The California Crafters Club of Etsy (CCCOE) is a group of independent artists, crafters, & artisans from California who sell their wares on Etsy.com.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Perfect Day in California

Hello! My name is Gwendolyn Garcia of GwendolynForever, and I am so very happy to be writing a regular column for the CCCOE blog. Coming up with ideas to write about has caused me to focus on all the things I have always loved about living in California. I feel so lucky! As a California native, I grew up in a small beach town in the Central Coast of California, which has influenced my version of A Perfect Day in California... Enjoy!!
Ultimate Beach Bliss by Photopia
Imagine waking up to a perfect hue of blue sky. The weather is mild enough to sleep all night with the window open. You are surrounded by crisp white cotton curtains, sheets, and walls. You can hear the distant sound of the ocean, just a short walk from your beach cottage, and you can hear the sound of little birdies playing in your garden. It is a morning in Spring, a perfect day in California.
Afternoon Nap in the Sun by Full Circle Images
It is such a beautiful day that the first thing you want to do is fix yourself a cup of tea or coffee and go out to sit in your garden and soak up the first rays of morning sun. Still wearing the tank top you slept in, you make your way to your kitchen and grab your favorite handmade ceramic mug, then you go out and find a spot next to the prettiest of your garden flowers. You may even find yourself pulling out a few weeds as you begin to fully waken.
Birds and Branches Boy Shorts Tank and Panty Set by Blonde Peacock
Bright Spring Ranunculus Garden by DolceChic
Glacial Waters by Primitive Pots
You feel so energized by your morning in the sun that you have decided to take a walk into town. You go inside your beautiful beach cottage to get ready to take a shower and get dressed. You are going to use the most amazing hand-crafted bath products to enhance your positive energy and your glow. Then, you get to choose from your collection of locally purchased dresses and handmade jewelry and accessories! What a wonderful day this is turning out to be!
Virgin Coconut Sugar Scrub by Joanne Bassett
Dripping With Gemstones necklace bySurf and Sand
Vintage Yellow Dress by KMalinka
All dressed and ready to go. You walk into town and enjoy the simple beauty of the world around you. You browse through your favorite shops, stop and chat with friends you may run into in town, and say hello to your favorite shop owners.
Blue Door Red Hydrant by Painted With Light
Paper Pinwheels Party Favors by Made By Jackie
For Booklovers by Jane Elizabeths
After a fun day of hanging out in town you decide to bundle up and walk down to the beach to watch the sun set. You are lucky enough to live in a small town, and the beaches are still free and uncluttered with crowds. You find a perfect spot to sit comfortably on a sand dune and savor this once in a lifetime moment, as no two sunsets are ever the same.
Blue Skies Ahead by Muse Silk Paintings
Trailing Leaves Handknit Cloche Hat by Ohmay
Finale by Barbara Gordon
I hope you have enjoyed these beautiful treasures of arts, crafts, and vintage goods by the amazingly talented and gifted sellers of CCCOE, and I hope you have enjoyed my version of a Perfect Day! Peace, love, and blessings to you all, and I will see you again next month!!!

31 comments:

  1. Nicely done Blog! Fun to see items from my wonderful team mates, too!
    ~Sue

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  2. Beautiful items! Great post! Thank you very much for featured my vintage dress!

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  3. Love all the artists you featured! Great post!

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  4. Such great handmade items! I'm off to shop! :)

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  5. This is so lovely. I can feel the gentle warm breezes of the California morning air, and smell the flowers. Thanks so much, it's a great blog to have woken up to.

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  6. OMG this is amazing - how awesome that you will be writing this CCCOE blog! And thank you for featuring my scarf - everything here is so beautiful and CCCOE Team ROCKS!

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  7. what a beautiful dream place you described...thanks!!!

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  8. These things are all gorgeous! Love them!

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  9. These colors are so vibrant. I can't wait for spring. Love the flowers and the brilliant hat!

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  10. What a beautiful collection of items..and a great day in our wonderful state...thank you for including me.

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  11. That was amazing!!! Beautiful Blogpost...Love the scenes and artist. Yep...sounds like my perfect day too!

    Lisa
    Stampedboutique

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  12. What a wonderful post! You have captured life in California - especially along the coast - perfectly. I'm grateful to have my "Finale" image as part of this lovely piece.

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  13. Those beautiful photographs reminds why I love living in California. That necklace by Surf and Sand is a knockout!

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  14. Fantastic day and blog post, really nice!

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  15. Great Post! I love all of the photos! My favorite is the Bookstore. It makes me want to curl up in a chair with a good book!

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  16. Oh....that really does sound like perfect day! Alas, I'm stuck here at work, on a dreary cloudy day :(. Thanks for including my necklace on your "dream day"

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  17. I'm so honored! Thank you very much for featuring my print :) Candi - dolcechic.etsy.com

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  18. As a true California girl I must say that this is a great post! I love California and CCCOE and all of the artists that are featured.

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  19. Great post! Love the shop pics too...thank you!

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  20. Wow - beautiful post and awesome works of art!

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  21. Love your *story-like* post taking us from morning till end of day in California! What a fun way to share some of the wonderful creations from fellow CCCOE teammies! ✿

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  22. Love, love, love your article. How fun and luv your pics. Great job! Nan

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  23. hmmm, okay maybe I WONT move to Texas after all! =}

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  24. What a wonderful day you have created here. Beauty all around, and filled with so many of my favorite shops. Thanks Gwen, this is stellar. Rose

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  25. Ah Gwen, this is the perfect adventure. All of my favorite people, shop and wonderful works. A lovely day. Rose

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  26. Thanks for taking us with you on your amazing day! What a well written blog post. Great Job!

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  27. Wow, I am so overwhelmingly happy that everyone loves this post. Thank you so much for the lovely comments, and thanks so much to the talented artists and sellers who help to bring out the beauty of every day!

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  28. Terrific feature! Thank you Gwendolyn for taking the time to spotlight these fabulous items!

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  29. Good job teamies! and what a wonderful blog. thanks for sharing our Calli secrets.
    linda
    whimsicals

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