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Pins for a Purpose

As I sat down to write this post, I found myself struggling to find the right words to describe the last two weeks. There isn’t anything I can say that hasn’t already been said, and much more efficiently then anything I can articulate at this point.

53% of white women cast their vote for Donald Trump on November 8th. 61 million Americans voted for his campaign of blatant sexism, racism, and xenophobia. This is a candidate who openly described how he sexually assaults women on national television. “When you’re a star, they just let you do it…grab them by the pussy – you can do anything”. His philosophy was built around the very definition of discrimination, claiming that the United States should have a registry for all Muslim-Americans, voiding them of their constitutional rights. His Vice President-elect, Mike Pence has advocated for diverting tax-payer dollars to “conversion-therapy” for LGBT youth, and openly supports the religious freedom bill that allows businesses to discriminate against customers based on their sexual orientation. This is the campaign that so many Americans either identified with, or were able to completely overlook because they have the privilege of it not effecting them personally.

I have found myself looking inward after the victory of our new President-elect. I’m asking myself, what could I have done to help make a difference? What could I have done to help spread awareness of what this means for myself, as a bisexual woman, and the people I love? Maybe if I would have spoke up and raised my voice just a few more times, I would have been able to convince at least one other voter to reconsider their choices.

Now is not the time to be silent; it is not the time to become complacent. I refuse to let this be the new normal. It’s more important than ever that we get out into our communities and take action. Look for the causes you support locally, and reach out to see how you can make a difference. I guarantee there are hoards of people right in your neighborhood who are seeking to do the same right now.

feminist pins

With this in mind, starting immediately, 40% of each sale of both Dear Ollie’s Feminist Heart, and Fuck Yeah, I’m a Feminist pins will go directly to the National Organization for Women, whose purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.

40% of each sale of Uterus pins will go directly to Planned Parenthood, to support their ability to provide vital and comprehensive reproductive health care, sexual education, and advocate the public policies which guarantee these rights.

If you are local to the Lansing, Michigan area I urge you to visit LansingTakesAction.com for a list of safe places and resources where you can find more information on becoming involved.

Downriver Indie Craft Fair 2016

I had such a blast this weekend in Wyandotte! I participated in the Downriver Council for the Arts Indie Craft Fair for the first time. DCA is housed in a beautiful historic building that used to be a masonic temple.

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The Downriver Indie Craft Fair was both Friday evening and Saturday, and housed over 60 vendors! I saw some familiar faces, and had a chance to connect with some new ones. As per usual, I got so wrapped up in the day I completely forgot to take any photos! Seriously – I need to get better at that.

The top seller of the weekend was the “Light That Shit Up” birthday card! These lovelies are still available in the shop if you missed yours.

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I came away from the weekend with a whole bunch of new ideas. I’m ready to get working on some new designs and displays for the Spring!

River City MRKT Kiosk at Art Feast

I’m very excited to announce that the River City MRKT kiosk will be hosting a few of my goodies this upcoming weekend at Art Feast!

Amalia and Debbie have been so supportive of my work, and I am delighted to be showcased with such an amazing group of talented artists. 

Art Feast is this Saturday, August 15 from 10:00AM – 6:00PM. The art fair will be open the entirety of the time, and from 1:00 – 4:00PM there will be a Food Truck Ralley! You can check out all the details on the Art Feast facebook event. 

New Orleans

It finally happened. The boy and I took a vacation. It was the first time that we’ve truly “gotten away” since 2009 when we went to Boston! This Spring we packed our bags and headed out to a place we have both always wanted to visit, New Orleans. 

Nola was literally magical to me. To divulge a little bit about myself, I tend to romanticize everything that I haven’t experienced; places, jobs, travel, life experiences etc. Because of this terrible habit, when I visit different places, I can sometimes be let down as they don’t live up to this insane fantasy that I have in my head. New Orleans was everything I hoped it would be and more.  The city was so incredibly beautiful. The homes, the small businesses, the people, the energy – everything had this warmth to it that I can’t explain. 

We booked an apartment for the week through airbnb, which I highly recommend! The past few times we have traveled we used airbnb to find our accommodations, and have really enjoyed it! You get a completely different experience compared to staying in a hotel. We stayed in a lovely little neighborhood in the lower Garden District, just one block away from Magazine St. The location was perfect, and our little lavender and mint colored home was so lovely! 

