Monday, November 21, 2011

Holiday Cards

Wonky Winterland Trees... 
Available in 4 vintage inspired color palettes are now in My Etsy shop!  
It's a Christmas tree. It's a festive Winter Solstice bush. It's a Pick-a-Holiday Shrub. 
No matter how you celebrate it... It's fun, colorful, and wonderfully wonky. 

I machine stitch threads of garland onto colorful handcut paper trees and top them with a tin foil star! 
Each Wonky Winterland Tree card is a one of a kind, handmade with ❤ by me. No two are alike. Please allow me to compose a set for you based on the color palette you have chosen.

Four festively vintage inspired color palettes to choose from:: 
Mid Century Martini {reds, blacks, greys, icy blues, & olive greens
• Candy Shop {golden mustard, turquoise blues, bubble gum pinks, & tangy orange}
• Vintage Fancy Forest {navy & turquoise blues, bubble gum pinks, apple greens, & mauves}
• Chocolate Blues {teal & turquoise blues, chocolate & kraft browns}

Single card • $6
Set of 3 cards • $16
Set of 6 cards • $30
& Convo me for larger quantities 

Have you started your holiday gift shopping yet?  
Or are you still shopping for your Thanksgiving turkey? 


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

San Francisco Holiday Design Bazaar

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area this Saturday & are looking to get a jump start on your 
holiday shopping.... Come by and see me along with 35 other super talented artisans::  

 Local artists and designers sell their wares and donate 25% of their sales for the day. The proceeds of the bazaar will go towards developing visual and performing arts program. This event was created last year to provide Arts Education in every classroom. 

PLUS :: a booth on the value of arts education, DJs throughout the day, silent art auction, live drawing/sketch artists, activities for the kids (face painting, art projects, etc.), childcare, and yummy food!

& remember this Holiday season to support your communities and...  
Shop Local! Shop Indie! 


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

It's Knot Your Fault...

When I saw the ever awesome Ashley of After Nine to Five tweet about a bloggy photo contest... my eyes got super big, and my heart was all a flutter.  Thank you Ashley and Misty for hosting such a fabulous contest!

I spent a couple of hours on Sunday at the long ago closed Alameda Point Naval Base. It is a dreamland of decrepit buildings, shipyards, debris, tumbleweeds, and pure abandoned wonder. I snapped tons photos of battle ships, air control towers, even the sun shinning down on the San Francisco Bay, and my favorite shot of the day was this rope. Pure texture heaven.

It's Knot Your Fault...

I shoot photos all day, every day. All of my photography {or iPhoneography} is taken and edited entirely on my iPhone.  If you would like to see more of my photos, you can check out my Instagram account. I also post a few to Flickr.

Have a snap happy day! 


Monday, October 31, 2011

1300 Things: Week 29

Week 29... Yup, I am picking up just wehere I left off. The last 1300 post that I published was on July 18th. Rest assured that I have continued to have immense gratitude every minute of every day since then. 
I want to thank those of you who have emailed me to check on me... concerned about my absence, or just to tell me how much you have missed my blog posts... each and every one of those emails have filled my heart and given me heaps more to be grateful for. 
I treasure you all. 

700.  You. My continued readers. & You, my new readers.   
701.  Rose water cookies. 
702.  Truly amazing sunsets.
703.  Truly amazing sunrises.    
704.  Recycling an entire file cabinet's worth of old useless papers.     
705.  New neighbors who aren't a group of 21 year old guys.
706.  My cutest customer (best customer appreciation photo ever!)::

the boo boo face was from the wrestling she had to endure to claim the pillow from her older brother. 
707.  New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough region... yum! 
708.  Eating fresh raspberries off of my fingertips. They taste the same, but it's more fun. 
709.  Madmen on Instant Netflix. 
710.  When your hair grows past that awkward stage. 
711.  Birthdays. Mine... and Yours.  
712.  Freshly painted toenails. 
713.  The cold spot at the very bottom corner of the bed.  
714.  Stumbling onto sweet street art around town::

My Feet. Oakland Sidewalk. Sweet street art. 
715.  iPhone updates going super smooth & all of my data & apps intact exactly where i left them. 
716.  Cranky cats... they are just as cute as non-cranky cats. 
717.  Little Star pizza... cornmeal crust sent directly from heaven. 
718.  Salted caramel ice cream and a walk in the park on a hot day. 
719.  A friendly smile from an old man on a park bench. 
720. Candy Corn. Yup...I am the one person who actually loves the stuff::

722.  Starting Year Two of 365 Days :: Self Portraits. 
723.  Soy chorizo.... it really is as yummy as the real thing. 
724.  Discovering the hilarity that is Little Britain. 

