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.


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


Winnie the Welder, 1943


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


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


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


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


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


Photographer Margaret Bourke-White climbing the Chrysler Building, 1934


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


A mason working gigh above Berlin, c. 1900


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


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


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


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

Via this post.

Essimar: Paper Wonders

Magical paper fairy of the art work, Essimar is the work of Esther Ramirez. I’ve been a fan of Esther’s work for years, marveling at the sophisticated design and intricate details of each of her pieces. It’s always inspiring to find an artist who’s work is accessible, while also being totally committed to the process of handmade. A piece that’s hand cut and hand pasted one tiny scrap of paper at a time– it doesn’t get much more handmade than that.

Whether printmaking, collage, fantastical creatures or tiny three- dimensional paper sculptures, Esther’s work is always a wonder.

4 Chair Makeovers

Everybody’s got the thing that they have way too many of in their house, and for me that thing is chairs. I don’t know how it’s happened over the years, but we have seating for twenty in our house. You’d think we threw parties all the time, but really it’s that I have a soft spot for chairs.

Given my inability to pass a chair in the alley without bringing it home (“Yes, I see that it’s broken and water damaged and covered in mud, but look at those bones!”), I tend to also get swept up in the plethora of chair makeover ideas out there in internet land. Got a chair weakness of you own? Here are my five favorite chair makeover project ideas–

1. Wool Blanket ReupholsteryI love that this project blends two totally classic, midcentury looks– a Pendleton blanket and white Burke chair. Sometimes the “reupholster with this gimmicky thing” projects are annoying, but the blanket has such a graphic look to it, it’s almost hard to place what it was originally, and the rounded lines of the chair are a fun contrast to the horizontal stripes.

2. Folding Chair FaceliftThe painted folding chair phenomenon is all over the internet. Though I generally try to avoid projects that rely on spray paint, a friend of mine painted a handful of folding chairs when she got married last summer, sprinkling them throughout the rest of the seating for a super cute effect. It was sweet and simple, and now her guests have a happy place to rest their rears during the holidays.

3. DIY Woven Chair I love the heck out of this project. I have such a weakness for aluminum patio chairs, and even though we have four of our own, it’s hard to pass them up. Now whenever I see a ratty one with a still-good frame, I just know the image of this woven little beauty is going to dance through my head.

4. DIY ReupholsteryTrue, we should all be so lucky to find a chair with a shape this great (and for $10 at the thrift store!), but I like that this post walks you through the steps of adding new batting, a process that even with my love of all things seatin, I find I’m irrationally afraid to try.