FOG Design + Art Fair

by tatiana on January 19, 2014

Above piece: The Future Perfect

This weekend I was fortunate to have two passes to the FOG Design + Art Fair at Fort Mason in San Francisco, so I brought my friend who’s currently attending the Masters of Architecture program at CCA. I figured she’d be a great person to geek out over some good design & art with, and she was! We had a blast, and found the event incredibly inspiring. Here are some highlights from the day (both inside and outside the fair):


The weather was PERFECTION on Saturday. I’m so glad I brought my camera along. You can see Alcatraz in the distance.



After taking many photos of the water and generally marveling at how beautiful it was outside, we finally found our way into the event. The above piece, “Girls at War” by Beth Katleman, was pretty incredible in person.


Pieces in the Ratio 3 booth (a local San Francisco gallery).


Airbnb built miniatures based on real vacation rental properties available through their site.


Quick coffee & snack break, indulging in goodies from Jane (hey, favorite cafe on Fillmore Street!).



The piece above and the interactive installation below are works by Benjamin Rollins Caldwell.



We attended Craig Dykers’ talk on the Architecture of Engagement and the new SFMOMA Expansion. Craig Dykers is a principal architect at Snøhetta, the Oslo-based architecture & design office working on SFMOMA as well as the new Warriors Pavilion near the Bay Bridge. It was inspiring to see Snøhetta’s plans for SFMOMA, and the philosophies & research behind those plans, and fun to get some sneak peeks of how the space will evolve.




We left just in time to enjoy golden hour – which made the already beautiful day look even more spectacular.


FOG Design + Art


The Granny Stripe Birthday Blanket

by tatiana on January 9, 2014

Granny Stripe Birthday Blanket

So, maybe my friend’s birthday was in August… but who doesn’t enjoy a birthday gift four months after their birthday? This birthday blanket slowly turned into a birthday/Hanukkah blanket, which is how the cookie crumbles sometimes. When it comes to ambitious crochet projects, I tend to underestimate how long they’ll take, but I’m still learning! Next time I’ll give myself a good 3 months… or more, instead of starting a month before my friend’s birthday. Sometimes, you can’t just make it work!

Even though this didn’t get to my friend on time to enjoy in August… it kind of worked out that she received it in December. This crocheted behemoth is a pretty heavy blanket for the summer months. I didn’t use a pattern, and I forgot to measure it before I handed it over, but I think it’s around 5′ x 6′ — large enough to drape over a full sized bed.

Granny Stripe Birthday Blanket

My friend is really into wine, so I wanted to use a deep purple that I knew she’d dig. I used my trusty go-to yarn for large projects – Vanna’s Choice, in Eggplant and Linen. I used about 10 skeins of each color for this project. I highly recommend purchasing yarn from either Jo-Ann Fabrics (especially if you have a coupon, and the yarn is often on sale — it happens about every other month and is totally worth the wait), or Knitting Warehouse, who tend to have pretty good deals.

Granny Stripe Birthday Blanket

Since I made my own pattern, I just kept crocheting until the blanket felt large enough, then I crocheted a border using an HDC stitch. I went around once with the linen color and twice with the eggplant color. It made for a nice edge.

Granny Stripe Birthday Blanket

This is the 7th blanket I’ve crocheted! That’s a lot of warmth and love, y’all. To see some of the other blankets I’ve made (and had a chance to blog about), click here, here, here or here. So what’s next? Well, like I mentioned in the past, I really want to make another quilt. I’m really feeling this triangular look: I have a half-completed quilt that I need to buckle down and finally finish first. Fingers crossed that happens sooner than later!


Tuesday Inspiration: Portrait of an Artist

by tatiana on December 3, 2013

Portrait of an Artist: Ryan Martin Directed by Nicholas Domaguing

I’ve written about my cousin Ryan Martin before (read about some of our shenanigans here), but regardless of our shared bloodlines, he’s ridiculously talented and this short film is absolutely beautiful and inspiring. I haven’t painted in years and this video makes me want to get my hands (or a brush) into some pretty oil paints.

To learn more about his work, visit, or Like him on Facebook.


Let’s Get Emotional. Together.

by tatiana on November 20, 2013

Thomas Jayyyyy

If you’re a regular listener of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, you’re probably familiar with the episode a few weeks ago where they talked about “Pop Culture That Makes Us Cry.” As many of my friends and family are aware, although I keep pretty cool in most situations (I like to think I have a good poker face, but I probably don’t), I’m a sucker for sentiment. The PCHH folks discussed the different films, film scores, songs and other things that make them emotional. Some of those things make them emotional because of a memory or an association from their own lives that they relate to that bit of pop culture.

