Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Resolution Recap

Last January, I blogged my three resolutions for 2010. I accomplished 2 out of 3. I’m ok with that. It would have been nice to have met all 3, but that’s life and I will just roll that resolution into 2011!

Here’s a recap of my 2010 resolutions and how I did:

Resolution 1: Learn how to sew and incorporate that into Hello Cupcake
Result: I did! I mean I really did! This last year I made a toy for Ginger, a dress, the tank top in the picture, 2 prize winning Halloween costumes, a screen print pet pillow and a ruffle pillow!*Resolution 2: Participate in a craft show: I think this one may be the hardest. I will have to build up a collection of work and then get accepted into a show. I’ve already got my sights set on the December Renegade Craft Fair
Result: Check! It wasn’t the Renegade but I did participate in Indie Mart. It was a success and a GREAT learning experience.Resolution 3: Practice Bikram Yoga: My goal is 2-3 times per week. There’s a woman at my studio that went for 365 consecutive days! A year of yoga without a break. If she can do that, I can surely do it a few times a week!
Result: Fail. Total fail. I probably worked out an average 2-3 times per month! This resolution will HAVE to roll into 2011.

Bottom Line: Good for me!
*I also have a few funny projects I started that went into the scrap pile. I will have to blog those later :)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy Holidays!

I spent Thursday through Tuesday for the Christmas Holiday in Big Bear with my family. Poor Christoph had to work so Ginger and I made it down without him. It was 5 full days of family time. Amazing meals, walks in the snow with the dogs, snowmen, playing card games, relaxing and warm fuzzy feelings.

We really lucked out with the weatherTaking the dogs for a walkOur Christmas tree….by the time we made it up the mountain we couldn’t find a tree (real or fake!). So I made the most of what was available.I hope you had a great holiday!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Crafters Paradise

Reasons why I love San Francisco:

Besides being able to have sushi delivered at 2 AM, I have also found some highly unusual places to find treasures for crafting, decorating, getting inspired…you name it.

My two favorite places to peruse for unusual finds are:
Scrap:Scrap is a nonprofit creative reuse center, materials depot, and workshop space.

What you’ll find: textiles, buttons, paper, craft and office supplies, plastics, wood etc.

Building REsources: Building REsources is a nonprofit center with reusable, recycled and remanufactured building and landscaping materials

What you’ll find: Brick, tile, marble, door nobs, wood, cabinets, toilets etc.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wedding Dress Shopping is Like Working Out*

After we got engaged I was looking forward to starting the dress shopping experience. In August, my Mom flew up to San Francisco for us to go dress shopping together. I had booked appointments at two bridal salons in the city and I left both appointments feeling underwhelmed by what I saw. The only thing I liked even remotely was over of my price range (by around $1,000!). Yet the sales girl continued to call my phone on a weekly basis to see if I was interested in the dress. One time she even called to tell me that the price of silk was rising and that the dress was likely to GO UP in price! Mind you this was a dress that was also two seasons old. I told her that there was no doubt in my mind that this was neither the dress nor the designer for me and asked her to stop calling me.

In September, Christoph and I went to visit some friends in New York City. While I was there I went dress shopping with his cousin. I found a dress I really liked but wasn’t ready to pull the trigger without showing it to my Mom first. I spent the next three months trying to track it down that dress!

I was finally able to track it down and knew that is was going to be at a trunk show in San Diego. So I booked a flight down to So. Cal, hopped in a car with my Mom and sis in law, drove two hours each way, tried on the dress and bought it on the spot!

I am not going to spoil the surprise of which dress I picked. I will say that it came from THIS line and the pic above is from the company’s website.

Things they don’t tell you about dress shopping:
-You may find a dress online you want to try on, and then find a store that carries the line, but they may not have the style of dress you wanted. Call in advance!
-Trunk Shows: They still won’t have every dress you saw online! Call in advance to request what you want to see.
-Sales people will ooh and aww over everything you try on. Bring someone who will give it to you straight.
-They only have dresses in size 8-10 in stock. Get ready to be pinned up all over the place.
-Wear undies that you are comfortable standing around in.

