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Announcing South of Brooklyn!

Monday, July 21st, 2014

south of brooklyn - new site featuring stories of creatives and makers

There comes a point in a writer’s life when she realizes she needs to branch out. I have occupied the parenting/kids’ craft corner for a number of years now. While I am still very fond of it, I realized I needed to write other things. Things not about parenting.

Last year, Dave and I discussed working together on a new project; a labor of love. It would allow him to take photos for his portfolio and it’d allow me to write and produce different types of work—something I’ve been itching to do. Earlier this month, our project called South of Brooklyn launched! (more…)

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Happy List

Friday, June 27th, 2014

strawberry picking

Hello there Friday! I have to share some news that I’m a little afraid to share. Classic Play will be on a verrrry limited posting schedule for the next three weeks.

Endless Summer Projects will continue. Plus you have the Colossally Huge Summer Fun Catalog (hyperbole free, of course) that’s full of fun ideas for keeping the kids playing and lethargy-free during these long summer days.

I’ve never taken a blog hiatus before. It feels weird. But I’m working on launching a new project next week and it’s going to a 100% of my brain power and attention. I am so excited about this project and I can’t wait for you to see it. And after that, we embark on an RV tour of California. I am excited and completely terrified. Our friends from Belgium are joining us. It’s going to be incredible. I haven’t been to California since I was a baby. So essentially, I’m experiencing everything for the first time.

None of this is perfect timing. I mean the California trip is, but the new site isn’t. Summer is typically a slow time for online publishers.

Dave and I had the idea for our project last year and wanted to launch this spring but, what can I say? Life happens. At its heart, it’s a collection of short films and photo essays featuring artists, entrepreneurs and makers across the USA. I think of them as the New Makers of America. Throw in some beautiful travel photography and you have South of Brooklyn. It’s both a nod to our location and all the amazing and cool things happening across the country. I hope you’ll check it out!

Now that’s all off my chest, I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Please don’t be a stranger. I’ll still be on Instagram. Because let’s be honest, I couldn’t go that long without you guys.

-Some thoughts on this halfway point of the Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You. project.

-Do you follow Roxy Marj on instagram? I have a huge girl crush on her. She has one of the best feeds and definitely has the best contests

-Speaking of girl crushes, I’m not big on following celebrities, but Anna Kendrick’s twitter feed cracks me up

-So sweet

-YES. #likeagirl

-love this memory game

-this DIY maze is genius

-I’m all about natural beauty tips. Thanks Deborah!

-And finally, Something summery for your ipad

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Happy List

Friday, June 20th, 2014

summer!

I don’t know about you, but I am so glad summer is here. Dave and I were looking through photos the other day and noticed a good percentage of them involved ice cream. If someone were judging us solely on those images the only rational conclusion one could draw was that we had a serious ice cream problem.

But it’s summer, right? Ice cream seems only fitting. So here’s wishing you a weekend filled with ice cream and summery goodness…

Have you seen these new clutches? They’re made in small batches and they’re gorgeous. You’re going to love them

PrestoBingo Colors is here!

A reason to bust out the sewing machine

The thought of making these terrifies me, but holy moly do they look good!

Not your average portrait

psst! My side project is nearing its launch. I am so excited! You can follow along here or here to watch our progress and see when it launches. Eek!

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National Maker Day

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

peggy li necklace

When my kids were little, very little, I ran a small toy company with my sister and mom. We were three women working together to create a line of toys we wished were on the market but weren’t.

My mom would sew and watch Ellie who was just 2 at the time and Jonah who was just a baby. My sister worked long hours; one hand cutting the other sewing. She created patterns and refined them until they were perfect. I helped design products and market the company. It was…nuts.

We had instant success and within a year and a half we had a contract to outsource our production. It cost a ton of money, but we told ourselves it was worth it. But we hadn’t accounted for the immediate loss of some of the product due to a first time run. And we couldn’t keep up with the orders. You’d think it’d be a great problem to have, but it was just stressful. We loved making original and innovative products, but the mass production was too much. It wasn’t right for us.

So we scaled back and got back to our original love—making. (more…)

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Find. Follow. Share.

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

bloghop

My mom likes to tell the story of how, as an infant, I refused to be carried facing in. Rather than cuddle, I would cry until my mother turned me around to face out. People would say, “That’s an awkward way to hold a baby. You should cuddle her.” But my mom told them I needed to see the world.

Technology has changed, but I haven’t. For me, instagram is a way to see the bigger world out there. (more…)

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Happy List

Friday, June 6th, 2014

pool

Happy Friday! Any big plans for the weekend? We’re throwing Jonah a tree climbing birthday party. It’s definitely not ‘real’ tree climbing. There will be no ropes or pulleys or anything like that. Basically it means we’re going to a park with trees and unleashing the children. We’re old school like that ;)

Have a wonderful weekend. I hope it’s a great one!

Did I tell you Dave and I are working on a new project? We’re launching soon. I’m so excited!

This madness has got to stop

3 ways to draw a tree

Making stuff is good for America

Stocked some new items. Loving the post cards

Camping, lemonade and travel – a recipe for the perfect summer

Meet NED

Dads ARE rad and the card that says it

School’s out for summer

Genius

Oh and for my fellow locals, the Reginald F Lewis Museum is having a Caribbean Festival on the 14th with a Youth Steel Orchestra, make your own flag crafts & more.

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Announcing GREAT.LY! A New Way to Shop

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

stitch the stars calendar kit

Ready those oohs and aahs because GREAT.LY launched today. You can check out my shop here. I’ve stocked it with art, toys and home goods from some amazing makers. I even have a few beauty products by Aster + Bay in there too.

While I love everything I stocked, there are a few items that I think are extra swoon-worthy… (more…)

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Cards, Recipes and Gifts for Mother’s Day Morning

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

printable mothers day cards

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. That means all across the USA moms will be showered with cards, flowers and most importantly appreciation for everything they do. So I figured I’d share some ideas for making this mother’s day special. ps. feel free to forward this post to a spouse, partner or tween/teen. ;)

-Loving these free printable cards by Caroline Smalley of Push the Envelope! (pictured above)

-This botanical card is a great project for dads and kids on Sunday morning. It’s suuuuper easy and gets kids to think from their mom’s perspective.

-How about breakfast in bed? These fluffy waffles, mini frittatas, banana blueberry muffins, popovers, and strawberry muffins are all super yummy. There’s nothing better than waking up to a meal someone else made. Am I right?

-Or perhaps a handmade gift? Candles, a bouquet of paper flowers, lavender sugar scrub and bookmarks are always nice.

-Of course, something for the home gets high marks in my book too.

So tell me, what would you like for Mother’s Day this year?

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