Our Favorite Summer Art Projects!

June 30th, 2015 | Posted in Art School

Summer Fun Art Tips

If you are anything like me, you long for summer to come and then when it arrives you wonder how you can add just the right amount of routine into your days! My family thinks I’m crazy. I hate the hustle and bustle of school days but am not satisfied with long days in front of the television either. Creating, researching and making can be the simple bridge between those two extremes. These summertime tips and art projects can do wonders for kids’ imaginations and add just the right amount of routine into your summer days.
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Hair Story

June 24th, 2015 | Posted in Features, Style, this is 39

hair

Oh, hair. I’ve been through every emotion with mine—love, rage, fear, awe (as in what the ???), and yes, grief.

I’ve been scarred by my hair. In fact, I can recall with such vivid intensity two hair-traumas, it’s like they happened earlier today. The first was the summer before my freshman year of high school. My aunt took me to a salon hidden inside JC Penny for a perm. The first clue something terrible was about to happen: the salon was empty. Second: it was located inside a department store. Continue Reading...

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This is 39

June 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Becoming an Artist, Bold Brilliant Beautiful You, this is 39

the tube
I mind my own business and the business of those in my proximity.

A little over a week ago, I turned 39; a wee babe in the eyes of some, an old lady in others. Like many before me, I’m fascinated by this idea of mid-life. What happens once we cross that magical line? Everything? Nothing? Something in between?

I’ve kept an eye on my friends who’ve already turned 40. They entered their fourth decade in a variety of ways. Some threw big parties, others escaped to islands, one went to a monastery to learn how to meditate. Continue Reading...

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Summer Activities for Tweens

June 18th, 2015 | Posted in The Tween Years

a great list of activities for tweens this summer

Summertime is upon us and if you’ve got a tween you might be wondering how summer will unfold compared to years past. Tweens are in a funny in between spot where we aren’t comfortable having them go off on their own all day with friends, and yet they aren’t as excited for summer camp, or maybe they’ve even outgrown some of the summer camp options in your area. As much as my tween and teen would spend all their summer days playing foosball and air hockey, or glued to their iPads, I want more from summer for them. I’ve put together a few ideas to investigate in your own area to keep your tween busy, and yet still help them enjoy their summer experience. Continue Reading...

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Direction

June 17th, 2015 | Posted in Becoming an Artist, Bold Brilliant Beautiful You

sea is waiting for you

Forgive me for this is long and it’s raw. But there are some things I need to say, because you may be feeling the same way. And if you are, I hope these words find you and let you know, you’re not alone. Continue Reading...

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London Calling!

June 12th, 2015 | Posted in Style

london calling print from Classic Play

When Dave asked me what I wanted to do when we went to London, my response was “I want to be a tourist: a full-on, unapologetic, totally cliché, proper tourist.” I wanted to see Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, walk through Harrods, take a picture of a red phone booth, chat with a cabbie, eat fish and chips, and of course, see the guards who wear big fluffy black hats. I’d dreamed about this trip since I was a teeny tiny kid and my dad, who was in the Navy at the time, gave me a book of nursery rhymes he brought back from London. Last month, that dream was fulfilled.

To celebrate, I created an illustration inspired by the trip. You can find it in my Society6 shop. And if you’re so inclined, you can grab a print, tote or mug. This love for the City on the Thames is the kind that inspires one to illustrate a mug. For tea. Oh yes.

london calling tote by classic play

london calling mug by classic play

london calling mug (back) by classic play

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The Perfect Sweater

June 10th, 2015 | Posted in Style

the perfect

I hated it the first time we met. Actually, that’s not entirely true. That’s just me being dramatic. I felt ambivalent. The sweater? I could take it or leave it, so I asked my daughter. She said, “It doesn’t suit you. It’s too…serious. You’re not the serious type.”

But the sweater was a siren that called to me. A week later, I went back. Plus, J Crew was having a big sale. That’s how J Crew gets you. They’re sneaky. I left with it and a pair of seriously reduced flats. I didn’t want the sweater to feel alone. Continue Reading...

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A Doodle Here, A Doodle There

June 8th, 2015 | Posted in Becoming an Artist, Bold Brilliant Beautiful You, Creativity

orange you glad

Do you doodle? When I was younger, I loved to write and draw. Then along the way to adulthood, I don’t know, I just…stopped. There are many reasons, but one of them that stands out is that, as an “adult”, I wanted things to have purpose, meaning, sophistication. I told myself, “doodling silly little things or writing short stories in a spiral-bound notebook didn’t serve a purpose.” Except, it did. It made me happy.

Where would we be without silly little sketches and stories? Continue Reading...

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