Sunday, June 21, 2009

Inexpensive Summer Fun (with the kids or without)

Free for All!!

Wonderful, exciting and free summer activities.

Im determined to get out there this summer and have some free fun. To make it easier Ive collected a list of local hot spot and the days they are free to the public. Check it out... Ill be updating this as I discover more hot spots.

Free outdoor movies - lots to choose from:
Dolores Park in SF, Union Square
Redwood City
Walnut Creek, Stern Grove
Check out of host of local museums
Oakland Museum of California is free on second Sundays
SF Museum Of Modern Art is free the first Tuesday of each month and children 12 and under are always free.
The African-American Museum and Library in Oakland is always free
Asian Art Museum in San Francisco is free 1st Tuesday of the month.
For kids check out the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito the 2nd Saturday of each month, free for families 1 - 5 pm.
California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco is free 1st Wednesday of the month.
The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, the first Tuesday of every calendar month is "Pay What You Wish Day
De Young Museum in San Francisco is free the first Tuesday of each month
Free The Gold Rush Trail in San Francisco, walking tour of the historical districts of San Franciso that you can walk at will, heres the map.
Chabot Space and Science center for telescope viewing
Habitot in Berkeley their Free admission days are listed here
SF Zoo is free the first Wednesday of every month
Thursday Night Live in Old Oakland is the 1st & 3rd Thursdays 5:30pm to 9:00pm, June thru October on Washington between 8th & 9th, 9th between Broadway and Washington
Lakefest: Art, Wine & Food Festival on Lakeshore Avenue, August 1 & 2 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Montclair Jazz & Wine Festival Sunday, Sept. 13, 2008 - 11:00am to 6:00pm in Montclair Village. Once again, Montclair will be turned into a pedestrian zone from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to host one of the fastest growing cultural events in the East Bay.
Out & About in Rockridge September 27th 11:00 AM to 6:00 on College Avenue between Claremont & Manila Ave (.6 miles) Free and hosting hundreds of artisans.
Horse races at Golden Gate Fields kids are free adults as cheap as $4.

If that doesn't keep you busy, well, I guess you'll have to make your own fun. Enjoy your summer!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Holiday Craft Fair

Getting ready for the holidays and holiday craft fairs. Deadlines are always great for motivation and I have been steadily pumping out products!! Here is one I am particularly excited about....

This event should be great! "Nest", coming up December 6th at Studio Grow is a shopping event featuring designers of children and adult clothing and gear, the best part is that you can shop while the children play. Ill be there!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

List of Online Stores for Sewing and Crafting Supplies

I've been on a mission to find a bulk supply of purse frames in just the right shape and size. It has been grueling, but in the process I discovered many wonderful online retail and wholesale outlets I thought I would share with you. Hopefully it saves you some time. Most of these store carry hardware and extras, not fabric.

Lee's Craft n Things - Snap closures, hardware for purses and notions

Denver Fabrics - Sewing supplies, purse hardware and notions

Tall Poppy - Specialize in handbag and purse parts

Quilting-Warehouse - Quilting supplies, sewing supplies, quilting notions, quilt fabrics, quilt books, quilt patterns and more.

Lacis - Some of everything except fabric

Create for Less Craft supplies, scrapbook and sewing

Joggles - Everything for the textile, cloth doll & mixed media artist

EJoyce - Notions, purse making, embellishments and more

U-Handbag - Bag handles, purse frames; fabrics, hard-to-find metal bits to make your own beautiful handbags

UMX Catalogue - Wholesale Designer Handbag, Designer Purse, Cigar Box Purse Making Hardware Supply

Joanne Fabrics Online - Fabric, hardware, embellishments and more

Ah-Kwok - Wholesale purse-making supplies, Handbag hardware, Bag fittings, Metal purse buckles, Magnetic snaps, Handbag closures fasteners, Plastic buckles, Webbings, Interfacings.

Sew True - Sewing supplies and equipment with a broad size and color selection

Studio Kat Designs - Sewing supplies, hardware, fusing, zippers and more

All Craft Supplies - Velcro, purse handles, purse hardware, embellishments

Friday, September 5, 2008

New Clothes for Some Old Chairs

I scored these 2 great chairs at the Antiques by the Bay, 2 chairs for $75. They are Henredon which are great quality. I'm looking forward to my first attempt at refinishing and reupholstering.

I'm planning to strip and re-stain the wood. Not sure if I should go dark or light. Once I decide that then I can find some fun fabric to recover the back. I'm using the "Before" and "Afters" from Design Sponge for inspiration. I can't wait to share the "after" pictures.

Monday, September 1, 2008


I have been drooling over so many adorable patchwork and applique projects I just had to whip one up myself. It came out pretty well I think and looks just like my house.
I have one request already for another. I'm still deciding whether I like this type of stitch. I might try some hand stitching with embroidery floss. This is one project that is great for immediate gratification. Can't wait to share some more!