Popsicle Season

Popsicles are the quintessential summer treat, and though I’m more of an ice cream gal myself, I totally get the allure. Picking your flavor, opening the package, trying to eat it before the sticking syrup drips down your fingers– Not to mention the “take it, break it” appeal of the twin pop you could share with sibling (even if you didn’t really want to). In honor of the unofficial start of summer, here some popsicle treats to get you in the spirit of the season–


And, in case this pop has your mouth watering a bit, here are some great recipes for making grown-up popsicles of your own. 

Vintage Cowgirls

It’s fair to say that the myth of the cowboy can be a little problematic. Manifest destiny, a West to be “won,” and an uneasy relationship (to say the least) with Native Americans– the narratives don’t hold up as well as they once did, and I’m always a little hesitant to embrace the motif of the “cutesy” cowboy. That said, there’s something about a cowgirl that still resonates. A cowgirl is inherently subversive– breaking the mold simply by existing. So whether it’s still harkening to a frontier written by Wild Bill and Hollywood, there is still something to be said for celebrating ladies doing it for themselves out on the range.

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For extra credit: this discussion on the “Women and the Myth of the American West”from the Smithsonian.

What Frida Wore

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that Frida Kahlo didn’t live all that long ago. She’s become lionized as a painter, feminist, communist, Mexican icon, as a person living with a disability in a time when that wasn’t something to be spoken of. She was fierce and boundary defying.

The show “Frida by Ishiuchi Miyako” opened this month in London, documenting Kahlo’s own possessions in a stark and intimate series of photographs. The story goes that Diego Rivera locked away Frida’s belongings in a room in their home after her death with instructions that they not be disturbed until 15 years after his death. The room was finally opened up 2004, and these photos are some of the public’s first glimpses at these fragments of Frida’s life.

While her clothing are undeniably fascinating, it was a photo of two bottles of Revlon nail polish that struck me the most– they look nearly identical to bottles I own, smudged and half-empty. It’s a reminder that while the Frida Kahlo we tend to think of today has become something of a symbol, she was a very real woman first.

 

Spring Photos

Suddenly spring is here, huh? Our lilac bush just burst into flower in the last day or so, and even on rainy days, it’s not the cold rain anymore– it’s the kind that bring breezes and the smell of mud and growing things. I think the season has been good for me. I’ve been feeling productive in the studio, and also finding time for yardwork and kid stuff and some other fun projects. Here are a few shots from Instagram over the past few weeks, in case you missed them.

Saturday Desk

Saturday workspace and list-making.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg buttons

New Ruth Bader Ginsburg buttons. One will ship with every puppet from now on!

Daffodils

Daffodils getting ready to bloom.

Joan Harris puppets

Bringing back the Joan from Mad Men design to honor of “the end of an era.”

Repotting

Growing things.

Henry's birthday

Henry turned three, complete with horseshoe magnet and green frog raincoat.

Bald Ira Glass

Every wondered what Ira Glass would look like bald? Here’s your answer.

Frida Kahlo puppets in progress

Frida Kahlo puppets in progress on my new yellow cafeteria tray.

 

 

Schmancy Toys Interview

I was interviewed for the Schmancy Toys blog this week. I’ve been selling with them for years now– they actually featured an interview with me prior to the Plush You show almost exactly four years ago.journalcrunch_logoIt’s a little crazy to read back through that one and see what’s changed, and this new interview was a nice opportunity to reflect on where things are right now. Plus I got to think about stories I hadn’t thought about in a long time–puppets at the White House, finger puppet engagement photos, plus the advice I would give to my early 20’s self.Ira Glass puppets in progressRead the article for all the juicy details ; )

Cardboard Fairy Tales

It takes skill to retell a story we’ve all heard a million times and make it seem new all over again, and even more skillful is telling that story with something we see everyday. That’s the charm in the work of Spanish design studio Milimbo. Using the most ordinary of materials– paper, they bring classic fairy tales to life in playful and surprising ways. From dioramas to masks to toys, it’s a totally new twist of the toys and stories you thought you knew inside and out.

More on the Milimbo website.