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1-Year in Berkeley!

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How is it a year??? But it's true!! Well, we are trying to plan a party and sale, but right now I'm in Vegas! 

 

Lotus of Siam, best restaurant in Vegas... Thai. Amazing!  long wait, go on the website, put your name in an hour before you get there! Walk in and sit right down, like a rockstar! 

Lotus of Siam, best restaurant in Vegas... Thai. Amazing!  long wait, go on the website, put your name in an hour before you get there! Walk in and sit right down, like a rockstar! 

Setting up a wholesale show, it's not easy! And on top of it it's hot!  

 

This is "before" 

This is "before" 

This is "after"... 

This is "after"... 

Another problem with Vegas is DRINKING... 

Here's me with a margarita at La Comida. Reservations required. Highly recommend!  

Here's me with a margarita at La Comida. Reservations required. Highly recommend!  

So no time to plan my 1-year Anniversary party!!  

Buying lots of cool stuff for the store-- and our party! Themes are Vintage and Color... I'm coming up with some cool handmade pieces!! I'm hoping for August 12-15... Bubbly, cookies, a sale, new Vegas reveal....

Stay tuned! Got any good ideas? Let me know!! Time to plan and plan a fun weekend!

New, new, new!

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Horses... Butterscotch here... Also with black onyx beads. And as a pin!  

Butterscotch horse necklace! 

Butterscotch horse necklace! 

Here's the black stallion! With onyx beads... Looks amazing as a brooch too!  

Black stallion with onyx. 

Black stallion with onyx. 

Mint fish! Also comes as brooch... Also comes as a goldfish in butterscotch and navy! Navy is really amazing!  

Mint fish!  

Mint fish!  

Cockadoodle-doo! These cute roosters are my favorite! Putting these into the shop on Thursday! 

Roosters!  

Roosters!  

Hot diggity dog

Super cute and extra long... These are brooches but fooling around to make them into necklaces... We will see.... 

Super cute and extra long... These are brooches but fooling around to make them into necklaces... We will see.... 

Here's the new color on the large swallow! The bone! Here's the brooch, it also comes in a necklace!  

Three colors now in the large swallow!  

Three colors now in the large swallow!  

These will all be in the shop Tuesday!  

It's Summer!

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Color!!!!! While we are creating new pieces for Fall in back of our shop (studio is back there!) We are stuffing the shop with loads of color!!!  

Resin chains! $36 & $52 loads of colors too! Red, olive green, grey, violet, plum... Above is coral and orange....  

Resin chains! $36 & $52 loads of colors too! Red, olive green, grey, violet, plum... Above is coral and orange....  

Here's grey and violet! These are not something we make, but we love them! Fun with a t-shirt! 

Here's grey and violet! These are not something we make, but we love them! Fun with a t-shirt! 

Other things in the shop? Walkers, shoppers, gems.... 

Awesome bright Eco-shoppers $13

Awesome bright Eco-shoppers $13

Wallets! $34 leather... Love these! 

Wallets! $34 leather... Love these! 

Wristlets that convert to cross body bags, great for summer activity!  

Wristlets that convert to cross body bags, great for summer activity!  

Bangles galore! Some are our creations, some are vintage...  

Bangles galore! Some are our creations, some are vintage...  

Loads of gems! Loads!!  

Loads of gems! Loads!!  

Time to make the road trip over to see us! Get a group together and head over to Berkeley!!! Shots of our new items in the studio soon!! 

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Hotcakes Design & Favor

Caramia Visick

What's up? Well...

We just finished a fun Halloween show (Halloween and Vine) it was amazing! Now just one small show left, in Danville, you are all invited! It's folk art, holiday, Halloween, handmade and Christmas all mixed into one! Tinsel and Treasures! Downtown Danville, 10-4, Saturday October 3. 

FAVOR WILL BE CLOSED OCTOBER 3. I apologize but there was no way around it. I have no employees now... It's hard to be at two places at once! I won't do it too often! 

 

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My booth at Halloween and Vine! I only get an 8' table, so I use every inch! Hope to set up Tinsel And Treasures this Saturday the same way?!

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We will be open Tuesday-Friday 11:30-6, then Sunday 12-5. Bummed I have to close Saturday. It's my favorite day! 

 

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Save the date! 10-10 will be our Halloween party at Favor! 11:30-6

13% off all Halloween  goodies! Treats! Wine! All Halloween!!! And we have lots of fun stuff!  

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Felt ornament decorations!  

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Ceramic skull heads! 

See you soon! Call me for more details! I'm always there! 415-362-6550

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Happy Halloween! 

Moving. It's tiring!

