Oh Yeah Buttons Rock

These buttons were designed as a small take-away gift for a job I did last year. The team was looking for something fun, not breakable and not too expensive that each guest who visited the space could take home to keep. I placed hundreds of these buttons in a clear bin with a decal on the wall above that said ‘take one’. They worked beautifully and added such a happy little extra to the whole experience.

Bonus of the gig is that my kids thought they were pretty cool too. They’ve put them on their backpacks and their jackets, and we’ve given some as gifts too.

Button art designed by me and the lovely Angie Coussirat of Noted. And ordered from Shutterfly.
Clear plastic Looker Bin (not pictured) from the Container Store. I used the largest one.
Photography by Rebecca Sanabria, who I would definitely give the “you rock” button to!


“I really regret playing,” said no one ever. Here is where I will share a photo that could make me happy forever. If you’d like to see all of the photos in my PLAY, PLAY, PLAY series, click here.

{ Nothing but heart eyes for these two shaggy dudes. }

Feliz lunes everyone!
Photograph by Brooke Schwab.

Holiday Collection 2019

The holidays are coming, and you might have a zillion things on your to-do list…but I hope you don’t! I hope you find a ton of time to play and hike and snuggle your loved ones. Or at least, you navigate all the busy-ness you do have like a rock star.

And I also hope you make time to send a holiday card. We can all post a photo to social media in a second or two, but this is different. I feel it myself, and I see it with my kiddos as our mailbox fills up. Being able to hold a card that came straight from a loved one connects us in a way we don’t often do these days. If we’re on your mailing list, feel free to send us a holiday card, a Christmas card, a Hanukkah card, a Naw-Ruz card… because sending something that makes you happy—makes us happy! With so much negativity and division between humans these days, this is a tactile reminder of some of the good. Quite literally sending a piece of paper with the sole purpose of wishing people well! How simple and lovely is that? One tiny thing that brings JOY, one act of kindness that hopefully leads to more and more kindness. It connects us and reminds us of the good in people and in the world.

My husband and I stuff and address our Christmas cards together with our kiddos. We talk about the people we are sending them to, we tell stories, we make fun of each other and how crooked they put on address labels. I’m grateful for the time together and the happiness shared.

Click a card below and it will take you straight to the page where you can purchase via Tiny Prints or Shutterfly. And thank you. Your purchase helps my family, and I am so grateful. Let’s all go spread some JOY.

Color-FULL People

In the very early morning, I normally wake up with a soft, little face directly in my face saying something like, “MOMMY! Did you know that baby bats are the size of a grapes?” Or MOMMY! I need some paint.” Or I might just wake to the sound of Imagine Dragons blaring from their record player.

While a “Good morning” at the crack of dawn would be nice, I gotta admit it might be kind of boring too. There is never a dull moment when you hit the ground going full speed every. single. morning. Which I love. But I do have adult-y things that need to get done each morning as well. So I created this art project, set it out on our living room floor and told them the concept. It has given me ample time to feed our dogs and feed our fish and get breakfast started. Yet on other mornings, I decide to ditch my grown up duties and create with them… so everyone gets a banana for breakfast (well everyone except the dogs and fish!).

I told the kiddos that they could make color-FULL people. They could make themselves, they could make people or characters they know. They could make rainbow people. Or polka-dot people. All the people! Any kind of people their creative brains could imagine. They have had so much fun with this project. Clever details such as bow-ties, sunglasses and hats were quickly added. And the different hairstyles they came up with were: crew cuts, curly hair, bobs, bowl cuts and “lego hair”. I truly adore what they have made.

A few tips:
I pre-cut the heads and necks. It gave them a great starting point.
I put all of the supplies in trays and little buckets, which made it feel special.
I kept it simple. No paint, no pompoms, no glitter. (Simple is NOT bad! And I didn’t have to clean up unnecessary messes afterwards.)
I left this project out on our living room floor for multiple days, leaving them the option to meander over and make whenever they felt like it.

Supplies needed:
Construction paper
Glue sticks

I am a huge fan of art projects where your kids do most of the work themselves, and you don’t spend 7 hours prepping and buying supplies. See Simple Summer Drawing and Big Paintings.

Photography by Rebecca Sanabria who loves art projects. And tacos.