I feel like I have the best job in the world but even so it’s hard to be away from my tiny band of tykes. Right now, Jaime and I are hard at work against a quickly approaching book deadline and I’m spending more hours that usual tied to the desk of my studio office, so when Stickygram asked us to try out their lovely little Instagram magnets, it felt like the perfect excuse to spruce up my work area with some of my favorite photos of my favorite people.
Now I’m ready to tackle book chapters surrounded by everything that inspires me, so I thought I would give you a little tour of my desk on this rainy Friday morning. Is it raining there too? Some people work best in a simple clutter-free environment. Me? I like to be surrounded by tons of visual inspiration and don’t mind things a little busy, which is good because things always seem a little busy.
My favorite part of my desk? A sheet of metal from the hardware store, turned magnet board, and screwed to the wall above my desk. You can also use an oil pan or a few cookie sheets. Just make sure it’s magnet-friendly before you attach it.
Read on for the scoop on my desk and a sweet discount to try out Stickygram on your own.These magnetic jars from ikea are similar to the babyfood jar magnets you can make and I use them to hold everything from ribbon scraps to change, to small, easy to lose tools and even loose change. A few of my new fabric samples hang out where I can soak them in, along with pretty inspiration I find along the way. These Stickygram magnets are from a sheet I made with all of my favorite memories from Summer 2013.
On my desktop, you will always find my laptop and Wacom Tablet, some fine colored pens and a moleskine for sketching and notes, Coffee in a cute mug (or thermos if it’s going to be a marathon,) my phone and a cute speaker to keep the Spotify sounding good, candy, tissue, pencils and a quick stationary solution like these new Art of Instruction postcards for thank you notes, gift tags, and impromptu snail mail hellos.
A snowy view of Narraganset, Rhode Island, where Rick & I were married, sits next to a pin cushion that my mother, as a girl, embroidered of my grandmother’s home and a Stickygram of one of my favorite drunken ideas from Mom 2.0, the meat wine charm. Why would you go anywhere else for your DIY inspiration? We are obviously geniuses. One more quick tip… recycle your kids used drawing paper for to-do lists. It’s fun to look at and saves the earth, you super moms.
I couldn’t resist making a whole Stickygram sheet of Gordon’s Batman escapades. These will no-doubt make a great stocking stuffer for the folks on my list who are still belly-aching that it’s my duty to send physical copies of photos rather than Facebook and Instagram updates. Ok fine, it is my duty, I know.
A California Raisin caricature with a frighteningly accurate resemblance, the invite to my pal (new mom) Kate’s glorious Italian wedding, one of my dad’s notorious birch bark postcards, a few of my sketches that will soon be fabric, and a splattering of paint swatches I’m considering for home updates. And how could I not mention the Tom Brady football card my nephew Lance wrapped up for me last Christmas, Boy’s and their boy-love, it’s seriously is too much for my heart.
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