All posts tagged: san francisco

nearcation: san francisco.

Nearcation: San Francisco edition, because this is totally going to be a thing now. My God-sister and her hubs surprised us with a hotel gift card to spend a night on the town. We packed a backpack, jumped on BART, and played local tourist for 24 hours. We stayed at the Sir Francis Drake near Union Square where you are welcomed by a red-suited doorman and a swanky lobby bar. We were given a room with a view… We hardly come out to this area of San Francisco so we kept our adventures to any place we could get to by foot or by cable car. We had an afternoon meal at a hole in the wall Filipino street food restaurant. Then to a free craft event at Madewell with Jenny Lemons where we ran into my crafty friend Tally Sue. En route back to the hotel, we picked up boba from Boba Guys (insert Instagram worthy photo below) and veggie pizza from Uncle Vito’s. TV and chill, y’all. The next day we woke up …

ceramics in the city.

San Francisco parking can be tricky, but if you’re lucky, while you drive around searching for a spot, you’ll discover some new places you’ll want to check out or discover some places you’ve been wanting to check out are right there! On my last visit to the City I spotted Heath Ceramics and stopped in for a peek. There were shelves of dishes, stacked and color coordinated. My OCD rejoiced! I love the simplicity of Heath Ceramics, and their earthy feel. In shop they also carry other kitchen and home goods like aprons, tote bags, cutting boards, and lavender sachets. My favorite part of the showroom was the tile section. How lovely it would be to have a kitchen I could purchase tile for? Backsplash goals. 😍 What new places have you stumbled upon lately? Share below!

shop feature: william the beekeeper.

You can find socially conscious and ethically sourced comfy clothing and one of a kind home goods at William the BeeKeeper in San Francisco. Owner Cairn features her clothing line Kaileeni in shop as well as makers from all walks of life. It’s shopping with a purpose and it’s all about creating community. My spirit feels renewed after a visit here, and I’m pretty sure it’s because of the ambience Cairn has cultivated in her shop. Step inside the hive with me! Gorgeous, right? Experience for yourself! Come and visit! 🙂

re:make 2016 / the makers

I met so many fabulous makers at re:make this year. I was super impressed and inspired by all the talent and creativity housed under one roof. I wanted to take all the things home with me. Here’s a little peek into all the handmade awesomeness. Commence fangirling! Can’t wait until next year’s festival! For more on my re:make experience check out the decor and the company. And check out these lovely makers: the Loome / Dear Indigo / I Loot Paperie / Haejco / Shades of Sugar Bakeshop / Concrete Geometric  / Lady Alamo / Spunky Punker  / Marlie & Alfie / An Astrid Endeavor / Oh Happy Day / The Great Lakes Goods

re:make 2016 / the decor. 

I attended Re:Make for the first time last weekend and I have to say, it was pretty epic. So epic, in fact, that I have to write a three-part blog post. Mmkay? In this post, I’m talking décor! Before even walking in, I could just feel the color, patterns, textures, design, and creativity about to explode. And then you are greeted by a wall of felt fringe! How can something be so simple, yet so fun? This is a pretty grand entrance that doubled as a mega sized photo backdrop. And then you look up and there is a swarm of lifesavers! Again, so simple, yet probably the most photographed/Instagrammed spot at the festival. Color was everywhere, including at the craft bar. I don’t think you will find a cuter bar anywhere else. Throughout the festival space there were walls with inspirational quotes and interactive art installations. I also really like the centerpieces. Not because of the golden geometric shapes (though, I do love these), but because white paint strokes on a basic plastic pot = a sweet planter upgrade. More felt wall please. …

macramé!

This summer I made it my goal to learn new skills and techniques. First on said list: macramé. I found a macramé plant hanger class on Verlocal taught by You’re Crafty owner Elizabeth. She has a great studio space at Sew Op in San Francisco. It’s an awesomely decorated and inspiring space to create. I invited my friend Aileen to join me. The class itself was pretty much a private lesson with us two plus one other student, which was great because I always have questions. So many questions. Elizabeth walked us through each step. It’s definitely a time consuming craft, especially if you use thin cord, but it’s worth it in the end, especially when you use fun beads to accent your piece! Tahdah! Now I just need to find a cute plant to match. What was on your summer crafting list? Share below!

lighten up!

My friend Joy teaches soy candle making classes and I finally got to join in on the fun. You may recognize Joy from my Leap Day post. She’s the lady behind Lighten Up Shoppe, candle lady extraordinaire! Class was held at Workshop SF, a DIY studio based in the NOPA of San Francisco. You can come here to learn sewing, flower arranging, gardening, pickling, and so much more. We started class with introductions and then Joy gave a detailed how to. We went over all of the supplies and why we would pick one supply over another, and then we got to planning and making our custom candles. There were a number of essential oils, fragrances, and dried botanicals to scent our candles. Choosing our favorite combinations was the hard part. We fixed our wicks at the bottom of the jars, mixed our scents with the melted soy wax and poured. For my first candle I used a honeydew and pear  scent and topped my candle with rose petals. For my second candle I mixed blood orange, …