Everybody’s Got a Newsletter

Just a few years ago, the idea of connecting with someone/some brand you liked via email newsletter seemed old fashioned, but all of a sudden, newsletters have become cool again. Maybe it’s a newly cool branding of newsletter platforms like MailChimp and Tiny Letter, or the difficulty cutting through the chatter on social media to find the folks you actually want to hear from. Not to say that our inboxes aren’t full of other things, but email is always more personal than a Facebook update or Instagram post. Your address is in the to line, after all.

I’m no connoisseur of newsletters (and would love to hear of any others you might recommend), but here are my favorites, so far–

Ann Friedman Weekly

With a tagline like “low-maintenance ladyswagger,” it’s impossible to read Ann Friedman‘s excellent weekly newsletter and not want to be her bff. Ann shares the pieces she’s written that week, pie charts, the best-curated gifs on the internet, and the always-eclectic list of things she’s been reading that week. The arrive of this email every Friday is litterally the highlight of my week. Just sign up. You’ll thank me later.

Austin KleonArtist and writer Austin Kleon’s newsletter is a nice mix of self-promo and other interesting content. Each one features one of the “blackout poems” he’s become known for, and his links are a super well-curated selection of inspiration, both visual and written, from around the web.

A Series of TubesI am not a person who gets very into make-up, but Amanda Mattos’ A Series of Tubes features product reviews written not from one of those Youtube ladies wearing more eyeliner than you’ll use all year, but more like your Cool Girl coworker who always looks put together. The products she mentions are high end and low end, and, if nothing else, becomes my monthly reminder that wearing lipstick is maybe actually worth the effort.

Middle Finger ProjectI recently stumbled upon the Middle Finger Project and am so far enjoying their newsletter quite a bit. It’s a great kick in the pants for makers, entrepreneurs and others who have to sell themselves to new people all the time as part of their gig. And even for those who aren’t regularly trying to convince people to hire them, it’s still nice to get the occasional kick in the pants to remind you that you’re awesome.

Got a favorite newsletter that you look forward to in your inbox each week? I’d love to hear about it!

Back to School

Out of class as long as I’ve been, back to school season is still one of my favorite times of the year. As a kid, I could think of nothing better than a pack of shiny new pencils (one swhose eraser I hadn’t yet destroyed), 64 gleaming new Crayolas, or the endless possibilities contained in a new notebook. So, though I have no classes to attend myself and a youngun’ still too small for such things, I still did a Back to School round-up anyway, just for you.

Eraser Gift Wrap from Oh Happy Day

Vintage Honeybee Chart from Mighty Vintage

Alphabet Stickers from Present and Correct

Picture Day Series by Beat Up Creations

1960’s Industrial Clock from Junk is the New Black

School Gift Tags from Mr. Printables

 

 

 

 

Hooray Today Brings the Cute

Hooray Today is the stationery brainchild of Allison Black and Alyssa Nassner. Their prints and cards combine nearly all of the visual elements that I love: Bright colors, check. Midcentury-inspired design, check. Overprint and textures, check. Cute animals, starbursts, polka dots, and hand-drawn font motifs, check. See, what’d I tell you– almost everything great. See for yourself–

More in Hooray Today’s shop.

Studio Lately

A few shots of what I’ve been working on over the past several weeks–

Screen shot 2014-09-06 at 8.52.31 PMA new sign I made for the top of my craft fair puppet display.

Screen shot 2014-09-06 at 8.52.15 PMMy newly organized shipping station. Confession: I’m still not very good at using it and have started tearing up my tabletop looking for tape more than once, only to discover it put away here, where it’s supposed to be.

Screen shot 2014-09-06 at 8.51.21 PMTiny ears, waiting to be sewing into a puppet.

Screen shot 2014-09-06 at 8.51.08 PMPacking up restock orders for stores is always a bit of chaos.

 Screen shot 2014-09-06 at 8.50.54 PM Sketches for a recent custom Basset House puppet. Gotta get those sad eyes just right!

Grown Up Bag

I have distinct memories of digging through my mom’s purse as a kid. Usually it was to fish for a piece of gum, or steal quarters to take to the corner store. At the time I couldn’t imagine why on earth she needed all the things she carried, but now, of course, I get it. But does the grown-up purse make you a grown-up lady, or is it the other way around? It’s a chicked or the egg style question, of course. But in the spirit of embracing my grown-lady self, here are a few of the very adult bags and purses I’m coveting lately.

This purple one from Forest Bags is technically a diaper bag, but nobody needs to know that, right? I won’t tell if you won’t.

I especially love the color of this bag from Christy Studio. Mustard yellow goes with everything, is what I always say.

The pattern on this shoulder tote from Year Round Co. is beautiful, and even cooler knowing that the gorgeous fabric is screenprinted by hand.

Does a backpack count as a grown-up accessory? Because I am all about this little square pack from Herschel Supply. So dang cute.

 Everything Made by Hank is to die for, and I love her newer direction with prints combined with the signature leather belt handles.

 

 

Ladies Doing It for Themselves

Ready to be inspired by some historic ladies doing groundbreaking things and being just generally being awesome? Well today is your lucky day.

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Leola N. King, America’s first female traffic officer, Washington D.C. [1918]

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Winnie the Welder, 1943

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Maud Wagner, the first well know woman tattooist in the United States, 1907

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Railroad workers at lunch. Many were the wives and even mothers of the men who left for war, 1943

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Kathrine Switzer becomes the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, despite attempts by the marathon organizer to stop her, 1967

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Marina Ginesta, a 17-year-old communist fighter, overlooking Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War, 1936

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Female pilots leaving their B-17, “Pistol Packin’ Mama,” c. 1941

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Photographer Margaret Bourke-White climbing the Chrysler Building, 1934

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Komako Kimura, a prominent Japanese suffragist at a march in New York, 1917

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A mason working gigh above Berlin, c. 1900

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Jeanne Manford marches with her gay son during a Pride Parade, 1972

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18 year old French Résistance fighter, Simone Segouin, during the liberation of Paris, 1944

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The first women’s basketball team from Smith College, 1902

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Ellen O’Neal, one of the first professional woman skaters, 1976

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