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Friday, February 27, 2009

My work: Web design


So I'm getting back to doing design and I have to say... Web layouts have always been a passion of mines. I’ve been learning html since the beginning of time.

10 years ago my cousin had introduced me to angelfire.com where you can make your own webpage for free. We used to do it to kill time. Oh the days of rolling marquees and sparking gif images on everything. Knowledge of html helped us to also pump up our AsianAvenue.com page. It was like Facebook with a bunch of Asians *he he he*. Although those were the days… I’m evolving to do simple layouts.

I’ve learn...overtime web design they tend to look dated. I am working on a new background for my own design site. But I wanted to hurry and get one of my friend’s site up because like I mentioned in the previous post I’m helping her to get up and running world wide. The sooner I’m done with her website the sooner I can move on to other projects. I wish there was two of me.

Happy Weekend everyone!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

PSA: Ocean Beach Cleanup March 21, 2009

I did it. I signed up for a community event that will promote goodness in the world. Ok not the world but in my little world in SF. I'll be assisting in cleaning Ocean Beach. I'm so happy that my husband agreed to go. Well see on that day if he'll really go and help. But it's only 2 hrs come on. It's not that long. I know I'll be grossed out with what I'll find but it's for a good cause. Ocean beach held a lot of good memories for me. It's a perfect place to start.

Read more about the cause or sign up: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/station/as_seen_on/Ocean-Beach-Cleanup-March-21-2009.html

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Personal Spiel: Busy work week

It's been crazy hectic. Work is condensing some work areas soo we have to make sure we get rid of our supplies that is out in the warehouse. So it's been putting pressure on me to catch up.

At home, oh my poor apartment has been torn upside down because of my schedule. I've been trying to promote for a club, set up my etsy, design my website, and do some designs for my friends (hence one of them is the t-shirt).

I'll be showing some products I'll be selling on Etsy. Handmade jewelry by my friend who is not so net savvy. Oh these pieces are beautiful! I bought one myself to wear for my Aftershoot session/Trash the Dress photo session that's scheduled next month. And that's when I first met her a year ago. Her design and new collection has evolved. I'm trying to convince her to do a giveaway to launch her etsy store. I'll also get her to sit down and do a tutorial as well. So stay tuned.

I finished a few invitation orders and I'm very proud of myself. It's a lot of work and I basically put my life on hold because I've made a few mistakes along the way. Which cause quite a few pennies to fix but I learned my lesson and moving right along!

Handmade gifts. Can you believe with all my seldom free time I am making things by hand for people bdays, holidays, and showers. I think I'm insane.

So I've been busy. I will post photos of everything I've been doing soon.

Monday, February 23, 2009

My work: T-shirts

So my girlfriends and I are doing a photoshoot soon with my fave photographer Ed Pingol Photography. There are 13 ladies plus their kids and some husband that would participating on this day. Their are questions if all participants everyday but the ladies are confirmed. So we decided in some of the photos we wanted to sport T's. I started designing potentials right away.

Litte history bachground: We are a group of ladies where most of us grew up in San Jose and attended Independence High School. Then the others we met through our friendship from one friend. We all went our separate ways, have our differences with each other, but basically grew up together. It's a fairly large group of female friends and some are closer than others but we identify ourselves as the group we hung out with. We call ourselves "Horses" (a story no one can understand) and "Superstarz". Superstarz came from an inside joke from our yearly girl trips to Las Vegas. Now the back will vary to our own catch phrase.




Friday, February 20, 2009

PSA: Kindness Kitchen Volunteer Lunch Program


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Kindness Kitchen Volunteer Lunch Program

HAPPY FRIDAY! One of my NY's resolution is to spread goodness by volunteering and promoting programs like Kindness Kitchen Volunteer Lunch Program. I found out about this place from the Daily Candy SF.

Here's a copy of the article:
Whoever said there’s no such thing as a free lunch is eating at the wrong restaurant.

Not that Maharani’s Joy Kapur is letting you off scot-free. At Kindness Kitchen, his new Sunday volunteer lunch program, diners are expected to recycle the karma.

Kapur serves complimentary vegetarian and vegan Indian meals out of the kindness of his heart (yes, really). If you partake, he just asks that you pay what you can or return the goodwill to the community via a good deed or two.

Not surprisingly, Kapur needs donations — 10 percent of monthly proceeds are given to Home of Hope, a nonprofit for orphaned and abandoned kids. But he also needs volunteers to cook, serve, and help his team.

It gives whole new meaning to the joy of cooking.

-Source of article here

More info: http://site.kindnesskitchen.com/

What a great way to start off the weekend... knowing there people like Kapur in the world. Be safe everyone and stay warm!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Great Finds: JAPANESE BABY SHOES PATTERN


Etsy seller "greenjelly" have this pdf pattern she emails you for a low price of $3.95. She has quick and easy information on how to sew it together. I made my first pair and it's adorable.

But I made these in a hurry and didn't pay attention... so:


He he he. At least I'll get it right the next time.

For greenjelly's Etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5108961

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Workshop Review: Crafty Haven


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I mentioned a few weeks ago about this new creative workshop location in SF. Well my friend/co-worker Claire and I said we would check one of their classes. Just when we said that I get an email that said bring a friend for 25% off. And so we signed up.

The rates were a little expensive especially she and I took park rec classes. If you have never taken a park rec class they are roughly (depending on the class) $100 for like 8 weeks. She took hers in Oakland and I took mines in SSF. We both had difference experience but regardless we both walked away knowing how to do the following:
- thread the machine
- change the thread
- do basic stitches
- change the footers
- the difference in needles and footer

So we thought to take Crafty Haven's Basics Part Deux class. We walked away from this class feeling very enriched with knowledge. Let me tell you why.

