Enjoy a SLO Weekend… Holiday Shopping Edition – The 11th Annual Friends of the Santa Margarita Library Holiday Craft Faire

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This holiday shopping extravaganza features VERY LOCAL (all from SLO) artisans/crafters that donate 10% of everything they make at the sale to the Santa Margarita Library. Please come out and support the small town’s library!

When: Saturday, November 23 from 9 am to 3 pm

Where: Santa Margarita Community Hall 22501 I St., Santa Margarita, CA


What: Local crafters/artisans, book sale, bake sale, the whole shabang

Please tell them My Super SLO Life sent you! Visit the koco & viking booth, tell them you read about the event here, and you’ll receive 10% off your purchase!


We’re baaaack!

Please forgive us for being MIA in a very long while. Life happens and life happened all over the place the last month over here at MSSL. Well, we’re gearing up for the holidays and we’ll be back for all the the goodness you deserve and expect. It’s nice to be back. We missed you!

James’ SLO Life… Daughter’s First Airshow

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On October 5th, the “Warbirds Over Paso” airshow flew into town (Ha!), and this year was quite a pleasure to attend. Not only was it the first airshow I have been to in close to 15 years, it was my daughter’s first airshow ever. The original plan involved the whole family, but my son got into a fist fight with a cup of tea and is recovering at home with momma. I know what you are thinking, but the tea was way worse off after the fight. So the Jedi and I load up and head out to see us some air planes.

Now to be honest, you don’t really have to pay to go in. You park right next to the air field so you could sit in your car and get a great view. I got free tickets because my work donated a bunch of stuff for the event and we got a few wrist bands so in we went. We got there just in time to see my favorite plane of all time, the P-38 Lightning. I haven’t been able to catch a show where one of these were flying and seeing one was like a childhood dream flying right in front of me. After watching it taxi back in, we walked around the parked planes and my daughter was amazed at the size of the C-130 that the Brits brought over. She had no problem going in all the planes we were allowed to look around in. The next planes were gearing up to fly and the roar of their engines caught my daughter’s attention and we headed towards the planes. 5 P-51 mustangs were heading out to the runway and everyone was getting excited (cool, but ain’t no p-38). I will have to admit, seeing 5 of these birds fly in formation was kinda cool. The next plane to fly was the “flying wing” built out in my home town of Hawthorne by Jim Northrop. Although cool to see, I have seen it before and it was far too quiet for my little Jedi to care for. We took this time to hit up the toy tables so I could be suckered into buying my sweet daughter a toy plane I will more than likely end up stepping on in the dark causing more bombs to drop from my mouth than fell on Berlin in 1945. After getting her toy, she decided it was getting time to go, so we headed towards the gate. She gave me permission, although grudgingly, to watch the bombers take off.She was pretty excited from the thump the engines throw through the air but was over it once they were up.

Although a quick 2 hour experience, it was a great first airshow for my little Jedi to see planes close up and flying in ways she hasn’t seen before. For being up here in Paso, this airshow puts on a great event for the whole family to enjoy. But make sure you bring hats and sunscreen because there isn’t much shade on the tarmac.

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Made in SLO… Kraft & Roseate

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We had the pleasure of making friends with Ruth of Kraft & Roseate via Etsy and we’re really happy to share more about her and her wonderful shop! She has a great eye, as you can see in her work, and you’ll just fall in love with the typography and color choices. Enjoy an exclusive discount for MSSL readers, Free shipping on orders of $6+ with code SLOLIFE10!

You may not live in San Luis Obispo but Santa Maria is our adopted neighbor! How long have you lived there?
I moved to Santa Maria with my husband one year ago (august) and gave birth to my son in January.

Where did you move from?
I was born in Mexico and came to the States when I was 4 years old. I lived in Bakersfield, CA most of my life until I came to live here last year. My husband graduated from Cal State Bakersfield and got a job at Vandenberg AFB, so that’s why we moved to Santa Maria.

As a SLO neighbor, what do you love most about it and how is it different from any other place?
I love the culture, downtown, and all the great mommy meet ups! The atmosphere in SLO is so artistic and inspiring. I always leave SLO feeling crafty! When you visit you always get a warm welcome, and you can tell the locals really care about their community.

