Monday, December 31, 2012


Hello and H A P P Y N E W Y E A R ' S E V E ! ! ! ! ! !!!
I am looking forward to's going to be a fantastic year!
We have so much in store - an upcoming house move (which I'll tell you about soon...but, the photo above is a sneak peek!!), a few fun projects, an inspiring schedule of things to do and make.  I really can't wait!  We have been through so many changes over the last few years and I've always entered each new year with optimism...but, this year...especially this year...I feel like we're beginning on such solid footing that it makes me thrilled for the adventures to come in the next 12 months.
And with that, I'll leave you to ring in the New Year!
Have fun and stay safe!!!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The end of the year...

I love Christmas Light time of year…so much craziness ensues in our Pittsburgh neighborhood!  This is our neighbors house. I'm pretty certain it has the most lights on our street.  I love how wacky and fun it is.  It makes me smile every time I walk by.

I'll be quick today but, I just want to take a minute to wish you all a happy end of the year!  I love this time of year because I get to spend time with friends and family and lounge about with books and baked goods and conversation and cocktails and parties and gatherings.  I fell very lucky to have had some of the most wonderful people come into my life this year.  Jessica and Gena (my right hand mans) have been so much fun to work with.  They make every day feel a lot like not work while we all make our bags. We've had a few big changes, too!  We sold our renovation project house..which was a big relief!  And, there are new developments on the horizon…I will post details as soon as they become finalized.  But, they're exciting!!! And, it's taken a lot of restraint to not tell you about them already! soon…soon…

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Today is 12.12.12 !!!  Such a weird thing to have these interesting line ups of dates and numbers.  Or maybe it's not.  It's really just us moving through time and space and doing stuff and eating stuff and making stuff.  hmmm…I don't know… I guess I don't have a whole lot to say about it.  So...  Here's a picture of Clyde eating my calculator. 

Now the real date you should have on your calendar and etched into your beautiful brain is this coming Saturday!!  December 15th!  We're having our open studio sale!!  We will have lots of bags available to look at and purchase and lots of seconds (which, as you know, are rarely available).  So, I hope that we will see you there!!  You can join the facebook page by clicking here!

Also...don't forget...Free US Shipping at until December 17th with the code: happyday entered upon checkout!!!

Friday, December 7, 2012


Did you see the new bag?!!

The Paperback Mini

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Also, did you receive the newsletter? If you did not, then you did not receive our last holiday discount code of the year! better sign up! And, in the mean can read it here :)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Moon and The Cosmonaut

Jeremy and I try to have a date night once a week and in the last year, we have made it a habit to walk to our going out spot.  It means our options are limited as there are not many restaurants or bars near us but, one thing I love the most is our walk to and from.   It's dark and calm and quiet and the moon and the stars are out. It has become a weekly ritual I love dearly.  

When I was 15 or so, my family went on a cross country road trip and stopped in The Badlands.  I don't remember a whole lot about it…I think we saw a corn palace either just before or just after.  But, that night, in The Badlands, it was as though I was breathing in stars.  I will never ever forget that visual feeling.  

Right now, it seems everyone around me knows about my love for the moon and the stars and the cosmonauts because several of my favorite artists have made recent work that I instantly fell in love with.  

One of my long time favorites and three of my favorite people, Valerie, Paul and baby Ayla at Tugboat Printshop have a new print in progress: The Moon - You need this in your home. And, so do I.  

And, Dan at Commonwealth Press has a new print of Yuri Gagarian, the Soviet Cosmonaut.  

Both of these are produced in the most labor intensive handmade ways, which makes me love them even more.  As someone who spends their days making things, I have a great appreciation for what goes into meticulously creating something.  I'm happy to say I was able to pick up a print from Commonwealth last night at their sooper fun open studio party.  Jeremy and I talked to Dan for far longer than any two people should at a big party (sorry, Dan! we hogged you!) but, it's so exciting when we meet a fellow small business owner who owns and operates their business in a similar manner to our own.

You can read more about Tugboat's hand carved block printing process here and here.
And, you can read about Commonwealth's process here (I read this over and over.  I'm not a printmaker so learning about half tones the way Dan describes his process pretty much blew my mind. And made me want to learn the process for myself. I hope you have the same reaction).