This Old House

I didn’t expect to be gone so long from here. I’ve been working through some personal issues that left me quite drained and detached, that I’m finally getting over that hill towards being myself again. So I’ve been focusing on feeling better. I’ve been dividing my time between going to the gym to strengthen my body, and my photography project.

If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that I love sharing my sidewalk snaps through #sffromthesidewalk. For some time, I have been wanting to get t-shirts printed with my photography but I couldn’t think of what to use. And then my eureka moment was realizing that photos should be of those old quirky San Francisco homes I love so much! But it was also extremely important to me that the apparel be Made in the USA. Because I have a full-time job, I can’t take on the manufacturing process myself. I was glad to find that Society6 prints their tees with American Apparel!

I only have one little home up, but more will be coming soon! I can’t wait to order one of the shirts for myself. Find them HERE. And the cool thing is that even though my goal was to have apparel, art prints and phone cases are available as well! More to come soon.

Society 6

West Coast Craft winter 2015

These holidays are really gearing up, and it’s the perfect time to attend a craft fair again! It really lends a hand with inspiration for upcoming trends, potential gifts, but also gaining hope to create/improve my own crafts. And the West Coast Craft show really cannot be beat for this – showcasing artisans from the West Coast really gives this show a local flare that sets it apart from other craft fairs.

This isn’t my first time at the rodeo, follow this category HERE to see the other times I have gone!

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Loved the pocked ceramics! It reminded me of lava
West coast craft 2015, holiday craft show, san francisco craft show, Thrift Eye

There were SO many interesting textile manufacturers this time, it was interesting to see people creating fabrics again! These were by Dym.
West coast craft 2015, holiday craft show, san francisco craft show, Thrift Eye

This booth was selling rugs and throws made in a traditional Mexican style by actual Mexican artisans!
West coast craft 2015, holiday craft show, san francisco craft show, Thrift Eye

Whereas this booth had some awesome textured woven pieces. I LOVED that little watermelon purse. She also had these awesome cowhide sandals I’m still lusting over (too bad we get very little sandal weather in SF)
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Local SF favorites, Half Hitch Goods and their little wagon always seem to make a nice appearance too
West coast craft 2015, holiday craft show, san francisco craft show, Thrift Eye

I think I’m ready for the holidays 🙂

Pussybow

While I typically don’t get political here (you can get more of that by following me on Twitter) I do want to acknowledge the awful attacks that have been going on around the world. It makes me angry, sad, confused, sorrowful for families suffering everywhere…

On a lighter note, I went to visit my favorite place on Earth – Golden Gate Park. I love coming here because it is my serene spot in this busy and crazy city. I come here to meditate, think, write, draw, nap, walk, photograph, exercise, picnic, and bike through. I came by this weekend to just be by myself and think…(and these photos are from the week before last!) I try to come here as much as time allows.

Item From Made in… BUY
Marc by Marc Jacobs dress thrifted Korea in the original yellow HERE and HERE
Loeffler Randall flats Shopbop.com Brazil

The pussybow on this dress in an interesting feature, one day I will share a photograph of exactly how long it really is untied. I’ve been meaning to cut it! This dress was actually thrifted a very loooooong time ago. Originally, it was a bright banana hued yellow, and when I got the dress home it had a blue stain like it had been washed with some dark colors in the laundry. I couldn’t get it out, and I couldn’t return it…so I saved it for a long time until I finally decied to just dye it! I bought a dark navy blue dye bottle and was unsure of how it would result. I got a green dress instead 🙂 But I quite like it anyway. The buttons and stitches stayed yellow because they’re synthetic undyeable materials

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The dress was a happy suprise.

West Coast Craft 2015

This is not my first time at the rodeo, you may recall that I previously documented going to the West Coast Craft show way back in 2013! I like attending this show not because I’m on the hunt to purchase more things, I actually love going because it inspires me to create!! I like to sew (still learning), exploring embroidery, trying to kickstart my calligraphy again, crochet, home decorating, and crafting in general – that I get to see trends and just get inspired. I have been to several other craft shows as well, and definitely felt that for a few years some creators were relying heavily on jumping on a bandwagon of making things out of canvas and leather – I’m happy to report that bandwagon  has scaled back significantly finally.

So here are some fun photos of things I enjoyed!

A cute hanging shelf with a hole for your small planter – I can see one hanging by the window at home.
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

This booth had a lot of embroidered clothing – something I have been hoping to do (currently on the hunt for some vintage Levi’s!)
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

An up close photograph of one of the wool weavings we saw – the tufts are very large and billowing, unlike many of the structured weavings we’re used to seeing. Once I get the right materials, I’m definitely going to try this!
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

I absolutely loved the leather products at this booth! The aged leather had a gradient of color that was so beautiful in person. The black and brown leather together was just divine.
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

Who can resist a flowery print?
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

We saw a lot of ceramics – these marbleized ones were very cool
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

This booth consisted of rugs created by students who just used their imagination to create – I say that the results are actually really creative and artsy!
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

Not the best photo unfortunately, but I loved the printed silks inspired by nature at this booth
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

Hovering above one booth, they were really trying to make a point I guess, this giant shirt loomed over us 🙂
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and get inspired to create too!