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two kids, a big yard, and a closet full of art supplies.
Interests: art, motherhood, nature, baking, fashion, the weirdos of the sea
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hi Kym! Thanks for commenting. I did a little job searching earlier this year and yes, it was sort of frightening and bewildering. it's hard to remember what it felt like to have a "real job" and frankly I felt like I'd lost a lot of confidence about my skills (which is sort of what prompted this mini-crisis!). good luck with your search!
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2015 on six years ago today at white picket fence
Six years ago I was waiting for a baby and making some collages. January 17 was David's due date, and I still think about it as an anniversary of sorts. I'm so happy I have these journal pages to look back on. I haven't had much drive lately to make... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at white picket fence
We have this little fort-type thing on the kids playground in our backyard, it's not technically a treehouse but David started calling it that and it just stuck. It's just big enough for the three of us to sit in and I think I like it even more than the kids. :)
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2015 on 2014/2015 at white picket fence
we have those gingerbread pillows from land of nod too! I meant for them to be Christmas decorations but the kids just play with them year round... :)
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i shop in a super similar way, but I'm finding that as I get older, I have less of a need for "fast fashion" clothes... partially because I'm not into trends as much, but also because I have built up enough quality items in my closet that I don't need to buy constantly! When i was younger and had less money, but still trying to have a quality wardrobe, I relied heavily on 2 things: gifts from family members (j crew and anthropologie gift cards for christmas and birthdays go pretty far!) and consignment shops. you can always find high end jeans, nice tops, and purses at a place like plato's closet for less than half price.
glad to know I'm not the only person that emails myself constantly. happy new year Cripe family!
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In 2014 I... ...loved walking David to school, singing Taize songs in church, going to Tuesday afternoon yoga, reading library books, and having picnics with Norah in the treehouse ...made a zine, dozens of paper packs, 20/26 of an illustrated alphabet, and countless art journal pages ...spent four happy &... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at white picket fence
hey! they are printed on a superfine cardstock, which would work well with colored pencils or crayons! Some of the details are pretty small though, so if your niece is little it probably won't be able to be colored neatly. though that's not necessarily a bad thing. a few other people have asked this question, so maybe I'll add something to the post and the etsy listing.
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2014 on L is for launch! at white picket fence
L is for launch! The letters are IN THE SHOP. So many things to say! I thought I'd do a little FAQ about the letters (and yes, these are the frequently asked questions of friends, relatives, and shoppers who have seen the letters at a few craft shows.) Q. Did... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at white picket fence
More pages, more patterns, more silly faced paint daubs. So here's the thing. It turned crazy cold this week, and one or all of our family members has been sick for more than a week now. All non-essential activites have been put on hold, and if David didn't have school... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at white picket fence
I'm still really enjoying this little collage book. Painting and cutting, gluing and cutting, painting and taping. Giving myself permission to just play and be kind of weird. Which is sort of my parenting philosophy, too, come to think of it. Always drawing faces on things. My son has been... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at white picket fence
well hello there! I have some pages to share today, but let's start with a few other bits of news. 1. I updated by "about" page, or rather, I actually made an about page. It's here, or you can click on my little speech bubble profile picture over to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at white picket fence
what a nice comment Leslie! Thank you.
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2014 on new zine peek at white picket fence
I'm sooo close to being done with my new zine. It's turning out so differently than I initially envisioned, but I should have expected that, as my projects usually tend to take a pretty circuitous route. The tentative title is: "as always.: a collection of small collages and medium-sized thoughts"... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at white picket fence
The kids and I went to visit my parents this weekend. I feel SO incredibly lucky to have the family I do, and to be able to visit my hometown again and just completely relax. I feel like my real self when I'm there, you know? It's so comforting. Also,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at white picket fence
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Oct 6, 2014
hey! this is great. I've been reading your blog for a long time and this is a new story to me! I always find it interesting that things I did in high school, purely for fun (working on a website with my friends, making collages out of magazine images) have translated into things that are a big part of my adult life.
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Too bad the lines at Hot Doug's are 10 hours long now! We meant to go this summer but never made it...
yep, that's a hedgehog, over on the right side underneath the hammerhead shark. :)
I have a super small closet that I share with my husband, so I definitely have to clean it out on a regular basis. I find it's getting easier and easier because the older I get, the more I realize I don't need a lot of clothes and am a lot more thoughtful when buying new things (I had the same problem of a closet full of thrifted things that didn't quite fit, but I bought because hey! three dollars!!) If you're looking for quality boots, I cannot recommend Frye enough. They really are the best. I also have a pair of J.Crew riding boots that have been through TEN midwestern winters and still look pretty good. It makes way more sense to me to buy one new pair of $300 boots every 3 years, then a lot of cheapies that fall apart after a season.
Thanks for the link Julia! That looks like fun.
Thanks Kimberly! I'd love to hear more about your friend's work. Alphabet artists unite!
we love the Mr. Tiger book too! (actually I think I liked it even more than the kids.... :) ) Also, our library has Fishing in the Air as an audio CD / book combination, which is really neat and was a fun change of pace for us.
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Jill, thank you! That means a lot.
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2014 on mistakes & instincts at white picket fence
ugh. I have tried and failed on this goal so many times! maybe i should look into buying one of those habit books.