Friday, August 6, 2010
Would you believe... A bead store in Vallejo??!!
I was driving down Marin Street on Tuesday and saw a sandwich board sign on the corner of Marin & Florida advertising a bead store just around the corner. I couldn't believe my eyes, and had to do a U-turn to go back and see if it was really so. Mon Dieu! There it was... in the downstairs area of Dan Robeski's fabulous former home ...The Pomegranate Seeds Galleria !! I parked my car and dove inside, and, IT WAS TRUE!!! Hundreds and hundreds of strands of beautiful beads lined every wall, with bins and bins of individual beads and findings covering every horizontal surface in sight. Better yet, there were fantastically beautiful necklaces and bracelets on display and for sale, along with books and all kinds of jewelry making tools. Ah! A Paradise!! Best of all... they offer classes in basic beading, wire work, design, Peyote, soldering, resin work, even classes in moving from hobbiest to businessperson and teaching workshops. Too good to be true? I sure hope not, because I want to take a bunch of those classes and move myself from bead embellisher to jewelry maker. I'm so stoked I can hardly believe it. I was embarrassed to learn the store had been there for over a year... I've been out of circulation in the arts community for far too long. I wonder what else I've missed??? I look forward to finding out! Here are a few of the things I bought... don't know what I'm going to do with them yet, but I'm going to take the basic beading class and figure it out!