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Day 25: 30 Day Journal Project


“When I am…..completely myself, entirely alone… or during the night when I cannot sleep, it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly. Whence and how these ideas come I know not nor can I force them.”

~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


This picture is from the back cover of a magazine. I love the graphic black and white and extended it onto my page.


The quote and prompts for today, Day 25 of #30DayJournal, are about tracking creative patterns. My journaling (in white ink) mostly got lost when I did the grey ink wash over the sides of the page, but I wrote about this: my ideas flow best when it’s quiet, when I don’t feel rushed and generally when I’m alone.


Sometimes I appreciate the feedback from others, bouncing ideas around and having some company, but most of the time, and for the most productivity, my ideas flow best when I’m solo.


When do your ideas flow best?  Thanks for stopping by.

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A Visit to Pinterest HQ

Welcome to Pinterest

After our morning walk (in a steady drizzle), my sister Kathleen and I went to #38 Makers Show at Pinterest Headquarters on Saturday.  I was delighted to see their space, and attending a Pinterest-curated craft fair of SFMade vendors was also pretty cool.

The weather had cleared up by the time we got into the city.  There was a line outside the brick warehouse in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood.

One end of line Getting closer

Although it wrapped around the corner, it was moving fairly steadily.  As we chatted in the sunshine, a staffer brought around a tray of cookies and pointed out cider at a nearby table so the wait was really pretty nice.

Autumn Cookies

Once we got inside, there was music playing in the large, industrial space.  A buffet table was loaded with delicious snacks for munching, and there were interesting things to look at in every direction.

A large blue assemblage to one side served as both a room divider and artwork.  It reminded me of “It’s A Small World” at Disneyland.

Blue Room divider

More blue

We stopped for a nibble before checking out the vendors.


Just for fun I had scribbled out a “Pinterest Bingo” card for each of us. I made a list of items that I thought we might see at a Pinterest event.  Kathleen rolled her eyes a bit but went along with my silliness.  We saw infinity scarf and Mason jars before we even got inside!  Other items I was able to cross off were fingerless gloves, ampersand, chevron pattern and cake platter.  We didn’t see spray-painted plastic animals, something felted,  something Steampunk, tissue paper or washi tape.

This is a wall with pictures of some of the original pinners on Pinterest.

Wall of users

I decided not to take pictures of the crafts because it was crowded and a little tricky to get good quality photos, which they all deserve.

Here are links to some of the sites of makers that had products that caught my eye.

3 Fish Studios – I love the graphic of the bear hugging the state of California.

BikeWrappers – Reflective, protective, decorative wraps for your bike frame.

b-spired – Greeting cards made from laser cut wood.  They also had some wooden bow ties, laser cut ornaments and cute old-fashioned toolboxes.

DDCC – Dirty Diana’s Clean Clothing – Beautiful active wear for women. “Live clean. Get Dirty.”

Drywell Art – Quirky artwork for eaters and drinkers – lots of diagrams and charts.

Hilside Bags – Zippered bags in tons of fabrics and many different sizes, with oilcloth lining.  You can do custom-order at her website and choose the exterior fabric, interior oilcloth lining and color zipper or choose an exterior and let the designer choose the others for a more economical option.

Kika’s Treats – Locally sourced sweet treats, like the delicious caramelized graham crackers dipped in chocolate, with alternative sweeteners, no white sugar or corn syrup.

note*ify – City-inspired cards and other paper products.

Poco Dolce – Delicious gourmet chocolates

Richshaw Bagworks – I was tempted by their graphic Golden Gate Bridge tote bag and at their website found cool customizable backpacks, messenger bags and other bags and totes.

Sharon Zimmerman Jewelry Design – Modern jewelry with interesting organic shapes.

Urban FarmGirls – Gorgeous living wreaths with grapevines and succulents.  Garden and plant design.

Usagi Team – Bow ties for the well-dressed pet.  Some with shirt collars, some without.

Wildebeest – Pet leashes, collars, harnesses, and my favorite, the “meadow” pet rug.

There was something for everyone, including this pup.


The show was set up in the wide open first floor cafe space.  Office areas and the stairs were cordoned off, but there was plenty to see.

Ready Steady Go


How about this office desk…

Office Desk

made from a car?

made from a car

harassment Nothing GoodBoring Shit

Pinterest offices are pinned on a full wall-sized world map – this just shows the a portion.


Conference Rooms are named after Pinterest trends (is Kale available?  OK, let’s meet in Ombre then).  And if you want to meditate or nap, just slip into the Quiet Room.


A stacked suitcase/plant stand.

Plant stand

How about a Lego wall?


As we left, we got a freebie: Pinterest artists were silk screening posters on the spot and giving them away.

