Nothing gets me more fired up than seeing artists, designers and crafters all in one place selling their unique, handmade goods. Except maybe when there’s also live music and food trucks… That’s why I planned my May around the Patchwork Indie Arts and Crafts Festivals. First stop, Patchwork Long Beach on Sunday May 20th. Even though we had an action-packed day for my husband Bob’s birthday, we made Patchwork a huge part of our day of fun.
As soon as we arrived we ran into some new friends… it’s such a tiny little world! That’s Sim on the left, yours truly in the middle and Jamie on the right. All of the products in Jamie’s company, Maisha Designs, were handmade in Tanzania by members of a women’s tailoring group. Proceeds help support programming that promotes the alleviation of poverty. How amazing is that? Check out the Maisha Designs Facebook page here.
Then, we were instantly drawn to the live music… we tried to capture a shot of this darling little girl playing her red piano but alas, the moment had passed.
Food trucks! As much as I love the concept of food trucks, I have never actually eaten at one…
Until now! I made a B-line to The Lobsta Truck for a lobster roll. That is my idea of heaven on earth.
Bob had something else in mind. A red velvet cookie ice cream sandwich for the birthday boy!
I love this idea by ISM: A Community Project. They support collaborative creativity by producing international art experiments and providing free public programs. They were at Patchwork spreading the good word about their “Cheers” project. The idea: pick up a coaster and use the blank back as a canvas to share your paintings, photos or poetry.
All coasters will be on display at the ISM 10 year anniversary exhibition on July 7, 2012. I picked up three… I better get to work!
As a stationary lover and creator, I was totally drawn to the Merry Blues Art booth and was so happy to meet Ana Belen. What can I say, Ana’s setup is just awesome and so are her eco-friendly cards and products. The view of the water is a pretty magical backdrop. Check out Merry Blues Art on Facebook here.
There were so many mind-blowing products and booths. Of course I didn’t capture them all, but here are a few more favorites… Here’s Camille Larson of Garden Gnome Arts. Turquoise is my favorite color so I’m pretty sure that’s what magnetized me to her booth.
Her work is so smiley and bright…
I told you I love turquoise! So when I saw the official Backyard in a Jar “Jam Van” in person I was so excited. I was even happier to catch Patchwork co-creators Nicole Stevenson, left, and Delilah Snell, right, together. These super-crafty ladies are also the dynamic duo behind the Craftcation DIY and Indie Business conference I went to in Ventura in Late March.
Backyard in a Jar is Delilah’s line of hand-crafted artisan preserves from the yards & farms of Southern California. I wish I had gotten a shot of the white picket fence that lined the side of her booth. So charming! Check out the Backyard in a Jar Facebook page here.
Random Nicole! It was so great seeing all of Nicole’s one-of-a-kind clothing, art and accessories. I especially went crazy over the quirky-awesome hand-sewn onesies and t-shirts. Check out the Random Nicole Facebook page here.
Here’s Bob checking out the onesies… And please note, Bob is still wearing his bright yellow pit pass from the 3-year-old’s monster truck birthday party we had been to that morning. Always an adventure!
Here’s an example of two creators working together to share a space. On the left, Gilded Moon Jewelry. On the right, Two Hand Design. Not my finest photography moment, it’s a little dark, but nonetheless…
I am such a fan of the artful and iconic nature of Two Hand Design.
And I love the soulful pieces by Gilded Moon Jewelry.
Well… that’s my photo journey of Patchwork Long Beach. This post is dedicated to all of the amazing creators out there, you rule! And a special birthday shout-out to my partner-in-Patchwork-crime that day, the birthday boy himself, my husband Bob. Here’s a shot of him enjoying some delicious wine at his birthday dinner later that night…
Now I better get back to work getting my Said The Butterfly gifts and goodies ready for Patchwork Culver City! Will I see you there? I hope so.
Thank you darling readers for reading this, for being here, for being you!
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