Monday, December 1

Eggnog and Events!!

I have recently re-discovered a holiday treat that has hidden itself for the past 12 months. The return of EGGNOG, ladies and gents!! Oh my what a long hibernation it was, but that creamy treat is baaaack!! And along with it comes a set of shows and sales I would like to happily invite you to!
December is very busy for me, but I've got my little elves slaving away on some fantastic new treats for you good boys and girls out there (you know who you are....)
FIRST in this list will be Pandora's Trunk: a roving bazaar and fashion fairy tale that will be taking place at the Brava Theater on December 4th. Here's what the folks in Pandora's Trunk have to say about it:

Pandora's Trunk & Brava Theatre present
Visual Vaudeville & Built Burlesque

Thursday December 4th 6-11pm
2781 24th St (at York near Bryant) SF
FREE admission

Storytime Runway Show
Holiday Design & Craft Sale
Live Music and Entertainment

Pandora is taking over this enormously gorgeous vaudeville theater and filling it with built burlesque - the freshest indie craft and design will be presented by its makers in the historic lobby. The beautifully restored theater itself will be a house of performance delights, with live music acts opening for an innovative narrative fashion presentation: a storytime runway show at 8 & 10 pm.
Pandora is bringing you a fashion show turned on its head, a costumed storytime in high style. Drag performers and captured princesses mix with bad banker men and jeweled birds, set to viola and saw music. Check out a fully produced stage show, performed to live music, and meet and greet with the clothing and costume geniuses behind it all. Buy the fashions that you see onstage off the rack, fresh from each designer's hot little hands.
Fashion designers in the floor show will include local design & performance powerhouses Bad Unkl Sista, Miss Velvet Cream, Medium Reality, Ghetto Goldilocks, and many more!! Wine by Patz & Hall, beer by Lagunitas.

SOUNDS INCREDIBLE!! I will be collaborating with Miss Velvet Cream again for this one, and the hats in her section of the runway show will be made by ME!!


"What is Mission Bazaar", you ask?

Set amidst one of the San Francisco’s most dramatic historical landmark buildings, Mission Bazaar is a unique craft and performance expo that will showcase some of the Bay Area’s most vibrant creative talent. It will showcase a diverse collection of artisans exhibiting their creative works, products, fashion and accessories. There will be over 20 hours of live performances on three stages featuring live music, circus and dance acts, performance artists and DJs, including gypsy jazz, bellydance, spoken word, beatbox, choral ensembles, fashion shows, puppetry, flamenco guitar, and much more. In addition, Mission Bazaar has invited a diverse cross-section of Mission-based non-profit organizations to attend.

Mission Bazaar is going off at the Armory Community Center located at 14th St. and Mission St. The building is HUGE and brown, kinda looks like a castle. In any case, YOU CAN'T MISS IT!!

Saturday and Sunday December 6th and 7th. Hours are from 10 am to 8 pm both days. This is an indoor event; the Bazaar goes on rain or shine. Admission is only $5 for the public.

I had the happy fortune to exhibit at the first EVER Mission Bazaar back in June, and I had a fanastic time with it! The building is so mysterious, and the experience was very surreal. Did you know there's a CREEK running through the bottom of the building?? GO FIGURE!

THIRD is the Autobody fine art gallery art and fashion sale in Alameda on Saturday, December 13th. The sale goes from 1-6pm and you'll be able to pick up incredible clothing and jewelry as well as original pieces of art at affordable prices!!

Autobody Fine Art, 1517 Park Street, Alameda, CA 94501........ Saturday, December 13th

1-6pm Trunk sale of local fashion and jewelery designers

7-11pm Gallery Opening: music by local DJ's. Fashion Show at 8pm.

The Holiday Show will feature the "Poor Man's Art Show" with new work from East Bay artists, nothing priced over $50.00 as well as a selection of affordable work from Autobody artists.

Wednesday, November 19

Open STUDIO!!!

