From Half Moon Bay, Big Sur, Carmel to Monterey... I love living in the Bay Area for these amazing weekend getaways.

Normandy and Loire Valley

Paris in July

Giverny photos if you missed it, here. Versailles, Normandy and Loire Valley coming up.
In the meantime, enjoy our photos from Paris! It was a wonderful place to be. 

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Alameda

I'm so happy to announce my illustrated city map of Alameda! Here are some progress shots of the cut outs and the final images (the last one is a limited edition run)! Get yours here, if you'd like. Also you'll soon be able to find them at Collector Art and SFO International Airport. Thanks for all the memories and love, Alameda! 

Final! 

Final! 

I made a limited edition run for my church family at Grace Alameda as a Christmas gift. Look lower left :)

I made a limited edition run for my church family at Grace Alameda as a Christmas gift. Look lower left :)

Piedmont Avenue Stroll

This month, I am Valentine's featured artist for Piedmont Avenue Stroll starting today! It will be from 6-9pm, but all artwork will be available for a whole month. There will be original illustrations, post cards, letterpress cards, greeting cards, and prints for sale. 

Valentine's: 3820 Piedmont Ave. Oakland, CA

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided tonight! 

Giverny

We really enjoyed all the gardens and parks we visited in France, especially Claude Monet's garden and home in Giverny. The fragrance, greenery and colors of this place was just flourishing.

Weaving

I've been following Brooklyn-based Maryanne Moodie's beautiful work for a long time and jumped at the opportunity when she announced her workshop at Makeshift Society during her short stay in San Francisco! It was so enjoyable and now I really love to weave every chance I get. There's so many different possibilities and experimentations I'd love to try in the near future. After completing my first weaving, I quickly got onto make my second one because I was terrified of forgetting all the techniques I learned! Knowledge that's used sticks to the mind! 

demo

demo

class set up

class set up

some of Maryanne's beautiful weavings

some of Maryanne's beautiful weavings

my first try at weaving. see the full image here

my first try at weaving. see the full image here

second weaving in the works

second weaving in the works

Resources: There were quite of few experienced weavers I met who gave me some great recommendations on finding yarn + other resources around the Bay Area. So far, I learned that ImagiKnit carries an impressive collection of yarn in the city (although I haven't been myself yet). I also discovered A Verb for Keeping Warm (favorite so far) and Piedmont Yarn in Oakland. Maryanne created the hashtag #SFweavers to connect with other local weavers in my area. Lastly, here are two books I requested from my library: Weaving on a Cardboard Loom and Wall Hangings

Iceland part 3

Here are just a couple more photos to conclude my travel to Iceland with Albert. We took over 2,000 photos and it makes me happy to go through them every now and then. Such fun keepsakes... memories for a lifetime.

Also a friend from New York recently reached out asking for recommendations so thought I'd copy paste our camping experiences and favorite places here.

Enjoy!

Black sand beaches.

Black sand beaches.

Went on a boat and saw at least a thousand jellyfishes. 

Went on a boat and saw at least a thousand jellyfishes. 

Of course.

Of course.

Waterfall to the left, rainbow to the right, sprinkling rain and very moist grass.

Waterfall to the left, rainbow to the right, sprinkling rain and very moist grass.

Albert cooking soup for dinner. 

Albert cooking soup for dinner. 

Off the side of the road. Iceland's "freeways" are glorious.

Off the side of the road. Iceland's "freeways" are glorious.

A girl and her horse. 

A girl and her horse. 

Swimming in the Blue Lagoon. It's the saltiest, milkiest, and hottest water ever!

Swimming in the Blue Lagoon. It's the saltiest, milkiest, and hottest water ever!

Albert and I camped through the southwest and southeast of Iceland from Reykjavik, except for the first night (we stayed at the KEX Hostel). Camping was an awesome way to travel through the country, especially since we were always on the go. I'd highly recommend it if you're up for the adventure :) We searched camp sites through Campingcard and were even able to find locations with showers, outlets, stoves, etc., but also saw many other campers setting their tents wherever they pleased. Our car rental was from SADcars and all of our camping equipment/gears were from Iceland Camping Equipment. It never really got dark when we went in July so each night, we pulled our beanies over our eyes in order to shut some of the light out.  On another note, we bought bus tickets from the airport to our hostel through Flybus and from the city center, we rented a car. 

Here are some places we tried and loved: 

Food:
1. Hverfisgata 12 - pizza and salmon
2. Icelandic Fish and Chips - fish and chips
3. Mokka-Kaffi - coffee
4. Baejarins Beztu Pylsur - Icelandic hot dogs
5. Kex Hostel - good coffee, breakfast and bar

Shopping:
1. Geysir - wool socks and sweaters in beautiful colors
2. Reykjavik Trading Co. 
*Note: We only bought music and lava salt! 

Places to See: 
1. Blue Lagoon
2. Geysir
3. Gullfoss
4. Vik
5. Svartifoss 
6. Skaftafell 
7. Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon
8. Hallgrimskirkja Church
9. Harpa
10. And when you're driving and you see fields of horses, sheep, and lava fields covered in moss, you just pull over :) 

*Another popular way of traveling through Iceland: http://www.happycampers.is/ 

If you missed my other posts: here's one and two

Fruits

My talented friend Kathy made the cutest, one of a kind dresses for her daughters Penny and Emma. I was so thrilled she wanted to use my fruit patterns and I'm so excited to be sharing the outcome. With fabrics ordered through Spoonflower, she sewed up 2 dresses, 1 skirt, and some tissue holders for me (thank you)!! There are more adorable photos of her girls on her blog, Love the Lockes. Kathy's really inspired me to make more pattern work and to start learning how to sew. 

fabric–one small, one big

fabric–one small, one big

front and back

front and back

Other fruity thoughts:

Beginnings of the pattern using watercolor

Beginnings of the pattern using watercolor

This fruit pattern is also available as phone cases and many other devices via Nuvango.