Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

I’ve always wanted to check out the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.  By the time I got to the park, the fog had cleared, and the park was filled with children learning to ride bikes, and people rollerskating, playing music, reading, picnicking, and out enjoying the perfect weather.  The Conservatory of Flowers has a special butterfly exhibit going on through the end of June that I definitely recommend!  I took all of these photographs in the Butterflies and Blooms exhibit.

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© Sarah Milstein 2017

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Public Glass, San Francisco

I took the Introduction to Hot Glass class at Public Glass today, and will never look at another glass the same again.  I made an ugly paperweight, a deformed glass, and one glass that I’m actually proud of, and may actually use for drinking one day.  I had no idea how hot glass needs to be to work with.  When it’s malleable, it has the consistency of honey, and demands that you rotate it constantly or else it turns into a lopsided blob.  Below are some photos, and oversimplified directions.  I would not try this at home, but definitely recommend trying it.

Step 1.  Dip the metal rod into the pot furnace filled with molten glass, while rotating the rod constantly.

Step 2.  Place the rod in water to cool the handle, while rotating the rod constantly.

Step 3.  Carry the rod to the next station (either the bench or marver to begin shaping, or to the glory hole to reheat).

Step 4.  To create an opening, you blow through the rod and a small air bubble forms.

Step 5.  Finally, you transfer the glass to another rod called the punty, and then create a new opening from the side where the air bubble formed.  Continue reheating, rotating and shaping, and then release.  Voila!

© Sarah Milstein 2015

Clau in San Fran

My friend Clau visited me from Buenos Aires last week.  Even though she uses a Nikon, and we can’t share lenses, we share a love of photography, cheese, and dancing, and somehow have the same ridiculous sense of humor.  Saturday, we started our day with delicious Gouda Tarts at the Mill, and then headed past Chrissy Field to take photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge, and then to the Sutro Baths.  Pretty much, it was a perfect day!

© Sarah Milstein 2014

Renegade Craft Fair, San Francisco

Lots of cool stuff at the Renegade Craft Fair in Fort Mason this weekend.  There was a lot of beautiful hand painted pottery, prints, cards, posters, and clothing.  They’re taking the show on the road, so if you’re in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, or Austin, you can still check it out!  Here are photos of some of the things that caught my eye.

© Sarah Milstein 2014

Jellies and Skelies, California Academy of Sciences

We went to Creatures of the NightLife at California Academy of Sciences on Thursday for the Halloween-themed NightLife event, replete with costume-clad patrons and a Zombie Drag Show.  Aside from peoples’ costumes, I loved the jellyfish, giant skeletons, and the skulls exhibit.

California Academy of Sciences is located in Golden Gate Park at 55 Music Concourse Dr., San Francisco, CA, 94118

© Sarah Milstein 2014

Hopscotch, Oakland

Marissa and I had “brunch” (at 2 p.m.) at Hopscotch in Oakland.  Hello, deliciousness!  Normally, I’m not too impressed with brunch because the food ends up tasting like something I could make at home.  Granted, I should stop ordering things I do make at home.  But this place is different.  We shared the Mushroom Benedict with jidori eggs, miso-hollandaise, and potatoes, the Avocado & Mushroom Salad with smoked salmon and a miso dressing, and the Donuts and Butterscotch Cream, each of which I would definitely get again.  It was really the perfect start before checking out the Oakland Museum.

Hopscotch is located at 1915 San Pablo Avenue in Oakland, California.  To see what else they have, check out their menus here!

© Sarah Milstein 2014

Andrew Bird @ Stern Grove Festival

On Sunday, I went with a group of friends to see Andrew Bird And The Hands Of Glory at the 77th annual Stern Grove Festival.  It was my first time there; the venue is truly magical.  The stage is nestled in a field amidst giant redwood, fir, and eucalyptus trees.  As you can see below, if you arrive late, you can end up one of the tree people.  Luckily, some of our group arrived really early and scored a spot right in front, below the stage.  I hadn’t heard Andrew Bird’s music before (clearly my loss), but I fell in love.  He’s an amazingly talented musician–he sings, plays violin and guitar, loops the music live, and whistles like a bird.  Perhaps that’s where he got his name.  (Click here and scroll down to listen to Pulaski at Night.)

P.S. Despite being on top of the stage, there was no photography allowed of the performers, so you’ll have to use your imagination.

© Sarah Milstein 2014