Our flight didn’t arrive til a little bit later in the evening, so our first night there we stayed fairly close to the apartment and wandered up and down Magazine St, checking out all the little shops. Then we stopped for dinner at a little restaurant called Maya’s: Nuevo Latino that totally rocked my world. The food was creative and delicious, and the mojitos were on point. 

The next morning we woke up and had breakfast at this super cute little coffee shop, then headed into the Garden District for a tour. If you are traveling and want to do something touristy on a hella small budget, I highly recommend Free Tours by Foot. They host very comprehensive walking tours that are 100% free, then at the end you pay what you think the tour was worth, or just what you can afford. Our guide was awesome and hilarious, and we found out a lot of things about New Orleans culture that I don’t think we would have discovered otherwise. Plus, when she wasn’t on the clock she was part of The Bearded Oysters krewe, so mad respect. 

One of the reasons I have always wanted to go to New Orleans was Anne Rice, so it was pretty amazing to walk the aisles of Lafayette Cemetery, and finally see the house on First St. in all of it’s deliciously creepy glory. To round it out I picked up her newest novel, The Prince Lestat at the Garden District Bookstore. That’s the stuff dreams are made of, my friends. 

Later that afternoon we checked out the Audubon Insectarium, which was ridiculously cool. Expect to see some more bug illustrations fueled from this particular adventure.

Over the next few days we explored the French Quarter, saw some insane live music, had beignets and coffee at Cafe Du Mond, went to the World War II museum, enjoyed holding baby gators at the Jean Laffite National Park, and had the best damn hot dog of my life. 

I don’t think I have ever had a vacation that was as amazing as New Orleans! I seriously can’t wait to go back. 

River City Market

I am so ridiculously excited to announce that I will be participating in this year’s first annual River City Market

Created by fellow artists Amalia Boukos and Debbie CarlosRiver City Market is a design focused art and craft market showcasing mostly Lansing makers as well as artists and designers from other parts of the state.

This is such an amazing opportunity, and I can’t wait for June 6! Make sure to check out the website, rivercitymrkt.com, to see all the other fantastic makers who will be showcased at this event. Hopefully I’ll see you all there! 

Made in the Mitten

For the last few months I have been on a wild hunt for a more appropriate paper to print my cards on. I am very pleased to say that I have found a match! All Dear Ollie greeting cards are now being printed on paper made by French Paper Co. 

French Paper Co. is one of the last, small, independent paper mills in the United States, and it’s located right here in Michigan! When I came across their website I was so excited. Not only are they from the mitten state, but they are an environmentally conscious company and are  powered by fully renewable hydroelectric generators. 

I immediately called their customer service line, and next thing I knew they sent me a few samples, on the house! I choose the perfect weight and made a bulk order, which came in this insanely gorgeous box pictured above. I am proud to say that all Dear Ollie greeting cards are now being printed on heavy weight card stock from the Pop-Tone line, on a color so perfectly titled, “Sweet Tooth”. It all feels so fate-y to me. 

Their paper is also part of some seriously cool projects, which you can check out on the French Paper Co. blog

The Creative Exchange

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to participate in an amazing program called The Creative Exchange. The brain child of Sam from Dunne With Style, the project is not only an incredible creative outlet, but a way to further connect to an amazing online community of artists! 

Here’s the lowdown: 
Each person is partnered with another fellow creative and encouraged to secretly “stalk” them via instagram, their websites, blogs etc. After your investigation, you must put together a package of up to 8 items to inspire them to be creative. The entire time you do this, someone is doing the same for you! You are encouraged to share your exchange on social media with the hashtag #thecreativeexchange. 

For my exchange, I was assigned the amazing Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate. Kathryn is an awe-inspiring installation artist and stylist. After spending a ridiculous amount of time sifting through her online portfolio (seriously, you should check it out) I came up with a couple of ideas for her package. I wrapped everything up in Rifle Paper wrapping paper, because come on, it’s Rifle Paper. Even if I didn’t hit the nail on the head with my goodies, no one can resist those floral patterns. 

