March 2013

Happy Friday: Happy Easter

by Cat on March 29, 2013

A designing mommy’s kind of egg…Pantone specified of course! For a great roundup of egg projects check out Mommo Design. And have a Happy Friday and weekend everyone!

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Make: Shirt to Pillow

by Cat on March 28, 2013

Today’s Designing Mom blog pick is a terrific shirt to pillow DIY from Designing Mom Ruby of MyCakies. I have been searching weeks for just the right pillows and having no luck. The soft, sleek fabric pillows don’t have desirable designs and vice versa. So when I saw Rubyellen’s conversion of an old shirt into a pillow I realized the solution was right under my nose. Do you have an old calico sundress…or a great herringbone shirt (with a hole in the shoulder) from your hubby?

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a clean room

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Love the kid bedroom picks via  The Boy and the Boo.  Isn’t it great how a little stuffed rain cloud or vintage stove can instantly personalize a room?

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Pinata Party

by Cat on March 26, 2013

I’ve always shied away from the term super mom. But I embrace “super crazy mom” because I’m sure all of us have felt both crazed and abominable trying to balance things. Today I give the title over to Designing Mom Shinmin in the utmost flattering and loving manner possible. She is a bonafide Super Crazy Mom for her wonderful 4th Birthday party for her daughter Mila. She stayed up every night for a month to hand-sew aprons and make personal tote bags for each of the lucky party-goers. How special and lovingly crazy was that gesture?

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Guess who paid our studio a visit recently? The ladies of Gooseberry Press came over to show us their latest products (I have loved their city totes for quite some time) and we were thrilled at all of the amazing new designs and products. Founder Nina allowed Megan at the studio to take some photos and ask her about what it’s like to be a mom and also a creative business owner…

 

What inspired you to create beautiful hand-lettered designs?
I have always been interested in art and design.  Even as a child I enjoyed drawing and creating my own books and cards.  Even though my education took me in a different direction career-wise, I’m happy to be following my passion now that I have my own business!
How does your dedication to an eco lifestyle effect your designs?
It is my philosophy personally as well, so it is just a natural extension to do the same with my business.  Finding the right printer and locating the right materials took some time, but now I have a great network of contacts that I can rely upon for quality and like minded eco-friendly practices.
How do you balance running a business and being a mother?
Well, that has been the most challenging part of running a small business!  My studio is in my home and when my child was very young (before she was of school age) my schedule revolved around her activities.  Now that she is in first grade, I find that if I keep to a strict work schedule things work out more smoothly.  My calendar is my best friend :)
How do share your love of art with your daughter?
On any given day you can find us working on a new project.  Once per week we have a “Maya-Mommy fun night” where we send my husband out to do something with his buddies and we do arts/crafts, have a fun dinner and watch some tv.  It is great!  It is also wonderful to see how she is becoming more interested in trying new art techniques.  She loves crafty tools and has her own art kit.
You seem so calm and put together! What do you do when life becomes too hectic? 
Wow, thank you!  Actually things are hectic more often than not.  I write lots of lists and try to stay as organized as possible.  When things get overwhelming I like to go for a walk and clear my mind.  I think it is super important to not neglect yourself especially when you have to balance family life with work life.
What advice do you have for moms who want to start a business?
Go for it!  It is so rewarding to be able to follow through with your plans and dreams and spend quality time with your family.  Find what works for you and get out there.

 

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