All posts filed under: Local Tourist

take your wifey to work day.

I finally visited my Hubby at his work! 🙂 I got a badge and everything. Sure, I still don’t quite understand what Salesforce does, but my Hubby works at the cafe there so I got to explore, meet the cute characters, and enjoyed a Tuxedo Mocha with a view.   The cafe was crazy busy and loud up until closing time which keeps Hubs on his feet all day. There’s cold brew on tap, as well as tea and snacks up for grabs. The vending machines are filled with lots of tech…and Twix, too. Also cool – each quarter the cafes feature a new coffee roaster who staff can meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. This quarter’s brew: AKA Coffee.   Once Hubs got off work he took me around to visit all the cute character statues. First, we visited the lobby of Salesforce West, which reminded me of New York Times Square because of the giant bright TV lights.   I like all the nature brought into the building — the plants, …

shop feature: rare bird.

First shop feature of the year: Rare Bird in Oakland! I hadn’t visited until I taught my first class here last Fall, but Rare Bird has been around for over seven years now. And no wonder, shop owner Erica has curated an amazing collection of goods from all over. I visit and feature a lot of local shops, and to some, it may seem like the same old stuff, but each one really has it’s own style and personality. Rare Bird definitely packs a lot of patterns, boho-fab looks, and can be a shop for everyone. There are goods for the home including candles and wall art, a selection of menswear, these awesome speakers (made by Erica’s partner Matt!), goods for plant lovers, creatives, chocolate snobs, and so much more. And I love, love, love the women’s clothing and accessories collection. I cannot get enough embroidered dresses and tunics, and pretty patterned pouches! Next time you’re in the Piedmont area, give Rare Bird a visit!

heath.

I went on the Heath Ceramics tour – so impressive and so inspiring! I have been a fan of Heath for some time and dream of having a complete Heath dining set one day. I love the simplicity and color palettes. Learning about the history of the company and seeing the entire process makes me even more appreciative of the craftsmanship that goes into each piece. Our tour guide shared the company’s origin story then took us around the factory, starting with the clay mixing room. The factory aims to be zero-waste; any scrap clay gets sent back upstream in the process. There are so many steps in making a Health piece. Some pieces begin with a mold… Larger pieces begin on these spinny cutting machines… The pieces sit to cure, get sanded and glazed by experts, then hang out in the oven. All of the pieces get inspected and triaged into firsts (for sale!), seconds (for sale on sale!), and thirds (not for sale, but used for construction and other projects!). Heath began as …

twenty yay-teen!

Yay! It’s 20-YAY-teen! Hubs and I rang in the New Year whilst sleeping off illness. That’s how pro we are; we countdown in our sleep. 😏 But on New Year’s Day we managed to get out and enjoy the sunshine.We strolled near Shimada Friendship Park in Richmond. ‘Twas the perfect way to celebrate. Here are the first few photos of the new year. This rock was meant for me. Hubs said it looks like we bought matching plants and a giant rock just so I could take this picture. Here’s to a happy, healthy, and sunshiney 2018! How did you spend New Year’s Day? Share below!

shop feature: black squirrel.

I finally ventured to Black Squirrel in Berkeley after hearting so many things on their Instagram. What a lovely sight! There are walls and baskets of colorful yarn in all the textures, weights, and materials. They have an extensive collection of hand-dyed and locally sourced yarns, too. Super impressive!   There’s also a fabric section. I love prints (another one of my dreams is to be a textile/pattern designer) so you can always find me drooling in the fabric section.   Black Squirrel is truly a destination for every crafter, and they’ve got some great gifts for the maker in your life, too. I don’t knit or crochet, but the tools they carry are first class and make me want to pick up some new hobbies. There’s also a selection of other giftables like these miniature nature scenes (so tiny!).   And since it’s Christmas time, there are ornament cross stitch kits (I snagged one!), letters to Santa embroidery kits, greeting cards, and lots more. Bonus – the owner is super friendly and awesome and …

holiyay!

Had to, had to visit the Brit & co Holiday House this year. What a cutie! The venue is small and homey but packed with tons of colorful fun. At the front and headlining the welcoming committee are the featured local makers. On my visit it was Marley & Alfie and An Astrid Endeavor, super talented ladies with lovingly made goods. I snagged a lucky horseshoe from Marley & Alfie! Ahhh! The coolest! There was hot cocoa for all, free make and takes, and lots of backdrops and decorated nooks for all the photo taking. Everyone got to decorate a postcard and take home shimmer frame. There was a snow globe jar making station and a pom pom station, and for extra credit you can make pom pom earrings or a snowman. I made earrings! There’s a candy wall, a silver corner, a washi tape city, a white texture wall, a tassel /fiber wall, disco ball wall, a colorful geometric shape wall, a gold wall, an ugly sweater room, and a peppermint room – it …

moic.

I visited the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco. So, here’s a bunch of pink photos! We arrived with ice cream pennants in hand reppin’ our favorite ice cream flavors. Before you enter the installation you are grouped with strangers and you have to come up with a team name. Behold: Team Toffee Ooh La La (minus two girls who didn’t want to hang out with us, lol)! I was named team leader, which was kind of stressful even though I consider myself a hype girl, ha! Too much responsibility; I just wanted to play! There were over a dozen rooms and attractions to enjoy – mostly in pink! There were ice cream fun facts on the walls, a ring toss where you can win a free scoop of ice cream (Protip: Let them know if you’re celebrating something awesome like a birthday and you’ll snag a free scoop without having to win one.), a juke box room with ice cream tunes, mochi ice cream to sample, a pink letter magnet room for spelling …