While perusing the web I came across several water color projects. A company called Stamen has come up with a new web app that transforms digital maps into watercolor.  It’s pretty amazing I recommend checking out the site (Stamen) and you can view your current location via waterer color map. 

I also stumbled across this watercolor video on Huh Magazine’s website which is part of a series by Matt Box that he calls Acid Drops which includes “a series of hand painted studies that aim to psychedelically capture the individual styles of influential skateboarders.” Check it out…

Polaroid Z340 Instant Camera

I’ve been waiting for someone to come up with a digital polaroid instant camera. It’s a genius idea, that’s more than appropriate for this day and age. Talk about instant gratification. I have an old Polaroid Camera from elementary school but I’ve been debating buying one  – a Polaroid Mini, it’s smaller and the film is cheaper. However, I’ve been trying to wait because I wasn’t sure how often I’d use it. Seeing this new Digital Polaroid Z340 Instant Camera where you can  save and edit the prints that print out at a 14px resolution makes me reconsider getting a new Polaroid. Time will tell.
picture from photojojo – check out more there.

Weekend Update

The weekend involved two visitors, Elizabeth and Chris (he was a surprise visitor) here is the weekend in a nut shell:

Some highlights:
– Happy hour at Mini Bar where Chris Bell surprised me
– Rare Device’s grand opening
– Dinner at Marlow
– Brunch at Outerlands
– Perusing General Store
– Stopping in the Spy Store
– A blue bottle martini at NOPA
– Dinner party At Michele and Tim’s house
– Tacos: Nicks Crispy Taco’s and Little Chihuahua

A Good Weekend.

A few photos from a weekend that proved to be eventful and full of friends, crafts, games, music, celebrations and giggles.
The set list form our friends band, Tito’s show. Yes it’s blurry and yes, that is blood.

Now it’s time to impatiently look forward to the following weekend when Elizabeth pays SF a visit!

The Didi Jewelry Project.

I just grabbed lunch with one of my best childhood friends, Laurel Gunnarson, who is heading back to India next week. Before I continue let me give you some of our history. We were in a club called The Buttons, crept around Woodacre pretending to be spies (trench-coats and all), imagined we were just like the characters from the movie Now And Then and did endless crafts. While beading was never my thing, I should have known at a young age that Laurel would find a way to incorporate it into here life, as she probably asked me hundreds of times if I wanted to bead with her even though I declined 80% of the time.
During her last trip to India she worked at NGOs teaching jewelry to women struggling with poverty, sex trafficking and HIV. Teaching these women how to make jewelry provided them with a skill, craft and opportunity to make their own income.
After returning from her last trip to India Laurel (true to her nature) knew she wanted to do more for these women and there had to be a way she could help set up something more permanent.  This is where The Didi Jewlry Project is born. The Didi Jewelry Project provides you with the opportunity to purchase handcrafted jewelry made by ladies who are facing hardships. (I should mention that didi means sister in Hindu.)
Our mission is to provide Indian women engulfed in hardship with an opportunity for change. By teaching them jewelry making and selling their products we empower women financially and personally. – L.J.G.
The different lines of jewelry uses designs inspired by Indian culture
along with recycled bangles and seed
If you check out the website it has an intimate feeling where you can read stories about the women Laurel has been directly working with, learn more about the NGO’s  and a bit more about the founder herself. Incase it’s not apparent I’m impressed and proud – nicely done Laurel (are you blushing?)


I’m proud to say I can not take credit for what I’m posting because I am the recipient. However my man, Damon, does deserve the credit. I love it and I’m impressed – so I’m sharing it:

Note: insert apple between the and of my eye. I ate it before I took the photo.

Here I am: SF

I decided for a friends upcoming birthday to make them a gift (this gift is now officially two weeks late). I’m fairly private with my crafts, but I enjoy making the little keyword maps. They may look big in the photos, but to give you a reference they are 3 x 3 inches.