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Keeping It Local

A few weeks ago in the midst of errand running one of our boys, after noticing the car’s exterior temp reader, cheered “Look mom, it’s 14 degrees. It’s really warm today.”  Scary but true. Here in the Twin Cities our mental states have been hanging by a thread with a good stretch of weather barely reaching the single digits. Finally the forecast is hinting at a bit of  warmth heading to town tomorrow. So for all you locals, why not celebrate by getting out of our overly-heated homes and heading over to the men’s Pop-Up-Market NorthernGRADE.

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This one has a new twist with the location in the downtown St.Paul James J. Hill Library. For a little background, NorthernGRADE is a gathering of quality retailers who all stand strongly behind their heritage, made-in-the-USA product. I’m hoping MartinPatrick3 will be selling their knock-out Terrapin stationery.


But if you can’t make it tomorrow, head to to Lunalux’s monthly Stationery Saturday next weekend where you can personalize beautiful cards on bright white felt-finish paper. Great idea for a Valentine gift! And speaking of the Hallmark holiday…


My friend Beth at fish&bee, located in Linden Hills, is hosting a kids’ card studio over the next few weeks. These studio sessions are built around a child’s imagination by using paper, fabric, glitter, painting and more to create their own artful Valentine’s Day card. Beth even suggests bringing the list of classmates! Contact Beth at eeceebb@gmail.com to learn more about the sessions being held now through February 11th.

Groundhog Day 2013

But good news local Twin Citians. Punxsutawney Phil DID NOT see his shadow so looks like spring will be arriving sooner than later. Go Phil!!

Mum’s the Word

Mother’s Day is just over a week away. And there are plenty of resources out there to make a mother, grandmother, sister, or anyone who represents a mother figure in your life, smile. Always good to start with a greeting.

Emmett noticed this card from Man vs. George as he was looking over my shoulder and thought his Nonni (whose partner is from Oz) would love this kangaroo image. Always nice to find a unique greeting for the individual.



 A library and book themed card is particularly perfect for Grandma Sally who is a lover of the library. This uses an authentic removable library card – it’s even tucked into a book card pocket.


Since dahlias are my favorite flower, (aside from gardenias, or course), I’m hoping my boys might point their dad in this direction.


Although this one symbolizes my life even more these days, sad but true!!

For all of you Twin Citians, there are a few events with Mother’s Day themes going on…

Lunalux’s monthly Stationery Saturday theme has Moms in mind by providing card options with orange flowers, red apples, and teal medallions printed with letterpress on cotton monarch flats.  Tomorrow (Saturday May 5) between 11-6 you can personalize stationery the old fashioned way and present a gift to your mother which you actually had a part in making. You could even call it homemade. Or get your husband down to Lunalux and have him do it. (See Nick in action below. An extra workout for the day.)


If you’d rather be creating a journal check out the gift making studio at eeCee bb. If you check back to a previous post of mine, making journals is quite the collaboration.

 eeCee bb 

Mother’s DAY
Gift Making Studios for parent and child
on offer now for your favorite sweet mama.
Make a unique artful present with
eeCee bb Collaborative Design
…with your child for YOUR mom,
or your child for his or her mom.
(that last bit is your cue dads…)

Since this is all top secret 
phone or email eeCee bb for more information
and to arrange a time for your special studio.
See you soon for lots of goodness and fun for MOM…

Of course, leave it to Martha to push the Make-Your-Own journal for Mother’s Day.

For those of you with less time on your hands…

The Just Between Us journal from Paper Source was created from a mother-and-daughter team who had been journaling together since Sophie was 9 years-old. Especially with life as busy as it can be, I believe journaling together is ideal for keeping a relationship as honest and sacred as possible.

 Last year for Mother’s Day I gave my mom this journal from Paper Source.

Although this was a gift to her, in many ways it’s a gift for myself and my kids. The interview-styled book asks questions like, “Who are the people you admire the most? What do you remember about the birth of your children? What music did you grow up listening to?”.  All those questions you wish you had asked your mom over the years, and even if you did, this journal documents the wonderful details of her life and can be shared for years to come.

That’s what it’s all about. Giving life to the parts of our lives which we value the most and honoring those with us today or with us in spirit.

Rocket Ships and Moons

Last spring I brought Emmett to his first journal making class given by my friend Beth Bogle at eeCee bb. To give you just a little background on Beth, not only does she design and hand make the most beautifully unique yet wearable clothes, she also collaborates with children and adults in designing their own clothes, journals, doll clothes and more. It’s a wonderful organic process to watch.


Although Emmett is normally hesitant to try new things, especially when it comes to crafts, he took to the warm environment immediately and started sketching ideas for his journal cover. Not too long into the process we narrowed down on his favorite, which at the time, were rocket ships and moons. Soon Beth started finishing off the end seams with red and blue string which matched his drawings. Emmett carried such a proud smile walking away from the studio. It’s now become his travel journal and who knows what else it will hold in the future.


Fortunately, for all of you looking for something to keep your kids busy over the holiday break, Beth will be featuring two designers’ studio sessions. Check them out:

Journal Design Studio is scheduled for Wednesday, December 28th from 1-3. $28 per designer.

Doll Design Studio is Thursday, December 29th from 1-3. Here’s a chance for your kids to make cashmere hats and scarves for their dolls – Bring your doll and a friend!  $28 per designer.

eeCee bb is located on 4409 Beard Ave South, behind Turtle Bread.

You can schedule your session either via phone at 612.812.3212 or email Beth at eeCeebb@gmail.com. If it’s last minute you are welcome to show up and see if space is open.


The wonderful aspect about kids beginning to journal at a young age is the freedom they feel when opening the pages for whatever reason reason they wish. Maybe it shapes into a travel journal or a list-making notebook. Or they might decide to collect leaves or stamps and display their book. Either way, not only is the journal their very own, but it was created by their busy minds and messy hands. That’s pretty cool.



P.S. If you are open this Sunday, stop by the studio between noon and five for an eeCee bb Sale with items ranging from $10-$30 for kids as well as other items 20% off. Feel free to email Beth to be placed on her mailing list for future sales and designers’ studios.