Jul 02, 2010 California and Beans. My trip to California was a mix of business, family, and fun in the sun! I stayed with my kids sharing the sofa with Beans, my daughter Taylor's newly adopted stray Boston terrier. Despite his drool, love for chewing up rolls of TP, snorting, and farting, he made the perfect roommate. My 20-something children gave me a glimpse into their southern California lives, complete with dinner at '$1 taco' night and hangin' at the cast and crew party for a new TV show at a local hot spot where, I am pretty certain, I was the oldest person in the club! We enjoyed brunch at Paradise Cove, walked the beach, visited Laurel Canyon dog park and hiked the trails in Runyon Canyon. It was a blast! (I really should get myself a pair of shorts...and a tan.) My days were spent working long hours with Heather Bullard planning and budgeting for the next issue of Flea Market Style magazine. You can check out Heather’s post on the Flea Market Style blog to hear more about our time together planning and eating, eating and planning….. This week I am back working on the Bachman's Fall Ideas House, getting ready to open vintage in 3 more stores, and then off for some junking with my friend Jane. I will fill you in when I return! (I sorta miss that smelly little Beans.) Cheers! Ki PS - Check this out! Have you ever fantasized about having your work published? What about becoming a book designer and author? Then join in the conversation on Wednesday, July 7 at 4 p.m., when Nicole McConville, Beth Sweet, and Kathleen McCafferty—editors of Lark Craft (www.larkcrafts.com) host THE CREATIVE CONNECTION/Etsy Virtual Lab. Join in the conversation on how to get published, learn how Lark finds inspiration, works with crafters and designers, and develops book ideas. Find out how to tailor your own book proposal to best reflect your creative spark. To register for this Lab Session, go to etsy.com. But hurry—space is limited!