seeking featured vendors and artists

I will be returning to Jack of All Trades this weekend to meet up with friends. Are you a vendor there specializing in repurposed/reclaimed, vintage, art, furniture or accessories? Would you like to be featured? Please contact me here!  

jerome, az: inspires creatives

I recently spent a week in Arizona with my family. Having lived there for several years it was fun to go back and explore some of my favorite places, this time with my husband and two young boys. One of our excursions took us to Jerome. If you have never heard of Jerome, AZ, here are a few highlights. This little town sprung up on a steep hillside and became an incorporated city in 1899 making it the 4th largest city in []

sneak preview

A glimpse of what is coming to magpieweekend. I had the pleasure of spending a week in Arizona. Returning to the desert was good for the soul. Getting back to the routine after spring break is another story. This trip was a family get away but I managed to snap some photos of things that inspired me between shots of my cute lil boys on their desert adventure.

creative inspiration

    What triggers your creativity? Nature, photographs, magazines? I know we’re sort of new in our relationship here, but I would love for you to share a bit about what inspires you.  Please, share your ideas. Old frames or inspiration? This stack of painted frames has been on display multiple times. Seeing it makes me happy. I mean, how fun is this? I just love the colors and how the collection makes sense together despite their differences. Once they were all likely shades []

reclaimed skate board art

We have had some glorious weather in the Bay Area these last two weekends. I wanted to meet a friend one sunny day and decided to return to Jack of All Trades at Jack London Square in Oakland. She had never been and I was still a novice to the event so why not meet on a lovely day. Several trucks and busses were scattered about the event housing little traveling stores and even a photo booth. It was quite fun seeing []

gleaming glass

People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com How I love gleaming glass.  Turquoise has been a favorite color of mine for years and years and when its in glass form…SQUEE! A few glass insulators and a carnival glass set are about all I’ve managed to amass. Moving every couple []

kitchen collections

Lately collections have interested me (is it obvious yet?! Stay tuned for more collections headed this way…).  Perhaps because a collection can be so personal and make a beautiful statement when displayed together in your home. Dear HGTV, can I have a job?! I’d like to talk to people that have cool collections on display. I find kitchen tools and bakeware rather interesting. While I do not collect them myself, I love looking at them. A few weeks ago I met Ricky Nelson []

painted furniture

One of the cornerstones of the shabby chic look is painted furniture. Breathing fresh new life into old forgotten or beat up pieces. While repainting old furniture isn’t new. It has seen a resurgence in recent years. More and more laminate furniture from the 80’s has been seeing a comeback with paint and new hardware and often new uses. Milk paints have been around for ages (and ages and ages!) People used to mix their own water based milk paints until paint []

stitch modern lecture in piedmont

The secret is out. I love textiles. I’m going to gush about more of them here… Quilts! I have been slowly teaching myself how to make quilts. Its a fun, testing, yet gratifying project. This week, I was lucky enough to be invited by a friend to a Stitch Modern Lecture presented by the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild Show. Roderick Kiracofe was the main speaker; Ben Venom, the opener. Roderick Kiracofe is well known in the quilt community. A quick search []