I just got home from Stitches West, and have a ton of photos to post. Unfortunately, I don't have the cord for the camera with me, so it's going to be a day or so until I get them up. In the meantime, here is a pattern I purchased at the show for ballet flats from Cocoknits.


for a little one

Here is a baby hat and booties I just finished for Baby Ewers, due at the end of next month.


promises, promises

Now these are words to live by.
Poster by Lure Design, available here.

Note the pledge at the bottom:

carrot bread

It was cold and rainy today - perfect baking weather. I decided to make carrot bread, from my favorite cookbook, How to Cook Everything, by Mark Bittman.

Carrot Bread
2 cups flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs
1/2 stick butter (melted)
1 1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup grated carrots

Mix all dry ingredients. Mix all wet ingredients, then fold into dry ingredients. Mix just until combined. Pour into loaf pan and bake for an hour to an hour and a half at 350 degrees, until a toothpick comes out clean.


san francisco graphic design

I took a mini field trip to the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design to see their Graphic Design exhibit, featuring twelve local designers and design studios. I was blown away by both the quality and amount of work that was featured, from firms such as Elixir, Volume, Paper Plane Studio, Chen Design Associates and Chronicle Books.

to be fair

Apparently, I use the phrase "to be fair" often enough that my co-worker decided to start a daily counter. I think it just proves how diplomatic I am. Here's the little minx, pretty darn pleased with her tally.


the charm school dropout

The Charm School Dropout is the work of North Carolina artist Sarah Collier. She creates limited edition digital paintings and mixed media artwork from collected advertising images from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. I've always been a big fan of collage work and I really love the way that Sarah has combined image, text and color. I think this one is my favorite:

Click here to see more of her work and click here to purchase.

Via poppytalk.


artistic luxury: fabergé, tiffany, lalique

Artistic Luxury is a beautiful exhibit at the equally lovely Legion of Honor, featuring jewelry, luxury items and decorative goods, from Peter Carl Fabergé, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and René Lalique, originally exhibited at the 1900 World's Fair in Paris.

Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique
Through May 31, 2009


julia rothman for urban outfitters

I had a hell of a time tracking down this canister by the amazingly talented illustrator (and friend!) Julia Rothman, designed for Urban Outfitters. First, they sent me the wrong one, then it arrived broken....arghhh. It was worth the wait - I love this freaking thing. I can't seem to find it online, but they were able (eventually) to order it for me through the SF store.


Jeff and I went to see Coraline this weekend, a truly spectacular visual treat. As a completely handmade production, even Coraline's tiny sweaters were custom made for the film. The above video is a demonstration on how micro-knitter Althea Crome made one of the key costumes for the film.


valentine's crafting extravaganza

We hosted a classroom of second graders from Flynn Elementary at work yesterday for a valentine's card making workshop based on the Fuzzy Octopus card from Handmade Hellos. The kids were hilarious! Here are some of their creations:


valentine's day cards

There are so many fantastic Valentine's Day cards out there. Here are a couple of my favorites:

From Yee Haw Industries.

From Hammerpress.

From Egg Press.

From Linda & Harriett.

From Sidepony.

From Par Amour Designs.

Better get one soon...V-day is just around the corner!


more headgear

Another project and another awkward bathroom mirror self-portrait! This hat was pretty easy - I especially like how the lace pattern turned out.

P.S. This is a free pattern on Ravelry if you want to make it. It's called Spring Beret.


headband for a saturday afternoon

I am still home sick (it's getting ridiculous...germs - be gone!) and getting really bored of watching hulu (although the last episode of 30 Rock was hi-larious). I had bought a bunch of quilting pieces (yo-yo's?) at the flea market and decided to put them to use. With some ribbon I had around the house, and a little sewing, I had myself a pretty adorable (if I do say so) new headband:

Forgive the awkward self-portrait and the fleece (I'm sick!). However, I'm pretty pleased with how it came out - just call me Jennifer Behr!


from my home: paper

Since I am still unable to leave my apartment, I figured why not feature items I already own? It should come as no surprise that I love paper. It is my job, after all. Throughout the years, I have had a serious weakness for collecting vintage paper products. Some of my favorites include these Oakland postcards (above) and sweet notesets (below).

Apparently, I also have a affinity for airmail envelopes, as well as quirky invitations (Friendly Get Together is my favorite).