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May 27, 2007 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

I’m back from a whirlwind trip to the west coast. We hopped in the vette and headed first to Las Vegas, then to Ventura, CA.
The trip was smooth with very little weather problems and little road construction, so we made good time. It’s been a few years since we visited Vegas – the city seems to reinvent itself every few years. They’ll have to do something about the traffic along the strip though. We took the monorail as well as the double decker buses and still took about an hour to go halfway down the strip.
While in Vegas I stopped at the Viva Las Vegas Stamp Store. I’ve ordered from them before, via the internet and was curious to see the store. It’s a jam packed store with floor to ceiling rubber, but with little accessories. I think they press their own rubber and you can get anything unmounted. I picked up a few mardi gras stamps then headed back to the casino!!
Our stop in Ventura, CA was great. We lived in the area for 17 years and we wanted to go back to see some old friends. Of course I had to visit my old stamp store, Violet’s Rubber Stamp Inn. It was jam packed with stamps and lots of other goodies – just as I remembered, but I was saddened to hear that they will be closing the store in August. They are just not getting the return on investment that they used to. I took many wonderful classes at this store, and spent my share of $$ when I lived there, so hearing of the upcoming closure was very heartbreaking for me.
I purchased a few stamps along with several bottles of “Radiant Rain” – which are twinkling H2O’s in spray or dauber bottles. I also picked up a set of Terra Bella finishes, the opulence kit, which is a set of 8 pots of a thick pearlized gel medium. I had not seen these before and can’t wait to use them. I hope to have a project or two finished and will post them here.
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