Friday, February 8, 2008

Bead shopping in Santa Monica

Traveling gives me an opportunity to visit new bead stores: this trip, I went shopping at Beadniks in Santa Monica. Even though the owner, Shannon, was busy — she just got back with tons of stuff from Tucson — she took time to chat with Yukie and me.

Yukie bought a shell bracelet (she prefers finished jewelry to the hobby) and I put together a project for Under $25: a strand of wood beads, to be accented with a couple of metallicized ceramic beads. Add the clasp and a silver piece for each earring, and we're still under $25.

The store is beautiful: Asian themed with hardwood floors and lots of gold mirrors and fixtures. It's also inviting: you can rent tools and sit at one of the big tables to work on a project. And, it's walking distance from the Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade, which has a farmer's market and all the shopping you could ever dream of.

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