Spring Fever

It’s barely March, but my spring fever is in full force these days. I keep under-dressing for work, only because I can’t stand the idea of another day in long sleeves and multiple layers again. And don’t even get me started on wearing snow boots every. single. day.

This winter-weary soul is dreaming of green and flowers. They say we’ll get back to that someday, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

Till then, if you need me, I’ll be pretending I live in this illustration by Genevieve Simms.




Candy Color

I came upon the work of Hacco– illustrator Hatsuki Miyahara– while researching my pink post last week and was totally blown away. Her (his?) colors are, obviously, the first thing to notice, but I also loved how the styles mix contemporary and retro elements to create work that looks so fresh. And, you know, those colors.

Vintage Chicago

My mom sent me this link last week to a feature on vintage Chicago airline posters. I am forever a sucker for vintage travel memorabilia, and probably equally weak to items from my adopted city. Chicagoans get pretty sick of seeing the same World’s Fair posters from on display anywhere and everywhere (even if it is the nice one), so these midcentury airline designs are a lovely change of pace. And, besides Aqua, the giant Trump Tower sign and a few other contemporary buildings, it’s nice to see that not much has changed in the past few decades. You can still get a great view of Marina City from a boat on the river, and at least once a year you can expect to wait on a road lifting perpendicularly while the bridge is raised.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Oh, and thanks, Mom ; )

Images via Curbed Chicago.


Tickled Pink

When I was a kid, I was so intent on identifying as a tomboy that I never gave anything pink a second glance. Pink was for the kind of girls I definitely was not, so storing my art supplies in a magenta pencil box or carrying a bubblegum lunch box were completely out of the question.

We all mature, and for me that means embracing pink. Its baby steps, but who knew that a pink striped shirt or print with a pop of fuchsia on the wall would actually signal I’m an adult?

New Designs Sneak Peek

Exciting times over here in the studio– I’m just about ready to debut a few new 2015 puppet designs! Over the past month and a half I’ve been scheming (okay, actually, the scheming’s been going on for longer), sketching, sewing and refining some of my fave people to add to my repertoire of felt personalities. This year I thought it was important to focus on women, seeing as how my collection is sorely lacking in the boss lady department. I have a pair and a single design to debut in the next couple of weeks (and maybe one more if I can get the details just right). In the meantime, here are a few sneak peeks to get you excited.

Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 8.16.27 PMSketchbook pages I shared on Instagram a few weeks back.

16553899871_85fc2a2b50_cGetting super organized with my fancy biz goals wall.

Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 8.25.23 PMWorking out expressions to get the details just right.

Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 8.25.33 PMFrom a photoshoot a few days ago.

Stay tuned– all will be revealed very soon!

Awesome Lady Friends

In case you weren’t aware, tomorrow is Galentine’s Day, and nothing says “Ovaries before Brovaries” better than awesome ladies hanging out together.

Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe

Eleanor Roosevelt and Lucille Ball

Meryl Streep and Hillary Clinton

Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett

Gloria Steinem, Geraldine Ferraro and Cyndi Lauper

Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper

Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, Annie Leibovitz and Amy Poehler

Diahann Carroll and Faye Dunaway

Gloria Steinem and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Gilda Radner

Barbara Walters and Angela Lansbury

(Most) images via Awesome People Hanging Out Together (which, truthfully, needs to work on it’s lady content), Ladies of the 70s and Awesome Women Hanging Out Together.

Herman Marie

Years ago, I curated a show at Renegade Handmade (the now-closed brick and mortar outpost of Renegade Craft Fair) that included a piece by Kim Laurenti’s I Love Grey Skies in the show. I loved the haunting yet sweet feel of her mook pieces, and was thrilled to have her as part of that show. Then a few weeks back, while browsing Etsy’s suggestions of things I might like, I came upon the Herman Marie shop and instantly fell in love. These painted wood wall hangings were weird and a little melancholy and totally charming. And I was delighted to see that the shop was actually a new(er) project from none other than I Love Grey Skies’ Kim. Small world, right?

I was actually lucky enough to receive one of Kim’s Herman Marie pieces for Christmas this year. Someone in my house has a habit of looking through my Etsy favorites for present ideas– pretty good dude, eh? I still haven’t decided on the perfect place for my new bear, but for now he looks pretty happy peering out from behind my computer monitor.