Creative Things

This is my collection of cool creative things for you to peruse – whether art supplies, art, neato little gadgets, design, books, whatever I find and love.

Don’t Forget the Thank You Notes • …

What?! We’ve come to the end of our 12 days of shopping roundup, and we’ve gotten to every kid’s favorite thing to think about: the thank you note. It’s true. Most people don’t realize that kids get as excited about…

Gifts to Help Along Those New Years …

Oh yes you did! You promised your sister you’d run that 5k with her and now you’re all planning how healthy and awesome you’ll both be in the new year, and you’re throwing around words like “kale”, “hamstrings”, “personal trainer”.…

Math Toys and Science Toys

I know it’s hard to believe, since I come across as dumber than dirt, but I was something of a math whiz as a kid. Perhaps I’m exaggerating a bit, but I actually sort of liked math, and I certainly appreciated a…

Gifts to STEAL From Loved Ones

This may have been my favorite gift post to write, because I got to virtually shop for myself. I basically just looked at everything on the internet and chose what I want. That’s the easiest way to buy things for…

Oh, So Tacky Christmas Gifts

Are you yearning for the tackiest Christmas ever? I always am. Tacky is fun, and there’s certainly plenty of it out there to go around, so I thought I’d have fun with this gift guide and go on a tacky…

Gifts to Open Minds: Reluctant Artists

Sometimes kids aren’t that into making art. Sometimes all they want to do is sit around torturing their sister’s Bratz dolls or setting fires in the back yard. Sometimes kids get a little older and think they’re FAR too cool…

What The %$#@! do I Buy This Person?

My husband is impossible to shop for. Actually, that’s not quite accurate. If I could buy him a $5,000 watch or a 1970 Porsche 911, he’d be quite content. Come to think of it, it’s hard to find gifts for…

10 Funtastic Gender Neutral Gifts for Kids

My dad visited a doctor once who bragged about how her grandson would never be allowed to play with “boy toys” because their family was not the type to force gender stereotypes and the child was comfortable with his masculinity…

Gifts That Give Back – 5 Cool, Feel-Good Options

My mom always did a lot of charity work when we were kids, but that was mostly because she grew up wealthy and that’s what those little debutantes did back then if they were being raised for a life of…

Advent Calendars: DIY or Buy?

Advent calendars were one of my very favorite parts of Christmas as a kid. The lure of waxy chocolate would shoot me from my bed every morning, down to the kitchen, where I would rip open the tiny cardboard door…

Spotlight: A Place For A Single Almond

Do you all know Miranda July? She’s this weird and cool artist/filmmaker who keeps popping up in my consciousness every few years and I forget to keep up with what she’s doing, but then when I hear or read about something she’s…

A Project to Accompany William Wegman’s …

I got an email out of the blue from one of William Wegman’s studio assistants, asking if I’d like to write a post about William Wegman’s new book. “You bet your ass I do”, I replied. Only I didn’t really…