Foray into the City

Another foray into the city! This time with my sister. These images combine my love of photography, fashion, and architecture! My sister, shown in the images, was more than happy to be my model and I can’t be more thrilled! She’s a makeup artist, fashionista, and marketing guru and has her own blog over at theeverydayelevated,com. if ya’ll ever need a new blog to read.Β  I still need to fine tune my photography skills, like taking sharp pictures of the subject. But practice makes perfect right?!? I really love the splendor of San Francisco City Hall. It’s no wonder that so many brides and grooms take their wedding photos here because it’s beautiful and of course, FREE to enter. That’s a good selling point for me.

On this trip we walked along Mission Street and Van Ness. I don’t believe I ever been on this side of town. Mission Street is busy and rambunctious and full of life. We went down that street mainly to visit Anaise, a minimalist women’s clothing store that carries the binu-binu korean soap line that I really like! My cousin gave me one as a gift and ever since then I couldn’t wait to try out more! The packaging and soap design is so simple and beautiful which is the main reason I like it. Plus the natural ingredients and process doesn’t hurt. πŸ™‚ They have beautiful pottery there…a little more than I’m willing to pay at this time..but beautiful nevertheless. That’s the next thing I want to pursue…pottery and ceramic!

S U C C U L E N T and F L O W E R S

I’m not sure when all this wool felt flowers creation started…probably with a baby mobile I created over a year ago and it sort of just blew up from there! I really love the colors and feel of this merino wool blend felt from benzie felt. My latest favorites are these succulents out of wool felt. Although I love the real plants too…these wool felt offer many decorative options without the watering and dirt that comes along with it.

Anybody owns an etsy shop that is struggling with sales like me? I just can’t seem to get more views. Maybe there’s just too many competition out there? Til next time…

Calaveras Bridges Hiking Trail

Probably one of my favorite hikes of the year…(full disclosure: I think I’ve only been on one so far lol)…but I’ve been to several last year and this by far is breathtakingly beautiful and majestic with the cave that we swam and lugged our backpacks across. The water is cold but manageable. The cave itself is probably less than a 1/4 mile. I sure wish I have a water camera for those moments to capture the inside of the cave but memories will have to suffice. It is beautiful and momentous in its grandeur. I love natural arches. This is definitely a hike you want to experience if you live in the northern valley or even if you don’t. It’s a short drive from Stockton, about an hour or so. We had a nice relaxing lunch on the other side of the stream, thanks to Mel who brought a lot of fresh fruits and banh mi and my brother and Kasey who brought the protein (beef jerkey and nuts). There was an older couple who was interested in going through the cave so my brother and Kase generously offer their inflatables inner tubes (?) to them. Gratuit! Such a pay it forward moment that for the rest of their life they will have us to thank for that precious memory. So much fun!!! I will definitely do this hike again! Β 

 

ravaged B E A U T Y

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Recently a client asked me to replicate a mobile like the one on the very top and it has inspired me soo much that I created another two mobiles with the same “ravaged” beauty in mind! The crazy messy unkempt natural beauty that these mobiles portray. I think they will look so lovely in a garden-inspired room! Or any whimsical baby’s nursery. I thought some more of what I really what I want to do…and I think I would like to design nursery spaces! But I’m not sure where to start…since I don’t have an interior design degree or any experiences…well aside from personal home projects which I have to say I’m quite proud of. In an ideal situation, it will be cool if there were contractors or residential architects who has a small business and looking for a design partner (the design aspect) and I can step in! I guess with working on my little shop I haven’t taken the necessary steps to make it happen yet. But as my shop and products get more noticed maybe something will happen. πŸ™‚ The next big thing for my shop is happening this friday at the Fountains in Roseville! I’m setting my expectations low but this event will gain more exposure for my products. Stay tuned and I will let you know how it goes and of course pictures from the event.

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First Mobile I ever Created – Updated

This color scheme was the first wool felt baby mobile I ever created! And this continue to be one of the favorites in my shop! Because of a client’s custom request to have felt leaves adorn the wooden ring on the outside…I’m now adding it to my shop because the addition makes it so sweet. But I do love it with the natural bamboo showing too. Can’t decide. That is life.

And below is a new one I just created! I do love the addition of the hanging tassels. So dreamy right?!? With colored walls this one will sure stand out! I just need to find or create a nursery to showcase these beauties! I’m open to suggestions. πŸ™‚

Thanks for sticking with me while I go on and on about these mobiles! I haven’t follow thru with my internal goal for this blog…to write about different themes/adventures as I would like to. I hope to change that soon. πŸ™‚

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Outdoor Nursery

I finally was able to repaint the crib white donated by my generous cousin! I can’t believe it cost her $500! I still need some wooden dowels to make it easier to take apart once I take it on the road with me. My next venue, hopefully, is the Fountains in Roseville, First Friday of every month. I also need to create a makeshift mattress for decorative purposes!Β  These pictures were taken in my backyard…so there wasn’t a lot of empty greenery space as I would like…but it will do for now. I love how these mobiles look in a natural environment especially since they are created to resemble the beauty of all the flowers and plants around us. I wonder how interior spaces affects babies and their cognitive abilities. I know parents create nursery spaces mainly for them because let’s face it…newborns can’t really admire all the furniture in their room…but I do wonder…what they absorb in their surroundings. I know certain colors create peace and calm, while others excite.

