7.25.2014

dahlias



I recently completed an order of thirty-three dahlia headpieces in white and faint-to-bright pink. They were created for a fantastic patron saint and new friend. Here they are arranged in a color gradient that would hopefully make Lisa Solomon proud. It was such an undertaking that I thought I should share them. Somehow I only managed to photograph the pink ones, but they were all so pretty.

 






7.21.2014

summer headpiece workshops



Isn't she gorgeous?! She really is, AND she worked very hard on that amazing headpiece! Love the way she draped the pompom trim.

I just finished up teaching my paper flower headpiece workshops for the summer at Makeshift Society in San Francisco and Handcraft Studio School in Emeryville, my usual haunts. Luckily for me, a lovely woman named Elda (who had taken my giant paper rose class back in May, see here fantastic rose photos here) showed up for class again with her camera. She took some very beautiful shots while we were working away at Handcraft Studio School. I love the way she captured the space and the mess we made there. This is a nose-to-the-grindstone class, but very much worth the effort and very fun.

Photo credit goes to Elda (pictured here) for all shots herein except for the godetia and rose still life, above.

I spent most of today writing up descriptions, gathering photos and booking all of my fall and winter workshops, so stay tuned for those registration notifications, coming soon. I even booked my first workshops in Los Angeles for early in the new year. Very exciting!

Now that my classes are over for the next month, and my giant dahlia headpiece order has been delivered, I'm sleeping. I thought you should know! I'm still as tired as can be, hopefully just working at such a deficit that it'll take a little more sleep to catch up. But I feel very normal, and that is great for all of us! I'm so glad for the time with the kids unfettered by exhaustion and nonstop paper cutting, but I'm itching to start new things, too. I'll be taking lots of notes during my down time, that's for sure. xoxo





6.25.2014

round up: summer so far



I am enjoying another wonderful summer with the kids, and I thank my lucky stars as always. The weather is cold cold cold. We've got our summertime fun list ready, and we are savoring every day. That might sound overly poetic, but that is what is going on right now, and I know how lucky I am. 

I am also juggling two LARGE commissions, preparations for my upcoming workshops, and trying to finish my papel SF website and new CV for grant and residency applications, all seemingly due on July 15th. So, still as tired as always, although trying to wrap it up by 1:00 a.m. the nights I work now.

I started writing here three years ago to document our summer together, and David and I frequently pour over these "round up" posts to reminisce about our life together (here is the archive of my first month of blogging, so sweet). I couldn't let any more of this summer get past without some photos to look back on, even if they are only dumped from my phone.

I hope you are having a great summer, too. xoxo

Stella and I get every morning to ourselves now, so nice. Also, new flowers for upcoming workshops.

 Making pretzels with a friend, a banana slug and kicking back in Berkeley with friends.

 Old shoes, a trip to Castle in the Air, regular Thursday cafe date for my computing needs.

R + D, delivering finished HEADS, working on an order of 34 dahlia headpieces!

 A cold library and bookstore day in the Upper Haight, dance party hijinks.

 We kicked off summer with four days in Point Reyes Station in the yurt we've stayed in for ten years.

Olema Valley horse trail hike, first night BBQ, sunset (and three visible planets one night). Best day.

 Yurt selfie with skylight, how Oliver plays Boggle, "The Gatekeepers of Senorah".

 Volcano painting, local Point Reyes flowers at Toby's downtown, stages.

 An amazing bounty of bracelets from the amazing Cathy Callahan, the misery of working where we eat, Charles Rennie Mackintosh for so much inspiration.

 Paper flower headpiece workshop revamp. I'm loving it.

 A Saturday lunch in the redwoods with close friends, and I cleaned the kids' room, my Father's Day gift to David.

La Urbana for the man of the hour on Father's Day.

 First pool day in Novato of the year, getting some help with my website at Makeshift Society, shelf shot.

 My hedgehog, tart plum tart at Kathryn Clark's in Sonoma, and a Slip 'n' Slide, too. Kathryn has taken me into a wonderful fold of artists including Katrina, Lisa, and Sonya, and it's been lovely to be around them and to have them to talk to about the practical and not-so-practical things.

 Devil Moose, big thumb, and a living room I spent my only free time of the week rearranging. WHY?

 A great family Sunday. Breakfast at home, then Flora Grubb and some home improvement research, then some In 'n' Out. Love This Giant is the soundtrack of our summer and Oliver and I like to dance to it. Also, fighting my first and most ridiculous parking ticket.

Tickle me. Sweaters all the time in June, another trip to Novato for a long
stretch into evening at the pool with friends. Good times. :)








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