SDICM Vendor: Ceci Punch Designs

Up on deck today, my interview with the Raw San Diego 2012 Accessory Designer of the year… Ceci Punch Designs!

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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?

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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.

SDICM Vendor: My Lucky Dragon

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!

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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.

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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!

 

SDICM Vendor: Small & Great Crochet

And now, time to meet the lovely Kate Wood of Small and Great Crochet!

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So who are you and what do you do? My name is Kate, and I’m a bit of a crochet newbie — I only learned how to put hook to yarn in March 2011, when my mom (who was just learning herself) taught me the basic stitches during a long car trip. Before I really even had the basics down, I was off and running! Err, I mean, stitching. I went from granny squares to amigurumi to Tunisian crochet within just a few weeks, and a year in, my apartment looked like a yarn store. My friends’ and family members’ homes overflowed with the stuff I’d made, too.

I make all crocheted things great and small! I design all of my own original patterns. I really have two directions I go in. One is my accessories, which are made from hand-dyed yarn. My yarns are named after the gemstone streets in PB, and my patterns for hats, scarves, and more are named for places around San Diego county.Two is my amigurumi, which more or less means “soft toy” in Japanese. Little stuffed critters! My tiny teddies (the little striped bears) are my bestsellers, but I do lots of other stuff. Making their debut at the SDICM will be ladybugs! I would like to interject here and say that, as an owner of one of these “tiny teddies”, they are absolutely adorable and EVERYONE needs one!

What are your favorite materials? Yarn, of course! But I really love working with natural fibers the best. In particular, I have hats that are done with a hand-dyed organically-grown cotton that are just yummy. I also dye a cotton/acrylic blend that I’m really fond of — it feels like an extra-cuddly version of your favorite t-shirt.

Who and/or what inspires you to create? A couple of things. One, I’m very inspired by San Diego. Besides all the pattern and dye naming, my accessories are all geared toward a SoCal aesthetic — laid-back but luxe. Second, nature — I know the stuffed toys and gifts I make are cartoon-y/kawaii versions of the real animals, but I just LOVE animals and plants, which is why I keep stitching them!

Also the reason I got into crochet in the first place is my family. My mom, and my beloved late grandmother, are/were both avid knitters, and really good at it. I always wished I were good at it, but I am all thumbs when it comes to knitting. My mom was taught the basic crochet stitches a couple of years ago by a friend, and though she didn’t really get the hang of it, she figured it out enough to teach me. Once I started, I basically never stopped.

Care to show and tell us about your five favorite creations?

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1.) My little horse — I kept the first successful one I made (this pattern is HARD and it took a TON of trial and error to get it right). He’s become my unofficial mascot!

2.) The “Carlsbad” hat — this is a slouchy beanie worked in hand-dyed, organically-grown and processed cotton. The pic I attached shows examples of the hat in four colors — L-R: Garnet, Turquoise, Tourmaline, Sapphire. It’s the hat I wear the most myself (in the pic you have of me from North Park it’s what I have on).

3.) The “Tiny Teddy” — consistently my biggest craft fair hit. I get custom requests for these guys too. I’ve had several people ask me about doing a smaller version (an even tinier teddy!) so that may be in the works… it needs more testing before it goes live.

4.) My crocheted states. I know these don’t really fit precisely with either of my “themes,” but it was all the enthusiasm and encouragement that I got from giving these to people as gifts that really motivated me to turn crafting into a business. Another interjection here: these are super cute too!

5.) The “Swami’s” scarf — this is a pic of the mini version. I also do the Swami’s stitch as a headband and a larger scarf. I wind up using lots of circles (e.g., my whole booth display is patterned with giant orange circles!) so I feel like this is kind of my signature stitch. I meet a lot of crocheters via this scarf style — people always want to know how it’s made.

And lastly, where can the good people find you? Haha, where can’t I be found!
Website: http://www.smallandgreat.com
Blog: http://smallandgreat.tumblr.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/smallandgreat
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/smallandgreat
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/smallandgreat

Kate is great, guys! Show her some love by checking out her Etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/smallandgreat) or my visiting her in person at the San Diego Indie Craft Market on June 23rd from 2-6PM at Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center!

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SDICM Vendor: Stitched.

As promised yesterday, I will be introducing you to some of the amazing talent that will be at the upcoming San Diego Indie Craft Market (details below).To start us off on a good note, I am pleased to introduce you to the ridiculous cuteness that is Stitched.!

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Please introduce yourselves! We are Karissa and Michelle; sisters-in-law with a passion for being creative and spicing it up with some vintage flair!

As Stitched., what do you do? We do a little if everything from refurbishing furniture to sewing rag dolls!!

Your pieces are amazing! Where do you snag your fabulous refurbishing finds? We love to go to yard sales, antique stores and flea markets!

Would you like to show us your five favorite creations?

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These chicks are kinda awesome, they have even hosted their own craft fair: Stitched.Market!

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If you’re in the market for some serious eye-candy, then follow these gals on Instagram: @stitched.1 and @stitched.2. You will not regret this decision, scouts honor! Be sure to keep up with Stitched. on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/stitched.2?fref=ts

And don’t forget to look for their booth on June 23rd at the San Diego Indie Craft Market! More info can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/SDIndieCraftMarket?fref=ts

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San Diego Indie Craft Market

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!

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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!