Friday, April 29, 2011

What, a dessert with no eggs, dairy or honey? Is it good??

Hell yes!

I came across Veganville when I joined the SFEtsy team in March. Now I didn't actually venture into the "vegan" world till about 2 years ago when a trainer/friend at the time suggested a couple vegan recipes from a book she started cooking from. I tried a mock tuna salad and a few other recipes and was surprised how good they were. But I had yet to try any vegan desserts.

I kept looking at Veganville (GiGi is the owner/creator) and drooling over the pictures. They looked so good!! I couldn't decide what to pick, so I decided to buy the sampler. A little bit of several different desserts.

I was happy as a clam when it arrived. The cookies were huge! They're like Specialty's cookies big! And very tasty. The Sam Sam loaf was super moist and chocolatey. I was surprised. I haven't tried the cupcakes yet, but I will soon after I eat a real meal. Below are a couple of her other goodies from her shop!

Vegan Peanut Butter Swirl Smarty Pants Brownie

Vegan I Made a Mint Chocolate Assortment Box

So, in short. Just because it's vegan, doesn't mean it's not tasty. Forget Whole Foods vegan cake, try one of GiGi's goodies! Oh by the way, she's having a sale right now through May 8th, so go satisfy your sweet tooth!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Get well get well soon we want you to get well

Remember when Elaine sang that song pathetically during an episode of Seinfeld when her coworkers were making cakes for any occasion, even when someone was out sick for a day? Well, I didn't get a cake when I returned to work today, but I've been sick all week with a sore throat and needed to know why.

I popped on over my doctor's office during lunch and turns out I got hit with a mild cold AND allergies. Now last year I paid (probably close to $500 with insurance!) to find I'm allergic to cats and dust. What fun! Can't get away from dust and I know so many people with cats. Visiting them is fun! So my PA told me to rest, drink liquids and do sinus rinse.

Ah, the sinus rinse. Perfect for those of us with allergies, stuffed up noses from colds, post nasal drip, etc. I heard about sinus rinses a couple years ago and despite the freaky looking bottle and weird video, it actually works.

So I shall be rinsing away! For all that drippiness has caused my sore throat. Ugh! Glad I don't have pollen allergies because it's been crazy windy for the past week here. I'm not the only one with bad allergies, but it's not fun.

Once that's done, I shall work on my cards as I watch reruns of Sex and the City and Seinfeld!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Patching up my mini cards

I stayed home today from work as I woke up with yet again, a sore throat. I got to work yesterday and was going to leave halfway through, but I chugged along. Today I decided to stay home and rest. I think it's helped. Mostly laid in bed watching TV and dosing off and on. I have a feeling my niece may have given me something. Then again, both my parents were coughing. And my grandma. I also take public transportation. Oh who knows where I got it from. Either way, I don't like it.

Between dosing and eating, I printed out labels to cover up my typo on my business cards. Luckily the labels I bought the other week are the perfect size for my mini business cards.

I actually like the quality of the cards, though I now know to double check and triple check my writing before submitting them to be printed.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Touch your toes

I'm taking a yoga class through the local community college. I started doing yoga probably about 5-6 years ago, off and on. I'd go through months without doing it and then do it here and there. They were offering yoga classes in the morning once a week at the studio (martial arts) I was working out at (doing cardio kickboxing) and it was really nice doing it on a weekly basis. Though I was only able to go because I didn't have a job at the time.

Then a couple years ago I won a 10 class card at an actual studio, however I think I've only used 3 of those up so far. It's kinda inconvenient to get to from where I live.

Anywho, turns out that the yoga classes are starting up at the martial arts studio and the big kicker, they're offering 2 evening classes. Yay! The times they've offered yoga, it's only been in the morning so it never worked for us folk who work regular business hours. So once my beginner yoga class at the local community college finishes, I won't have to pay for an outside source to take yoga classes or only have my yoga dvds at home.

I'm the type of person who has to be told what to do when it comes to exercising. It's why I've never been a member of a gym because I find it all intimidating trying to do something on my own while everyone else is there. I'm also lazy.

