a few weeks ago and delilah and i swept through the finally empty parking lot where just a few hours before patchwork indie arts & crafts festival long beach had been, we were both sort of blown away. the event had been a huge success, great music, big crowds, sun making it’s way through the wind and morning rain, delicious food and the creations of the vendors were lovely, diverse and inspiring. with patchwork santa ana only 2 short weeks away, i started to wonder how it could top the amazing long beach show.
now, about a week after our santa ana show, i am proud and elated to say that santa ana rocked just as hard as long beach and in some ways even more. in between manning our respective booths, checking in with vendors, volunteers and lana our volunteer coordinator, delilah and i squeezed in a few moments to wax nostalgic on the humble beginnings of patchwork.
back then (november 2007) patchwork consisted of 25 vendors in a parking lot behind delilah’s store. we had nearly 150 vendors at each of our long beach and santa ana shows for spring 2011. the santa ana shows marks our 13th patchwork! patchwork keeps getting bigger and brighter and delilah and i are looking forward to more shows in more cities, hopefully by this november. check out some photos below from santa ana last sunday for some highlights.
view of the crowd from buffalo street towards broadway
from buffalo street towards main street
and inside the harvey's lot
birds-eye peek at the show
sometimes there's a lady...sometimes there's a lady...
and her name is lana. without her, delilah & i would be stark raving mad lunatics running around the show trying to organize everything but we don't because lana, our volunteer coordinator extraordinaire takes care of day of snafus and making patchie run smoothly for us...thanks lana!
lovebird-style listening to the band
chris & jenn our photographers for the photobooth snap images of guests
pretty paris always has a great colorful display
ruby blaise sweetly gifted lovely handmade soaps to delilah and i...mmm...relaxing lavendar
our trusty patchie volunteers manned kelso doesn't dance's booth while kelsey...
led some diy crafting workshops upcycling old t-shirts
old vine cafe served up gourmet grilled cheese and fancy salads
harvey's girls hard at work making custom buttons for fans
loving the customized tents! thanks cynthia morehouse!
gina of gina will cut you gave free bang trims and installed her rock n roll extensions
strawberry shortcake in cup enjoyed by a guest sporting a mustache from glimmer face painting
the gypsy den: always a great place for fresh bakes goods and savory treats
the couple behind the obsession-dana and melanie harvey or harvey's seat belt bags
custom feather hair adornments
i doubt i was the only one going crazy for bottlehood's upcycled wine, beer and soda bottles turned into lamps, glasses and more
adorable applique tees for the little ones
edgy bright accessories
the bands totally rocked on the new stage sponsored by the oc weekly and vitamin water
dali tote---really does it get any better than this?
love nail tree-i bought one of their typewriter tees
taxi cdc gives old clothes new life
sweet perversion's printed cards and art--LOVE.
kait emerson's kid's clothes classic styles and modern retro prints
loving the creative professional jewelry displays
what patchie show could be complete without bike valet
or scott & lou live screenprinting
we partnered with the oc roller girls who hung out, looked tough and promoted upcoming bouts
cathy of california signed her new vintage craft book- i bought a signed copy and am loving it! even if you're not a crafter, the book is filled with lovely writing and photos
the urban craft center's first time at patchwork...we were SO happy to have these great women be a part of the show.
auntie d debuts her new mason jar & vw van aprons at spring patchies
d, dana harvey & i just about to pack it up
thanks to chris & jenn photos for this amazing image of d & i