Monday, October 10, 2011

SoCal Social Wrap Ups!

Wow!! So excited to see that some of you already have SoCal Social Wrap up posts written!!
It's so fun to see the day through your eyes - and hear what you thought!

We've added a linky so everyone can link up their wrap up posts - that way we can all check them out.

Have fun checking out all the posts!!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

A Big Huge Thank You!!

We want to say a quick Thank You to all our our attendees for making today such a blast!! We loved meeting each and every one of you!

We'll be doing wrap up posts soon - (we would love it if you would too!!) and we'll post a link party so you can link up your posts.

But for now we just wanted to give you a quick list of all the Attendees and links to their blogs - in case you missed getting someone's card.

Christy - Fudge Ripple
Amanda - Kaliedoscope of Colors
Stephanie - Sewing by Stephanie
Kyla - Funky Polka Dot Giraffe
Heidi - The Craft Monkey
Jennifer - Home is Where You Start From
Andrea - The Train to Crazy
Jaime - Polka Dots on Parade
Aimee - Fancy Little Things/
Jennifer - Something Turquoise
Susan - Living with Punks
Kara - Eli's Lids
Mique - 30 Handmade Days
Holly - Rants, Raves & Personal Faves
Katherine - Kat's Purrfect Boutique
Alma - Created by Soul -
Anne - Bird/Like
Paulette - Summerland Cottage Studio
Mary - Sea Quilts
Vanessa - New Nest Designs
Joni - Pop Art Minis
Nina - Momma Go Round
Trisha - 3 Four and Under
Brigid - Vegging Out
Melody - Melody M. Nunez
Michelle - Delicate Construction
Carrie - This Mama Makes Stuff
Kelly - According To Kelly
SJ - Homemaker on a Dime
Patti - Living Mi Vida Loca
Erica - Gee Whiz Designs
Tasha - Frugalicious Me!

And of course - our Super Special Guest - Mark Montano!!!

Thank you all so much for coming!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Only A Few More Hours to Register!!

If you are thinking of buying tickets and have been waiting - don't wait any longer!!
Registration is closing for the SoCal Social TODAY (Wednesday) at Noon!

Click here to Register.

If you are already attending - You Are Awesome!!
We are so excited for Saturday and cannot wait to meet you all.

An Email went out this morning to all attendees with maps and details. If you have registered and didn't receive one - let us know!

Also - we have a Link Party for Attendees - we'd love for you to add your button and link so everyone can see that you are joining us!

See ya soon!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sponsor Highlight: DecoArt

Today's amazing sponsor is DecoArt
For all of your creative needs - from antiquing to zincing to stenciling to creating masterful works of art - DecoArt has the product!

DecoArt offers carry a range of products that appeal to not only the everyday crafter
but to the professional crafter and to the fine artist.
DecoArt has just launched DecoArt DIY!
" is the creation of hundreds of creators. Your projects
featuring our products inspired us to create a space just for you - to
showcase your work, to learn from others like you and to successfully
use that stash of Americana and Craft Twinkles bottles you purchased for
one project on more!"

"DecoArt has one of the widest selection of paints and finishes for arts,
crafts, and home decorating. All DecoArt products are non-toxic and
user- and enviromently-friendly."
And all of you lucky attendees at the SoCal Social
will be receiving a sampling of products from DecoArt!
Thanks DecoArt!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sponsor Highlight: GiftGloss

Everyone LOVES a pretty present, right?
Creating that perfect presentation can sometimes be daunting....until NOW!
OK, I may be slightly wrapping challenged, but can't we all use a way to simplify our wrapping, especially with the holidays coming up? 
GiftGloss has the solution!
GiftGloss is a "slide n' tie" sleeve that was developed by the FoofQueens.
No need to mess with rolls of unruly paper or cellophane.
 GiftGloss is the answer.

GiftGloss is a unique gift wrapping product that allows you to create beautiful presentations in a snap!

Oh, and think of the possibilities for shop owners and small (or BIG) business - a beautiful and fun...and EASY way to package your product.

GiftGloss is also food safe...oh yeah...
"Hello holiday baked your new friend!"

You want to know else something else that is really cool...GiftGloss is compact enough to fit in a drawer - no need to worry about storing bulky rolls or anything else...put the GiftGloss in your drawer and you are ready at a moment's notice!

We are so pleased to have GiftGloss as a sponsor of the SoCal Social and one lucky attendee can win her very own GiftGloss kit!

Wait until you see what GiftGloss can do - we have lots of ideas to show you!
Thank you GiftGloss...and thank you FoofQueens

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sponsor Highlight: Highland Inspirations

We have another fun Sponsor Highlight for you today!! This shop is full of the sweetest holiday decor, scrapbooking items and vintage finds!!

