Ofrenda

I’ve moved!

Posted in Uncategorized by gwen on June 27, 2011

It’s been awhile but if anyone’s still checking in — I’ve finally set up and moved over to http://ofrenda.org
If you’re subscribed, the new feed is at http://www.ofrenda.org/site/feed

xoxo + hope to see you soon :]

Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco

Posted in craft, photo by gwen on August 6, 2010

I went to Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco last weekend and it was *crazy*. Here are a couple photos from my adventure, sorry I didn’t catch most people’s name, if you know who any of them are feel free to leave a comment…

Make thingsFlowers

Oakland slipHello

Display #2One of those mannequins and the cutest little teapot necklace

Cafe du Monde plantersJapanese tape #2

Bookmarks

Spools

The South

Buttons

Le Crowd

My creative space

Posted in craft, etsy, meme by gwen on August 4, 2010

I made a couple of these vintage button necklaces awhile back and am just getting around to photographing them…the warm summery gold and cream of this one is my favorite so far.
Available at gwen.etsy.com

Golden button necklace #3

It’s been awhile since I’ve made a nest but I recently sold my favorite nest necklace and it seemed like time to make another.

Little wire nest

I scored some antique chandelier crystals at an estate sale recently. They will be added to pretty, sparkly accessories soon!

Estate sale score

And here are some of the necklaces I’ve made but haven’t had the time to list yet. One of these days…

Some of the crap I need to photograph and sell

[my creative space]

Yewknee Summer Mix Series 2010

Posted in music by gwen on August 3, 2010

You know I love the Yewknee Summer Mix Series, which is a clearing house of user-submitted summer-themed mixes e.g. a whole lot of free new music for you and me!

The 2010 collection is gangbusters, but here are a couple that made the cut and got downloaded at Chez Gwen [I'm still working on listening to them all].

Dreams in Audio: Express Yourself
Starsky: Crack & Weed
Jeremy Okai Davis: I Got A Story To Tell
upbeat sitdown: Run for Cover
Fuzznote: Nightfall
Bret Easton Ellis Summer Edition [1980s club night]
Strawberry Fields are planted [Beatles rarities and 1960s]
Hope is just a waking dream [chillwavey]
For Pops: Taking it old school [1970s-80s R&B]
Savannah High: Nothing Stays the Same [1980s R&B/dance]

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July 28: Happily

Posted in meme by gwen on July 28, 2010

July 28: Happily

I made my first-ever collage for the business development course I’m taking.

[my creative space]

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Date Day: Part Two — Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Posted in date day, travel by gwen on July 21, 2010

After our dazzling adventure in Half Moon Bay Saturday, we headed down Highway 1 to Santa Cruz. We did not stop in Pescadero for artichoke anything, and we did not stop at Pigeon Point to look for whales, and we did not stop to watch the kite surfers — we just wanted to get to the beach.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Insane kite surfers

We tried out Natural Bridges but it was a bit nippy so we ended up at the boardwalk — it’s a bit more inside the bay so more sheltered and warmer. Oddly, this is the first time Chad and I have set up camp on the boardwalk beach together.

We ate, then went for a stroll down the boardwalk. It was insanely crowded and took us ages to get to the far end.

Cavelove

As if you weren't already feeling sick enough

Then we decided to go ahead and walk out to the end of the pier.

No crabbing!

We saw a rockabilly beach wedding and battling sea lions and an awesomely cool X-wing kite.

X-wing kite #2

By the time we started walking back, the sun was already setting.

Ferris wheel and swing spinny ride

Our beach blankie was practically the only thing left — everyone had packed up and gone home already.

Ready for grillin'!

Texas DonutWhere Chad dares to tread

We watched the sun set over the parking lot from the beginning of Lost Boys.

Santa Carla, murder capital of the world!

Then we headed downtown.

Date Day: Part Three* — Downtown Santa Cruz

Posted in date day, travel by gwen on July 19, 2010

Things to do in downtown Santa Cruz on a Saturday evening:

Flower #4

Admire the gorgeous lamps at Om Gallery.

Lamps #6, sepia

Have a tikka kebab and samosas and pomegranate juice for dinner at Khyber Pass, then some Princess Torte for dessert at Hoffman’s Bakery.

July 11: self #2Mannequin #2

Visit with some very hep mannequins at one of the various vintage shops.**

Mannequin #1Mannequin #3

Say hello to my friend Gordon the Cheesemonger author on display at Logo’s bookstore.

How much is that Gordon in the window??