What are you grateful for on this spooky Halloween day?


Monday, October 17, 2011


I snap a lot of photographs these days. 
They are all shot and edited with my 3GS iPhone. I post some to Instagram, and I post some to Flickr... I thought I'd share a few of my favorites from the past week with you here now:: 

☞All photos are the sole property of Punk Rawk Purl &
are not to be reposted or reproduced under any circumstance without my permission. Thank you.☜

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Spooky Cute!

Now available.... 
Spooky Cute Skully Journals  

I have stitched it up again... this time with dem dry bones.  
All of the boney pieces and parts are meticulously cut out by hand and machine stitched onto a morbidly cute colorful background. I then stich the artwork onto the cover of a Moleskine Journal.

There are 5 colors and 2 page styles to choose from::
Cauldron Black •  Putrid Pink •  Blood Red •  Nightshade Navy •  Menacing Mustard 
Grid or Lined pages

Available now in My Etsy Shop... 
Go get 'em before they get YOU first! 

I am curious to know.... Trick-or-Treat, Old-Timey Poison Bottles, or Yo Ho Ho Ho....
For You, is the skull & crossbones motif more associated with Pirate or Halloween themes? Leave me a comment below, telling me where your mind travels to when you see this skully-boney icon.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

The August Break::Day 18

All photos taken and edited on my iPhone 3GS
☞All photos are the sole property of Punk Rawk Purl &
are not to be posted or reproduced under any circumstance without my permission.☜

Day 359:: The Countdown Begins... 365 Days of Self Portraits

Do you have any long term projects winding up? Or perhaps just beginning? 


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The August Break::Day 15 - 17

Catching up on a couple of days...

All photos taken and edited on my iPhone 3GS
☞All photos are the sole property of Punk Rawk Purl &
are not to be posted or reproduced under any circumstance without my permission.☜

Day 15:: A Day in The Park

Day 16:: Crane Edit

Day 17:: Attack of The 50ft Punk Rawk Purl


Sunday, August 14, 2011

The August Break::Day 14

All photos taken and edited on my iPhone 3GS
☞All photos are the sole property of Punk Rawk Purl &
are not to be posted or reproduced under any circumstance without my permission.☜

Day 354:: 365 Days Self Portrait Project
It's super hard for me to believe that it has been nearly a year since I began this project. Many people ask me how I can stand to take & post self portraits every single day. And to that I ask, "Am I that ugly?!" *insert hearty laughter*
But for reals...  It's been a learning process, both about how I see myself physically/emotionally and how I approach photography.  I am looking forward to year number two.


Saturday, August 13, 2011

The August Break::Day 13

All photos taken and edited on my iPhone 3GS
☞All photos are the sole property of Punk Rawk Purl &
are not to be posted or reproduced under any circumstance without my permission.☜

Oakland Fox Theater::  
Shot with Hipstamatic - Libatique73 Lens / Big Up Film

If you are so inclined, here is a wee little bit about the glorious Fox Theater from here::
The Oakland Fox Theater, a 2,800 seat movie theater originally opened its doors on October 27, 1928 in downtown Oakland, California.  The complexity of the Fox’s design portrayed a very lavish lifestyle. Reflecting luxury and class by its beautiful structure. After thirty years of delivering to the public, the Fox’s success was disrupted by the popularity of television that hurt downtown theaters across the nation. Attendance significantly dropped in the 1960s and the Oakland Fox officially closed its doors in 1966. After being closed for twelve years, the Fox avoided demolition when it became officially recognized as an Oakland City Landmark.  February 2009 marked the beginning of a new era for the Fox. After being neglected for forty years, the once glamorous theater made its comeback.

Do you have a favorite venue to see shows in your town?  I'd love to hear about it.


Friday, August 12, 2011

The August Break::Day 12

 All photos taken and edited on my iPhone 3GS
☞All photos are the sole property of Punk Rawk Purl &
are not to be posted or reproduced under any circumstance without my permission.☜

My Post Office
My Post Office
My post office is pretty special... amazing architecture and details in every nook and cranny. I can't help but snap some photos every time I am waiting in line. 

What's your post office like? 


Thursday, August 11, 2011

The August Break::Day 10

All photos taken and edited on my iPhone 3GS
☞All photos are the sole property of Punk Rawk Purl & 
are not to be posted or reproduced under any circumstance without my permission.☜
Can you spy the itty bitty detail in the above photo that makes me super happy?

