Whatchya Making???

#madewithyellowowl

Every so often I wonder what people are doing with our products after they get them, what kind of awesome creative projects ya’ll are coming up with. So we want to see what everyone is making with their stamps, what kind of stamps you are making with the Carve-A-Stamp Kits, what kind of designs you are making with the stencil kits on the totes or towels, how projects from the books are coming out, the doodles in the pocket notebooks, and anything else you are doing with your Yellow Owl goodies.

Here’s what I am thinking, when you make something cool take a picture of it, or the process of making, and post to instagram with the hashtag #madewithyellowowl and each week we will post a selection of those pictures here. Creating a sort of inspirational resource of all the possibilities of things to make!

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We can’t wait to see everything you guys are creating!

The Crazy-ness of 2014

 

Happy New Years from Yellow Owl Workshop

Happy New Years!! Whether you are gearing up for a night out on the town or settling in for a mellow night in we hope you have had a wonderful year, we definitely have.

This past year has been filled to the brim with projects, new products, and even a new book(coming out in 2015!!)!

So here is a little recap of everything we got up to in 2014!

Stencil Kits and Pendants

We kicked off the year with a fresh batch of pendants, and a brand new crafting kit! We loved making designs with those stencil kits!

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All the girls hard at work, even Emmy!

New Stamps

Dude, we made so many new cool stamps it blows my mind a little bit to think about!

Book Photo Shoot

The new book started to come together. This photo shoot was a lot of fun and we will be share more behind the scenes bits in the next couple months!

Fun and Projects

Having fun, making art and stuff, thats what its about right?

Holiday Carve-a-stamp and other

The end of the year push for a few more new products just in time for the holidays, we dug the new holiday themed templates for the Carve-A-Stamp Kit!

 

We hope you have had a great year, and we will see you in 2015! It’s already feeling like its going to be a good one!

The Aislers Set

 

We listen to music in the Yellow Owl Workshop studio all day long, and have long had a soft spot for fellow San Fran band The Aislers Set. Forming in 1997, the band released three cracking albums of ’60s-inspired, ’90s-bred indie-pop, before calling it quits in 2003 (boo). While they occasionally came back for sporadic reunion shows, this fall their three LPs will be remastered and reissued.

Listen to a sampler of one of our favorite bands.

Tour dates:
09/22 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
09/23 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
09/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
09/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel

 

Spring Weekend To-Do List

Hello, spring! After a long, dark and cold winter, we couldn’t be more ready for the weather to warm up and the days to get a little longer. Need more reasons to head outside? Nature is blooming, music festivals are heating up and the summer crowds are still at bay.

PureWow has rounded up a list full of a few surprises that will keep you busy all spring long.  Here’s a few to keep on your radar:

Tassajara’s Summer Meditation Series:

Start your day with the easygoing Healing Power of Stillness class, which introduces the concepts of Zen Buddhism through restorative yoga.  At night, meander down the creek to The Narrows, a clothing-optional swimming hole where you can sneak in a small bottle of wine and sip by moonlight.

 

Mendocino’s Whale Season:

Make a quick getaway to Mendocino before the gray whales head out of state. You have approximately three weeks to get to Mendocino to see these mamas with their newborn calves before they head out of state. So pack up those binoculars and get out of Dodge.

 

Second Act Marketplace  Grub

Located in the old Red Vic Movie House–which screened quirky classics (like Harold and Maude) and indie films (such as the visually stunning doc Baraka) for 21 years–Second Act features five upscale food stalls. The airy, light-filled marketplace with handcrafted iron gates and a vintage-inspired paneled ceiling is a more design-centric version of Bernal Height’s 331 Cortland community kitchen.

Check out the full list here.

 

 

Taste Tour: 3 Can’t-Miss Bay Area Restaurants

The San Francisco restaurant scene dishes up cuisine that will definitely tickle, and challenge, your tastebuds.  Have a look at this list by The Manual of their 3 cant-miss places to dine and make the most of your next night out.