Caramia Visick

I'm really tired! Unpacked most boxes and put things away. No product out yet but have put furniture in place. Today I got out 6 orders. And tomorrow I get out the rest! My customers have been so wonderful and patient!  

Heres the shop so far with artwork and furniture. 

 

Here's the right wall of shop. 

Here's the right wall of shop. 

Here's the back of the shop, behind the curtain is the studio.  

Here's the back of the shop, behind the curtain is the studio.  

Studio:  

Sonce I make most my money with wholesale, this part of the space needs to be organized!  

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Very excited to get back here and make some magic!! 

Very excited to get back here and make some magic!! 

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Well, still need big italian lights hung. Need check out area fixed up. Another coat of paint on the exterior. Oh! And a sign! Haha! Few pieces of furniture painted. But all and all, soon.... Products! Lots of cool products & Handmade treasures!! 

yay! 

Going, going, gone!

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We are CLOSED at Favor on Sutter. So sad! And it was so much work! But it was time, just couldn't keep up with the rent!  

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Here's the shop on Saturday. We took it all down, cleaned it and hauled it all away. It was very weird locking up, three years it has supported many great employees and hosted a lot of creativity. 

At the new place? We had just finished putting up our dividers to separate our studio. It's really looking nice in the studio. 

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I have to say, I'm such on a budget for this place. I got a quote for $500 to put up the piping to make the room divider. My Uncle had the piping custom cut and threaded for $100, my husband and uncle put them up! The curtains 9'x10' aren't cheap, but for $300 I got enough to make the "wall". Studio is almost in working order!  

Okay, ready? This is the BEFORE.

1649 San Pablo Ave., before we rented it.  

1649 San Pablo Ave., before we rented it.  

Spacepop was a pop art home decor shop and gallery. Here is what the building looks like today, we are painting it... 

 

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First coat of primer over the mural. 2- more coats to go. Kind of a neutral grey.  (Below is the picture of it done! Looks great!) 

The Paint coat will be slightly darker. I like it! I have to admit the mural was too crazy for my business but this is looking more approachable! I'm excited. I'll keep the color inside, with the product! 

Well, back to work! Lights are next. Area carpets are cleaned. One step at a time!  

Gotta make it cute!!! 

Caramia

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News & scoop at Favor

Caramia Visick

It was a tough year last year, we didn't really how tough until we did are taxes! It's clear are rent and expenses are too high based on our sales at our tiny little shop on Sutter. So we have decided after much thought, to close. This Friday will be our last day open at the SF location. 

This is hush, hush, but we are working on a new spot to host both store and studio in Berkeley. We are sad to leave SF, and all the great customers we've come to see as friends and part of our daily cheer! 

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This is a before picture. It needs work, lights, tables, rugs?! On a budget of course!  It will host the studio in back, and the store will be up front. I'll show you progress as it comes along. 

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Right now it has a very colorful mural on it! It will be painted a more muted color for our purposes.... It used to be a very hip home decor store.  

 

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As you can see, the floor is a bit wompy.... Or uneven. It's quite large, but it will have both store and studio! Nice thing is I'll be there everyday working in the studio so I'll get to all my customers! I've missed it the last 3-years having the studio a few blocks away! 

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There's much to do! I'll keep you in the loop! I love seeing before and after pictures, and the building processes! I hope you do! 

While all this is going on I've got to start creating a new line for Fall. Yikes!  

Mid-June is my goal to open. Before July 1- would be a secondary goal! 

I need: indoor lights, area rugs (Persian style), paint(I've got that arranged), a sign, room divider (my uncle is helping with that! Awesome guy!)

So if you know a budget rug dealer or know an online lighting thrifty warehouse send them my way!!

 

More later!! 

Caramia

 

Good bye old studio

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Good bye old shop

 

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April Sale!

David Visick

The Favor & Hotcakes Design Sale starts Today!

File your taxes and reward yourself!
Everything we make is 20% off!

First 30 purchases (website or in the store)
get a free pair of teardrop earrings!

Wednesday, April 15 - Wednesday, April 22

20% off all Hotcakes Design jewelry, gemstone necklaces, and everything else we make in house!
ShopAtFavor.com
Online code: AprilSale


This is our way of saying thank you to all of our great friends and customers.
You know who you are!
You inspire us to keep creating and bring smiles to our day!

 

Spring!!! Let's Fling!

Caramia Visick

Each April for almost 7 years, no matter what our location, we've had a big sale! Taxes are paid, skies are blue, and the word "color" is in the air!  

April 15-22 and will be the dates of our sale this year! Wednesday to Wednesday! Please join us for 20% off everything we make! Code: Aprilsale  

We have SO much in the store that is NOT on the website, so please call us if you've seen something on Facebook or Instagram and you need us to email or text a few more pictures!

