It’s that time of year again, when I start thinking about my motto for the new year. I think in 2014 I need to be more proactive—and less reactive. And get myself on a schedule. (Hence, the title of this post.) As a freelancer working from home, staying flexible can become a slippery slope that often leads to nothing getting done—unless I’m on deadline of course. And these beautifully designed calendars should do a better job of helping me plan for the weeks ahead.
I’ve been thinking a lot about re-doing my apartment lately. For the past year I’ve been looking for a coffee table, which in turn has made me re-think the sofa (in addition to my home office, which has extended into my living room). So in order to streamline I’ve decided to sell a few things.
A bunch of the blogs I follow have been promoting a new furniture re-sale service called Chairish, so I decided to give it a try. The last few times I listed with Craigs List I got lots of spam and shady replies. And I have no desire to figure out shipping via eBay. So Chairish just seemed like a good option as they handle shipping arrangements and payment for a small % of the sale.
One of the first items I listed was this pair of danish modern chairs—which sold 14 days later. (Ironically, the buyers are local so shipping wasn’t even an issue). Done and done.
And now I’m on a roll: I have a bunch of items listed for sale on Chairish (links below). In fact I’m rethinking the whole apartment! So if you’re looking for something new (or old), take a look. Maybe one of these old treasures can become yours.
Pair of Kofod Larsen Ottomans
Danish Modern Cocktail Table
Original Oil Painting
In my continued pursuit of crafting and homemade goods, I ended up at the Nova Studio over the weekend. My friend Anne discovered this place through a reference at a farmers’ market, and we decided to sign up for a beginner cold process soap-making class. Located in the Point Richmond Historic District (which I’d never been to), this place couldn’t have been any cuter.
I had big dreams of starting my own soap-making businesses from my kitchen, until I read page two, or so, of the class handout—and discovered lye (the key ingredient) could burn through skin and potentially blind a person. Sigh … I guess this was not going to become my side business after all.
Still, it was fun to watch our instructors measure, mix, and give tips on all the various ingredients. And to be honest, I’ve never actually heard of any soap-making horror stories. People do it all the time, right? So I’ll probably be back for Soap Making 201, where students get to make soap using the additives and scents of their choice, and take it home to set. Until then, I’ll be shopping handmade soap with a newfound respect for the makers.
A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I went to visit his family in Great Barrington, MA—part of the southern Berkshires. I’ve been only once before—in the summer when it was very hot. So it was really nice being there in the Fall this time, among the mountains and changing leaves. Most of them had already dropped, but there were pockets of crimson, ochre, and orange to be had. So we went on a lot of walks, and naturally, I took a lot of nature pics. Here are a few to give you a sense of what the #1 small town in America looks like right now.
One of the highlights was a trip to The Clark Institute, an art museum in nearby Williamstown. It consists of two buildings connected by hiking trails. The main building is under construction and I can’t wait to go back and check it out next year.
I also loved walking through the Great Barrington neighborhood of “the rich and famous”. Most of the homes are huge yet quaint, and very New Englandy looking. I didn’t get a great shot of Chris Noth’s house—or I would have posted it.
Our main hike was at Beartown State Forest in nearby Monterey. We walked along the Benedict Pond Loop, and I was relieved not to see any bears.
I can only imagine how beautiful this area was a few weeks before. I think next year we’ll plan to go a little earlier and see Autumn full-on.
So, I just got back from my (very) relaxing vacation to The Berkshires, and while I was there I picked up a really bad habit: computer games! More specifically: Dots.
I never engage in these types of games, but once I saw the pretty little graphics I succumbed to my curiosity and gave it a try. I was the last holdout. The others were already dozens of games in at that point and glued to their iPhones. And for the next four days all we could think about was connecting those damn dots with a finger swipe and topping our scores. And it never got old. I don’t know why it’s so addictive, but by the time I got off the plane in SF I knew I had to quit cold turkey—or this thing was gonna interfere with my day job. It’s been 24 hours and so far so good.
Have you guys played? If not, and you’re looking for a fun way to kill some time (like on a delayed cross country flight), go for it. But consider yourself warned.
Wow—so much has happened in the last two weeks: I’ve been completely buried in freelance work, we’ve gone from tropical summer to full-on winter here in SF, visitors have come and gone, and I’ve barely had time to keep up with the blog—let alone carve a pumpkin. And now I’m taking off for the East Coast for a little R&R. I doubt there will be any roses to stop and smell, so maybe more like pine needles and crisp air. I’m hoping to come back refreshed, inspired and a little more balanced than when I left. Enjoy the end of October, and Happy Halloween!
I recently received word that one of my card designs for Minted’s New Year’s Photo Card Challenge was chosen—and it is now officially for sale on their site! Paint It Happy is my first win on Minted, so I’m very excited. (It’s funny, I design things that people see every day, but for some reason this one feels more exciting.)
Once the initial design was chosen, I needed to submit it in different color options, along with backer, liner and label designs. It looks like they tweaked the font a bit (which they said may happen), changed the family name, and added an interior layout option—but all in all kept the original look. You can see how it all came together right here.