Monday, October 29, 2012

Under the Alabama Pines - Old Friends and New

Y'all, I've been terribly remiss in posting about one of the best weekends I've had in a long, long time. 

A couple of weekends ago, I was part of the Kentuck Festival, a fabulous art show outside Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where my family and I lived for nearly 15 years.  Pat and I went down a day early so we'd have time to visit old friends and co-workers, eat in some of our favorite restaurants, drive by our old house (several times), wander around the University of Alabama campus, and generally soak up the atmosphere of the town we raised our kids in.

Here's Pat, getting ready to satisfy a culinary craving.
Seriously, I have dreams about this restaurant's sausage and roasted peppers.
Here's a glimpse of the view from my booth shortly before we opened on Saturday -- there were about 280 artists in all.  See the beautiful tall pine trees?  I had nearly forgotten the aroma of a pine forest in the autumn.  Fantastic.

The visit back "home" was great.  The show was great.  I saw people I hadn't seen in seven years.  I hugged more people and caught up on more news than I could have imagined.  And one of the highlights was getting to meet Therese of Therese's Treasures!

Funny coincidence -- I knew Therese's brother when I lived in Alabama.  Realized the connection by accident in an online conversation with Therese here on the beading blogs.  Wild, huh?

Anyway, not only did Therese gift me with a lovely visit, she slipped me a sweet little gift...

yes, the beautiful ribbon wrapped around the box
will find its way into a piece of jewelry

A beautiful Therese-woven pendant, earrings with beads by (I'm guessing)
JulsBeads, and a couple of lovely cabochons.  She spoiled me!!

And I'm here to tell you that not only is Therese a wonderful and generous lady who always has a kind comment here on the blogs, but she's magic -- as soon as she came to my booth, customers started crowding in, trying things on and making purchases.  She was my good luck charm that day.  Thanks for everything, Therese!


Alice said...

What a fun weekend! I'm glad (and jealous) that you got to spend a little time with Therese.

Shirley Moore said...

Oh, I love that you got to go spend time with old friends and restaurants! And the icing on the cake; meeting Therese!!! What a sweet gift she gave you. I can see her as a good luck charm, she is so precious. Now I know I need to plan a road trip next year....hmmmm??

KJ said...

What a wonderful and beautiful gift- both the packaging and contents. It certainly matches the giver.

Glad you had a great time.

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Bobbie,
That was a great weekend and meeting you was the highlight of mine. You are just as lovely and witty in person as you are on line. Thank you for the kind words and for the earrings I love them. I should have wrote down who did the glass beads and who's pattern I used to stitch the pendant, so I will tell you now. The glass beads were made by Beth of EB Beads and Metal works, the head pins were made by Lesley Watts of TheaToo, the pendant is a version from Sabine Lambert's book ( I don't have the book handy at the moment or I would tell you the title.) It was also a pleasure getting to meet your daughter and her friend, which by the way did she ever find the item you were wanting?

AntiquityTravelers said...

Oh how fun to meet up with Therese! and such a sweet gift from her!

Sweet Freedom said...

Sounds like a fun weekend! It is always exciting to meet someone from the "virtual" beading world!

BackstoryBeads said...

I drive by my old houses in every place I've lived, every time I'm in those cities. It's so much fun...old memories, old friends...and new ones! How great that you got to meet Therese!