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11 Feb 2011
Sophie in her sombrero|sophie-world.com

I think Murphy (of Murphy's Law fame - you know, "anything that can go wrong, will") must have a little place in his heart for us small business owners.

Both my husband and I own and operate our own small companies. He has video production, and I've got party planning. Usually, our jobs keep us on the fast-paced setting on the treadmill of life. We both pretty much work 24/7. This, I know, is nothing new to most Americans who spend most of their time trying to balance work, family, and the occasional getaway.

Penguin from a shampoo bottle|sophie-world.com

One of the things I try to inspire in folks is to look at things (bottles, packing materials, trash cans - everything!) in different ways. Sure, it's easy to look at a plastic water bottle and see a container for other things: liquid soap, detergent, other liquids. But I'm talking about seeing it for really different possibilities. A rocket perhaps, or a pirate ship, maybe a baby doll? The challenge lies in looking at it for its basic shape.

This week I had two library appearances: one in Chinatown, and one down near the ballpark at the Mission Bay branch.

Every time I do a library art program I am struck by the overpowering urge to jump up on my soapbox and sing the praises of our local library system. (Thank you, Ben Franklin!)

The children's librarians across our city are amazing. They offer so many services, both educating and entertaining, to so many on only a meager budget.

02 Feb 2011

Okay, I have a confession to make. I've been keeping a dirty little secret, and it's hard for me to admit it, being a "party girl"and all...

But I hate balloons.

Sophie on the sound stage|sophie-world.com

On Wednesday, my team and I gathered at one of my amazing client's houses, as we often do before any major event. This time was no different than others: we came with a van full of crafts, props, and costume changes, all of us filled with excitement and anticipation¦ The only difference was, we weren't there to do a party. We were there to film video clips for our upcoming website!

My client had graciously offered up her house as a filming location, so after promising to make sure not to spook the dog and to clean up after ourselves, we overtook the kitchen.