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Yes, friends, the sun is setting on 711 North Main. But Studio Z Mendocino will keep on pressing away in another venue soon.

I am moving my shop and have to get a zillion things I have accumulated over the past 27 years OUT of 711 North Main, Fort Bragg, ASAP. Please come by to the perpetual indoor yard sale and see if there are any stocking stuffers or cute things you can pick up for a song.

Lots of Graphique de France Christmas and Holiday Cards as well as Studio Z cards. $5 a box!

Stationery, notepads, thank you notes and Ladies Who Lunch cards all at a fraction of retail.

A C&P letterpress, vintage 1924.

Lead type and wood type.

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Sheesh. Am I a dilettante or just diverse? So, today’s post is about many topics and me me me, I guess. But I have all these things going on right now that are so exciting and fun that I want to tell you about, and, after all, this is MY blog, right?

First: My beautiful, amazing, virtuoso piano playing friend-accompanist Ira Rosenberg and I will be playing Torch Jazz at the Westport Hotel on Saturday, November 19th, starting around 7 pm. The last time we played there it was so packed that there was LITERALLY no room at the Inn. Every room upstairs was booked and every chair in the dining room and back rooms full of at least one person. Ira and I have been working on a bunch of new material and having our usual blast together getting ready for this gig. So please, if you want to come and hear some of the most beautiful songs ever written in the history of the world, songs that take you to another time and place, make reservations asap!!! Here is the number: 707.964.3688. (I gratuitously also mention that we made their website, just so you know we also do that.) Here is us at the September performance:


Second: My show of my new project, My Baby’s Love Letters, has been extended through the month of November!!!!! The opening is on Second Saturday, November 12, from 5 pm. I may or may not be able to be there to tell you about it, but really it doesn’t matter so much. The display tells all:

They make the most love-fest Christmas presents and unparalleled wedding gifts too, not to mention bar and bat mitzvah gifts, baby shower gifts and just about whatever event you can think up. Don’t wait to get that shopping list out! Bring it to the Highlight Gallery and make your orders now. I just made a fabulous initial for a wedding gift from an aunt to her niece. It had the bride’s and groom’s names (which both started with the same letter), their wedding date, the name of their favorite song (You and Me), and a few secret messages from the Tia and Tio. The report was that they LOVED their Love Letter and were so, so surprised. Of course!

Well, listen, I have to go for a walk in a minute. Loving these last warm Indian Summer mornings along the headlands. The tides are so high right now that the waves are sloshing right up to the cliffs. It’s exciting to watch them crash up against the rocks so closely that spray travels right up to me.

So, Thirdly: The November issue of Real Estate Magazine comes out TODAY and it is SO fabulous I can’t even believe it. You can pick it up all over the county over the weekend or read it online at Real Estate Magazine. The magazine is packed with all things real estate in Mendocino County and our feature story, which, this time, is about Maureen Gealey’s experiences in adopting¬† and helping others adopt orphaned children from China, and her missions there on medical teams that do cleft surgeries on little kids from the poorest villages out in the countryside. I was crying half the time as I designed the layouts for the cover and the story.

And finally, (sorry this is so long! It’s like four posts in one.) I just want to encourage you to call with your ideas and questions and dreams about our graphic design and printing services. The end of the year is a great time to rebrand or freshen up your present image with a new logo or breathtaking business card or thank you note or website, all of which we can help you with. And don’t forget that we have lots of boxed Christmas and Holiday cards now, all at, as they say, rock bottom prices.

I will have some new business card posts here very soon and also law firm announcements and wedding invitations.

You should also know that we will be vacating our building on Main Street in Fort Bragg very soon. After twenty-seven years, we are ready to make things smaller. But we will continue to provide our same amazing printing and design work from a littler venue. We hope there will be very little interruption in our services during the move but if you need something soon, this is the time to make your order.

OK, must get cracking! I hope your Thursday if full of fabulosity and music and fun and creativity.

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A fabulous, schmoozy time on Second Saturday in Mendocino last night, with a passle of gallery openings and people traipsing all over the place reveling in art, sipping wine and running into everybody they knew in the village. We love that about living up here: community trumps everything and you have to build in extra time for all the hugging on the sidewalks.

My Baby’s Love Letters, the new project I’ve been telling you about of these big, framed initials that are made up entirely of line after line of LoveLOVELove, took up the whole thirty-foot wall on the east side of the front door at the Highlight Gallery and I had a blast greeting visitors and telling them about the twenty-six Love Letters. It was a feat to get all those frames straight but Sharon Peterson and I did it together like the Two Stooges and they look dramatic and chic, as you can see. We sold some too!!!!

The Highlight Gallery is brimming over with gorgeous woodwork, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, glass, pottery, weaving and more. A terrific showplace for local artists, and certainly an honor for me to have my installation there for this month. I hope you will stop in and get in on some of that love-emitting wall of Love, or go to their website to see a condensed version of all they have there. It’s amazing and gorgeous, and the view of Mendocino Bay from the front window is worth the trip from anywhere. I so enjoyed working with Sharon, Adrienne, Judy and Joanie in that peaceful, beauty-filled place.

My Baby’s Love Letters are wonderful gifts for so many occasions: birth days, birthdays, baby showers, christenings and brises, bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings and newlyweds, anniversaries, client gifts, Xmas and Chanukah, girlfriend presents, or just a sweet way of telling somebody you are mad about him or her. You can learn more about My Baby’s Love Letters in previous blog posts and on the new website that we got up just in time for the exhibit!

