Made in SLO… Celeste Craft

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Celeste Sibbach of Celeste Craft shared her innovative creations with us and explains how she is “transitioning [her] shop towards a more socially and environmentally friendly model”! Our readers can enjoy a generous discount of 15% with the code SUPERSLO through December 31, 2013 on all of her hand crocheted goodies at her Etsy shop.

Celeste grew up in Atascadero and happily lives there now after returning from college + a few years.

How has SLO Grown?

SLO has grown and changed quite a bit. I remember the mall in San Luis, as a child it was unimaginably huge. It was rare that I got to go there, but I thought it was the a huge treat to get the sensory overload from walking the hall and to eat at the food court. As an adult, I prefer the relationships that come from the small shops and I avoid the “big box” experience.

What do you love most about SLO?

SLO is such a beautiful area. I love that I never have to look far for inspiration. The hills that surround us constantly changing, the different styles of seashore, the architectural lines of the little streets and the diversity of people and ideas. I love that there is something for me to learn everywhere I go.

I too find SLO to be, overwhelmingly, inspirational! How do you find it different from any other place?

The strength of the arts community so close to the agricultural lands makes life here opulent. I feel so fortunate that to have such great local foods and local talents.

What do you create?

For my Etsy shop I crochet hats, shawls, handwarmers, slippers and costume pieces. I write patterns so other people can crochet my designs.

How did you start creating?

I’ve always been a creative person. I’ve spent time in theatre, singing in choir, swing dancing and doing all sorts of crafting. I can’t imagine a life where I wasn’t creating some sort of art.

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Where do you do your work?

I have a shelving unit in my home where I keep my yarn. I often keep a small project in my purse and I crochet on my lunch break and when I stand in lines. When I have a new concept nagging my mind, I’ll sometimes take a bag of yarn to Dunbar Brewing in Santa Margarita and make a prototype over a beer and conversation.

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We really enjoy the idea of being socially and ecologically minded and you’ve mentioned that you’re moving toward that in your shop, how so?

My favorite yarn supplier is in Nebraska, they do almost all the processing and dyeing of the wool themselves and have developed water-recycling systems. I like knowing that the products that I make are gentle on the earth, don’t involve poor labor standards any where along the way, and turn out beautifully.

Thank you for your time, Celeste! Support this Local Artisan and visit her shop on Etsy. Don’t forget to use code SUPERSLO when checking out to receive your exclusive discount!

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Outdoor Concerts in SLO County

outdoor concertsWe’re blessed to have amazing weather on the California Central Coast and cities throughout the county celebrate with outdoor concerts. We love attending concerts in the park and when we moved here I started asking around about events in our new home. So, I thought I would share this information with all of you newbies and locals alike. I hope to run into you at the concerts. Please let us know if you have a concert series you’d like to list!

All of these events are FREE and family friendly!

Wednesdays

Templeton– 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Templeton Community Park- June 13 through August 22, 2013 (no concert on July 4th) – click here for lineup

Fridays

Paso Robles – 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Paso Robles City Park Gazebo – June 14 through August 23, 2013 – click here for the lineup

San Luis Obispo – 5 to 8 pm in Mission Plaza – June 14 through September 6, 2013 – click here for more info and the lineup

Saturdays

Atascadero – 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Lake Park – June 29 through August 10, 2013 – click here for the lineup

Los Osos – 2 to 6 pm at Sea Pines Golf Resort – June 8 through July 27, 2013 – no outside food or beverage allowed – click here for their facebook page

Sundays

Grover Beach – 3 to 6 pm in Ramona Park – June 2 through September 29, 2013 – click here for the lineup

Arroyo Grande – 1 pm at Heritage Square Park – June 9 through September 22, 2013 – click here for the lineup

Pismo Beach – 1 to 4 pm at Dinosaur Caves Park – June 9th, July 14th, and August 11, 2013 – click here for the lineup

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local eats…Guest House Grill

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8783 El Camino Real

Atascadero, CA 93422

(805) 460-0193

After visiting Charles Paddock Zoo we stopped in at Guest House Grill in Atascadero for lunch. The day was so nice that we chose to sit outside in their covered patio area. They newly renovated the patio area as well as an area just a few steps down that is uncovered and has a neat rock feature. Finding the restaurant was difficult because it is in the rear portion of an older retail set up that has rows of “strip mall” type structures. We were looking for signs and, luckily, we had 2 sets of eyes in the search because these 2 newbies would have been lost and SOL.

We tried the meatloaf sandwich and the bbq burger. They were okay, better than some other burgers we’ve had in the county but the meatloaf sandwich was super salty, lacked flavor, and the bbq burger needed…well…more bbq sauce (easy remedy). We started with water to drink but it tasted like hay and immediately ordered a couple sodas. The sodas tasted like hay as well and we deduced that the ice was the wheaty culprit. Perhaps we should have had some whiskey neat, next time. Our server was okay but she seemed to be the only one for the place and although it wasn’t slammed the service was slow and at times nowhere to be found. Looking over the menu, lunch is affordable but dinner seems a bit pricey, especially for the area.

The setting was really nice and we are going to give this place another chance. They had a small tiny stage inside and we were told that it gets pretty hoppin’ when the live music is playing so that’s when we’ll come back for dinner. If we’re happy with dinner then we’d seriously contemplate having a party in their new outdoor space because it is really nice. If you were getting married in Atascadero, I would look into celebrating your rehearsal diner in this new space.

Pros

  • Setting and Ambience
  • Different food choices
  • Ample free parking
  • Outdoor patio seating
  • Service is polite and helpful when available

Cons

  • Service can be lacking if not staffed properly
  • Food seasoning needs a bit of adjusting
  • Hard to find the first time

see & do…Charles Paddock Zoo

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The Charles Paddock Zoo is quaint but also allows you to get pretty close to the animals. We went on a Saturday and it was quiet, which made for a really nice visit. Admission is extremely reasonable at $5/adults, $4/kids 3-11, FREE/kids 2 and under. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, young and old. Visiting the zoo will only take you an hour but grab a seat and take your time. Bring a camera because this zoo is perfect for photography hobbyists and professionals alike. The zoo is connected to a great park for running, playing, and picnicking and they even have the, quintessentially SLO, “Santa Maria” grills. Getting here is only 20 minutes from San Luis Obispo center.

Our favorite animal at the zoo was the ADORABLE Red Panda. They have two of these long-tailed cuties. I could watch them sleep all day long, and we did for about an hour on a bench across from their pen! Enjoy your visit and let us know what you think!

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