Friday, March 26, 2010

The weekend!

Today was the first day in at least a month that it did not take me 45 minutes to get to the studio. We live 2 1/2 miles away - the reason we chose this neighborhood to locate our business was its proximity to our house. If the studio could not be in our living space, we needed it close by. But, it has proven to not have mattered - the construction in our studio's neighborhood is insanely infuriating. There have only been a handful of days since we moved in that have been construction traffic free. As hard as I try to keep my cool and not start my day off in a frustrated tornado, I am not always very successful. Most days I arrive feeling like I have lost almost an hour of my life that I cannot get back….that does not make for a good start to any day. I know I know, if I were more centered and more accepting of the ebbs and flows of life (and construction) I would embrace those minutes in the car as a time of solace and rejuvenation. But, when you're surrounded by honking cars and idiot drivers and people screaming from windows and sirens and bulldozers…it's hard to find that mental space. I do my best to try.

But, today! Today there was NO traffic! I am sure this indicates the start to a great weekend. We've rented a dumpster and we're getting back to working on the house - yay! Saturday and Sunday will be long satisfactory days hauling junk and plaster from the house to the large red dumpster. There is still so much to pull out of there and I'm looking forward to the purging of all the debris.

Ahhhh…there's nothing quite like looking forward to meeting the dumpster delivery person, eh?! Wishing you the same sort of weekend :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Moop bags make great baby bags

Looking for the perfect bag set to carry your baby’s stuff in? The Market Bag paired with a Letter Clutch will surely make life with baby just a bit easier.

pssst: there's a new color in the letter clutch...sand lined in bright teal!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Nothing is Impossible

I'm looking forward to this Friday's opening at The Mattress Factory. Nothing is Impossible. Two curators and five artists hailing from London and Dublin have addressed the idea that nothing is impossible.

"Artistic practice is considered a method of re-thinking our relationship with the world, of posing other possibilities, other narratives. The working material of the artist becomes the hidden and mutable possibilities of the physical, the social, the scientific and the political. This extension of the imaginary and confrontation of reality asks us to consider what role we play in the way things are."

I like to think of my role in the way things are. In many ways, we all must constantly consider our own relationships to the world around us. I'm intrigued by the premise of the show and looking forward to seeing the ways in which each individual artist has worked with the idea. If you're in Pittsburgh on Friday, stop by The Mattress Factory…we'll be there sometime after 7-ish.

p.s. I've heard a rumor that one piece is based off reclaimed tracks from Kennywood's famous roller-coaster, The Racer.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Pep talk

This kid will surely make your weekend. Every one'ya.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Many Thanks with Dina Sherman

Dina Sherman is a lovely person. She is an artist and musician and general positive energy maker and is having an exhibition of thanks. The opening will take place at the artist/designer run collective, It Looks Like Its Open, in Columbus, Ohio. If you are around that area on Friday eve, stop in and say hello. Here is the information:


Many Thanks
We gladly invite you to join Dina Sherman
this Friday, March 12th, from 6pm to 10pm
at 13 East Tulane Rd for an experiment in giving kindness currency.

There will be drawings (from Dina Sherman)! There will be warmth (from hearts)! There will be treats (from kitchens)!
Bring your good intentions!

It would be a joy to see you there!


You can find more information about the gallery space on their website:

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Wherein Bisquick makes me super Mom

Once upon a time I used to make pancakes from scratch. When Parker was small and even though I was a single parent, went to school full time and worked 2 jobs, I still managed to make most of our meals from scratch. I've always loved to cook. Preparing meals was as much an escape from the stress of my life during those first 7 years of Parker's life as it was a source of freedom and pleasure. With very little money and a willingness to experiment with ingredients, cooking became an outlet for me. It also served as my connection to the outside world. It was near impossible for me to go out with friends. I could not afford babysitters. Instead, I would invite people over, cook a warm meal and build my community around those exchanges. Breakfast, though, has always been my favorite meal. Years ago I found a pancake recipe in a Williams Sonama book. It has long been a favorite. If you have the time to make pancakes from scratch, do so. They're delicious. Here's the recipe:


Pancakes with Spiced Pear Butter

1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbs. sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
3 Tbs. spiced pear butter (I used apple butter, b/c who has pear butter on hand?)
2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
maple syrup, to serve

In a bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. In another bowl, whisk egg, milk, pear butter and melted butter until smooth. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined. Pour onto a preheated, lightly greased griddle. Cook, serve, enjoy.


Skip forward a few years - it's now 2010, Parker is 12, we run a business that requires 500 hours a week from both Jeremy and I, we're renovating a house and a commercial building and trying to make sure Parker has as many experiences as possible during her formative years. Needless to say, breakfast is not a meal that is made from scratch very often. A typical Sunday morning you will find us out to breakfast at some diner, somewhere in the city before we head to work. This morning, however, Jeremy left early for the studio, Parker & I are staying home today and we wanted pancakes. Did I make that delicious "from scratch" recipe? No, I pulled out a box of Bisquick. Now, let's back up a second - I have only on a few occasions in my life purchased Bisquick. My mother had an unending stock of it growing up, but many years ago I swore off processed foods, white flour, etc. etc. because it's all baaaad for you. But, something has switched in my brain of late. Now, when I grocery shop, I see things like Bisquick and think…that is an easy way to make pancakes. I'll buy that. Completely skipping over all of my convictions about food, how things are made, where they come from and blaaah blah blaaah blah blah. I'll tell you what. We made those Bisquick pancakes this morning and an amazing thing happened. Parker was grinning all through breakfast. She had an unsuppressed smile. She was giddy! It was as though I had surprised her and invited Taylor Swift to breakfast and then they were going to hang out all day singing Taylor Swift songs in Parker's bedroom dancing all over the place and trying on each others clothes. Bisquick did that. We would have been eating cold cereal had that box of Bisquick not been in the cabinet. And, to top it all off, the sun is shining and birds are chirping. I feel like that Old Spice commercial - I'm on a horse.

Monday, March 1, 2010

It's our birthday!

It's Moop's birthday! We're 3 years old! We want to say thanks to all of our customers and followers for the support you have shown us by giving a sweet 10% off everything in our shop. Our official birthday is March 3, but we'll be celebrating all sale runs 'til Sunday

Use the code: PARTYPARTY at OR in our Etsy shop (after all, this is where we got our start!), from now until Sunday, March 7th.

**using the code on our website is easy peasy. simply enter it where it says "coupon code" in your cart. If you want to place your order in our Etsy shop, place your order, pay for your order, then include a note with the code and we will refund the 10%.**