December 28, 2012

✿Santigold

My friend, Santigold was in town from Brooklyn NY.

She performed at Oakland Fox and the concert was so amazing.
I catch cold that day but I didn't want to miss her show so I went and I had such a great time.

I love her new album and the stage dresses were so nice as well.  She always bring two female dancers and I enjoyed watching them so much.







December 27, 2012

✿Jasko's Holiday Cards

These holiday cards were painted by Jasko. (my husband)
He painted each boys in Soccer jersey and they are kicking the soccer ball.

I thought they are so cute and it's so nice that he did that... !

December 26, 2012

✿X'mas Eve Fiesta

so... I went to a Christmas Eve Fiesta at Lauren's house.  They had "Mexico" as a theme so I tried to dress up like Frida Khalo.
Lauren's X'mas tree was so gorgeous.

There were so much more deserts than in this photo...
I think I tried everything ♡


Such a beautiful decoration... Lauren has such a great taste for everything.

Lauren gave me a beautiful necklace as a gift and I love it so much.  The box and wrapping paper were beautiful as well !

Lauren, Pattie and I...

After the party, when we arrived at home and looked at the moon, Jasko and I catch the beautiful moment of the moon. There was a perfect cloud circle around the moon.  
I've seen even more clear one like this about 16 years ago with my good friend, Kayo and I was wishing to see this rare moment again and I did, this time with Jasko. 

December 24, 2012

✿Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas !
It's Christmas Eve today...


I'm going to a party that has Mexican theme tonight and I'm trying dress like Frida Khalo...
Let's see what I can come up with...
These photos are my Christmas decoration for this year...

I wish you a wonderful Christmas !


December 23, 2012

✿Dinner Party at Lauren's

Lauren Invited me and my husband for a dinner party at her beautiful house little while ago.
Everything she has are so beautiful... 
Astier's plates are so beautiful and I like that she is mixing several kinds of plates.

This is like a dinner party I only see on magazines...
but so happy I was actually there...

She made such a great meal and this chocolate cake was so delicious as well.
Lauren can paint, calligraph and cook so well !
I admire her so much...

December 22, 2012

✿Calligraphy Class 4

I am attending calligraphy class again for this season.
My writing got little better than last year.

I love Lauren's (teacher) living room.  I love all the colors.  All these supprise balls are from the Tail of the Yak which is Lauren's shop in Berkeley.


Lauren's good friend, Kathleen made the salad and cute ginger cake for the class.  She always makes delicious food for each classes.  They don't only taste good, they look so pretty.

We use potatoes to clean the ink on pen...

This is the talented painter, calligrapher, beautiful shop Tail of the Yak co-owner, Lauren.   She is wearing the Dosa dress in front of her painting while we were singing birthday song to her.   Happy birthday, Lauren.

Olives from her garden...
She always decorate the tables with plants from her garden.
I just love going to Lauren's house...


December 03, 2012

✿Wire Wreath

For this holiday season, I made these wreath with millinery wire.  I decorated eucalyptus and cedar rose corns with millinery flowers and leaves.




These wreath are available at Kappa Zakka in Hayes Valley, San Francisco and Collector Art Shop on College Ave. in Berkeley.   
Please, have a visit !



November 30, 2012

✿Beautiful Sushi

So... I wrote about dance and calligraphy performance a few days ago and I wrote that we had sushi catered by DELICA from Ferry Building.
I have more photos of the beautiful sushi plates to show you !

They were all small and easy to bite at once !
These sushi were made by the executive chef of DELICA, Mikiko Ando and these sushi were the most beautiful sushi I've ever seen !

You usually see Nigiri-sushi at the restaurant but these round ball sushi are called Temari-sushi.  Aren't they so cute ?

TemaRi-Sushi(zushi) is small ball sushi and TemaKi-Sushi(zushi) is hand roll sushi... (sounds similar but they are different type of sushi)


16 kinds of grain mix makes it pink rice.



The executive chef, Mikiko Ando teaches sushi making and knife technique class at DELICA !
It maybe fun to take her class when she has new class again if you are interested in making sushi !
I highly recommend DELICA sushi catering, wonderful presentation and of course fishes are fresh !

November 27, 2012

✿Dance & Calligraphy

My friend Tomoko had dance and Japanese calligraphy performance a few days ago at Kappa Zakka in San Francisco.

            
Our friend Hiroe had hair styling show during the performance.  

  
She is left handed, but she has beautiful brush stroke on her right hand.  
It was really amazing !

