things I made
For the last 3.5 years we lived in a one-bedroom apartment on Nob Hill in San Francisco. We had both of our babies there and we lived happily in our cozy little apartment. While I am a big believer in living in small, edited spaces we probably would have moved out a little sooner if it weren’t for the mountain of medical bills we had last year. Our closet set up worked great but of course I’d rather have a sun drenched nursery.
The crib was basically an Ikea Hack. I bought a crib used off Craigslist and then asked a woodworker friend (Jared Rusten) to help me come up with something. He secured the bed like a large shelf. The front of the crib lifts up and rolls over the top so you can take the baby in and out. We made sure the mattresses fit snugly. Of course there are all kinds of regulations when it comes to babies sleeping situations–so do so at your own risk!
Crib and Toddler Bed Custom made / Striped bedding from Ikea / Crib Quilt was handmade with Japanese fabric from Purl Soho / Light fixture from Alameda Flea Market (but they sell one like here at Target.) It’s Beautiful Here Coat Rack by Heath Nash.
I did this little craft with Moses this weekend. (It was mostly me, although he was into “helping” quite a bit.) We just made little hearts out of Sculpey or Fimo (the dough that hardens when you bake it–just get it from any craft store.) Then we made holes through the dough with a needle and baked them. We made a chain with it and hung it from our window. We also made little bracelets. I think the bracelets would be a cute classmate Valentine for when they get older.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Since Paul already has an art studio I’ve been able to justify keeping my press for just personal use and an occasional side project. But I’m really excited to announce that with my partner Alexis, we are now accepting letterpress jobs. I will do most of the design work and Alexis will do the printing in our studio in San Francisco.
We specialize in details like individual watercoloring, custom diecuts, hand painted edging, and dip dyed paper. Here are some of the cards we recently printed.
For Jenny’s cards we did a two color card. One was a blind deboss and then the other was a navy. We also hand painted the edges a pretty persimmon red. (These were laid out by Jenny’s designer.)
These are the cards we made for Aubrey last year. We printed them without ink as a blind deboss and then individually water colored each one by hand.
These cards were designed by Nicole and were printed on a super heavy duplex stock. They are printed with three colors and are two sided. (The back side is solid stripes.)
These cards we designed and printed on chipboard then hand painted the edges fluorescent pink and red. The chipboard has flecks of gold in it and is really really pretty.
These we designed and printed for my sister-in-law, Liz. They are two color and I surprised her with them at Alt. It’s payment for making me cookies.
If you need business cards printed or designed we are open for business! Our basic rates are right here. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also doing a wedding invitation line that will launch in a month or two. (If you are a bride and interested in lots of handmade details like favors and menus, email us with your wedding date and the number of invitations needed.) email@example.com
On New Years Day we threw a fondue party for all our friends. We did it like an open house from 12-6pm so people could drop in whenever they wanted. I had never thrown a party like that and I’m a solid convert. We got a chance to have a good talk with everyone that stopped by. That usually doesn’t happen when you just do a party for a couple hours.
It was a super easy party to put together. I bought all the cheese and veggies a day or two before then went to a bakery the morning of to get really fresh bread. I pre shredded the cheese the evening before and bagged them separately so every time I made a new pot of fondue I just had to empty the bag of cheese in. We had fun drinks and snacks around the whole time and then cooked a pot of cheese every hour and a half. We have two fondue pots so that made it a little easier to rotate out the clean one.
People streamed in and out. Some stopped in really quick, some stayed for several hours. It was fantastic and really low pressure. I’m totally doing this again. Plus melted cheese is the perfect way to start the year off right. My favorite fondue recipe is this one.
Here is the second part of my year in review. (Part 1 is here.)
In May I got to style two photo shoots for Anthology Magazine. It was such a great experience working with such talented and interesting people. A real highlight of my year for sure.
I also brought on Alexis Birkmeyer as an intern (and later hired her as a full time studio manager.) Alexis is pretty much straight from heaven and Paul and I always ask if we can adopt her. She will be running our studio and my press while we are in France.
I made these S’mores kits for Project Wedding.
And I shared pictures of Moses’ room. (My kids sleep in a closet!)
I designed these Father’s Day printable labels for Alpha Mom.
I did a DIY on how to make a birdcage veil for Project Wedding.
I did a magnetic board DIY for iVillage.
I also created these flag sculptures for Project Wedding.
In September Paul and I collaborated on our Let Them Eat Cake project where I art directed and he painted 50 cake paintings. We had a show, and ate cake.
I created this pinwheel seating chart for Project Wedding.
We had a movie night in our back yard.
I was hired to work with Suzanne Shade and style a few different ads for Minted to run in magazines during the holidays.
We announced the Commission Project.
And we were lumberjacks.
In November Moses got a haircut.
I put a party in a box.
We had a pretty (and delicious) Thanksgiving.
And I got ready for Christmas by making this felt ball Garland.
We sent Roman in for one last surgery.
I made watercolor paper chains with Moses.
And I made watercolor and letterpress Christmas Cards.
And that was my year in two nice and tidy posts. Going through everything was almost therapeutic. Onwards and upwards to 2011! Anything you want to see more of for 2011? Leave a comment.