San Francisco Bazaar!!!

This morning the Wee Girl and I went down to San Francisco’s Fort Mason to attend San Francisco Bazaar, my favorite local (and free!) craft show.  It isn’t the kind of craft fair you might remember from your childhood, with doilies and cheesy stuff.  This is funky, cool, edgy, very San Francisco and very awesome!  If you are in the area, it’s really, really worth the effort to attend.

http://sanfranciscobazaar.org/shows/holidayshow/

Some of my favorites this year:

Geeky neckties for your favorite fandom!  By Pepe and Ale, https://www.etsy.com/shop/Muluk

Geeky neckties for your favorite fandom! By Pepe and Ale, https://www.etsy.com/shop/Muluk

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Beautiful rings!

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I heart this!!!

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soooo cute!

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I love this idea!

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These little guys!!!

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Bowties ARE cool.

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Upcycled potholders!

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If I didn’t already have my soot sprite mug from 2 years ago….

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www.gneisswood.com They have really neat items– from lovely inspirational quotes to the San Francisco skyline to slightly dirty jokes…. And the lad who talked to us was super nice and friendly.

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Upcycled fingerless gloves! Really, really lovely!

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Fantastic woodwork!

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If only I could rock this look, it would be so handy!

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Who doesn’t need an angry kitty tote bag??!!

The Girl was such a good sport while I looked at everything (it helped that lots of vendors have dishes of complimentary sweets for the taking, and that we had her friend and his family join us, and that there is just so much CUTE STUFF!).  My only regret is that I knew that Chibi  https://www.etsy.com/shop/chibiland had a Star Wars cloth bucket for sale and I didn’t buy it, and it sold after we had been there.  That’s the risk with hand-made/one of a kind!  You can’t just put it on your wish list, because it might not be available later!

Luckily the Wee Boy had a long, well-timed nap, so we were able to continue our mother/daughter time while ignoring housework.  Walking around amongst so much creativity and artistic talent, I left feeling as refreshed as if I’d spent the morning at the beach or in the woods.   With such a relaxing start, the kids behaved better than usual all day, I was much more patient than ususal… I declare it the best Sunday we’ve had since…. last year’s San Francisco Bazaar??

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Randomly, on a Friday…

This afternoon I finally got around to hemming some jeans I bought on Cyber Monday. I’m not usually into buying things a certain way on specific days, but 40% off was a good deal and I desperately needed a new pair.

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I think they turned out fine. At least I didn’t notice anyone staring or pointing, so that’s good.

Then, since I had my machine out, I finished up some ornaments the Wee Girl and I had started a few weeks back. They turned out cute but rather large. Next time I’d make them smaller, and not connect the pair of mittens.  The pattern for the trees had buttons as ornaments, but my collection of buttons isn’t that cute, so I sewed on beads instead.  I still have a penguin ornament that I prepared to sew, but it seems to have disappeared….

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After school pick up and a short stint at a park, the kids and I hit Blick for some new watercolor paper and left with a bit more than that. Of course. I loved these paper dolls but didn’t get them.  Maybe they’ll show up in my Christmas stocking….

 

 

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I love the art supply store a little too much.  There are so many things I’d love to buy or try out, but my time is so limited, and I have too many hobbies already.  I guess it’s a good dilemma to have.  After all, you will never, ever see me write that I’m bored!

After bed time, I started in on my new watercolor paper, just messing around a bit, and playing with ideas for holiday cards or nengajyo.

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I used to draw and paint so much, but since having kids I have done so little. It feels so rusty, but nice to be back trying it out.