A few days after I sent it out, I was thrilled to receive a beautiful package from the ever so sweet Gina Paola of Gina Paola Design. I was floored at the amount of thought and love that went into this box! As soon as I opened it, I was greeted by a dapper looking Wes Anderson, so I was sold right away. 

I think I literally squealed out loud. What followed was a marvelous assortment of items that just filled me with the warm and fuzzies. Gina obviously did her homework. I’m sure you can spy all the ice cream paraphernalia right away! 

I feel so lucky to have been connected to these two inspiring women, not too mention the many other who participated in this season’s Creative Exchange. I am anxiously looking forward to the next round!

Mason Jar Bridesmaid Cards

I am so excited to share this little project! A couple of months ago I was approached by a dear old friend, (and bride-to-be!) to come up with a design for her bridesmaid cards. As soon as she told me her “pink lemonade” theme, I knew exactly what I wanted to do! 

mason jar pink lemonade bridesmaid cards

mason jar pink lemonade bridesmaid cards

For projects like this, a lot of times I will illustrate each of the components separately, and then put them together in Photoshop after the fact. This allows me to change the message easily, and better customize the details.

mason jar pink lemonade bridesmaid cards

mason jar pink lemonade bridesmaid cards

I had a ton of fun working on these cards, and I’m so excited for the happy couple! 

Layering Up with ModCloth

Last week the extremely talented Amanda of Cupcakes and Corsets approached me to see if I would be interested in putting together a layered look for ModCloth! Like she even had to ask. After we both put together our Polyvore boards I was not surprised to find we liked some of the same things! 

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I loved Amanda’s picks (above)! Here is what she has to say about her outfit:

I am normally a sucker for a printed dress but i love the simplicity of this green dress and adding lots of flair with the embellished cardigan fun boots and of course how can you resist this cute fox bag! My whole wardrobe consists of black,purple,green and floral print so instead of pairing this with navy or brown like others would i chose black. Its always classic. ModCloth has so many sweaters right now that I am dying over perfect for your layering look!  

Lovely Layers


As for my choices, I will be the first to admit, this entire outfit was based on the Bea & Dot Ikebana skirt. I am in love with the colors and pattern! I chose a chunky cardigan and booties to balance out the ultra-feminine qualities in both the skit and ivory top. And of course, I couldn’t say no to these incredible Cicada earrings, y’all know my bug obsessions. 

This was such a fun board to put together! Being in Michigan, layering is an essential component to Winter styles. 

If you get a chance, be sure to check out Amanda’s amazing Etsy shop, The Fancy Lady Gourmet. Her cookies are works of art, and taste INCREDIBLE. Her designs are so unique, and the level of detail she uses just blows my mind. As you can probably guess, I’m head over heels for her adorable ice cream cookies!

Printable Valentine’s Day Card

Instead of running to the store to pick up your last minute Valentine’s, try printing them at home! In the spirit of love, I am happy to offer this ice-cream Valentine’s Day card as a free printable! Because, come on – you can’t have true love without honesty, and we all know who my ultimate special someone is. 

I love you, but ice-cream comes first free printable valentine's day card.

This is an A2 size card, which means that when folded in half it measures 4.25 inches x 5.5 inches. Before printing, you can pick up some pre-cut A2 cards, from Staples, Michael’s, or if you are lucky enough to have your own local paper shop (swoon) I would try there first. Or if you don’t want to have 25+ blank cards on your hands, you can just make your own. 

I love you, but ice-cream comes first free printable valentine's day card.

– Take any piece of plain white cardstock – I usually prefer about 80# – and cut a rectangle measuring 8.5 inches x 5.5 inches. If you have a paper cutter, I would recommend using that. 

– Download the card printable at the bottom of this page.

– Place your cut cardstock, or pre-cut card into your printer, shortest side first. 

– Print your card, making sure to print under the paper size setting for A2 greeting cards. 

– To make a crisp fold, use a bone folder to score and fold your card in half. 

– Write your own message inside the card, probably something witty about how you’re just joking, and you promise you love them more than sweets – when really you and I will know the truth. 

– TaDah! Valentine’s Day is covered. 

I love you, but ice-cream comes first free printable valentine's day card.