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Baby, it’s cold outside.

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Just when we all thought the Bay Area was warming up, the weather man throws a fast one and tells us it’s going to snow for the first time in 35 years. Californians (that live by the ocean) everywhere are freaking out and we all don’t know how to quite handle this cold weather while trying to go about our normal activities. I must say my Ugg boots are my favorite pair of shoes right now and my weekend outfit will be a combination of tights and leggings, a vintage wool sweater, my favorite knit scarf and my warmest winter coat.

snow couple.

the laberynth.
by walter martin and paloma munoz.

show me the stars.
by walter martin and paloma munoz.

travelers.
by walter martin and paloma munoz.

life

photos by JAMIE

Ready for weekend bliss.

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My oh my, this week has been non-stop craziness and my lack of internet usage and blogging frenzy is due to late (very late) nights at the office every day this week. Last night Chris and I finally got to spend some time together and took advantage of Oakland’s Restaurant Week. We had a lovely evening with one of Chris’ friends, Milos and Ellen, at Bay Wolf on Piedmont Ave in Oakland. It was a delicious Prix Fixe menu especially for Oakland Restaurant Week and we were full and smitten after dinner. I love the Bay Area this time in January because there seems to be so much going on and a ton of festivals/foodie events to attend.

I couldn’t be more ready for my weekend and I intend to take full advantage of these precious 2 1/2 days to regain consciousness, relax and catch up on life (and posting). I can’t wait to finally share the decorative results of my lovely grandmother’s 90th birthday celebration. Until then, I think I want this amazing umbrella for the anticipated rainy Sunday.

genius umbrella.

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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)

craft + design

photos by JAMIE

Soul Pancake.

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Last night we moseyed (in tons of traffic) on over to Mountain View’s Books, Inc. for a Soul Pancake book signing and reading. My own Soul Pancake book came my way recently as a birthday present from my sister. We’ve been fans of one of the book’s content co-director, Golriz Lucina, ever since we came across her awesomely adorable wedding video from Green Wedding Shoes. It not only brought us to tears (true love always moves me) but took us on a DIY-creatively-inspired-crafting spree that hasn’t stopped since. Anyway, when I read that the Soul Pancake peeps were going to be right here in the Bay Area, we were stoked! Not only did we get to meet the hilarious and brilliant Rainn Wilson, but also Golriz (and Devon) who’s blog and thoughts and creativity is an inspiration for my own blog and thoughts and creativity. By the way, the Soul Pancake authors were everything I imagined them to be: eccentric, friendly, personable, and beautiful! Oh, and the Soul Pancake book (not to be forgotten) is also beautiful and eccentric and I can’t wait to chew on life’s big questions.

i spy rainn wilson.

cozy hunter: golriz lucina.
(this was well worth the wait!)

obtain here.

craft + design

photos by JAMIE

Tree glee.

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I’m allergic to Christmas trees. Or pine trees in general for that matter. I learned this horrific fact as a small child, evidently during Christmas. We used to have our big family Christmas at my aunt’s house, she would buy a tree as tall as the tallest point in their house, and on Christmas night (we were a start-celebrating-Christmas-around-9-at-night-and-continue-the-celebration-into-the-wee-hours-of-the-night type of family) everyone would come and put their 20+ gifts under the tree. As a family tradition, we would take guesses at how many total presents were under the tree, 1 guess = $1. As a small/curious/over-excited child, I hung out by the tree a significant amount of time trying to guess the exact number of gifts (and how many were for me specifically).  Back to my allergy, right before present opening time, I would always break out in big lobster-red itchy hives. It took a couple years to realize it was the beloved beautiful Christmas tree causing this anguish. Therefore, my mom hasn’t gotten a Christmas tree in almost 20 years, I’ve never been to a Christmas tree farm, and the smell pine in our home this time of year comes from air fresheners and candles. We settle for the Christmas tree alternative or a hideous fake tree. I guess the bright side is that we don’t participate in the killing of trees this time of year. I did find some amzing Christmas tree alternatives that makes me wish this holiday decorating business was year round so we could have something like this up in our house all the time.

two-dimensional tree.

wood and wool stool.

bottle tree (for the dudes).

make use of vintage ornaments.

craft + design

photos by JAMIE

Deck the halls.

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Our holiday cards came in the mail from tinyprints today and we’re so excited to share them with all our friends and family. Photo set/design/direction by my very own (lovely) boyfriend. Check it out!

have a very merry christmas.

chicken + bear

photos by JAMIE

Indie craft.

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I know this is just another coincidental holiday festivity that falls on my birthday weekend, but this Renegade Craft Fair (recommended to me by my lovely cousin Elizabeth) has come just in time and I must go! Now that I have my lovely sewing machine (thanks mom) and my workspace is all set up, I need some inspirational ideas to get crafty. I’d also love to add some more locally created homemade items to our walls now that we’re finally settled in. I also need a few updates to my accessories wardrobe, headbands anyone? From the looks of it, the amount of treasures I can find at this fair seem limitless! I’m so excited to check it out, anyone with me?

The Renegade Craft Fair
December 18 + 19
Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco

craft + design

photos by JAMIE

Kitchen essential.

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I just bought myself an early birthday present, a Buttercup Yellow KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer from Williams Sonoma. I figured I’d better get it now so I can take advantage of my lovely discount and so I’ll have it in time for our holiday present making deliciousness. Happy early birthday to me!

my new best friend.

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