i love me some farmer's market booty & some market tamales with sunshine...yay for coming home safely & soundly.
off to gather a few promised holiday gifties that weren't bought out on the east coast so we wouldn't have to drag those cross country too. as evidenced in said bus pictures, we were rather loaded down already. (you really would be scared to see our STUFFED abode right now; there are literally paths through our place right now) (very scary & mentally challenging to figure out where it all goes...) the *stuff* being basically art we've both made, & art we've bought from other people that we were storing back in virginia when we thought we might go back there...but after 5+ years, we are thinking we are rather committed to SF & staying here...so books, art, and art making materials came back with us!
okay, the mister is waiting - off we go - how was everyone else's holidays - all good & safe & restful?
welcoming in the newest -- here comes 2007!!!!!! :) be good & safe tonight!
Sunday, December 31, 2006
i love me some farmer's market booty & some market tamales with sunshine...yay for coming home safely & soundly.
actually this is sunrise, i typed the wrong sun salutation! beautiful, serene, quiet - frozen buttocks on rock :)
the desert is really amazing in winter. these are the last few photos from our trip back HOME! hoorah! there are more at my flickr account if you care to see them...
soooo glad to be back in san francisco!
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
wanting to show a little view of late 1970's era clothing, hair and some sort of wacky car seat/baby carriage holding here my younger brother, i post you this picture for your enjoyment. circa 1977, at our grandparent's cabin in southeastern virginia...which is now my parent's and they are starting to fix it up for permanent living in a few years for retirement/golden age livin' :)
more stories about the cabin, fishing, grand daddy long leg collecting, nail's through big toes for not listening to my mama & climbing on the wood pile anyways, snakes in the roof, canoe's tipping over, cemeteries, spooky trailers in the woods with no roads going to it...& more on another date, another time!
happy saturday & sunday. off to package up some more sprout studio goodies... remember to hug your partner, off spring, and animal companions today!
Friday, December 08, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
susie with boygirlparty is getting a basket together for the mother, kati & the girls. i'm going to participate in that. it's the very least i can do.
with a heavy heart.......
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
more fiddling must be made perhaps...i'm at the coffee shop right now b/c the neighbors signal i mooch off of is down & i can't live w/o checking my email at least 20 times a day! i feel like miranda from sex & the city when she goes on her honeymoon with steve & can't settle down and actually relax...i'm not that much of a cell phone/tv/computer gal (in fact, i don't own a tv and haven't for more that 10 years) however! my email?? that's a bit of a drug for me i admit...!
okay, off to do more fiddling :)
Friday, December 01, 2006
so...first before the burning pocket, i sorta kinda think i switched to blogger beta? but i'm confused (what else is new?)...i think i need to fiddle around some more & try to figure out what is going on...now i have blogger account and a blogger beta account? i'm such a doofus when it comes to this.
anyways, here are the latest covets/burning pockets/need have's:
mav's beautiful letterpress editions of camilla's drawings...oh, so beautiful...i want i want i want...
& then there are sarah's, (of the small object) totally killer embroidered patches, twill tape & loop troupers...covet, covet, covet...
& not to forget, jen corace's work...who doesn't love her work? i pine after a real painting (i have several tiny showcase prints...i adore her work...all of it...)
let's see, love this stocking (but i might try to make one...as in, that's been on the might make list for the past 3 years worth of holidays...so perhaps i oughta just buy it already!) also at mahar dry goods, these paper dolls are awesome...i wish i knew a little girl the right age that would dig playing with these...oh wait, maybe that's me!
for a long time i have loved these skirts i just can't decide which one i love the most!
all right, that's it for now (if you must know, i did purchase the camilla/mav collaborative because there were only 6 left in the shop when i posted this - eeek! couldn't let it get away!)
more later peepers...(because there is always more goodness out there!)
Thursday, November 30, 2006
now i gotta make a whole bunch more, let them dry, bisque fire them, then glaze them & then fire again...on top of my full time job...did i mention that? crap. o. la. la. la. la. la. a little christmas carol for ya.
back in the sprout studio for this gal. it's crack down time.
seriously, maybe i'll blog again after the new year. sniffle.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
...got a coupla wholesale requests i'm trying to fill & even though i'm not doing any more holiday shows, i'm still feeling the pinch to be super motivated & productive.
i really want to go to shash's art/craft/glogg holiday party & sale on saturday, so i'm trying to get caught up!
bought the cutest little tree pouch at egg press yesterday. i have loved their cards forever...& i was so excited to see this pouch over there after having bought the little card with the same design a bit ago. and yes, i know, it was for me...sigh...i'm still thinking of others though whilst i go about indie business shopping! i also picked up 2 shirts for the mister from threadless as they are having their $10 tee shirt sale. (i did get 2 for me too...2 for the mister, 2 for me! fair is fair!)
off to do sprout work...ta ta!
