Saturday, October 22, 2011

How to be alone

I found this great little video posted on Birdcage Cards Blog. A very inspiring message on what it means to be alone.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Marin Etsy Show

I trekked up to Marin yesterday afternoon for the first ever Etsy event in the North Bay. Marin Handmade held the event in downtown San Rafael.

Jen of Jen Spilly Designs

Heather's stand for GstudioStyle

Melinda's display of Blue Banana Studio

Carol of Mid Century Mosaics

It was a beautiful day for the show and it was nice meeting folks who I had only known via SF Etsy's Team forums. Hopefully everyone had a good time and made some sales. Great job Jen, Heather and Robin for coordinating the show!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mailing challenge, etc.

52 Weeks of Mail sponsored by EtsyGreetings Team has offically started. Well, it started on Monday.

I have the rest of the week off (yay for 4 day weekends!) so I sent this off to my hairstylist when I got home after a cut and color from him. I forgot I had these funny postcards hanging around. Good way to kick off the event, right?

Hopefully he'll get a kick out of these awesome mail-order fashion hunk postcards from 1970s catalogs. If you'd like me to send you something fun in the mail let me know in the comments!

Since I took out all this card stock/art paper my aunt gave to me recently, I decided I need to package up my magnets. I'm not sure if I like the color background for packaging or if I should leave it white or do nothing. Then to top it off I made color labels a while back for packaging and of course I can't find the sheet. I was turning my apartment upside down looking for it. I don't believe I used it up. I could have, but not knowing is driving me crazy. I'm too lazy to print a new sheet, but I guess that's what I have to do. I'll be busy tonight!

Tomorrow I'll be heading up to Marin for the first ever SF Etsy Marin show! You can check out the specifics here. I look forward to getting to meet some other SF Etsy members and enjoy the weather up there. It's been hot in the Bay Area!! A craft show and great fall weather? It doesn't get any better than that!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Urban Farming

I visited Hayes Valley Farm this afternoon to get my hands a bit dirty for the first time in ages.

I'd always seen this place while going to and from downtown and been curious about what really goes on here. The interesting thing is this 1 block sized farm is smack in the middle of San Francisco. In fact, it used to be a big slab of freeway before it was a farm.

After a lot of hard work from the community and volunteers and of course donates and grants, it's a great piece of green in the midst of a busy area of the city. You'll find a green house, beekeeping, composting, solar charging station for electronics (free!), seed lounge, story telling area, yoga and all sorts of other on-going projects. It's amazing!! You don't even have to leave the city to learn about beekeeping or how to compost.

I spent the afternoon chatting with other volunteers and learning about what goes on there. I started mulching and then helped turn over and move some compost piles. They get their food scraps once a week from the SF Zen Center located just up the street. I have to say, the smell, well it was pretty ripe. I finished up by sampling some of cherry tomatoes that were freshly picked.

It felt good to get outside on a sunny day and get my hands dirty. I forgot what a workout gardening can be! I left tired, but it was good tired. Now I know where to go to get my green thumb fix in the City on Sunday afternoons.