 

Oranges and apples! (Not on website yet, call us for this one!)  

Oranges and apples! (Not on website yet, call us for this one!)  

Love the cherries with the leaves! 

Love the cherries with the leaves! 

One of my favorites! Black daisies! 

One of my favorites! Black daisies! 

Thank You to all our customers! Wish everyone could pop into the sale at the shop--and say hello!

*We have a sweet pair of light blue teardrops for our first website and shop customers-- while supplies last! 

See you soon!

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Shows!

Caramia Visick

California Gift Show, L.A. Convention Center January 23-26 Vintage #1154 (Trade only)

Tucson Gem Show, DoubleTree Hilton Reid, Grand Ballroom, February 1-9, "To Bead True Blue", G105 (Open to Trade and Public!) 

SF International Gift show, February 20-23, Moscone, Vintage 809 (Trade only) 

It's stress time!! I leave for my first show In 7 days! And because these are shows that the buyers take the jewelry with them, I need a lot of stuff!!!! So it's a daily push! Today I'm making big swallow brooches. Yesterday we made cicada necklaces. We are casting new stuff and I have to figure out how those are going to be strung! Yikes!! Somehow when the show comes around and people start shopping, I'm relieved I can take a break from the assembly and design! It's craziness! 

Heres the pieces I'm working on now: 

I'm casting ALL THESE CAMEOS! 

 

Plus casting black bird! I may do bone next! 

Plus casting black bird! I may do bone next! 

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Casting red cameo at top left, cherries and red bird. These will make the line seem spring and happy! 

Now to make them into beautiful pins and necklaces!  

Valentines and progress on the new pieces!

Caramia Visick

Today is January 8th, feels like there has been more 2015 days than just 8! I have been working daily on new things for the New Year, new images for Valentine's Day and new things for upcoming shows! 

Lets start with Valentine's Day, it's a made up holiday, but it's a great excuse to get girly, eat chocolates and drink champagne! I found a good pile of vintage images that I couldn't pass up! And here's what I've come up with so far!  

mended heart...

mended heart...

these new ones I just finished yesterday! They are going in the shop tomorrow!

these new ones I just finished yesterday! They are going in the shop tomorrow!

Bellhop Cupid! 

Bellhop Cupid! 

These just turned out great! Problem is sourcing more large red beads for cherries! I make the leaves.  So far I was able to make 8! 

These just turned out great! Problem is sourcing more large red beads for cherries! I make the leaves.  So far I was able to make 8! 

Charm bracelet! Very bakelite color theme! Very adjustable

Charm bracelet! Very bakelite color theme! Very adjustable

Just added a bit of color to this one! I like it so much better!

Just added a bit of color to this one! I like it so much better!

Progress on new projects? These 3-pieces were polished up yesterday and hopefully today the mold process will begin! 

 

All the nicks, scratches, changes in shape are made. Then they are polished. Next molding! What color for the bird though? 

All the nicks, scratches, changes in shape are made. Then they are polished. Next molding! What color for the bird though? 

There's still a cherry to work on, some acorn earrings and a bangle! That's a lot!! 

Lastly, shows! I'm going to LA first in 2-weeks! Then I'm going to Tucson, Arizona, yep that huge gem and jewelry show, then SF.  The only show that is open to the public is Tucson, so if that's close to you, please visit!!!  

Doubletree, To Bead True Blue, Grand Ballroom, Booth G105. February 1-9. 

Happy New Year!!!!

 

Happy New Year!!

Caramia Visick

I love the new year, no matter if the previous year has been great or terrible, there's something about the promise of starting new, starting over and starting fresh! 

This year I really want to design a ton of things! Especially now in the beginning of the year so I can work on them over months and get them where they need to be.  

Heres a few designs I'm trying to mold up:  

This little Cherry. As a necklace and a pin. In red of course! 

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This bird. It's big! 4-5 inches! I'm thinking as a necklace. And as a pin!

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These two cameos. Now the vertical one will be on silk ribbon or a cord of onyx, with a large drop of onyx hanging from the bottom. The horizontal one will also be a pin and necklace, on a thick black chain with onyx pieces wrapped into it. 

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Lastly, acorn earrings. This is a hat pin but they will hang the opposite way, in bone, green, black as earrings! 

 

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Some other ideas, if funds permit, are bangles. Carved and in lots of colors. And heart earrings. I have tons of hearts but I really like this one below. 

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These pieces above I will definitely take pictures of them as they turn out and become jewelry! Lots of color, beads, and so on!

Until then, I'm working on these hearts and arrows! Love the bakelite color theme! 

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Charm bracelet, heart and arrow pin and the arrow necklace! Loads of fun! And cheerful! 