Saturday, November 25, 2006
what's the opinion on the blogger beta version? should i switch? does it matter?
i hope everyone heeded the buy nothing day yesterday & stuck it to the corporation man...did you? or, if not, just shopped local, handmade & indie...i sure hope so. we need a revolution in that department...
i dropped a bunch of my goodies at needles & pens yesterday in the mission; one of my all time favorite boutiques, so i'm stoked to have sprout studio representing there & know they dig my work!
i'm working on my grateful list...so very much, it's hard to know where to start...
first though, i'm off to get treats together for a little mini update...i'll keep you posted!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
but tomorrow will come a 'grateful/thanks' post followed by my 'buy nothing day' post...aka, or 'buy local, handmade' post...
hope all you turkey americans enjoy a bird free day...i hear tell neighbors are cooking up a quorn veggie roast that is too scrumptious, we'll see (& *perhaps* you will see if i figure out what's up with the flickr world not liking my blogger world...sigh...)
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
but, back to my gathering post; i must go do the frenzy-circle-around-dance & get ready for my show tomorrow...if you must know, i still have sprout studio goodies that need to be glued & fashioned and sewn -- eep! & considering that half my stuff is strewn across another room on the other side of the country from my previous show (crafty bastards) & said room was dismantled by lovely mister before coming out & my frantic, 'grab the little red polka do suitcase' & 'i need my felt sprouty sign', & 'look in the red tupperware for my appliqued shirts' & 'eeeek - where's my cute vintage ceramic pot to hold my business cards???' ...obviously readying for a show from 2 different coasts has me a might frazzled. maybe i'll pop a few shots tomorrow & if flickr & blogger have mended there ways and kissed & made up, i'll be able to post some pics...if not...i have no idea?!
wish me luck tomorrow :)
Thursday, November 16, 2006
but i did purchase this for my mother in law (but in better colors, she already took the pic down of the one i got her) & also got her these lovely cards from the same etsy seller. she loves asian-ey type things so i think these will suit her well. (i only ended up buying one set of bird cards for me, honest, just one set!)
now, i also did a little shopping for my dear momma. i got her a very cool owl hoodie from fluffy co that she was admiring when she came to rescue her sick ole daughter. (okay, okay, i only bought ONE cuff for me while i was fluffy co shopping - pinky swear!)
i am coveting: this new print of camilla's & i was lucky enough to get one of mav's now sold out calendars (ah-hem, yep, calendar is for me) & her beautiful 'twinkle' card for the mister's special christmas card (that will hold a *very* special giftie inside...secret's not out yet; when it is, you'll know too!) well okay, i'll give you one hint, i bought two of the melamine plates from lena corwin to give him as clues, but i can't tell you yet, because what if he is a sneaky pete and looks here too?! so i'll just let you guess which 2 i bought us (HIM, i mean him...i wasn't thinking about me at all & how cute they would look eating a yummy veggie sandwich off of...scout's honor!!)
i'll show more as i cross people (me-hee hee) off my list - i'm making a bunch of sprout studio gifties for friends & families too - & if you want any sprout studio lovelies for the amazing peeps on your little (big?!) list ya better hop to it; after december 13th i'm not shipping out any more orders until after the new year - i'll be chugging back across the country in little ms. vw bus holding my dear sir finally coming home to stay (hip hip hooray!) & lots of other crap we've had in storage at our friends, families & acquaintances homes for near onto 5 years now...and *shocker* they want their space back now. greedy people wanting their garages & attics back...poop!
okay, enough rambling for me, off to ride the crazy bus home & work on stuff for the show on saturday!
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
but before laziness comes a SHOW...(um...the only one, yes, you read that right, the ONLY one i'm doing this holiday season on account of me being so freakin' sick...but i'm on the mend darn it!) so, sprout studio will be in the house this saturday for my trunk show with the san francisco craft mafia, at the craft gym from 12-5...we got a flavorpill mention so ya better come early and score those excellent handmade goodies before they are all gone! :) please come say hi to me; i'll sneak ya something fun for sure! for their postcard they used a silly picture of me with one of my handknit hats & felt pin - it actually is pretty cute if i do say so myself - ha! of course un-savvy me tried to figure out how to make a pdf an actual picture i could post to flickr and then to here, alas...i am a technology buffoon (first i typed buffooB - i think i like that better, i'm a computer buffooB; it sounds like the female version; like in french where there is a male & female 'le' or 'la' attached to everything...la buffooB i am!)
off to cut down coupons of other rad indie businesses to hand out at the show & send packages out...
