Friday, June 10, 2011


I can't believe another Friday is here.  The last few months have been a whirlwind of work, family, projects, spring sports and the wrapping up of another school year.  Parker finished 6th grade yesterday.  She was awarded the Citizenship Award for her school, honoring her willingness to help anyone at all times and her ability to make everyone feel welcome.  This makes me so proud!  She has had a difficult time socially since moving to Pittsburgh.  In part due to the age, kid politics and being the new kid - but sadly, she has not been welcomed into the school community in the way in which we had hoped.  It's been a rough year.  Lots of tears and frustrations and really mean kids and attempts at friendship that inevitably fell apart.  95% of the kids at her current school have completed their entire education there.  And many had parents who have lived in this same community since they were born.  This can be a hard thing to break into for transients like ourselves.  So to find out that through all of the socially difficult situations, she has still been able to be nice to everyone and help out where needed made me feel very proud…and reminded me that this kid can weather just about anything.  She's fantastic. 

Jeremy installing.

Ok…so now that I've gushed on about my daughter, let me gush a bit about my husband.  Jeremy has been working like a dog the last few months on several large projects.  Most recently, an installation for the Wood Street Gallery at Katz Plaza in downtown Pittsburgh.  The Post-Gazette just did a nice article about him and the piece, which you can read here.  It came together beautifully and is installed next to one of my favorite public art installations, Tony Tasset's Magnolias for Pittsburgh.    If you are in downtown Pittsburgh over the next few weeks (i'm not exactly sure how long it will be up) stop by and listen.

And, now that I've gushed all about my family, let me gush about Jaime Beck!  We have been working with her for the last few months to photograph a number of bags from our collection and I could not be happier with the results.  Here are a few of the images she created for us.  Aren't they beautiful??!!

The Paperback

The Waxed Canvas Small Messenger

The Waxed Canvas Letter Bag

Have a nice weekend!!


  1. Congrats to your daughter and your hubby and you too. I truly enjoy your posts as the remind me as I make my own entrepreneurial journey to keep it all in perspective. The bags look great by the way.

  2. Parker- I promise that life is much better than sixth grade. Keep your chin up and keep being kind. Good things come to those who wait and you will reap the benefits of your kindness through a lifetime of true friendships!

    Beautiful new photography!

  3. we moved a lot when we were younger and were often the new kids at a school. middle school was definitely the hardest time to move. what bravery on parker's part and what a wonderful testament to you and jeremy as parents! your family never ceases to amaze.

  4. Please let Parker know how fabulous it is she won the award and that we're all with her. Middle school was definitely not a happy time for me, personally (I started 5th grade in an urban school district -- Oakland, CA -- after being in a suburban one where I knew everyone) -- and not for my 14 year old son. Yes, things will get better!

    Thanks as always for sharing so much, Wendy. Now I'm off to read about Jeremy's projects (and to look at all the new photos of your bags).

  5. I was in the same boat as Parker, new kid at school every couple of years...tell her BRAVO, from me, for persevering in being who she is.

    There will come a time when she finds other kids with whom she shares a "rhythm"'ll happen in the blink of an eye.

    Kudos to you and Jeremy for raising Parker to be such an outstanding young lady.

  6. Love the photo of in front of the flower stand! It's amazing, and the colors are so vibrant!

    - Jessica

  7. Kids can be so crappy to each other and while Pittsburgh is a big city, it can still be pretty small minded. It's wonderful that you can work your business hours around Parker's summer vacation and you'll never regret it. You just keep on doing what you're doing!

  8. Oh middle school - you can be so sucky sometimes. I moved from New York to California at the beginning of my eight grade year. Talk about being displaced. It DOES get better - maybe there are some clubs or outside activities she can get involved with, like 4H - she seems like she's an awesome gardening gal.
    P.S. - Pennsylvania is weird that way too. I think it took me over a year or maybe two to feel apart of something- and I am an adult.
    And I LOVE the photography. LOVE IT!


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