NEW – Tag + Twine Kits In The Shop 0

September 16, 2014

Lovely Tag + Twine Kits for all your packaging needs. Just get some of our cute bags and you will be good to go. Seven adorable designs to choose from. Save about 25% by purchasing this boxed set versus purchasing products separately. Only $25.

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Urban Craft Camp Calligraphy Workshop Photos 1

February 21, 2014

For our last Urban Craft Camp calligraphy workshop we partnered with The Library Shop located inside the new San Diego Central Public Library.  We couldn’t have chosen a better venue for our workshop, the room was just gorgeous and it had the best lighting we could have asked for.  The new library is just magnificent.  If you haven’t had a chance to visit it yet, please do so asap.  You will fall in love with it.  And while you are there, please stop by The Library Shop on the first floor :)  They have all sorts of goodies.  It’s truly a one-stop shop for books, jewelry, children’s merchandise, gifts and art.

These workshops are a lot of work to put together but at the end of the day they are so rewarding.  From all the friends and connections we make, skills and crafts we learn, there is so much goodness happening in one room :)  Making and mingling is addicting :)

I want to thank Sarah Olson for taking pictures of the event for us, and Marcie from Red Star Ink and Wendelline Papers for donating some cute goodies to all the attendees.  Friends, if you live in San Diego or nearby and would like to attend one of the Urban Craft Camp workshops you can be added to the mailing list right here.  Or you can follow us on social media under @urbancraftcamp.  To see more pictures of our calligraphy workshop please go here.  Cheers! Ana

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Urban Craft Camp Calligraphy Workshop 2

January 20, 2014

Excited to announce our first Urban Craft Camp workshop of 2014. We are thrilled to be partnering with the San Diego Library Shop to bring you a fabulous calligraphy workshop. Wendy Ware, a San Diego based professional calligrapher and illustrator will be leading this fabulous class. Space is limited so please reserve a spot here. Cheers!

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Urban Craft Camp Book Binding Workshop 5

November 19, 2013

A few months ago Jen and I approached Amy, the owner of Pigment, a super cool shop in the heart of North Park, San Diego about hosting an Urban Craft Camp book binding workshop there. We were stoked when she said YES because we love her store and partnering with other local businesses.

Our talented friend and graphic designer Marcie of Red Star Ink agreed on leading the workshop, so we knew we were onto something special.  The event quickly sold out and we had a full house, with 32 attendees, making it quite an enjoyable morning!

Everyone learned the basics of book binding and left with a couple handmade books, detailed instructions, skills and hopefully inspiration to create more on their own.  We are so lucky to be friends with so many awesome shop owners so every attendee took home a sweet tote filled with fun goodies and deals. We also had yummy food from some fantastic local business owners.  We had a fun time and can’t wait to host more workshops soon!  You can find out about future workshops at the Urban Craft Camp site and get social with us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or Pinterest. Cheers! ana
Here is a list of our sweet sponsors who contributed in making this event possible.  We couldn’t have done it without them.  Please check them out when you a have a chance, they are all awesome!

REDSTAR Ink – @redstarink
Type & Title – @typeanditle
Colleen Townend Jewelry – @colleentownend
Post Box Press – @katieannleonard
Boho Baby Boutique – @bohobabyboutique
Artist & Craftsman Supply Store – @artistcraftsman
Sass & Peril – @sassandperil
Whisker Graphics – @ whiskergraphics
Avarcas USA – @avarcasusa
Darby Smart – @darbysmart
The Love Stitch – @thelovestitch
Pommes Frites – @pfcandleco
Clarity Soap & Candles – @claritysoap
The Butcher Press – @butcherpress

Sweets and Sips:
Cardamom Café – @cardamomcafeandbakery
Café Madeleine – @cafemadeleinesouthpark
District Cookie – @districtcookie
Baked Good San Diego – @bakedgoodsd

Photos by the talented Chantal Pasag for Pigment
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San Diego Exquisite Weddings Magazine 0

September 30, 2013

The fall issue of Exquisite Weddings Magazine a publication of San Diego Magazine will make anyone want to get married in San Diego.  Food, cocktails, locations, decor, you name it, they got your covered.  And I’m super excited to have my cute jar w/ the bronze lid and flower straw on the “Fabulous Favors” page with some of my favorite locals @eclipsechocolate @donutbar.  Magazine will be on the newsstands today.  Check us out on page #38.  xoxo, Ana

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Vida is 6 months 4

September 30, 2013

When Vida was one-month old my friend and super talented photographer Rebecca Antuna took some pictures of her and Ian.  It’s crazy how time flies because today little Vida is 6 months and I’m now sharing these pictures.  I love how they turned out and I’m so glad we took them considering no one was getting any sleep and the house was upside down.  These sweet memories will be with us forever!

If you are looking for a great photographer in San Diego be sure to check out Rebecca’s website to see her beautiful work.  I should also mention that her Instagram feed is one of my favorites – I love how she captures those precious moments of her beautiful family :)

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My Darby Smart DIY Kit is Here! 1

September 30, 2013

You probably have heard of Darby Smart by now.  At Darby Smart, they turn designer’s simple DIY projects that range from home décor to jewelry into pre-packed kits that include chic materials and simple instructions.  The kits contain everything you need to create your project.  No more running around all over town to get all the supplies and tools needed to finish that project. Super clever, right?!

And I’m thrilled to announce that I teamed up with Darby Smart to design an exclusive DIY Kit for them and it was launched today YAY!  It’s a Cross-Stitch Tote and I think you will love it.  The kit comes with a lovely Black Baggu Duck Bag – we all love Baggu Bags, right? – and all the supplies, tools and step-by-step instruction needed to make this lovely tote.  It’s only $29 (shipping included).  Quantities are limited so get yours before they sell out!

A special thank you to my lovely shop Assistant Ashley Phillips for being my model for the photo shoot :)

Find more from Darby Smart on: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram.  And if you would like to work with them, you can apply to be one their featured designers right here.

Happy Making and I hope you enjoy the kit!

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Urban Craft Camp is Here! 1

August 21, 2013


A few months ago Jen of My Three Sons and I held a fun “String Art” workshop at her lovely home in South Park, San Diego.  It was so successful and fun that we’ve decided to continue the concept of making and mingling.  After a lot of brainstorming we are excited to introduce you to “Urban Craft Camp” – creative craft workshops to inspire the maker in all of us.  Our next class will be held at Progress, a modern boutique shop in South Park, San Diego and we’d love if you could join us for a great morning of crafting, mingling, and treats.  We’ll show you how to create a one-of-a-kind tote bag incorporating hand printing, embroidery and other surface design techniques.  Come Make + Mingle with us!  Space is very limited so please go here to reserve your spot.

If you are interested in becoming involved and promoting your business please contact us at  We are always looking for creative minds to partner with.

Logo and flyer were designed by talented Marcie of Red Star Ink in case anyone is wondering :)

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