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imageI can’t tell you how excited I am that Percolating Design is in its very first museum store! The San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design opened its doors in May 2013 in the up and coming Dogpatch neighborhood after being in a temporary location in Hayes Valley. It’s one of the few museums in North America dedicated to contemporary craft and design, a perfect match with Percolating Design’s aesthetic and demographic.

imageIt also filled the void left behind when the Museum of Craft and Folk Art sadly closed its doors in December 2012. It was a small museum similar in size to this new one and hosted fun monthly Etsy Craft nights that I often attended, which have now moved over to MCD.

imageI went to MCD when it first opened and was excited to find Arline Fisch’s Creatures from the Deep exhibit, featuring underwater sea creatures knit and crocheted out of colorful copper wire. It was an inspiring scene and reminded me a bit of Bay Area wire artist Ruth Asawa’s sculptures, which I’ve always admired.

imageIf you haven’t been to the museum yet, I would definitely recommend a visit to check out their current and upcoming exhibitions. I also recommend going to Etsy Craft night or one of the other cool programs they regularly host. Plus, the Dogpatch is just a fun neighborhood to spend an afternoon with lots of fabulous restaurants and stores popping up all the time. And, of course, don’t forget to check out their selection of Percolating Design jewelry while you’re there!

All photos (except the last one) were taken by my good friend, photographer Aynur Girgin Westen. You can check out her work at

Now that the days are getting shorter and the nights are colder, the holidays will be here in no time. It seems that the holiday shopping season is starting earlier this year. Maybe it’s because the first day of Hanukkah begins on Thanksgiving Day and we have fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.

Good thing the holiday shows are taking place earlier as well. Our first one for the season is next weekend at Fort Mason and promises to be a fun event. All shows are free and open to the public!

West Coast Craft is a brand new craft and design show that will feature designers, artists, and craftspeople living and working on the West Coast. They’ll have a DJ and you can shop while sipping adult beverages (my favorite way to shop!). You can even test drive a Smart Car outside the pavillion and receive an $8 voucher to spend inside the show.

This is San Francisco’s biggest local holiday fair featuring more than 100 favorite SF brands, and was my personal favorite last year. This year they have made it a two-day event and will have 50 completely different vendors each day. I will have a booth on Sunday, but will be there on Saturday to shop!

Renegade Craft Fair is the biggest curated indie-craft marketplace out there. It showcases the brightest talents in contemporary craft and design, and the San Francisco show will feature over 150 designers. It will be a festive weekend celebrating all things handmade and a great place to wrap up your holiday shopping!

There may be more shows added, so check our events page for the latest updates.

Hi House

We started off the year with a little getaway to Point Reyes, our favorite day-trip destination from San Francisco. We had never spent the night, but when we came across the Hi House, we just had to plan a stay there.

House interior

Hi House is a gorgeous mid-century glass house built atop a hillside surrounded by Bishop Pines and views of the Point Reyes National Seashore in the distance. A little tram transports you up the hill to the house where the cozy studio for two has everything you need for a quiet escape into nature.

Kehoe Beach

The house is located at the entrance of Tomales Bay State Park, so it was the perfect base for all of our favorite local activities: beachcombing, hiking and visiting nearby oyster farms.

Tule Elk

Spending two nights there allowed us to do a couple of things that we had not done before. Top on our list was completing the 10-mile round trip hike to the northernmost tip of Point Reyes, Tomales Bay Point. The hike starts at the historic Pierce Point Dairy Farm and takes you through the Tule Elk reserve, home to over 600 native California elk.

Point Reyes Seashore

Tomales Bay

Tomales Point

Hiking along the ridge, you have views of the ocean on one side and Tomales Bay on the other, sometimes at the same time. The weather can change very quickly, which we learned the hard way on our first day. The skies began to darken about 2 miles into our hike and what started as mist quickly turned to rain. We had to practically run the last mile back to our car. Luckily, the next morning we woke up to beautiful blue skies and had perfect conditions for our second attempt.

Kehoe Sunset

North Beach Sunset

The other treat for us was being able to watch two beautiful sunsets on the beach. What I love about Point Reyes National Seashore is how far the beaches stretch. You can walk for miles and miles along the shore. The cold winter wind prevented that on this trip, but I have a feeling we’ll be back soon.

Last night I participated in the Giants’ annual Stitch-n-Pitch with my fellow knitters. I look forward to this event every year when I get to take my knitting out to the ballpark! After getting my garlic fries fix in, I pulled out my Bellefleur shawl and went to work while taking in the game.

Guess we should have brought more of our finished knits with us, because we were too cold to stay for the whole game and left before the Giants’ 3-1 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Just need one more win tonight to sweep the series. Go Giants!

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