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Hayes Valley, San Francisco.

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Hayes Valley in San Francisco is my new favorite unexplored (by me) neighborhood. It’s so cute and quaint and so accessible – no hills and parking in under 30 minutes! We walked around after my friend Nova’s birthday brunch. I love all the shops and restaurants and especially the outdoor streat food park. Also, the best.French.macaroons.ever from Chantal Guillon. I can’t wait to go back and explore again!

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Earth Day at Sunnyside.

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In celebration of Earth Day, some co-workers and I got to spend the day out of the office and in the dirt, gardening, planting and harvesting at the Sunnyside Organic Seedlings Farm. Sunnyside was founded by a woman named Pilar who’s belief is to “provide quality certified organic plants that are produced in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.” The most amazing thing is that every year, they donate thousands of pounds of freshly harvested vegetables to schools, shelters and community gardens all over the Bay Area. At the end of our volunteer day, we were served lunch, prepared by the Sunnyside staff who use vegetables picked right out of the garden. We were then given some plants to take home to start our own urban garden right in our backyard. I’m so inspired to start gardening and beautifying our yard now, I can’t wait to get my hands dirty!






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A sewing surprise.

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I arrived home this evening to find the Amy Butler sewing patterns and fabric I ordered last week. My co-worker (who is lightyears ahead of me in the sewing world), convinced me to take on 2 new sewing projects using the lovely Amy Butler as a guide. We ended up choosing the Barcelona skirt and an adorable rain coat we just couldn’t pass up. They seem a little (actually a lot) past my sewing skills but I love any opportunity to learn new things and to whip out the new sewing machine. Plus my lovely co-worker knows what she’s doing and we’ve planned some after-work sewing parties to create these together.

a new sewing project thanks to amy butler designs.

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Post lull.

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Man oh man. My lack of consistent blog posting is due to my extreme un-desire to open (or even look) at my computer when I get home from work. My only exception has been to do some freelance work for some blogging friends of mine, or to research the perfect (and warm) destination for much-needed our vacation. I’ve been following a no-computing after 6pm ritual and the hours of my life I’ve gained back from avoiding all things Facebook/Perezhilton/Youtube, have been well spent. However, this isn’t the stone-age nor  do I come from the 18th century and the computer, by any means, isn’t my enemy so I’ve decided to simply limit my post-work computing hours. It will be dedicated to blogging and other more necessary-type things (like booking a vacation to Mexico) so I can focus on being a better girlfriend/sister/dog-owner/caller backer/snail-mailer/crafter/photographer/etc. I also just bought a bike and started volunteering with a community magazine so I’m on track for my 2011 Resolutions!

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Summer Kitchen.

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It’s far from summer here in the Bay Area but over the weekend, Chris took me to a lovely and delicious restaurant/bakeshop called Summer Kitchen in Berkeley. It was the perfect treat for a cool and sunny day and was a kick start to an amazing week of celebrating our love (in lieu of Valentine’s Day which we believe shouldn’t only be celebrated on one day but EVERY day). We each ordered a delectable sandwich – fried chicken for me and a burger for him. Then we super indulged on one of their sweet treats and opted for a rasberry-filled cupcake with  french vanilla frosting. With their extensive menu options and adorable decor, this is definitely a place we plan on frequenting and bringing our visiting guests to for a lovely lunch or dinner. They also sell a wide variety of Blue Bottle Coffee (by the bag!), Blue Chair and Inna Jams, we’ll be taking some of Summer Kitchen home with us. Afterward, we took a lovely stroll along College Ave. (my new favorite street in Berkeley), bought some Girl Scout cookies (it’s that time of year!) and did a little window shopping at the cute little boutiques (and Jeremy’s Department Store!) that line the street. We definitely heart Berkeley more each day!

Summer Kitchen, Berkeley.

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Letterpress Love.

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I treated myself to a little graphic designer’s bliss and just signed up for an Oh Happy Day Letterpress Business Card class. I can’t wait see what creative juices flow in a 4 hour letterpress class – and to top it all off, I’ll be leaving with my own beautiful letterpress business cards! I have a couple months to create my own design so I’ll be all set and ready to go when the April class comes along. Here is some letterpress eye candy for you to enjoy. Also, an amazing video I found of behind the scenes of good ol’ fashion book making. This video reminds me why I love handbound books and I can’t bring myself to succumb to a digital reader. Hand craft is in my veins now and there’s no turning back. I love letterpress!

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the space between, enormous champions.

ampersand letterpress print, inksie.

ctrl + z, paperwheel.

the complex of all of these, by january press.

