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The Wizard knows all
The Wizard’s Predictions:
A trip, combining pleasure and business is within the realm of possibilities for you at a not too distant time. Or, you may be thinking of accompanying another person, a relative or intimate friend, on a journey. This should be a very delightful experience. Take all necessary precaution against carelessness in the excitement of getting ready. Allow plenty of time for your preparations. And if you plan to travel by plane, train or bus, make your reservations for enough in advance to insure satisfactory accommodations. Look in your local newspaper for weather conditions in the area you expect to visit and according to the temperature there, you will be able to pack suitable clothing. Do not carry a large sum of money but get Travelers Checks — they are safe and convenient. You can anticipate a good time, a profitable holiday, with confidence. Personal gain may also be expected — perhaps sooner than you thought.
This is the fortune I got from The Wizard at Musee Mecanique. How fitting indeed (for the most part).
Here’s a cute stop motion animation I found while youtubing the other day. It incorporates 3 things I like: cake, stop motion animation and sugar alphabets! Something short and sweet from PES.
Musee Mecanique is a must-see while in San Francisco. This is one of the largest privately owned collections of mechanically operated musical instruments and antique arcade machines. It can be found on Pier 45 and best of all, the admission is free! Just make sure to bring lots of quarters or at least cash to make into change because there are so many things to do in this little museum!
When I walked in, the sound was almost deafening with all the machines going at once. Unfortunately I didn’t have many quarters on me, so I played as many machines as I could and took as many photos as my camera could handle. Below is just a sampling of the visuals of Musee Mecanique:
Out of all the dudes I’ve worked with, the two dudes I miss the most, are Dan and Michael from Aesthetic Apparatus. Not only did I learn how to spell Michael and apparatus correctly, I also learned all the screen printing tricks, legitimate business practices and that beer:thirty is 4:30 (and sometimes 3:30) from this multi-faceted super designing duo.
I often get questions about the screen printing process when I do shows, so I thought I’d post this how-to video from the Minneapolis screen printing legends themselves, Aesthetic Apparatus:
When I worked with them, there was less screaming and more loud music. Same sense of humor though. Oh yeah, go on their website and buy something from them. Tell’em Lieutenant Strawberry Sparkle Bear sent you. For reals.
Here’s what you missed:
This video was taken from Design^Sprout’s blog.
Well, San Francisco was a huge success! I have to say that it was my first visit to California and definitely not my last. The weather was beautiful, the scenery was fantastic and the people were extremely friendly. Maybe even slightly friendlier than Minnesota nice.
After three foggy days, the fog lifted for the craft show and I finally got my shot at the Golden Gate Bridge.
As to the business portion of the trip, the Renegade Craft Fair was a blast. It had steady traffic both days and beautiful views. From the left of the building was the Golden Gate bridge and to right was Alcatraz. I met some lovely crafters, including: Joanna from Ach Ach Liebling, Jessee from Art School Dropout, Michael and Maggie from Supermaggie, David from Seibei, the super sweet Adrianna and her helper husband Josh from In-vita Paper Studio, to name a few. I have to say the highlight of the weekend was on sunday when the renegade-looking marching band, Mucca Pazza performed throughout the whole pavillion, causing everyone to follow them around, including me.
I’m anxiously counting down the days. It will be a greatly needed break from my full-time job.
Ok, let’s kids, let’s journey deep into Sara’s little pocket of dreams: one day I do wish to be doing Too Many Suitors as my full-time job, or at least have my own studio to spread out in instead of being cramped in my little apartment and screenprint/letterpress at my alma-mater. I’d love to be freelancing or having my own design company along with Too Many Suitors. I mean, I just can’t be doing one thing, I need multiple distractions to keep my creativity happy and flourishing. It would be nice to one day have Too Many Suitors to be a profitable gig and pay for itself and more. Oh, to dream the dream. Help me dream! Ok, I need to go to bed now. Sweet dreams, lovelies.
Here’s another sneak peak of a shirt I will be unveiling at the Renegade Craft Fair. After that they’ll be for sale online. Limited quantities, so don’t delay!
Light grey shirt with black and metallic silver ink!
Detail. Slightly more shiny in person – definitely a party shirt.
More subtle version. Olive shirt with black and white ink.
“Paper or Plastic?” How about neither. Let’s help Mother Earth out by using canvas tote bags that can be used over and over and over again. Here’s some new designs that will be at the San Francisco Renegade craft fair and on my website. Well, what do you think?
Raining Cats & Hounds tote. Reprint + slight redesign from one of my popular shirts.
Detail, white and marigold.
Detail, white and metallic gold
Handiwork tote, grey option
I Give a Hoot tote