When we were in San Francisco, we visited a number of amazing and beautiful shops...including Castle in the Air. I had heard of Castle in the Air as a great source for crepe paper, but I had no idea their store was chock full of so much else and so inspiring to boot! I instantly wanted to redecorate my entire studio...lol. Or at least make a really cool crepe paper chandelier...
They have a great book there that shows how to make these crepe flowers. And I want that fawn!!
Funny paper mushrooms...
German inspired cotton turnip and plum boxes...and a great paper mache bunny, not just for Easter!
I bought a Santa face and witch face (among many other things) and have big plans for them...we'll see how soon they'll come true...
Guess what this is made out of? Yup. Crepe Paper!! Want to make one of these too!!
Or maybe I'd rather make this! A fairy house! Made by John B. McRae, their resident artist who is utterly amazing! I got to meet both him and Ulla Milbrath, who has an amazing blog that I've been reading for years. They were getting ready for a class they were instructing and I snuck in the upstairs room and gawked at their cool hats and all the prior projects from classes past. You HAVE to check out their classes if you're in or near SF!
These super awesome shadow boxes line the wall of the staircase...you can buy the dolls right out of them!
And you have to check out their amazing china cabinets upstairs...filled with German miniature store displays and other awesome German goodies.
The best part may have been the mouse house...made by Ulla and John I think. This is just one little piece of it, but it's a tiny world built with the most amazing found objects you've ever seen. Funny furry mice dressed in clothing hang about, living in it I suspect...but I don't think you can see any here.
Castle in the Air...so cool!!