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Little shop in the Mission

16 Jul


One of my favorite shops in the Mission happens to be run by two charming  pals, Charles and Kelvin. The guys opened Schatzi a little over three months ago, and have been going strong ever since. They’ve got a good eye for some very beautiful, sometimes humorous, but always well-designed art and objects. We stopped in over the weekend to pick up a little birthday something for Intern, and check out what else is new in the shop. If ever you are in need of a brass animal, instructional chart, cat-shaped pot or a Clare Vivier bag, Schatzi has you covered. That and a whole lot more.

Birthdays for interns

8 Jul


My dear Intern and I are three days into celebrating a particularly big(ish) Intern birthday. Intern doesn’t always love his birthdays, so we tried to a have a few small celebrations peppered throughout the long weekend. Drinks and snacks at Trick Dog, a Russian River picnic, and a few small celebratory toasts at home. Tonight we’re going out to dinner to have one last little celebration, for the absolute best, most wonderful Intern Cat-dad, partner and friend.

Party prep

16 May


Things are moving quickly here at Skill Exchange party HQ this week. The launch party at Makeshift Society is tomorrow! Decorations are in-process, goodie bags are waiting to be filled and signs are printed. The cocktail recipe is about to be tested, and all my checklists are growing and shrinking in equal measure. As soon as I check one item off (meet the volunteers for a cocktail and quick rundown of their duties, check!) I add one more to the list: source basil for basil-infused simple syrup for cocktails. We fell into bed last night, and got back up this morning and got to work, figuring out quantities and measurements for cocktails for 50+ people.


I love it and I’m stressed by it, but every ticket sale and kind email from a stranger is a reminder that all of this prep will lead to good workshops and a fun evening. Connections! Community! Exchange! All those things I set out to find. I’m my own boss here, no one is making me create adorable mustard yellow paper tassels for the party, I’m doing it for my own damn self! So, to all of you I’ll see tonight, new faces, friends, teachers and makers, see you soon. I might be a little scattered, but this thing is going to be amazing.


Tickets on sale!

1 May


All Skill Exchange workshop tickets are available now! Get your tickets at are limited and workshops are expected to fill up quickly, so be sure to grab your tickets early!

All workshops will be held at 235 Gough Street.  Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in for workshops. If arriving by car, please allow ample time to park, as parking can be very tricky in this neighborhood. Seating is available for our attendees. No need to any bring tools or materials, unless you’d like to take notes.

Skill Exchange Mixer at MSS
Friday, May 17, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Upholstery Basics: Focus on chairs
Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Cheese Love: A lesson in Italian cheese
Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Cocktails and Bitters: How to build a better cocktail
Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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