#beadbashonthelake aka “no boys allowed”

This past weekend I went away, for the entire weekend, without my family! 

No boys allowed! 

Martha, Cheryl, Sarah and I left on Friday morning at 9-ish am on our Big Adventure to Mentor, Ohio. This stopped the border guards cold both going there and coming back ” What’s in Mentor, ma’am?” They did a great job of looking interested as I rambled on about the awesomeness of our adventure and beads.

I had dreams of Steak ‘n Shake  for lunch.

Alas, they did not come true.

Our first stop was a mall that had a Trollbeads concept store in it. They have an AWESOME policy that if you have a bracelet that is a length that isn’t working for you, you can exchange it for another one. Trollbeads bracelets have separate locks, so the chains themselves might get tarnished but they don’t get worn like a lock might. This may be why they have the exchange policy. 

Anyways, I had  one bracelet that was shorter than my other 2 ( #firstworldproblems) and they switched it no problem, so now all 3 are the same length. 

Now I can try braiding them, or just wearing them like this picture I found on Pinterest.


I also bought my first set of X links in navy blue πŸ˜†. They had a promo of buy a lock and get 18 links free, so basically a bracelet. 

Here is my #mcctrish walking out of the store with my new links and bracelet trying to hold a catalogue #failing 

Then we headed to Great Lakes Jewellery, hosts of Bead Bash on the Lake. 

Martha was an excellent navigator, so a huge shout out to her for keeping us always on track. 

I didn’t take any photos when we got to GL, I had left my phone in the car πŸ™„ and there was just so much talking and looking and oohing and ahhing I didn’t realize it until it was time for us to go ( we only had about an hour and that hour FLEW).

Great Lakes graciously invited us to dinner with them  and Julia and Alexey ( Truebeadz), Mike and Jenny ( Ohm). the other reps and the friends and family helping them run the Bead Bash. 

The next day we went back to GL. 

Martha had a plan to make a movie with #ohmgnome and some of Ohm’s upcoming beads to be released.  You can see it on Martha’s IG account @marthnickbeads or her blog by same name at WordPress.

Julia wanted to get a lesson on how to #mcctrish, which Alexey and Martha also videotaped ( it is on Martha’s IG and blog too Bead Bash on the Lake) not sure if that link works

We did some shopping at GL, I bought a Gurgle Pot , I have wanted one for ages, but couldn’t decide on a colour, since I just painted the kitchen , I decided on grey.

We all got to try lampmaking with Julia, she was so patient and supportive

And looks way hipper in her purple tinted glasses than us! 

Beads were purchased.

Bracelets were modelled.

Friends were made

Good times were had by all! 

Where to next? 

The end of the trip ( or I fell off the Earth before I wrapped things up)

The end of the trip was a bit of a whirl wind; driving, arriving, enjoying and then moving on. Not a lot of wifi and truthfully,  not a lot of hanging out where the wifi was, therefore not a lot of blogging.

We went to Virginia Beach after Colonial Williamsburg. Once upon a time it was going to be a 1 night stay and we were going to be there on  John’s birthday, so we talked about staying outside our usual budget to celebrate. After thinking a bit, we decided to stay an extra night to get a bit more beach time and booked at Comfort Inn and Suites. 

So GLAD we did! 

The hotel was great, amazing breakfast included, easily accommodated our request to stay an additional, additional day ( 3 nights instead of 2) , our end of the beach was WAY calmer, less crowded and closer to AMAZING coffee place! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

View from our room

View from my chair 

Beckett was pretty much in the water the entire time we were at the beach from the night we arrived until we left 2 days later.

He just jumped waves, rode waves and crashed into waves. John and I went out with him but we needed breaks. He came out to eat and play a game of scrabble. Once. 

Thankfully there were showers to get the worst of the sand off. It got EVERYWHERE! 

Birthday boy! 

A nice touch πŸ˜€

John’s birthday dinner was at Tautog, a restaurant in an old cottage. If you are ever in Virginia Beach, you should totally go, for the food and the atmosphere! 

There was a bit of a wait to get in ( reservations for large groups only) but there was an arcade around the corner for B and J to play video games from the 80’s and I always have a book #everyoneishappy

The extra day at the beach was amazing! After the heat and non-stop sightseeing of Washington, serious hiking in Shenandoah NP and going back in time in Colonial Williamsburg, it was glorious to be on a beach, by the water and just doing nothing. Sometimes I think I made an error not living by water in my life, but I guess it just makes it more spectacular when I get to spend time near it. 

Then we headed to Chincoteague/Assateague ( last real stop on our trip) . This has been on John’s bucket list since he read about it in World magazine way back when.

Yes, there are horses EVERYWHERE! 

And poop! 

Also NASA πŸŒœβ­οΈπŸš€

We were actually at a National Park on the day of its birthday πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰ #winning

Next year Canada’s National Parks celebrate 150 years! Everyone should try to get to one in 2017 #futuregoals

We stayed at Pokemoke River State Park ( in between the 2 National Parks, sort of) because they have showers and real bathrooms ( I am too old for pit toilets) 

Our happy hour ( l’heure l’apΓ©ro) looks like this

Crab chips and Japanese soda

And scrabble 

Thank you, as always, to John, our amazing trip planner and driver ( when we are in North America) for another epic summer adventure. 

What will 2017 bring πŸ€”