I just came back from a wonderful trip to sunny California where I had the priviledge to take a class at a fabulous little shop called Castle in the Air. It's located on a quiet, shop filled street in Berkeley; just over the bridge from San Francisco. The store is filled with new and vintage treasures and samples from classes to purchase. It has a wide selection of pretty papers, notecards, stamps and dresden. In the rear is an under sea backdrop with a huge clam shell big enough to seat an adult.
The classes are held in the "balcony"space upstairs across from some manequins who are ready to party at a maquerade ball.
John B. McRae, the instructor from the Mermaid Castle Lamp class was very helpful and super creative. Samples of his work and class offerings are throughout the store for you to be in awe at. Here is a picture of John with a fellow classmate and their mermaid castles.
John's mermaid castle looks like it was taken right out of a fairytale and it's also on display at the shop. You must visit the Castle in the Air if you are in the San Francisco area!