Wednesday, May 30, 2007

oh clementine

Clement Street in San Francisco is known for it's rows of restaurants, asian grocery stores and the Green Apple Bookstores. What most people don't know is that the unassuming first 2 blocks of Clement between Arguello and 2nd Avenue, has a charm all it's own. I've lived in the Richmond District for the past 6 years and I've seen these 2 blocks change a lot. The store that's probably been here the longest is Period George. This store has lot of gorgeous antique dinnerware. I have a weakness for tea cups and bowls, so every time I come here I always come out drooling or wishing I can spend my entire day looking over every single thing they have.

One of the newer stores is Marques. They also sell a lot of antique dinnerware, in addition they stock some french soaps, lighting, mirrors, jewelry and lots of other stuff. Love, love, love this store.

Fleur*t is a flower shop slash furnishings store. Not only do they have the variety of flowers that I love, they also sell lots of lovely gift items and home decor. According to their website, their client list includes Marc Jacobs and The Huntington Hotel. Impressive.

Another new store, which I think opened not even a year ago is Peche Mignon. This store has a lot of beautiful linen, ceramics, and soaps. They even have a wedding registry!

The last store that I will feature is called Kumquat (like the fruit). This store has a more colorful and playful atmosphere. I saw a lot of bags, kids toys, and unusual gifts. They feature new and local artists.

My ultimate dream is to open my own store, whether online or brick and mortar so that I can sell items that I love and also items that I make. These stores inspire me and remind me that it is possible!

Monday, May 28, 2007

of babies and cooking

After a few weeks of not crafting, I finally have something new to show you! I took my time while making this apron and I really enjoyed the process. I plan to make more of them. Can you imagine baking a yummy cake while wearing this? I think it'll make the baking process so much more fun. This one is now available in my shop.

I also made these bibs for my good friend's cute little one. I may expand my line into baby stuff. Isn't this just adorable?

Sunday, May 27, 2007

a preview of my productive saturday

I spent some (a lot) of time with my sewing machine yesterday. It got dark before I was able to take decent pictures so here's a little preview of my projects

i dream of ...

When it does look like this then how can you not dream about it? I spotted these cakes while walking along Grant Street in North Beach. They look too pretty to eat! As always, I am attracted to the birds. Cakes by I Dream of Cake. (Forgive the pictures, I took them through the window and was the best shot I could get)

I also dream of nice weather! We're BBQ-ing today and I'm hoping that we wont freeze to death at the park. I just checked the weather and it says it should be sunny later today after the fog dissolves. Regardless, there will be good food and good company. Chow time!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

more items in the shop

I've just added another yoga mat bag and very cute birdie purse the shop. I actually made these a few weeks ago but didn't get the chance to take good pictures until now. Please visit the shop and tell all your friends.

I am looking forward to the 3 day weekend coming up. I have a few ideas brewing in my head. I think this will be a productive weekend craft-wise. Cross your fingers!

Monday, May 14, 2007

the giant leap

Woo-hoo!!! This is it. I made the giant leap. I've let go of all my fears and opened the shop. I have 3 items listed and am planning to add more. Please visit the shop, tell your friends about it and shop, shop, shop!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

around town

I'm back! So we had the perfect sunny weather here in SF this past weekend. I took pictures of some murals that we walked past. Sometimes I forget how many murals there are in the city. I think that I want to do a mural walking tour one day. These were taken around the Lower Haight neighborhood. Click on the image to see bigger pictures.

I love how the garbage can seems to be a part of the mural.

No, it's not a fuzzy picture - it was painted this way, isn't that awesome?