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Wednesday
Jan252012

Craftcation

Alt Summit was last week and as I’ve mentioned here, I crazy-person stalked the Alt twitter feed for two days straight soaking up every bit of advice I could. So I wouldn’t be wrong to say that creative conferences are on my mind lately. The email that I got from Nicole Stevenson last week couldn’t have come at a better time either. Who is Nicole you ask? Well, Nicole, along with her aunt Delilah Snell, founded the Patchwork Indie Art & Craft Festival (a local Southern California fair) and both ladies have recently announced their most recent crafty venture Craftcation.

I am so glad Nicole let me know about the conference so that I can share Craftcation with you all today. SoCal readers in particular take note. Craftcation is an indie business and DIY conference that will be taking place in Ventura on March 22-25. Like Alt, Craftcation focuses on small, independent creative businesses. The lucky attendees can not only expect great business advice from craft industry powerhouses but also a lot of fun, hands-on DIY classes. From the looks of the schedule I can say that Nicole and Delilah have put together a perfect mix of educational classes, networking opportunities, and fun.

Check out the Craftcation website to get all of the details, including the schedule and all of the speakers. There are some impressive names on the list. I think there is such a need for a conference like this in Southern California. There are a lot of indie craft fairs here so clearly there is this network of small business owners who could use some support and advice. Bravo to Nicole and Delilah for seeing this need and starting something particularly with Etsy sellers and craft fair vendors in mind. 

Are there any SoCal business owners out there looking to grow their business? This could be a great investment and the jumpstart you need for the new year.

Photos courtesy of Craftcation.

Tuesday
Dec132011

Rose Bowl Flea Market: Goal Achieved

About a month ago I was so excited to discover that my birthday fell on a weekend that would not only include Renegade LA but also the Rose Bowl Flea Market. I have been wanting to visit the flea market for sometime now and some of you may remember that it was one of my Twelve by 2012 goals to visit before the new year. When my friend Elysse and I planned out the weekend we decided a trip to Pasadena couldn't be left out. And lucky enough, we got my brother to tag along too which was a perfect birthday present because I love spending time with him.

All three of us were Rose Bowl newbies so we weren't sure what to expect on Sunday. I have heard many great things, especially about how large it is but nothing could have prepared us. The fair is huge! We covered a lot and as we were getting ready to leave, I think we naively assumed we had seen most of it...so, so wrong. It seemed to stretch on forever and there were a lot of areas we completely missed or just quickly ran through. I'm not sure if one could actually see the entire thing in one day. But what we did see was so amazing, such a visual delight with so many curious knick knacks and collectibles. There was a lot of junk but also some fantastic finds.

This booth was a favorite, stocked with beautiful vintage glass bottles. They had them separated by color and they just shimmered in the sunlight. $3 per bottle is a pretty good price too. I find that in antique stores, little glass vials like this can get quite expensive ($10, sometimes $15 each). I want to know the stories behind each bottle, don't you? Where did they come from? How old are they? What was in them?

Rugs were big, I saw a lot of them. When I get serious about finding myself a rug for my room I may need to go back and seriously look at prices. Rugs can be so expensive.

There were a lot of vintage military booths selling things like these old metal ammo cases. I like the wood chests...they would make for some good storage. Cool brother on the right.

Industrial stamps with wood handles.

Any booth with cameras was a must-stop for David and me. This one was definitely a delight.

More old cameras of course. Also, neat vintage matchboxes. Sometimes the graphic design on these is really great.

A booth of vintage fabrics and sewing odds and ends.

And we couldn't end the weekend without some official documentation of our smiling faces. Elysse with her purchases...she found the most cool stuff including a $10 working typewriter. It was originally $15 but she got the price down. Way to heckle Elysse!

David and me. Look at that sweet old camera he has. He got that beauty for $35 a few weeks ago. I have camera envy.

Oh yes, and proof of the documentation that was going on. Thank you Elysse for the picture.

