Cardboard Woodland Creatures, Guerilla Photo Shoots, Latte Art and Missing Bug…


We made some woodland creatures this week. Aren’t they cute?  Bug had fun feeding her cardboard friends in a cardboard warehouse for a quick photo shoot. It was like she was in a cardboard wonderland which makes me wonder what we’ll make next. Cardboard forest? Wouldn’t that be cool for a music video or something?  I love working for MettaPrints.


Speaking of MettaPrints, I’m working on some branding pieces.  Giant cardboard paper dolls!  Or maybe small paper dolls that we can mail to our customers. We haven’t ironed out the details yet.


Recently our cardboard deer and snowflakes went viral on Etsy so we’ve been making and shipping them like crazy. Then we got an order for some woodland creatures and we thought we had an order for a moose but it turned out to be a mouse.We made a moose anyway! Because we can.

Then we had to take photos of our moose because he was so awesome.  We took him to The Camp and did an impromptu guerilla-style photo shoot there without asking permission first. It was thrilling and dangerous.  I was afraid we were going to get kicked out with our giant cardboard animals because they have signs up that say “no photography” which is really kind of silly I think since everybody and their uncle has an iphone and is taking photos of their food or themselves. But whatever. We broke the rules with abandon.


Funnily, nobody even seemed to notice us.  We fit right in. We may have found our target market.

Oh, don’t mind us while we hang out with our cardboard deer. Just another random Tuesday, nothing new to see here.


I love these smaller deer. They are much sturdier than the big deer and oh so cute! I love all things miniature. I want to make them even smaller. I told Teri I wanted to be promoted to VIP of the miniature department. She said that could be arranged.


Check it out! Our cardboard deer in the wild!  Pürre was our first local customer so we had to deliver them in person, naturally.


Then since we were at The Lab/The Camp I had to stop into the Gypsy Den for some latte art. Some people collect tiny lighthouses, some people collect miniature glass cats. I collect latte art (and also vintage bottle brush Christmas trees, make a note of it). The baristas always think I’m crazy when I order it but I secretly think they like showing off.  I was quite impressed with this latte art.


And lastly Bug left me for a week.  She’ll be visiting her Dad’s side of the family for Thanksgiving and then staying up in Northern California for a few days.  Part of me is sad and misses her but the other part of me is really happy to have some quiet time to catch up on work. (I’m so behind!)  I’m also really excited for her to be with family. I know she’ll have a great time.

You’ll notice Bug is glued to the ipad. It’s not what you think. (Though it usually is. So it’s not like I can take any credit here.) I recently discovered I can download books from our local library via OverDrive. It’s super cool. You just punch in your library card and you can download any book that they have on their digital shelf. Sometimes even my books are there! I was super happy to find some  chapter books that Bug likes to read. The best part is they magically disappear off my ipad when they are due back to the library. No more overdue book fines!

Just thought I’d share. :)


New Coffee Shop in Town


Klink! Klink! Klink!? That’s me knocking on your computer screen. Is this thing on? I apologize. I think I forgot how to write blog posts which is really silly because I used to be really good at it. Anyway, I’m checking in because I need to roll some content around here so that I can show off my new banner.

See? Hit refresh. New banner! Going with a pool theme this month since that’s where I seem to be most of the time.

It’s actually been a real break through for me to take my laptop to the pool. Bug is happy swimming. I’m happy working. Happy Happy and the bills get paid! Woo hoo!

Bug can spend hours (literally hours on end) at the pool and requires very little from me. Just an occasional, “Look at me, Mommy!” I smile and watch while she does a summersault under water or figures out how to swim from the three feet to the eight feet all by herself. Seriously, she has taught herself how to swim this summer. No lessons. Just time. Hours and hours and hours of time at the pool. Who knew?!! Of course she’ll probably have lessons at some point to train the doggy paddling out of her but at least she won’t drown.

In other news, there is a new coffee shop in my neighborhood. This is amazing news because I now live within walking distance of every single thing I need. Grocery store? check. Bank? check. Post Office? check. Dumb Subway sandwich shop that I hate and Bug loves? check. Interesting Asian restaurants? check. Nail salon and Hair salon? check. Local farm with amazing produce? check! Nature preserve with trails for running? Check! It’s a great neighborhood. But it was sorely missing a coffee shop. There were some I could walk to but they were far. Far enough that I had to put on work out clothes and consider it a workout—which is good but not so good when you just want an iced coffee pick me up.

Of course dropping by my new coffee shop everyday is not so great for my budget (cha-ching!) but it’s amazing for my instagram feed. I’m thinking if I ask for a latte every day in a glass mug, one of these days I’ll capture some really amazing foam art. It might take a while though because the baristas are still kinda new at foam art but I’m thinking with some positive feedback we’ll get there.

I follow aguynamedpatrick on instagram and I dream of being like him, taking pictures of cortados everyday. What is a cortado anyway? We’ll just have to find out, me and my new coffee shop. It’ll be good for both of us.