38 Makers Poster

SFMade is holding a holiday gift fair on December 13 & 14 but it won’t be at Pinterest.  It is at Fort Mason Center, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and it is free entry.

We stopped by the San Francisco Wholesale Flower Mart and though we saw some beautiful flowers, Kathleen just bought one succulent.


I’m sure it would have been bustling in the early morning on a week day but it was fairly quiet on this weekend afternoon.

Pink & White


For more photos of the Pinterest Offices, check out this BuzzFeed article.

Thank you for your visit.

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Spring Wreath

Spring Wreath

Once again I’ve been doing some curating and reorganizing of my craft supplies.  Things that made it through previous clean-ups but have remained untouched since, needed to be pulled from drawers and redistributed.  Stuff that I “might use someday” needed to make room for the stuff I’m using now!

I haven’t completed the project, but I did give away a bin of stuff I wasn’t using to a friend who volunteers doing art projects with kids. Little-used stamp sets went to friends who are grade school teachers who will use them in their classrooms.  It feels great to give things to someone who will use and enjoy them.

I’m constantly acquiring supplies.  Either I go to paper or art supply stores, or a craft class and pick up some of this and some of that for the project we’re doing in class or I’m working on something specific and need just the right (fill in the blank: fabric, glitter, paint, etc.).  Once the project is over, I’m left with pom poms or pipe cleaners or the end of a pack of paper in a color or design I don’t really like.

However, cleaning and re-organizing aren’t the same as crafting.  I needed to set aside that job and make something!

I unearthed colorful cotton and felt fabric left over from a fun Christmas project.   I created a bunch of flowers out of felt.  I made a template and used chalk to trace the shape onto different colors of felt.  This was very similar to making the Felt Shamrock Garland I just made for St. Patrick’s Day.

Pink Flower

I used some small pieces of felt to make flower centers.    Some green felt made leaves and stems, and buttons finished off each flower  I stuck the pieces together with Aileen’s tacky glue, a Tombow adhesive tape runner, and sticky glue dots.  The Tombow proved to be more frustrating than helpful.


My original plan was to hang this on the door like the St. Patrick’s Day garland.  But shamrocks made out of felt look the same on either side and the flowers didn’t. So, borrowing another idea from another recent holiday door decor project, I bent a wire coat hanger into a circle, then used strips of printed green cotton fabric to wrap the flower garland onto the wire hanger!

Green Fabric with buttons

I knotted the fabric at the top of the coat hanger, right under the hook then wrapped a few times around the wire before wrapping on either side of the flower garland.  In between each flower, I would wrap the wire.  When I got to the end of a fabric strip, I would just tie a knot to attach the next strip.

Knotted fabric on back

This is the back of the wreath and you can see the knot is hidden by the flowers.

I made this in steps over a few evenings and didn’t spend that much time on it.  I wanted something cheerful on the door and this was a fun little project.

Thank you for stopping by.

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Happy Spring!

Plum Blossoms

I pulled myself away from my desk to walk around the campus and enjoy the first day of spring.

My office


Little purple flower

Pink Flowers

Rooftop Meadow

This meadow of wildflowers in on the roof garden of the Fine Art building.

Blue flowers

Strawberry Plant

Our building has a roof garden too but it isn’t doing as well.  There are some flowers but less color and greenery.

Bee in Rosemary Blossom

A huge patch of rosemary is in bloom and it’s buzzing with bees.

Pink Toesies & Green Grass

I’m very grateful it is warm enough to be wearing sandals.


I tried to think “Spring” when I got dressed this morning: pale pink embellished sweater, aqua print top, freshwater pearls.

It was hard getting back to work, so I decided to give you a little tour of the inside of my office.

Perpetual Calendar

Calendar #1 is on my desk. A gift from my friend, Nicole, I think of her every morning when I change the day and date.

Paper Source Calendar

Calendar #2 is on the wall behind me.  It is from Paper Source and has wonderful artwork plus templates on the back of each month to recycle it into folders, cards and gift boxes when you finish using as a calendar.

Bird Tile Art

My friend Shook gave me this picture.  It goes beautifully with the perpetual calendar.  I love the color scheme, the bird and the collage-like layers.

The bulletin board

Special notes and cards from special people around me.  A feather that reminds me of my dad.

View out my window

One more peek at the view (looking out to the “orbit court”) before getting back to work.

Thank you for your visit.


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Pike Place Market

After riding the Duck Boats and viewing the Seattle waterfront from the top of the Space Needle, we continued our day at Pike Place Market, one of the oldest continually operating farmer’s markets in the US.

Here is a taste of what the market has to offer:


We enjoyed watching the guys at the famous Pike Place Fish Market toss and catch fish between them.  They interact with the crowd and their customers and seem to be having a great time doing it.  I managed to catch one catch on camera.



