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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Taking the Day Off.....

It has become a tradition. The first day of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is usually right around my birthday. This year it was on my birthday! We use that as an excuse to celebrate.

Walter always lets me pick something out. That way he is sure to get what I like. Smart Walter.

This year I split it 7 ways....Yes. I said 7. Sounds extravagant? Nope. He got off for $25.00 in all.

First I picked out a pendant that I thought was a very cute mouse. It is carved bone and hand painted. It was not terribly expensive. It is amazing what the prices are on things at this show. I turned it over to see the back.....Carved into the bone was "Year of the Rat"! It was one of the Chinese characters for the year that you were born. I am not a rat. I am a horse. I don't care. There were no horses and anyway, I liked the rat.
I wandered around some more and found a table where another Chinese lady was selling pulled glass pendants for 2.00 each or 6 for 10.00 Yup that was the other six pieces.

When I got them home, Tessie immediately adopted the red glass lizard. He is supposed to hang by his tail on a chain....She is now trying to figure out how to animate him. The other five pendants didn't appeal to her, so I guess I can have those. Very generous of her.

I did buy a couple of other things. The triangular cabochon that Tessie is holding in this photo is, believe it or not, dinosaur bone! It is beautifully polished and the color is much prettier than the photo. I am going to do some bead work around that....If I can get it away from Tessie.

Problem easily solved. I am smarter than I look. I bought two miniature, hand painted Mexican pots. She is under the impression that I am trading those for the dinosaur bone. Ha! Don't tell her that I bought those with her in mind anyway. Chalk one up for my side!

I am going to go plan some beading now.

See you tomorrow.


Miniaturemaid said...

Hi Casey these are some great gifts you got i love the lizard
hugs Rachel

Katie said...

Love that dino bone...that's really Neat...and pretty! Love the natural colors of it!! Also love what you did with Tessie's perfume bootles!! :)


A. Wright said...

Happy Birthday to you!

Also a big thank you, your recent post about going to the antique shop made me realize I hadn't been to ours in ages and I ended up with a couple of great finds today :)

Josje said...

Happy Birthday Casey! I love the pendant. It's nice to be able to pick what you want, although I rather like to be surprised :)

Kathi said...

I'm happy you had a nice birthday.
Love the pendant you chose and the glass ones too. Very pretty!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday Casey!

Carey said...

Hi Casey,
I love your blog. I just spent half a Sat. night reading all your posts. There are so many things I really enjoyed looking at - The Rusty Needle Shop, the box vignettes, the tutorials and of course Tess. You have somehow been able to give this adorable doll a personality. Love how you post with her as the character. I will be following.

beyondbaffled said...

Happy birthday Casey I hope it was wonderful!

Deni said...

Glad you had such a lovely day!
Lovely little gifts!
Knew that Tessie would like the lizard lol
lovely little pots!

miniacollection said...

Beautiful gifts, I live the first pendant very much and the Mexican potteries. I am glad that Tessie left you some of the gifts.
Happy Birthday !

nikkinikkinikki72 said...

So sorry i am late getting here to wish you A Happy Birthday.
Your presents are beautiful and i love the pendant for the year of the rat.
You never fail to amaze me with all you manage to do and your multi talents.
Lots of love to you, Nikki xxx

Papillon Bleu said...

Happy Birthday Casey!!!

Irene said...

Sorry I missed this yesterday. Pleased to hear yu had a lovely day. Happy Birthday.

Wendy Luane Barber said...

Another Birthday Greeting to you Casey. I'm glad you shared your gifts. Love your blog.