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Friday Happy Hour | Failure

Friday, August 22nd, 2014


Welcome to another happy hour chat. I have been loving the conversations we’ve had. And I’m grateful you all are brave enough to tackle some pretty serious issues too. For today’s topic, I wanted to revisit something Tara brought up in the comments on The State of Blogging:

“…sometimes, I catch myself trying to gloss over things and make life look closer perfect than it is. Why? Why are we all so afraid to admit that our lives are messy?”

This morning Dave and I attended a Creative Mornings talk. I’ve been wanting to go to one forever! If you have one near you, I highly recommend attending. This morning’s topic was none other than FAILURE. Panelist bravely shared their failures. It was refreshing to hear and I found myself completely identifying with so many of them. It reminded me that failures are part of the human experience.

Do you openly share your failures? Are you afraid to share them? Are you able to move beyond perceived failures, or do you have to fight them from weighing you down? I’d love to hear!

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Happy Hour Friday | Weighing on Me

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Nick Cave at the Baltimore Museum of Art

Welcome to another Friday Happy Hour. Last week we had an amazing conversation; one that ended up lasting all week! Today, I wanted to keep things light and talk about a new movement away from the ‘like’ button on facebook.

But then as I’m typing, I realize I’m not being honest with you, nor myself. Because while I think that’s a totally fine and interesting topic to discuss, something is weighing on me. Probably like it is weighing on you.

And so please forgive me for this post. It is long and it’s decidedly not cute. But I need to get it out of my head as I try to make sense of something seemingly so senseless… (more…)

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Ride Fast

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

classic play + society6 ride fast

Do you remember your first bike? That feeling of freedom, wind whipping past you, pedaling hard, feeling like you could fly? This week’s Society6 collection is a celebration of freedom, a restless spirit and yes, the bike.

Adult Tees | Kids Tees | Prints | Cards | Mug | Duvet Cover (not pictured)

Thank you for all your support while I put my illustrations out there into the world. It’s been a joy to watch them come to life. Your notes and messages mean a lot. Truly. I’m challenging myself to make a new collection each week based on the spirit of Classic Play. Let’s see where this goes!

ps. For a limited time get $10 off when you spend $75 on Society6.

-the happy collection at society6
-free printable knock-knock joke cards
-free printable lunchbox menus

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Instagrammers to Love

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

awesome igers

A friend recently shared that she’s been feeling pretty anxious about all the terrible news lately. I feel it too. There is so much sadness in the world, that sometimes it’s overwhelming. And a large portion of it is outside the realm of our control. We shared how we try to make it through each day without losing ourselves to it. Knowing and accepting that I’m a complete and total sponge, one of my strategies is to set aside time to soak in goodness.

So, with that in mind, I thought it’d be good a good time to take a whimsical beauty break. Because thankfully, whimsical beauty still exists even during these troubled times. Here are four of my favorite Instagram image makers right now:

@spielkkind | @pchyburrs | @thatsval | @shurupchik

Whose feeds are you loving? And how do you find new IGers to follow? I’d love to hear!

More photography goodness…
photographer’s tips for taking better photos
show off those pictures!
3 art docs to watch

ps. Sometimes it takes the wisdom of a 5 year old to put things in perspective

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Classic Play Shop + Society6

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

society 6 happy roundup

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

For more than a year now, I’ve been dabbling in illustration. I’ve doodled since I was a kid and briefly, very briefly, entertained the idea that one day I’d be an artist. Dave has long encouraged my artistic pursuits. He said I should be bold and add hand lettering and drawings on Classic Play.

Eventually, I listened to him. You know, after a year or so. That’s how married couples roll. Or at least, how we do. We’re both stubborn firstborns so maybe that’s it.

So I broke out a tablet I won from Bing at Alt Summit NYC (thanks Bing!) that sat in my closet all sad and lonely. I plugged it, opened up illustrator and added my first doodle. I really, really loved it. Since then I’ve created logos, hand lettered goodness and doodles here and there.

Last night, I set up a Society6 shop and uploaded my first illustration. Now you can get happy prints, posters, mugs, teeshirts and onesies. You can even get a happy shower curtain. No lie.

It’s awesome seeing something I drew come to life. It feels surreal, and I love it. So pick up a tote, shirt, print, mug, or even a duvet cover (crazy but true) and get happy!

More gift ideas and cool things…
Make Good with
Indie Toys
Classic Play Gift Guide

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

make good with is currently celebrating a #makegood campaign to celebrate independent makers. Of course I’m all for it. I have a serious crush on artisans who make things. They’re brave, bold, and produce some of the finest things around. Here are 5 makers I’m currently loving:

1 Jenean Morrison | 2 Cynthia Treen | 3 Ellie Bradley | 4 Cheeky Monkey Home | 5 Joanne Stone

Three cheers for independent makers who #makegood!

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The Happy List

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Last day in California

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a wonderful week. I spent it trying to recover from jet lag. Why didn’t anyone warn me that three hours could wreak such havoc? I think it may even be worse than European jet lag. Probably because it’s sneakier. When you travel many time zones you’re mentally prepared for exhaustion. Just a few and you’re tricked into thinking it’s no big deal.

Many of you have asked if I’m doing a post on California, and I sure am. I admit it, I fell in love. Dave and I spent an evening looking at CA realtors’ sites. It’s an exercise we engage in frequently though. We pick a place we’d like to live and look at real estate and schools there. We like to pretend we’re restless spirits. The truth is, I don’t think we’ll ever move.

So how about you? How was your week? Any big plans for the weekend? I hope it includes something fun!

ps. Next week we’re featuring a few back-to-school posts. I know it’s early for some. For others, school starts in two weeks! Blows my mind.

-Jillian and her kids are renovating an old caravan. I’ve seen after pictures and they are amazing. Hope she shares more soon! has partnered with Chronicle books

-How do you tackle self doubt?

-Accept that sparkle and shine

-Living in 580 square feet?

-So cute!

-Great for road trips

-Summer projects for little ones

-Two ingredient silly putty

-What to buy generic

And finally, Deborah picked up a writing gig with Henry Happened! So proud and excited for her. Please hop on over and check it out. You’ll love her beauty tips. (oh and yes, she’s still hanging around here too :)

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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 want 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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