Oh, I remember my brother used to take calligraphy class twice a week when he was small.  He is left handed but my parents send him to calligraphy class so he can write better with his right hand.  They basically wanted to fix his dominant hand to right hand.

I think we only supposed to do calligraphy with right hand so it must be so difficult for him to do with right hand because even right handed people can not write good calligraphy that easy either.
Now he writes in right hand but he can only use left hand for scissor and knife.

So... I give a big credit to Tomoko who does such a beautiful writing  with the non-dominant hand.

There were beautiful sushi catered by DELICA from Ferry Building.

I made this Mattcha (green tea powder) strawberry cake ! 
I was happy everyone complimented my cake ! yay...

It was a lovely event with my lovely friends !  
I enjoyed it so much. 


November 23, 2012

✿Event at Kappa Zakka

Please, excuse my very short notice about the event tomorrow that I'm involved.
My friend Tomoko Ide is doing  live Japanese calligraphy and dance performing tomorrow at Kappa Zakka in Hayse Vally, SF.  
I'm excite to see how her performance will be !

Kappa Zakka is a new shop that carry lots of items from Japan and products from local artists.  They sell my ceramic dishes and hemp fabric products and soon my hats as well !

They have a beautiful garden in the back and that's where Tomoko is performing with a Shakuhachi player Hideo-san.

I will be selling my hats and Christmas felt ornaments tomorrow !


This event starts at 2 pm and there will be sushi catered by Delica from Ferry Building.  I also just made Mattcha (green tea powder) strawberry cake to bring !

This is a very short notice but I hope you can make it !!

At: Kappa Zakka 
460 Grove Street, San Francisco.
(between Gough and Octavia, one block from Hayes Street)
Starts at 2 pm ~~~
            
Music by Hideo
Hair and make by Hiroe 

November 11, 2012

✿THE SKETCHTRAVEL


Not too long ago, there was an opening reception of SKETCHTRAVEL at Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.  

This SketchTravel is a  "Sketch Book" that passed from one artist to another artist, traveled 12 countries in 4 and half years, total of 71 artists including world famous Hayao Miyazaki and Frederick Back.  

On the red wall, Mr. Hayao MIyazaki's illustration.

They gathered the fund by KickStarter in August to September this year.  By the time I donated some money, they had already reached their first goal.

They are still excepting donation to have another show in Japan as well. 
If you would like to donate, here is their KickStarter page. (The next goal is $25,000)

At the museum, they were some pictures showing how this sketch book traveled from artist to artist.  
The photo in the center, Daisuke Tsutsumi who had the visionary idea of The SKETCHTRAVEL and at his right, Hayao Miyazaki who illustrated the last page of the sketchtravel.

      
~ its in English & Japanese ~

THE SKETCHTRAVEL  Check out the web site to see more details...
Watch this animation created by Daisuke Tsutsumi

This art show ends February 3rd 2013, so you still have plenty of time to stop by !



If you understand Japanese, read this interview, 
its really fun !
He is talking about how he met his wife (she is my friend) and Hayao Miyazaki and also many interesting stories about the SketchTravel.




November 05, 2012

✿Plates & Coasters

I have been working with clay for over 14 years now and I still enjoy and I really feel its type of meditation for me.  

Collector Art Shop on College Ave in Berkeley has my new pieces for sale. 
I love working with red clay as well !

These are coasters...

I know some of are sold already but please stop by the shop to see my new pieces !!

Collector Art Shop
2950 College Ave. Berkeley CA 94705



October 29, 2012

✿Harvest Fair at Waldorf School

 
Two of my friend's children goes to Waldorf School in El Sobrante, not too far from Berkeley and the school hosted a Harvest Fair a few weeks ago.  I was lucky to have a booth to sell my hats at the fair !  There were about 20 vendors and they were selling like felt dolls, tutu dress, wood toys etc...


My friend made this jump rope making room sign with actual jump rope.  

There were some fun events during the fair like fairy tail room and Russian tea room and more...

oh, speaking of fairy tails, I actually saw two fairies back in April this year...
When I walk up in the morning, two of them were jumping around on my face by my lip.
I knew they exist but to see actual fairies were such a wonderful experience for me !

This is one of the kindergarten room in natural wood furnitures and toys in dreamy colors.
Mix of age 4 ~ 6 years old children play, eat and sleep here.

Very nice sanding play area inside the kindergarten room.


I walk around the school and there is a cute chicken house. (chicken cage ?) 
Play area were all built with wood and so simple.


Nice mini stage area...

What a great environment for children to learn and to play...
I enjoy spending the time there and having a booth for my hats !! Thank you !