Monday, November 13, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
& since i can't post photos w/o m-m, i'll give you this instead:
sound vacations, brought to you from shari's blog...this one is my favorite. shut your eyes when you listen...and breathe in deeply. you'll feel better already, i promise :)
i think i might hit ye ole sewing machine this evening & fiddle around with some projects. i love seeing everyone else's super duper pillows, and whippin' up skirts, & fun little clutches & bags & belts...(check out this faboo belt made from sarah's twill tape...that's my next project -- except i'm going to use some vintage ribbon sewn to some canvas webbing to make mine...i'm hoping sarah will start selling those because i would snatch one up in a mili-second. tomorrow i'd like go see a movie all by myself - suggestions?
& who else is soooo excited about how the ole democratic process turned out here? ohhhhhh yeah baby! hello, nancy pelosi first woman speaker of the house - hoorah hoorah!
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
in thinking about why i've been so sick (i really do think i'm finally on an upswing - thank god)...why i haven't slowed down, why i haven't even had time to think about what might be causing me to hit a new level of health low...i came up with this: i'm lacking focus...focus on me-time...it's been all about my students, or my business, or my dog, or my husband, or my crazy schedule, or getting this here & that there & it's all got to be done now, lists, lists, lists - everywhere there are to-do lists...& i think i might have forgotten little ole me in the process of growing my business & living my life...
so some changes are in order. i've been thinking on what exactly those might be...& talking it over with the mister too. so far, we've come up with sunday being *my* chill day, absolutely no sprout studio work, no go here, be there, go go go...no! it's total, absolute, 100% all about jenifer taking down time...rest time...nap time...being a sloth time...whatever i want to do time. & that will be difficult, yet rewarding for me. i've pushed & pushed with my business & finances & plans & goals...& my body finally said no more. so i need to listen to that...even though i know it will be very difficult to feel like i'm letting go some of the things i've been striving for, i know my health comes first...& knowing that, and acknowledging that, & coming to accept that is where i need to be...& i'm getting there...as artists we need rejuvenation time & healthy investigation/inquisitive/look around times...but we also need fallow time, where not doing anything is okay...so that we might *sprout* :) up with new, fresh ideas.
& i'm on my way to that re-energize time...even though it's technically coming right before the 'crazy' holiday times...i need to respect my body & heed it's decisions or i'll never get well...
so i'll still be posting fun things & blogging -- but i'll just be more on that 'when i can get to it' rather than the, 'right this absolute minute' -- thanks for reading along!
as soon as my little ole mac comes back, i'll post some photos!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
i gotta figure out how to shake myself out of this...maybe i need to buy myself a treat. :) maybe i need this...so sweet, no?
it started raining last night; & it fits well. i'm liking the gray skies & wet trees. i go in for my CT scan tomorrow - not looking forward to that either. i have to drink this nasty stuff to light up my insides...3 times i have to drink loads of this crud. i'm over making myself feel sick in order to see why i'm sick... what a complainer i am...give me cheery news folks, i want to hear happy comments damn it!
i also promised i'd post more about business so here goes the sprout studio news: i'm doing a trunk show on the 18th of november with the san francisco craft mafia - i think the only holiday show i signed up for. staying very low profile...but it shoulud be fun to hang with the SF craft peepers for sure...
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
also, my little mac lady had to go into the shop to fix her uncharging, sluggish battery self - so if i post, it'll be from work, and short & sweet -- & pics will have to wait until she makes her way back home again.
:) have a wonderful autumn day...
Sunday, October 29, 2006
i go back to teaching tomorrow; so hopefully it will be a stress free day as much as possible...i've been doing a lot of thinking about my day to day business & routines & how it all affects my life...more on it later, but it entails some changes in my life - healthy ones...i'll tell you about those later...
in the meantime, once again, thanks so much for your support & emails - ya'll are the best ever :)
Friday, October 27, 2006
...& now that i feel like this blog has become my personal health journal, rather than my sprout studio musings...i'll try to be better about posting more sprout news! (but they all get jumbled together anyways...so you'll most likely be getting both - i don't separate sprout & life very well...it all gets mooshed together)
thanks for checking in with me & your thoughts & sweet words that some of you have sent; it definitely brightens my day - & has made the past few weeks more bearable...
