30 September, 2011

Late Harvest

Here in the Bay Area, we always joke that summer doesn't start until September, but this year it came even later. This last week leading up to the start of October has been hot and dry and perfect for making my dormant cherry tomatoes grow. Here's a shot of the bounty I picked from the garden today.

27 September, 2011


Pie Bird Press' 2012 calendar is available in our Felt & Wire shop as of today! Check it out here.

14 September, 2011

Jungle Fever

Two summers ago, my friend Marina and I encountered this incredible specimen at the Sonoma County Fair, and there was no question that I had to have my portrait taken immediately. For years, I have considered it to be the best $5.00 I ever spent...

...until now! Look who I found at the Santa Cruz County Fair this afternoon! Another $5.00 well spent, if I do say so myself.

(detailed photos for your reference)

12 September, 2011

New Ink!

I have been wanting this tattoo for a long time. I had a little home-done starfish on my ankle and at some point I decided I wanted to upgrade to a nicer version. My idea was to have the starfish piled up like a big stack of pancakes so I asked my good friend Jane Kim (who is a scientific illustrator) to design it in the style of an antique engraving, and I went to my favorite tattoo artist, Jen Lee (who has done my last two tattoos), for the final product. I couldn't be more thrilled with the way it came out!

Jane's original drawing- Jen had to alter it slightly to fit on my ankle better

in progress- you can still see my old tattoo at the bottom

some of Jen's drawings at the tattoo shop- I love the way they look all together

11 September, 2011


plum vanilla snowball with marshmallow creme from skylite snowballs

This weekend was jam-packed. On Friday I went for a walk on the beach with my dad and our dogs, then met up with my friend Jessica for dinner at Vik's (some of the best Indian food in the Bay Area), a quick stop at the Park Life pop up event at Paulson Press next door, a snowball from the Skylite truck, and a chick flick. Saturday I went into San Francisco for some shopping, a great lunch at Chez Maman in Portrero Hill, a visit to the special collections room at the SFPL, a screening of Dr. Strangelove in Washington Square Park, my friend Alex Lukas' opening at Gurerrero Gallery, and finally a spectacular 7-course pasta tasting (with wine pairings) at Flour + Water. Sunday I got to relax at the lovely Cavallo Point spa in Sausalito, followed by an afternoon stop for ice cream at Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous, and a long nap. I wish Monday wasn't approaching so fast...

historic planning maps at the SFPL- I wish I had a "Corned Beef Room"

movie in the park

installation and detail shots of Alex Lukas' incredible panoramic painting at Guerrero Gallery

peanut butter malt ball and bananas foster ice cream with fudge at mr. and mrs. miscellaneous

04 September, 2011

Weekend, Etc.

In the past week and a half, I attended a wonderful dinner at Camino to celebrate Chez Panisse's 40th birthday, enjoyed two backyard picnics in the sun, cooked dinner with visiting friends, drove down the coast for lobster rolls and strawberry picking, went to a bar with indoor bocce courts, ate dim sum with my family, and went to two county fairs (Monterey and Lake).

murals around the model railroad at the lake county fair

fried dough

chilaquiles at tacubaya

camino, all decked out for the party

monterey county fair

strawberry picking in davenport

Notes from the Point, September 2011