Well, it have finally come and passed - and boy was it a fun weekend! Here are some photos that I want to share. First and foremost, there is nothing like wine country in the summer. It is green and lush.
The show is held at a community center (Veterans Memorial Building) about one or two blocks from the downtown Sonoma plaza. There are 2 main halls, 2 large side rooms and a front lawn area full of exhibitors! I took a few pictures of the show before it got too busy and I was booth bound.
Mike Sherman (owner Soft Flex Company) & Lewis Wilson (owner Crystal Myths & Best Bead Show)....both are all around good guys and anyone that crosses paths with them should count themselves fortunate. Gregarious and kind, these 2 are both fun to know!
Stuart Abelman - NICE glass!
Boise Art Glass offered free demos in their booth!
Make-it-Take-its were (of course) a huge hit! Jamie Hogsett had plenty of her new book Stones on sale and was on hand offering her expertise. Our very own Lisa Vernon offered a quick class on how to make earrings using our Metallics Wire. A big thank you to all exhibitors that contributed product and time to make the MITI's special this year!
Jamie Hogsett - getting ready to spread her knowledge.
Trade show manager and all around great friend, Jenny Wilson and I - happy that the show was successful and ready to get started on next year's event!
We are staying in a rental house in Napa. It is gorgeous and affordable, considering there are 9 of us staying here! :) If you'd like to come to the Sonoma show next year, I highly suggest renting a house. It is nice to come home to an actual home. Most homes offer all the conveniences that you are used to in your own home - internet, cable, dvd, washer, dryer, etc. This one even has a hot tub in a beautiful back yard! The dates for next year will be August 8 & 9, 2009.
In a few days, we will head to Oakland for the Gathering. I LOVE the Gathering. If you love glass, the Gathering is the place to be!
It has been a long day - so I supposed I should get some shut eye. I'm excited to sleep in tomorrow and spend a restful day in wine country.