i’ve uploaded another home tour to flickr, from our christmas day dinner at karen & micheal’s house (life-long friends of my family). their house is so extraordinary, it’s hard to capture in photos! these are just a snippet of how amazing it is…

my first post here, 2 years ago, was of christmas presents wrapped by karen (and again last year)…

i caught a cold, and have been in bed most of the day. the weather has been so nice here, i wish i could be out enjoying it!

while hanging around the house, i decided to photograph a home tour. this is the house that i grew up in, in the upper haight/twin peaks area of san francisco. photos here.



i’m in san francisco for the holidays…
first day here, we stopped at flora grubb– a beautiful plant nursery/shop/cafe.
i should have taken more photos of the shop, they have great books and home accessories. i loved it there.

(that’s my cute mom in the top photo, and a cactus wrapped in tissue paper in the bottom photo)










*UPDATE* the artist is Hisamatu Etsuko

christmas cards by dos gatos (from greeting life inc., in japan)

my mom sent me one of these cards a couple weeks ago, thinking i would like the designs, and i loved it… the style of the drawings is so sweet… and reminded me of making folded up cards, similar to these, when i was a kid. i was excited last week to find more by the same artist at marchand de legumes. i wanted to buy one of each (holiday and non-holiday cards), but i held back.

the shop owner told me that he would try to find out the name of the artist. but if anyone knows, please leave a comment!

two GREAT holiday sales are happening this weekend. i highly recommend checking them out for handmade holiday gifts…

THE GIFT on Grand (on Kent!)
Saturday, December 15th
11-7pm
210 Kent Ave. (at Metropolitan)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

HOLIDAY CRAFT SALE
Sunday, December 16th
11-6pm
Divine Studio
21 East 4th Street
Manhattan



wow… the jan 08 issue of living has a really stunning story on striped wool blankets

natural textiles + patterns… my favorite subject
. and i’ve had pendleton blankets on my mind lately too…

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