If you've been wondering where I've been and what I've been up to, I'm now ready to share my secret with you! Over the past month, I've been relocating my studio to a BRAND NEW SPACE!! There's been lots of painting, cleaning, and... MOVING going on, and now the shiny new studio is ready to be shown!
My sister Scatha (Miss Velvet Cream) and I are having an opening celebration on Saturday, November 22nd. It's going down for 4 short hours.... there will be bubbly and nibbles (fancy-pants champagne and cheeses, or Beer and Chips..... who knows??) but we'd love your company nonetheless.
Please come and celebrate with us!
Hoping to see you there!
-Esther. (Estar)

Your Presence Is Requested...............

November 22, Saturday, 4-8pm
154 7th Street Suite 203
Between Howard + Mission, The Orange Building!
San Francisco

Friday, November 7

I've been hefting boxes and bags for most of the past two weeks, getting moved into a new studio space at 7th and Mission. I have a great room, with lots of new shelving (THANK YOU CORBY!!) and space to stretch out and get some great work done, so keep your eyes peeled for new and exciting work coming soon!!!
I am sharing the work space with Miss Velvet Cream, and we'll be having a shopping/opening party soon enough.....

Tuesday, October 14

extra ROCK-tober EVENT!!!

Saturday, October 25th
2-8 PM
135 Dore St. (little alley off Folsom between 9th and 10th St.)

I will be joining this fantastic crowd of talent for the first time this month! The website promises "Engaging performers, live music, free refreshments, indie arts & fashion sale."
To find out more about Pandora's Trunk please check out the link to your right.
There is no fee to attend this event, and it just won't be the same without you there.

Friday, October 3


Howdy Folks!
This October is turning out to be one ROCKIN' month!! Here's just 3 of the things that I'll be up to for the next few weeks. Check out the links on your right for more info.

ONE: Beats for Boobs!
It's a FUNdraiser with you in mind: Food, Art, Fashion and Music! Can it get any better?
The Double-Team Sister Dream: ESTAR hats topping off 5 fantastic dresses by Miss Velvet Cream in the fashion show at 8:30 pm. Show up early and get yourself a drink and some nibbles.
Thursday, October 9th at 111 Minna Street, San Francisco (21+)
5:30pm to 2am.
It's $25 to get in, and it goes to a GREAT cause:
Beats for Boobs supports Bay Area organizations specifically devoted to the eradication of breast cancer through research, education, screening and treatment.

TWO: Bay Area Gide To Independent Fashion (BAGTIF)
The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is hosting this Fashion Show, Panel Discussion, and Bazaar all rolled into one!
Saturday, Ocober 11th at YBCA 701 Mission Street. San Francisco.
12pm to 7pm
$10 / $3 with Gallery Admission / FREE for YBCA Members
This event benefits Black Dot Artists, Inc, a local non-profit cultural arts organization.

THREE: Capsule Design Festival
(double trouble: ESTAR will be camped up with Miss Velvet Cream)
Sunday, October 19th at Hayes Valley Park, San Francisco.
11:00am to 6:00pm
Come and peruse the wears of over 150 designers and craftspersons!!

..........I'll see you there!!!

Sunday, August 10


Here is the hat that will be in the RAFFLE for Prepare for the PLAYA!!!
Don't miss your chance to get a fabulously ameri-CAN piece at a fraction of the normal price!! (clowns not included.)

This Patriotic Piece is Sure to tickle your red and white heart strings, while you dance along with the Starz that you AREZ!!

There is still time to check out e*star works this week!
Wednesday, August 13th, at the Bus Stop, and Sunday, August 17th at Prepare for the Playa!! See You there!

Monday, August 4


Hello ALL!!!
According to the folks at Burning Man, the man burns in 26 days!!! OH MY!!!
Once again the time of year has snuck up on me, as I'm sure it has done for some of you! Now is the time to prepare all things PLAYA!!!
Here are some of the fabulous events that I will be at, for your hat-terriffic pleasure!!