Wedding Dress Shopping is Like Working Out* because it is draining!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

To-Do List

I’m in the process of writing a to-do list of things to work on for the wedding. On the list: Dance Lessons.

But I guess if that doesn’t happen we* can always resort back to these sweet moves.

*Christoph has a really good dolphin costume

Thursday, December 2, 2010

My bestie's aka bridesmaids

When we first got engaged I took a 2 month hiatus to not think about wedding related stuff and just bask in the feeling of being newly engaged.

Then we kicked it into high gear. Picked out and booked a venue, photographer, houses to rent the weekend of the wedding, looked into caterers etc.  Then another huge break. 

Now here we are back in high gear.  7 months to go!

This weekend I am in Dallas.  I get together with my college girlfriends for a reunion/party every year around this time.

Three of my four bridesmaids are friends of mine from college that I've known for around 10 years.  My other bridesmaid is my sister in law who I've been friends with since the 9th grade!  Amazing right? Then she goes on to marry my brother (they were also high school sweethearts)!  

My bridesmaids are the best.  They truly get me.  I asked all of them either in person or over the phone.  After the squeals and gittiness  set in I sent each of them a bridesmaid overview kit.  I love it.  The kit includes: the four of you, attire, expectations and promise. 

I originally got the idea to do this for my bridesmaids HERE and then I changed it up and made it my own.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Turkey Day!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Food, family, not having to worry about getting/giving presents and of course black Friday!!!!! My Family takes this holiday really seriously.

However….this year is going to be a little bit unusual. I have to work in the morning for a few hours. Dedication right? The media needs their story and I’m happy to give it to them. Christoph and I are still planning to fly down to So. Cal to have din din with my family. But…….then we are hopping on a red eye and headed to Mexico for a destination wedding!

So I’m basically packing it in: work, food, family and then vacation.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Image From: HERE

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Let me tell you what makes a good burrito:

Last week, 7x7 Magazine opened a call for nominations looking for a “burritophile” for a “burrito-off and photo shoot” for their February food issue. I love burritos. I really do. You may have seen me tweet, write, eat or talk about burritos. So I was thrilled about the opportunity to potentially put my love of a good burrito to good use.

The bottom line...I wasn’t picked to be a burrito judge but I couldn’t resist sharing my nomination since it really is funny.

FYI: THIS is who 7x7 deemed competent to judge a burrito competition

My thoughts: Anyone who lists Chipotle as their favorite burrito in San Francisco deserves to be disqualified. Seriously. Chipotle?!

The Nomination came from my friend Elizabeth:
Stacy is the quintessential burritophile. Whenever I want to get her to do something all I have to do is bring up the possibility of a burrito.

The first day I met her we went to lunch and had burritos. I was literally shocked at seeing such a little lady, eat such a big burrito with such abandon. The girl can put away a burrito like no one else I’ve met before. She originally hales from Southern California and once believed Chipotle to be the epitome of a good burrito. Now Stacy won’t go near the foil wrapped burrito facade. She has come to realize the true makeup of a good burrito: The correct ratio of refried beans to rice.

Stacy knows what she’s looking for in a good burrito and when she finds herself unwrapping unknown burrito foil she tends to be a bit skeptical but optimistic and hopeful that she will be swept away in a sea of pico de gallo.

Her favorite places to consume burritos from are:
1.) Los Compadres Taco Truck (Civic Center)
2.) El Metate (Mission)
3.) Taqueira La Laguna (Bayview/Hunters Point)

Friday, November 19, 2010

50 Sales Later!

On December 24, 2008 I opened my Etsy Shop
I didn’t really have a plan. I knew that I liked making cards and wanted to try my hand at actually selling them.

On December 29, 2008 I listed my very first item
404 Views later and its never sold!