xxx. to all of you! :)
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
now, the not so good news - i am still feeling like poo. & right now who i'm thinking about the most is this gal...natasha. she feels like crap a lot too and yet, is so super productive. so i've been thinking on her, & trying my best to keep my head up & still make some work. even though i'm having these highly charged, over emotional set backs pretty much daily...on top of feeling nauseous & crappy. i've got numerous calls into the doc for today & i'm not at work. do i get to feel like this forever? is this my lot in life now? i lay here and waffle between, trying to count my blessings - because lord knows there are people way worse off then me - & feeling anxious, & depressed, & scared...and feeling like i ought to be doing something other than staring at the wall & ceiling...because maybe if i could haul myself off the couch/bed and do a creative something maybe i'll feel better...then my tummy roils over & starts to make funny noises and i seep back into the bed/couch/pillows...ugh. what a depressing blogger i've become...sorry guys.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
so, i bought a new-to-me car...a little red convertible vw cabrio...! i'm pretty happy - my neighbor that moved to london bequeathed her, her being 'little lady red' to me. now, i am so ready to don the jackie o scarf, stunnah shades & go flying down the coast with my dixie loo-loo's ears flapping in the wind with top down! anyone want to join me, give me a holler! :)
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
ps - large necklaces have been updated too - all new ones!!
thank you so much! making this down-n-out girl feel better! :)
on another note, i'm reaching a little baby point of stabilization (enough to start posting again)
not healthy, not solved, not all better, but...enough so that i'm not laying in bed snuffling & ready
to stay that way for a long time...so! i'm going to venture into posting land again.
i've missed blogging!
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
i know i need a break from the world when riding the bus into work this morning i want to cry listening to lucinda williams 'blue' on my ipod, the bus driver hits a construction man, & walking the streets up to my school i pass 4 homeless men who all look at me so pleadingly...it was/is all i can do to make it up the hill & try to start the day w/o totally losing it.
so, i'm taking a break. i need some time to re-energize & re-focus -- maybe a week or two...maybe less. but i need some things to lift some of this before i have creative-ness & fun-ness & joy-ness to spread again.
Monday, September 18, 2006
a bunch of us small business owners trade out swag & cards together & these are mine little baggies. i broke out the zyron, which really, in theory & concept is awesome, but it's a serious piece of doo doo. but i had fun making these hot pink stickers to seal up my baggies. if any of you wanna trade cards, give me a holler & we can trade swag!
i printed out a bunch of sarah's goodies to put this fun package together! he's putting on this whole porch sittin' series in virginny & i printed some of her awesome thumb wars for them to play with for activity #1! i also printed up some receipt holders to help organize his world! thank you sweet sarah!
lisa solomon's work at limn gallery in SF
jen corace go to the games section and dress yourself up!
this interview with souther salazar & saelee oh...
ryan jacob smith
& then of course, a thing of beauty is a joy forever (or, what i would really love to have)
vintage flap bag
this pouch already sold out i love it so, however, i scored the branch one earlier on & love that one too.
these resin rings i want one as my wedding ring that i don't have.
pictures to come tonight...flickr was acting wonky for me last night and wouldn't upload my pics. i'll try tonight.
i also did the unthinkable: spilt the whole glass of water on my poor little mac, oh yes, i confess. she seems okay (thank god) however, the battery is no longer charging...maybe i shorted something out in there? eek! i will never ever no not ever drink fluids near my beloved little mac book girl...ai yai...
Sunday, September 17, 2006
a couple of different collections going on here. i (well, we) collect these numbers that are all over the streets - & sometimes other people that know of our collecting efforts pick them up for us too. thus the 42 taped to my door from our neighbor sian. i've used them before & sewn them up onto cards & stuff...i'm not sure what i will end up doing ultimately with them all...i just like to pick them up - all the different text & fonts are pretty cool to check out. also, the mister collects these free signs; all sorts, he's working on a whole piece of free signs. i think he's got a book in the works. we also get some free signs donated from people that know about this collecting habit...there is something very odd & furtive about "stealing" the free sign & not taking the actual free item that still sits there, a little forlorn & lost...all part of the piece. and then, i like old doors & windows with lots of chippy paint & articulations that are not on doors today at all. so, there's the photo collection of doors that we have too - these red doors are down the street on an old brick building i love...oh, to have the money to build out an old factory building! i love so many down here in the dogpatch area of my neighborhood!
off to do finish up some sprout studio work! have a lovely sunday - the weather is gorgeous here in SF!