Highland Inspirations is owned by local gal, Julie - and she is so sweet to sponsor our event!

Her holiday crafts are so cute for your scrapbook layouts and other projects!!
Look at this cute Halloween Card!

Handmade Ghosties Jeepers Creepers Halloween Card
Or take a look at this super cute little Halloween magnet frame!! Wouldn't it be perfect for your little one's in their Halloween Costumes??

Handmade Halloween Magnetic Photo Frame, Ghosties and Ghoulies
This New Baby card is so sweet too - look at the little drawers!

Adorable Little Boy Side Step Dresser Card

My favorite thing in her shop are these DARLING Mummy Treat Wrappers!! Look at them peeking out!!
Set of 10 Darling Handmade Mummy School or Trick or Treat Halloween Treat Favors
Head on over to Highland Inspirations - you'll love this little shop!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sponsor Highlight: Mountain of the Dragon

I have a fabulous Etsy shop for all your Fabric Lovers out there!! We are so excited to introduce another Sponsor: Mountain of the Dragon Fabric Boutique!!

Monica has stocked her Etsy shop with such beautiful Fabrics!! She has a really amazing selection too - from fabulous designer fabrics to those darling hard-to-find Japanese fabrics!!

She has gorgeous Anna Maria Horner fabrics - look at the variety!!

Anna Maria Horner Fabric - Loulouthi Collection - 30 Half Yard Bundle

How cute are these Far Far Away prints from Heather Ross? I need that little clothesline fabric. For what, I have no idea. But I will figure it out.

Heather Ross - Far, Far Away, Chapter 3 - Fat Quarter Bundle of 10 Snow White Prints

She has a great assortment of unique and fun trims too - look at Red Riding Hood!!!

Little Red Riding Hood Ribbon - Farbenmix Ribbon - 1 yard

You can also find a huge selection of gorgeous Echino fabrics - in the cutest prints!! I LOVE the unique styles of these!

Pick any 4 Fat Quarters from the Fall 2010 Echino Collection

(And you are going to love them too hint hint!!!) ;)

We are so excited about Monica's generous sponsorship of the Social!! Please go check out her fun shop and browse around a while!!
We'd love it if you'd heart her shop too - so you remember to shop there in the future!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Heavenly Hostess: They're going to be very hospitable! (Twice.)

We are so excited about our newest sponsor!
Heavenly Hostess makes the most Ah-Mazing aprons! They also have a boutique full of fun, kitschy products to make your home a little more fun and your next party a bit more memorable!

Not only is Heavenly Hostess a participating shop on our Swag Walk...  after our luncheon at The Filling Station, they have invited us to come back to their store for a Martini Madness party! How hospitable and lovely is THAT!?

We'll sip on delicious Cosmos, spend a little more time together, check out their shop and have a chance to win one of 3 fabulous giveaways, the grand prize being an apron of your choice!  

And believe me, these are no ordinary aprons.  Check out these beauties!  
This is one of my favorites....

Aprons - Kitschy Cocktail

Of course, if I wore this one, it wouldn't matter if I burned dinner...
Aprons - Cheetah, Black & Gold

I love these halter aprons too...
Aprons - Mod Martini

They have such amazing products! Click here to see more of their great designs.

You are going to fall in love with this shop and all of their fun products! We could not be more excited about this fun addition to the SoCal Social!  We sure hope you join us.  Click here to register and get your ticket.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sponsor Highlight: Fudge Ripple

We have such a fun Sponsor Highlight for you today!! I'd like to introduce you to Christy from Fudge Ripple!

fudge ripple

At Fudge Ripple you can find amazing recipes - from desserts to main entrees - to almost anything!!

I want to show off some of my favorites . . .

We have to start with dessert first, because - well - it's the best!

Christy's Harvest Trifle would be perfect this time of year!! Full of pound cake, custard, ganache and marmalade - it sounds amazing!! It would be great for fall entertaining too!

She recently shared the recipe for this amazing Poblano Macaroni and Cheese. We love mac and cheese around here - and I can't wait to try this southwest version!

She also has an amazing banana bread recipe - she calls Island's Best Banana Bread! She tops it with a mixture of peanut butter, honey and cream cheese. Hello. YUM!

Aren't you hungry now?? :)
Me too.

Go visit Christy over at Fudge Ripple. You'll find lots of other great recipe ideas  - she also has a fun Tuesday Night Supper Club recipe linky - so you can find even more inspiration every week!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sponsor Highlight: Quirk Books!

We have a Fabulous new sponsor today...
one to inspire and get our creative minds in gear...

I LOVE a fun craft book...and that is what Quirk Books has for you! They have numerous titles like Crafting with Cat Hair (I am so intrigued, I cannot even tell ya!)

and Microcrafts - all about micro crafty goodness!

