Archive for April, 2009

2UESDAY

April 21, 2009

2-arrangements

As promised, here are some of the flower arrangements I’ve been creating at work. I keep forgetting my camera at home, but this is a little peak at what I do during the day. I made 6 of these refreshing little centerpieces today along with 6 other arrangements. Yes, I’m still pinching myself after just under 2 months. More to come…

FIRST DIG!

April 11, 2009
before

before

This weekend marked the beginning of this year’s escapades in our garden. We feel so incredibly lucky to have a backyard with limitless potential in the city. The native plants already in existence out there create a seasonal wonderland of surprises. But we always attempt to tame some areas into gardens of edibles for our summer and fall cooking. This year’s game plan includes building a small green house for our ‘starts’, utilizing more container gardening to save some of the natural vegetation (and not spend a fortune on bringing in new soil), and simply being a bit more successful than last year. My goal as always– fresh herbs, flowers, and veggies. Let the games begin!

many hands make light work (thanks Vince and Kevin!)

many hands make light work (thanks Vince and Kevin!)

greenhouse projekt 2.0

greenhouse projekt 2.0

fingers crossed

ducks in a row

seedz

seeds

fingers crossed

fingers crossed

STEPPING OUT

April 11, 2009

img_1705I had a much needed day off last Sunday and spent the day with the boy in Napa county. Though world class wines beckoned, we spent our time rambling up Mt. St. Helena, counting spring wild flowers, chasing shadows, strolling down main streets and soaking in mineral pools. It was a spectacular spring day and an even more pleasant spring evening. The moon was our constant companion.

THE ELEANOR

April 11, 2009
full tilt towards alcatraz

full tilt towards alcatraz

I’m congratulating my honey today on this week’s launch of The Eleanor– the 5th wooden boat he has made as an instructor at the San Francisco Maritime Museum in conjunction with the GetOutAndLearn (GOAL) program of San Francisco’s Downtown High School. img_1591The GetOutAndLearn program uses experiential and adventure-based learning to engage under-served, minority students who are at-risk of dropping out of school. GetOutAndLearn prepares, encourages and motivates students to graduate from high school, make positive choices and pursue post-secondary education and/or meaningful work.

GetOutAndLearn partners with the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park Association to teach its students traditional wooden boat building techniques from start to finish – carrying out the measuring, cutting, assembly, and shaping of the boat and sail. It’s a unique and inspiring program which seeks to reach challenging students in a unique way. I also think it’s something special in that students are learning a craft and how to work with their hands.

student designed goat decal

student designed goat decal

The boat– a design called the “Goat Island Skiff”– was christened “The Eleanor” after one of the student’s grandmother’s who passed away during the making of the boat. The launch was dramatic with high winds, but we won’t go into those details now. Instead, congratulations to my sweetness, Ed, Josia (his incredible teaching partners), and all the rest of the crew who made this happen!

christening of "The Elanore"

christening of "The Eleanor"

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HAPPY SUNDAY

April 5, 2009

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I’m off to enjoy the day…thanks for stopping by!

SHUTTER STEPS

April 4, 2009

I’m finally moving forward with photography musings which have festered in my mind for ages. I adore taking photographs and I have a very specific aesthetic. I understand camera mechanics (I took photography classes in college) but get overwhelmed whenever I delve into the world of professional photographer forums. The gear talk becomes paralyzing and my ambition/confidence level plummets.

San Francisco cafes and shops are full of local artwork and damn-it, I feel like my work is just as good.  So what if I still have a lot to learn?  So, in the past week I have taken these steps:

1) I compiled a portfolio/book of some of my best, most focused work entitled “elements”. It’s nothing special– I made it with the iphoto software– but it’s currently being printed and I should have it at my disposal next week. I may have to tweak color levels on the photos once I see how they look printed vs. on screen, but hopefully I’ll have a portfolio to refer to soon.

2) I enrolled in SF city college. They have photography classes each semester for dirt cheap and I’m gonna finally start taking some– in the fall semester, schedule permitting.

3) Last night I completed a photo mounting/display project I’ve been fantasizing about for about a week. I’ve always wondered how to display my photos–I’ve wanted something unique and outside the norm of black frame, white matte.

wax, glue, and acrylics

wax, glue, and acrylics

I stumbled upon encaustic wax paintings recently and imagined how interesting it might be to mount my images on wood and then cover them in a layer of wax paint. My sweetness brought home scrap wood from his work (building wooden boats) and I used 2 pieces for the experiment. I don’t have many of my images printed, but was able to use 2 prints I already had at home which were a bit mis-colored, but usable.

FIRST: I cut the prints down to a size that would work for the scrap wood. Eventually, I will cut the wood down to the size for the prints, sand the wood down, and drill mounting holes in the back.

SECOND: I painted the edges of the wood in white or black (depending on the image to be mounted).

THIRD: I glued the images to the wood. stone-project

FOURTH: I applied the wax substance to the pictures. They are currently drying– it takes about 2 days for the wax to set.

I’m super happy with the results, but need to tweak a few things. You can’t tell in these images, but the wax makes the photographs look like paintings b/c they have dimension on the surface and streaks of wax. So it’s a good start…

trial run:  the wood will be custom cut next time

trial run: the wood will be custom cut next time

PARDON MY DUST

April 4, 2009

please pardon my dust.  i’m messing with blog theme design and layout so it could get funky at any minute around here…indulge me.

CROSS POLLINATION

April 4, 2009
ranunculas

ranunculas

tulips

tulips

It’s been about 2.5 months since I started this blog and so many wonderful things have happened during that time. While I’m still not satisfied with the format, content, and focus of frutz, the sheer act of creating and updating frutz has focused me in ways I could have never imagined. The idea for the blog began with a flower arrangement I de-constructed and rec-onstructed the day after my 30th birthday. I’d like to announce that at the end of February I landed a job in floral design at one of the most fabulous, unique, and inspiring floral boutiques in San Francisco, FLEUR*T. I have been pinching myself for about a month and a half ever since. I am learning floral design on-the-job from the most talented designers I’ve ever seen. I am on my feet, not in front of a computer, being creative.

And to top it all off, the owners of FLEUR*T are supportive, encouraging, and flexible about the demands of my theatre career.  I think I may have FINALLY found the perfect balance of my work and creative energy: flowers and theatre.

I will update the blog periodically with my burgeoning flower designs…I’ve made some great ones already but don’t have any pictures yet. So as always, stay tuned…

FLEUR*T

FLEUR*T