Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Eve and the SoNo

Last weekend, my friend Eve and I spent the day at the SoNo Park Holiday Festival and Chili Palooza -- an amazing street fair in San Diego.  We were vendors there.

In my book, the So No is ranked right up there with the Grilled Cheese Invitational as far as fun goes.
It has everything -- great food, music, crafts, raffles, a kid zone, and handmade creations for sale.

It was great having a whole day to talk to Eve.  She's one of the most creative people I know.  You should see the cool quilt she made for her son -- it has a road that winds around the quilt so it can be used   to play cars.  I forgot to take a picture of it, but I need to, you definately need to see it.

But I did remember to take a shot of the adorable little boy ties she made out of vintage men's ties.

And these cute little croched bow rings.

While SoNo shoppers looked over our wares . . .

Eve and I listened to music and ate yummy cupcakes,
created by this winner of a Food Network Cupcake Challenge.

Our booth was parked right next-door to the stage,
where local bands performed throughout the day.
Sometimes it was head-achy,
but most of the time it was wonderful.

I wanted to try some of the homemade chili
presented in handmade ceramic bowls.
Alas, I waited to long and they were sold out.
I settled for a patty-melt.

{By the way, all of the bowls were made by the artisans of The San Diego Ceramic Connection, and you got to keep one if you purchased chili.}

I have to say that the SoNo is the best street fair I've ever attended, and I'll tell you why:
  • It is organized by dedicated parents and the San Diego Ceramic Connection, a local artist guild.
  • Local business participate -- they even held part of the event on their properties.
  • Residents of the South Park and North Park communities of San Diego support the event -- it was packed!
  • Proceeds of the SoNo benefit the arts and music program at McKinley Elementary School.
What a wonderful, wonderful thing -- that parents, and a community would come together
so  that children will be able to create.

It's a win, win for all.
I love that.

Kudos to you Jen, and the rest of the McKinley PTC.
I can't imagine putting together a fundraiser of this magnitude.
But if I ever do, you are the people I'm coming to for advise.

P.S.  I'm giving away a hand crafted cutting board.  You need to enter!

P.S.S  Several of the photos here are courtesy of the 2010 SoNo Park Holiday Festival.  I was too busy eating cupcakes to walk around with my camera.


Eve said...

You put it perfectly. It was so much fun to spend the day with you and what a rad show. I loved the sense of community there. Thanks so much for inviting me along!

Amy said...

Just yesterday my man & I were talking about going to San Diego. This made me want to even more!!! How fun!

jen byard said...

Thanks for coming Crystal! Your stuff is awesome :) Loved having you there. Thanks for the nice compliments on our event!

Emily said...

Oh, that looks like so much fun!
I love cupcakes. I will usually find a cupcake place wherever we go!