Art Takes Long, Life Is Short

Brown Pigeon's Custom Rubber Stamps

brown pigeon's custom rubber stamps!

Telling little Miss Dawdler to hurry up and finish her masterpiece so you can get her to preschool (six times in ten minutes) gets old. To put her on the fast track, try something new.

Millbrae-based printmaker Meagan Lewis of Brown Pigeon works a special alchemy: translating your kid’s works of art into a one-of-a-kind stamp. Send her a photo or scan of the artwork (line drawings work best), and she’ll meticulously translate it into a maple-mounted rubber stamp, carved in relief as a mirror image.

Within four to five days of your order, Lewis emails you a proof. If you like it, she’ll attach the carved rubber to the stamping block, gift wrap it, and mail it your way.

She also designs stamps with your child’s name or silhouette. But the stampers made from children’s art are not to miss. Plus, they make for a speedy time-to-leave-for-school art project.

Wait — did we say that already?

Available at Park and Pond, 1422 Grant Avenue, between Union and Green Streets (415-217-8864 or parkandpond.com). Custom stamps are available online at etsy.com, $31.

this week in san francisco!

Yes Sweet Can
The tiny circus’s fifth-anniversary celebration features performers with aerial silks and hula hoops.
Why: Joy to the world.
When: Thru Jan. 1. See complete schedule online.
Where: Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., at Mission St. Tickets at 415-225-7281 or online at brownpapertickets.com. Adults and children, $15-$60.

Gingerbread Houses and Sugar Cookies
Top chef Kory Stewart teaches little gourmets to decorate the sweets of the season.
Why: Sugar, sugar.
When: Sat., 1-3 p.m.
Where: Americano Restaurant, at Hotel Vitale, 8 Mission St., at The Embarcadero. Reservations (required) to 415-278-3777 or online at eventbrite.com. Cost is $25 per person.

Chronicle Books Fall Warehouse Sale
Up to 80 percent off the local publisher’s beautiful tomes, stationery, and paper crafts.
Why: Give a good read.
When: Thurs. & Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 680 2nd St., b/t Brannan & Townsend Sts.

Photo: Courtesy of Brown Pigeon

1422 Grant Ave
bt Union & Green Sts
San Francisco, CA 94133
Americano Restaurant
8 Mission St
@ The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
680 2nd St
bt Brannan & Townsend Sts
San Francisco, CA 94107
3316 24th St
@ Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110