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This is the B with a heart and that is my Grandma’s photo. She was one of the many people in my life who taught me how unconditional love feels

You can’t spend two days putting up a show without waking up with your mind looking like a photograph in a developing tray — taking shape, becoming clearer, pulling out details, and then projecting into the next hours of your day — how will it be? I was thinking about all the My Baby’s Love Letters we hung on Sharon Peterson’s beautiful Highlight Gallery thirty-foot wall yesterday — twenty-six letters, plus two personalized ones equals twenty-eight — and about what was in those letters, which, of course, as you by now know, is LOVE.

LoveLOVELoveLOVELoveLOVE, over and over. Between 1500 and 4000 LOVEs in each letter. That is over 70,000 LOVEs on a wall. My god. And then, as my mind wandered about in pre-consciousness, it flew to Dr. Emoto‘s experiments with water. I’m sure you have read about him. Like, if you think loving thoughts into a glass of water, the water’s structure changes to beauty.

This crystal was formed from thinking “Love and Gratitude”

Here is a quote from whatthebleep.com: “Essentially, Dr. Emoto captured water’s ‘expressions.’ He developed a technique using a very powerful microscope in a very cold room along with high-speed photography, to photograph newly formed crystals of frozen water samples. Not all water samples crystallize however. Water samples from extremely polluted rivers directly seem to express the ‘state’ the water is in.


Dr. Masaru Emoto


Dr. Masaru Emoto discovered that crystals formed in frozen water reveal changes when specific, concentrated thoughts are directed toward them. He found that water from clear springs and water that has been exposed to loving words shows brilliant, complex, and colorful snowflake patterns. In contrast, polluted water, or water exposed to negative thoughts, forms incomplete, asymmetrical patterns with dull colors.

The implications of this research create a new awareness of how we can positively impact the earth and our personal health. The success of his books outside Japan has been remarkable. Dr. Emoto has been called to lecture around the world as a result and has conducted live experiments both in Japan and Europe as well as in the US to show how indeed our thoughts, attitudes, and emotions as humans deeply impact the environment.”

So, of course, the implications of a Wall Full of Love could not be avoided (in my brain): what kind of power is that wall emitting into the room? The neighborhood? Will Dick’s Place next door be affected? Will all those bottles on the other side of the gallery wall be imbued with loveLOVElove, too, and the bikers, when they drink the contents, will they feel a rush of desire to kiss somebody? And what about the people who venture through the Gallery’s door today? Will love just hit them in the solar plexis when they cross the threshold? And if they buy a Love Letter and send it, will the UPS man feel it through the brown paper wrapping? What about ME? I’m the one who put the thousands of LOVEs into the letters…how has that affected me? Actually, I am kind of a mushball of love right now.

WoW!!! This is going to be a science experiment.

Can the LOVEloveLOVE be transmitted on the internet too? Because the My Baby’s Love Letters site is up now. It’s over there emitting You-Know-What all over the place. OMG, you know?

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What’s in a name? Initially speaking: LOVE. We name our babies with care because we know our name informs our lives almost as much as we inform our name with our own soul.¬†Every time you say that name, or see it, a little thrill runs over your heart. We all have a special relationship with our first initial, too. It’s to some extent the symbol of our Self. I know I love my Z and collect them like a hobby.

With all this in mind, I’m very excited to tell you about my art opening at the beautiful Highlight Gallery, in Mendocino, this coming Saturday. It’s the launch of my new project, My Baby’s L0ve Letters — Typographical Art for Baby and You. If you live far away and can’t make it to the show, the website will be up in the next day or so and you will be able to go shopping around, but I wish you could come to the show. It’s going to be a madhouse! I love madhouses, ps. These beautifully¬† framed initials are actually made up of line after tiny, tight line of the word LOVE. They are printed on 100% recycled cotton, archival paper and finished in gorgeous seamless, four-inch black frames that are a focal point of decor in the nursery or any room. Adorably cute and sophisticated at once, My Baby’s Love Letters are a gift for all reasons and seasons.

My Baby’s Love Letters grew out of a little art project I did for my two beautiful grandchildren, Enzo and Baby Zida. As the announcement above says, they are a lively typographical meditation on the word love, a reminder of what counts and a message from your truest heart to the one you love so much there is no way to talk about it. You can choose the letterpress embellishment of a gold foil star or a red foil heart. They will last for years and are wonderful combined with family photos in a big hallway montage, or grouped together in a family bunch, or leaning on a mantel or hutch. Above a couch they are nonpareil.

Pricing is also awesome: Unframed Love Letters are $29 and framed ones, in the Max frame, are $89, plus tax and shipping. We can send them anywhere in the US and accept all major credit cards. For birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, bar or bat mitzvahs, Christmas or Chanukah, what gift could celebrate better the first initial soul of someone you are crazy about? www.mybabysloveletters.com or call 707 964 2522 for more information or to order by phone.

Look for further announcements here and photos from the opening!

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The multi-talented conductor of the Boonville Big Band and The Dixie Devils has taught generations of Mendocino County kids how to play music and keeps on going with all his verve and brilliance into “retirement.” We feature him in our October issue of Real Estate Magazine. It’s a total love fest for an incredible man.

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