So I finally got to meet and learn from Carrie Iverson @ Weisser Glass this past weekend. It was amazing!!
So I get to DCA and take a shuttle bus to the car rental… or so I think. Thus begins an evening of adventure. I take a tour of the economy parking lot and, being the last person on the bus, I ask which bus should I have taken to the rental car place.
The bus driver was so nice – he took me directly, off of his normal route. Yay! Nice person #1.
So I get into the car, look up the direction on my iPad and head out, confident it will not be difficult. Really, it shouldn’t have been, but with a lethal combination of excitement, darkness, a distinct lack of street lights and bad signage, I get turned around, not once…not twice…but three times.
I drove by the Iwo-Jima memorial statue.
I drove down K & I Streets.
I ended up calling Donald on my 3rd detour and headed back to DCA to start all over again.
Donald safely navigated me all the way to the Marriott in Bethesda. I was greeted by the second awesome person of the night, the front desk attendant. She was warm, welcoming, knowledgeable and all around great. I go unpack and find the bar for a light, late dinner. Wings & a Bailey’s on the rocks.
Next morning I am up early and I putter around until about 9:00 and head over to Kensington (2 miles away) to Weisser Glass. Being 30 minutes early, because I am still running on high, I impatiently finish my tea from McD’s and wait until at least 9:20 before going in.
I meet some of the other students and Nancy Weisser and then Carrie. Yay!! I’m impressed she remembered my post/inquiries from Facebook. Class barely begins and I’m already asking questions about ink, and sets well, and …. everything. Carrie shushes me nicely and we watch a presentation on her work and how she came to working with glass. Cool.
During lunch break I talked with Nancy about how I wish there were a place like her’s in Jacksonville. And I promised to come to as many classes as I can, and to be a new customer. I really like dealing with people I know when I’m buying stuff.
My first couple of attempts were not great, but then I started getting better. And then I started making prints. For real! It was so awesome. I’ll be a regular Kinko’s customer from now on making copies.
Anyway, I had a great breakfast with Jodi, a friend of Joanelle Mulrain‘s, Sunday morning and I still had enough time to dash back to Weisser to see the results. Yes!! Carrie was still there and we both looked over my pieces. She invited me to keep in touch and I will. I love sending updates to Newy and now I can send updates to Carrie.
One more derailment to say goodbye to DC and I was back at Ronald Reagan airport by 12:30. I had a blast and so want to do it again. Lovely people at Weisser and I’m even more in love with my glass.