BECOMING A MOTHER
I couldn’t decide if I wanted to be a mother. I had always believed that if it happened I’d go with it but that I wouldn’t be the type of person who would plan it all out…. Well needless to say that’s exactly what happened. I can say that when I found out I was excited and scared all at the same time. I think that I took about ten pregnancy tests before I believed it. For me, and I’m guessing a lot of women, it felt like my life was going to change forever. My husband reassured me that it would be okay and that we’d figure it out, but that day my life changed
I have to say that getting pregnant and having a child is probably the most female act that has ever happened to me. Coming from a background as a tomboy and working in a male dominated work field I always felt like I was a masculine female. I sill feel that way. But for this there was no farming out any of this to my husband. SERIOUSLY, I’m going to say it, based on my experience but females are exquisite beings, not that it is a competition but males come on… Females are amazing. We can grow a human, sustain it, and repair ourselves.. I felt like it was going to put my body to the ultimate test. Now being on the other side of it, i can tell you it is all worth it. My baby girl is amazing, she is so beautiful, smart, and bright. I can’t wait to see what and how she continues to grow and evolve.
Having gone through the whole process of being pregnant and giving birth I think that it is an experience unlike any I’ll ever go through. I do from time-to-time wish that I had the ability to step back into the shoes that I used to walk in because now I feel different. Not better or worse, but different, maybe this will change over time, just a shift in what is important and where my mind is. For now, I am just enjoying being with my family and watching Baby Finn thrive. Motherhood is truly a wild ride, one that is incredibly rewarding, I love being a mother. I have so much respect for all you mamas out there.
anchor brewing opens it's first public tap room... What does this mean. Well, it used to be that you had to have a reservation to go to this historic brewery. Now with the opening of Public Taps, you can drop by enjoy a pint or two and hang tough in poterero hill.
We began this project about a year ago... Anchor had been looking for an off campus location and many had believed pier 48 was going to be the location, but it turned out that the best fit for the tap room was just a stones throw away from the brewery. Early on I walked into the space and saw a raw warehouse, i immediately thought it had potential. for months we met and worked on bar layout and creative ideas, from there we hit the ground running. my team, Carmen Sanches-stair and Nick Sass, set out designing the main focal point... The anchor. we sketched, cut, hammered, folded, stapled, ect. for months making this huge piece. once that was completed we set out to work on the benches. They are made from the reclaimed redwood water tower that used to live on the roof of the Anchor brewery. The wood is amazing, about 50 years old and the grain is beautiful on it, make sure you check them out. After the benches we made the tables, and then it was onto the bottle walls. These were really a treat to make, as we mixed the concrete in the yard and hand pressed Anchor's own bottles into the walls to make up this moveable wal.l. Then it was on to the vintage can wall. Anchor brewing had these on hand, stored in a container. My favorite can is the one with the portrait of "lindy" on it, check her out as she is prominently placed. Then it was onto the finishing touches.
Working for Anchor Brewing was so enjoyable. They really let my creative brain run wild, not to mention they gave me a white jumpsuit! My whole team and I really felt like we joined this historic family. Be sure to check out all the fun features, including a massive anchor that we fabricated out of wood, copper, and rope, vintage can wall, cozy outdoor patio, 1950's Bonnie and Clyde Mobster mobile, phone booth photo booth by @glasscoatphotobooth and lots more. Photo's by me and @erinconger
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Woodworker Katie Gong cites nature as the inspiration for much of her work, pieces that range from home furnishings to abstract sculptures. It seems fitting then, that many of the haunts in the region she calls home—The San Francisco Bay Area—are of the natural variety. Katie recently shared her 5 faves with us—take a peek below and shop Katie’s work on westelm.com!
After many edits, trials, tribulations I am happy to introduce PHASES... This work is based on phases and movement over time. IT is a natural progression of work that is rooted in art as well as furniture making. They represent a new phase of making for artist & woodworker, Katie Gong. All arcs are bent by hand and are one of a kind.