I'm always amazed at the sharing and wealth of info I get from Gathering--from the speakers, workshops, lunch-time and evening sharing--even from someone I'm standing next to in a line. Let's share some of what we learned here!
I'll start--2 things (one of which I did and some said "That's a great idea.")
**I wrapped my beads in cellophane so the TSA folks at the airport wouldn't have to unwrap tissue paper--they could easily see what I had in my carry-on.
**(This next one was "duh" moment for me and thanks to the Houston Hotties I sat with at Banquet) When making headpins (after creating the small gather), hold the wire vertically so the metal will ball up.