Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Favorite of The Week

Miguel in his Western Addition backyard
I can't even begin to explain how excited I was when I saw the story "Hang Time" on The Bold Italic's website. Since moving to San Francisco a little over a year and a half ago I have gone on many many walks. On one of my very first walks (yes, first) I discovered a not so typical San Francisco victorian home. It had a hanging fixture over the driveway made of plastic bottles, sea glass and bottle caps. I literally stood there, under the fixture, in amazement for about ten minutes. So many questions lingered in my mind. Who lives here? What inspires him to do such a thing? When, where and how can I meet them? 

A previous fixture made of bent wood chair parts, drift wood, string and glass
Miguel standing on a fifteen foot ladder, changing the batteries in the motion activated spider on his Halloween themed mobile

Titled Aquarium. Made of plastic bottles and papasan chair ring. 
A man named Miguel Gutierrez- Ranzi is the one behind it all. Miguel is originally from Colombia and moved to San Francisco in the 70's after attending Harvard University. His story is a tear jerker, let me tell ya. Miguel has been living in his San Francisco Western Addition home since 1985, the same year he found out he was HIV positive. Ten years go by and his partner is diagnosed with colon cancer and dies only a year later. As the years go by the hanging art becomes Miguel's creative and positive outlook on the situation. He enjoys giving back to the Western Addition community and in doing so he changes the art ten times a year, in the middle of the night, when no one is watching. Miguel's story completely inspired me, had me crying and made me so determined to meet him and visit his backyard fortress. Miguel, I adore your artwork and what you are doing for the neighborhood. I can't wait to meet you someday.

(Check out the full story from Bold Italic here )


Beautiful San Francisco Sky
Exploring the Japanese Tea Gardens in Golden Gate Park 
Empty Thanksgiving Plate
Thanksgiving Table
Here are some photos as of lately. The first two photos were taken by J and the last two I took while setting the table for Thanksgiving. It was such a wonderful meal and evening complete with each of us going around the table and saying what we are thankful for this year.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Just Purchased...

I am over joyed with this purchase I just made and obviously had to share. The first two items are a set of tea towels and recipe cards. I fell in love with the fun vibrate pattern on the towels and have always wanted recipe cards to hand out to loved ones. As I was about to check out I found the yellow and white printed tea towel in the last photo. All of which were purchased from Leah Duncan an Austin, Texas based artist. I love one of the quotes on her website that describes her work as: quirky meets beautiful, folk meets modern and feminine meets delicate. Next on my list to buy from Leah are these beauties (hope you like them J) 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Daily Dose of Fall

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I'm really getting into the winter spirt over here. Lots of layers, homemade soups and daytime naps under a warm blanket are becoming common in our house. I have a feel it's going to be a chilly winter here in San Francisco.

After five days of vacation, and a great deal of family time, I'm happy to report that I am back to my daily routine. It was a wonderful thanksgiving and I have lots of pictures to share. (This particular photo was taken a few months ago in Seattle.)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Daily Dose of Giving Thanks

Wouldn't this be a lovely place to have Thanksgiving dinner? source
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday filled with loved ones, mass amounts of carbs and endless laughter. This is the first thanksgiving in 6 years that my dad, sister and I have shared this holiday together, and I am beyond touched and a bit emotional about it. Being grateful for what you have is something my parents taught us from an early age and I truly try to remind myself on a daily basis how lucky I am. Here are some things that I am extremely grateful for today:

This wonderful one bedroom flat that I call home.

My family. Although we are spread between many states when we come together it's like I never left.

The amazing man in my life. Life just keeps getting better and better with you.

This may sound silly but I am so thankful for my bicycle. I love not driving, helping to save the planet and getting to see so much of this amazing city while riding it. 

I'm also very thankful for J's family. They have taken me in like they have known me forever. You are all so inspiring and constantly radiate love. Thank you for all that you have taught and done for me. 

