So happy to be headed for New Orleans in a few days, mostly for work on a board I serve on, but there will be a tiny bit of time for (hopefully) visiting beloved relatives (GO CAJUNS!), visiting my childhood home, and scouring the French Quarter for exotic beads. Maybe my old favorite the Voodoo Shop will have something interesting, just in time for Halloween! Here in Santa Fe there's an incredible jewelry artist (need to find out her name!) doing gorgeous beaded earrings with shiny black skull beads and sparkly crystals -- never have skulls looked so beautiful! We'll see what we find in New Orleans and I'll keep you posted!