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Patchwork Show – Santa Ana June 15

Find us at this wonderful festival on Father’s Day!

patchwork modern creative festival


Join us at Patchwork Show: Modern Creative Festival and shop local from 200+ local independent vendors featuring handmade & independently designed goods including clothing, art, paper goods, accessories and housewares.

– FREE bike valet from The Bicycle Tree
– FREE shuttle at East End lot (pickup at 4th/Spurgeon) + Santa Ana train station
– Over 150 craft artisans
– 35+ artisan food vendors, pop-up restaurants and gourmet food trucks
– DIY/hands on crafting station from The Makery 
-3 stages of music & performance art all day from OCCCA , Naturalist for You & Royal Albatross
– Joia beverage bar + tasting station
– Pop-up trucks : The library Truck, Fashion Truck & Lil’ Green Wagon
All of downtown is celebrating Fathers Day! Restaurants are hosting special meals + drinks + events throughout the day!
PLAYGROUND: visit this Jonathan Gold’s (LA Times) list of The 101 Top Restaurants
CIVIC EATS (corner of Civic Center @ Bristol): Tri tip + eggs or chorizo burger combo from 9-2PM
C4 DELI: Happy Hour from 3PM – 6:30PM
CHAPTER ONE: Buy dad a meal and we will provide a select craft draft beer or Bloody Maria “Ozawa”!
LOLA GASPAR: Pasture menu + two World Cup matches (11:30/2:30)
and more specials from restaurants across downtown!

Want free lunch + Patchwork Show mugs?
We need a few more volunteers for the Santa Ana show. Send an email to if you want to help out.

Shopping Small on the Biggest Shopping Weekend

I ended up cooking most of Thankgsiving dinner.  Not a big deal, except I wasn’t expecting that to happen until about a day or two before.  So that’s one easy day that kept me away from any big store sales.  But I wouldn’t have gone out to shop on Thanksgiving anyway.

Now I’ve never been a big Black Friday shopper.  The crowds and lines are crazy.  And people get too wrapped up on saving a few dollars and end up spending/ buying more than they planned to or should have.  I’d rather wait and shop late in the day or on the weekend after Thanksgiving.  So instead of shopping on Friday we had family over and enjoyed a mix of our and their leftovers and watched a movie.  I did brave the stores later though – I needed some more ribbon for packaging.  A big whopping $5 spent on Black Friday.

Small Business Saturday was next.  I had every intention of checking out one of their events:  But we spent the day making and packaging candy for our Sunday event.  (we’ll talk about that one shortly).  And the evening we visited friends for a 3rd run at Thanksgiving. I’m all Turkey’d out!


Sunday we were at Patchwork Santa Ana selling our Homemade Candies.

I had help in the booth so I was able to start my Christmas shopping at this wonderful handmade event!  Success!

Today is CyberMonday.  Here’s the temptation for me.  I’m an online shopper through and through.  I’d usually be scanning Ebay and Amazon at least right now.  Searching endless chain stores for the best deal on this or that.  But instead I’m going to put a little more effort in and check out the websites of some of the vendors I saw at Patchwork and other craft shows this year.  I’m going to check out lists like this one: and I’m going to support local business.

I’m off to a good start.

OC Chocolate Festival

OC Chocolate Festival

Our first time at the Orange County Chocolate Festival.
We had a wonderful time and our candy (especially the mountain of fudge) was a big hit.

Get your Swing (and Kandy) on…

We’ll have a booth at this fun Swing themed event in August!

Come on out and enjoy art, music and food.  

And we promise to bring some of our Red Ribbon Winning Chocolate Fudge!

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