Anchor & Hope
This is by no doubt one of the best restaurants in San Francisco. After all, the city is right on the San Francisco Bay. Fresh seafood is brought in everyday. When unsure, start with the raw bar and try some oysters, mussels and shrimp before going for something a little more ambitious, such as the Rockfish with saffron rice, tomato, kalamata olives, fennel and calamari stew.
83 Minna Street
San Francisco
415-501-9100

Salt House
We tried one the most amazing cocktails we’ve  tasted at the Salt House: the Tijuana Beehive. It has Pueblo Viejo reposado tequila, meyer lemon, dimmi liqueur, jalepeño honey and orange flower water. It’s better than any margarita we’ve ever had. Try entrées like the Coleman Ranch pork loin with bacon maple crust, artichokes, calcot onions and rhubarb marmalade, or their deconstructed take on the traditional Salade Niçoise.
545 Mission Street
San Francisco
425-543-8900

Town Hall
Begin your meal with Faith’s warm ham and cheese toast, poached egg, jalapeño cream before going for the Étouffée, flounder with Gulf prawns, okra and tomatillo or the buttermilk fried Mary’s chicken with broccoli, smashed potatoes and bacon gravy. Top your meal off with one of their sinfully satisfying desserts, like the Butterscotch and Chocolate Pot de Crème topped with buttercrunch, or the Rhubarb-Almond Crumb Cake with strawberry ice cream, rhubarb compote.
342 Howard Street
San Francisco
415-908-3900

The Best Stealthy Speakeasies Around Town

San Francisco’s bars are made for drinking it all in.  A new trend of bars within bars has hit the town, serving up high-end cocktails in small, hidden spaces carved out of larger, busier bars.  PureWow has rounded up a list of the best speakeasy within a speakeasy bars in San Francisco that pack a punch.

If you want a bespoke concoction Finding SRO (short for Standing Room Only) inside Oddjob requires a little sleuthing. Hint: Take the secret bookcase door at the back of the main bar. The bartender sizes you up (no menu here) and stirs you something original, like corn-flower-infused vodka with roasted-tea syrup and lemon. And he’s quick to tell you that he’ll never mix the same drink twice. 1337 Mission St.

 

If you plan ahead Wilson and Wilson at Bourbon & Branch requires both passwords and reservations (you’ll be issued a password after booking online). Once you’re inside, the crimson-lipped hostess leads you upstairs to a door resembling that of an actual detective agency á la the ’80s TV series Moonlighting. Order your carefully handcrafted Red Scarab (sparkling wine, apple brandy and hibiscus) from a drink menu hidden deep within a case file.505 Jones St.

 

If you don’t want anyone to bother you The Hideout at Dalva is a mellower version of its parent bar–so no thumping DJ music. The separate room is tucked away in the back of the long, narrow space. Venture here to drink your greyhound with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice in peace after a stressful day at the office. 3121 16th St.

Get stamp happy with Christine in Portland

Our fearless leader Christine is packing up her supplies and heading to Portland next weekend, to help Collage celebrate their 10th anniversary. Congratulations on a decade of magic, Collage.

Here are all of the details you need to get stamping with Christine. Hope to see you there.

Saturday April 12th 2014

Collage, 1639 NE Alberta Street in Portland OR 97211

Decorate a tote bag with Anna Joyce 10am – 12pm

Create customized stationary with Ashley Goldberg 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Hand stamp muslin bags with Christine 3pm – 5pm

For all of the details, visit the Collage blog.

 

 

Spring cooking with rhubarb

If you haven’t already been to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco, April is just about the most perfect month to visit. One of our favorite San Francisco based food writers Lulu Meyer has been hanging out at the markets and keeping note on what all of the local chefs have been buying – Jonathan Black, Chef de Cuisine at Quince, with his eye on delicate pea shoots, and crates of fresh spring rhubarb.

Lulu points out that while rhubarb is botanically defined as a vegetable, rhubarb is almost always associated with desserts.

Lulu’s tip for selecting rhubarb at the market is to choose stalks that are firm and thick, with no sign of wrinkling. Available in limited quantities at the market now through June, Lulu suggests stopping by Tierra Vegetables and Happy Quail Farms this month to get your hands on rhubarb. For more ideas and recipes highlighting rhubarb, check out the CUESA recipe archive.

Read all of Lulu’s tips on 7×7 here.