've always admired her style. So this trip I decided that if she was interested, I would teach her the basics of stringing and beading jewelry She was a quick learner and now she's as hooked as I am! She has a different style from mine but we agree on colors so we designed a lovely necklace and earrings for our mom and gave it to her as an early Mother's Day gift!
We bought the beads at my favorite bead shop in Florida: The L.H. Bead Gallery. Here I am, standing with Lisa in front of her new store! She is a lampwork glass artist and her beads are exceptional! I love to work with her bright colored beads. Her new shop is doing very well and she was featured in a story on Channel 7News. Good luck, Lisa! I e-mailed her a couple months ago and asked her to create a lampwork glass bee for my "signature" necklace. She said, "Sure! I'd love to do that for you!" After mailing the bee to me I created the Bizee Bee necklace and brought it with me to Florida to show to her. I think she was very impressed with the results! Now I have my Bizee Bee Creations Necklace for my Etsy Shop!
So my wonderful week with my folks ended yesterday and here I am, home again! I had a great time and am so thankful that my parents are in such good health. I'll be returning in the fall for my mom's 80th birthday and until then... Thanks, Mom & Dad... I love you!
And to my sister... keep beading and Bee Creative!
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