Savvy Lifestyle

I <3 Holga
March 15, 2009, 10:01 pm
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I’ve discovered a new love- my Holga camera! For those of you who don’t know, the Holga was designed in 1982 as a toy.  The construction is so cheap that you end up with light leaks and this unique low-fidelity aesthetic.  I just got my first roll developed and I was sure they would all turn out black.  To my surprise, when I opened the envelope and pulled out the prints, I was happy to find these:  



I’m excited to do some more experimenting and see what happens with the next rolls!



Happy Holidays!
December 21, 2008, 7:19 pm
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Enjoy the time with family & friends!


We’ll talk to you again in the New Year.


Flour Bakery
November 25, 2008, 6:26 pm
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Practically everyone has a dream job.  All of us would obviously like to see Savvy Tools become a reality.  My friend Christina would like to open up her own bakery someday.  She got the chance to try out her skills at the Frankenartmart this past weekend.  It’s a gallery space meant to encourage everyones imaginative side and open up art to all.  Leslie, the owner, picks different themes for her shows every few months and invites whoever wants to, to come participate.  The current show is called, “Dream Jobs”.  You can make an appointment with her and basically “rent” out the space for an evening, a weekend, whatever you’d like.  She’s had dentists, fortune tellers, tie dyers, and most recently, a very talented baker.
Christina transformed the space into the Flour Bakery.  She had everything from cakes to chocolate covered candied orange peels.  It was a great success.  If you’re in the area, you should stop by Frankenartmart and say hi to the resident kitties.  And, in case you feel like supporting a fellow dreamer, she’s taking custom orders at  I promise you, it’s all to die for.

Red Bull Soap Box Derby
October 21, 2008, 9:55 am
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San Francisco loves crazy events!  The weirder, the better.  So, it’s no surprise that Red Bull decided to host their Soap Box Derby in Dolores Park in the Mission District this past weekend.  Somewhere close to 100,000 people showed up for the show.  36 different teams built their own soap box cars and raced down a steep hill, over a jump, and tried to get to the finish line without crashing.  The crazier the contraption, the more the crowd cheered. 

One of my friends was on the Home Run Hero team.  They were one of 2 teams to score perfect 10’s from the judges, but somehow they didn’t win.  They did finish 3rd for fan favorite, though. 

All in all, I’d say a good time was had by all.  I’m hoping this becomes a yearly event.  Check out the highlights here:


Pumpkin Carving Time!!!
October 16, 2008, 10:27 pm
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This is my favorite time of the year….the cool crisp air, golden aspen leaves, even the crunch of the leaves as you walk down the sidewalk!  Not only do I love the outdoor beauty, I also love going to pick out that big orange pumpkin for fall festive decor.

We had a pumpkin carving party last night and it totally reminded me of my childhood….it was so much fun!  It was a great opportunity to hang out with friends, get creative and make yummy pumpkin seeds!  Prior to the party, I was searching the internet for some jack-o-lantern ideas and couldn’t believe all of the creative pumpkins out there.  It’s kind of tough deciding whether or not you want a traditional jack-o-lantern, a funny face, or some other Halloween character. Here are some of the pumpkins me and my friends came up with…

With the election coming up, I’ve also seen a lot of political pumpkins out there.  If you’re not the most talented artist, these stencils are available on websites such as Yes We Carve and Campaign-O-Lanterns.

And for a little more difficult and some very unique pumpkins ideas, I found this website call Zombie Pumpkins.  I think it’s time to turn off your computer and go to your nearest pumpkin patch….Have fun!

Kelsey – Vail, CO 🙂

Google thinks of everything…
October 8, 2008, 7:20 pm
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Just when I think that Google has thought of everything…they surprise me once again.  We’ve all be there, late at night, one, two or 4 glasses of wine and the need to email someone.  Who knew the two would go so well together sometimes, but unfortunately they do.  You express your deepest feelings to someone and accidentally hit reply all or the next day read something you wish you had never hit sent.  Now Google is working to help you with this common problem.  Mail Goggles!  An application that is activated late at night and weekends and makes you perform simple equations before an email can be sent.  Genius!  Either you won’t be able to the simple math or you’ll get bored and not send the email.

At first I thought the whole thing was a hoax, a great idea, but not real.  Not so, if you have a gmail account you can enable this feature under your settings.  Then click on labs and then active the “Goggles” feature.  Of course by adding “Goggles” to your email, doesn’t mean you have a drinking problem, but if it prevents one horribly embarrassing email escaping, then it’s done it’s job!  I don’t know if they are the same equations each time but if you start to memorize the answers, then you might have a problem.


_Alison KC, MO

Parking Day!
September 24, 2008, 4:14 pm
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Do you ever get tired of the city life, the concrete jungle as they say?  Long for your own little patch of grass?  Well, then find a park, or just make your own.  That’s what we did last Friday for Parking Day 2008.  It was a great success!  It’s amazing how people were drawn to the sight of green… or maybe they just thought it was weird to see a park in the middle of cars on a busy road.  Either way, it garnered a lot of attention and all the feedback was positive.  Some people even ask us if we could make it permanent.  That could be a little difficult (grass doesn’t usually grow well on asphalt), but we can always use more green.  You can check out all the mini parks around the world here on Flickr.  I also saw Method’s park on my way home and wanted to give them some props as well.  There was so much creativity involved in all the parks!  I already can’t wait for next year!

our bamboo jungle…

lunch break…

They like to spread the love in Philadelphia…

what it’s all about at Method…

a new way to go green with your vehicle…

Special thanks to Rebar who started it all and The Trust for Public Land for organizing it.