Friday, December 21, 2012

Our Adopted Family


It was so wonderful to have adopted and helped out a family this holiday season and we could NOT have done it without your support!  Thanks so much to everyone who was able to help us deliver a Merry Christmas to this family.  Happy Holidays everyone!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

PRIZES for LIVE from CHA, Anaheim 2013


During the LIVE from CHA event at Anaheim next month, several designers will be “dressing Elena” and we’re going to be interviewing them about their creations.  During these interviews, Westcott has provided us with 5 giveaways!!!! 

extremeedge scissormouse

Each giveaway will consist of:  One pair of Westcott ExtremeEdge Adjustable Tension Titanium Bonded Scissors and One Westcott Scissor Mouse, total package valued at around $24.    Want to win?  Buy raffle tickets for LIVE from CHA and you could win these or other prizes from our over $4500 in giveaways!   Get your tickets now:

Hope for Change: Canvas for Sandy Hook Memorial


A new canvas is now circulating through a group of talented artists to become the next in our “Hope” series.  This time, it’s Hope for Change.   The canvas will be made into prints that we are selling to raise money for the Sandy Hook Memorial.  Order your 8 x 10 prints for only $24.99 here.  80% of the purchase price will be donated to the memorial.   

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hope for Hurricane Sandy Victims Canvas is Complete!

Check out these pictures of it – it’s simply stunning!
Order your prints of this amazing canvas now!
Stay tuned for our next Hope canvas for the Sandy Hook School memorial.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Seaside Soiree 2012 Recap

Hi Everyone!

Seaside Soiree 2012 was definitely a HUGE success with all the arts, crafts, food, and unforgettable laughs. This three-day retreat had so much going on that there was no way that any participant or volunteer could not have fun. Since I have never attended a Seaside Soiree event before, I was nervous about the sheer magnitude of working an event this large. However, with amazing planning and awesome volunteers, this whole weekend came together beautifully.

On day 1, we had set up all these decorations and tables outside for the crafting to beginning. However right before the event started, there was a slight problem that arose…it started raining. Yes, the hard work we did on setup was lost, but did that put a damper on the night? Of course not! We merely moved everything inside. Were we all snug inside the Martin Johnson House? Yes, but that’s the point of a retreat right? Haha. As soon as the ladies got to the house, we begin our first class with Jennifer Priest and her adorable altered dress forms! We also began to ice resin pieces of JenCushman’s Fly With Your Hearts Desire Art Journal. After a crafty night like that, you think it would stop there. But the party continued at the hotel where we had an ice cream social and art swap. It was such a great time for everyone to get to know each other, trade art, and enjoy some tasty sweets.

Day 2 was just as busy as some attended an early tour of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography Pier tour with Jesse.

This is our view! That is the pier at The Scripps Institute of

Then the day kicked off with Danita Art’s class where she showed all the women how to make their own personalized mermaid! Soon after, they were able to finish completing their Art Journals with Jen. Then the nightly activities began with “Dinner by the Seaside”. It was extraordinary with all the Seaside Soiree attendees and special guests. We were lucky to get amazing food from Villa Capri and Whole Foods like Spaghetti alla Puntanesca, Gambero alla Senape, Thai Chicken Skewers, and Spinach Savory Pastries to name a few. And what kind of dinner would this be without alcohol and coffee! Roast Coach Coffee Bar was there to serve coffee all night long with a huge assortment of beer from Wetten Importers and wine from One Hope Wine. And if that wasn’t enough, we had a rockin’ photobooth. If you want to check out the photos, click HERE. 

However, the best part of the dinner was definitely the silent auction that took place. Thanks to everyone’s help, we were able to raise so much money for the CharityWings Art Center and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

Unfortunately the fun had to end sometime, but Seaside Soiree concluded with Cheryl Waters’ class making a vintage wall hanging and a fun Artist Faire. Sprinkles Cupcakes was nice enough to donate cute mini cupcakes for everyone to enjoy as they shopped around the faire and buy some amazing goodies to take home with them. 

Seaside Soiree 2012 has come and gone, but we’ve all built some wonderful memories with one another. So see you there next time. But in the meantime, check out some photos from of the event HERE.

Yours truly,
Paul Nguyen 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Saturday Crafts Fair: Dec. 1, 2012 Recap


Well, our first Saturday Crafts Fair was a big success!  Thanks to all who were able to join us live.  If you weren’t, just scroll to the bottom of this post for the playback link.


A huge thanks goes out to Susan Brown who showed us how to make these super cute tags!


I (Cyn) also demonstrated how to make this pretty, kind of rustic looking tree out of old magazine pages.

If you would like to check out these projects here’s the playback link!

Join us on December 8th, 15th, and 22nd at 4 pm Eastern for another Saturday Crafts Fair show!