Line Up:: DXP App

Line Dancing:: DXP App

Peacock Tower(s):: DXP App

As you can probably tell.... I am more than a little obsessed with the art of double exposure photo processing.  I am also currently obsessed with photographing power lines & traffic lights. 

If you are an amateur (or pro) photographer, what are your current photo style crushes?


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The August Break::Days 1 - 9

It's true. I have been way too busy to blog.... and I promise it's been legitimate. But I think about blogging often and am eager to get back into the blog of things.

I heard about The August Break & knew that this was indeed the perfect thing to ease me back into blogging. I am attached to my iPhone. I snap pictures all day & everyday. I post them on Instagram (an iPhone app) & thoroughly enjoy the community there. {If you are on IG... look me up. I am punkrawkpurl... of course}. I of course also post to my Flickr account. 

I will share 1 or 2 photos here each day during August. But for today... here's a heaping helping of photos to get me caught up for the first 9 days of August.  Since there are no rules for The August Break I am sharing some photos that were taken in July... also since I wasn't here for July... photos from the month somehow make up for it... yes? hehehe

All photos are shot & edited using my iPhone 3GS. 
All photos are sole property of Punk Rawk Purl & 
are not to posted or reproduced under any circumstance without my permission. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Thar She Sews... New Whale Pillows

Debuting tonight at the Telegraph Ave Crafty Corner::
& in my Etsy shop next week. 

Moby Stitch Pillows::
Made from a super soft & sturdy wool/rayon felt & lot's of Love. 

The front of these squishy soft pillows are sporting a happy little whale (inspired by the Moby Stitch Journals now available in my Etsy shop.) I couldn't just leave the backside of these super cute pillows bare now could I? There is a little surprise stitched up on the flip side of each and every pillow! 

Each pillow is approx 17" x 12" & stuffed with the loftiest, fluffiest, highest quality polyester fiberfill... perfect for hugging while sailing the seven seas... or just hanging out in your home.

Leave a comment here & let me know which colors you'd like to see floating around in my Etsy shop! 

Have a great Weekend everyone!!


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Crafty Corner

Hello everyone! Have you missed me? I sure as heck have missed all of you. 
I've been super busy with all kinds of exciting things. 
But for now, a quick post about an upcoming event. 

If you are in the Bay Area you can come see me this week during the Oakland ArtMurmur's First Friday at::

The Telegraph Avenue Crafty Corner Fair 
1645 Telegraph Ave . Oakland . (corner of 17th & Telegraph)*
Friday August 5th . 5pm - 10pm

Crafty Corner Vendors:: 
Elbow Grease Designs, PuNk rAwK pUrL, Yes & Yes Designs, Cocibolca Soy Candles
Photography exhibit "When Spaces Speak"
The entire neighborhood will be hopping during the First Friday of the Art Murmur 

*1/2 a block from the 19th St. BART station

Monday, July 18, 2011

1300 Things: Week 28

Hello Everyone! Yes, I am alive. And yes, I have missed being here... a lot! 
I've also missed visiting you over on your blogs too. Some things have shifted and I have been very very busy. I asure you that as I adjust to my new schedule I will be blogging and tweeting again on a regular schedule. Please don't forget about me! xoxo

675.  Sweet cat kisses after a long day out and about.   
676.  Really good hot and sour soup.
677.  A sweet cup of Cinnamon Plum tea. 
678.  BBQ pork chow mein.   
679.  Fortune cookies that don't lie::  
680.  Meeting a new friend... on his 1 month birthday! 
681.  The awesome staff at Pet Food Express. ( a local company) 
682.  Pecan Praline granola.
683.  Peach season!!!
684.  Peaches in Irish oatmeal.     
685.  Peaches in yogurt
686.  Peaches in my special peach macadamia nut bread.
687.  Peaches in my mouth.
688.  A trip to the Renegade Craft fair with friends.     
689.  Prawn burritos.    
690.  Being woken up by a cold cat nose. 
691.  Taking time-out to give myself a pampering pedicure       
692.  One of my photos made it to the popular page on Instagram::

693.  The summer set of ants came and went w/out much of a fuss.         
694.  Bagels with lox & cream cheese. 
695.  Ritual coffee in the neighborhood
696.  Securing an office space for a freelance gig.  
697.  Fresh fig room refresher         
698.  Gaining speed and accuracy on a knitting machine. 
699.  My willingness to make an ass out of myself for a good picture::

And how is your summer going? Where have you been? Where are you going? Have you blogged about your summer vacation? Leave me a link to your post.