This week, over at mint, Ellie shared her collection of coveted items from Felt + Wire shop. I bookmarked the above print about a year ago and completely forgot about it. Thanks to Ellie for bringing it back into my life. Wood type, 7 colors, and a dream come true. Hand & Eye Letterpress.
I typed a letter to Sophie, on my "new" typewriter.
A packaged a long overdue letter + gift to Kate in England. I know the weather is really terrible in other parts of the world, I am happy that I only have to deal with a few raindrops and some crazy wind!
If you're like me, you're more excited about New Year's day, than eve. Why? Because you get to rip open your new calendar! I am an obsessive list maker and nothing's better than making future lists. I love skipping ahead to busy months and start planning. I got two calendars for my studio, for my wall the typography calendar from Veer.
Each month is a different font and has a bit of info about the designer.
I had the most relaxing Christmas week. Honestly, the best Christmas ever. Actually, I'm of the thought that the current year I'm living is my 'best yet' and it's true, things just keep getting better. Tony had two whole weekdays off from work, which is unheard of. The rain returned to LA and it was the only excuse we needed not to leave. It was the perfect stay at home vacation.
Katie and Nat are out of town visiting his family so we are watching Kumar and Sin Jin. It was quite an experience to bring two rowdy cats into our house. From chasing each other at 4 in the morning, to snuggling on the couch we got a taste of what it would be like to have cats. I love these guys but I just feel so bad not letting them experience the great outdoors and get out all their energy. We won't adopt a cat until we have some outside space. Their favorite spot was under the tree with all the gifts. I got them an emery catand they love it!
Tony ordered me a present at Renegade LA but it hasn't come in the mail yet- no big deal. I love presents any time of year ;) As a "studio warming" gift he got me a coffee/cappuccino/latte/tea/hot chocolate maker. There are so many different drinks and flavors available. So far, my favorite is the cappuccino. I know he meant it for my studio but I love having it at home.
All weekend I tried to catch a snapshot of the boys but they kept turning away. So unlike them to be camera shy!
If the boys stay with us again, I'm going to put all the glass ornaments towards the top of the tree and the soft ornaments at the bottom. Only one ornament was broken this Christmas.
I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday! Now back to the grind...
UCSC is divided up into mini colleges and each have their own mail room. The reason why I wanted to work in one was because I was always receiving bent and crumpled envelopes. Unfortunately, there weren't any openings at my specific mail room, so I started at the Merrill one and was going to be transferred as soon as there was an opening at Cowell. After working there for two years, I no longer had any desire to continue doing so. Besides the fact that I now had a 'real' mailbox in my off campus house, I did not care to be treated like dirt by the know it all freshman, at least not for $8 an hour. Every so often I would get an irate freshman demanding I produce her care package at the window, immediately. If the mail had not been delivered that day, there was literally nothing I could do. Many fights ensued and after each one, I would think "how ridiculous, this is in no way my fault."
I ask that this holiday season, you don't be upset about late packages and crumpled up mail. I'm not saying be a doormat, it's absolutely fine to be upset if you don't receive great service, or if you feel you were mistreated. But during this crazy time of year, couldn't we all use a break?
If your sister's present was supposed to be delivered today and hasn't come, is it really that big a deal? You could give her a present in January and she would love it just as much. I feel like people put too much pressure on the Christmas deadline and it just makes me lose interest.
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and don't forget to tip your mail carrier- if he deserves it!
While I catch up with old friends during craft fairs, Tony discovers new talent. He came back after an excursion and said I had to see these. He was right. Lisa Swerling is the artist behind these little masterpieces, she just moved to Marin from London. Her work is so beautiful yet has a sense of humor. One of the biggest appeals for me about Renegade shows are that the artist is there, right beside her work. It was so interesting hearing about the process that goes into each piece. Above, Wallflower.
Utter disregard for consequences.
This piece is backed by a mirror so you also get a glimpse of yourself.
She has a wide variety of themes, and you could also commission a piece.
