There is no end to the grace and beauty you find in China, especially after creating friendships there. Happily I shared this experience with my daughter twice, once on her 13th birthday and again on her 16th. Fortunately for her my travels hit around both her spring break and birthday. Guilt-free work for me ~ yayy ~ plus a fun traveling companion – design assistant built right in for me! The series of photos feature not only a few locations we visited, but also the behind-the-scenes private furniture studios where we were fortunate enough to tour with the actual internationally acclaimed furniture designer, Mr. Lu. We gained Chinese names “Mai Li” for Mary (beautiful flower) and “I Mai” for me (lover of beautiful things)…and also learned how to write these names in Chinese script. Every time I leave my friends there, I leave with a promise to return.