On January 29, 2009 I made my very first sale!!!!!
The set of stationery was being sent to Washington. It was a scramble to figure out what to do next. How do I pack it, ship it….make it look as professional as possible.

Everything went smoothly and my very first buyer feedback was “Lovely item, thank you!”.

On November 15, 2010 I sold my 50th item!
For some Etsy sellers, this is probably not a big deal, they do this in a week. For me…monumental!

I’m really excited that I’ve made it to 50 sales and I’m really looking forward to my next 50! Thank you to EVERYONE who has supported, encouraged and bought along the way! It really means a lot to me.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Say, Repeat and Do It

I’m really trying to live by these wise words from my Mom with regards to the wedding. After all, I am having a garden party right? Anyone get this? Seriously, if you know where this is from, we should be BFF’s.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Up and Comer

A few weeks ago I had the chance to meet Stephen Curry from the Golden State Warriors on a work project. Christoph was super excited about it. I guess he is really up and coming. Sometimes I think it works to my advantage when I meet people who are famous but I don’t really know who they are. I’m less likely to act nerdy or nervous…..or usually a combination of the two.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

8 More Months to Go

That’s 242 days until we get married! I feel like I have so much to do but when I look back at what I’ve done so far, I feel good about it. For example…….Engagement pictures.

Our photographer sent over a few sneak peaks from our engagement shoot. I’m dying to see the rest!Picture Shot by Jessamyn Harris in Sutro Heights Park

Remember a few weeks back when I was a major stress case over planning for the engagement shoot? All in all I think it went well!

- First our photographer is amazing. We felt comfortable with her instantly and she’s creative. Just my type!
- I got my makeup done for the shoot. I felt like I was channeling Kim Kardashian with all that make up. But I think it makes a difference in the final outcome.
- We shot in two places instead of three (apartment and sutro park). I’m ok with that.
- I made a cake to use for shooting at the apartment. That turned out fun. Our photographer loved it.
- We shot in sutro park at dusk and I got more bug bites than I can count. Lesson: Wear bug spray when shooting at dusk in a park!!!!

All in all, I’m really happy with how it went and I can’t wait to see the full results!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Dun Dun...Dun Dun

Happy Halloween!

Errr…well, yesterday anyway.

This year for Halloween, I decided I would make all of our costumes. Knowing that one of the small joys in life is seeing an animal dressed up as another animal I thought it fitting that Ginger and family go as a “school of sharks”.
I would love to offer a tutorial for this but in my usual fashion; I didn’t follow a guide, pattern or plan. I just made it up as I went along and there was a lot of pull and sew, and turn it inside out and sew, and line up here and sew. Crazy process does not = fun project for others to try and follow. Sorry.
A few tips in case you want to give it a whirl next year:
- I used around 2 yards of the gray and 1 yard of the red fabric (it’s a jersey material like a sweatshirt)
- I used white felt for the teeth
- Button eyes
- I made the head first then attached to the body
- I modified a dress pattern for my shark body
- Ginger’s shark body is basically a cape with a fit between her front paws to keep it in place
- I used recycled cardboard for the fin

The best part about all of this is that Ginger and I entered into a costume contest and won! It was a contest for the local animal shelter in partnership with the Kimpton line of hotels. There were around 30 dogs that entered the contest.We won “scariest” or “most likely to make your hair stand on end” if you want to be exact.We won a two night stay to a Kimpton Hotel and $100 to a restaurant. Amazing!!!!

FYI: My original goal was to make a costume for Christoph, Ginger and myself but I ended up quitting early and only making the head for Christoph’s costume. C'est la vie. And a little known fact. Our beta fish is named “Shark Week”.

Friday, October 29, 2010

More to Come Soon

A few reasons why I’ve been so MIA lately. Thanks for sticking around. I'll be posting up a storm soon enough.

