I see BIG things…

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If you follow my instagram feed you’ve probably been wondering what is up with all the GREAT BIG GIANT cardboard things lately. Well, let me tell you! It’s so exciting and it’s really in the early stages so things could change a lot over the next year but I’m involved in a new start-up company called Metta Prints. They print anything and everything in large format and they cut them out with a giant robot. It’s pretty cool. I think we’re going to make a little movie about the process eventually.

Usually people blow up photos of their kids for birthday parties or life-size cardboard cut-outs of Justin Beiber or giant flowers for their walls…but they’ve partnered with me to blow up graphics. SAJ graphics! You know me, I’m all about the cardboard. We’ve been making all kinds of things.

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Giant Eiffel Towers, giant ampersands… Yes, Secret Agent Josephine in Paris is supposed to come out this fall. I’m going to make a giant SAJ character next and hide her behind doors and freak everyone out. It’s going to be so much fun.

Basically right now I am helping Metta Prints build their website so we are making things and photographing them. The site works but it’s very much in beta stage right now. If you want something big, like really really big, just hit me up. I can make it happen for you. Eventually we are going to have contests and giveaways and all kinds of fun things. There’s talk of a Build Your Own Monster interface. How fun would that be?!! We might make furniture and giant cardboard castles. Who knows…the sky’s the limit. Actually, I think eight feet is the limit but that’s plenty big enough for me!

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If you are a photographer and you are looking for props or maybe you’re having a family reunion and you need a giant cut-out of the family name you might want to keep Metta Prints in mind. Email me. Wouldn’t a giant ampersand be the cutest thing for engagement photos?

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You think on that and I’ll go drink my BIG GIANT COFFEE and wait for you.

Round-up at the Kelp Rodeo

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No, I didn’t actually wrangle any dolphins with my kelp lasso. That would be cool though, wouldn’t it? I was actually just at the beach with Jennui, (a blogger friend from way back). She is visiting from Canada and when she and her husband made some squeamish faces to each other when I stepped on a few kelp pods I couldn’t resist. What’s gross about stepping on kelp? It’s not gross! It’s cool. It pops like bubble wrap and it’s fun to play with.

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Kelp is amazing. You can play jump rope with it and swing it around your head like an idiot. I love kelp. It doesn’t seem smelly or slimey to me. It smells and feels like the ocean, like a fresh wave of ocean water. Don’t even roll your eyes at me. They sell hair products with less alluring descriptions.

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Anyway, I also wanted to use these images as sort of a “round-up” of what is going on with me these days. I really need to get back to blogging every day because now I feel incredibly behind and if I post anything it’s going to take paragraphs and paragraphs of explaining because there’s so much back story! And I have no time for backstorying!

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So whatever. Onwards and upwards.

The biggest news these days is that I’m teaching a water color class for Craft Cabinet on April 12th. I’m terrified. I’m not a teacher. There is a reason I don’t homeschool. But teaching is what I’m going to be doing and to make matters worse they’ve written me a grand-sounding introduction that intimidates even me. I am not an expert at water-coloring!

Eeek!

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My plan is to rely heavily on my “perfection is not important” mantra and really show the class how to make some water color messes. Then we’ll let it dry (while I push glasses of wine on any critics) and add some pen and ink on top. We’ll pretty-it-up and call it art. I hope I can do it. I’d say rush over and buy some tickets so that you can cheer me on or make fun of me but I’ve heard they are nearly sold out. Can you believe it?!! So much for my plan to pack the house with my friends. So pray for me! Pray that I am the best water color teacher ever and that I can manage to keep the shakiness out of my voice.

Other news!

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Last week Bug and I went to Bethany’s. We had a “Messy Art Day” sponsored by The Honest Company so I could write this post. It was such a blast. We played Twister with paint and then did face-painting. We tested out some crazy ideas for an art party that Annalie might be having for her ninth birthday party coming up next month. I can’t wait!!

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Then we did some crafts for theshiksa.com for Passover. One of the crafts won’t make it on the blog this year but it will probably show its face next year. So check out our painted sedar plate and finger puppets if you are celebrating passover…or you happpen to be a sunday school teacher/homeschooler/crafty parent and you are going over the ten plagues. (Though the Jewish translation says the 4th plague is wild animals. I did illustrate swarms of flies if anyone would prefer some puppets with that translation.)

And that’s it, I think.

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Three cheers for kelp!