Hunters Point Shipyard OPEN STUDIOS

24 10 2008

Each weekend in October, artists and craftspeople in a different area of San Francisco open their doors so that we all can visit them where they create, and see their work. A local nonprofit, ArtSpan, organizes this huge undertaking, the country’s first and largest open studios program. There are so, so many great things to see!

One of my favorite places to visit open studios is the Hunters Point Shipyard, the decommissioned naval institution whose barracks have been taken over by about 200 artists. They call themselves “America’s largest artist’s colony”!

This year (2008), there’s an open studios weekend (November 1 & 2) devoted just to this special place.

[And if you’re around this coming weekend, November 25 and 26, you can visit studios in Financial District, North Beach, Potrero Hill, Russian Hill, SOMA, Tenderloin, Bayview, Excelsior.]

There are free downloadable maps of studios on Artspan’s website. See you out there!


Helping Yogis Everywhere

14 10 2008












Some of you know that this summer marked the publication of my first book, The Little Book of Sanctuary: A Beautiful Home is Simply a Choice. While it still hasn’t been officially launched, it is available from the publisher, Our Little Books, and from a number of other outlets. 

I just got word of it being included in a “Sanctuary Gift Bag”  at the Urban Yogis website. How cool is that?

Pretty Titties

17 09 2008

You know when you go to an event and you’re in a roomful of new people? You look around to feel out who you want to meet. Last weekend I was at a business seminar, and right off the bat I spotted a woman who just sparkles. (No, she wasn’t dressed like she is in the photo!) When we talked later that day, I thought, “she’s actually as lovely as I expected!” (I also learned that she has an awesome last name!)  

Jude Marks makes beautiful bustiers for all kinds of busts. I encourage you to visit her website and read her heartwarming and powerful story.

SF MOMA MuseumStore

14 09 2008

Whenever I’m down near Third and Mission and I have some extra time, I like to stop in to see what’s new at the museum store at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. They have incredible wacky and wise books to read and browse, toys, amazing handmade jewelry, unique housewares and office supplies, selected small furniture – all, in their own ways, qualifying as art. I always find something useful or useless that I can’t live without. 

It’s a great place to visit when you need some inspiration in your life. If you can’t find it there, well… my heart goes out to you!

Here’s my dear friend Angela,  a special education teacher in SF’s public schools. She spent part of her sabbatical last year volunteering at orphanage for baboons in Africa.


What’s your favorite find at a museum store?

Sandtray Room in Stinson Beach

31 08 2008

On the left-hand side of the main road when you’re just coming into Stinson Beach (at 3415 Highway 1), there’s a sweet little shop called The Healing Arts Store, full of books and art and all kinds of feel-good paraphernalia. It was just what I needed to welcome me into my mini-vacation last Saturday.

Just outside, my attention got pulled to a shed with an open door. On further investigation, I found out it’s a sandtray room – just sitting there open to whomever wants to visit. Sandtray is a form of expressive arts therapy that helps people give expression to things that don’t lend themselves easily to words. Basically, there’s a table with a box built on top that’s full of sand. All around on the walls are shelves and shelves of all kinds of miscellaneous items you can put in a basket and bring to the table. Once you’ve gathered what’s calling to you, you just start putting them down, moving things around, letting out whatever wants to emerge, telling some story that comes from deep inside.

The rest of the small grounds were lovely, too, with delightful surprises everywhere I looked. This is another one of those places that makes me so appreciative of the people who love something or some place so much that they offer it up to all the rest of us souls wandering around without expectation of anything in return. Thank you for the gift!

The same woman who runs The Healing Arts Store also has a wonderful and beautiful online resource, The Arts and Healing Network, that has tons of information on all things related to the healing potential of art.


Gravel & Gold

20 08 2008

I think I just found my favorite store of all time. Kinda reminds me of a mini, gritty, girly version of ABC Carpet, with its mix of old and new and familiar and worn and artsy and plain and wonderful. Located on Treat Street at 18th (in the ActivSpace studios I just blogged about), Gravel & Gold is tiny but jam-packed with interesting things to fondle and buy. Here’s Lisa, one of the owners. Isn’t she cool? She’s even nicer than she is cool! Check out their blog for tasty tidbits and upcoming events.


See post on 18th & Treat Street Studios

18th and Treat Street Studios

19 08 2008

Glory! I started this blog to be able to share my excitement about people and places just like this! Last Thursday, at the behest of my friend, urban cowgirl, mistress of all that is good, and Spiritual Coach Elka Vera, I attended an open house a ActivSpace, aka the 18th and Treat Street Studios, where she has a new office.

And I mean new! Elka is one of 60+ tenants in this brand-spanking new complex erected by Seattle-based ActivSpace at, well, the corner of 18th and Treat Streets in the Mission. It’s an eclectic collection of entrepreneurs, practitioners, craftspeople, retailers, artists, artisans, consultants, designers, galleries, healers and more, all in one place.

Mark your calendar, because this was just the first of many “2nd Thursday Open Houses,” which will happen on, well, the second Thursday of each month from 5:00-8:00pm.


Who do YOU know in the 18th and Treat Street Studios?  Tell us about them!