Monday, September 28, 2009

Cupcake Camp on October 3-San Francisco

A friend clued me in to Cupcake Camp SF 2009 happening on 10/3
(See forwarded email at bottom of this entry.) I'm registered and plan to bring chocolate marmalade mini-cupx.
Email came through on Saturday, I'd just gotten back from a camping trip and thought, "well....why not? have and excellent recipe and some things to share but no mini-tins...hmm..." Following day being Sunday, I set out to the flea market with intention. My short list included cupcake tins, water shoes and whatever else might surface. It was dark when we get there but people were already setting up. We were really "late" because our ride had overslept. Walking the fence ritual turned up a find of $5. Yup, I found $5, very nice. Only problem with finding money on the ground in lucky, random fashion is that 1) a squabble ensues about whose money it is 2) one spends the rest of the time with the thought that more money will be found 3) every camera battery looks like a coin.
During the second walk-around, voila! there on a pile of stuff were several muffin tins of varying sizes, two of which were minis. How much do you think I paid for them? ;o)
If i get really inspired will make some gingerbread cupcakes, too.
hey! please come if you're in SF. This is SF's second camp.

Forwarded message:
I believe that BELFAST just had the first Cupcake camp in Europe in August. It was well documented on the news and in the various community contribution sites like flickr and utube.

TORONTO held one in January:

!!!!! POSSIBLE DANGER!!!!!!!
BEWARE of searching for cupcake info on the internet. You may get captured by picture after seductive picture!!!!
CREATE CUPCAKE SET: makes clever use of fondant from a Montreal Bakery

Thursday, September 24, 2009

September 24-photo shoot and styling

I started out this morning, puttering...almost always a good sign. Keep moving, stay focused and follow ideas wherever they may lead. My etsy site photographs are okay but I wanted to present fold-outs differently. And in this way incorporate some ideas for using them. This images together with the second shows them "plated."

Saturday, September 19, 2009

September 19-pumpkin patch and H'ween

Halloween is coming and so is a pumpkin patch fold-out card with jack o' lantern,
an early form of luminarios. Beautiful to see a whole field lit up with Jacks' dental work.
This preliminary image is more botanical...plants are so beautiful and gothic-looking sometimes.
Yesterday, up in the city a fence covered in flowering purply passion fruit flower was being lit upon by an orange monarch butterfly. Wow, what a feast for the eyes.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

September 15-returning to routine, dailies and fish

Show in Napa was Saturday. Huge lightning bolts, small amount of rain and gray skies to dampen paper and street fair but I had a great location on First, nice neighbors, interested customers despite all the weather weirdness. Set-up was at 6AM in the dark. I used a scaffold borrowed from a reluctant carpenter. The height was perfect once the back wheels were taken off and the whole propped up on the curb."i before e, except after c." ....weird.
Something very nice happened yesterday....Danielle of KoiKouture blogged about my koi fold-out. Here's the link

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September 1-retro post about pig and artists

Seeing my earlier blog entry with pig graphic reminded me of this past Sunday. There always seems to be a "theme" or as I like to think about it, whatever is on one's mind either consciously or unconsciously surfaces in "patterns" that we are quick to call coincidence.

Sunday is market day and the flea market is held in the parking lot of a drive-in movie so there are lanes with little rises and gullies, where each vendor parks and sets up tables or puts it all out on the ground. In the back row is a regular, who has a big panel truck.  Three weeks ago, I'd steered clear of his space because he had brought a pig, which he unloaded, dragged screaming to tie onto the truck. It was not his pet pig... Animals do get sold there-caged rabbits, birds and every now and then, a puppy. 
And he does what many at the flea market do, which is to purchase the contents of a defaulted storage unit. The owner of the stuff that was being sold piecemeal is/was a realist painter calling himself Black Spit. An African-American originally from D.C. relocated to Oakland with two kids he's raising himself. Art supplies included a bag full of round-tipped brushes, commercial paintings on canvas and board, diaries and portfolios. I read through portions of his notebooks, drafts of marketing letters to Oprah, a musical group, it was clear he admired, etc.; and his unemployment form filed in 2008. I found it depressing and put me in kind of a sour mood.
I could have spent more time reading and looking through his sketchbooks and journals and contemplated buying some things but nothing would have benefited him.
I'm assuming a lot here, maybe he wanted to get rid of all this and found it easier to default payment and let someone else dispose of it. It all put me in mind of the accompanying story. And has inspired a major trashing and streamlining of my own notebooks and meanderings.