I am feeling a lot better today. The temperature has gone down and I can actually contemplate some solid food. Not ready to eat it yet, but I can now think about it without feeling nauseous. I am still coughing a lot, but it is also not as bad as it was.
Yesterday, as I began my return to consciousness, my DH was entertaining and destructing me from feeling miserable by “promoting” a tour to hunt for more fabulous Czech beads. Now I will freely admit that I have become a “bead junkie”. And the Czech pressed beads are my favorites! They are beautiful, come in wonderful shapes and colors, very lightweight and surprisingly durable. They resemble miniature gems.
The Czech people has been making these beads since the early 17Th century. Amazingly the techniques have changed little. Beadmaking is a cottage industry.
Here are some of my favorites:
And yes, these stitch markers were made by me. They are available for sale in my Etsy Shop and on my website.
So, about the tour. Please, keep in mind, it is the real thing. It is a 10 day bead buying marathon. With no days off at all. Here is some information from the promotional brochure.
The participants (limit 10) HAVE to be in “good physical shape, because they will be walking on many cobblestones, and run up and down stairs without elevators”. The explanation is that the glass factories are historical buildings that have not been significantly changed in the past 150 years. The prospective tourists are also expected to be dressed in sensible walking shoes. There is nothing said at all about food or lodging, which I think is significant in itself. On the other hand nature lovers are warned not to expect pretty vistas “as it is a factory region”. All this fun can be had for measly $3.000.
Don’t you want to sign up right away? I know, I would love to, but the Maryland Sheep and Wool is at the same time, so if I am going anywhere it will be there!
P.S. I am running a sale on my website: From Feb. 4Th through Feb. 14Th 10% off on entire “Czech Pressed Glass” category of stitch markers.