Creative Family Series | Paloma’s Nest

August 11th, 2014 | Posted in creative family series

Palomas Nest image by Chris_Perez

I love getting a glimpse into the lives of creatives—whether they’re classic makers, or anyone who feels passionate about celebrating creativity. In fact, I’ve discovered it’s something I need to keep me going; that act of discovery, hearing from others, sharing. So with that little lead in, we’re bringing back the Creative Family Series. (cue the confetti!)

Today we have Caroline Vásquez, part of the husband and wife team of Paloma’s Nest. I am a huge fan of their work and their mission to support other creatives and makers like themselves.

How do you define creativity?
I define creativity as an expression of anything that is heartfelt, coming from your soul. Creativity is unedited, unfiltered, pure and honest. Continue Reading...

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Friday Happy Hour | The State of Blogging

August 8th, 2014 | Posted in Friday Happy Hour

photo by Dave Cooper

I was talking with some friends about the state of online affairs. I know a few prominent bloggers/online publishers/whatever-it-is-they’re-called-these-days have declared blogging dead. Or at least, that it ain’t what it used to be. And I see what they mean.

I think everyone’s experiencing internet fatigue and information overload. Plus, everything just seems so fragmented. You have instagram! facebook! pinterest! twitter! And I’m just as guilty as the next playing into all that.

Some things I’ve heard from people are that blogs are all starting to look the same or that they’re all trying to do too much. And I get that. I’ve also noticed that no one comments anymore. And I’m not saying that for this blog, but large blogs. The ones that used to get 100s of comments now get 40. I wonder if bloggers feel like they’re typing into the void. If traffic is the name of the game (because that’s what pays the bills), maybe they’re just responding to what people click on? And those clicks happen to be on lists of 25 best such and such a thing. I don’t know.

What I do know is that I’d love to hear your thoughts on it…

ps. I know Friday’s are usually for light and fun clickable links, but I’ve been craving more of a conversation; the kind of chat you’d have over drinks with friends. So this is an experiment with a ‘virtual happy hour.’ We’ll see how it goes! Grab your drink of choice and let’s chat. (this falls under that ‘blogs trying to do too much thing’ doesn’t it? Wait, don’t answer that. ;)

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Classic Play Shop + Society6

August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Features, Style

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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Cooking + Printable | Mini Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Cooking, printable

mini chocolate chip zucchini bread

If your garden is anything like mine, your zucchini has gotten out of hand. Lured by the idea of grilled summer squash, this spring I innocently planted two zucchini…plants? vines? monsters? and they have have completely taken over. I hack and I hack and still, they survive. Not only do they survive, they grow to unreasonable size. After vacation I returned to fruit that was as big as Winnie. Granted, she’s a chihuahua, but she’s on the larger size as far as chihuahua’s go; she’s big boned.

I stared that bumper crop in the eye. Then I did what everyone does when they have too much zucchini. I made zucchini bread. Continue Reading...

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Endless Summer Projects | Shell Memories

August 6th, 2014 | Posted in Endless Summer Projects

This project is sponsored by Bing.

Turn found shells into vacation keepsakes

The other day, I was clearing some shelves in the basement to make room for rolls of crepe paper—because hey, you never know when you’ll have an emergency that requires three rolls of hot pink crepe paper, am I right?—when I ran across our beach bag. Poor thing got no love this summer. Feeling sorry for it and a bit nostalgic, I reached inside and discovered grains of sand and lots of shells. No doubt remnants of our last visit to the North Carolina shore. Such sweet memories…

Today Ali has a way to turn those shells the kids collect on vacation into cool mementos. Click here for the full tutorial. I love it!

More Beachy Goodness…
North Carolina Outer Banks Vacation Guide
Summer Sand Art
Floating tic tac toe board

Just tuning in to the Endless Summer Projects Series? Here’s a quick recap…
Summer Banner | Large Scale Modern Art | Scavenger Hunt | Collapsible Cardboard House | Mid Century Modern Birdfeeder | Backyard Circus Stilts | 6 Water Balloon Games | Firework Tablecloth | Screen Printed Tees | Outdoor Cooking with Kids | Vacation Mobile | Upcycled Camping Lantern

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Traveling With Kids | Couch Surfing

August 1st, 2014 | Posted in Traveling With Kids

couch surfing

verb informal
gerund or present participle couchsurfing

1. stay temporarily in a series of other people’s homes, typically making use of improvised sleeping arrangements.

Last summer, while visiting Canada, I ran into an old friend of mine who I hadn’t seen in ages. While catching up on each other’s lives, we shared our mutual love of traveling—it doesn’t take me very long to broach that subject.

That’s when my friend enthusiastically told me about his all-time favorite travel accommodation: Couch Surfing. He told me all about his couch-surfing experiences in NYC and Western Canada and how he has made some life-long friends with the “surfers” he hosted in his own home.

Couch-surfing is a free social website that started in 2004 that allows people to “travel like a local, stay in someone’s home and experience the world in a way money can’t buy.” The network boasts over six million members in 100,000 cities worldwide. Continue Reading...

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Art School | Paul Klee

July 31st, 2014 | Posted in Art School

paul klee art lesson for kids

I’m so excited to be back with an art lesson for kids of all ages on Classic Play. Summer schedules have rocked our routine a bit, but I’m back with a fun project inspired by artist Paul Klee.

Paul Klee was a Swiss German who created over 10,000 pieces of art, more than almost any other artist, EVER. Pretty amazing right? He was a colleague of another artist who we’ve explored here on Classic Play, Kandinsky. Paul Klee was very influential in modern art and most of his art is described as having cartoon-like characteristics, where he uses a lot of color to create abstract pieces. Let’s take a look at one of his paintings called Castle and Sun. Continue Reading...

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Home | Desks for Tweens Done Right

July 30th, 2014 | Posted in home, The Tween Years

1 - IKEA stuva


Need inspiration for getting your tweens organized for school and focused on their work? If you ask me, there are a few factors that make for an ideal study spot: a good, clean surface free from clutter, a comfy chair, a light, and as few distractions as possible. Continue Reading...

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