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Tasty ventures (and a friend named Stormy).

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I’ve been saying for a long time that I need to venture out of my restaurant safe zone and try new restaurants around the Bay Area. After all, Northern California is known for its delicious and fresh cuisine and I’m living right in the middle of it all! For Saturday brunch and on a friend’s recommendation (thanks Louis + Yvonne!) we went down the street to Cafe Fanny, a casual stand up food bar with a delightful brunch/lunch menu to appease hungry taste buds. This is another amazing staple of Alice Waters (along with Chez Panisse). These Alice Waters restaurants are the epitome of Berkeley cuisine – fresh ingredients, produced sustainably, and so tasty you want to try everything on the menu. I ordered the Poached Farm Eggs with prosciutto di Parma & Levain toast and Chris had a Roasted Pork sandwich with celery root remoulade, aioli and frisee. The sun finally came out and the weather was surprisingly warm so we had a lovely (and much need football-watching-break) lunch on the Cafe Fanny outdoor patio.

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Last night, I ventured into the city to meet my good friend Stormy for an overdue girls’ night dinner date. After a very thorough Yelp search, we decided to try a fairly new restaurant in SOMA called Skool. The food was amazing and sure enough, everything was school-themed, including the menu which was printed on 3-hole punch binder paper on clipboards. Since it is a “fish focused” restaurant, we munched on some delicious Ceviche and Uni Flan appetizers and for dinner we ordered the steamed mussels and mushroom risotto. I wait to go back one day after work for their “Detention Hall Happy Hour”.

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Aside from the amazing dinner, I have to give an endearing shout out to my friend Stormy. I tell you, every girl should have a girlfriend like Stormy (and yes, that is her real name). Not only do we relate on basically every level in life (our crazy Asian mothers, our boyfriends named Chris, work, friends, etcetera), she is a sincere and genuine friend who truly listens to what you have to say and speaks to you with compassion and heartfelt meaning (and somehow, at the same time, making you laugh consistently for 3 hours straight). When I talk to her, we have conversations that are real and honest. She helps me see everything in a brighter and more rational point of view. I felt so refreshed after spending the evening with Stormy and drove home reflecting on how grateful I am to be blessed with people like Stormy in my life.

stormy (+ thunder).

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Weekend crafting frenzy.

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I’m addicted to craft making. Ever since I received a sewing machine for my birthday in December (thanks Mom!) I’ve been obsessed with buying fabric and making pretty things. My first fabric project were anthropologie inspired rosette headbands. I gave a few away as Christmas presents and everyone loved them. My second project was a sewing machine cozy out of some fabric I bought last week. I’ve had the fabric cut for a couple days now and just needed the weekend to finish it up. It adds a pop of color to my “craft area” (the portion of our office that is designated for my art supplies/fabrics/sewing machine) and looks a lot better than the boring sewing machine cover that came with it. My next DIY project? Party decorations for my Grandma’s 90th birthday party next week. Let the crafting frenzy continue!

diy project #1: handmade rosette headbands.

diy project #2: sewing machine cozy
(and a peek at my newfound fabric collection)

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Renegade again!

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Just received in my inbox, 2011 Renegade Craft Fair dates! I’m so excited for the San Francisco July dates, adding to my virtual calendar now. Also available, Renegade Handmade online SALE. Thank you Renegade, you just made my Wednesday.

the 2011 renegade craft fair.

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Bringing back the soap bar.

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Yes, I’m going to do a post dedicated solely to soap. I am a firm believer in a clean bathroom as well as a well decorated and accessorized one (our bathroom is a work-in-progress). After all, it’s the first place you go (pun intended) in the morning and one of the last rooms you see before going to bed.  Being the germ/dirty bathroom-phob’ that I am,  using soap bars has always been somewhat of a disgusting concept to me. Of course, I find unused soap bars a fragrant and delightful accessory for a bathroom counter – especially wrapped in beautiful packaging and placed on an adorable soap dish; however, our own soap usage comes strictly from the liquid-antibacterial stuff. Until now. I came across this brilliant hybrid of a cheese grater and soap dish designed by Natalie Stämpfli.

natalie stämpfli: soap flakes.

grate your soap.

And, while we’re on the topic of soaps, soap bars, and bathroom accessories, here are some lavatories and must-haves to wander through (and purchase).

adorable, simple (and clean!) guest bathroom.

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make your john lovely with painted wall art.

must haves for every bathroom.

a lovely lavatory.

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