AUGUST 10th________________________________________________

Come by for a jump on the newest, hottest, and coolest head wear around!!
I will have some American Dream-themed pieces, as well as warm stuff for the night time, and sun-coverage stuff for the day.
Don't miss it!!

Please join us for a very unique sale coming up on Sunday August 10th @ Mighty!
San Francisco's finest independent designers are gathering together to bring you
the freshest design for both on and off the playa. Special bike decoration station
provided along with beats both inside and outside!

August 10th, Sunday
2:00 - 8:00 pm
Mighty - 119 Utah St (between Alameda St. and 15th Street)
San Francisco
Free Admission

DJs for the day...Rob Green, P-Dub, Ernie Trevino, Influence, Syd, F'kir, Shameless djs, more tba...

Bad Unkl Sista -
Bunnywarez -
Domini -
E-Star Hats -
Fati Beloved -
Fluidance Jewelry -
Invisible Hero Industries -
Medium Reality -
Miranda Caroligne -
Miss Velvet Creme -
Moda Sandrita -
Pallas Ravae -
Silver Lucy Design -
Swirlspace Hemp Wear -
Tamo Design -
Vagadu -
Many more tba....

AUGUST 13th__________________________________________________

SEEING DOUBLE at the Bus Stop!!
135 Dore St. Suite A (alley off of Folsom St. Between 9th and 10th Street.)
Crucial gear for that big ol' festival in the desert.
Plus all the yummies you've come to expect.

Bad Unkl Sista
Callibug Designs
Darina Drapkin
E-Star Hats
Fati Beloved
Joseph Valliere (top hats and more)
Hooliehoop & Miss Rosie
Medium Reality
Minerva's Antenna
miss velvet cream
Tamo Design

AUGUST 17th________________________________________________
Prepare for the Playa!!!
One of the BIGGEST, most PROMOTED Playa sales this season!!
The kids over at Prepare for the Playa have been working up to this one for the last 3 months, so if you haven't heard about them yet, it's high time you did!!

Prepare for the Playa
1pm-10pm (NINE HOURS!!)
650 Indiana Street (Between 18th and 19th Street)

It's at Cafe Cocomo, absolutely free to attend, AND there's a RAFFLE!!!
go to:
See what I mean??
Free, and a RAFFLE!!!

Tuesday, June 24

burning down the house!!

So, last night, right before bed, I tried to burn down the house. My knight in shining armor was there, tho and he saved the day... Apparently, you're not supposed to walk away from toasting crostini, because the Asiago cheese (or SOMETHING) was already on fire when i smelled something burning. AND: if your toaster oven is spitting out flames, DO NOT try to open it. because i did. and it only got worse. Thank goodness i didn't throw my glass of water into the gaping fire-hole, because it was still plugged in!! and i was watching the flames get higher and higher and closer and closer to the wooden bowls on the upper shelf.... the next part is a little fuzzy, cause i panicked. yes, i panicked and started throwing metal pans into the sink and saying, "corby, Corby, CORBY!! HELP!!"
He remembered where the fire extinguisher was (below the sink, right next to me!) and then he closed the door of the toaster oven (to kill the oxygen)...... by this time i had unplugged the toaster (me smart!!) and he wanted towels, so he got towels....
I swear, the toaster was still flaming when he started down the stairs to the back yard with it....
And the knight corby hauled the foul beast to the backyard netherlands, where put out its fire once and for all. It's sitting in the red wagon in the back yard now, and i'll bet that stinking piece of crostini is still in it.
SO LET THAT BE A WARNING: keep your head in a fire, and hope that knight shows up soon.

Monday, June 23

so new to this

I'm so new to all this, but i'll be bloggerating about my broken needles, snapped threads, killer finds, and pierced thumbs, my flowers, my Corby, my home, my work station, my art, my new shoes, hats, headpieces, leather, buckram, silk, yarn, interfacing, dye colors, felting projects, and of course, ME!