I gave each of them their own little portrait that I took with my Fujifilm Instax Camera. A nice reminder of the day I think. 

I am proud that I have completed 3 of my 12 goals. That doesn't sound too great but I think I'll be completing a few more soon. I probably won't finish all 12 but the whole point is to encourage and I may not have done some of these things without this encouragement. So I'm happy with the progress so far. Are you doing Twelve by 2012? How is your progress?

Wednesday
Dec072011

Lovely Package Workshop Pictures

A few weeks ago I shared that Danni from Oh, Hello Friend was organizing a Lovely Package Workshop and that I was asked to be involved. I could not have been more excited to get crafty with our little group and get some ideas for my own holiday wrapping (which has yet to commence...remember, I have no presents yet). The workshop took place over Thanksgiving weekend and it was the perfect way to spend an afternoon, surrounded by friends and packaging. What more could a girl want! I have a handful of pictures to share today so I'll let the eye candy speak for itself. In a separate post I will share my own DIY that I demonstrated at the class which involves wrapping with a mason jar. Thank you to everyone who came out, I loved meeting you all. I felt so welcome. And most importantly thank you Danni for thinking of me and asking me to participate.

Our class would not have been nearly as successful if it weren't for the beautiful venue that hosted us. Beth, the lovely owner of Salvage Life, opened up her little shop/office space for us and how fun it was to see her collection of vintage curiosities. It is such an inspiring space. Beth is one lucky lady!

Danni filled these vintage muffin tins with all the craft ephemera that each guest would need. The guests were smart and brought their own presents so not only were they learning new packaging techniques but also getting some of their holiday wrapping out of the way. I gave each guest a little glassine bag filled with goodies like colored twine, fabric ribbon, and wooden tags. The mason jar on the top right is my DIY but I'll share more pictures of that in another post.

That would be glitter wrapping paper on the left...how fabulous! I believe Danni got it at Michaels. I think I must make a stop at Michaels now.

I love all of the layering in this present, such a great combination of fun elements. The paper is actually vintage wallpaper. Since it is thicker than normal paper, it is a little difficult to wrap with but such a beautiful effect it has. Search Etsy for all kinds of vintage patterns and add a new twist to your holiday packaging this year.

Here is Danni and Elizabeth working on the best way to wrap. Collectively everyone shared their secrets. I know I learned a few tips. Elizabeth claimed she got fired from a job where she had to wrap presents but we all doubted her because she was pretty pro at it.

The lovely Tristan from Besotted Brand demonstrated this bow DIY which was super easy to create but still perfect looking. That glitter ribbon is kind of the ultimate, don't you think? Tristan's shop is packaging heaven. I wouldn't mind having one of everything under my Christmas tree this year. Did you hear that Santa?

So that was our Lovely Package Workshop! I hope we'll have more in the future because packaging is fun no matter what time of year. Thanks again to Danni, Tristan, and Beth for all their hard work and for having me.

Happy Wednesday friends! 

Tuesday
Nov152011

Lovely Package Workshop

I have such an exciting announcement today!  If you follow my blog regularly you know that I love packaging and all the little details that go with it.  A pretty package can be an extra treat even when the actual gift lies inside.  That is why I was so jazzed to partner with Danni of Oh, Hello Friend and Tristan of Besotted Brand and help host the Lovely Package Workshop happening on November 26th in Long Beach.

Both Danni and Tristan are such masters of packaging so I am so honored to be working with these ladies to create a unique workshop.  With the holidays quickly approaching I think this class will provide all the attendees, as well as myself, with a lot of inspiration for those presents that will soon need to be wrapped (wait, I need to actually buy some presents first).  And who can't use some pretty inspiration right before the hectic holiday season?  

If you are interested in attending, you can visit Danni's blog for more details or check out the event's page to reserve your spot.  You will go home with a bunch of awesome little goodies and get to spend the afternoon in a fun, vintage environment at the Salvage Life shop.  I hope some of my local blog readers can attend, I would love to visit and chat with you all.

Happy Tuesday!