Up on deck today, my interview with the Raw San Diego 2012 Accessory Designer of the year… Ceci Punch Designs!
Please tell the people a bit about yourself! I’m Ceci, a self- taught artist with a Graphic Design background who incorporates my passion for bringing old trends to life with a twist of modernization and my own punch of style.
What types of pretties do you make? A wide assortment of mixed designs for any style needed. Specifically, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and custom designs for special occasions.
What are your favorite materials? All my pieces are 100% handcrafted by me! I use the best quality supplies, beads and findings that I can get my hands on; anything vintage, fun and eye catching.
Who and/or what inspires you to create? My inspiration to create jewelry comes from… well, a lack of finding jewelry that is affordable and of quality, and also simply interesting or eye catching. I try to design jewelry for every style and jewelry that is fun and classic. One of my fave holidays has always been Dia De Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead). I have been obsessing this style for YEARS in jewelry, home decor, accessories and art. The bright colors and flowers and of course the skulls are so beautiful. I am also a fan of anything vintage and classic. The Pin-up and Rockabilly styles are also huge inspirations for my designs.
Care to share a few of your favorite creations?
Where can the people find you on social media? You can find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CeciPunchDesigns and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/cecipunch.
Show Ceci some love and check out her shop at: http://cecipunch.com. And be sure to look for her booth at the San Diego Indie Craft Market on June 23rd at Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center from 2-6PM! For more info on SDICM, click here: https://www.facebook.com/SDIndieCraftMarket?fref=ts.
If you are ever looking for a fun way to unwind at the end of a rough day, then you are going to adore meeting today’s featured San Diego Indie Craft Market vendor, My Lucky Dragon!
Tell us a little about yourself! Hi! My name is Christy Nieto and I own My Lucky Dragon. I’ve been making bath and body treats for 2 years. I’m a bath-a-holic! Since I was a little girl I took hour-long baths having fun with sweet smelling bubbles and bath toys. Now that I’m an adult, I still take one-hour baths but now I’m also a sweet toothed bath-a-holic. So naturally I combined the two. I make fun dessert inspired soaps and natural skin care.
What inspires you to create? I love using organic and raw ingredients. I’m inspired by sweet treats and beauty. I needed something to do while my husband was out to sea and training for a year and a half. so I decided to put my aromatherapy certification to good use and make bath and body treats.
What are your favorite products to create? My soap cupcakes, bath bombs, sugar cube scrubbies, and natural skin care products.
And seeing as I am China-obsessed, I have to ask where your shop name came from. I was born in the year of the Dragon, and in the Asian culture that’s a very BIG deal! They believe it’s the luckiest sign in the Chinese Zodiac. My mom always loved to brag about that so, in her honor, the name was born!
Be sure to follow Christy on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/myluckydragon and check out her shop on Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/shop/myluckydragon)! Don’t her handmade bath goodies look yummy enough to eat?!
And don’t forget to look for her booth at the San Diego Indie Craft Market on June 23rd! More SDICM info here: https://www.facebook.com/SDIndieCraftMarket?fref=ts. I’m sure that she’d love to meet you!
We have yet another fair on the horizon, ladies and gentlemen! If you remember, last month I was
ambitious stupid enough to participate in two fairs on the same day! After that stressful (albeit successful) endeavor, it’ll be nice to focus all my energy on one single (four hour) fair… the San Diego Indie Craft Market!
The San Diego Indie Craft Market will be hosted by the same lovely team that runs the largely successful San Diego Vintage Flea Market. Unlike many other craft fairs, that allow the occasional mass-produced vendor to enter, all items found at the SDICM will be handmade!
I can’t stress the importance of buying handmade and supporting local artists enough! Rather than going to Wal-Mart and buying something that was made in Bangladesh (in God only knows what type of working conditions), you are supporting and individual or team who created a quality product right here in the USA. Your handmade purchase shows that you care about more than blind consumerism and that you are interested in more than merely following the latest trends; you’re looking for unique items that can’t be found in every retail store worldwide. Your handmade purchase promotes the dreams, and sometimes the livelihood, of a local artist!
Not convinced yet on the importance of handmade? Then I challenge you to read these articles and maintain your same view: http://poppytalks101reasonstobuyhandmade.blogspot.com/, http://www.handmadeology.com/10-awesome-reasons-to-buy-handmade-gifts-this-year/, http://papernstitchblog.com/2011/05/10/the-number-one-reason-why-people-buy-handmade/. Enjoy!
This will hopefully be the first of many fairs for the San Diego Indie Craft Market and I am committed to making this fair as successful as possible! Thus, I will be dedicating the vast majority of blog entries this month to the San Diego Indie Craft Market and its talented vendors. Stick around to meet the faces, stories, and products of the talented artists that will be at the SDICM. You’re in for a treat! And don’t forget to mark your calendars of Sunday, June 23rd; we look forward to seeing you at the Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center from 2PM-6PM. Cheers!
**On a side note, Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center (3925 Ohio St, San Diego 92104) is just a few short blocks from my all time favorite restaurant, Chop Suey Peking! Peking is a lovely little Chinese restaurant that has been family owned in San Diego since 1931! My Nana used to take me there as a little girl, so it will always, always hold a special place in my heart. So if anyone wants to get dinner after the fair, holler at me!