June 11, 2009

Back from Philadelphia


Hi everyone!
I'm back home again! I had a nice trip to Philadelphia I arrived at about 10:30am on Monday, checked into my hotel, and then wandered aimlessly for a while before I settled in for the evening in my hotel room. Ordered some room service and enjoyed some tv in my room, and got a good nights rest.
Wednesday I arrived the museum to assist in the packing up of our painting on loan there. All went well and then Beth picked me up and we headed down to South Street where we enjoyed an awesome lunch at Las Bugambilias. We proceeded to Beadworks to check out their new location. It was quite a bit smaller than their last location. I ended up with some good wood strands, and a few loose yellow stones.
We continued walking around and found a nice little cafe where we had some coffee/tea, and chatted outside at a table. Philadelphia is such a nice city.


We stumbled upon this building that was completely covered with glass and ceramic mosaic pieces. It was the coolest thing, and a bit hard to photograph.





Beth dropped me back off at my hotel, and I did a little shopping up and down Walnut Street. And then settled back into my hotel for dinner and tv. I ended up watching one of the Adventures of the Travelling pants movies, not sure which one it was but it was entertaining nonetheless.

Wednesday morning I arrived at the hotel, loaded myself and the painting on the truck and road back to Utica! It's good to be home. I got so many great goodies in the mail while I was away. New buttons and charms from MamacitaBeadworks, some lampwork glass from Magda, and some strands of stones from JM Imports! Carnelian, garnet, amethyst, crystal quartz, citrine, and aventurine! They are really beautiful and I would definitely recommend them to people shopping for inexpensive stones.

16 comments:

  1. Looking forward to seeing new pieces with your lovely new beads!

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  2. Chances are that mosaic was the work of Isaiah Zagar. He is a Philly icon; over 100 mosaic murals are in the city. He is a spry 70, quite a charming guy - I met him last year as we were both artists attending the Moravian Pottery Tile Festival in Doylestown. And there is an article on the man and the mosaics in this month's American Style magazine...

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  3. love the bright summer color beads you've been working with lately. Have fun settling in and creating some new work!

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  4. Love those little "twig" beads-- where did you get them? All I remember of Philadelphia was the huge pendulum at the Franklin Museum-- 5th (?) grade school trip, I think!

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  5. You didn't tell me that your employer was sending you on a shopping trip to Philadelphia!!! Thanks for the photos of the mosaic building. It must be awesome in person.

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  6. So glad you had a nice time! Beautiful beads and that building is amazing! I would love to visit Philly sometime.

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  7. I envy you! I miss cities, esp. older ones. Sidewalk cafes! *SIGH* We don't really have that here, sidewalk cafe season is about three weeks long. If you have to put a heater in your sidewalk cafe you probably shouldn't have one. Going to check out JM Imports, glad you mentioned them (like I need more stuff...) Look forward to see what you do with your new stuff.

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  8. Hey Christine!
    I found those at the Beadworks bead shop in Philadelphia. Fell in love with them as soon as I saw them. If I see them online anywhere, I'll let you know.

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  9. I loveeeee the wood beads! No doubt youll have so many new things transformed soon! x

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  10. I live in Philly, so I will definitely be going to Beadworks. I haven't been there in a long time I have been buying most of my beads online. Thanks for the tip for the inexpensive precious stones from JM Imports they have some great stones.

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  11. That building is really something. Looks like you came home with a good haul!

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  12. This comment is off topic, but I just checked out your AF shop. I love Paris Engagement.

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  13. Hey Thanks Maureen!!

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  14. Looks like you had a great time and picked up some great new beads!

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  15. It's a shame I didn't find out until you were about to leave that you were in Philadelphia. I would have taken the trip down to wander the streets with you. I enjoy Philadelphia much and it would have been fun to pal around with you.

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  16. Oh, I was going to explain about Isaiah Zagar, but it looks like someone beat me to it. The entire stairway of my studio is done like that, as well as my laundromat, all around the washers! It's very cool!

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