First of all. There was only 5 of us in the class. In my park rec there's 15 of us. I felt I was knowledgeable after my park rec classes. But after this workshop I felt like the door of understanding has opened up because of the small class environment. Sewing is more intricate than it seems. There's so many aspects of it to make it a clean polish that even I didn't anticipate. The only way we would notice if there was a close interaction with the teacher. When my machine jammed... I was pointed out by the instructor all too quickly. I was embarrassed but she gave me a tip on how to troubleshoot it quickly. Before this class I was would fumble with the machine for hours. In my park rec class it would take the teacher a lot longer to notice I was behind b/c of my jammed machine.




I never in my life produce something that looks sooo clean.

Secondly we moved as a class. In a park rec class you're given an assignment to do for the next few weeks. It could be the same it could be different. This caused me to be lost some days. At Crafty Haven we were given the same tasks. Moving as a class it allows us all to absorb the lessons of the day progressively together.

Thirdly the results were something I can definitely be proud of. Look a the photos above. I've done projects and I've always felt so so about it. I couldn't sew a flat, straight line if my life depend on it. Though it's a small material but even our instructor went over how to achieve it on a longer material.

Check it out. You won't regret it. It cost a little more than what we're used to. However Claire and I will be taking a classes once every other month. It's soo worth the money for what we walk away with. Plus it helps to know we're contributing to their host: Turning Heads. For us to be able to contribute to that project is priceless and worth our investment.

Fine out more about Crafty Haven: http://www.crafthaven.org/about.htm

Friday, February 13, 2009

My work: Vday Cupcakes



I promise. I wanted to share my mini cupcakes I made for my company. They are red (purple more like it) velvet cupcakes. I used a recipe I found online from Magnolia Bakery. You know that bakery SATC had made popular. They are delici(ous).

I made them last night and my friend/coworker Claire ice'd and decorate it. We handed it out to every single employee. My favorite appreciation were from the warehouse employees. They marvelled how cute they were. Mini Cupcake pan is on my list to buy. I borrowed Claire's to make these.

Everyone was shocked how nice it was that we did it. It's been a very rough week for me. My own father is a casuality in this declining economy. I heard rumors everyone was nervous at my current job of being laid off. So I'd thought with the holidays that we would cheer people up. The moral of the company has gone completely down the tube. Though we probably don't have much to spare a little something can go a long way. I'm glad we did it early in the day because we lost about 10 employees today. very sad but ... We need to keep up HOPE everyone.

HAPPY HEART DAY and have a fantabulous weekend!

PS see my new logo... more to come soon.

PSA: Vote for Ed Pingol


This is the 2nd post of the day. I want to announce my photographer, Ed Pingol Photography, have been choosen to be a candidate for the FRESHEST PHOTOBLOG! If you like his work, my wedding photos, and you want him to suffer 2months worth of house chores while his wife sits back and relax then vote for him!

Click here and enter the code 90! And that's it.

Here's the link to his site: http://edpingol.blogspot.com/

PSA: Maker SHED is having a sale!!!!!!!!!!



If you have followed my blog you know I'm all about http://craftzine.com/ and follow their blog. Well the announced their Maker Shed's (online produce site) have 15% their craft kits. Check it out: http://www.makershed.com/.

I took the liberity of posting all the ones I'm interested in.

KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects From Knitting's New Wave

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Beginner Resin Kit

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Kitty, Bunny & Bear Pattern Book by Wee Wonderfuls

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Cute Penguin Kit

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

In-sites #20: Tony.PSD

I love knowing talented people. Check out my long time friend from middle school's blog: http://tonypsd.blogspot.com/. Here's a few of his work.






He does custom illustration as well. Hit him up on his blog.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Quote of the day

Today's Quote

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.

-Charles Kingsley


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Side note. I'm working on a facelift to the blog for 2009. And pulling all my old stuff I haven't blogged about. There's workshop reviews, etc. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Great Finds: Bay Area Proud


Somewhere in the middle of the Super Bowl this commercial aired about signing up to do some volunteer work. I tried to pull up the ad via Google and I didn't realized it aired nationwide. I found a hate forum and it saddens me as it pokes fun of the commercial. Just when I was about to write and talk about how excited I was to sign up for it.

They talk about how obnoxious and cheesy the commercial was. The newscasters represented in it sounds like they were curing cancer. I felt almost a twinge of embarrassment being gung ho about the program.

You know what? Forget it. I am proud. At least I'm not sitting on my touche complaining about commercials all day. It may not be feeding the hunger in Africa but it's what I can do with the time I have and the place I am at. We maybe more privilege here in the Bay Area than anywhere else in the world... but we also live where school are closing. Cities are going bankrupt. Thousands are losing their jobs. Kids are out on the streets dieing at a scary rate.

The commercial may not have a positive effect on everyone... but it did on me. Though my time is very seldom I'm willing to free up to help the future of our community.

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/station/as_seen_on/BC-PRD-About-Bay-Area-Proud.html

Monday, February 2, 2009

Personal Spiel: I miss sewing

I serious need to figure out a schedule to do things. I want to seeeeewwwwwwwww badly to sew. Look what they featured today on Craftzine's blog:


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Check out the tutorial: http://amyalamode.wordpress.com/2009/01/28/cozy-camera-case-tutorial/

I've done a few projects I haven't posted. Soon I promise. Soon.