The Grand Marais Arts Festival gives out two awards: Best in Show and Best Booth. There is only one "honorable mention" for each category. Best in Show means the judges have determined that your body of work as well as its presentation were the "best in the show". Pretty huge. I almost cried when they handed me the ribbon. I didn't cry, though because they were going to take a photo. If you see that photo somewhere, you'll know why I look a little funny.
Grand Marais is right on Lake Superior. The first day was scorching hot. (Okay so it was 82 or something. For me that's a scorcher)
Sunday was so cold I had to grab a booth sitter and run to the store to buy socks! I wore the new black socks inside my light green sandals. Nice. When Steve showed up later he told me, "They look really nice." That's what blind love will do to a person.
We stayed in our little camper.
Lucky, lucky us to get this spot at 2:00 on a Friday. It was the last lake spot in the campground, but it was a small site, and our little camper fits in tiny spots. This was a federal campground so there were no amenities - no flush toilets, showers, electricity, etc.
No problem. When I was hot, I just jumped into the lake. Here are Steve and Tansy winding down for the evening. What was I doing? Taking this photo and sipping a glass of wine. Oh yeah.
We are back home and there is no rest for the weary. I've been working hard in the studio. You know I have three big shows left and I'm always ridiculously prepared.
Here is a sweet new Larimar piece.
And this stone is crazy fun! It's an aqua-blue druzy on quartz. Super cool. I've never seen anything like it. I paired it with Peruvian Opal.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. These pieces won't last all summer. If you see something you like, it's a good idea to snap it up now.