Beautiful Things: Black Sheep Postal Service

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It’s been a while since I’ve profiled someone who makes beautiful things.  I can’t think of a better person to revive this series for than Justin Kerr of Black Sheep Postal Service.  I love mail.  I love handwriting.  And I absolutely love beautiful hand-made things.

The idea behind this one-man shop is quite simple, but brilliant nevertheless.   We don’t have time to write notes anymore.  So, Justin will do it for you.  $5 gets you a beautiful hand-silk screened, hand-written postcard mailed to your grandma (or whomever you choose) with a carefully curated postage stamp.  With cursive handwriting disappearing from classrooms and the postal service slowly dying, this business makes me very happy.  Who doesn’t love seeing a personal letter or postcard arrive in the mail instead of the constant stream of bills and junk mail?!

I felt inspired by Justin’s interview and found the photo of him with his grandma below adorable.  It’s comforting and validating to know that someone so accomplished (and not to mention handsome…heeeelllo!!) often feels lost and wonders what the hell he’s doing.  It’s a feeling that I’m slowly becoming comfortable with as a consultant.  Anyway, I just placed my first postcard order and can’t wait hear how happy it makes the person who receives it.  Rock on, Justin!

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Onward and Upward

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The highlight of my weekend was a celebratory dinner with my good friend, B.  Is she gorgeous or what?!  We toasted to new beginnings and all the excitement that comes along with starting fresh.

For me, half the battle to achieving my dreams has always been simply getting myself to believe that it’s possible.  Once I’m committed to achieving something and truly believe that I have the power to make it happen, everything seems to fall into place…almost as if by magic.  Whether it’s magic, hard work or God watching out for me, I’m feeling beyond grateful today.

Onward and upward, baby!

Chilly Days and Soul Mates

I’m a little bummed the chill has returned to San Francisco.  Yet, I’m grateful for the warm stroll I enjoyed on Monday down at Crissy Field.

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Fortunately, spring blossoms are overflowing in my neighborhood and keeping me smiling.

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In other news, Orelia and I have always been soul mates. No big surprise to anyone reading this blog.  I enjoy reading and napping on the couch; and she’s right there with me.

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I had an ear infection last month and now poor Orelia is suffering from one.  And I resorted to reading this at the vet’s office this morning.  Ah, the things we do for love….

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Happy Earth Day!

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What a lovely weekend.  It actually felt like California weather for a change.  Clear blue skies, 78 degrees and no fog in sight!!  Given the gorgeous weather, I spent most of the weekend outside.  Some of my favorite moments from the weekend:

  • Lounging on a white fluffy blanket and pillows while sipping white wine on a friend’s balcony overlooking the water catching up, laughing and feeling like life is indeed beautiful.  The smells of a delicious roast chicken wafting out of the kitchen didn’t hurt either.  Thanks for a lovely evening, B.
  • Walking down to Union Street for some window shopping with Orelia trotting by my side
  • Catching up with a good friend over sushi at Yuzu
  • Watching Orelia play in the surf with a new buddy at Fort Funston and enjoying being at the beach without the wind chilling me to the bone

It’s supposed to be sunny and warm all week long.  O and I are headed out to enjoy it.  We hope you can do the same.  Happy Earth Day!

Happy Thursday + Magical Mendocino Moments

Another Thursday is upon us, but I’m still reminiscing about last weekend in Mendocino. Here are a few of my favorite moments from the trip.  Enjoy the weekend!

Pattersons-Pub{Patterson’s Pub: Best burger and fries in Mendocino}

Water-Tower{Old-fashioned water towers around town}

Cliffs{Walks along the cliffs}

Fences{White picket fences and wild flowers}

Macullum-House{Sunlight on MacCullum House and pond}

Gas-Station{Totally reminds me of visiting my grandparents in Cloutierville}

Albion-River-Inn{Watching sunset over dinner at Albion River Inn}

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Mendocino{Morning walks along the cliffs}

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Me-Malika{Me and my horse for the day, Malika, riding along the beach}

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Me{More exploring along the cliffs and a blissfully happy/dorky self-portrait}

Mendo-Real-Estate{Hmm…maybe I’ll move to Mendocino}

Hmmmm{…and open a shop}

Ahhhh{Ahh, sunset.  Another happy day in Mendocino.}

Nothing Blue About This Inn

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When I finally made my way to Mendocino on Friday afternoon, I checked into my new favorite bed and breakfast, the Blue Door Inn.  Steven, the innkeeper, was super friendly and welcoming.  The breakfasts were out of this world! Picture french toast stuffed with nutella and bananas with a side of crispy applewood smoked bacon.

From the modern decor to the perfect downtown location to the lovely gardens, it was everything the website promised and more. It’s my new happy place.  And I can’t wait to go back!

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Winding Country Roads

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My long weekend in Mendocino was absolutely blissful.  Driving up along Highway 128 through Anderson Valley was one of the best parts of the trip.  Wild flowers and apple trees in bloom kept me company along the winding roads.  And I couldn’t help but smile as I sang along to my favorite Bob Marley tunes.

I was a little bummed when I realized 60 miles out of San Francisco that I forgot my camera at home.  Thank goodness for my iPhone.  Frankly, not having a big camera made me focus more on the moment and soak up every beautiful view so I could remember it later.

I made two stops along the way…first in Boonville for a very tasty ham and cheese sandwich at the Boonville General Store.  And then at Goldeneye Winery.  If you love Pinot Noir, this is the place to go.  And don’t even get me started on the duck pate.  Every Friday should be like this!

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Bliss

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