Lastly, I am thankful for my unbelievable friends. You all are my rock, my light and my fire. Without you life would be so duel and honestly, I would not be the person I am today if you hadn't stepped foot into my life. I love you all so much. Long Live The Flowers!

Happy Thanksgiving to all. May your day be filled with pure happiness. 
- Taylor Rae

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Vinyl Lovin'

Really craving the soothing sounds from my record player, a cup tea and my cozy tie dye blanket right now. Only a few more hours till Thanksgiving vacation. So much to be thankful for, and yes, my records and record player are on that list. 

Here some some recent, and pretty random, photos that I've taken in the past week. The photo with all the scissors is exactly what it looks like. A bunch of scissors thrown at the wall, which actually looked a lot better than it sounds. The second photo is of a very mossy tree trunk at a hidden spot in Golden Gate Park. Lastly, the dying flower buds. There were so many and, this may sound strange, but it looked like a bunch of textured pokadots. I couldn't look away! (all photos were taken by me)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Favorite of Thanksgiving Week

Titled: Found 2010. Made with paper collage with acrylic, powdered graphite and watercolor

Titled: Brown, Pink and White with Diamond. Made with paper quilt, watercolor and pinpricks. 

Titled: Night Flowering Tree. Made of paper collage with acrylic, powdered graphite, watercolor and hole punch.

Titled: Spider. Paper collage with watercolor, pencil and hole punch. 
It's pretty obvious that artist Lena Wolff is beyond creative. Who else uses hole punches in their art work? She is a local artist here in San Francisco and donates a lot of her work to hospitals, museums and other organizations around the city. Very inspiring women and, as usual, you must go scope her website.

Monday, November 21, 2011

the first picture of the girl running with the balloon was taken by my close friend Daniella. the rest were found here

Remember when you were younger and you would get a balloon? After about half an hour you would get bored, look up to the sky, and set it free. Those were great days.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Daily Dose of a Wonderful Saturday

It was a wonderful Saturday indeed. As we were wondering around Golden Gate Park today I realized I had still not been to the Japanese Tea Gardens. It was the perfect, chilly day to do just that. After exploring the massive garden for a bit we then settled down at the tea house and enjoyed cups of jasmine tea and misco soup.

Friday, November 18, 2011

photo taken at one of my favorite spots in wine country 

Daily Dose of Inspiration

I'm craving an adventure, hence all the travel inspired photos. Perhaps it's the book, Loving Frank, that I'm currently reading that is making me feel this way.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Changing Seasons

button down- forever 21. dress- vintage via crossroads. toms shoes
I had a lot of fun playing in the changing leaves the other day while on a sunset walk around our neighborhood. J took a lot of pictures that evening and these are a few of them. I love sunset walks with that boy and his Nikon.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Favorite of The Week

Artist Julia Rothman, from Brooklyn New York, made it pretty easy to declare my favorite of the week this week. She is an amazing artist and has some of the most unique prints I've ever seen. She also did a side project that you can find here. It's pretty darn jaw dropping.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Daily Dose of Color

I would love to be outside right now. Running around wearing a feather headdress. Soaking in all the colors, smells and textures. (made this today while day dreaming)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Bubbly, Desserts and Lots of Laughter

Happy Monday *sigh*. Last week I posted about a glorious day that I had while visiting LA that consisted of a champagne brunch with my ladies at the Beverly Hills Peninsula Hotel. That brunch was one of the best I've ever had with some of the most amazing girls I've ever known. Here are some photos to back it up.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Tonight's Events

Tonight I am attending the first meeting/party/class of the Secret Hooch Society. I would love to give the location away but as you can see, its a become sort of this big secret. I'm sure after this first night it will blow up and they will be able to announce it to the world. The class consists of learning to make delicious cocktails by some of San Francisco's most well known bartenders. We have a mini bar at our house but honestly I don't really know what I'm doing, I just pretend. I will try and snap some photos and let you know how it goes. In the mean time here are some mini bars that I'm lusting over...