Well folks, I decided to make my own list of Pop Culture that makes me cry. In no particular order, they are: [click to continue…]


Halloween and Aloha

by tatiana on October 18, 2013

Howzit! Happy Halloween!
Photo Credit: SanFranAnnie

Happy October! I just got back from Hawaii where it felt like August weather-wise so my brain is a little confused — especially since we’re currently experiencing our summer weather here in San Francisco. Must acclimate to the concept of Fall! I was in Oahu & Kaua’i for about 10 days. It was so many things: it was amazing, intense, beautiful, educational and challenging. I will post photos and share more soon, but for now, here are some videos I put together using Magisto.

But! Halloween is less than two weeks away, and that means I need to get moving on my costume. I decided just yesterday what I’ll be dressing as this year, and I’ll be sure to post a tutorial of sorts in the near future.

But for now, here’s a quick roundup of some of my costume-related posts from the past few years. Enjoy!

DIY Veruca Salt Costume
DIY Hello Kitty Costume
DIY Halloween Wreath Tutorial
Spotlight: Makeup Artist Arianna Jimenez


5 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

by tatiana on August 18, 2013

Golf ladies

Today I stumbled upon this post, by a fellow designer/blogger gal whose blog I enjoy, and I thought I’d join in on the fun. Also because this type of post totally takes me back to my Livejournal days. (You know you miss Livejournal too!) (And I’m obviously looking at you, Cathy.)

Anyway, here we go!

1.) I started watching Friends for the first time.

We weren’t really allowed to watch it when it first aired (I think I was about 9 at the time), and as I got older I never really felt a need to watch it since I had no clue what the big deal was about Ross and Rachel. I caught a re-run here and there, but never really watched the show from start to finish. So last year, after not getting many a Friends reference and being generally curious, I decided to marathon it, thanks to my friend Jenna and her DVDs. I’m currently on Season 6. AND I AM SUCKED IN.

2.) I am a Green.

This year I was given the opportunity to attend Western CUNA Management School, and while I was there I learned A LOT. One of the most fun and introspective things I learned was that, according to the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) tool I am a Green. This basically means that I thrive when I’m working in situations where I don’t have to rely too heavily on others, and am very data and deadline driven. I’m also slightly Blue, which means that I combine feelings with reason (kind of how graphic design works, actually). Sounds about right!

3.) I played on my high school’s golf team.

Whenever I share this fact with people, they usually look pretty surprised. I’m not sure why. I played tennis in high school was well, so it’s not like I’m totally un-athletic, but maybe it just doesn’t seem like something I would do. I do miss golf and sort of want to start playing again. [Enter statement about whacking balls here.]

4.) Orange is the New Black gave me stress dreams.

Season 1 of OITNB was amazing. I’d watch it again from start to finish. But it unfortunately freaked my brain out and I had stress dreams the first 3 nights I watched the show. My dreams basically consisted of me being in prison and wanting not to be.

5.) I played a Facebook game and got stuff for free.


For the last 4 months, while watching TV or movies, I’ve passively played this Facebook game called myVEGAS. In anticipation of my friend’s wedding in Vegas (which is next week), I accumulated a bunch of points and was able to redeem them for 2-nights of hotel accommodations, a ticket to The Beatles LOVE Cirque du Soleil show and I’m currently working on getting a free buffet. Before myVEGAS, I’d never played a Facebook game, and had judged those who played them. So, if you’re judging me, I totally understand, but I also don’t care! [Laughs all the way to the casino.] [Probably ends up spending too much money at said casino.]


Let’s Take a Walk: Victorian San Francisco

by tatiana on July 28, 2013

Victorian San Francisco |

Like many people who live in or visit San Francisco, I really love this city. One of my favorite (free) things to do is taking advantage of the different guided walking tours City Guides (funded by the SF Public Library and other patrons) has to offer each month.



A few weeks ago I went on the Victorian San Francisco tour, which started literally a block away from my apartment. The tour group met on a street corner in Lower Pacific Heights and we embarked on a 2-hour journey through the history of the neighborhood and an in-depth look at the architecture around us.



I love the intricate detail. Sometimes it pays to stop and take a closer look.



This photo below is of a house that was built by a woman who’s sister had planned to build an identical house next to hers (which is why it looks like it’s been sliced in half), but her sister’s house was never built.



Have you been on any City Guides walking tours? I highly recommend them. Be sure to check out their website!


