Pop-up at Rickshaw Bags

Bay Area locals, this posts for you!

There's a pop-up shop happening this Saturday at Rickshaw Bags in the Dog Patch. I'll be participating selling my Kitty Confetti goods along with five other vendors + Ritual Coffee.

The details:
Saturday May 2nd, 11am-3pm @ Rickshaw Bags. 904 22nd st. 
6 vendors + Ritual Coffee

After you shop the pop-up stay in the hood. The dog patch has lots to keep you amused. All within walking distance of Rickshaw is my favorite art supply store Arch, yummy treats at Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous (ice cream!), and for your visual senses The Museum of Craft and Design. 

You're guaranteed to leave the neighborhood with the perfect Mothers Day gift. 

Calligraphy chalk for Chiotras

I recently had the opportunity to take my first stab at chalk pho-calligraphy for Chiotras Grocery. They're my neighborhood corner store and sandwich shop (note they're not actually on a corner). They had a huuuuuge chalkboard perfect for making a menu board. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some of my progress images. I'm happy to say it's complete! Well except for a couple sandwiches being added to the menu. How could I forget one of my favs; eggplant, pesto, mozzarella!?

I'm really excited to see how this helps out the business. Before the sign was even put up on the wall one of my neighbors remarked "Lox bagel! I want that!" I told him it's always been on the menu. This highlighted perfectly why I wanted to work on this project. I love my little market. It's always a great experience being a customer but I wanted it to be even better for everyone.

Because this chalkboard is so huge it actually wasn't made of slate. That would be hella heavy. That made it a little more difficult to erase mistakes but for the most part windex helped do the trick. In this process I discovered a new tool. Bistro Chalk Markers are just like paint pens but with chalk ink! Erasable! Mind blown. 

Before starting in on the big menu I did some color tests on a mini chalkboard I had and then created the above specials board to start. For the larger menu I sketched the bigger words with pencil along with the dividing lines. You can see some of the pencil marks in the pics below but when looking from a distance you don't see them. The graphite can be removed with windex as well but involved more elbow grease than I had available. 

If you're ever in Potrero Hill and in need of a sandwich take a visit to Chiotras! A great store and great neighbors with yelp reviews to prove it.

Thank you Gritchelle Fallesgon for getting a couple pics of me working on the sign early in the process.

#nofilter

[Photo of the photo by Gritchelle Fallesgon.   Photo in the photo by me.]

[Photo of the photo by Gritchelle Fallesgon. Photo in the photo by me.]

A couple friends and I had planned to nerd out at a Polaroid Land Camera BBQ a few weeks ago. When the event was canceled we decided to go on our own photo walk. Fall is San Francisco's summer. We've been having some beautiful days and we lucked out with a bright clear one for our adventure. The day before it had rained cats and dogs.

Our toys positioned in order of age. Mine are on either end. 

Our toys positioned in order of age. Mine are on either end. 

I've owned my Polaroid Cool Cam since the late 80's but I've only had my Land Camera (circa 1965-67) for a couple years. I really haven't used it much so I was happy to learn that I had friends who owned them too and we could experiment together.

My cohorts for the day,  Gritchelle  and  Shawn.       

My cohorts for the day, Gritchelle and Shawn.  

The polaroids.

 

My first double exposure. 

My first double exposure. 

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Sort of a panoramic while figuring out exposure.

Sort of a panoramic while figuring out exposure.

Learning about what's actually in the frame. 

Learning about what's actually in the frame. 

Grabbing the last light of the day. This was a double exposure that didn't exactly work. 

Grabbing the last light of the day. This was a double exposure that didn't exactly work. 

The film for the Land Camera is made by Fuji so it's been continuously available even with the disappearance of Polaroid film. All of our camera's have been refurbished to use modern batteries. I'm reluctant to say I paid about $125 for my camera. If you keep your eyes open you can find them for free or cheap. 

 

My cool cam wasn't cooperating. This is the only pic that kinda worked. I think the Impossible Project film I was using was just too old. 

My cool cam wasn't cooperating. This is the only pic that kinda worked. I think the Impossible Project film I was using was just too old. 