My absolute favorite, The Night Job.
Isn't it just gorgeous? I haven't stopped thinking about it! I didn't like the way any of my photos from Renegade SF came out so I deleted them all. The above photos are from Lisa's sitewhich has a lot more to see.
If feels like I haven't stopped in months! I'm off again to Rengade San Francisco. I love traveling for work ;)
It will be nice to spend a couple nights in one of my favorite cities. Even though I've been there more times than I can count I always look forward to discovering a new part of the city each time. If you live there, stop by my booth, I'd love to meet you! Though, I will probably be shopping as much as I can, renegade sf always has the best vendors. Have a great weekend.
For the current Souvenir Foto School, I've been photographing everything I've been eating. I think it's the best time of year for this theme, I have had such great meals. We've had some pretty intense work days the last few weeks so it's only fair that we reward ourselves. Above is a burger at 8oz. Their invisible margaritas are divine and the potato salad is fantastic.
While in SF for 24 hours we took high tea at Crown and Crumpet. I could drink their Paris tea all day long! Also, their crumpets are so buttery and delicious, I had to make myself eat only one.
When you have a late night craving for pastrami, nothing else will do. Lucky us that Canter's is open 24 hours. Sorry for you vegetarians out there, I know meat can be pretty gross looking, that's why I didn't want to get too close!
I wanted to share this because I was so enamored with it. It's 30 years old and it was made for Tony's mom by a good friend of hers. The display box is great for this diarama and I love the sweet toys underneath.
Is anyone bothered that I'm making my photos larger? Recently, I've been feeling that bigger is better and more is definitely more. If anyone is having trouble loading/seeing the photos, I can change them back.
As you know, my life has been pretty crazy since Wednesday. 3 craft fairs over 4 days. I wanted to be sure to capture a few moments here and there from the madness. First I want to thank Wendy, who gave up her weekend to help out at Unique. The only reason I was able to do 2 craft fairs in one weekend was because I had the help of Katie, Nat, Tony and her. Now that I'm able to share a few photos, I wanted to first show my favorite part of these shows- my new booth tags! Carina, from Crow and Canary had a bird name tag at the spring Unique show. I really wanted name tags for everyone in my booth and Ms. Polly Dangercame to the rescue. I gave her a ridiculous time line, sent her my scanned drawings of the name tags and she delivered! They are exactly what I had in mind- hand made, sturdy, and adorable :)
They are hand embroidered with brown thread onto a cream heart. A customer tried to by nat's for her friend!
We received so many compliments on them, I had to keep writing down polly's info for people. Why didn't I get some of her business cards?
Tina from Joie studios was also at Unique and she had these new "I love paper" pins. I also got those for my team.
My name is the longest, I think it looks great!
Last weekend we had a trunk show for Paper Pastries' friends and family. Katie outdid herself again. Buttercream cupcakes with peppermint flakes, pink lemonade, boston cream cupcakes, and brownies. As usual, champagne was flowing the entire day.
I love setting up at her house, I get to use her pretty dessert plates for my display.
This was held on December 5th, which was a cool day. We even got a little rain towards the late afternoon. It was the perfect day to settle inside with friends.
So delicious! I ate too many of these, but they are only around once a year so I thought, why not?
It was a huge success! Thanks to all the friends and family who have been supportive since day 1. I couldn't do it without each and everyone of you.
Thursday we were at Indie Mart's Academy of Sciences show.
The museum is really amazing, unlike any science museum I've ever been to. There is a rain forest, an ocean, a planetarium, and a living roof.
It was a fun event with live music, drinks, and an igloo with snow!
This is Virgie, she works at ReForm School. She stopped by at our Renegade booth to say hello and posed with a few of her favorite products.
Tony's idea to spruce up the booth- tons of shiny ornaments. He hung a backdrop of baker's twine then put up clear, green, and blue ornaments. People loved it!
This week has been insane, and I leave on Thursday to head up to San Francisco again. The day after Christmas is going to be so quiet and I will sleep for a week!