HellaSketchy Sacramento

I’d like to consider myself an artist. An artist who loves to create, build, paint, and repurpose. Last weekend, I attended an interactive studio experience hosted by David Garibaldi and Kuretake Zig. David Garibaldi happens to be one of my favorite artists of urban art!! Now, he’s considered a performance painter, but back in art school in San Francisco, I would buy his prints from the Burlington Coat Factory in SoMa.

Back when I was a broke art student, making my way through school, raising my newborn at the time, but had a great appreciation for urban art. When I noticed some of his prints were sold at a department store at an affordable price…I was all over it.

Prints from his “Rhythm & Hue” show such as “Mr. Brass,” “DJ Jewel,” “Lola Beats,” “Movin’ Strings,” “The Get Down,” “Urban Tunes,” and my husband’s favorite “Lounge Smoke,” I’d purchase these prints, take them on Muni,  bus over to USF, and place them in my husbands apartment. Sometimes I’d have two prints in my hands on the bus! And When I say prints, they were printed on wood, the size of 30″x45″.

David Garibaldi’s work I’ve purchased reminds me of the early chapter of adulthood for me. His artwork spoke to me as I loved the movement of the jazzy feels and urban tone it gave off. Being 21 in 2007, and buying his art with my BART/Gas money was totally justifiable. It spoke to me, and meant a whole lot to me.

When moving to Sacramento back in 2016, it totally slipped my mind that David Garibaldi was from the same city. I actually was at a brewery during my son’s little league uniform pick-up, and spotted David on the cover of Sacramento Magazine. A fellow mom said “You’re a fan? You can probably spot him around downtown because his studio there.”

After that…….I was hooked. I was in the same city as my favorite artist! I could possibly run into him at Temple or along J St!!!

After noticing an IG post from David, and other people of Sacramento accounts, he was promoting an event called HellaSketchy. Hosted at his downtown studio, along with Kuretake ZIG a Japanese Arts & Crafts product manufacturer, HellaSketchy was an open to all ages free event to come and create with David and Kuretake.

The family and I strolled in just around noon, and was surprised to rolled up garage door open to David’s War On Walls Studio. With ample supplies from ink, markers, and dual tip pens, the walls were your canvas. Allowing access to create, and be inspired by David, and the rest of the Sacramento community, you were allowed to let your creative juices flow.

Music was playing, supplies were at your fingertips, and David was at arms reach. My youngest son Tristan was my wing man as I was getting the butterflies to even speak to David alone. (When you have kids, it totally breaks the ice!) Gawd, I’m such an introvert…I needed my 6 year old son to be my wing man.

When in an environment with no limits, no rules, and guidelines, it’s easy to express yourself. HellaSketchy achieved just that! My boys were free to doodle on the walls. Witness other artists and people of the community doing the same thing they were doing.

 

There were so many amazing talent and creative minds who showed up. One comment I read on Kuretake Zig‘s IG was:

“What happenes when you put a bunch of creative minds with talented souls in a room filled with great markers and blank paper? AWESOMENESS! Now thats art!!!”

You can follow Kuretake ZIG on Instagram

@kuretakezig_usa

Support Local Artists

It’s almost Friday ya’ll!! We’ve made through the work week!!! Even if you’re a stay-at-home-mom or student, we’ve all made it!! We all had a week to put in the work we need to tackle through every day life, so Friday being here, we can all take that deep *sigh,* of relief!! In this case, Sacramento folks be on the look out for more fabulous free art out there! Because its #FreeArtFriday!!!!!!

If you’re not familiar with #FreeArtFriday, I did a blog post earlier this week to share my awesome experience. Click on the above link, or link below in the related posts!!!

Given that some of you readers may have read my previous blog post on FreeArtFriday, I’d like to dedicate this blog post to the artist/entrepreneur to whom created the pair of stunning earrings I scored — NoelleWalshJewerly!