At least taking the community college yoga class, I don't feel like I'm not the only one who maybe can't do certain moves, because there are people who can touch their toes and some who can't. Everyone else is falling over in tree pose, not just me.

Even though at first I wasn't able to touch my toes the very first time I did yoga, I was pretty impressed tonight that I was able to fully do Plow Pose. Granted I don't look at graceful or "pretty" as the woman in the picture, but my toes touched the floor. Amazing. I was glad I made some progress as I had a hard time just kicked my feet over my head without giving myself some momentum. Now it's not at hard.

Have you tried yoga? Did you like it or does it not appeal to you?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Big flub

I just realized I ordered business cards (should be in my mailbox as we speak) and wrote the wrong URL to this blog. 100 cards with the wrong URL.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Packaging trial

My aunt saw my purple flower magnets and told me she wanted to see if I could make 4 sets for Administrative Professional's Day next Wednesday for the secretaries at her school. So I got to work and wow, it takes like 3-4 days to make magnets I've come to discover.

I have to print on photo paper, let that dry (24 hrs recommended), then glue the glass to the image and wait for that to dry. Then cover the back with glue and let that set. Then glue the little magnet to the back and that takes 24 hrs to dry. It's time consuming! Not including the trimming, looking for the photos to use and so on.

I was trying to sort out how to package my magnets. I had the cello bags, but I wasn't sure quite how to sort out the label so they all looked together when all the magnets look different. I found an extra gift bag lying around that was plain, but had just black writing/graphics on it. I thought it would go ok so I cut them up and stapled them to the packets.

My brother-in-law is also in the process of designing my logo and so far has the lettering. I love it. I think it looks awesome. He's working on the image and once I decide, he'll blend them together.

Here's what I came up with, sorry they're a little off. They're from my camera phone as I was sending my aunt over pictures.

I'd love feedback. Any suggestions? What's your favorite way of getting cards, magnets, etc packaged?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Productive day

Well, to an extent, I was productive today.

I had the day off from work because it's Passover (I work for a Jewish organization, even though I'm not Jewish) so I decided I was going to do laundry, clean the living room, kitchen, bathroom and dining room. Plus make more greeting cards, magnets and whatever else I could squeeze in. Oh, and also go to my workout class, go to the post office and maybe go pick up more supplies.

Whelp, apparently I'm not Superwoman and there are only so many hours in the day.

I did just manage to clean the kitchen and dining room. I'm so lame, I was too lazy to go downstairs to pick up the mop, so instead I used those bacterial wipes you use to sanitize surfaces. Well that took a while! At least the floor is clean.

The laundry's almost done, but it's so time consuming when you have several loads to wash. Ugh. I haven't tacked the bathroom. I'm tired now.

But before my cleaning spree, I did manage to make some more greeting cards and also listed 2 more postcards. A cupcake one and a sunset one.

My aunt asked if she could get 4 sets of magnets to give away for Administrative Professional's Day which is next Wednesday, April 27th here. So I had to print out some photos this morning and I'm making them into magnets. I think 1 picture isn't going to workout, so I'm not sure what I'll be doing with that. I'm thinking of making a set that has various images. We'll see!

Oh, and speaking of magnets, I did manage to have my very first sale!! I sold off my green magnets seen here

I was tickled pink!! So I need to send those off in the mail today. Hopefully this is the beginning of many more sales!

Later on tonight I'll go to my workout class. I'm feeling pretty blobby because I've been so preoccupied with Etsy. Ugh! But one cool thing is I'm glad the studio I go to workout at will be offering yoga classes starting in May! Yay! I'll have somewhere to go after my yoga class at the local community college is done.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Phase 2 of glass magnets

I finally listed my glass magnets! Yay! I like how they came out.

Fun with food!

A couple of my favorite shops on Etsy have fun with food. Granted you can't eat it, but they're great eye candy. Sorry, I couldn't resist.

