Amazing and nostalgic Halloween movies to get you in the spooky spirit.
Halloween is my favorite holiday! That’s probably for 2 reasons. I love any excuse to dress up in costume. Give me a theme and I will run with it. My husband and I once hosted a Jurassic Park movie night at our house with smoke machines, tiki torches, dinosaur masks, and an ambient rainforest playlist. My point is, it’s fun to go all out!
The second reason is that Fall is my favorite season. Shopping for school supplies, there’s a chill in the air, boots and sweaters, football season, apple picking, pumpkin patches, pumpkin flavored everything – I could go on and on.
I should also point out, I really don’t like horror movies. I’m such a wimp. I admit it. I can trace it all back to watching the movie It at a sleepover when I was 10 years old. I had nightmares for the next year. I was honestly scared of the dark and taking a shower. No, I did not go see the reboot that recently came out and never will. Hard pass, no thank you.
So if you’re looking for serial killers or demonic clowns, this is not your list. If you want to feel festive and nostalgic, you’re in the right place. Read More
Whatever you call your Dad – Griller of Meats, Helper of Homework, Superdad, Mr. Fix It – Father’s Day is an opportunity to say THANK YOU and I LOVE YOU to someone who raised you.
Saying thank you and I love you on ANY day is great, but I also like having an actual holiday that reminds me to send that card I’ve been putting off because I’m “too busy”.
It’s no surprise that greeting cards are my preferred way of sending my love. Duh, I’m a stationery designer. But sometimes it's hard to know where to start. How to put my feelings into words. Sincere words, authentic words, special words. Read More
Download and use these inspirational prints for your office or home to keep you in the right state of mind to get it done, whatever you’re working on.
All you hustlers, movers and shakers, money makers, go-getters, working hard to pursue your passion and follow your dream. Maybe you have a side gig that feeds your soul. Maybe you’re a small business owner figuring it out as you go. Maybe you work in a cubicle and need something pretty to help you through the day. This is for YOU! Read More
What I’ve learned about postpartum depression, baby blues, Pitocin, and other new Mom issues.
The other day I was scrolling through Facebook and an article headline caught my eye. Childbirth Drug Linked With Postpartum Depression. They didn’t even have to say the name of the drug, I knew what it was. Pitocin. Goddamn Pitocin. I knew what the medical study was going to say. I had been living it.
16 months after the birth of my daughter, I could see it clearly. It was only now, that I could see I obviously had been dealing with postpartum depression. With no previous experience with depression, I didn’t know what it looked like or felt like. I was afraid to look for answers. Afraid of finding out I was a monster.
I had asked my other mom friends how they were doing, how they were adjusting. They would agree, the newborn phase is hard. But deep down I think I knew my baby blues was a shade deeper than everyone else around me. Read More
Animal Pun Valentines to Print at Home for Your Children's Classroom Party
On Friday, I picked up my daughter from daycare and there was a cute little note in her bag. It was announcing their class Valentine's Day party. Toddlers handing out Valentines?! Come on, how adorable! Each child bringing Valentines to hand out to the class was recommended. Of course, I'm all in.
Time for some last minute homemade Valentines!
I'm a new Mom and daughter hasn't been in daycare very long, so the thought of a Valentine's Day party with her class hadn't even crossed my mind. I make greeting cards for a living and I hadn't even considered cards for children so small! I was excited, but unprepared and low on time. Read More
Don't Be Shy, Let Your Love Shine!
"One kind word can change someone's entire day."
If you're like me, it's difficult sometimes to show your feelings in a face-to-face moment. As a true introvert, I have to dig a little deeper for the Oscar worthy emotions.
Even though it can be hard, I know how important it is to tell those special people how grateful I am for them and how much I love them.
I find it's much easier to genuinely express myself when I can take a minute to gather my thoughts and put them in writing. I truly believe that words have power and should be used for good. Read More
It landed with a splat.
I whipped around frantically, scanning the floors to assess the damage, and there it is. A single piece of poop on the kitchen floor. Shit had happened.
My husband was teaching that night, so I was doing our evening routine solo. Our 13 month old was running through the kitchen naked and screaming with our two dogs close behind. She was not interested in a bath, but does enjoy streeking in the evenings.
At first I couldn’t determine who produced the poop – was it human or feline. When I heard the splat, I said “Freeze!” in my best concerned Mom voice. It worked like a charm, because all three of them stopped and looked at me, waiting for my reaction. When I got closer it was obvious that all signs pointed to the toddler. The evidence was a few inches from her feet and there was an “ugh oh” look on her face. Read More
Download Your 2017 Guiding Word
Instead of making unattainable New Year’s resolutions, there's a new approach to start the year off with some clarity and focus. I’ve heard it called a few things – one word intention, guiding word, or one word mantra. It doesn't matter what you call it, the concept is all the same.
If you haven’t heard of this yet, there are people who can explain it much better than me. I’ve listed resources below. The simplified version is to think about what you want to do and achieve this year. Make a list of words, whatever comes to you. Is there a common thread in your list? Is there a word that you feel drawn to that encapsulates the tone you want for this year? Pick one word to be your intention or mantra for the year. You can come back to it, let it guide you.
I thought a good way to keep my word on my mind would be to have it where I spend most of my day, on my computer, of course. So I’ve created some computer wallpaper downloads with words and beautiful landscapes to help inspire you and keep your intention front and center. There’s something about nature that brings a sense of instant calm. I need to feel more calm when I start my computer and begin working. Read More
100+ local San Diego makers come together for one day of holiday goodness. Shopping, music, food, drinks, crafts, and community.
I'm happy to report another Maker Arcade under my belt! Even though I was under the weather and ran the booth by myself, it was a great day. A long day, but great. I look forward to this market, because the crowd that comes out just gets it. They appreciate creativity and have a sense of humor. My kind of people.
Even though I’ve been exhibiting at shows for a few years, it still feels weird to promote my work. “Selling” does not come naturally to me. I do enjoy chatting with new people, so that’s how I think of it. Just a friendly chat with fellow San Diegans. It takes the pressure off me a little.
I’m always surprised with the amount of conversations I have about letterpress with shoppers. It’s such a treat for me, I love to talk shop! On one of the tables in my booth, I have an iPad on display with a short film showing me printing on my press. Seeing the old school machinery in action, often catches the eye of uninterested husbands or boyfriends while their partner shops for greeting cards. They ask questions about the press while their wife or girlfriend purchases a few cards. Win win. Read More