Monday, May 26, 2008

The Daily Coyote
I don't remember how I found this gem, but I've been fixated on The Daily Coyote lately. It's the daily journal of writer Shreve Stockton. In her own words:

Charlie is a wild-born coyote who was unexpectedly delivered to my doorstep this past April after both his parents were shot for killing sheep. Whatever reservations I had about raising a wild animal simply didn't matter - couldn't matter - when I realized his survival, at least in the short term, depended on me.

At the time I write this, Charlie is nearly six months old. I don't think of him as "my pet," even though he sleeps curled against me every night (every night except the nights around a full moon), and happily rides in my truck, and adores my cat. I don't wish to own him, just to live together in harmony. And that we do.

Her photos and tales of Charlie are amazing. It fulfills a deep childhood fantasy of mine to run away to the forest and live amongst the animals. This can be traced to my fascination with St. Francis and various Disney movies I watched while I was home sick from school.


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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Thriving on chaos
I always thought I was the one sane person in my family who didn't take on twenty projects at a time, but after a phone call with my sister last night, I realized that was a complete fantasy. My sister takes multi-tasking to an art form, but she learned it all from our mother, who has a full time job, runs a major NIH-funded research project, and freelances--you know, just on the side. I've come to the conclusion that I thrive best when I have lots of balls in the air, but then I need short sabbaticals to recharge. Just when you think you're oh so different from your family, BAM! You find yourself growing up and being just like them. I can just see the high school version of myself rolling her eyes.

This weekend is all about the balance, as shown in the photo above of my two side businesses. Our growth charts have been kicking it around the blogs this week--thank you for all the lovely press! It's so exciting to see an idea realized, and watch it grow and spread. We're working through this insane Bay Area heatwave to get more charts made. The Capsule SF fair is fast approaching (next Sunday, May 25th!), so we have lots more to go.

Tonight I'm driving out to the Capay farm to get back to work on wedding preparations for one of my favorite clients, Kristi & Blair. We'll be hauling major river rocks up from the creek to mark paths and garden beds. Since it's going to be 98 tomorrow, I imagine we'll also be jumping in the creek a lot, as well. The photo above shows test prints of their wedding invitation, which was so fun to make. I'm going to post more photos of my client work soon, just another glimpse into my strange mind.

Speaking of, I forgot to mention that Poppytalk did a Miss Natalie Studio Visit last month! Check it out on their April 30th, 2008 post (scroll to the second entry).

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Paper Nest
I've been swimming in a sea of freelance lately, but am emerging to dive back into Miss Natalie work. Here are some remnants from this weekend's studio time. More braille notebooks in the shop soon.

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Craft Maddness
It's Monday night and I'm just now recovering from the madness that was Maker Faire. It was my first 2-day event, and from now on I'm scheduling a vacation day after 2-day shows. It was beyond amazing, but non-stop from dawn 'til dusk the entire weekend. We launched several new products this weekend and had amazing feedback. Our dresses and growth charts were flying, and hankies made a comeback with the Maker crowd.

We only have a few onesies left after our crazy "It's almost Summer" sale. After much love and thought, I've decided to put Miss Natalie onesies on hold to focus on toddler clothing.

Speaking of, here are some shots of our new hand crocheted summer dresses. They are the perfect dress for long summer days, with a hand stenciled pattern and red ribbon along the hem. Made of 100% cotton, and back in the store soon.

We met lots of wonderful folks, and can't wait to visit the amazing Molly & Ashely of Ambatalia Fabric Society at the Mill Valley store. Thanks to all our new and old friends for coming out to the show. For those of you interested in the field recordings, check out Walker Mettling's site The Pedestrian. For info on Strange Encounters, the book we were selling on Sunday, contact Ben Lau at elixir356@gmail.com.

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Friday, May 02, 2008

Maker Faire this Weekend

It's total madness in my studio right now as we get ready for the 2-day bonanza that is Maker Faire! We can't wait to set up tomorrow morning at Cypress Hall at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. We'll be there both Saturday and Sunday, from 10am-6pm, as part of the Bazaar Bizarre. Lots of new products launching, plus special booth guests who will provide entertainment, music, and stories. Stop by and say hello! We'll post photos soon. Find directions to the event here.

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