Maybe it's the weekend's foggy weather, but I've got San Francisco on my mind. When Anthology was just a gleam in two sisters' eyes, I spent an enjoyable week visiting my uncle in San Francisco, taking pictures of the angels in the Oakland Cemetery, meeting with Goo and C & E, seeing Robear's amazing chandelier collection (ever thought of having a chandelier over your kitchen sink or bathroom? he has), shuffling sheets of paper at Flax, filling in my altered travel journal, getting my "bitter sweet" t-shirt from Scharfenberger at the Ferry Plaza market, visiting inspiring shops like Nest and Castle in the Air and various paper stores. After patiently touring me around the city, listening to me talk shop (literally - complimenting other people's shops, complaining about my current shop job), one memorable luncheon my uncle said to me, "I think it's time that you open your own store. Now." Even though this was something I've been talking about for several years, this was a big push. In our family, his corporate experience makes him the business expert and such words from him carry a little more weight than other friends and family (not that their support and encouragement wasn't critical but they were less aggressive about telling me what to do).
Of course, I think it was another year before everything conspired to make me take the leap, but my uncle certainly started the teetering. It's been on my mind as I have been gathering products for the graduation and Mother's Day window - thinking about birds and nests, flight and safety, memories of things we leave behind on the journeys that we take and things that hatch after careful tending.
There's something about simple repetitive tasks that lend themselves to such meditations. Over the weekend, in addition to winding yarn, I've been winding wire and making the sweet little wire bird's nests that we are incorporating into jewelry. Sachi's planning a little tutorial over Mother's Day weekend so you can come in and make your own that Saturday. She's been making necklaces and earrings; I've been enjoying the pairing of stamped charms with the sweet Vintaj bird charms and nests. One of my favorites remains Sachi's little series of drawings - stones, twigs, birds... and nests of course. There's something comforting about a nest, but there's also this tinge of nostalgia for all the moments that have passed.