Sorry for the MIA the past couple of days. I think I had some sort of pinched nerve in my shoulder, but the pain was really in my arm and wrist. It was weird and I didn't feel like using the computer too much. I'm happy to say it's mostly gone today. Tuesday I and a few other ladies took a road trip to the bead market. I shop at this store frequently and these are two of my pals that help me dig through the bags, looking for the most perfect beads. I had to laugh when I saw how I looked sitting on that stool, knees up to my ears. The girls insisted this was much better than sitting on the floor---so nice! I never wore crocs until I moved to Ch!na---they are the best shoe to wear here with the damp floors and dusty side walks, just in case you are coming this way.
Here's my loot from the day. I think I did ok. I guess I was gravitating towards naturals and blues and greens. They've come out with some new cloisonne beads that are really luminous. I hope someone State-side will carry them. Lots of dyed stone and saw some crazy Swarovski-look-a-likes. Crazy! Don't you love laying all your stuff out after a big shopping trip? Inevitably, I have a few pieces that I don't remember buying, because after three hours in that place, I've got more than a few loose beads rolling around in my brain. Whadaya-gonna-do.
I also found these little treats to take home to all the girls in my family. Faux cinnabar bangle bracelets! Mmmmm.