Noelle isn’t you’re average entrepreneur, but is a single mother, Jewelry Designer creating modern brass jewelry, made here in Sacramento, California! I’ve met many creative entrepreneurs and there’s something like a mom-trepreneur that has that edge. Especially single mothers — it’s that drive, ambition, and dedication to their business. Their enthusiasm about their craft. I haven’t met Noelle in person just yet, but after being in contact with her a few times via IG, and seeing her online shop, being active within the community, she’s got it down. And I absolutely love that.

The dazzling earrings I scored last #FreeArtFriday were these AMAL* Boho Brass Gingko Drop Earrings

You can purchase them on Noelle’s Etsy shop HERE.

If you want your very own AMAL Brass Drop Earring, you can also receive 20% OFF using the code

THANKS20

Check out Noelle’s BLOG:

http://hopechesthome.wix.com/noellewalshjewelry
Follow her on INSTAGRAM:

@noellewalshjewelry

Please follow Noelle, and support her amazing shop!! Follow her IG as she shares her favorite eats + treats, DIY projects, and puppy pictures too! She’s too cute for words especially her son!

 

Support local artists, you’re helping a parent pay of little league, piano lessons, school tuition. It’s an awesome feeling on both ends.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Weekend Thrift Store Haul

After 5 days of working, my Friday’s usually are made up of a “quick,” stop to my local thrift store. When I say quick, I mean I have about an hour and half to myself between getting off work, and picking up my kindergartener from school. Last Friday, I decided to check out a Goodwill in West Sacramento. This location was a little bit in the “hood,” but having a mod podge of retailers and restaurants next door such as a Mexican taqueria, an ‘I Love Teriyaki,’ spot, and the DollarTree, I felt, just a tad — safe.

As I walked into the thrift store, I knew the exact items I was looking for. Brass, vases, candlesticks. Seriously, thats all I look for. Candlesticks have definitely been an obsession of mine for the past couple of months, and vases have just started to love due to the fact of Spring, and having fresh florals in the home as decorative piece is always nice.

I was able to score an IKEA vase called the SOCKERART (Retailing at $9.99), and purchased it for $3.19!!!

I also got a cool vintage syrup dispenser for $0.69!! It was mission the lid, but I really liked the clear vintage look, along with the size, approximately being 4″ tall.

After I had rinsed all my kitchenware, I took a moment in researching some info on my tiny syrup dispenser. It had so happen that my nice vintage cut glass creamer or syrup dispenser was from the early 1900’s, and can run for about $25. (WHAAAH?) Now, of course, you’d think:  “Tiffany, why aren’t you reselling these pieces?” See, if I wanted to make a profit out of my finds, I honestly, would have already done it. But……My focus are on my blog, and making my own personal brand (through TiffanysTidings.) 

One more item I scored at the thrift store was a brand new unopened Dixit board game. I so excited when I spotted Dixit. To sum it fairly quickly, it’s the visual version of Apples To Apples. This card game was introduced to my family as a gift from my sister-in-law. With cards with pictures, you shape the stories it tells…. Dixit is perfect for adults, children, family and friends. Anyone with whom you share a love for stories.

Curious about Dixit? Read more about the game HERE.

DIXIT

A picture if worth a thousand words!

I got the board game for $4.19! And Amazon has it for $24.97!!! (Heeyoo!!)

After my awesome scores from Friday, I ended up finding some down time on a Sunday afternoon. Leaving the husband and kids behind at home, mommy was able to get some THRIFT time. I went to a different Goodwill in Sacramento, which happens to be my go-to thrift store. Here is where I landed the motherload!!!

I scored more candle sticks, gold picture frames, a cool UrbanOutfitters inspired (vintage) mug for $0.24, and a great condition LIFE board game!!! The family and I have been really into board games/card games lately, so any way purchasing them at a discounted price helps, and checking the thrift store for board games is THUMBS UP by this mama!!

If you’re a fan of thrifting and enjoy my thrift store hauls, be sure to check out my THRIFTING Page of my blog! It’s the one place of my blog where all my thrift store posts are at!!

I honestly can’t wait for the weekend! More thrifting, more savings!

