I really wish I could sew (yesterday's adventures with the Ikea curtains proves this is the furthest thing from the realm of possibility) so that I could buy patterns for all of these purses and make them in bold, bright, funky fabrics and then be the toast of the town for how cool my purse is.
I'm a freelance writer, editor, and home-design junkie in Oakland,
California. This is the place where I share my design finds and objects
of decorating lust, chronicle the process of making my family's house a
home, and probably post a few other random things.
In twenty minutes of reading Leah's blog, I've found out about an ongoing art walk (show?) in my town, places to go for local, creative design solutions, and an additional resource for all things Oakland.
Speaking of Oakland, I also stumbled upon a blog, OaklandGoods, that is all about good, beautiful things that can be found in and around the area. The blogger is also interested in green, eco-friendly design and has posted about artists and artisans who share that philosophy.
While I'm telling you about Oakland-based blogs and artisans, I would be remiss if I didn't also point you in the way of my friend and jewelry designer extraordinaire, Carrie Mader. Carrie, a former interior designer, began her jewelry design business when she couldn't find any beautiful jewelry for her bridesmaids so she designed them herself. Carrie also designed the necklace I wore for my wedding; in fact, I think I was one of the first brides she designed for.
And here's a cool artist's etsy page that I'm currently loving. I don't know where I'd put any of her designs, but I sure do want them. Oooh, and another one here.
Also, my favorite magazine ever, Sunset, has its very own blog - I've already added it to my RSS feeder.
We had to leave our friends' bbq early this evening b/c unfortunately I am very allergic to their dear Moby. The saddest part is, he loves me and I love him ... alas, we were not meant to be. Still, Moby thought it would be a hoot to jump in my lap and snuggle for a couple of minutes. That was enough to do me in and by 9pm, I was wheezing and itching and just needed to head home to breathe.
I spent the remainder of the evening watching Miles chase a moth that is OUTSIDE THE WINDOW and playing around with more digital scrapbooking designs. For some reason, PSE kept crashing on me, which rather sucks. I had to work in both PSE and PS to make most of what I wanted to do work.
In the end, I came up with a design I like. It's not perfect, and I'm still learning how to create the elements I want to, but it's coming along quite nicely.
I sat down at the computer to download photos of what can only be described as the slow and grotesque destruction of the deck in our backyard by unknown elements and vermin, but it was all too much for me to think about, so instead I looked up information on digital scrapbooking.
Many hours (and breaks) later, I am hooked.
Here's my second attempt at a page. It's just like designing holiday cards (which I love doing, and incidentally, our 2006 xmas card featured one of these photos), but with more elements and someone else doing all of the design work. I just drag & drop and presto! Beautiful scrapbook pages that I could never do with scissors, paper, and glue. Trust me, I've tried.