Sunday, September 11, 2011



As the leaves on all the deciduous trees begin to rare up and throw out their flame of color, WH and I begin the routine dance of packing up our utmost belongings, and heading south for the winter.  We wave to the honkers (that's geese for city folks) as they fly up the runway in front of our cabin, honking loudly to announce their departure for the warmer country.

Well, I'm honkin', cause its time to go!  This is an unusual year however, since summer has just now decided to grace us with her warm rays here in the Pacific NW.  But, onward we go to California for continued sun for the winter months.  Its about a three day driving journey, very pleasant as WH does the driving, and Maddie and I do the looking! Heard it was raining there yesterday, go figure.

I'm so excited about a sweet adventure coming up with the successful Art Is You retreat, in Petaluma. The link is on my sidebar, check it out! I would love for you to be there so we can meet.
And if you are going to be there, let me know, would love to meet some more blogging friends.

Below is a little tease picture of my Blog Soup Party stash coming up.
Cindy Wimmer is my partner, and here is a preview of some of the amazing pieces she sent me.
Wow Cindy...more to follow soon, when my necklace is revealed.

The blog hop for the Bead Soup Party happens on Sept. 17th.  So be sure to my blog, and over 300 other participants, as we all reveal what we made with our generous assemblage of beads and goodies.

So exciting! So much going on. 
Be sure to visit my new blog, e-worshops, for learning opportunities and tutorials.

See you in California at Art is You!



Charlene said...

Be careful going back to Cali! Just back from Diane's class in Austin. What fun we had. Cindy Craine (from Round Top) went with me. I'll do a post about it soon but, today I showed Elle in her Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader outfit... Daddy had her dressed when we walked in the door from Austin. Sooooooo funny. LOVED your bead soup mix! HUGS!

Anonymous said...

You had a sweet summer, now time for a wonderful winter!

Looking forward to our lunch, dahling =-)


Judy said...

How nice to continue your "summer" in Calif. I am drooling over your soup mix from the sweet Miss Cindy. I can't wait to see what you create!

Debbi Thinks Deep said...

Your classes must be filled! I don't see your name on the available workshops! Surely you're teaching, aren't you? So I waited too long, and missed out! Shoot! Maybe I'll still get to meet you there! ~Debbi

Beatnheart said...

I have enough beads for everyone...wish i would have known about this soup you guys are making. welcome back to Callifornia Riki.

SueAnn said...

How wonderful to be able to follow the sun! I am so jealous!
I wish I too was meeting you at one of your classes!

Tammy said...

Ah, wish I could join you in California. Sounds like a lot of fun. It's such a beautiful place.

Cindy said...

Riki, I hope you 3 are enjoying your trip back south. I know it's hard to leave. You sound like you have a fantastic schedule awaiting you in CA though! The Art is You retreat in Petaluma sounds like SO much fun and I just bet you'll meet some new friends from the blog world.
I CANNOT wait to see your necklace. I'm so curious to see what you made with my bead soup mix. I love what I made with yours! :-)

Lori @ Studio Waterstone said...

Beautiful things! And I'm a little envious as I wish I could fly north for the summer. Enjoy!

Lynn Stevens said...

Have a safe trip Riki, and hope you Maddie enjoy the scenery! Love road trips!
Looking forward to seeing what you create for bead soup!
hugs Lynn

Diane said...

You funny honker, love your bead soup ingredients from Cindy....Hope you are safe in PB today. Will be back to see your finished Bead Soup =)

I LOVE color! said...

When I saw Cindy's soup I just knew you would not disapoint I am late It is Monday and I am just now on #52 pairs

Sheila said...

Riki: I ADORE your blog and your beautiful creations. I came across your site via La Donna, and I was thrilled to see Karen Valentine also designed your blog; she just wrapped up my new custom design and I love it. I've also admired your work in Belle Amoire. I'm so glad we could connect. All the best to you - Sheila