The tiled corridor leading to the restrooms had a distinctive look.

This simple arrangement of umbrellas caught my eye.

Rem met some interesting characters.  Apparently, some people call this dude Bigfoot.

This life-sized bronze pig is Rachel the Piggybank.  She helps fundraising efforts and is said to bring good luck if you make a donation and rub her snout.

It was a great visit.

Rachel joins me in saying “thanks for stopping by”.  Oink.


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Mother’s Day Butterfly Card

Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May, which this year will be May 13.  I think flowers are always wonderful for Mom and this pretty card has flowers and a pop-up butterfly.  The butterfly is made of vellum. Only one wing is glued down to the paper so the other wing is free.  It looks beautiful, and though it does take some cutting of small pieces it really isn’t hard.

Flowers are either cut from flower-patterned paper or stamped and cut out.  Colored card stock is the base of the card with a piece of white so your colorful flowers and butterfly will stand out. Blossoms are arranged in one corner of the card with a few on pop-up dots for depth. The vellum butterfly is stamped or traced, colored and cut out then put into place fluttering over the flowers.  Accent the card with a ribbon and perhaps some glitter or gems.

Mother’s Day Butterfly Card


Vellum Paper I use 17 lb. letter weight  (Stampin’ Up)

Butterfly Rubber Stamp


Butterfly Image that can be traced onto the vellum

Ink I use both ink pads and colored markers

Card Stock white and colors

Printed Paper with Flower Design


Flower Rubber Stamp


Double-Sided Adhesive (My favorite is Tombo permanent)


Pop-Up Dots (optional)

Optional Embellishments:

Glitter and Glue Pen

Self-Adhesive Gems or Pearls

Small Hole Punch for Dianne Dots


Stamp butterfly on vellum.  If stamp design is mainly an outline I stamp in black or other dark ink.  If the stamp has a more filled-in design I use colored markers to color directly on to stamp.  If you do this, be sure to breathe a huff of breath onto the stamp to moisten the ink before stamping. (I tried to get a picture of this for you but it just looked like I was going to eat the rubber stamp!)

If you don’t have a butterfly stamp, you can print a butterfly image and trace it.  Put the vellum over the image and trace the main lines.

Color the butterfly image.  I think it looks best if you color both sides of the vellum.  I like using some lighter colored markers for  at least part of the wing so that light will still show through.

Carefully cut out the butterfly.  Some of these pictures show both antennae with the vellum cut out around them.  I decided it looked better to draw the antenna onto the card on the side that is glued down.  Figure out which way the butterfly will be placed on the finished card. Cut around the other antenna leaving a small margin of vellum.

A little glitter is a nice embellishment and with a glue pen is easy to add.  Put glitter on the sides of the wings that will face out – in other words, on the wing that will be adhered to the card, put glitter on the top or inside of the wing and on the free wing put glitter on the bottom or outside of the wing.

Once your butterfly is complete, you can create your garden.  If using flower-printed paper, cut out flowers.

If you are using flower rubber stamps you can stamp and cut out the images or stamp some directly on the white card stock and then stamp a few more flowers and leaves on a piece of scrap paper, cut them out and layer them with the others using pop-up adhesive dots.  Add pearls or other gems as desired.

Assemble your flowers in the lower right corner of the piece of white card stock, putting some blossoms on with pop-up dots for dimension.  Add a piece of ribbon (or washi tape) across the bottom, a little ways up from the edge, gluing the ends of the ribbon to the back. Layer the white card stock onto a mat of colored card stock and layer that onto the card.

Fold the vellum butterfly in half. Using double-sided adhesive, coat one wing of the butterfly and stick it in place.  Open the wings and draw the missing antenna onto the white card stock. Fold it back up so it is partially open, ready to alight on a flower.

Finish your card with a greeting inside and your signature on the back.

I’m not sure if the following is really an Irish blessing but it is a sweet sentiment:

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun.

And find your shoulder to light on.

To bring you luck, happiness and riches.

Today, tomorrow and beyond.

A small version of this card is simply a butterfly accented with Dianne Dots (a trio of paper dots made using a small hole punch, glued on with a glue pen).

It made a nice gift card for my sister’s birthday.

A very Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom and to all mom’s.

Thanks for fluttering by.


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A Taste of Spring

Daffodils are linked in my mind with my birthday and the arrival of spring.  This year I visited Filoli in hopes of seeing the Daffodil Meadow in bloom.  I was not disappointed.

Daffodils were in lavish supply.

I’ve written more about my birthday this year here and have pictures of a past visit to Filoli here. I wish I could share the soft scented air and bird song that enhanced my visit.

Thank you for stopping by.


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