daily .img :: rain, rain

As you can imagine, it doesn’t rain much on Los Angeles. So when it rains- as they say- it pours.

This weekend and the weekend before, we’ve had just one day’s worth of downpours. They last for a few hours, and then the sky clears, and we’re back to sunshine. Mostly.

Times like these, I need to bring a little sunshine indoors. A few fresh flowers in my favorite colors? Check. An amazing turquoise Bauer vase? Check. Some Awesome Bears and friends to make you smile? Double check.

An added bonus? I’ve been sourcing and adding to the the vintage shop tons of amazing vintage kitchenware in lovely Spring colors- Lots of yellows, turquoise, pale greens and even a dash of pink here and there. Head over to Vint and see what’s new!

Minor Thread, California Lovin’

Few things make me happier than some good, solid California Love. One of my favorite applique motifs right now is a visual interpretation of this theme.

Minor Thread California Love Tote

Each heart and California are hand-cut from a custom-made stencil, and hand-appliqued onto recycled or vintage fabrics. I love how it looks against this salvaged raw denim!

California Love Tote by Minor Thread

Coming soon to the shop, a new crop of California Love goods, including some awesome throw pillows!

See more California (and Los Angeles, and Bay Area) love at the Minor Thread shop!

flashback friday

Almost three years ago, the whole Minor Thread operation picked up and made the move from Oakland to Los Angeles. Moving here to L.A., this little corner in my neighborhood was one of my favorite places in town.


It might look a little shabby and run-down, but I knew that it was full of history, and history being created, too. I was in love with the way the “wheatpaste wall” was evolving and changing every time I walked by. So bright, so vibrant, so alive.

Now, things have changed a lot. There’s a new market on that corner, replacing what was left behind when Joel Bloom passed away. The funny taqueria is now a pretty awesome pie shop. And even the old Al’s Bar (the stuff of legends) is a venue hosting yoga and theater productions.

Progress is good. But oh how I wish that revolving art gallery, that ever-changing wheatpaste wall, would come back.