home again

In 11 days we slept in 5 cities, rode in 6 planes, 2 trains, and many cars. We sipped bourbon, drank lots of champers, watched 30 inches of snow fall and got stuck in Chicago on the way home. And I would totally do it all over again.


happy happy

As Chip said "see you on the other side" (of the holidays that is).

flask found here.
ninja bread men here via hither and tither.


holiday party times!

I'm kind of in love with our holiday card this year...
(It's much better viewed bigger so I would watch it on the You Tubes.)



Maybe it's the holidays, maybe it's the big trip I have coming up, but I've been feeling a little emotional this past week. So it didn't help when I heard Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah playing in the coffee shop this morning - I just about started bawling waiting in line. But I pulled it together and swore I wouldn't make myself listen to it when I got to work because I'd probably tear up all over again. But I'm listening to it now with dry eyes and thinking about how sometimes you just need to suck it up and let it go and enjoy what's here now because most of the time that's enough.


SFO-->MSP --> LEX --> ORD --> EWR --> SFO

One week until we take off for our whirlwind holiday trip. Over 10 days we’ll have a total of 6 flights, we’ll be staying in 4 cities, and we’ll be visiting with countless family members. Oh boy. We might need a vacation after our vacation.

Awesome photo by nikkiluvsf. Be sure to check out more of her beautiful photos on her flickr stream.


holiday wish list

really i don't need anything. but if you insist on getting me a gift feel free to check out my holiday wish list over at the work blog.

k, thanks!

awesome bears in dome by kg + ab.


Poster List

My walls are full but if I had a bigger apartment I would be all over this Poster List sale.



Whipping up some things for a little craft fair we're having at work this week. It's been a long time but it felt great to pull out the jewelry supplies and start making again.


More Yashica

Two of my favorite shots from the second roll with the Yashica, my new addiction.


Artist Crush: Rosie Geissler

like I know, I've posted about her before but seriously, I love every single thing this girl stitches.

Embroidery Typography


the party dress.

I worked through my blue mood yesterday with a little shopping therapy. You're looking at the holiday party dress I finally decided on. I love that I call it a 'holiday dress' to justify the purchase. After trying it on in a store two weeks ago I told myself if I was still thinking about it the next day I would get it. Well Karl told me that and I listened to him. So when I saw it on sale at ModCloth for a limited time I considered it fate and purchased right away. Makes sense, right? Sure.

I may need some 'holiday shoes' to go with it.



gobble gobble

"Recent research shows that our brains need downtime from technology. In fact, technology is known to increase levels of stress which makes it difficult to concentrate. Too much technology blocks creativity. Downtime is important and necessary, because it allows our minds to process information and remember it. When the brain is constantly stimulated, you prevent this learning process." -From this NYT's article.

I'm planning on unplugging a little this long weekend, hope you have a good one whatever you do.

Photo from flickr commons.



I would like to live in this beautiful video Meg created for her new book, Crafting a Meaningful Home. (Not published by Chronicle but I wish it was!)

Crafting a Meaningful Home from Meg Mateo Ilasco on Vimeo.



rainy night soundtrack

It was pouring rain Saturday night and staying in seemed so perfect but my boyfriend had to shoot a show and as inviting as the couch was the thought of finally seeing John Vanderslice enticed me out of the house. I've always meant to listen to Vanderslice as many people have told me I would like him so I couldn't pass up the chance to see him play live in a church. He didn't disappoint and I'm excited to dig into his music.

Sea of Bees played next, and I was really struck by the haunting voice of the lead singer, Julie Ann Bee, she had an adorable little talking voice but when she started singing it became this soulful haunting sound that just filled up every corner of that church.

The show was the CD release party for the The Definite Articles and it was exciting to watch the stage slowly fill up with 15 band members. They played their entire new album, King Merriweather, which was really beautiful. Equally beautiful was the set that was created by the band's friends. I didn't get a very good photo but it was pretty impressive and the perfect backdrop for the music. Suffice it to say I didn't regret leaving the house last night and if you haven't heard these bands I recommend giving them a listen!


pretty things for fancy nights

It's kind of crazy to think we're already in the thick of the holiday season. Really? The year is almost over? I can't get my mind off of party dresses and recipes for holiday meals. I probably won't actually buy any of these dresses from Modcloth but I would like them all. K thanks.

And how good do these garlic mashed potatoes look? Garlic confit? Yes please.



Remember when I told you about the awesome camera my sweet boyfriend surprised me with back in August? Well we realized the shutter wasn't working and had to be sent off for repair. So when he gave it to me again all fixed up it was like getting another surprise present.
This past weekend I loaded up my first roll of film and we headed out to Sutro Baths to shoot some photos. I've been using plastic cameras this past year so it was both scary and exciting to have to think about metering the camera for each shot and I was sure they probably wouldn't come out all that well. So I'm pleasantly surprised with how they look. And more than anything I can't wait to take this beauty out and play with her some more.

The rest of the roll is here.


Twinkie Chan

Ummm. This book trailer is pretty amazing.

playing with the moon

I love these photos from Laurent Laveder.


ladies night

so many things to talk about and never enough time.

thanks ladies. can't wait 'til next time.