Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tidal Twinings Here We Come



Off to teach at the Oregon retreat.  It is always a wonderful mix of teaching talented students, visiting with friends, and going to the ocean beach.  Seeing what other basketweavers in the Northwest are creating is immensely inspiring.  I always come home with so many new ideas - and usually some treasures from the oral auction as well.

http://basketryguild.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/2012CBBGRetreatBrochureFinal.15812518.pdf

We'll make our usual stop on the way down (the car just seems to go there automatically) - to Shipwreck Beads in Lacey, Washington - advertised as having the world's largest selection of beads.  I can't vouch for that, but it is an amazing place to wander aisles and aisles of beads, gems, jewelry making items, books and findings.  I find that it's best if I make a very specific list of what I need - wandering around too much gets rather costly! 


PhotoAnd then just possibly we'll include a stop at Cabela's to check out the tools, of course.  (They will also have some Tru Oil so I can try it to finish driftwood.)


Another annual visit is to Powell's Book Store in Portland, Oregon.  Per Wikipedia: "Powell's headquarters, dubbed Powell's City of Books, claims to be the largest independent new and used book store in the world."
All I know is that it covers a full city block, with several floors, and has hard back, paperback, and used books shelved together for ease in shopping. Another very dangerous place to shop!!

It does sound like I love to shop, which is certainly not the case.  However, books, beads and basket tools and supplies are not "shopping" - they are necessities.


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