Early in February is an amazing gem, mineral and bead show in Tucson. To call it a show, is to call the Grand Canyon a hole in the ground. This show takes over the entire town of Tucson and overflows into the neighboring area. I blogged a bit about my experiences here, over on the Halcraft USA blog, but I didn't talk about being a "beader on the go."
While I was in Tucson I stayed with my wonderful parents who winter there. It was like going back in time, having them cook for me and being the ONLY child. I haven't made a trip to Tucson on my own in about 4 years!
|Powering up with a great breakfast with Mom & Dad before a big day of walking the shows.|
|I bought some large chain as well as some smaller chain, but these colored glass link chains and pearl chains were as tempting as anything I saw.|
|The blue lapis beads on the right were perfect for a bib-style statement necklace with a simple chain and gold rounds to separate them.|
|I splurged on these three hollow handmade glass beads. I made them into a long, simple necklace. They don't need much to shine.|
Here are some more images from the show. Enjoy!
|Huge amethyst crystals|
|I'm in love with milagros and hearts. This is perfect!|
|Tucson Tamale Company! Try it if you ever get the chance!|
|I loved Brenda Schweder's jig. It's easy to use and so much fun!|
|I saw so many tassels. I still wish I had bought one of these gorgeous necklaces.|
One of the best parts of Tucson is the opportunity for hiking. I always try to take a hike while I'm there. This year, I went to Madera Canyon, a place which is unique in that it is less desert-like than most of the surrounding area. The elevation and valley combine to make a microclimate that birds, mountain lions, and many other unique plant and animal species find appealing. It's a great place for birding and has multiple hikes that range in difficulty from easy hour-long walks along paved paths to full-day hikes with significant elevation changes and beautiful vistas.
|If you're lucky enough, you can stay at one of these picturesque villas partway up the valley.|
|I <heart> Tucson!|
|Being thoroughly a tourist in my short sleeves and sandals! (I needed to soak up all the sun I could before returning to the arctic blast of Indiana, and I steered clear of any cacti that got too close to my toes!)|
My last night in Tucson, Mom & Dad and I enjoyed a fire in their little courtyard.
Visit again soon, for a bit about my knitting escapades and more about spring in Indiana!