Month: February 2010

Thursday Giveaway: Vintage Japanese Music Box





This little vintage box — found in a San Francisco thrift store — has the charm of Asia and the romance of the Viennese waltz that plays when you lift the enameled top. The tune will make you think of glittering ballrooms and floor-length dresses. And it’s the perfect place to stash small treasures heavy with memory. In our souls, we all know how to waltz.

Please leave a comment here to enter. The winner will be announced Monday!

PS: If you have a chance, please let me know which zines you read (see two posts below!) I’m putting together a list!

Thank you! Have a wonderful Thursday.

Mission District Murals




San Francisco’s Mission District is known for its colorful murals, a tradition fostered by the city’s Mexican-American community in the 1970s. A walk along 24th Street between Valencia and York is especially wonderful, with vibrant Frida Kahlo-esque designs.

The Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center at 2981 24th Street is the perfect place to start an impromptu tour. And you’ll find more than 30 murals on Balmy Alley one block away. I wish I had brought more Polaroid film to photograph it. Next time!

(Photos above by Brooklyn-based home writer Jen Jafarzadeh L’Italien. You can find more on her lovely blog, Haystack Needle.)

Zine Scene

City Lights in SF is not only a great bookstore, it has an interesting selection of zines.

Here are a few found on the shelves…

This one was hand done on a letterpress:

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It’s by someone named Artnoose in Pittsburgh who has an issue with their “inner Nietzsche.”
“My Inner Nietzsche berates me and says that those with power are the ones with the will to power,” says Artnoose. “I hate my Inner Netzsche; I think it’s a jerk.”
(You can also find Ker-bloom! on Etsy.)
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There’s the Cement Press, printed on a copy machine:

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And then there’s Comicosmos, a “non-fiction zine reviewing ideas, topics & books”:

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This issue includes several Shaker recipes: baked sea scallops with cider sour cream sauce; a chilled blueberry-lavender buttermilk soup; and an apple-custard tart with rosewater meringue.
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It would be so much fun to do a zine…. I would love to have a letterpress in the garage. Or maybe just a Xerox machine. I picked up a copy of Nylon magazine at the market this evening and noticed that they have a story on fashion zines. In short, print lives!

So here’s my question: Do you read zines? Which ones?

Tea, Anyone?

Look at this cute tea house, Crown & Crumpet.





Crown & Crumpet has pink and white floors, tables covered with chintz and little crowns on the tea cups. Located in San Francisco’s historic Ghirardelli Square, it’s the tea room equivalent of marzipan…

Like bookstores, I keep a list of favorite tea houses:

There’s the Tea Palace in Notting Hill

The Rose Garden Tea House & Cafe at the Huntington Gardens in San Marino

Paris has Mariage Freres

In Rome, there’s Babingtons

Any others??!

The Rear Window

The view of the alley outside our temporary SF abode…
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…I wonder who lives in the apartment with the lace curtains and the window box. I love how she has her little clay pots and basket on the fire escape. …

Maybe she’s an international banker. Or maybe she’s working on the next big Internet sensation. On the weekends perhaps she listens to Edith Piaf on an old turntable, makes fantastic omelets with cheese from the farmers market and reads the Atlantic on her Kindle.

I wonder…

What do you think?

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