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Chris
In the foothills of the Rockies.
My name is Chris Olson. I'm an editor/designer and mother of two—plus three dogs.
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June makes me excited about summer and vacations. The weather is warmer. Canoes, swimsuits, and flip flops are the perfect choice. This month's pattern collection is all about Lake Life. Some of my favorite places to stay on vacation are in a cozy cabin by a lake. There is something about the peacefulness and simplicity of the lakes and canoeing in the north woods. Maybe it's the absence of reliable wifi? I love hanging out on the water--in a canoe, a sailboat, and even an inner tube. My new pattern collection Lake Life was inspired by my love of the water. Today I'm sharing a little glimpse into my new designs. If you'd like to follow along, I would love to meet you over on Instagram or Pinterest! Fresh designs added weekly. xo Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Momathon Blog
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Today’s post is all about gifts that give back. It's December and I've got the perfect holiday gifts that also give to charity. In fact, I donate 100% of my proceeds from my Society6 shop to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Here you'll find my artwork on pillows, iPhone and laptop cases, hoodies, t-shirts and more. http://bit.ly/2gVQjiO Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Momathon Blog
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From sea to shining sea... A heartfelt THANK YOU to all the men and women who have served this country and continue to serve. And thank you to their families. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Momathon Blog
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One thing I know for sure: #everyvotematters. Vote today if you can. And if you are going to vote tomorrow, MAKE A PLAN. Like, what time, know where to vote, how are you getting there, etc. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Momathon Blog
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How has your week been so far? Here's hoping you have a lovely weekend. And just to make it even sweeter, why not throw a little kindness around too. xo Chris (Quote graphic by Chris) Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Momathon Blog
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Flowers always bring me so much joy. I grow them in my garden and scoop up bouquets at the market. I'm loving this bunch of blooms from Whole Foods. Hope you are having a lovely weekend. xo Chris Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at Momathon Blog
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Dreams demand hustle. Some days I feel like I'm pushing harder to get everything done than I want. However, I can say confidently that in the end, all that hard work does pay off. Each little step towards your dreams is an important part of the journey. That said, part of my journey has been supporting a cause near and dear to my heart. I donate 100% of my proceeds from this Society6 shop to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Check out my Society6 shop for gifts that give back. You'll find my artwork on pillows, iPhone and laptop cases, hoodies, t-shirts and more. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Momathon Blog
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A huge thank you to all the veterans and active duty servicemen and women who keep this country safe. God bless. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Momathon Blog
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Time to take charge of your happiness. I'm in charge of how I feel and today I'm choosing happiness. Sending positive vibes your way. xo Chris Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2015 at Momathon Blog
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What makes us fall in love? The clues may be in some of your favorite movies. My favorite romantic quotes below, including Harry Burns, When Harry Met Sally; Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice; Sam Baldwin, Sleepless in Seattle; Melvin Udall, As Good As It Gets; Mac MacGuff, Juno; and Augustus, The Fault in Our Stars. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at Momathon Blog
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Hi friends! How has your week been? Are you doing anything special this weekend? I'll be hiking with my dogs, checking out the farmer's markets, and going to the Colorado Rapids soccer game. Maybe I'll test a a new recipe... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at Momathon Blog
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Looking for a fun craft for Valentine's Day? This heart pin is easy to make. Wear the heart as a pin or attach the heart to a postcard to create a personalized Valentine's Day card. For this craft I use felt as the heart structure and add embellishments using embroidery thread, beads, more felt hearts, sequins, and even recycled jewelry. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Momathon Blog
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Celebrating the wisdom of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the blog today: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" (Artwork by Chris Olson over at Pattern Bliss.) Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Momathon Blog
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Can you believe it!? It’s almost time friends—and I'm sure you didn't need me to remind you or anything! If you’re at all like me and a bit behind on the whole gift wrapping front, then this post is for you. I’ve designed a free printable holiday gift tag for you to download. Just click this link below, download the love, print the tags—card stock paper works best—and get wrapping. Happy Holidays! And let’s all keep the merry going! xo Chris Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Momathon Blog
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I have a wonderful opportunity to team up with a foundation close to my heart. This December I am donating 100% of my proceeds from my Society6 shop to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Momathon Blog
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THANK YOU to all veterans and active duty service men and women for your service and sacrifices. Blessings to you and your families. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Momathon Blog
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Gratitude seems to be the common element that makes life the best. So here are seven ways to share gratitude—family tested and approved. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Momathon Blog
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Looking for Halloween party ideas? How about an easy last-minute costume? Check out my Halloween Pinterest board for party ideas and costumes including: an easy costume DIY Spider Shades, Coffee-Filter Fairy Godmother No-Sew Halloween Costume, Chocolate Marshmallow Ghost cake, Scaredy-Cat Brownies, Pumpkin Mouse Motel, Pumpkin Carving Templates, and much more. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Momathon Blog
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October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and your local shelter invite you to visit a shelter and meet your new best friend. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Momathon Blog
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a perfect handcrafted playlist for baking cookies, eating lots of pie, or doing dishes. Go ahead, pour a glass of pinot grigio and dance around the kitchen—it's the weekend! Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Momathon Blog
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I live in a pretty amazing place so staying home this summer is really very nice. I mentioned in my last post that my daughter has her leg in a cast and the typical summer vacation spent at a pool or hiking in parks is not an option. So driving around town and soaking up the sights just like the tourists is one option. The views only a few minutes from my home keep me coming back to this park. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Momathon Blog
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Do you ever get cabin fever? This summer my daughter has her leg in a cast and that really makes summer plans less fun for her. So I'm dreaming up some plans to keep her busy while keeping her leg... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Momathon Blog
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Summer is a great time for crafting. Finding a great craft book is a wonderful source of inspiration. One of my sources of inspiration are the "little sewing epiphanies" via Sarai Mitnick at Colette Patterns featuring classic sewing patterns. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Momathon Blog
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I'm soaking up the amazing colors of summer in Minnesota this week. Location: Westwood Hills Nature Center, St. Louis Park, MN. The nature center is located just south of I-394 and east of Highway 169. Parking and admission are free.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at Momathon Blog
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Can a short life be a full life? And if you knew your days were numbered, would you be the one with the courage to make it the bigger than you imagined possible? When author John Green writes about Hazel... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Momathon Blog