emma in photos, august 2015


At maiki’s work, with Dr. Bonyfide. ^_^

Eating breakfast with bunny. We are getting lots of grapes from our CSA this month!


Trip to SF to eat at the La Boulange cafe before they are closed in September. :( no love for you Starbucks.


Walking through the Yerba Buena gardens to the playground. Emma loves the climbing wall and big slides.

Lots of stamping going on around here. We just got some new ones from this Etsy seller and they are wonderful!

Enjoying a linzer cookie heart before music class.

Reading Chi’s Sweet Home on the bus.

Bees on my mind


I am interested in seeing this movie “Vanishing of the Bees.” And I was fascinated by this article about the “Worlds First Bee Highway.” The more that folks can be encouraged to do on their own the better.

The Oakland Museum of California has a great exhibit on bees right now. This Ted talk about why the bees are disappering plays on a loop where Clover and I read the Magic School Bus book about bees. Its so sad to listen to but gets me thinking more and more about the bees which I never have before so it has been a great benefit.


whoa! ten years as a blogger


I have been blogging for almost ten years now! I began with Vox and then began posting on my own domain here at susanmagnolia.com! In the beginning I was going through a major life change. I moved to Berkeley with friends and became a student again. I studied at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and lived happily in my “Honey and Clover” style home full of creators. We were all taking classes, building websites, creating package design, drawing, painting, sculpting, making comics, animating, fine tuning typography and having fun messing about. I loved going into the city and it still gives me such a thrill to visit. I devoured everything and honed my sense of design.

Then I went back to work. I missed working with children and very much enjoyed doing freelance design work on the side. It was a nice balance for me. maiki and I moved into our cottage and soon decided to have a baby. Then again my life changed dramatically. I eventually stopped working and taking on any design work to take care of my own child full time. It is the best and hardest work of all. My design minded blog became a place to share Clover with faraway family and illustrate our Bay Area life. Now my baby is almost four years old and I know that this blog will continue to evolve as my life does. I want to home school and I constantly read about educational theories and practices ranging from the classical methods to the unschooling approach and everything in between and beyond. I want to travel and learn about the world by seeing more of it and experiencing different cultures and landscapes. I will learn as I teach and see everything with new eyes. I want to share as much as ever and I am happy that this space is already eclectic enough that I feel free to do that. This is my experience and I love my collections here. Thank you blog (maiki!), and readers for stopping by. ^_^

Aquarium of the Pacific








On Sunday afternoon we drove to Long Beach with family to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific. It was as much fun to observe Emma marvel at the diverse sea life as it was to study it. My favorite are the giant sea bass and those enigmatic eels. I could stare at them all day long. We watched a seal & sea lion show and geeked out on the adorable sea otters from our perfect viewing spot. I took videos of the weedy sea dragons and the sea horses that are so relaxing to watch as they float around in their watery world. It was a hot and crowded weekend day but once inside we were able to take it easy and the air conditioner made it feel quite pleasant. I was thankful that we made the trip.