Winter Fantasy Sawdust

Post 75 Winter Fantasy Sawdust Merman
Sterling Silver Merman by KM Designs. Pic by M.C.

Winter Fantasy Sawdust Festival is like Sawdust in the summer except with a Santa. And it really feels like summer here. The fires have been everywhere up and down California with no real explanation. It is so dry. We wore shorts to Laguna Beach in December. That is unusual.

We ate at a new restaurant next to Sawdust called Another Kind. The food is Vietnamese and Thai. The menu isn’t clear. Small means appetizer and large means main entrée. The portions are small which I like. Our waitress turned into a waiter. They tried to serve us someone else’s food twice. They messed up the receipt. But they were super nice and the food was awesome. I ate some noodle veggie dish. I would go back again.

Laguna Beach’s main drag isn’t decorated for Christmas. But the courtyard in the Sawdust is beautiful with trees and Santa’s house. Photographer Mary Hurlbut’s booth is in Santa’s shop.

We stopped and chatted with a blonde girl in John Lennon glasses and a faux fur vest at Dr. Neon’s booth. I felt warm just looking at her. She looks like the singer Kerli. She started talking about Dr. Neon’s work. He has lots of knives, rings, and hanging dragons. I said, “Did you say Dr. Neon?” She said, “Yes.” She must have pointed up because then I saw his small neon sign that read, “Dr. Neon.” He used to work in neon, but Laguna Beach’s certain beautification council worried he’d make Laguna Beach like Las Vegas. The millennial, hippy laughed, and said something to the affect, “Like Laguna Beach could look like Las Vegas.”

Kirk Millette is one of my favorite jewelers. Look for his mermaid sign. He has mermaid sterling silver rings and necklaces, but we spied a merman. I had to have him and his flexing muscles.

We stopped to talked with the exuberant Makaila from Makaila Designs. She has some sterling silver ocean-themed rings. One was inspired by a tide pool with starfish. Casting investment is used to make the mold for the rings. She studied art at CSU, Long Beach and worked at a jewelry store. She thought hey why not take a couple of classes in jewelry. In my opinion, she is very talented. Also, she told us usually there is a petting zoo.

Winter Fantasy Sawdust is very busy because it’s a great place to do Christmas shopping or shop for yourself, and take a photo with Santa. December 16 and 17, 2017 is the last weekend to visit. Then walk to the beach for a California Christmas.

Have a Merry Beachy Christmas everyone!

Sawdust • 935 Laguna Canyon Road • Laguna Beach • CA • 92651

Copyright 2017 Melissa Crismon


Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty Fanatic
Hello Kitty Fanatic by Junko Mizuno, 2014, Acrylic on Canvas. Photo by M.C.

Surprisingly, with all this Hello Kitty talk I have not lost all my male followers on Twitter. I have gained a few. I’m not sure what that says about the men.

If you missed the Hello Kitty Convention 2014 there is still plenty of kitty to see.

Hello Kitty takes over half or more of The Japanese American National Museum with a retrospective called Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty. Many artists have created contemporary artworks for this exhibit. On the first floor there are many Hello Kitty items from the archives. Obtain tickets in advance now for the exhibit through Dec. 31, 2014. Tickets for Jan. 2 – Apr. 26, 2015 go on sale Nov. 24, 2014 at JANM.

At the entrance of the archives there is a ten foot sculpture of a cube kitty. Look through the glass wall it stands by and you will see Chado Tea Room which is inside the museum. Through May 31, 2014 Chado Tea Room will celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary with special tea blends, food and high tea service.

Hello Kitty Cafe is supposed to open next summer in Orange County. I don’t know where, but I am willing to bet it is going to be in Irvine. The truck will be at the Irvine Spectrum on Nov. 29th. Again, little information is given. Check out Hello Kitty’s Instagram to find the truck.  I believe the cafe is a bakery. I saw donuts at HKCon and the truck had pink and white cute morsels in boxes. Like I said before, it didn’t look edible.

Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival is an interactive musical and lifestyle event for friends of all ages. The venues chosen for SoCal are maybe not the best especially for the price. The VIP Platinum Package is $291 and the Red Bow Package is $152. I hope this event goes smoother than the convention. The tour begins May 2015. HKFestival

You might say, “I don’t get Hello Kitty?” Hello Kitty is art. It’s like what Speed Racer is to you what Hello Kitty is to me. It’s pop culture we grew with created by an artist. If you aren’t into Hello Kitty at least go to the Japanese American National Museum. There is more than Hello Kitty there. The other half is dedicated to Japanese Americans and what they have done for America.

Happy 40th Anniversary Hello Kitty!

Copyright 2014 Melissa Crismon