Something I did had an end result of my dining room looking like this:My latest project started out like this and ended up winning a great prize: I worked on a fun work project and met a famous basketball player:

Friday, October 15, 2010

This weekend I am:

Checking out the Kate Spade 25% off Friends and Family saleHaving a great friend in town:Going for a run with a girlfriend.Doing a Sunday Funday and continue stressing about what to wear for our engagement pictures.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Engaging in Some Stress

I’m stressing. I’ll be honest and start with that. We take our engagement pictures in less than a week and I’m not ready. What should I wear? What's he going to wear? Where are we going to shoot!?!

Want:
I want to shoot in three different locations wearing three different outfits (There are so many sides to the Stacy/Christoph duo - It just can’t be captured in one scene!)
1. ) Fancy schmancy look in our apartment where he proposed wearing my BCBG dress from the sample sale
2.) Cute outdoor with a nice background (Chrissy Field, Lyon street steps???? Help!) Wearing a casual dress?
3.)Fun/casual outdoor. Ice cream shop? Cupcakes? Taking the G-Dawg to the park? Wearing jeans and a cute top/sweater?

Don’t want:
I don’t want the pictures turning out how we think we should be portrayed to fit into a wedding blog. I want it to stay true to who we really are.
1.) We wouldn’t bring a typewriter to a picnic. No typewriter.
2.) I don’t have a mustache nor do I want one. No mustaches on sticks.
3.) No prop overload. I love you….but I don’t want a chalkboard in every pic that spells it out.

This is not a magazine shoot. I want pictures I can hang in my house and I don't want to look back at them in 20 years and go “what the heck was that about?”

So, who has thoughts? Sorry if you’re offended. You don’t have to be in our pictures.

Photo Credits (Top left to right)
Christine Chang, Style Me Pretty, Brooklyn Bride, Jessamyn Harris, Style Me Pretty

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Goooooo Team!

I’m not a huge sports fan. This is mainly because of the amount of time Christoph spends focusing on sports. I’m just slightly resentful.

However….because Christoph is a sports fan and a long time San Francisco Giants fan I hear every game. Basically it’s on the tv - I am focused on something else – Christoph watches, cheers, yells and sometimes scares me with how into it he gets.

So last week when I got to go to one of the final games for the NL West division as part of my job he was slightly jealous. When I say jealous, I mean he was over the top, wished he could be me for a day jealous. That’s right.

To top it off, before the game I got to do some really cool things!

I got to go down on the field.This is me, right in front of home plate.

Oh, and I met…..Johnny Knoxville. That’s right, he’s a fan of the Stace.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

9 More to Go

Nine months from today, the date will be:And we will:There will be family, friends, food, drinks, a wedding and milk glass. Lots and lots of milk glass.*Second Image from 1 Wedding Source

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My Tastes Have Not Changed

I’ve been working on a website for our wedding – trying to find good pictures of the two of us to use. It’s funny how many pictures we took in the beginning of our relationship. I wish we had more recent pictures of the two of us.

* Note to self. Take more pictures!

At least we have our engagement pictures to look forward to.

Dated: July 13, 2007Right around the time we started dating at a visit to the Getty

Dated: July 11, 2010A picture from this summer at a winery

Same couple, same dress. A totally different time in our lives.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

P-A-P-E-R!


I know this is silly and is all in my head but when it comes to the wedding paper I feel a lot of pressure. Everyone that knows me knows that paper is my thing. It’s my craft, my job, my passion. Really.

So I want to get it right. I’ve played around with a few ideas and think we have finally settled on something. It’s simple, the lines are clean, and I think it will set a nice tone for the wedding. I think it’s fitting.

I can’t wait to debut everything after it gets sent out. We are still a ways out but we will probably send the save the dates in October and then the invitations sometime in the spring.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Creative, Inc.: Non Crafty Need Not Apply

I've decided to make this a two part post:

First, I went to the Creative, Inc book release
Second, I’m looking for cool, crafty, fun, laid back ladies in the Bay Area who want to be friends. I'm serious. Read on.

