Sunday, September 28, 2008

Gocco Class at the^workshop

Just taught Gocco printing on the PG5 at the^workshop in Berkeley. It was a great class especially because two of my flickr friends attended and we met for the first time!

Marilyn aka Spiced Coffee gocco'd this Japanese wave image. It looked great on this coaster and on the tea towel she made!

Sheila used an abstract image of telephone wires, and she printed it on tee shirts and her orange nylon bag. It looked great on the bag because the transparency of the sack gave the image some depth and made it more ethereal!

Hillary aka lily lemon drew this owl image and printed it on her tee shirt (the one she wore to class)! It was pretty cute on the tea towel and fabric scraps, but I loved it on the striped background of her tee!!!!!!

Sonia printed her tank top. She used an image of a doorway with Chinese characters above. I love the distressed quality of the image! The printed turned out really beautiful.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

A Halloween Tradition

Tonight was my annual trip to Alameda's Gaslight Emporium for their grand Halloween opening. My mom, my Aunt Liza and I had dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant, Acapulco, then ventured down Lincoln to the Halloween hot spot. The space is Victorian for sure, with dark carved wood, traditional wallpaper, and unusual antiques and oddities. This shop stocks vintage and vintage reproduction seasonal items, from paper goods to toys and even period costumes during Halloween. Don't be surprised to find a room full of Alice in Wonderland curiosities or vintage holiday items at certain times of the year.

One room was more ghoulish and ghastly, with grotesque animals, ghosts, severed body parts displayed in an old fridge, not to mention a buffet of hauntingly delightful treats!

The other room, more bright and warm, housed vintage inspired paper goods. From pumpkin figures to vintage trims and tinsels, there was a feast of Halloween and Harvest eye candy from floor to ceiling

I loved this little moon faced man, and bought him a month ago at their yard sale for my Mom's birthday. His twin was still there waiting to be taken home. Visiting the Gaslight Emporium is one of my favorite traditions, one I hope to continue for many years to come.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Celebrated my 1 year with Aaron by spending the day in the Marin area. We went to this elk preserve near Tomales Bay and then went to the beach just below. It was beautiful, and we had a lot of fun...although we didn't pay so much attention to the elk. I took this photo of one of the abandoned structures on the property. I loved the star cutouts!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Presents for Aaron

I celebrated my 1 year anniversary with my boyfriend, Aaron. I made him this little rabbit scene as we have decided were are "rabbits." I have made many things over the past year for him, some of which uses rabbit iconography. Other things are from fairy tales and bits of things we have said and discovered together over the past year. Here are some of the things I have made...

The second book I made for him. Its called "Melting Point," and is an altered book.

The text is from this "found" story. I cut out everything that didn't apply. What's left are these little fingers of conversations, spindly and fragile. It was spooky how appropriate the text was... from how we met to how we spent time together in the beginning, etc.

There is a semi transparent leaf after the text, and when you turn the page, you find a moth, which was our first sort of totem animal.

An Easter present...

A tunnel book made from a fairy tale Aaron read as a child from the Purple Fairy Book.

A card to cheer him up on a hard day.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

New red shoes...makes me so happy!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My First Etsy Sale!

Yea! I sold my first pair of miniature paper shoes on etsy. The purchaser, Miss Amber Mitchell, sent me this pic of them in their new home! Check out my etsy shop for other adorable paper creations by me, and look for amber's up and coming shop on etsy soon!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Made raspberry clafoutis tonight after browsing the inspiring photos and recipes of La Tartine Gourmande. After perusing a few recipes on the internet, I wound up creating my own with pretty good results. I made too much batter, and wound up with two raspberry clafoutis and an apple raspberry clafoutis. I also made my tried and true leek and goat cheese tarts. Maybe I'll make jam tomorrow!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Another Halloween Craft

A paper witch soars amidst the smoky clouds atop her black and orange striped bird. Moonlit stars sparkle in the black and white night. A burnt orange pumpkin houses this scene in its empty belly...a Halloween present for my Mom who's birthday we are celebrating tomorrow night.

A Summertime Treat

watermelon radish... delicious with a sprinkling of salt.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

New Pieces...

Two new pieces custom made for a friend's wedding Thank You's. Her instructions were 1. something "creepy beautiful," and 2. something with a unicorn. I had fun making them both. Of course they will both be housed under the protection of a dome, encased in their own little space, but they photograph better without the cloche.

Baby Shower

Quilt made for friend Kaley's soon to be arriving baby boy, Lucca.
I took a motif from the fabric and Gocco printed the elephant onto the woodgrain fabric.

Plus, I love the cupcakes made for her shower by her friend Annie...some babies were drowning in the frosting. Disturbing and delightful all in one tasty bite!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Had to post this happy face...the epitome of summertime silliness!