Bambi Porter’s business:GypsyCowgirl Kitchen was born out of the passion for simple, delicious and healthy food. She loves going out to the garden to pick fresh fruit and vegetables. She adores the fact that nature writes the daily menu at her house. It makes he feel good to know that she is serving family and friends food that is grown without all of the yucky pesticides. At times her garden would produce so much that she could hardly consume or give it away fast enough. Thus her love of pickling, canning and preserving was born. Over the past 20 years or so she has canned fruits and vegetables of many kinds. Pickling fruits and vegetables is definitEly her favorite. Each time she gives a jar of pickled peppers or carrots…she always gets a returned empty jar and the request for a refill!
LAUREN CAMARATA, CHALK PAINTING INSTRUCTOR
Lauren was raised in Turlock and is the founder of Turlock’s Charming Old French Trading Co. When relocating back to Turlock she ventured into creating her own business for herself using her varied and extensive 20 year career in the LA Entertainment Industry designing, creating and producing campaigns and events for others. “Visual mediums are important to me. I am drawn to color, shape, design and texture, whether it’s in a photograph or a piece of furniture. I like everything to tell a story. That is the key to a long-lasting relationship with your home environment.” Lauren’s Father, a well-known contemporary artist Martin Camarata, exhibiting locally and internationally, has an influence on Lauren also. “Art has always played an integral role for me in design because scale, color and composition are the building blocks to a successful outcome.”
Now focused on transforming furniture, one piece at a time, Lauren has used her own home as the blueprint for floor-to-ceiling Chalk Paint makeovers. Having moved into a home badly needing some TLC, she was looking for an easier way than stripping, sanding, sanding, priming and painting–twice. “There had to be an easier way.” That holy grail led to Annie’s website in late 2010 and a love affair began. “It’s all about the paint. There’s just nothing else like it. It really is ‘the best paint in the world’,”.