How did you start crafting?
I started crafting when I was a little girl. My mom is a gifted seamstress and both of my grandmas loved to make things with their hands, so you can say I come from a generation of crafters; it’s in my blood! For as far as I can remember I have loved to make gifts for my loved ones, things for myself and my home. 

The best artisans have been taught to appreciate making things with your hands by the generations before. You can tell you have it in your blood! What do you create?
I make cards, party favors, embellishements, and inspirational little things. I mainly make things with card stock, but I also like to incorporate other materials like clay, twine, and ink. Right now I am experimenting with different products; as a crafter I make all sorts of things, but I’m slowly creating a niche for my shop. For now I am creating a shop that houses adorable little things that can be gifted or purchased for personal use. 

What is the name of your shop and how did you come up with it?
Kraft and Roseate. The Kraft in my shop name represents my love for crafting, and Roseate for how beautiful these things can be! I wanted people to think handmade when they heard my shop name, and I hope this is what it transmits. I want to remind foiks how a handmade item can be so special and add value to their lives. 

What is your workshop like?
Oh man I definitely have a messy corner in my living room! I have taken over most of it too haha. I live in a one bedroom apartment, so that is the only place I was able to set up shop. As you can imagine I have materials and tools on the table, under the table, and in one big book shelf I purchased at Ikea a few years ago; I also have stuff hanging from my walls. Right now my son is seven months old, so he’s not quite crawling yet, but once he starts to crawl and walk I’m going to have to move everything up.

What goals for the future of your business?
A year from now I want to have a steady following on my blog, and at least 400 sales on Etsy. Fast forward 10 years from now, I would like to have an independent online store and my own line of embellishments and crafting supplies. I think most crafters dream of being the next Martha Stewart, and I’m definitely one of those! I don’t want to reinvent the wheel, but I do want to add valuable products to the existing market.

Thank you so much for giving us an intimate look into you and your artsy self! We really appreciate you taking the time and are looking forward to seeing you grow. Don’t forget to check out her shop on Etsy!
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The Maker Menagerie, a modern craft fair

Come out and Support SLOcal! Local Food, Local Artisans, and Local Bands!

FREE Event for the whole family

Saturday, November 9, 2013

11 am to 5 pm

Filipino Cultural Center

885 South 13th Street

Grover Beach CA 93433

Vendor applications are still being accepted. They are also offering a limited number of community booth spaces to promote your non-profit or local business. More information at makermenagerie.com

local eats… Succulent Cafe

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1555 Mission Drive

Solvang, CA

Okay, okay, this restaurant isn’t in San Luis Obispo County but it’s just a hop skip and a jump away in Northern Santa Barbara County (which we get lumped in with anyway). When you’re visiting the quaint dutch town of Solvang, you’ll want to enjoy lunch at the Succulent Cafe! This was on our “To Try” list and we’re glad we did. Unfortunately, they aren’t equipped for an influx of customers so we waited about an hour for our food. A wait that long would have really made me pissed and I would have cancelled the order and asked for our money back. However, our day in Solvang was planned to be leisurely and I took the wait in stride. Don’t get me wrong, this was quite difficult for me but I was spending much needed quality time with the husband so I survived.

I ordered the buttermilk fried chicken salad and the portion was quite large. This salad could easily have been shared and I did share, a couple bites. Each time I took a bit, a special little goodie surprised me; cranberries, pine nuts, corn fritters, and great fried chicken breast. I crave this salad a lot! The husband ordered the meatloaf on cornbread and it wasn’t as exciting. The girl we ordered with at the register said it was the best meatloaf she ever had and other employees agreed. Well, they haven’t ever had my meatloaf or the meatloaf sandwich at wichcraft! After waiting an hour, the meatloaf was finished but the husband preferred my salad.

We would both suggest eating here for lunch to save on the dinner prices. This place isn’t cheap, by any means, but if you’re not looking for mediocre swedish meatballs or pancakes, this is the place for you!