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Carving Out Your Own Success- Brown Pigeon's Meagan Lewis

My friend and fellow artist, Meagan Lewis, creator of Brown Pigeon, and one of Etsy's best sellers, was approached by Chronicle Books to create her first book, Put Your Stamp On It! SK: What's your favorite project in the book? ML: My favorite project at the moment would probably be the "Scrap Rubber Photo Boxes". When you begin making your own carved stamps, you'll quickly notice that you've acquired a pile of scrap pieces. When my own scrap pile began to overflow, it hit me! I mounted the scraps onto a block of wood, inked that up, and was delighted by the pattern it created. SK: Who should buy this book? ML:This book can be enjoyed by the beginning stamp...

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Hypothetically speaking... a Monochromatic Color Scheme

Okay, we're going to tackle a monochromatic scheme for your home. Start with a room of your choosing. I'll start with this one: [caption id="attachment_5171" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="I like the dark floors, black window trim, and hefty molding in this cozy room. The view isn't horrible either."][/caption] Got your inspiration piece? Take a good look at it and jot down the defining points like color, style, look, feel. They don't have to technically correct, just describe the piece to help you define your theme. I'll demonstrate with this bolster (below) I found on Jayson Home and Garden. Saffron and sage in color, it has a vintage feel that's exotic, rustic and elegant. I'm immediately drawn to the architectural pattern and...

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Motivated Makers

I love Make: Magazine and often feel amazed by the commitment and curiosity of the geniuses who are driven to create the most amazing inventions, art, products, cool stuff... this is the latest art piece I saw in Make that took my breathe away... [caption id="attachment_4962" align="aligncenter" width="491" caption="Made from PVC pipe and paint, Kang Duck Bong from Korea sets everything in motion with his speed inspired sculptures. When I hear myself staring at a piece thinking, "how on earth did he think of that?!" I know I'm being inspired."][/caption] For some reason, this sculpture makes me feel like superman. It makes me want to be in motion. I also discovered this super cool chandelier... [caption id="attachment_4966" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Designed...

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A Fair to Remember- visiting North Beach's hidden gem

I had to take a break from the work, the classes, projects and proposals... I've been feeling a little overwhelmed. So I grabbed my new intern, B, and headed for the annual North Beach Festival for a break and some fresh air. Little did I know we'd skip the event when we saw this  adorable banner, A Fair to Remember, stretched across Jack Kerouac Alley between Vesuvio Cafe and City Light Bookstore on Colombus Avenue where North Beach, China Town and the Financial District all intersect. [caption id="attachment_1094" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Beautiful day, perfect location, gorgeous view... this is why I love San Francisco!"][/caption] We jumped right in, first, to learn more about the event... [caption id="attachment_1090" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Click this...

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