Named the Sacramento area's Best Garden Center of 2010 by KCRA 3 CityVoters, Windmill Nursery stocks a bevy of beauteous blooms, trees, shrubs, gardening supplies, and more to spruce up your indoor and outdoor spaces. Pick up a perennial ($4.99–$9.99), or locally source your yard with Windmill’s selection of California native plants ($4.99–$15.99). Select a hook for holiday hangables with Windmill’s array of Christmas trees, which come in varietals of Noble, Burton Blue Noble, and Fraiser Fir. The nursery also carries a line-up of UC Davis’s Arboretum All-Stars ($4.99–$15.99), which achieved MVP status with their reliability, toughness, and incredible hook shots.
Imparting crafty knowledge since 1968, the imagination mavens at Beverly’s supply and enhance hands-on projects with a surplus of glueable provisions and a cornucopia of fabrics. Jazz up dreary household items such as old throw pillows or Junior's collection of rare autographed baseballs with Kona solid cottons by the yard ($5.99). Quilters can stitch together decorative coverings for monster trucks with cotton quilting fabric ($9.99/yd.) and a wide selection of remnant fleece ($6.97/yd.). Serious stitchers can also revivify old windows or gussy up the neighborhood ghost with decorator tapestries by the yard ($9.97).
Few careers date as far back as the jeweler. From Egyptian headdresses to the wedding charms that decorated Henry VIII's bracelets, jewelry has been a sign of opulence and beauty that transcends generations. At the California Institute of Jewelry Training, instructors teach classes for all skill levels in a variety of disciplines. The institute's classes cover the skills needed to become a jewelry designer, gemologist, or stone setter or to forge a different professional track. For casual students and hobbyists, instructors lead one-day workshops that touch on specific facets of jewelry making ranging from wire wrapping to enameling to blacksmithing.
Brownie specialist Debbie Whiteside’s narrow focus gives her the freedom to experiment with heretofore unheard of flavor combinations at her bakery, Bombshell Brownies. While her simplest brownies nail the classic formula with pure cane sugar and gourmet semisweet chocolate, her 15 signature flavors expand upon the chocolaty palette with swirls of cream cheese, caramel, or fresh raspberry purée. Debbie also creates a kid's collection with brownies made with vegetable puree for extra nutritional value.