Tuesday, September 29, 2009

When you ask for homemade, you get homemade

Last year my mom lamented the fact that I never make her anything. As I child, I used to make her gifts all the time, but somehow I could always feel her critical eye examining my creations in search of flaws. So I stopped.

In any case, I decided to give it another try.

This necklace was inspired by one I saw at Blue Bird on Pierce St. It is composed of braided silk, beads, a button and thread.

Living in the ocean

Sometimes San Francisco doesn't feel like California at all. Sometimes it doesn't even feel like you're on land. As Rob likes to point out: "It's like we're living in the ocean."

I made this mobile for Rob - as a birthday present. I think it adds an extra dimension to the fog.

Some of the yarn came from Goodwill, some from Scrap, and the rest was purchased at Cliff's Variety on Castro. The squid and jellyfish were patterns of my own making, while the octopus and sea vegetable were taken from Wunderkammer patterns found at the Curiosity Shoppe.

I collected the branches in the woods of Rogue River, Oregon (in my sister's backyard) and sanded them by hand. The crochet needles were given to me by my dear, lovely Grandmother, who likes to talk about the weather.

From Mt. Tam to your very own 'Ball' jar

This terrarium was created with real moss and acorns collected on Mt. Tamalpais, dried flowers from Xapno, and an old 'Ball' brand canning jar from your Grandma's garage. The Pegasus was discovered on the street, seemingly abandoned and lonely. Now it has a new home.