Archive for the ‘San Francisco’ Category


October 25, 2012

pirtti handwoven portrait

This past weekend I had a photo shoot for my scarves. It was an incredibly exciting day. I had an awesome team (and it took a team!), a great photographer, a lovely model and a beautiful day. At the very end we snapped a few photos behind my house. Above is an out take by iphone. An exhausted but thrilled Mama Pirtti. I can’t wait to share the new photos with you!

san francisco summer

July 30, 2012

golden gate bridge

San Francisco can be incredibly foggy and cold in the middle of summer.

pirtti handwoven modeled

Perfect for testing out my latest handwoven scarf. (Available in November!)

percolating design

May 15, 2012

percolating design - purl necklace

A couple of months ago I attended the Craftcation conference in Ventura, CA. It was an amazing weekend to learn all about the handcrafted business and meet fellow crafty entrepreneurs. One of the many fabulous people I met was Deborah of Percolating Design, whose home base is right here in San Francisco. Her shop is filled with clever “purl” necklaces in a beautiful array of colors. I just love this color combination in the photo. I’m always a fan of stacking, and I think this grouping would look great with a blazer and jeans.

percolating design - purl necklace

percolating design - purl necklace

percolating design - purl necklace

All of the pieces are hand knit and assembled and come in limited editions. Everything is made to order, so you can specify exactly what arrangement you want – from a single strand to multiple strands. (See examples here.) Her shop is offering free shipping until 6/30. Happy shopping!

Best of luck to Deborah on her new endeavor!


May 4, 2012

photo by Lane Kennedy

One of the first group of ladies I met when I moved to the west coast was the San Francisco Mompreneur’s. They’ve been a support group, a feedback forum, and overall, a very interesting group of people. I am absolutely delighted to be featured (particularly since it is also my birthday month) as the May Mompreneur. You can read the entire interview and catch a glimpse of a day in the life with one of my two children here.


April 24, 2012

yellow and orange

golden yellow

yellow and deep pink

I’m not usually attracted to yellow but lately the color keeps popping out at me. Orange and yellow combinations make me happy – however I was tickled to trip upon the soft yellow and dark pink combination today!

point of view

February 19, 2012

Immigrant Overlook

Thanks to your comments I have some inspiration for future posts. I’ve also updated my pinterest page (that site is so much fun) and finally jumped on the instagram bandwagon.  So many ways to keep the creative juices flowing!

autumn warp

September 21, 2011

autumn warp

It’s a bit odd living in a place that has a different take on seasons. While the leaves are changing out east and the cool weather is setting in, the temperature is rising here in San Francisco. It’s nice to have some heat after a very cold summer. I help my mind adjust to the changes by working with autumn colors and eating honeycrisp apples.

Happy fall everyone!

inspiration hike

August 30, 2011





This past weekend I took a hike in my “neighborhood”. I am a mere 15 minutes away from the Pacific ocean. It’s really a nice change of pace to be able to walk out my door and see such beautiful things. I feel very lucky.

that’s how i roll

August 17, 2011


One of the first things I wanted to do upon our arrival in San Francisco was get a bike. I loved riding a bike as a kid and have always jumped at the opportunity to go for a bike ride in my adulthood. But it has been a really long time since I owned my own. So, within the first couple of weeks I picked up this Townie 7 speed. It’s big. It’s bulky. It has a fantastic ding-dong bell. My goal is to get really good at riding around town and upgrade to a sweet PUBLIC bike. And then if I get really good at riding, I’m going to get a hybrid bike and join Velo Girls.

Long story short…scarf orders were mailed on Tuesday!

sunday chill

April 10, 2011


Wide Wave scarf by Rilla of Marshall Arts. Small Shapes Cardi by Elizabeth of Primoeza. Sunshine courtesy of California. Cool breeze by San Francisco.

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