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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Travel Post #1 for 2010 ~ Lincoln City, Oregon ~ Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of our fabulous journey along the scenic Oregon Coast! Well, a little bit of it, anyway. In Part 1, I described our arrival in Lincoln City on Friday night and then the beginning of our southward wanderings on Saturday. We left off at Ocean Beaches Glass Gallery and hot shop (glass blowing studio), where we met Bob Meyer and gushed over his gorgeous home interior glass designs. Love him!

Just up the road a spell from Bob's place is Heartglass Designs, a little bead shop run by the talented Susan P Hanson. Her sign says simply "Glass Beads", but once you are inside, you know that this is NOT your average bead shop.

See what I mean? Gorgeous!!

Obviously, Susan is not your avearage beadstore owner. She is a major talent...and she has oodles of these gorgeous baubles in numerous cases throughout her shop. You will find individual treasures, like the one pictured here, matching sets, various shapes, sizes and colors AND completed jewelry pieces that will knock your socks off!

I was so enamoured with her lampwork beads that I failed to notice her other products until Ted pointed them out to me. She has a wonderful selection of commercial beads, as well! You will not find the standard plastic, mass-produced, boring beads that are common in other bead shops. Susan has a great eye for unique shapes, colors, materials, and quality products for the jewelry designer. So, if you are a lampworker, jewelry designer, in the market for a new piece of unique jewelry, or just want to gaze at some of the most beautiful beads on the planet, make SURE you stop in and see Susan on your way through Seal Rock, Oregon!

We began to feel the day wearing on and were anxious to return to Lincoln City for dinner, so we headed back towards Newport. Around 4:00pm, as we were passing through South Beach, Oregon (just south of Newport), we saw a sign for The Edge: Art Gallery and Glass Blowing Studio. Of course, we decided to stop in and check it out!

You can watch as an artist creates something wonderful!

The Edge offers classes where you can create something as simple as a glass float ($65) or as complex as a blown glass vase or bowl ($125), in less than an hour! A great way to get some hands-on experience with hot glass for a great price. Plus, you get to take home your beautiful creation and show it off to your friends!

When we arrived at The Edge, it was very quiet and we could tell they were winding down for the day. We did have a chance to look around their gallery/shop and loved what we saw. They have numerous artists working there, and it was obvious that they were all talented and all had very different skill sets. The one thing they all have in common is that they are out-of-the-box artists. Each piece was fun, unique and wonderful! And, if you can't find something that speaks to you in their gallery, they will make you something specific, just for you! Check out the homepage of their website for a link to custom design options!

Of course, the weekend was also full of wonderful food, walks on the beach, and shopping! But, the glass was really the highlight of this trip. For our 1-year anniversary, I really couldn't imagine spending it anywhere else, doing anything else. We are a couple who connected over a torch and maintain a mutual love of glass and all of the creative opportunities that it offers us each day. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for us, as both our relationship and Rose Valley Glass grow and mature.

I love you, babe! Thanks for the perfect weekend! xo