Hi Gordon!

* If you are wondering why we skipped from part one to part three, it’s because I have not done the part two photos yet. Life just works out that way sometimes.

** that photo of me is from several weeks ago but I needed something to fill the space. and I wanted to show you that I finally made something out of one of those spectacular vintage glass rings I got at the Alameda Antiques Fair months and months and months ago.

Date Day: Part One — Half Moon Bay

Posted in date day, photo, travel by gwen on July 19, 2010

July 17: Local honeys on date day down the coast

Saturday we went on a date day down the coast [I know, I know, you're all shocked]. We used our new Fastrak gadget [a debit thingy that allows you to zip through the toll lines at the bridges here] on the San Mateo Bridge for the first time, then sat in lots of traffic going over the peninsula hills because it was Saturday and gorgeous out and who wouldn’t want to go to the ocean. I mean, really, this is why we all live in California.

Our friend George had a gig at a café in Half Moon Bay that we tried to catch but we were late because of the traffic and me screaming STOP HERE!!!! when I spotted the BERRIES 99¢ sign at the honey + produce stand.

Borage for you!Tomatillos!

99¢ is a third what blackberries and blueberries cost over on our side of the bay and corn was 10/$1 so you’d better believe we stocked up. In case you didn’t hear me, that’s TEN CENTS FOR AN ENTIRE EAR OF CORN.

Blackberries, 99¢

And there was lots of local honey.

Honey jarLipson's

When we got downtown, George was already headed out, so we said hi then picked up some picnic provisions at the deli and did a little window shopping on Main Street. I loved this under the sea wedding cake:

Turtle cakeParis pendants

While Chad was picking out cheese, I ran across the street for a fix at The Posh Moon, which is a lovely little boutique run by a seriously francophilic [?] mother and daughter and is wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling romantic neutral bohemian etc. clothing and accessories and some housewares, many of which are made by locals — I’m just in love with this girl Effie’s line that they carry. Anyway. It is the sweetest place and I just love walking in there. I bought a green silk summer blouse and a tiny pewter blowfish made by an artist in Rhode Island — I’ll try to take a picture of it later because it’s about the cutest little figurine ever.

I snapped a shot of their ribbon flower hair clips as a reminder, there’s an excellent book at our library about making these and it’s something I keep meaning to do. But you should go buy some, they’re very affordable.

Ribbon flower, natural

I shall return with part two of our day.

Alameda: Today’s yard sales

Posted in Alameda, wishlist by gwen on July 17, 2010

It starts by my house, so read it backwards if you’re on the other side of The Island.

510 Santa Clara Ave @ 5th
647 Pacific Ave @ Webster — retiring sailmaker
1827 Wood St @ Buena Vista
1000 block of Eagle Ave (between Chapin and St. Charles)
1523 Buena Vista Ave @ Benton
1118 Paru @ Encinal
2014 Clinton Ave @ Willow
2148 Encinal Ave. @ Walnut

2207 Lincoln Ave. @ Walnut — multi-family
1015 Regent St @ Otis
1132 Pearl St @ San Jose
1611 Pearl St. @ Lincoln

1324 Fernside Blvd @ Central
Fremont @ Fernside — block sale

Recipe: Celery and Potato Soup

Posted in recipe by gwen on July 16, 2010

The lovely Ms. P. posted some celery and potato soup yesterday and it looked so delicious I made my own. First time! So good!

The soup!

Celery and potato soup

2 slices bacon
*** or ***
2 T butter or olive oil
1 c. onions, diced
1 heart of celery, chopped
1 bell pepper, diced
4 c. broth
4 c. water
2 large potatoes, cubed
Herbs you enjoy in soup [I used thyme, parsley, and sage from my garden, a big handful of cilantro from the farmer's market]
Coarse salt
Pepper

In large pan, brown bacon or butter/oil.

Add onions, then celery, then bell pepper. Sauté to brown a little then turn down and cook about 20 minutes til tender. if it starts getting dry, add a little liquid. Puree in blender.

While you’re waiting on that, get out your big stock pot and bring broth, water and potatoes to a boil. Add herbs and salt and pepper to taste. I threw in a handful of coriander seeds, too. Turn down to a simmer and cover.

Add the puree in, too, once that’s ready. Once the potatoes are all tendaroni, use your masher or hand mixer to break them down.

We had ours with sourdough toast.

Herbs from my garden
Onion, celery, and bell pepper. And bacon.Onions
Where it all starts

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