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round about: crafting the future one link at a time

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Wow what a whirlwind of a month I’m having! I really feel like this is the year of creative opportunities and new job directions for me: it’s so much fun to see it all happening. This week I spoke at a Communicators Conference with the theme “Craft Your Future”. We talked about my background in toy design, […]

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round about: how to summer in the 70s

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This past week I’ve been obsessing over a presentation I’ll be giving next week. It’s all about living a multi-faceted life, which I’ve realized over the last 5 years is my favorite way to live. It used to seem like a problem to me – I always had too many interests and no way to […]

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round about: let’s go to the moon & live in this house

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In the past seven days I have drawn about 24 different new product concepts. It’s always a bit overwhelming at first, but simultaneously very invigorating. Once I get going things just flow, and by the end of a good day I feel, well, it sounds cliched, but I feel more alive. It’s funny how I […]

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round about: paper bag astronauts & fords make rocks

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You know that moment when all the projects that have been brewing in the background suddenly begin popping up and needing immediate attention? Yep. That’s how this week ended. And I have a sneaky suspicion the next 2 or 3 weeks will continue in that vein. Actually, there are enough fun, exciting, cool projects in the […]

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round about: the riveropolis & gilded houses

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It feels like this week the weather is finally on the cusp of shifting from cold, damp Spring to almost Summer. It’s not the biggest of shifts, but it’s enough here in Minnesota to greatly improve everyone’s mood! Between that and the fact that I get to spend part of my weekend completely engulfed in […]

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round about: messy utopias & the crocheted death star

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How was your week? Every May the inevitable happens: schedules fill up. Suddenly weekends are filled with plant sales and dance recitals and craft sales and other Spring extravaganzas.It’s like every organization that ever was wants to celebrate Spring with their Annual Hootenanny. I’m not complaining, because I love a good shindig (and suddenly it’s […]

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round about: snickerpoodles & paper flowers

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It’s Mother’s Day weekend everyone! For some moms, that’s a big deal, for others, not so much. Whether your day involves avoiding moms altogether, a big multi-generational brunch or you’re a tired mom just hoping for breakfast in bed, I wish all of the moms out there the best Mo’s Day in the history of Mom’s Days! For […]

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round about: national ukulele day

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Normally this would be my moment to sum up the week and share some of my favorite finds from round about the internet. But this week? Oh no, not this week. It’s National Ukulele Day people. And I’m in love with ukuleles. It’s something about their diminutive size and sweet little sound. They’re a little […]

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round about: retro twin cities & walking plants

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Wow it was a busy busy week over here! As a blogger, I’m feeling pretty proud of myself for sharing not 1 but 2 DIY’s here on the blog – did you see both the Watercolor Crystal Paintings and the Mother’s Day Box of Chocolates? It’s all thanks to Birdie’s full day school schedule – […]

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Round about: mini flower crowns & watercolor eggs

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It’s the week before Easter, when we’re lead to believe that Spring is well under way. You know, the bunnies and chicks are in abundance, the grass is as green as the fake stuff in your Easter basket, and everything is blossoming in technicolor flowers. Not this year! The snow is almost melted in my […]

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round about: New York City

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You may have noticed this week was a little light on blog posts, and a little heavy on Instagram and Twitter updates! I just returned from a whirlwind trip to New York City, and I’m still processing all the awesome that happened in such a short amount of time. The trip was sponsored by American […]

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round about: smiling rugs & color-coded pins

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This week sped by in a blur of random last-minute projects. It’s amazing how much more I can get done with Birdie at school full days. Yet I constantly feel like I didn’t get enough accomplished – I guess my goals just got bigger! But it’s hard to complain – between freelance projects, couple contributor […]

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round about: liquid sculptures & mountain pillows

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I think, as Spring Breaks go, ours was pretty dang fine. This week included the movie theater, the zoo, a big playdate at our favorite indoor playground, a painted ukulele, 6 painted canvases (mini sized), 3 treasure hunts, fabulous fancy foods, and possibly a water park if today goes as planned. I mean really, could […]

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round about: flower people & yarn keys

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I’ve spent lots of time over the last couple of months trying to wrap my head around my new and “improved” schedule. Birdie started full days at her Montessori school – which we were all super excited to see! But, it’s the end of an era for the two of us. I’m surprised to see […]

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round about: double exposed & construction dresses

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I think everyone in the northern half of the globe is having a rough winter, at least, that’s what the news is implying. But man, it’s like the land of never-ending winter here – where’s the evil Snow Queen? Why can’t we get rid of her already? It’s putting all of us on edge. And […]

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