The storefront of Perfect Day Scrapbooking overflows with a well-organized sea of papers, pens, stickers and other scrapbooking supplies designed to accent happy memories. With an exceptional selection of nearly 160 Core'dinations Cardstock papers (starting at $0.65 a sheet), parchment suitors will be sure to find the perfect canvas for self expression, such as swirling green and gold Celtic–patterned stock or warm sandy beach backgrounds. Photo anthologists can further adorn their memory montages with stickers, decals, buttons, and glitter harvested from sleeping unicorns ($1.99–$2.99). Piece together photo flashbacks of your tax filing party in a variety of albums by Pink Paislee (starting at $9.99), and add a personal message or notes with specialty pens and imbedded audio premonitions. Voted third best scrapbooking shop in Orange County in 2010, this welcoming den of recollection preservation will inspire hopeful garnishers with its cream-colored walls, shelves of well-ordered tools, and knowledgeable staff.
With more than 4,400 square feet securing as many as 100,000 used books, Camelot Books provides a plentitude of space to peruse its bevy of publications. A vast territory of texts await discovery with Camelot's wide range of volumes available in genres such as mystery, science fiction, western, and more. Customers can cross a fictional frontier of cliffhangers that include Thirsty Range ($6) and The Great Divide ($6), before finding themselves in the comforting arms of A Woman Betrayed ($5.50). Baby bookworms can browse Camelot's large collection of children's literature, which includes famous volumes such as Thumbelina ($3.50) and toddler treachery such as Don't Tell the Grown-Ups: Subversive Children's Literature ($5.50). Peruse the inventory online before sopping in to score a stack of books that’s handy for looking smart and helping reach a jetpack-equipped cat clinging to a ceiling fan.
Oh Scrap! holsters an arsenal of tools for winning the war against the memory-stealing whims of Uncle Time. Bring in your most scrap-worthy moments, browse the shop for supplies and recently stocked items, and then feel free to cut and paste your way to handmade eternity on the marble-capped scrapping table. In the classes, novice scrappers can mine the knowledge of experienced instructors to archive precious keepsakes, such as love letters, wedding invitations, or teeth burglarized from beneath neighborhood pillows. Costs for classes vary, but previous courses have ranged from $40 to $65; keep up to date on the latest materials, classes, and meetings on their blog.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
Cobalt blue, lavender, and turquoise hues pervade the lines of baubles and accents at Primitives, LTD, a jewelry outfit that has been curating a selection of handcrafted pieces since 1988. Created primarily by Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi artists, the shop’s displays are dominated by nature-influenced designs. Artist Alan Kiva handcrafts a line of Zuni opal prayer beads, carving a total of 365 cuts into each bead’s stones to represent hopes for good health, prosperity, and a surfeit of cat videos for each day of the year. The opal inlaid into the beads’ sterling-silver setting comes in colors from frosted pink to green fire and is cut through by a ribbon of clear gemstones, exemplifying the ethereal beauty of many of Primitives’ pieces.