Free Art Friday Sacramento

Since moving to Sacramento, I’ve noticed a great deal in art appreciation and culture in the Farm to fork capitol. From plenty of museums, new murals around downtown every month, and a wealth of art walks, and art bizarres hosted by local coffee roasters every 2nd Saturday. Talk about a strong community!!

Last Friday I participated in Sacramento’s FreeArtFriday’s scavenger hunt. What is FreeArtFriday’s you may ask?! It is a drop-in, post (via Instagram) with clues and finds, for artists of all mediums and skill levels in Sacramento, tagging @FreeArtFridaySacramento.

Usually, I’m always so busy with the boys schedule (karate, basketball practices, and school functions) to participate in a fun weekday activity – especially when you’re kick starting the weekend. So after being on Instagram at the right time of day while waiting for my son to get out of school, I was able to spot a clue from one of the local artists I’ve been following, that was taking part in the #FreeArtFridaySacramento scavenger hunt!

If you’re curious with what Free Art Friday is all about, here’s the account I follow. Click the photo above and check out all the cool talented artists partaking in the fun!!

So like I saw, I saw the post FreeArtFridaySacramento, as well as one of the dear talented artists posting their clues. Noelle Walsh Jewelry is a returning artist who frequently contributes to the free art fun every Friday! I’ve been eyeing her stuff for such along time, I was so stoked that I actually got my hands on her stuff through the FreeArtFriday scavenger hunt!

Thanks to my tiny photographer (my 6yr old son) for taking my pictures of scoring some awesome jewelry!!

SHOP NoelleWalshJewelry HERE.

Noelle also has a personal blog you can check out HERE.

Does your city do fun things like these scavenger hunts supporting local artists? Comment below at let me know what city and state you live in!

Family Card Games

Lately, the family and I have been into family card games. UNO has been our main, as the boys carry it around in the car incase mommy and daddy want to enjoy an afternoon coffee in Midtown, and the boys have something to play with together.

Another card game my husband and I love is Monopoly DEAL. Monopoly Deal game is the card version of the classic Monopoly game Collect sets of properties with different colors! 

  • Earn and swap properties and charge other players rent
  • Steal properties or demand money from other players when you get the right Action card
  • Ages 8 and up, For 2 to 5 players


Monopoly DEAL game is definitely, the quick and easy version of the Monopoly, as you’re able to still platy the game without the board, take anywhere, and also play the game within 10-20minutes! Something Monopoly could never be played at. (Monopoly, for us usually takes us up to 2hours to play!!) 

We’ve always had UNO, but what got the kids obsessing about it was the other weekend, as we met up with friends at a local brewery here in Sac, and they had brought UNO to play with the kids. After that, the kids have been playing every time after dinner, and all throughout the weekends!!

UNO Card Game can be found at WalMart, Target, and also Amazon for $4!!

If you’re looking for an inexpensive gift idea, UNO or any family friendly card game is the way to go! Over my 10 years being a parent, some of my favorite gifts given to my boys have been board games!! With young children ages 5-6 who can fully comprehend a games like UNO, their little hands may not be able to hold 7 cards, so a cool nifty device I’ve discovered is The Original Little Hands Card Holder!

Make playing card games easier than ever for your little one!! Put as many cards as you can between the plastic paddles and before you know it, you’ll be playing like a pro!

The Original Little Hands Card Holder can be purchased at the following places for $3!!

WalMart

Target

Amazon

Little Hands Card Holder Details:

  • Helps Children hold playing cards
  • Contains one playing card holder
  • Ages 3 and up (Max 7yrs)
  • Weight: 2.6oz
  • Dimensions 6×5.8×5 inches

My youngest son had started playing card games but was having difficulty holding all of their cards in his hands. He had some difficulty not dropping cards from his hands when playing card games that gave them many cards to hold at once. So of course, this would cause the other players (his older brother) to peak at the cards dropped or for my youngest son to miss a certain cards in his hand.

I saw these little hands card holders at WalMart and thought they were the perfect solution for my kids card games. It has made it a lot easier for my kindergartener to hold all of his cards, not drop any cards, and no peaking at others cards!!!

What card games do you play with your little ones? Comment below, and let me know if you end up purchasing the little card holder for your young ones!

