Thursday, May 21, 2009

Patchwork Aftermath

Thank you everybody who came Sunday to the Patchwork Show. I was very happy to see people who have bought from me before, have taken a class, friends and as always is fun to meet new customers and to see how they like what I make. Patchwork is a fun show always. Sales were good and I'm happy to apply the profit I made to buy new materials and start all over again. It was fun to share with Kayte as she is such a lively and fun girl.

One BIG surprise I had was to see a very good friend that I consider more family who drove all the way from San Diego, Jennifer and her 3 little kids. She had read my post on Facebook in the morning and didn't have plans for Sunday, so off they came to check it out. Her kids are too adorable and full of life and energy. The girls got necklaces, and the little boy got nothing.....sorry. Happy to see you all.

I takes a couple of days to recoup from shows, they have lots of work to do before, during, and after that's why I'm posting today. Now I'm preparing for the next sale, on June 7th. I will be at the Annual Tustin Chili Cook Off from 11 to 6pm, the location is Old Town Tustin and it goes for blocks. OTT main streets are Main St. and El Camino Real.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Earrings for Patchwork

Here is a few pairs of earrings that will be available this Sunday May 17 at Patchwork. Come and say hi. Read on the post just below to find out what Patchwork is.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Patchwork the Biggest Indie Craft Show in the OC

This Sunday May 17 in Santa Ana, The Road Less Traveled Store and the all famous Harvey's Bags are putting their 4th show of the biggest and most popular handmade indie crafts, Patchwork. This will be my third time doing Patchwork and I must say that I always have fun. It's crazy, it's crowded, it's wild and I love seeing lots of people come and appreciate Handmade. You can see all types of people, young and old, families, friends together having a blast, enjoying the most fabulous creations vendors have to offer, along with great music and delicious food.

Patchwork is located at 2202 N. Main Santa Ana, Off the 5 freeway and just in between the Bowers Museum and The Main Place Mall, it goes from 11am to 5pm.

I will be sharing my booth with my friend Kayte from Kayte makes such cool bycicle basket liners, aprons and purses with fantastic fabrics from all over the OC and LA. Other etsy sellers will be there too like with her fabulous jewelry and all of her popular button earrings. Amy will be sharing with Jackie from and all of her super adorable and beautiful paper creations of all ocassion cards and tags among other little cute things she makes. In the same lot will be Miss Yvette (all the way from SD) her store is with all of her knitted creations.

As you can see Patchwork is a gathering of friends who like to create, congregate and enjoy a beautiful day of sun and warm weather doing the things we appreciate most, having fun and yes...making sales too. Patchwork is free!! Come and see us!

Friday, May 8, 2009

This Mother's Empty Nest

My daughter graduates from high school next month. As the time approaches for graduation and later the time for her to go off to college, I cannot help but think of how quiet this house will be. It has been getting quieter for a while now. She's been busy with homework, getting a job last year, getting her driver's license and being a full blown quiet teenager. I've come to realize how much I will miss her presence and having her around even when at times it seems she is not here.

This is a big thing happening in a young woman's life, but I can undoubtedly say it has been a long awaited moment for both of us. As she steps into a new world of new friends, being away from home, a new place to live, a new school, and new adventures it's hard for me to see my only child leave, no matter how long this awaited moment has been. So, as I prepare these months to finally cut the umbillical cord I will enjoy this time and continue to guide (nag) her, motivate (push) her, expect (nag again) from her, and love (love?) her.

In the end all I could have thought of teaching her has been taught. It's up to her to put those things into practice, it's up to her to follow the best road for her, it's up to her to continue expecting the best of herself, it's up to her to make the best life for herself. But for me, it's still the time to continue loving her forever.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Soul at Home Artisan's Craft Faire

Sunday May 3rd. from 12 noon to 5 pm. Soul at Home in Tustin will be holding their Annual Craft Faire. Soul at Home is a yoga studio, spa, and a home market. In there you can find unique items for you and you home. With a green emphasis on many of their products you leave their space feeling relaxed from yoga and the wonderful feeling than in a little way you're helping our wonderful planet. The store is beautifully decorated in soft earthy colors with lots of pieces that inspire you to become in tune with your inner self. Come and visit us this Sunday and come and enjoy a day of peace, art, and fun.

Soul at Home a Marketplace for Living is located in Tustin, 17612 East 17th St. off the 55 freeway. Come and see my ceramics jewelry and many other handmade good for you and home.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Happy MayDay!

Happy day to all of you who celebrate this holiday. In Mexico May 1st. better known as Dia del Trabajo is a National Holiday. Dia del Trabajo is the equivalent of Labor Day. No one works... well no one is supposed to work but of course the ones who do are those in the retail business, hotels, grocery stores. Government, schools, post office will close on this day.

I remember growing up May 1st. was a day celebrated in Tijuana with a parade (desfile). Unions would do the route, as some school bands, and students were made to do it too. As with any other parade the end of the line was filled with food vendors, craft booths, carnival, music and a lot of fun were you could stay for a while and enjoy having a day off. People who did not participate or who did not care for the "desfile" would opt for going to the beach, shopping, or just stay home and catch up with things. For some if the day fell on a Friday or Monday you could do a puente (long weekend) and do something more fun like going away for the weekend. I remember for many people in this bordertown a popular destination was Disneyland, San Diego Zoo, or Seaworld. People would save for months to have this little mini vacation and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Huh! What a concept. Something you don't hear much anymore...saving.

I don't live in Tijuana anymore, and I don't know if the tradition still exists, but wherever you are and whatever you do, I hope that this day is enjoyable because a day off for all the other days you work is a nice break!