In 2007 Kelly Malone had an enviable job as a stylist for Victoria’s Secret and was in New York City when she received a fateful phone call from her San Francisco doctor. “He told me I had ovarian cancer,” says the Philly native, who moved to SF in 2005 to work as a visual merchandiser for Gap, Inc. The then-33-year-old promptly quit VS and underwent chemotherapy. “I didn’t want to sit at home and feel sorry for myself, so I threw a party in my backyard for all my friends to sell their handmade crafts.”
Shopping in Union Square may be convenient, but these days, it's all about unique, handcrafted goods. Digging through Etsy can be overwhelming, but the FREE Renegade Craft Fair will make your treasure hunt a little easier by bringing 200 crafters, artists, designers, and more to the Fort Mason Center this weekend, July 18 & 19 (11a - 7p).
Yeehaw! It seems to be shaping into a peach of a weekend. True, it's only Tuesday, but we're not going to let a little detail like that get us down. The weather report calls for clear blue skies and mid-70s and up for the rest of the week, plus we've got all sorts of fun activities to look forward to. Sunday we'll be participating in AIDS Walk San Francisco taking place in Golden Gate Park. Will you be there? There's still time to sign up if you'd like to join in...
A town full of DIY maniacs, a communal love of food and drink, and a harsh economy: It’s the perfect storm in which to launch Urban Peasant, a group of urbanites dedicated to teaching “homesteading in a modern world” (read: canning, preserving, cheesemaking and the like). At their first workshop, held Tuesday night at Living Room Events/Kitchenette in Dogpatch, home-brewer and -winemaker Scott Mansfield showed 30 folks how to make their own booze—in small batches and without the need to stomp grapes or mash hops and barley. Within two hours, Scott (full disclosure: he’s my husband) showed how to make cider, pomegranate wine, ginger beer and blackberry melomel (a honey-based drink).
This week I'm feeling my inner homebody looming large. More than ever, there seems to be a resurgence of spending more time nesting, and entertaining at home. The economy's got everyone a bit down, I know, but there's also an upside to slowing down a little, spending more time with family and friends within the confines of your own comfy dwelling. You can take pride in the smallest tasks, like canning & preserving, or painting a room a sunny bright color, or washing your linens by hand in some lavender scented water. It feels good to get back to the basics and appreciate the simpler things in life. So this week in Sfgirlbybay's Seven for 7x7, we're taking some time out for a few moments of zen.
Usually you don't go to someone's house to make a purchase, unless it's Tupperware or something seedy. But on Sunday you can find a whole slew of handcrafted goods for sale at a big, turn-of-the-century house on the corner of 6th and Irving. Why? It's the location for Underground Bazaar, a craft fair only featuring vendors whose work is made by hand. The event is both indoor and outdoor, admission is free, and the N will drop you off right at the corner, so there's really no excuse not to go... unless you are in fact looking for something seedy. In that case, take it down to Haight, you. For more information, click here.