Instagram ♡: An afternoon in the city.

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.

A sunny day in San Francisco
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

For you, my dear Valentine.

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.

1. Postagram

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:


2. Hamm-O-Gram

hamogram image via Jezebel.comMy 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*

3. Buttercream Valentine Cookie Balls

Valentine's Day cookie balls diy(recipe via Buttercream Bakehouse)

If you made these for me, I’d love you too.

4. DIY Deck of Love Cards

52 Reasons I Love You Cards Tutorial by Lowri McNabb Cards of love cards via PaperVine)

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.

5. Valentine Wedding Mates-of-State Art Print

Valentine Wedding Mates-of-State Print ANY STATE Art Print(art print from Cheeky Prints)

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!

Have a great Valentine’s Day!

Alt Design Summit: A Mecca For The Creative – Part I

The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah for Alt Design Summit(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.

Looking for inspiration? Follow the attendees on Twitter (subscribe to all the Alt 2012 attendees lists created by these gals: @amandagenther, @CrowandCanary, @Lesliedf, @pmaelee, @melaniebiehle, @the818, @CompartmentLife, @Mom101, and @DesertRavenArt). Read their blogs. Check out their Etsy sites. Follow their pins. These people are the cream of the crop.

 Creative business cards from Alt Design Summit 2012

(Some very creative business cards and gifts from Alt Design Summit 2012 attendees)
Row 1:
Brianna, Collected Blog
Kal, artist and Link With Love
Alison, The Alison Show

Row 2:
Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Susan, Freshly Picked
Row 3:
Ginny, Ginny Branch Styling and Designs
Alma & Mike, and
Row 4:
Taylor, Totally Tay


Photos from Wednesday Night’s Dinner With:

Bay Leaf Bar and Grub in Salt Lake City, Utah
(Wednesday Night Dinner With… at Bayleaf Bar & Grub)
Bayleaf Bar & Grub in Salt Lake City, Utah
(Pool tables = my kind of place)

Alt Summit Wednesday Dinner dining with Mica May of

(Sat next to Mica May of May Books. Her books were featured on Good Morning America!)
Gift from Design Mom, Smock Paper goodies(A set of adorable cards from Smock, a gift from Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom, our dinner host — and one of the founders of Alt Summit and Kirtsy!!!)

Alt Design Summit 2012 RobinWithAnI The Paper Mama IROCKSOWHAT

(My beautiful roomies, Jess from IROCKSOWHAT and Chelsey from The Paper Mama at Squatters for drinks after our dinners)

More pictures and stories coming this week. Happy Humpday!

Etsy Gift Guide

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 for handmade items. Below are great gifts I found during my gift search.

For the host/hostess with the mostess

sugar, sat & pepper setpaulova, san francisco, ca

sugar salt and pepper set etsy

2012 desktop calendargracehesterdesigns, westerville, ohio

2012 desktop calendar gracehesterdesigns etsy seller

love pillow coverpillowfactory, fullerton, ca

LOVE pillow cover etsy handmade

pretty pastels mason jar chandelierbootsngus, ann arbor, mi

Pretty Pastels Mason Jar Chandelier Swag Light Hanging Lighting Fixture - UpCycled Rustic Eco Friendly Wedding - BootsNGus Lamp Design

For the new or soon-to-be parent

framed 8×10 tree print on woodpetitcollage, san francisco, ca

FRAMED 8x10 Tree Print on Wood

diaper clutchmarine parents, san diego, ca

diaper clutch / diaper and wipes case - bicycles

For the fashionista

mint green flower ringlaurenblythedesigns, denver, co

Mint Green Flower Ring Rose Vintage Style Antique Brass Filigree - Mint of a Rose

fingerless glovespurlsandivy, san antonio, tx

fingerless gloves

silver leaf branch pendant necklacejersey608, san antonio, tx

Silver leaf branch pendant necklace etsy

stamped stack ringsolympias, athens, greece

Stamped stack rings LOVE cooper and silver

For the newlyweds

ombre custom stationary setksarahdesigns, sacramento, ca

ombre custom stationary - set of 10 cards

chip and dip ceramic dishoc pottery, orange county, ca

Chip and Dip, Veggie Dip, handmade ceramic dish etsypeacock feather wine glassesmaryelizabetharts, chapel hill, nc

peacock feather wine glasses etsy

For the techy

facebook ornamentlive & kern, st. louis, mo

facebook ornament

natual wood retro tv ipad docmiterbox, location undisclosed

Handmade Natural Wood Retro TV Ipad Dock etsy

For the musician

handcrafted vinyl record clockvinyl clock work, riverside, ca

Handcrafted vinyl record clock (artist is Robertino) etsy

hand stamped copper guitar pick keychainbeadsoul, littleton, co

Hand stamped copper guitar pick key chain I pick you

Halloween masks on Etsy

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.

Doria Goddess Of The Sea mask on etsy

Columbina in Blue and Silver mask on etsy Black Eagle Mask handmade leather mask on Etsy

Octopus Mask - Handmade Leather Mask via Etsy shopFavorite Like this item?  Add it to your favorites to revisit it later. Black, Gold and Copper Dragon Half Mask handmade leather mask on Etsy

Halloween Mask, Masquerade, Vampire Queen, Witch, Fairy, Hair Accessories,Silver Blue -GHOST -Needle Felted Brown Cow Mask

Hawaiian Owl IV - Pueo Masquerade Mask via etsy

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.