Chance of Flurries Hat

by tatiana on June 2, 2013

Chance of Flurries Beanie | Lion Brand Pattern |

It’s been a while since I’ve knit a hat, so after a quick search on Ravelry for a pattern that looked like it would be fun to make, I went with the Chance of Flurries Hat pattern. It’s very similar to another pattern I purchased a while ago (A Most Bespeckcled Hat by Alexandra Tinsley), but soon after I’d purchased it I realized that I didn’t have circular needles in the size that the pattern called for, so this free Lion Brand pattern worked with the supplies and tools I already had. (I plan to knit the other one soon as well, and am excited to compare the two. It’ll be a pattern show down!)

Chance of Flurries Beanie | Lion Brand Pattern |

I know what you must be thinking — summer is approaching! Why are you knitting a beanie at this time of year? Well, dollies, 1.) it’s cold here year-round, and 2.) you can never have enough beanies, especially beanies with pom-poms on top.

Chance of Flurries Beanie | Lion Brand Pattern |

I’m happy with the way this beanie came out, the pattern is super cute, but unfortunately after I blocked it and tried it on I realized it doesn’t fit my head comfortably. The top is a little too tight. Luckily I have an adorable (and hip!) little cousin who this should fit perfectly, and I’ll be sending it to her this week.  I’m hoping that the Bespeckled pattern will fit a little better so it can keep me warm at all of the Film Nights in the Park I plan to attend.

Chance of Flurries Beanie | Lion Brand Pattern |

A happy San Francisco Summer, from me to you. ;)


Monday Inspiration: Tin Can Identity

by tatiana on May 27, 2013

I stumbled upon this video on Logo Design Love and had to share. I’ve never seen a brand identity presented in video form. Pretty brilliant.



Photo credit:

As Google announced back in March, Google Reader will cease to exist as of July 1st, 2013. Feedly keeps getting suggested as a good Google Reader alternative, but reading through the viewing options and preferences on their site is making me twitch a little. Most importantly, I don’t like that Feedly isn’t web-based (I’m too lazy to download something on 3 computers), so Bloglovin is looking like the best alternative for me.

Having said that, I wonder if I’ll be able to consume the large amount of content on all of the sites I subscribe to (89 to be exact) as quickly with Bloglovin. My guess is that I won’t, but I will try!

Here are some of my favorite blog feeds in my Reader at the moment:

Freunde von Freunden
Category: Interior Design
Favorite Post: Nir Stern – Interface Designer and Architect, Apartment, Noe Valley, San Francisco


As they explain on their website, “FvF is an international interview magazine that portrays people of diverse creative and cultural backgrounds in their homes and within their daily working environments.” I found this website when I was getting ready to move into my studio apartment back in April. I was looking for interior decor inspiration and found this site to be rich with beautiful photography and really interesting living and work spaces.

Category: Graphic Design and Style
Favorite Post: Benefit Cosmetics/Dream Job 2: The Detective


I stumbled upon DesignLoveFest about a year ago through one of the many other style blogs I read and this one quickly became a “must read” for me. Bri Emery is not only a talented graphic designer, but her style posts are really terrific. She doesn’t do the typical outfit posts that you see on a lot of fashion blogs. She is great at utilizing fashion (that is often vintage) and creating wonderful concept-driven posts. My favorite is linked above and is a part of a series she did for Benefit Cosmetics where she explores different “dream jobs”. The video is a lot of fun, and her site is incredibly inspiring.

Kitty’s Drawings (and Sewn Creations)
Category: Sewing and Vintage Fashion
Favorite Post: Butterick 6740 – Best Shirt Ever!


My good friend and fellow lover of vintage sewing, Kendra, alerted me to this really fun blog about sewing with vintage patterns. Lately it’s been motivating me to get back into sewing – I miss it!

Umami Mart
Category: Food
Favorite Post: Postcard from Hoi An: Cao Lầu on a Lonely Night


I can’t remember when I started reading Umami Mart’s blog. It was probably some time either before or after my trip to Japan last year. I was most likely scouring the web for travel blogs that talked about Japan because I was looking forward to going/missed it. Umami Mart is a food and culture blog with a large emphasis on Japanese culture, and they also have a shop in Downtown Oakland, which I have actually never been to, but walked by once!

How Do I Put This Gently?
Category: Just for Fun
Favorite Post: Too many good posts to pick one.


I don’t think there’s a whole lot to explain here. Also, I’m not sure if browsing through animated gifs counts as reading, but I highly recommend it. It may or may not improve your quality of life at any moment.

What are some of your daily reads?

Also, if you follow my blog already on Google Reader, don’t forget to import your subscriptions to Bloglovin (if you think Bloglovin may be your jam)! It’s really easy to do. (Instructions here.) And, if you’d like to follow me, click here! Easy peasy. Happy reading!