I felt so lucky when I happened upon this quilt show (also at the Mingei during our San Diego weekend). Here were all these beautifully composed works, with such great color and texture, like abstract paintings. My husband did not feel so lucky, as he wandered aimlessly while I took 80 photos of quilts, but he was a champ. Here are a few faves:
Super inspired by these hand-made holiday greetings I saw at San Diego Craft Revolution show at the Mingei International Museum.
First Little Rabbit Print holiday card is in the works!
I’m always dreaming of doing something fantastic on my wedding anniversary and for the last several years, something has always gotten in the way. I’m forever telling myself, “Next year–Portland! San Francisco! Florence!, ect. and then hardly getting out for dinner. A crime against romance! So I was determined this year, despite being laid off, to do something. When financial reality and logistics made that something be a weekend in San Diego, admittedly, I wasn’t really excited. After living my whole life in So Cal a getaway in San Diego sounded like pitching a tent in the backyard and calling it camping. But, it ended being a lovely way to celebrate and was super inspiring.
Finding a hotel that wasn’t crazy expensive and had any amount of style that interested me was the first obstacle. A recommendation from a friend lead us to the perfect place, though, The Pearl. Our room felt more like staying in someone’s cool little flat than a hotel. Also, it was lit by fishbowl sconce, complete with fish (Lucy).
We really only had one full day, so we planned to spend it at Balboa Park instead of driving around to different attractions. But first, we had brunch at Cafe Chloe, which was so delightful. We sat and read magazines and sipped delicious locally-roasted coffee. Then the food..oh my..I had some kind of poached-egg-toast-wild-mushroom-magic-in truffle-butter situation. Also, a lavender lemon mimosa, which is truly the way to start a great day.
With my tummy buttery and my head bubbly, we made our way to the park and meandered happily through museums and gardens, until it was time to go “home” and gussy up for dinner at The Prado. During in-between times driving here to there, we were charmed by all the tiny little neighborhoods with their older architecture and little shops, the cool old school business signs and tons of unique places to eat. Turns out our backyard is way cooler than we thought!
Proudly, I braved the weather to check out the goods at Patchwork and was rewarded with a break in the rain, some good finds, and a chance to hang out with Ms. Happenstance. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Sass & Peril– all kinds of bold, smart screen printed goods
2. Whimsy & Ink– love the maritime series–terrific colors.
3. Pookaqueen– amazing sculptural head art for the serious fashionista.
4. Caposhi– pretty fiber things
5. Petit Beast– these are just air plants marketed to seem like the loveliest things in the world. sold–i bought two. hopefully i will not kill them.
6. Maiden Voyage Clothing, Co.– love these modern meets 1800s t-shirt designs.
I realized after I layed this out that I forgot to mention Rock Scissor Paper. They’ve been a long time favorite of mine and seeing them there was kind of like running into a celebrity. They had great holiday cards, as always, but I especially liked their coaster sets, which seemed like the perfect cute, yet useful, little gift.
Last week I went to a lecture by the inspiring and adorable couple who founded Poketo, a great company that I discovered years ago when I came across one of their wallets. My husband’s been a devotee to the wallets ever since, and I’ve been impressed watching the company evolve and be more and more successful while staying true to their original mission: bring art to everyday life. As well as being artists themselves, they work with artists all over the world who contribute to/design their products. It was impressive to hear how they still look at every submission, even though they get thousands of them (per week–I think they said?). I loved the slide they wrapped up their talk with and it’s for sure going up on my workspace wall:
This torn out page of an article has been floating around in my bathroom drawer since 2007 apparently (remember Jane Magazine?). I think it was pulled out originally for the inspiring story of the woman who cofounded this design firm but kept around for the hair inspiration. So the other day I pulled it out and got re-inspired by the long forgotten story. Who knew when I finally decided to reread this I would find myself in a similar situation (except the vacation in Key West and vision/energy for a business that involves flying to Puerto Rico once a month…while also being in a punk band). I just mean the being laid-off as a chance to reinvent your career.