A Modern Calligraphy Workshop

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I try to participate in the Minted challenges as much as possible, and I’ve always been so inspired by the designers who do their own calligraphy and hand-lettering. So I finally decided to take a class over the weekend. My boyfriend and I signed up for an Intro to Calligraphy workshop at Pippa & Co. in Alameda (quite possibly the cutest party store I’ve ever seen).

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The class was taught by Jillian Schiavi using Micron markers and Jelly Roll pens, rather than the typical calligraphy pens and nibs. I’m not sure if that made it easier or harder, but we learned the same basic techniques, strokes and exercises.

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It did not come naturally to me, but my boyfriend seemed to have a knack for it. This is definitely something I’m going to have to practice for awhile before entering any contests. And we both agreed: if all we end up with is better handwriting at the end of the day, all the practice will be worth it.

Pippa & Co.

Regardless, I’ll most likely be back at Pippa & Co. to try another class. This store offers some really fun workshops from time to time. And if that’s not your thing, come for the adorable space and festive party supplies. You’re bound to find something that puts a smile on your face.

Pippa & Co.

Pippa & Co.

Pippa & Co.

Change Is Hard. Change Is Good.

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My motto for the new year is “See, and be seen, in 2015”, but it may as well have been “The year of change”. Just 5 weeks in, and I’m already adjusting to lots of changes, both large and small. I’m not big on change, but I’ve finally decided to stop resisting. So I’m going to add one more thing to the list: a new name for the blog.

Although I haven’t been posting much lately, I have been spending lots of time thinking about this blog. And the new name, daybybay, sums it all up for me as I continue to collect inspiration from my favorite place on Earth (otherwise known as San Francisco). In the coming months I’ll be doing a design refresh as well, but I wanted to introduce the new name first. Baby steps, right? In the meantime, you can still get here via jotsnap.com. And if you’re the type who likes to jump right in, and not hold on to the past, welcome to daybybay.

Four Barrels + Four Legs

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I finally made it over to The Mill this week, a coffee shop that opened last year in the NOPA/Western Addition/Alamo Square ’hood serving Josey Baker Bread and Four Barrel Coffee. I fell in love with the space the minute I walked in. I think it was a combination of the high wood-beam ceilings, the shiny cement floor, the huge uncluttered space—and the dog paintings on the walls. They’re by artist Earl Gramling, who I unfortunately couldn’t find much info on, and I believe they’ll be up through November.

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Rocktober

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This has to be my favorite time of the year in San Francisco. The weather is perfect and there are so many great concerts, festivals and outdoor events packed into 31 days. And one of the best is happening this weekend: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival (and I’ve always loved the graphics and type treatment). I lean more towards the “hardly” side than the “strictly” side, but will be getting a little of both on Sunday when Chris Isaak and Steve Martin take the stage. Hope your weekend will be just as festive. Enjoy!

Easy Hikes For Tourists

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Some of the best things about San Francisco are the beautiful views. So when friends and family come to visit, the first thing I want to do is take them on a hike: it’s the best way to show off the Bay Area. Unfortunately, most people don’t want to pack sturdy sneakers, let along hiking shoes! So if sightseeing from the car (or double-decker bus) isn’t your thing, there are still some great trails you can hit that don’t require much technical gear.

The first is Lands End: an easy car (or bus) ride away. Just head west along Geary Blvd. towards the ocean, about as far as you can go and you’ll see the Lands End Lookout Visitor Center. Park here and find the trail above Sutro Baths. This is one of the most scenic hikes you’ll ever do—you’ll almost forget you’re still in the city. And aside from some sand, you won’t ruin your city shoes.

P.S.: Don’t miss the hidden trail which brings you to the labyrinth!

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Another great place is the top of Mt. Tam, just over the Golden Gate Bridge. You’ll need to drive (or bike if you’re hard-core) up 101 north. Follow the signs to the mountain and keep going UP until you can’t go any further (you’ll know it when you reach the parking lot). Surprisingly, there is a very short and easy trail to get you to the very top of the mountain. It can be a bit rocky, but I did it in a pair of Tom’s and my boyfriend’s niece in a skirt and oxford sandals. Not ideal, but better than not doing it at all. And with amazing 360 degree views of the entire Bay Area (including San francsico) you’ll be happy you got out of the car.

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