So, a few weeks ago I went to the book signing/release party for Creative, Inc. at Candystore Collective.The book, Creative, Inc is a guide to running a successful freelance business. I can think of so many ways that this book could come in handy to help me grow Hello Cupcake. The book was written by Meg Ilasco and Joy Cho. Meg also wrote the book Craft, Inc. which I read a while back, blogged about and loved.

When I got to Candystore Collective, I picked up a copy of the book and waited in a short line to have it signed by the authors. I had the casual "Hello my name is" conversation with Joy and then I chatted briefly with Meg. My chat with Meg was awesome. She asked about my business, what I did, how it was going, offered nice words of encouragement, and complemented my purse. I really appreciated her spending the time. I also had a few samples of Hello Cupcake cards on me and offered one up to Meg. You can actually see the card she picked on the table! She was so nice and supportive. That meant a lot to me.Me standing in line to have the book signedThat's my purse and under Meg's arm (circled) is this Hello Cupcake card!

Now on to the friend issue. I went to the book signing by myself. It's not that I don't have friends; it's that I don't have friends that are aspiring creators, crafters, DIYers. That stinks. It seemed like everyone at the party had come in groups and it's not easy to walk up to a group of strangers that all know each other and seem deep in conversation. I did decide that I have to at least try to put myself out there. So I did. I walked up to two ladies who were talking to each other. A group of two seemed easier to break into than a group of six. The two ladies I met ended up working for Chronicle Books (the publisher of Creative, Inc.). One of the ladies was really nice and seemed open to speaking with someone new. The other....not so much.

Anyway, it just got me thinking that I really need to make some nice crafty friends. Seriously, you're an aspiring DIYer? Let’s grab lunch. Email me stacy@hellocupcakecreations.com

*Photos shown are from: HERE

Monday, September 20, 2010

Hunger Challenge Wrap up: Grin and Bear It but End on a Sweet Note

It was harder than I thought. It wasn’t fun at all. It made me feel bad - physically, mentally and emotionally. There were days when I woke up with a looming feeling of sadness. Like something terrible had happened – a loss, a mistake, regret. Yet the only thing I lost was the ability to eat what I wanted when I wanted. I wasn’t hungry, but I was unhappy. I lost the freedom to enjoy food.

I came out with a new perspective, a fresh reminder of why I go into work each day, a better understanding of the need that surrounds me.

The realization that yes, it is possible to live on just $4 per day, but no, it is not possible to really “live” on just $4 per day. Does that make sense?

To really understand it, you must try it. Not for a day or two – but really, try it. No cheating. You can’t be partially dedicated and expect to really “get it”.

Gain a new perspective in one week’s time. That’s pretty neat if you ask me.

This made quite an impact on me.

Money spent on food:

Day 1: Total: $2.95
Day 2: Total: $4.10
Day 3: Total: $4.43
Day 4: Total: $3.74
Day 5: Total: $3.15
Day 6: Total: $4.28*
Day 7: Total: $3.56*

Grand Total for the week: $26.21

*Day 6: I had coffee, breakfast taco, chili, lasagna
*Day 7: I had coffee, breakfast taco, meatloaf, cupcake

Bear in tie is from Berkley Illustration

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hunger Challenge Day 5: Temptation

I left my lunch at home today. I was left with two choices:
1.) Try to make my oatmeal and small snacks get me by till dinner
2.) Drive through McDonalds and get something filling off the $1 menu

What do you think I did? What would you have done? What if this was a reality you faced every day? No food to eat, a few dollars in your pocket and you are hungry. Unfortunately, in San Francisco, 150,000 people struggle each day to feed themselves and their families. This scenario I faced is probably not new for them.

Me. I decided not to give to the lure of McDonalds. By 4:00, I found it really hard to concentrate and focus. I was so hungry. But really? Skipping one meal? That's not what it's like to really be hungry. I'm so fortunate.

On a side note, my co-worker Dana who is also taking the Hunger Challenge offered me one of her Sweet Potato Tofu Burgers! Thanks Dana!

