Yesterday I had a lovely afternoon in San Francisco to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday and I got a little Clever work done in an 60s music icon’s old apartment.
Clockwise starting at top left:
an extra cake pop for my coworker Nuala (I made a bunch for my mom and her coworkers for her bday) // the view from Nuala’s living room window, also where Jimi Hendrix once lived, and right across the street from where Janis Joplin resided too. Oh if those walls could talk! // a beautiful old building on the corner nearby, so San Franciscan // an adorable, colorful, magical driveway that I had to capture with Instagram
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner but there’s still time to send or make your special someone something as unique as they are.
Postagram‘s are real postcards sent in the mail via USPS (remember them?) with a photo you added through Instagram, Facebook or your phone. The app is free to download and the ‘grams are only $.99. I sent my boyfriend this on that arrived while I was away in Utah:
My co-worker, Cat Lincoln, first told me about this the other day and I am still LOLing. For the Mad Men lovers out there, this is for you. Hamm-O-Grams are shipped via USPS and are $5 a piece. UPDATE: Looks like the website might be down. Too many Hamm fans causing Hamm-ic. *chuckle chuckle*
Feeling crafty? Your Valentine will surely appreciate the time and effort it will take to make this original gift. PaperVine’s easy-to-follow tutorial for this DIY Valentine project will definitely score you some points in the game of love.
These adorable prints for love birds are only $24 a piece and right now, Etsy shop Cheeky Prints is having a BOGO sale! My co-worker Ngan ordered one for her and her boyfriend Jerry and it turned out great!
(The Grand America Hotel, where Alt Design Summit was held)
I’m still recovering from my silly sinus cold. I am also still digging through the piles of business cards and searching for pictures from the conference. However I must say, the Alt Design Summit was the best conference I’ve ever been to. Ever. The setting couldn’t any be better — snowy Utah in January was just beautiful. The snow on the mountains made a perfect backdrop and the Grand America Hotel had plenty of outlets and fairly reliable internet – a must for us social media folk.
Everyone at the conference had their own unique style and really shinned as individuals. I was lucky enough to go on behalf of Clever Girls and not only meet new bloggers, but also grow personally and professionally. I had several goals going into the conference and I met them all. For the last few months I haven’t felt very inspired. Maybe it’s just the holiday season can be so overwhelming and busy that looking for inspiration was last on my list. Attending Alt was the spark to my creative engine. Inspiration found me.
I’m back to pinning future DIY projects, thinking about topics to blog and vlog about, and gathering ideas of what to paint next. One of my closest friends gave me an easel for Christmas and sitting on it is a half-started painting of Santa Barbara’s West Beach. It’s been collecting dust for over three weeks and before Alt, I had no desire to finish it anytime soon. I do now.
Surrounding yourself with creative people is so important and I think I forgot that. I love my non-creatives but I forget there needs to be balance. I thrive on other people’s energy and am really thankful I met so man awesome people at Alt. The outfits alone were inspiring! Gosh, even the business cards were inspiring (see below). Alt is truly a mecca for the creative.
I find it very suspicious that it’s almost December. I mean, where did 2011 go? As usual, the holidays are rapidly approaching and I haven’t crossed off anyone from my Christmas gift list. After stumbling through countless sales online, I’m keeping it simple and heading to Etsy.com for handmade items. Below are great gifts I found during my gift search.
Am I the only one who was caught off guard that it is already October!? I can’t believe Halloween is this month, let alone only a few weeks away. Last year was a pretty uneventful Halloween. The San Francisco Giants were in the playoffs at the time so a few friends and I got together to watch the game while we sat in costume, drank beer and got sick from too much candy.
The other day I was at Michael’s craft store and came across a plain mask that would be fun to decorate for Halloween. I turned to Etsy for ideas. To view the item being sold at its Etsy shop, click on the image.
What are you going to be for Halloween?
After looking into all these crafty masks I remembered I still had a soccer referee costume that’s never been worn. Ha. So no mask for me.