from marin

coming up very soon, sunday, november 27th, is the first craft show i have shown my wares in. the 8th holiday crafterino benefits cots, a committee on the shelterless in petaluma, only a dollar donation at the door and an opportunity to support local artisans. the first 100 attendees receive silkscreened swag bags with goodies from local businesses and artists. hourly raffle baskets and food trucks add to the festivities.

my sister nudged me a bit to share a table with her where she will display and sell her earthy eclectic mnk jewelry designs and i will offer my handmade accessories at extremely reduced prices. you can catch a glimpse of what you’ll see on my side of the table in the images below and at

gift giving and creating emotion through objects has long held a special meaning to me. through this event i am happy to show in person what i love to design and make while supporting a local good cause.

hope to see you there…

sunday, november 27th between 11am to 4pm – petaluma veterans memorial hall – 1094 petaluma blvd. s. – petaluma, ca. 94952

here comes the festive holiday season – embrace and celebrate what makes you feel good.

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1. holiday crafterino announcement 2. hand embroidered botanical wreath via 3. set of three floral ornaments via 4. four cocktail napkins and four botanically inspired lavender filled sachets via the shop.

from marin

i’m going to boast a bit about our daughter…at just ten years old, she created the original artwork below using pencil, sharpie and prismacolor markers from which my husband and i had made into cards. she loves to create art. this will be her space from time to time where she’ll devote her time, effort and share with you her artwork. part of the proceeds from the sale of this artwork will be donated to animal welfare and alzheimer’s related associations. you can see more details and purchase these vividly detailed botanical cards at kuwatani.


set of cards created from original drawings by our talented, nature and animal loving daughter – found at kuwatani

monday mood lifter

beachcombing has to be one of the most relaxing and inspiring activities for me and my family. you really sink in to the sand and focus only on the treasures under the ripples of the water and beneath or sometimes on top of the dry layers of sand and rocks. everything you touch, smell, hear and see swirls together calming the senses…it really ought to be a part of our daily routine. if not, then the collections and interior below are thoughtful reminders of the beachcombing experience. 

soon the trio of lavender filled sea pebbles (work in progress shown bottom left) inspired by our latest trek to the beach will be in the shop.

sink into the images below and enjoy whatever calms you.

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  1. painter ken done’s repurposed children’s spades via designfiles spotted on elysia evers wilson pin 2. beachcombing series, no. 35 by jennifer steen booher via gardenista 3. a trio of sea pebbles in progress, soon to be in the shop kuwatani 4.alison gibb’s  living room via the farthing originally brought to my attention by nicola from the farthing team.

where you wear it

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  1. chloe fall 2016 via vogue spotted on elliemac pin 2. armin blasbichler studio designed door and house via mymodernmet spotted on mrs cheese pin 3. ashish spring 2016 via livingly 4. daniel buren installation via designboom spotted on frederic herbinet pin 5. alexander mcqueen fall 2016 via vogue 6. seashell house in mexico city built and designed by arquitectura organica’s javier senosiain via hiconsumption

monday mood lifter

these days, more of my time is spent tinkering around at home and exploring multiple areas that need improvement. i’m still designing and making things – with new ideas swirling around in my head, on paper and in progress on my little project table all the time.

a mobile shown below is hanging in the shop.

happy days to you.

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1. chinese silk embroidery via mridulgame spotted on nejana cersac pin 2. julia muggenburg interior via nytimes spotted on tara stewart pin 3. bryan johnson photo of lighthouse wedding at marin headlands via snippetandink 4. handmade in marin, a beaded mobile via shop kuwatani