Brilliance 2014, by SoCal Network

Seize the DIY, with Lori Tisdale
Seize the DIY, with Lori Tisdale

I get to be a part of something really exciting in T minus 2 weeks:  The Brilliance 2014 Conference

Ladies from surrounding cities will descend upon Orange County First Assembly of God church for a weekend of enrichment … and challenges.

I love their theme verse:

The Lord is my Strength and my Personal Bravery.  Habakkuk 3:19

be brave
The Lord is my Strength and my personal Bravery. Hab. 3:19

Where do I fit in here?  I’m leading one of the many workshops which kick off the weekend with loads of fun!

I’ve prepared several lively demonstrations of easy DIY projects that are bound to get the creativity flowing!

I’m here to challenge the attendees to Seize the DIY!

A little bit about why I create…

“At Kids’ Camp (when I was 9 years old) God made it very clear to me what His call on my life was:  He was going to use my hands in a myriad of ways to bring glory to His name.  At the age of 9 I had no idea what that meant, but my hands got warm / it felt like they were on fire.

“I now recognize His gifts in moments when I’m holding a baby or praying for a friend or shaking hands with a homeless person or designing something in my studio.  Whether it’s paper-crafting or water-coloring or hot-glueing layers of something together… I pray that He is glorified in my art.  I recognize that I am an image bearer of the Creator … and so I dream. create. inspire. “


introducing Lobos Country Store!!!

I want to invite all my readers, probably just the 3 of you who live locally, to come visit Lobos Country Store!
Lobos Country Store

At the end of the year a friend introduced me to a friend who was re-opening her store, after a devastating loss to the Witch Creek Fire in 2007.  We talked.  We dreamed together… and her plans came to fruition!  And I’m loving the opportunity to be a bit more creative again!

We organized an official ribbon cutting, with the largest pair of scissors this side of the Mississippi … and we turned the Grand Opening into a down-home country party!  BBQ and live music will do that for ya!

ribbon cutting at Lobos Country Store
Lobos Country Store (photo courtesy Lori Tisdale)

This was an excellent opportunity for me to display a wider range of my items in a brick & mortar shop (vs. just on Etsy) …. soooooo, now you can find some of DIY and vintage/collectible items in person!!!  These items include my witty and comforting messages hand-stamped onto vintage silverware, hand-painted wine bags and kitchen towels, burlap and lace table runners, mason jar lamps, glass milk items, re-purposed/re-cycled items, etc…

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Additionally, I have been given the opportunity to coordinate their open air markets…  On every First Friday we host a good ol’ fashioned party in the parking lot of the store.  This gives us an opportunity to showcase some of our favorite craftsman, artists, designers, crafters and even Carson’s rock collection!!!  This party included some awesome live music and amazing food!  The next First Friday Market occurs this Friday, from 3 – 7 pm!  Hope to see you there!!!

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I even had the opportunity to do a quick write up for the local City of Escondido magazine, as they kindly offered to help spread the word of the re-opening!

Spring 2014 issue of City of Escondido magazine

“Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, and after many years of hard work following the devastation that was the 2007 Witch Creek Fire, the legendary oasis previously known as the San Pasqual Store is returning with a new name and desire to survive.  Owners Chris and Jeannette McBrearty have recently re-opened what is now called Lobo’s Country Store, the store name dedicated to the wild dog that lost his life to the evil Witch.

“Promoting the warmth of community that the San Pasqual Valley is known for, the store is hosting First Friday Markets.  From 3 – 7 pm on the first Friday of every month you will find tasty food, local crafters / artisans and live music!  And watch for their quarterly Spring and Summer markets on Saturdays!  Offering both convenience store items and unique gifts / vintage household items the store is open from 11 am – 6 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.”  – Lori Tisdale, Market Planner/Promoter for Lobos Country Store

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Hope you can stop in soon!

the Afternoon Soiree, a Valentine’s tea party

I had so much fun yesterday!  (But, in full disclosure,!)  I was given the opportunity to help plan and style a good ol’ fashioned country-lovin’ vintage-inspired Tea Party!  And we enjoyed every last morsel!

We gathered at Lobos Country Store at 4 pm.  Some of the ladies brought friends, others brought their daughters… and they all brought their tea party love!

Catered by The Grand Tea Room we enjoyed scones, tea sandwiches, a bite size quiche, lemon tarts and the cutest little red velvet cupcakes you ever did see!!!  They provided 2 different black teas and a green tea… and the tea party go-ers were in Heaven!

Taking inspiration from days past we were transported to a simpler time… one of the attendees explained she had once done a study on teas and discovered that tea time was a time to put the complaints of the day behind and to focus on lovely things in life.  So, in true tea party form we made the most of it!

Ladies, some of them previously strangers to each other, laughed together… we delighted in a time of carefree enjoyment … and talked about having another party soon!

I loved this opportunity and look forward to another tea around Mothers Day… who’s with me?

Operation Christmas Cards 2013

300+ hand-written holiday cards were just sent off to Operation Christmas Cards… pretty cool, huh?!

occ2013It was a joint effort!  We rallied the troops to bring Christmas Cards to our church women’s retreat… and we asked each woman to try to do at least 10 cards each, with a goal of sending off 500 cards.