Happy Sunday!

Life Lessons with Little League

Spring is basically here, and our children have moved from winter sports to spring sports. What usually is within the months of end of February to early June, these sports usually consist of soccer, basketball, and the ever post popular spring time sport, baseball.

I’ve been in the little league world for 4 years with my oldest son. 1 year, I was even brave enough to have both boys enrolled in little league at once! What is probably typical for some families with multiple children in little league, it was definitely a shuffle for us as a family to oblige to the boys baseball schedules.

For new parents introducing their child’s first sport, I highly, highly recommend little league for your child. As your child starts at the age of 5 (sometimes even 3-4!) tee-ball is introduced, with the fundamentals of baseball. The basics. There are great life lessons learned through tee-ball as well! Whether or not your son sticks with sports all the through childhood, even just a few years can teach him a lot.

  • Paying Attention
  • Practice/Persistence
  • Showing Up
  • Luck
  • Successful = Having Copycats
  • Just Do IT!
  • Scorekeeping?
  • Rainy Days

Last year, we had moved to a new city, which meant my oldest son started at a new little league. We’ve moved around from different little leagues before, but our previous league was by far our favorite. (Shout out to Fremont American Little League!!!)

If you’re excited out this little league season, having it be your child’s first time, here’s what your little slugger will gain.

  1. Paying Attention
    During tee-ball, the kids are basically playing in the dirt, or catching butterflies in the outfield. It happens more often then not. T-ball practice and games isn’t a place to play in the dirt or catch butterflies.. It’s inevitable that the hardest hit balls will find the kids who aren’t paying attention. They’ll either miss their chance to catch a ball, or they’ll get drilled. If you don’t pay attention in life, you’ll miss some great opportunities.
  2. Practice/Persistence
    Most kids aren’t natural talents when it comes to t-ball. Some can swing and miss 10 or more times before they hit the ball. And catching isn’t exactly easy either. But when they eventually hit one, it’s awesome. The look of pride and joy on their faces is priceless. That’s when they realize that if they stick to something and work at it, they can accomplish their goal. Definitely a valuable life lesson.
  3. Showing Up
    Even though my boys love t-ball, there have been a few times when one of them didn’t want to go to his game, or parents made prior engagements on weekend game days (I am guilty to this.) But once you bring your son to his game, he’ll most likely have a great time and is glad he went. This is true in many aspects of life. Whether it’s school, work or just going to the gym to work out. Getting yourself to show up is often the most difficult part.
  4. Luck
    When your son hits that ball at first swing, and runs his little tail off to first base and is safe, its an amazing feeling! Or when he’ll stick his glove out and turn his head away as a fly comes down from the sky directly toward him…and lands right in his glove. Luck isn’t something that should be relied upon. But when it happens, it’s a pretty cool feeling.
  5. Successful = Having Copycats
    One kid will hit a home run and a bunch of his teammates will want to use his bat the rest of the game. To 4 and 5-year olds, the bat is the “secret sauce.” When someone is successful in life, other people want to know how he achieved such success and how they can get there, too!
  6. Just Do IT!
    After all the practices and preparation, the big moment will arrive. At game days a kid will have his first at bat in an official game. He’s put in the work. He knows what to do. The ball is right in front of him, resting on the tee. He just has to swing. In life, you can analyze, study, practice, prepare, think and debate. But when it comes down to it, if you want to accomplish anything, you’ve got to take your shot. Just swing and see what happens.
  7. Scorekeeping?
    In tee-ball no one keeps score at the games. The kids don’t mind. They just want to have fun. There are so many competitive aspects in life. Everything from merging into traffic to answering the question, “What do you do for a living?” can feel like a competition.
  8. Rainy Days
    Sometimes the sky will open up and a pouring rain will ruin all your plans. That’s usually how it goes for spring ball. But it doesn’t have to ruin your day. “Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes, it rains.” 

    So there’s the life lessons of little league!!! If you’re child is returning back to little league, or you’re new to the baseball community with your child, welcome! Have fun! Let the kids play, and plaaaaay baaaaalll!