in my stash of iphoto images are a large number of favorite shots from trips taken prior to starting up this blog. what better way to reminisce about the beauty and fun of these destinations than to dig up the photos and write about them here. this first set is from a trip to california taken last march. i had been to california the year before – san diego – for the first time in many years…and fell in love with the state all over again. this time, i went to ventura for a small conference for artist/craftsperson-owned independent business owners, called ‘craftcation’. for anyone on the west coast (or even farther out, like me), this is an excellent little conference with informative and cutting edge classes in utilizing social media, publishing, etc. in order to move a small business from the kitchen table on out the the door. the women who organize it are creative rock stars and all was fabulous from the lodging to the (farm to table) dinner in an artists’ colony to the 80’s dance party. anyways, here a few photos…

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row one: lax airport, ventura beach, ‘beach house tacos’; row two: ventura beach, ‘rip curl surf shop’, ventura antique shop; row three: ventura beach; rows four, five, six: ventura beach; row seven: ventura beach roses, ‘working artists ventura’; row eight: ‘working artists ventura’; row nine: downtown ventura; row ten: downtown ventura, farm to table ‘craftcation’ dinner: row eleven: ‘craftcation’ dinner, ‘stranahan’s whiskey‘, ‘helliemae’s salt caramels’, ‘clean getaway soap’; row twelve: ‘clean getaway soap’, ventura beach, ‘ventura river estuary‘; row thirteen: ‘ventura river estuary‘, ‘ventura city hall’; row fourteen: ‘craftcation’, downtown ventura, mojitos; row fifteen: ‘craftcation’ festivities; row sixteen: ‘spencer makenzie’s fish company’, henna tattoos; row seventeen: ventura beach, ‘craftcation’ farm to table dinner; row eighteen: ‘ventura city hall’, spanish tile in the parks of ventura; row nineteen: more spanish tile, spanish roses: row twenty: downtown ventura; row twenty-one: ‘craftcation’ 80s dance party; row twenty-two: ventura beach, ‘buffalo exchange’ vintage; row twenty-three: ‘buffalo exchange’, downtown ventura, ‘anacapa brewing company’; row twenty-four: ‘busy bee cafe’, downtown ventura.