Today I got up at my normal time so life seems stable. LOL! Yesterday I met with some of my beading pals for lunch. Now I have lived here in Florence for 3 years and from day one I was so fortunate to have met all of the beading people here. OK the story goes, one of my long time customers ordered some of my BeadBacking. She noticed my return address and emailed.
( she had not read the newsletter telling her I had moved from N Idaho) Turns out she lives just 15 miles away. She called all the bead and glass people and we met at the local bead store. What a way to move into a new town! It was fantastic. Right off three of us clicked and have been solid friends ever since. Kelly Angeley, Roma, and Denise Sanders. That started our weekly lunches. Later I met Charmaine Pesnell and she joined out little group. Because of life and limb, (Charmaine broke her leg 6 weeks ago) we have not been able to meet up. We always go to the Traveler's Cove. They allow us to sit for hours to share beading and plus they have very good food. Yesterday was so nice for all of us. Hey the sun even came out for a few hours. Good friends are hard to come by but the beading Fab Five of Florence will be pals till the end.
So who are these gals. Kelly Angeley is an up and coming bead artists that teaches along the west coast and this year will be teaching at Bead n Button. Roma is our sweet and wonderful new beader who is winning competitions with her designs and color combos. Denise Sanders is a renowned glass maker, and of course Charmaine is the winner of the Toho Bead Challenge 2009. and me renowned bead artist, author, designer, and fun gal to know LOL. All great people to have in my life. So who are you good friends? When was the last time you got together? Just as with family it is important to let you friends know how you feel about them.
OHhh I almost forgot!!!! Kelley and Roma brought me birthday presents. I will photograph and post later today.
Here are the Fab Five of Florence
Starting with the lady in pink and going towards the wall is
Denise, Charmaine, me, Kelly, and Roma
Bead with Honor and Integrity