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April 29, 2007

little painter

Little Painter

April 19, 2007

little cotton rabbits

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What a wonderful surprise! While procrastinating work, I was google searching for knit toys (confession: : I do this quite a lot) and I found something new — well new to me — apparently Julie's been knitting these beloved bunnies and other knit toys for quite awhile as she has a serious collection all of her own design. Her knitted cakes are delightful as well. Not surprisingly she won a 2007 softie award. There's a great long list of links to explore too, enjoy.

April 18, 2007

market street art

This beautiful art poster exhibition is on view March 12 to July 12, 2007 in the Market Street triangular kiosks between Van Ness and the Embarcadero. From the SFAC site: Artists Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather’s six poster images, titled Between above and below, reflect their exploration of various systems in the San Francisco Bay Area. Each poster consists of a collaborative drawing in which the artists isolated and juxtaposed particular forms and patterns derived from built systems and natural movements, such as traffic, tides, trees, bike racks, and more.

Creekbeds
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The text on this image reads: "Marshland once penetrated as far north as the corner of Mission and Seventh Streets." The black marks in the foreground are Starkweather's marks based on a map of creekbeds below San Francisco. The circles in the background are Hughen's drawings referencing light bouncing off the water. Text and images from Amanda Hughen's site (more work here).

Commute
Commute Detail

The text on this image reads: "In 2010, an average of 425,458 people will commute to San Francisco every day." The black marks in the foreground are Starkweather's marks based on a map of commuter patterns involving downtown San Francisco and the East Bay, and the arrows and circles in the background are drawings Hughen made referencing the arrows and circles in and around Market Street (stop lights, one way signs, pavement markings, manhole covers, etc.).

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April 17, 2007

chibi kitty and bunny

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My little mochi is an adorable site filled with all kinds of treats. I love looking at the darling and often teeny objects she's made plus the foods and recipes, mmmm delicious. Today I was struck by the sweet chibi kitty and bunny pattern she's made available (download in pdf format). I love it when fellow bloggers share their creations so the rest of us aspiring crafters can make it too.

April 15, 2007

litte bean two

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This dark pink line revealed itself on March 11. We've been wanting a second child and trying for quite awhile, so it's strange that when I get what I want I delve into denial rather than excitement. I think I get afraid to get my hopes up and to truly rejoice. I'm so self trained to temper my happy emotions so I can handle any disappointments that may occur. Makes me think I'm seriously a glass half empty on this one. I've slowly revealed the news to some close friends and of course family, so its becoming quite real and more exciting every day. Of course posting it on the web, well now the cats out of the bag eh?!

Around March 20th the nauseating hormonal sickness (which I'd forgotten about) kicked in. I've spent most nights since then flat on the couch moaning, trying to sleep, and lucky if I find anything palatable. Fortunately, as much as I feel disgustingly sick, bloated and tired — I haven't thrown up but I sure feel like it could happen. I remember now that I was exactly this way when pregnant with Max. Isn't it interesting how the mind and body work? Until now I had totally repressed how bad morning sickness felt. It's awful and often unrelenting and has absolutely nothing to do with morning. Some nights I wake up at 2 am and lie there feeling horribly sick and can't sleep for a few hours. Fun eh?!

So now you know why my blog has been so silent and why my productivity has become nil. I hope after the first trimester I'll feel fabulous and pick up my knitting needles and blogging desire.

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Here's the image of the baby from the first ultrasound. I'm happy to report there's only one baby and it has a heartbeat. Wonderful! xoxo

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April 8, 2007

easter bunny

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April 6, 2007

surprise treats

Just in time to celebrate easter! I opened a sweet package from my secret pal this evening which really reflected my love of bunnies, handmade goodies, of course knitting and well the generosity of the human spirit. It's so fun to participate in secret pal exchanges and experience surprise gifts put together just for you...I should say me! First I opened the card with a lovely saying printed on the front "It isn't the great big pleasures that count the most; it's making a great deal out of the little ones." — Jean Webster
well said.

Handmade Soap
Bunny Turtle
Bunny Soap

In the top two bags were adorable handmade soaps made by my pal, three yellow turtles for me and a green bunny for Max. Max happened to be in the bath with his daddy at that very moment so I ran in and gave him his little bunny soap. "It's slippery" was his comment. He then licked it and had to rinse his mouth afterward, tee hee.

Bunny Cookies
Next I pulled out "hopping along" all natural sugar cookies made by starlight creatives, mmmm tasty and so cute! Eating them as I type this, but promise to save some for Max.

Cottonyarn
Lastly there were two hanks of hand painted 100% cotton boucle Chilean yarn called Pehuen by Araucania. The variegated colors are warm and bright and really fun, right now I'm feeling like this may turn into a bunny one day. I love being exposed to a new yarn. This is wonderful package, thank you so much secret pal!!
Happy Easter!

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April 5, 2007

allusive moments

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I snuck off during lunch to the downtown galleries. It was eerily reminiscent of my bygone days working in the gallery world while simultaneously aspiring to be a fine artist. All seems so much the same. There are still snotty but well dressed girls at the front desk and haughty entrepreneurial gallery owners lurking behind the scenes, but it felt like home. I was moved by most of the artists at Stephen Wirtz and Catherine Clark — my two favorite galleries by far. They each have such strong stables of artists both established and emerging and their shows have such a high level of quality in concept and artistic execution. Anyway, I was also quite taken with the photographer, Luis Gonzalez Palma who was part of a group show at Rena Bransten, who does work that's a little like my old stuff — manipulating photographs with paint, in this case gold leaf and resin. I was seduced by the romantically dark images and sumptuous surfaces of dark gold with hints of vermillion at the edges of the gold leaf squares. I also love the dark somewhat creepy church-like spaces, the sepia old photo feel, and the intense portraiture. I couldn't find any images of the work I saw today, so I hope these older pieces give you enough of a feel for his work.

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April 4, 2007

imagine india

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I can't recall ever thinking I've got to get myself to Macy's as soon as possible, but after being intrigued by the poster on the public pay toilet I passed today at the 16th BART station entrance and then seeing a few ads fly by on the MUNI buses too I decided to look up the exhibit. The Macy's site hardly gives any inspiration or intrigue, but I found a jackpot of gorgeous images on darcitananda's flicker account (great photography!). Wow, the henna designs, the fabrics, the colors, hanging lights and displays all look amazing. So there's truly a first for a everything as I say "I've got to get to Macy's asap."
{found flicker link through an interesting site for south Asian American women, called Nirali Magazine}

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