San Francisco Recap + Silhouette


I feel like I’m always recovering from some big adventure. This time it’s San Francisco.


I can’t describe the joy that overcame Chris and me when we drove over the Bay Bridge on our way into the city Monday morning. We both had a serious moment. I started to get all choked up.

Last time we drove that stretch (west-bound), we were just coming up on our one-year anniversary. No kids, no cares. We were all starry-eyed at the prospect of living in an urban area and starting a new chapter with so many prospects.

Then the economic crisis hit (it’s still in full force, is it not?) and we left with our heads hung low. We vowed to come back. While we only came back for a short visit, it still felt like home.


The lovely folks at Seesaw graciously opened up their office space for me to hold a calligraphy workshop. We had a full house! I’ve acquired some new equipment that made teaching so much easier. I’m looking forward to teaching more workshops in the future.


Kaela, Me, Meghan

We had such a great time! I think the class went over by an hour or so. I just can’t help myself when I get to meet such neat, creative people.

I also got to meet for the first time some long-time blog friends (Katie and Kristin). I had too much fun, I forgot to take pictures.


This is a quick snap I took on the way to dropping Chris off at the starting point for his 30 mile run with friends. The countryside in La Honda is not to be missed. Chris and friends only made it 19 miles. Only. 


We did our fair share of eating tasty treats (creme brulee cart on Market and Sansome was one of my favorites). Unfortunately we didn’t make the stop to Sprinkles Cupcakes or Tartine. Serious bummer, if you ask me.


But we did plenty of goofing and walking around the city. I found myself saying, “Don’t touch that!” “Stay by me!” “Get out of there!” Way too much. Penelope isn’t our little city companion like when she was an immobile baby. We still had so much fun.


Now it’s back to real life again! I’m always feeling so behind. I wanted to give this a proper post, but the below promotion ends on the 31st. All of Silhouette’s add-on/extras are 40% off! Even if you don’t have a machine, their products are really fun to use. Use code: MELISSA for the discount.


My favorite goodies are the printable tattoo paper, adhesive vinyl, and iron-on heat transfer. The machine is ideal, but no need! Scissors or a sharp exacto work well, too.

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    1. Katie says:

      Oh, so fun to meet you too! And I’m determined to make calligraphy a talent!

      We’re not often in Utah, but next time we are, I’m definitely going to make time for you! I wish I could’ve met your family. Next time right?

      And 19 miles through the Santa Cruz mountains is INSANE! So awesome.

    2. Marilenn says:

      It was wonderful meeting you and attending your calligraphy class! You’ve also inspired me to take advantage more of living by the Bay! I will have to find that creme brulee card! :D

    3. Kristin H says:

      It was so great to finally talk to you face to face! Such a great workshop – I am diligently practicing every night and loving it. Wasnt it so obvious that I hardly come up to The City? Still feeling like a sheepish hillbilly for being so late, but I always forget that it’s really 2 hours up to SF, not 1.5.

    4. Marissa says:

      I love this post and truly wish you guys would come up more often. :) You know you BELONG here. XXXXX

    5. Heidi says:

      That first sentence made me smile. It’s pretty awesome that you’re always recovering from an adventure. It made me think that I need more adventure in my life! (I suppose that’s hard when we’re talking about moving; every extra dollar is being spent on the house.)
      “Only 19 miles.” Is he training for a marathon?
      Love that picture of Chris and the kids where you can just tell that Penelope is on his back. So sweet. Your kids are loved.

    6. Paloma says:

      Thanks for such a fantastic workshop!
      I’m having a dream time in SF plenty of workshops and discoveries…this city is amazing!
      Nice children!

    7. alana says:

      Still so disappointed that I couldn’t be there for your class. I’m so glad you had a good time and hope you’ll make it out here again relatively quickly!

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