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Happy New Year! Wish me luck! My fundraiser for molding starts tomorrow! All the money spent with Hotcakes until January 8th goes towards our molding, masters and creations! It may not seem like it, but it's expensive get the ball rolling! Yikes! 

Fall At Favor!

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Our store looks like a Halloween candy box! Lots of colorful skulls! Pumpkins and black cats!! 

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Fall colors in gemstones too! These amongst others will be brought to the shop tomorrow! 

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Skull rings below are some my favorite skull pieces. $48. These we don't make. They are handmade in L.A.  Pretty fabulous. 

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We've come across some pretty cool vintage pieces! These are in the shop now! I think a poodle sold yesterday! But the owls and cats and dogs are so cute! Haven't picked out one for myself to keep! 

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Our window is definitely screaming: Happy Halloween!

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Halloween bonanza!! It really looks amazing!! 

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We all know what's after Halloween... The holidays! And we definitely need to start stocking up the goodies on that front!! 

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Favor

500 Sutter @ Powell, SF, 94102

415-362-6550 call is for a skull! Or a vintage brooch! All the things we make are on our website!!  

Halloween! Petaluma!

Caramia Visick

I have been having the best time doing these Halloween shows. September 6th was the American Folk Art Festival (my favorite!) which is held in a big tent on the property of the Madonna Winery. It's so busy and loads of people rush to their favorite artist to buy up their goodies! 

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Pictures of my table at the show! 

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Hallowballoo and my Hotcakes Design Trunk show in Seattle was a smash! Loads of talent (again!) and my trunkshow was a huge hit! (Picture below) 

 

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This next Saturday is Halloween and Vine! Petaluma, September 27, 9-3. Let's hope it's fun! (My first time!) I'm looking forward to it and really have been working on my decorations for my table, as well as loads of jewels! 

As soon as I'm back from this weekend it's a Halloween party at the store!! So stay tuned! Favor will be transformed into a wonderland of skulls and black cats!  

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Halloween Shows!

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Sept.6: Falloween, Madonna Winery, Napa 10-3 www.americanfolkartfestival.com

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September 20. Hallowbaloo 9-3 www.hallowbaloo.com

New address! 813 238th st. sE at Country Village in Bothell. 

New address! 813 238th st. sE at Country Village in Bothell. 

September 27, Saturday Halloween and Vine! 9-3 Petaluma, Ca www.halloweenandvine.com

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HALLOWEEN SHOWS!

Caramia Visick

Saturday, September 6, American Folk Art Festival, "Falloween", Maddonna Winery, www.americanfolkartfestival.com10am! 

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Saturday, September 20th, Hallowbaloo!! In Seattle, Washington! Www.hallowbaloo.com 

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Saturday, September 27, Halloween and Vine! Petaluma, CA. Www.halloweenandvine.com

 

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Halloween art and fun!!! Come out and have some fun!!

Trade show Summer

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Trade shows! This summer is busy! We left L.A.  just a week ago!  And Atlanta was the week before! New York is next!! 

 

These are shows for the trade only, which means wholesale, shops that buy our stuff and sell it!  

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It's great to travel but it gets to you. Being away from my son is hard! (He's safe at Grandma's!) Hotel rooms are not home! 

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New York is the last one! Accessories The Show! I hope it's busy and a sensational hit! But I always want that! Ha ha! 

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Hotcakes Design may be near you?! Come see us this month!

Caramia Visick

it's June, start of summer! And we are hitting the road!! First to Pasadena, June 20-23rd! Then June 28-29 we will be at the Santa Clara Convention center! 

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June 20-23 (Friday-Sunday 10-6) we will be at the Contemporary Crafts Market at the Pasadena Convention Center. The show is amazing, every artist is hand picked because of their unique ability to make and craft something beautiful and unique. This show is $6 at the door, if you'd like free passes for yourself or to invite friends, please email me your address! Caramia@hotcakesdesign.com

Www.contemporarycraftsmarket.org  

June 28-29 I will be in Silicone Valley! What show? "Remnants of the Past"! This is a very unique weekend, it is $12 at the door, I have only 5 passes so please email me I'll gladly send you one!! This show is vintage! Vintage collectors, vintage inspired, vintage home, vintage fashion. Plus full bar, food trucks... Each person hand picked and juried in to the show to create an interesting collection if treasures! Santa Clara Convention Center. Www.remnantsofthepast.com

 

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Here is a list of vendors! Quite a group! You can check them out and I'm sure you'll be excited to go!! 

Our shop, Favor, will be open showing off lots of color this summer so be sure to pop in when in SF!! Or of course, our website! 

Www.shopatfavor.com