My next stop was Miland Tools. I had a list to check out and Miland gladly showed them all to me. I changed my mind on a few things and added some texture hammers to my to-buy list as well. Miland makes his own tools and has a money back warranty if you don't like the way they work. I love visiting with him and his son! Darn it if I didn't get pictures of him again this year! After that we wandered around TEP just to see what else was there. My mom bought a beautiful cabachon from Zee and we saw this interesting rock fish art and I would LOVE to have this chunk of stone with malachite azurite in it!
Next was lunch and then Holidome!!! No pictures from Holidome but I finally found those darned rhodocrosite heart brios! Yay! Hopefully the gal who wanted them likes them - LOL! If not there are others who will. And, of course, I visited my favorite sterling bead seller, Kalpataru, again. And I made another quick visit to Lucky Gems for more rondelles (at the request of some friends). My mom and I wandered around some more, stopped to check out a few more places - one of which had the rhodo brios as well as some lovely ametrine brios and faceted ovals - quite yummy. My mom also found some beautiful fluorite at one place (I'll have to dig up the card and update the blog later) where I also found what they called "cocoa quartz". They said it's natural. I've never seen it before - but I love the rich brown color - so I bought the 4 nicest little strands. After Holidome my mom and I joined some other beading friends for dinner and goodie show-and-tell. Oh - what beautiful and interesting things everyone bought! Lights out now and I'll write for you all tomorrow.