Don't those sound fun! Well, if you are coming to the SoCal Social, you could have a chance to win one of ten giveaways that include three books:

Go check out their Homemade Community for some more awesomeness!

You can also connect with Quirk on Facebook

Just for reading get a hot scoop...
If you're a craft blogger and want some review copies,
contact Eric at

A Big Welcome and Thank You to Quirk Books!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sponsor Highlight: Ashley Childs Jewelry

Are you ready just fall in love?

Let me introduce you to one of my Favorite new Jewelry Shops, Ashley Childs!!

Ashley is a super talented SoCal jewelry designer - with an Etsy shop full of amazing pieces!!

She makes beautiful pieces with this gorgeous fringe. Take a look at this stunning necklace!

Oxidized Sterling, Simple Fringe Necklace, Sterling Silver, AC7781

I'm a sucker for pretty earrings - and these Pearl and Argentium Silver Earrings are beautiful!!

Pearl & Argentium Silver Earrings, AC8144

This Crystal, Quartz and Sterling Silver Bracelet is so delicate - you could wear it with anything!!

Crystal, Quartz and Sterling Silver Bracelet, AC0347

These Sterling Silver and Turquoise Earrings are going on my Christmas List I think - I just love the color!!

Delicate Sterling Silver Turquoise Dangle Earrings, AC6573

I hope you stop by Ashley's shop and check it out - there is a lot of gorgeousness to see!!

You can also Like her Facebook Page and follow her on Twitter!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sponsor Highlight: Decal Lab

We have a fun Sponsor Highlight for you today!!
I'd like to introduce you to Decal Lab!!

Decal Lab has a great Etsy Shop and a Fun new Full Website coming soon!
Let me show off a few of the fun things you can find in their shop!
I love this MacBook Decal - and they have other great designs too!

Apple Juice - Macbook Vinyl Decal
They have a wide variety of fun Car Decals too!
Hibiscus - Hawaiian Flower - Vinyl Decal - Buy 2 get 1 FREE
Check out the fun Wall Decals they have too!!
LARGE - 2 Color - Oriental Branches and Leaves - Matte Vinyl Wall Decal Vintage Robot wall decal sticker - vinyl decal
They can also do custom names!!

Decal Lab is a perfect source for decals of all types!! Cars, stores, trucks, cell phones, tablets, laptops, macbooks, notebooks, mirrors, walls, just about anywhere!

Make sure you stop by and check them out!!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Filling Station Cafe

We are getting so close to the SoCal Social - only three weeks away!!

The shopping, swag and giveaways are going to be so awesome. But that's not all!! The lunch we have planned is going to be fabulous too!

It's being held at the historic Filling Station Cafe - right in the Orange Circle.

The Cafe used to be a functioning gas station over 100 years ago.

Filling Station Cafe

It is such a charming restaurant - and the staff is so great!! The patio (where we'll be) is gorgeous too - tons of flowers and plants.

We have a great selections of sandwiches and salads from their menu for you - you're going to love them!

(I can personally vouch for the Tuscan Sandwich and the Sesame House Chicken Salad. Hello yumminess!!)

Have you registered yet?? If you haven't we'd love to have you join us! It's going to be a blast. :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sponsor Highlight: Bamboo Pink!

I'm so excited to introduce you to a great jewelry line - Bamboo Pink!!

Bamboo Pink is a direct sales jewelry company and the consultant sponsoring our event is Katharine Devinney.

The jewelry she carries is just gorgeous!! Let me show them off a little:

There are beautiful Necklace, Rings, Earrings, Bracelets and more!

Take a look at this pretty Birdcage Pendant:

 And I love these Rio Coral Hoops:

This braided Stacker Ring is so pretty too!

Feel free to shop around - I'm sure you'll find lots you love!

Katherine also has a blog - Kat's Purrfect Boutique - you can say hi to her there too!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A big "thank you" to Lifestyle Crafts!

Letterpress makes me swoon!
And it can do the same for you!
The SoCal Social is pleased to welcome
Lifestyle Crafts and as latest sponsor.
Lifestyle Crafts offers an amazing array of dies,
paper and specialty media..and of course the one-of-its-kind
Epic 6 Letterpress!
And guess what, we will be giving one of the Epic 6 comb kits away at the SoCal Social event. Oh yeah, you heard right! What an amazing prize!

This machine cuts, and embosses, and helps you create beautifully chic letterpress cards, stationary and crafts at home!

Here is the fry box die embellished with
a party flag insert dye and letterpress plate.

Thank you Lifestyle Crafts. 
We love your products are are so happy to welcome you as a sponsor!