Sunday, April 18, 2010

Craft Fair!


Apologies for the poor quality of the above image, but we have been working so hard we haven't had time to do a proper photo shoot of all our new stuff! Just wanted to give a little preview of some of the glorious new items we will have on sale at the...

Mills College Spring/Earth Day Craft Fair!
Thursday, April 22, 11AM - 1:30PM
Suzanne Adams Plaza (in front of the Tea Shop)
Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland 

Obviously there will be quite a few iPod cozies, as well as Molly's handmade headbands, beautiful recycled postcards/envelopes, and VEGAN COOKIES! We are really pulling out the big guns for this event, folks, and we'd love to see you there. Our good buddy Alicia will also be there, selling her adorable felted goodies. Earth Day happens to be Molly's birthday as well, so please stop by and say hello if you are in the neighborhood!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Mustache on a Stick


Last weekend our wonderful friend Laura had a birthday party with the whimsical theme of Mustaches and Mix Tapes. Each guest was expected to come bearing a music mix for Laura and sporting a false mustache. Simple but genius. The party was a total blast, with the lively guests showcasing every style of false mustache you could imagine, crafted from a wide variety of creative materials (paper, felt, eyeliner, pipe cleaners, etc). Laura even hung some beautiful paper mustaches from her ceiling, creating a fun yet elegant mustache chandelier (seen here). Who knew facial hair could be so inspiring?

Being the crafty girl that I am, I knew I had to come up with a pretty impressive mustache design to compete with Laura's artistic skills. I have also learned from past experiences with theme parties that, no matter how awesome or easy the theme is, there will always be party poopers who come unprepared. So I thought it'd be a good idea to make several mustaches, so that we'd have extras on hand. Then there would be no excuse for people not to participate!

I turned immediately to my most trusted crafting skill, crochet, to see what I could come up with. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that mustache-crocheting is not only quick and easy, but fun and versatile. I was able to come up with designs for three different styles of mustache! I decided to attach them to pieces of stiff wire, so that they could simply be held in front of the face as opposed to attached directly.


What do you guys think? Is there a market out there for false mustaches?

Saturday, February 27, 2010

My Desk!

Maybe that's misleading, my desk is far too messy to show off right now. But here's the few things I've tacked up.


From the left: Robot lino-print I did in 2005, Postcard and "no dogs allowed" sign sent to me from sleepytako, vintage postcard of Laguna Beach picked up at the Alameda Antique Faire.

I'm sorry for the lack of posts this past week! We've been bad. The weather has also been no good either, too dark to take pictures. Today is absolutely beautiful but I'm staying in to bake cookies for my friend's birthday party tonight. It's perfect hiking weather, hopefully other people are spending the day out :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

My First Homemade Bento

totoro bento before
This morning I made my first "kyarabento" (character lunchbox) It was a lot of fun even if it took hours! I made Totoro not just because he is adorable but also because he is an easy shape and good (appetizing) colors to make out of food.

I've been on a big Japanese food kick lately, can you tell? These lunchboxes were very tasty!

Click the picture to go to my flicker page with more details and photos of the bento and our lunch at the zoo!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Basket of Mis-sized Fruit

While visiting our local Ranch 99 Asian market I turned the corner in the produce aisle to find the most beautiful golden fruits. Pomelos! And not just the round yellow ones from California that I usually see, but also a beautifully pear-shaped Tawainese pomelo!

Posed with a medium-large lemon to show off their size! My fruit bowl can't fit anything else!

Of course what do I see down the next aisle

Winter is my favorite season because I love citrus fruit, I can't wait to eat all of these :)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

All Creatures Great & Small

Many of you probably know that I have spent the last six months volunteering at the Oakland Zoo as an animal management apprentice. My apprenticeship officially ended Thursday, and I can definitely say it was one of the most life-changing, educational, and worthwhile experiences of my life. I am very sad that it's all over, but I'm glad to know that the Oakland Zoo will always be there for me to visit, and perhaps someday volunteer again. If you are in the area and have never been to the zoo, or haven't been in a while, I couldn't recommend it more. An amazing place to see some amazing animals, who have amazing keepers who care tremendously about each and every individual creature.

For now, I'd like to recommend a perusal of the Oakland Zoo's Flickr photostream, which features some truly gorgeous shots of almost every species on exhibit at the zoo. Give it a look! Below are just a few of my favorite shots.

White Handed Gibbon

Malaysian Flying Fox


upon arrival

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Acrylic Tigers

1.31.10 paint doodles
This year is my year! Year of the tiger. These are some doodles I made with left over acrylic paint.

I was inspired by these New Year stickers sent to me by Sleepytako.
1.31.10 tiger stickers
Aren't they cute?

I apologize for the quality of the pictures, they were photographed. I hope to rearrange my desk this weekend and set up the neglected scanner :)