First up is Felt Play Food by Jenny in Houston, Texas. She has food of all sorts made out of felt, from sushi, pizza, spaghetti to even tacos! I'd love to buy these for my niece and nephew when they are a little older and they can play house. I think they'd love it. Perfect for kids who like to play with their food and perfect for parents because no mess to clean up!!!

Over at ZeeBree, you can color till your heart's content! Forget Crayola's traditional crayons. How about have a little fun and color with these awesome cupcakes???

So yummy, but only for coloring please!! Or to look at too! There's ice cream cones, eggs and even fortune cookies! Plus other fun shapes and colors to choose from. There's even scented ones if you like to smell your crayons when you color. Niiiice! Perfect for party favors, your kids or even you when you feel like coloring. I have a coloring book! Don't look at me weird, I know you're jealous.

Last but not least, AJSweetSoap will keep your mouth salivating! That 2000 calorie banana split there? Yeah that's soap. Please do not eat. But please use to lather yourself up! Or leave it on your bathroom counter for all to eye when they're washing their hands with that Dove stuff. Amazing, right??

This full time working mom (I don't know how she has time to make these amazing soaps!) creates works of art from soap. She has corn dogs, cupcakes, buffalo wings, donuts, anything your little eye or tummy desires. Plus for those of you who are vegan, her soap is vegan!

Sorry if I made you hungry by now. But at least you don't have to worry about putting on the pounds with these products. What's even better is all 3 shops have so many items that are under $10! How cool is that?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Farmer's Market

I was recalling that my veggie drawer in my fridge was looking pretty sad and empty the other day. I had a couple dollars on me and remembered that the Crocker Galleria Farmer's Market is Thursdays at lunch time. So it was time to stock up on some healthy stuff.

The thing I like about Farmer's Markets is there's a lot to choose from. Granted the one I attended is smaller than some of the others located in San Francisco, but it's nice to see what treats folks sell. Everything from pastries, soap, fresh seafood, veggies, flowers ... a little bit of everything.

Today I bought

1 bunch of bok choy
1 bunch of broccoli
1 bunch of spinach
white potatoes
mixed green salad

All for about $13. Not bad. It was fun trying to stick it in the fridge at work along with everyone else's lunch. This particular Farmer's Market is a bit on the more expensive side, but there's probably at least one Farmer's Market in every single neighborhood in San Francisco. There's bound to be one going on every day of the week and at all price ranges and the best part? They're all year around.

Do you like going to the Farmer's Market? Do you have any good ones located near you?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Learning process

The fun but also annoying thing when it comes to being creative is you'll run into lots of bumps in the road.

Last night I tried again to laminate my bookmarks. I had purchased some self laminating sheets and figured it was probably easier than buying a laminating machine and so on. Well, I tried on Monday and that was a bust. So instead I was able to save my bookmarks and they are currently being turned into magnets. I got my new glass tiles in so I'm going to make a batch.

However, when I tried again last night to laminate, I ran into the same problem. Granted I was trying this at 11:30pm because I was waiting for my laundry to dry (I hate the machine downstairs), but I got so frustrated. I couldn't figure out why it wasn't working. I kept thinking what a waste of money it was to spend on the package of sheets. Also the waste of money on 2 other items I purchased that also didn't workout ... ugh.

I finally realized that I can't be perfect at everything I attempt. Even if I follow instructions, do all sorts of reading up on how to do something that I will make mistakes. It's hard because I want it to happen right now and the way I want it to come out, but that's not what's going to happen all the time.

I need to remember that like anything, it takes practice and lots of patience to get something right. And even then, sometimes things happen.

So, tonight I will focus working on finishing up my magnets and get those all sorted out. It's better to focus on one thing at a time then trying to do a bunch of things which is what I've been doing lately and it's not working.

One step at a time ...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Indian Burrito

There's an Indian food truck that shows up twice a week outside my building at work during lunch time. San Francisco and the Bay Area has a pretty big food truck following. From cupcakes, to Korean to tacos to even Dim Sum. I haven't really bought food from a truck very often, which is surprising because food trucks are everywhere here in San Francisco. I've been at my current job for just over 7 months and I have yet to try the Indian food truck till today.

