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Monday, October 12, 2009

Ocean Avenue Silks - Orange County Museum of Art and Beyond!

Becke of Ocean Avenue Silks was kind enough to share her story of having her scarves featured at the Orange County Museum of Art. Thank you Becke for sharing your inspirational story with us! The Orange County Museum of Art wrapped up their exhibit, Illuminations, on September 13th. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to have my Georgia O'Keeffe inspired scarves in their gift shop during the exhibit. I really appreciate all the support from my team members that walked me through the design process and all the little details that went into getting my scarves prepared for the museum gift shop. During the four months of the exhibit, there were two CCCOE meet ups, and it was so much fun to get together with my team mates! The first one included Marilyn of CigarBoxBeads, Nan of NansGlam, and Lauren of TheChainMailleLady. I had already been down to the museum a few times without incident, but with Marilyn in the car, we did get lost on the way there and had trouble getting on the freeway on the way back! (We have been lost together a few times now!) The second get together included Elsiee from Namaste Designs, Rose of MyFriendRoze, Amanda of AmandaKLockrowJewels, Jullee of SurfandSand, and Linda of Whimsicals. Both meet ups included a great lunch at The Cheesecake Factory after viewing the exhibit. Thank you all for sharing this experience with me! Right after the exhibit ended, I received an email from the gift shop manager that they only had 5 scarves left (of about 54), and complimenting me on the quality of my scarves, and my professionalism. And...(drum roll please!) they asked me to create a few new scarves for their upcoming exhibit of Richard Diebenkorn's Ocean Park Series! As the OCMA exhibit was ending, I was contacted by The Whitney Museum of Modern American Art in New York City(!!!) about carrying one of my scarves in their gift shop during their O'Keeffe exhibit, Abstractions that began on September 17th. On a funny note, Marguerite of BellaBeadsOriginals convo'd me about the upcoming Whitney exhibit, and I was looking for someone to contact, but the very next day they contacted me!!! The Whitney started with only 6 scarves, but I thought sales were going well when a woman I follow on Twitter posted that she had purchased one of them! They ordered another dozen a few weeks ago, and I am holding another dozen to be shipped sometime this month. This has really been an amazing experience for me, and I feel lucky to have the support of the CCCOE team behind me. When I first started selling my scarves online, I read an article about promoting that said it was as important to promote others as it is to promote yourself. Another team member told me I would succeed because I had "good karma" from trying to help others succeed, which I just love and really took to heart in how I run my business. I hope I can give back as much as the team members have given me!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Call for Vendors - Red Rabbit Workshop

CCCOE memberfloresflorestanis is helping to organize two Southern California shows in December: We are holding our second annual holiday show at Descanso Gardens on Sunday December 6th and our first Orange County show the following weekend on Sunday December 13th in Irvine. Each show will feature 30+ vendors selling all sorts of wonderful handmade items. Plus we will be having lots of fun free workshops all day including upcycled soda can pins and broken glass ornaments. Tables are $75 plus a commission on sales (15% for the Descanso Gardens show and 10% for the OC show.) We always have a wonderful mix of media and a lovely, nice, nice group of vendors. We've had lots of Etsy sellers at our two previous shows and would love to have even more! We've still got tables left! Here's our website for more details and for applications:

Thursday, October 1, 2009

October Member Announcements

LuckyZelda will be at the 28th Annual Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire. Satuday, October 24th 9am-5pm Rain or Shine 205 Yale Ave., Claremont CA 91711 From Denise of InMyBlueRoom: Hello friends as some of you know, my Mom is a Breast Cancer survivor. After losing my Dad when he was only 49 years old to lung cancer, I was devastated to find my Mom might meet the same fate. Luckily, since there is so much research and support out there, my Mom has survived with only a partial mastectomy, and is cancer free after 3 years. She truly inspired my love of crafting, and this is just a little way I have to give back. Since October is breast cancer awareness month I will be having a fundraiser in my store (Pavilions Market). I usually make and sell all of my own items at little shop we set up in the store, but I was hoping some of my friends here at CCCOE would be willing to help and donate extra items to make it extra special! Here is how it works: -Convo me with a link to the item you will be donating and what the retail is, for when we sell it at the boutique -I will purchase the item from your shop and can pay up to $3.00 for shipping, please adjust your listing accordingly -Please include when you mail the item any business cards you want us to put at the table to promote your shop -If you would like a tax receipt for your donation I would be happy to mail you one upon request after the boutique -I promise to leave positive feedback for all donations -Items not sold will be held for next years fundraiser. DEADLINE TO RECEIVE ITEMS OCTOBER 29TH, Boutique will be over Halloween weekend. Probably too late for Halloween related items.....Pink themed, Fall themed, even Christmas stuff is all welcome If you have questions feel free to convo me, and thank you Denise PrairiePrimitives will have a booth at several shows in October! First is the Lodi Street Faire on Sunday, Oct. 4th. Our booth is #151 and will be on School Street, probably near the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (yumm!!). We have a white canopy, and we often use a VERY large American flag as a wall in the booth, so you can look for that! The official hours of this event are 8am to 4pm, however it's a street faire with free admission, so if you've got insomnia (or are just an early riser), you can shop earlier! We should be there by 6:30am at the latest. :-) Next is a Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17th at the Green Acres Landscape Nursery in Roseville. The address is 901 Galleria Blvd., and is near the mall (they're across from the huge electric substation, or you can look for their sign, since the business is set well back from the road!). The hours are 10am to 5pm, and you can enjoy live music, free BBQ, pumpkin decorating, and apple tasting, in addition to the art show! The very next day, Sunday, Oct. 18th, I will be at the California Country Folk Art Fair in Los Altos. This event is held at 51 South San Antonio Road, with convenient access from both 101 and 280 (it's in the same area as the police station, library, etc.). Hours are 9am to 4pm and there is no admission fee. Steph from heartsandlaserbeams is the indie craft blogger for the oc weekly and always accepting interest emails for future gettin' made features - here's a link to my posts so folks can see what they're like: thanks so much! folks that would like to be featured should email me at Howl At The Moon Gifts wants to wish all of you a very special Happy "HOWLoween" in October. Please pass the word that Howl At The Moon Gifts is featuring a few unique treats for your special tricksters and ghouls trekking out for under the moon on All Hallows Night. "Trick or Treat?" Well...I decided to be proactive to avoid being the victim of any unexpected tricks this "HOWLoween" I am announcing that all Howl At Moon Gifts customers are going to be given a very special treat. In the month of October, all Howl At The Moon Gifts orders with merchandise totals equal to or greater than $25.00 will receive a 100% refund of their paid Shipping charges upon their receipt of their shipment and posting of feedback on their purchase. Limit one refund per each order and merchandise totals for multiple orders can not be combined to meet the $25.00 minimum to qualify for refund.