Next Tuesday night (right after the 1st episode of the last season of LOST!) I will go to the airport and fly to Tucson for the annual bead/gem/mineral shows. This year, Rick will stay home and my friend Carol will come with me. After 4 days in Tucson, shopping for beads, we will spend 5 days in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area.
Last year, Rick and I discovered Celebrate Art, in north Scottsdale. Carol & I plan to spend a day at that wonderful exhibit. We will also visit the Queen Creek Olive Mill for a tour and possibly lunch one day. I used to live in Scottsdale, so I know there are plenty of great eateries there. We will visit as many as is humanly possible!
Back to the subject at hand, a shopping list for the bead shows. So far, I've noted that I absolutely need the following items:
peridot: briolettes and large rondelles
garnets: large briolettes
smoky quartz: anything that catches my eye
tourmaline: large briolettes
cabochons for filigree wrapping
Noticeably absent from the list are pearls. I have so many pearls, that I don't think I could use them all in my lifetime.
What else do you think I need?