For dinner, I made breakfast tacos for Christoph and me. My Breakfast Taco Recipe:
- 5 eggs
- 1 potato (diced)
- ¼ Onion (diced)
- 1 can green chilies (My Dad lives in New Mexico and sends these to me)
- 1 slice of cheese
- 4 slices of bacon
- Butter

- Microwave your potato till it’s soft (3 min each side)
- Cook your bacon (I cook mine in the microwave….easy)
- Lightly sauté your onions and add in the microwaved, diced potato
- Add cut up cheese, eggs and green chilies to the potatoes and onion
- Cut your bacon and add to the egg mix
- Stick it inside a tortilla

Money Well Spent:
Coffee: $0.50
Oatmeal: $0.25
Yogurt: $0.50
Breakfast taco: $1.40
Angel Food Cake and Strawberries: $0.50

Total: $3.15

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hunger Challenge Day 4: I’m eating my words. At least they are free (unfortunately, they aren’t filling)

Remember when I blogged “I hope I’m not being overly confident and optimistic but I think I can handle this. At the very least, it’s only one week and as it stands now, I am very conscious of my food spending habits.”?

What a joke!

Everyone else around me is able to eat whatever they want without giving it a second thought. I’m so envious. It actually makes me a little angry. I feel like I can’t enjoy a meal (and I LOVE to eat). It’s hard to imagine that this is just a small glimpse into what it feels like to live on food stamps.

This morning for breakfast I ate the standard oatmeal with brown sugar and coffee from home. I was actually excited about my lunch. I had brought a can of pea soup and a few slices of bacon to cook and add in. I also had some toast.Yuck! Salt overload! I didn’t finish the whole soup. It would have counted for almost 60% of my daily sodium intake. Gross! The more I ate the more I started to feel like Oliver Twist. The line *“Please Sir, I want some more” *{insert British accent} played in my head. I didn’t want more, but I was relating to Oliver. I’m hungry, this tastes like crap and this is all I have.

For dinner, I’m becoming a master of disguise. I decided to take the leftover spaghetti sauce (it has ground turkey and veggies in it) and turn it into mini lasagna casseroles. I had enough to make 3 mini lasagna casseroles with the leftover sauce. It was great! Is it just me or does everything taste better when cooked as a mini casserole?
Money Well Spent:
Coffee: $0.50
Oatmeal: $0.25
Soup with Bacon: $1.25
Toast: $0.08
Apple: $0.33
Lasagna: $1.33 per serving

Total: $3.74

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hunger Challenge Day 3: A New Day and a New Outlook

I think the angel food cake and strawberries saved me (ha ha…there’s a pun in there). It was the first thing I had all week that made me feel like I was not eating on a budget. I would highly recommend a “splurge item” for any other Hunger Challenge participants if you have the money.

I ate pretty simply today.

Breakfast was oatmeal with brown sugar and coffee from home.Notice anything familiar on my computer screen? No? They why aren’t you following the San Francisco Food Bank on Facebook?

For lunch I had a pepperoni pizza lean pocket. I actually love these.

For dinner I got a little more creative. I knew I was having leftover chili but wanted to disguise it since this was the third day in a row that I was having it. I turned it into a chili baked potato and had a side salad. It was delicious. I would consider it a comfort food.Christoph on the other hand ordered take out. I was handling it pretty well until he pulled out dessert. Mango sticky rice! It’s one of my favorite things to eat (dessert or not). I love it so much that I had it as part of my send off dinner on Saturday night before starting the hunger challenge. I can’t believe he did that! But, I thought this might happen.

How many more days left of this challenge? Ugh. Four more.

Money Well Spent:
Coffee: $0.50
Oatmeal: $0.25
Pretzels: $0.30
Apple: $0.33
Hot Pocket: $1.00
Chili and Corn Bread: $1.05
Potato: $0.50
Two bites of mango sticky rice: $0.50

Total: $4.43