I also placed postcards on the parking lot of Babies R Us which I’ve never done before since I feel kind of ridiculous or maybe I feel like it’s soliciting. But I’m glad I did it…who knows maybe something will come out of it.

Tomorrow, June 8th will be the anniversary of the day I quit my job a year ago. I can’t believe how time has passed. It has been an adventure for sure. Full of challenges and doubts. It was hard (and still) adapting to the financial aspect, of not having the same income level, of budgeting and not being able to spend like I was used to, but it many ways it has taught me so much, of who I want to be, who I am. Despite all that, there has never been any regrets. It has definitely made me a more creative person! Instead of just jotting down ideas, I actually have time to follow through on them. The hardest lesson I’ve learned, still learning, is that it doesn’t have to be perfect to put it out there. You can always fine-tuned it down the line. Don’t let that fear, that desire for perfection, stop you from putting it out there! You hear me, Ca?!?! LOL. I’m so proud of you for finally taking that leap to create your clothing line! I’m excited to see it on etsy.

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New Baby Mobiles Design and Colors

I’ve been on a storm creating these baby mobiles…starting below with one of the popular colors’ scheme with a twist…flowers and leaves on the bamboo hoop. I think I like the addition of the blooms around the hoop!

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My new favorite! With light pink/peach cabbage roses, baby roses, baby breath, and mixed of foliage surrounding a bamboo hoop, this enchanting baby mobile will look so beautiful in a baby girl nursery. White leather string adds a bohemian flair to this romantic baby decor.

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Custom Colors to match a client’s baby girl blanket. Love this color combination!

My mom’s favorite! She loves this out of all the baby mobiles I’ve created for clients. πŸ™‚ Mom and her color purple. I like too many different color combinations that I can never decide. If I ever have a house, I’m sure my rooms will have soo many different themes. I’m not kidding. πŸ™‚

Road Trip to Canada and bordering states….

Last week I took a road trip to some parts of Canada with a friend. We flew into Montreal and drove straight to Quebec…which took about 3 hrs. By the time, we got there it was in the evening time so we walked around our hotel area which had lots of unique coffee shops, but unfortunately it was Sunday so it closed early. We had dinner at this Vietnamese/Thai fusion because after many layovers and long flights, nice warm pho broth sounds real good especially since it was in the 50s. Too bad, the food was not good. Flavorless broth…oh well…that’s what we get for ordering Vietnamese food in Quebec. LOL. The next morning we spent half a day at Old Quebec…favorite part of the city/province? We parked out car at the Port of Quebec as you can see below it still icy out in the water.

Old Quebec as promised, has the charm of those European cities on the other side of the pond. Quaint buildings and flowerpots and cobblestone streets/alleys makes me happy! πŸ™‚

Ate lunch of escargots and smoked salmon salad here. Sunny day with heat lamp makes for an enjoyable lunch. Not a lot of people out this time of the year.

See? Deserted alleyway!

After Quebec we drove to Montreal and stayed next to the Olympic Stadium, no events happening there unfortunately. We didn’t really get to explore Montreal because we had to head out early to get to Toronto/Niagara Falls which is a 6+ hour drive and had to make it back in time to switch cars to drive over to the states. Apparently it’s cheaper if you rent a car within Canada, but as soon as you make it over to the states, prices doubled! So that’s why we had to rent two different cars. We just barely make it around Chinatown in Toronto before heading to Niagara Falls. It was sunny that afternoon/evening…fortunately for us, because my traveling companion did not pack her jacket! Once we got to Horseshoe Falls, it was crazy wet though! lol. Love the mist. Such an amazing sight to behold. Hauntingly beautiful in its velocity and pure volume of water cascading/thundering down.

And that concludes the Canada portion of our road trip. I wished we had more time to really explore Canada…but that’s where next time come into play, right? Note: Montreal to Toronto, the road we drove was pretty uneventful…nothing appealing to stop by.

Changed car in Buffalo, New York and proceeded to drive to New Jersey to meet up with the rest of our traveling companions. It was rainy that day so the drive was dreary and blistery. We stayed the night in Travose, New Jersey for the night and headed to Philadelphia the next morning. Had my first taste of authentic Philly cheese steak and it did not disappoint! I had mine with provolone cheese and onions! Yummmmmyy. Too bad it was a big sandwich and I couldn’t finish it and no microwave in hotel room so couldn’t even save it. 😦 I heard they’re not good afterwards anyways…at least that’s what I’m telling myself. Tried to go to the Art Museum with the famous “Rocky” steps but it was closed off because of the NFL Draft happening that day! Onwards to Jersey Shore! We got there when it was evening time so it was foggy and misty…but the sand and water is clean and beautiful nevertheless. I love the ocean, shoreline, body of water and try to go there, in any country, or state, any chance I can get, regardless of the weather. I remembered once driving 8 hours to and from in Costa Rica, just to take in the ocean breeze and water on my feet. My traveling companions at the time was not so keen. Anyways, back to present day New Jersey. Next day, took a shuttle from the hotel to New York and walked downtown in crazy Time Square and Central Park. Feels like San Francisco to me. But more crowded. Took a free ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. One of my must visit place on this trip was the World Trade Center Memorial Site or Ground Zero as they called it. So beautiful and sad. I keep meaning to look up the architect behind the design because it is eerily beautiful with the water cascading down.

All in all, a short but fast paced road trip. I definitely needed another vacation after that. Til next time, dear readers!

Do you have any upcoming adventures in the works? I sure hope you do!

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