Friday, September 26, 2008

Adventures with a favorite freeformer

Yesterday was quite a day! It was a whirlwind of activity which started with picking up Jenny Dowde and her traveling companion/friend Sue at their hotel in San Diego. Jenny has made her first trip to the States at last and taught some workshops at the CGOA Conference in Portland, Oregon and in Carlsbad, California. She is an amazing freeform artist and author of three books. She and Sue had done quite a bit of sightseeing in the previous few days including Balboa Park (my personal favorite place.) We were on a mission to hit yarn, book and bead stores in the area in search of treasures.

We started out with a couple of places in Carlsbad with some lovely jewelry and amazing geodes. Next, we ended up at a wonderful yarn shop Black Sheep in Encinitas where we cruised all the yarns, beads and Jenny got a chance to see some of the incredible freeform garments and art dolls in the shop by the artistic Barbara Chapman. I have included a little snapshot of the owner Karen and Jenny. I love this shop a lot. We wandered down the coast past Mission Bay in all its' beauty and then headed inland to Old Town where we stopped at The Shepherdess and Lost Cities to check out yarns and beads again. Next was a stop for lunch and then on to find a Japanese book shop on the hunt for knitting and crochet books. This was an interesting challenge as all the titles were in Japanese but we did find some lovely books.

Our final stop was the climax of the day and was an incredibly overwhelming assemblage of beads of every kind and color imaginable as well as finished jewelry including amber (a personal favorite) which was stunning! On top of all of this, they were having a 50% off sale on tables and tables of beads. I have now officially been bitten by the bead bug and it is all Jenny's fault! We spent hours in this warehouse. We all made a bunch of purchases here. I found some beautiful coral and turquoise (see pictures) which I intend to combine with some old tribal Afghani metal beads and other goodies I have gathered over the years.

It was a wonderful day filled with laughter and good company. By the time we were done, we were all ready for supper and a good night's sleep filled with creative dreams of beads, freeform, yarns and new projects. Jenny and Sue are off home to Australia tomorrow and I can't wait until she plans to return and share all of her creativity again!

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