March 31, 2009

Sneak Peek- Wallpaper Projects

Let the countdown begin! Our wallpaper book finally hits shelves in a little over a week, so expect some serious wallpaper fun around here in the upcoming month or two! Our editor at Chronicle Books put a little sneak peek on their blog- check it out here!

"Silhouette Art" project from Wallpaper Projects

March 27, 2009

An Art-Filled Weekend!!

This weekend is going to be chock-full of exciting and wonderful art events. If you're in the area we highly recommend you check out any and all of these:

First up: We're having an opening at The Curiosity Shoppe tonight! Please come by and help us celebrate artist Chris Corales and the amazing new mixed-media collages he's put up in the gallery and windows. Beautiful, beautiful work!

What: Chris Corales "and therein lies the difference in therein" Opening
Where: The Curiosity Shoppe, 855 Valencia (between 19th & 20th)
When: TONIGHT! Friday, March 27th 6-8pm

Next: Adobe Books auction at Southern Exposure
Two of our favorite neighborhood institutions have joined forces for a fantastic auction to benefit Adobe Books. The list of artists who have donated work is an insane who's-who of Bay Area Art Greatness. Check out the preview.

What: Adobe Books Auction
Where: Southern Exposure 417 14th Street (between Valencia & Guerrero)
When: TOMORROW! Saturday March 28th 3-8pm

Finally: Join us at the 9pm screening of artist/filmmaker/surfer Thomas Campbell's newest film, The Present. His films are beautifully shot and have the most amazing soundtracks, featuring folks like Tommy Guerrero and the Mattson 2 who will be performing live. And we're so excited to see our wonderful friend and surfboard shaper-extraordinaire Danny Hess make his big screen debut!!!

What: The Present Screening
Where: The Victoria Theater 2961 16th Street (between Mission & South Van Ness)
When: TOMORROW! Saturday March 28th 9pm

March 26, 2009

UPDATED!!! Photo assignment: Fur

Hey gang- sorry for the abbreviated post yesterday!! Here are the rest of the "fur" photos. And next week's theme is: "concentric". To be posted next Thursday! (email your pics to if you want to participate.) Have a great weekend!

Maria's photo

Sophia's photo

Linda's photo

Andrew's photo

Conn's photo

March 25, 2009

Crayon Rings

I am loving these crayon rings by Timothy Liles so much!!!
(via designboom)

March 24, 2009


Has any heard about this "personal screen printer" called the Yudu? My first thought when I read about it was "oooh!! A new Gocco!" but this contraption looks more like a scanner and supposedly you can print on both textiles and paper with it... Unfortunately I can't swing the $300 price tag to test drive one right now, but I'm definitely intrigued...

March 23, 2009

Squam Art Workshops

We are soooo excited to be going to New Hampshire for the Squam Art Workshops in June! Derek and I were invited to teach a couple workshops at SAW and how could we resist? A four-day arts retreat on a lake? Yes, please! We will be there to teach an all-day workshop featuring projects from our upcoming book Wallpaper Projects, and another all about Nature Inspired DIY Design. It's not too late to register- it would be great to see you there!

(decor8 posted a great interview with SAW founder Elizabeth MacCrellish last month that you can read here.)

(all photos courtesy of Squam Art Workshops)

March 19, 2009

Reason I love libraries #234827

You can find our Show Me How book in the stacks!!!

Photo assignment: Morning

This is such a beautiful collection of morning photos- thanks to all of this week's photographers for sending them in. Next week's theme is: "fur". Email your photos to: before next Thursday if you'd like to participate!

Derek's photo

Lauren's photo

Linda's photo

Sophia's photo

Joelle's photo

Jackie's photo

Conn's photo

Andrew's photo

March 14, 2009

Curiouser and curiouser...

Odd signs, maps, clues and hints have started appearing around our neighborhood...

If you're the type who likes elaborate mysteries and adventurous scavenger hunts...

we suggest you start exploring a few of these interesting phenomena...

March 12, 2009

Photo assignment: Night

These night photos are wonderful! Thanks everyone! To make things easy on ourselves, next week's photo theme is: morning. Get your cameras out and start snapping! And email your photos to: info@curiosityshoppeonline before next Thursday.

Derek's photo

Sophia's photo

Maria's photo

Linda's photo

Heather's photo

Tom's photo

Joelle's photo

Andrew's photo

Alissa's photo

March 10, 2009


We recently stumbled upon two very simple, very stylish blogs that do a wonderful job at a difficult task...encapsulating "cool". Because, as we all know, what we find cool, others might find cold. And vice versa and so on and so forth...But hats off to The Impossible Cool and Nerd Boyfriend for hitting the nail on the head (as far as we're concerned...).

First, The Impossible Cool—cool people, cool pictures, and cool quotes from cool people...
Next, Nerd Boyfriend—cool people, cool clothes, and links to help you cool up your own wardrobe...

This is soooo up our alley

Gorgeously designed kits by Elizabeth Dilk. We want them for the shoppe! (via Craftzine)

A sewing kit for men.
(Includes sewing essentials and directions to replace a button, mend a tear and hem pants.)

A kit to thwart writer's block. Genius!

March 07, 2009

Lucky Us!!!

The Curiosity Shoppe has received some lovely press in the last few days....

First, the wonderful Victoria Smith (aka sfgirlbybay) mentioned us in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle as one of her favorite local shopping destinations. She's got such amazing taste, it's a real thrill to be on her list!!

Ms. sfgirlbybay herself, checking out our various curiosities...

As if that wasn't enough...the current issue of Lucky magazine features us (and some of our other small business buddies) in a great San Francisco shopping round up!

Many Thanks to Victoria, The Chronicle, and Lucky!!