I decided to pop on down to the Curry Up Now truck and finally check it out as there's always a line when they're parked.

I ordered a Tikka Masala chicken burrito. And it was pretty hefty size burrito too. Chicken Tikka Masala is pretty much my "go to" dish anyway at Indian places so I was curious how this would taste.

Wow, I'm amazed. It's surprisingly spicy and really tasty. Nice flavor all wrapped up in a burrito. I'll eat half and save the rest for tomorrow's lunch. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Do you have any good food trucks where you live?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Kinda worked, but not completely.

It is freezing here! 30 mph icy winds I almost think I'm back in Iceland! Or I'm in a wind tunnel like Beyonce usually is.

Whelp! I checked out my magnets today and, well they're not going to hold anything up. I make the mistake by buying the magnet sheet that you probably use to do those save the dates for weddings. I put them on the fridge and sadly, ack, one slipped out of my hand and broke! Yeah, I won't be selling those. I need to buy stronger magnets. Plus this batch was a first try and they're not the "cleanest" looking ones. But they look kinda cool!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Facebook page

Just a reminder, I finally started a Facebook page. Feel free to "Like" and get updates on new listing to the site and other new tidbits as I keep developing the site.

Please let me know if you have a Facebook fan page so I can check your stuff out! And of course, if you like to see anything specific posted or you have any questions about me, please leave a comment!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Penguin greeting cards

When I was on Etsy earlier today, I came across PenguinPalooza. I love love love love penguins. I don't know when it started, but they always look so cute, all round, waddling in their little black and white tuxedos. I love them. I just about died when I saw that Stephanie of PenguinPalooza makes nothing but penguin greeting cards. Adorable!

Postcard testing and magnets update

I turn my photos into postcards! Ok, one of them. I was testing it out.

The paper is on the thinner side, but it should work fine. I'm tempted to send my boo boo postcard (I got glue on the photo by accident) to someone to see how it arrives. It's a 4x6 size card. They look cool though.

Later on this weekend I'll probably list some. I really do need to start listing items in my shop badly. I also need to order my card stock Thursday since that's payday and my current checking account is looking pretty low. Buying supplies adds up!!!

I started on my magnets tonight. Yikes, I think I got high of the E6000. I cracked open a window after a while. I should have read the back of the tube first. It gets messy so I tried not to get too much on my hands and waste the adhesive since it oozes out. Ha, I was shoving pictures under the opening so at least it could get the next image started. I'm letting it dry overnight and then tomorrow I'll glue the magnets to the back of them. *keeping fingers crossed*

I was talking to my aunt tonight and telling her about my magnets. She said that it was a cool idea because she has tons of magnets at school (she's a teacher) because they have a magnetic board. Hopefully they come out ok and I can find other fun images to use.

Any suggestions on fun series you'd like to see? I'd love to hear some ideas to get my mind jogging when I'm out and about doing photography. Maybe fruits or veggies? Maybe a picture cut up into magnets so when you put it together it looks like a full picture? Yay, nay?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Project supplies and new reads

Over the weekend I got my card stock samples in to make more greeting cards. I can't figure out if I like it or not. I think it's because the texture is different than what I used previously. Still thinking about it.

The same day, I also got my glass tiles in. They're so small! I'm going to convert them into magnets. I hope it turns out ok.

Today I also went to pick up more supplies, but I probably bought more than I needed to. Nothing like going shopping into a crafts/arts supply store and wanting to start 50 different projects.

Apart from sorting out photo craft projects, I finally got a copy (via the library) of Steve Martin's newest novel called "An Object Of Beauty." I've read his other 2 books which I liked. This one feels very different than the others. My current list of "to be read" list is pretty long. I don't read fast enough compared to the number of books I want to read and acquire. My goal was to read 25 books this year (I read 18 last year) and I'm really surprised I've read 14 this year so far so I'm pretty ahead.

Have you read any good books lately? Or working on any cool projects? Feel free to share!