Needless to say, we didn’t quite meet the goal… but we certainly did some damage!!!  And we had a blast doing it…

Have YOU ever participated in Operation Christmas Cards?  Mark it on your calendars for next year… here is their website…

Saturday, Dec 8th, 2012 – Christmas on Maple Street Plaza

Where: Downtown Escondido
Date: Saturday, December 8th 2012
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Location: corner of Grand Ave and Maple Street

Join us as we start a “new tradition” after the Escondido Jaycees Christmas Parade. We have FREE teddy bears courtesy of Design Moe Kitchen & Bath (while supplies last) and a caroling Hay Wagon that will hold 12-18 merry carollers riding up and down Grand Avenue courtesy of O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub.

Professional photographer Alex Slattery will take your child(ren) or family photo with Santa for just $12.00

Unique holiday vendors selling holiday crafts and gifts will help you get that christmas shopping list DONE!

Cookie decorating (courtesy of YOUR downtown merchants) There will be special Holiday dance performers, including the award-winning Tipanie O Patitifa who will bring a little Melekalikimaka to the event. Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Toys for Tots toy drive and much more.

Presented by Escondido Events and participating downtown Escondido merchants.

So get your Fa La La ready to do some Christmas Carol singing.

Wednesday Dec 5th, 2012 – Grand Holiday Marketplace

Where: Green Flash Brewing Co
Date: Wednesday, December 5th 2012
Time: 4 – 8 pm
Location: 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego Ca

To celebrate the winter bottle release of Green Flash Brewing Co’s festive top-shelf brew, Grand Cru, the brewery and Tasting Room is hosting their first-ever Grand Holiday Marketplace on the evening of Wednesday, December 5th (4pm – 8pm).

The brewery’s outdoor area will be transformed into a dazzling and festive bazaar with a carefully curated selection of over 20 local vendors featuring gift-able items including handmade jewelry, wearable goods, wooden toys, artisanal sea salt, gourmet candies, up-cycled home décor, craft beer gear, seasonal preserves and plenty of holiday cheer!

Confirmed vendors include: The Make Good, Iron Bird Designs, Sweet Bricks, White Apple, Therapie Boutique, Studio Penny Lane, Tasha Rae Jewelry, Craft Beer Gear, Hoppy Beer Hoppy Life, Salt Farm, The Salvaged Home, Resurrected Soul and the lineup is growing daily! Miho Gastrotruck & Swieners will be keeping hungry shoppers happy throughout the evening with suggested pairings to go with the debut of Grand Cru.

Inside, the Green Flash Holiday Shop will be bustling. Shop the new Flash of Genius collection, cozy Green Flash sweatshirts, holiday ornaments, pro-bike jerseys, handsome dog collars and cozy coffee cups.

We will be celebrating the release of Green Flash’s Winter Seasonal Ale – Grand Cru and tapping a special cask for the occasion.

Saturday Dec 1, 2012 – {stitched.} Market

Date: Saturday, December 1st 2012
Time: 1 pm – 5 pm
Location: Ramona Oaks Recreation Center, 25386 Pappas Road, Ramona Ca

Details: the {stitched.} Market is flea market style event, complete with a service for gift wrapping (available upon donation). You’ll find everything from holiday gifts and stocking stuffers, to upcycled furniture and jewelry, hand-made goodies, vintage items, home decor and even a fun photo booth!

Hope to see you out there! It’s a drive… but it’s worth it!

I’ll be there with fellow creative-type Carol Murphy. She will be presenting her “Table Talk” and “Just My Type” product lines.

Fun will be had by all…

ArtWalk – December 2nd

Date:  Sunday, December 2nd 2012
Time:  1 pm – 5 pm
Location:  Old California Restaurant Row, San Marcos Boulevard at Las Posas
Details:  Art Walk and Car Show is FREE to the public!!! Visit one of the many restaurants for lunch, roam around… and hang out for dinner! Art demonstrations; art exhibited and for sale by local artists and craftsmen; car show; and some amazing LIVE music! 
I’ll be there with some of my paper sculptures!

Nov 10/11 2012 – Christmas On The Farm

Dates: Saturday and Sunday… Nov 10/11, 2012
Saturday Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday Time: 10 am – 4 pm

Location: 402 Paso del Norte, Escondido CA 92025. This is a private farm/residence located in Northern Escondido, north of Jesmond Dene Park. Follow the signs!

Details: This is the place to be for finding both gifts and holiday decorations! From toffee and other baked goods to hand-stitched items and masterfully created jewelry.

Of course, I will be there with a big selection of my 2012 Holiday Ribbon Wreaths, as show-cased in this year’s issue of “Christmas Ideas”, by Better Homes & Gardens…. but I’ll also have some fun new products!

Bring a friend and see you there!

Nov 4th – Holiday ArtWalk, in conjunction w/ San Marcos Arts Alive event!

Date:  Sunday, November 4th 2012
Time:  10 am – 4 pm
Location:  Old California Restaurant Row, San Marcos Boulevard
Details:  A longer ArtWalk than usual because we have a lot to celebrate!  With Thanksgiving just around the corner and Christmas just a few hours (errr, weeks) after that… we come together at the holidays and soak up the sounds and sights and scents of the season! 
Art Walk and Car Show is FREE to the public!!! Visit one of the many restaurants for lunch, roam around… and hang out for dinner! Art demonstrations; art exhibited and for sale by local artists and craftsmen; car show; and some amazing LIVE music! 
As usual, I’ll be there with some of my sheet music ornaments, holiday wreaths and other crafted vintage items!