Month: May 2016

the shop.

The Hubs and I were browsing the coffee aisle at a market in San Mateo and asked a stranger a coffee question. Turns out he owned a coffee biznaz and he was popping up shop at San Mateo’s First Friday that night. Whaaat? We totally walked on over to check it out. The Shop host’s the event and features local makers & artists, food & drink, and music. I felt all the local love; everyone knew someone and if you didn’t you sure felt like you were part of the in crowd. Leo, owner of Killer Coffee, was that stranger we met in the coffee aisle. Most days he pops up at Shane’s Barbershop, but tonight he was making coffee for the First Friday crowd. I tried his iced coffee which totally tasted like coffee ice cream – my favorite flavor! I don’t normally have coffee; I might now be addicted. We also picked up some of his coffee beans and can’t wait to brew them at home. We also met Laurel of Laurel Elaine Jewelry. She makes simple, beautiful pieces. …

the lab.

Now here’s The Lab, which is located just across the street from The Camp! They call this one the “anti-mall” but it’s totally a mall, just filled with some great independent shops and restaurants. My favorite stops: Calipoke and Honey & Butter. Calipoke Poke bowls for the win! Fresh fish; savory, sweet and spicy sauces; and an assortment of crunchy veggies and toppings. A regular bowl is the perfect size to share if you’re hungry; a large if you’re hangry. Honey & Butter Macarons dressed like your favorite characters sold out of an airstream decorated with Tsum Tsums. Yup, that sentence happened. What else? The Lab has lots of places to sit and chat, enjoy the day, and people watch. Costa Mesa knows what’s up. Give your fave OC stops a shout out below!

répondez s’il vous plaît.

We got married! (Oh yeaaaa!!!) So now I get to share all the wedding crafts!! (Hell yeaaaa!!!) Today I’m sharing our wedding invitations. Though there are amazing professionally made invitation designs out there, this was the one wedding detail I had to DIY. We made simple invites + RSVP cards in blush, ivory, and sparkle. (In my world, “sparkle” is a color.) The most time consuming part was designing the invites as getting the spacing right and printing is generally a challenge. We designed our invitations in Comic Life (this is as fancy as we get) and used both black and brown ink. The brown ink almost looked like a rose gold on the blush paper. ::drool:: The front of the invitation received a love stamp and was heat embossed with a mix of copper and gold powder. We also added a hand drawn heart. ❤ I love this detail because it gave the invitation some texture. It was also really fun to mix the embossing powders. The back of the invitation had all the wedding festivity …

shop feature: littlefour 

Nestled in the Barlow district in Sebastopol, Little Four is the cutest little shop with all the lovely things.    Shop owner and maker Danielle runs the place. She has put together a lovely assortment of handcrafted goods. Tea towels printed with paper cut art designs, artisanal chocolates, refurbished lamps, greeting cards and art prints, all the things! Danielle designs and makes women’s and children’s clothing, too. Check out all the goods in her shop & studio.  Have you checked out some fun shops lately? Share your handmade finds below!  PS I visited for a pop-up shop last month and brought Danielle a custom pennant for the shop. See if you can spot it in store! 🙂