The day was too gorgeous to not share some more full color images from my Canon EOS M. 

A classic.

A classic.

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Bridge lights.

Bridge lights.

The day ended with five million silly photo's like this one.  [photo by Gritchelle Fallesgon]

The day ended with five million silly photo's like this one.  [photo by Gritchelle Fallesgon]

#AltSF

My  Instagrams ; mostly from the Alt parties.

My Instagrams; mostly from the Alt parties.

I've never been so obsessed with a hash tag in my life. Last week I went to a bloging conference at The Fairmont. I've been gleaming information from around the web about Altitude Summit for months so I was expecting nothing less than amazing. In anticipation, the day before the conference, I started stalking the hash tag on Instagram. Maybe it's because I'm new to Instagram but I couldn't help but be excited to watch people pack their bags, prepare their business cards and start arriving in San Francisco. I got to be the tourist in my city watching peeps get excited by trolly cars, china town, Dolores Park and baked goods from Tartine.

If you read nothing further in my post know that Altitude Summit is not just for bloggers. It's relevant to anyone with a creative small business living in the internet age. No blog post can do justice to the full Alt experience. I'm still stalking the hash tag but now I've moved to twitter stalking for all the articles pouring in from fellow bloggers. It was a pretty intimate conference but impossible to connect with everyone. If you read everyone's Alt wrap-ups you'll get a good scope of all the brain food we're all still gnawing on.

Altitude Summit was indeed more than amazing but I have a hunch the weeks and months ahead are going to be the actual amazing. 

 

Opening keynote by Mariam Naficy.

Opening keynote by Mariam Naficy.

Furiously note taking wrapped in all my layers. Chilly room filled with warm peeps.

Furiously note taking wrapped in all my layers. Chilly room filled with warm peeps.

Chatting with  Creative Bug  about the importance of handmade in my life.

Chatting with Creative Bug about the importance of handmade in my life.

[7/26/2013 update] Here's the video being made in the above pic. 

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What I was most looking forward to by attending Alt was to connect with local bloggers. There were plenty of opportunities and I was not disappointed. The cards above represent all the conversations that were had. It was amazing to walk into a space where everyone was equally friendly and willing to share information with each other.

In the spirit of this community there's some link love below which could contain your newest blog addiction or resource. I've organized these a bit Bay Area centric so local peeps might be able to more easily find some of the services this group offers. In the mix are photographers, designers, writers, artists, and more.

Bay-ish Area
megantsang.com
superduperfantastic.com
A recent article by Chantel Lamers
may-belle.com
wishi washi studio
animalheadvintage.com
moment-us.com
52weeksproject.com
lilyspruce.com
lifeinadress.com
servingseconds.com
notmerelyliving.com
Ellen from juvenilehalldesign.com created the paper flowers for the Alice in Pinterland Party.
mercarty.com
caninesandcouture.com

Out of the Bay
lovecourtxoxo.com
navyst.com 
spruceaustin.com
thesweetescape.ca
pagingsupermom.com
kellywestover.com
@inkjewel
keep.com
pamgarrison.com
welovecitrus.com

Conference pics in this post courtesy of Altitude Summit. Shot by Brooke Dennis and sponsored by Atly. Thanks! 

Lastly a little note about sponsorship. I have never been to any event with as much swag and sponsor interaction as this one. I had an epiphany at the very end when Gabrielle, organizer of Alt, was thanking the sponsors. The sponsors are exactly why I was there. Why I paid a very reasonable $260ish for two evenings of food and parties and a full day of valuable information. I was lucky that I live locally and didn't have the other expenses out of town guests burdened. I AM THANKFUL. I GET IT. And now some link love for the sponsors.

Bing
Joss & Main
Creative Bug, thanks for the fabulous dinner. I am so happy to have enjoyed another fun event in your creative space. 
MailChimp
Michael Miller Fabrics
Acura, thanks for a fabulous desert party at The Fairmont where I almost fell into an infinite loop and meta meta'd while printing and instagraming.
Joy & Revelry
Vivint
Atly
And last (literally) but not least I fell down the rabbit hole at Pinterest.