I am ready to go. I shipped 4 boxes on Monday and they arrived yesterday at Miami U, all ready for the end of the month. Then I did all the things necessary to close up the house for a week: stop the mail, stop the newspapers (including the stupid Examiner which comes free and the mail deliverer makes a point of aiming for my flower garden), book the cat sitter, do the laundry, water everything, fill out entry forms for two events, and pack for QSDS. This is what I'm taking:
Doesn't seem to be much in comparison to previous years. Since I'm not doing any sewing I don't need my machine nor all the accessories. One box of fabric plus supplies for dyeing, painting, and screenprinting. And since I shipped my only roll of masking tape I have to stop off and buy another one. You would think I would have more than one roll hanging around, but apparently not.
Martha and I are leaving this afternoon and driving halfway, staying outside Pittsburgh. Tomorrow we'll go into the city and see Fiberart International, then drive the rest of the way to Columbus. So we should arrive sometime in the mid afternoon - it's an easy 4 hours from Pittsburgh, although it's the more boring part of the drive. Once we cross over the Ohio River everything flattens out and the scenery is less interesting. At least to somebody who likes mountains. Or, sort of mountains, what we have on the East Coast can't compare to the Rockies, but they are still inspiring to me.
I will have my computer with me and there is wi-fi access at the hotel, so I plan to post what's happening. I'm doing silk painting with Christine Zoller and deconstructed screen printing with Kerr Grabowski, a class I've wanted to take for a long time. It will be tons of fun!