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Favorite calendars of 2016

Call me crazy, but for some reason this year, I have multiple calendars around our home. I guess I need them. Maybe, I just really like the aesthetics of them. Anyway, I found some good ones and wanted to share them with you, before it’s too late.

We do use multiple calendars to help us stay organized for home, work and social activities. It helps us with keeping some sort of structure in our home.  Plus, it’s nice to see all of the pretty pictures.

Cheers to 2016!

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Minted

When we were contacted by Minted to do a collaboration with them, we didn’t hesitate.  Minted, is a marketplace for  independent design. You can buy personalized stationary, holiday cards, announcements, artwork, and much more.  We also love that they are such large supporters of up and coming artists from around the world.

Their newest creation is the foil-pressed stationary.  We love it! We picked the braided chevron foil pressed personalized stationary. We are big fans of snail mail over here, so we are beyond thrill to have our own personalized stationary.

Check Minted out here.  If you like the design we picked, which you can see below, here is the link.

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surf chic

We live on the coast, and therefore we surf.  Well, let me clear that up, my husband surfs.  I’m a beach girl.  I could stay, play and lay all day long if my life allowed.  Here are some homes that show just how chic surfing really is.  But, we all knew that anyway, right?!

Oh, by the way, can I please have all of these homes. One can always dream….

Chic surfing homes…

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getting inspired

There are a lot of gifts you could give this holiday season, but when it comes to something really meaningful, there’s nothing quite like the gift of a book you’ve made yourself. But before you start having visions of gluing and sewing together pages, check out the Blurb Gift Center.

Blurb lets you make seriously beautiful books using their free tools. Just add photos and text, choose your options (like paper and cover type), and then order. Of course, you do have to decide just what kind of book you want to make. But relax, because they have put together the cool Blurb Gift Center to give you lots of ideas.

For instance, if you’ve got a genealogical bent, there’s the Blurb Family History Book.

For those with newborns (or those that know someone with a newborn), a Blurb Baby Book might be just the thing.

And if you’re the kind of person who keeps getting asked for copies of your recipes, think about making a Blurb Food Book.

This holiday season, make your gift recipients feel really special by making them something special. There really is a book for everyone.

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funk zone arts festival

 

funkzoneThis weekend in Santa Barbara there is a fun event going on!  It’s the second annual funk zone arts festival, which will be a neighborhood-wide day of events. This is a great time to come explore this newer area of Santa Barbara, and get to know some of the locally-owned businesses, galleries, and restaurants.  The “funk zone” is becoming what Noozhawk predicts as “the most exciting draw on the South Coast.”

Grab your friends and family, come out, and enjoy a little bit of Santa Barbara!

Below you will find the events going on for the day..

Funk Zone Arts Festival

SATURDAY

OCTOBER 19, 2013

10:00am to 10:00pm

Maps available at local businesses across the Funk Zone

Full event listings at

http://funkzone.net/funk-zone-arts-festival/

Daytime

10am-6pm Consensual: Painting, flm, drawing and video by Adam Berg at Cabana Home

10am-8:30pm Nonrepresentational: Fine art photography at wall space gallery

10am-10pm Tintype portraits with Lindsey Ross at La Chambre Photographique

11am-5pm A Formal Afaire: Art-Making in Black and White at The Arts Fund Gallery

11am-7pm “Art cart” selling Funk Zone graphic t-shirts and other surprises at CMND-Z

12-5pm Singer/songwriter showcase including Jesse Rhodes at MichaelKate Interiors

12-6pm Live art by homegrown Santa Barbara talented artists at Youth Interactive

12-8pm Assemblage and paintings by Philip Koplin and Dan Levin at Koplin / Levin Studio

1-7pm Erica Ohm handmade photography, Shelly Robertson “petite fea,” Tal Avitzur

Assemblage Robot Sculpture Night Lights, DJ William Pasley at Earl Arnold Table Salt Screen Printing

1-10pm “Beware of the Humans” Artist Invitational at GONE Gallery

3-11pm Gregory Beeman art, DJ Mac and Friends, and SB PYROGORIA at Funk Zone Studios

4-7pm Tina Schlieske and the Graceland Exiles perform at Reds Bar and Tapas Art Zone SB in the Funk Zone

3:30-4:30pm Artist talk with Victoria Mara Heilweil at wall space gallery Nonrepresentational: Kim Kaufman and Victoria Mara Heilweil

5-6pm Artist talk moderated by Ted Mills at The Arts Fund Gallery

A Formal Afaire: Rick Aber, Tony Askew, Austin Danson, Joan Rosenberg-Dent and Peggy Ferris

6:30-7:30pm Artist talk moderated by Charles Donolan at MichaelKate Interiors

Featuring work by Christina Tonges Korn, Barbara Romain, Christopher Ulrich

Evening

5-8pm Live music and wine at Green House Studios

Featuring new work by Donna Ayscough, Erika Carter, Ashley Dart, Virginia McCracken

5-8pm Guest Djs and art reception at MichaelKate Interiors

7-10pm Plantae: Chalcidis Lucidus by Joy Brenneman at La Chambre Photographique

7:30-midnight “Fashion in the Funk Zone” projections by Lindsey Michelson of CMND-Z

9-midnight Morganfeld Burnett and Da Blues perform at Reds Bar and Tapas

Contact

Crista Dix | Nathan Vonk

805.637.3898 | info@sbartscollaborative.org

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mel fisher’s treasure museum

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The other day we went on a little adventure to find Mel Fisher’s treasure museum.  Mel Fisher was a master diver, who opened the first dive shop in Redondo Beach, California.  He set out, with his wife, for one year to search for treasure.  He began his adventure by diving off the Florida coast.  In 1985 he discovered on a dive, the Atocha, which sank in 1622 on its way back to Spain.  The Atocha was one of 28 ships in the fleet, carrying the Queen of Spain’s bounty.  The emerald’s found on the dive, from the Atocha, are some of the world’s finest quality.  There were also millions of dollars worth of silver and gold coins, and bars.   He also found the treasures from the ship Santa Margarita, on another dive.

Mel always said on rising, “today is the day.”  And it sure was in 1985, when he hit the “motherload”.

I Hope everyone had a great Labor day!

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simple photography

Have you ever accidentally come across an artist and happened to love every one of their photos or prints?!  I have and I did. His name is Max Wanger.  The guy is amazing.  We currently have our eye on one in particular.  I love his modern-day approach to simple photography.   Check his shop out.  Right now they are offering 15% off, just enter SPLASH at checkout.

Here are a few of my favorites.  The first one is the one we have our eye on.

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^^^All photography and prints by Max Wanger^^^

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