When you think of October, most would conjure up thoughts of summer turning to fall, pumpkins and pulling sweaters out of the closet. That is my usual October, however this year is quite different for me. I will be spending the next few weeks in the warm tropics, enjoying ocean breezes and swaying palm trees. And WARM water diving! Lots of it! I am off to renew my inspiration, take a break and refresh! No TV, no phones and no EMAIL!

It's been a very busy year, and it will be back to the torch the minute I return. I will have my usual booth at the L.A. Bead Bazaar on Sunday, the 18th. I hope to see you there. Until then, warmest wishes!

I love this shot of Sebastian...he is gazing up at his new friend, Jazzy the parakeet!