This past October, I found out that I was a finalist for a 2013 Niche award. The winners were chosen from the finalists and awarded this past weekend at the Buyer's Market of American Craft at the Convention Center in Philly. When our baby came this past December, we didn't know if we would be able to make the trip to Philly, but it turned out that Charlie's grandparents were eager to babysit for the weekend, so we could see if I won. Plus, we were looking forward to spending some time just the two of us for Valentine's Day weekend. We turned the weekend to a mini vacation, although short, it was jammed pack of art at the Buyer's Market of American Craft, friends, food at the Reading Terminal Market, fondue, Italian food, 2 metro north trains, 2 amtrak trains, New York pizza, a micro-brewery, a hockey themed bar, some awesome Indian food at Bombay Palace in New York, billiards, a Broadway show, 2 hotels, lots of strange and fun staff at Ripley's and Times Square and the shortest cab ride ever.
My Submission, Yellow and Orange Late Berkshire Summer

The Niche Awards!
The finalists in the lampworked category

I am the winner!
Accepting the award from Merle Honey Porter of The Rosen Group

Speech! Speech! And why not? How honored I am!
Danielle Blade and Myself with our awards. Danielle and Stephen won in the blown glass category

Myself & Hope Daniels, Editor in Chief of Niche Magazine, photograph courtesy of the Rosen Group. 

On display
At Reading Terminal Market

At Reading Terminal Market

At Reading Terminal Market

Billards in Philly
Train ride from Philly to NYC

At the Roosevelt Hotel in NYC
We saw Chicago! This was the first time we have ever seen a broadway show together.

Enjoying Times Square after the show
At the Ripley's Believe it or Not Odditorium 

Fun in NYC, our silhouettes