HOW TO: Budget-friendly “Skateboarding” Birthday Party Ideas

My son Charlie recently turned six. As an uber busy working mama, it was a mad scramble for me to throw together Skateboard-themed party decor. My party planning mission: craft elements by hand in a flash with flair AND on a budget. (The “Martha” in me insisted on some specials handmade touches…). So…with a little […]

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QUICK FIX: I heart “dishwasher” art

Quick Fix: This rainy afternoon, my son and I discovered that Summer Grass Designer Duct Tape makes a great impromptu frame! I heart “dishwasher” art.  platypus designer duct tape

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MUSIC MONDAYS: Mahalo Jack Johnson

I am sitting here wishing for some sun! It is rainy here in San Francisco. Chilled, I decided to dial up some Jack Johnson tunes to warm my heart and tap my toes and imagine myself soaking up some rays. Folk Rock Singer-Songwriter. Musician. Environmentalist. Dad. Surfer Dude. What doesn’t Jack Johnson do? You can’t […]

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Clutch this: “Modern Houndstooth” bag craft

Isn’t this fancy fashionista houndstooth clutch super cool? (Not to mention that amazing stack of bracelets….crave those! Because I have been wearing a wrist full of bracelets myself for many, many years…Ever since I bit the Madonna bug as a kid in the ’80s. Ha!). Well, you ladies can craft one for yourself – AFFORDABLY […]

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MUSIC MONDAYS: flashback to Raleigh’s Whiskeytown

                Given his roots, let’s talk North Carolina-raised Ryan Adams today. Rob & I really dig his music – and commitment to his craft. When Ryan fronted the alt country band Whiskeytown back in the 90s in Raleigh (we both lived around there then – and Rob still does along […]

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Making Some Tarp Art

Blame blog silence on New York City! I’ve been traveling…but good thing so. Because I stumbled on this awesome street art in the East Village + had to take a snap of it. Inspired me…Reason: I keep bugging Rob about making Tarp Art to hang in the warehouse (lord knows, it needs some sprucing!). And it […]

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Behind the Scenes: a piece of “cupcake”

We thought y’all might enjoy a behind the scenes peek at our recent “Bridal Luncheon” photo shoot. (Platypus People Rob and Louise really got down to business fabulously crafting!) While we can’t reveal all the photos yet, we couldn’t resist sharing this heart cupcake topper shaped out of Denim+ this cupcake wrapper made out of Blue […]

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A Quick Fix: Binder Clips

A quick fix: binder clips! When we saw a blog post written yesterday by Ashbee Design that suggested beautifying the humble binder clip with some Platypus Designer Duct Tape, we got inspired. (Thank you, Ashbee!) These little babies were dolled up this morning. A few minutes later, Rob’s desk was MUCH tidier and more cheerful too! (Hee.) […]

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MUSIC MONDAYS: Buzzed!

This morning, Rob + I are buzzing over some serious coffee + The Rolling Stones! (And I am really thinking I should order this fun mug from United Kingdom ceramist Keith Brymer Jones.) Our playlist: ~ Torn and Frayed ~ Sway ~ Brown Sugar ~ Loving Cup ~ Connection ~ Beast of Burden ~ Doo Doo […]

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A Quick Fix: Am Lovin’ A Little Bit of “Real Leopard”

Here’s a craft project that took about 5 minutes… Am lovin’ a little bit of  “Real Leopard” . Makes a big difference…and now I want to paint this stool to make it even more fabulous. An then will use it next to my bed to hold a stack of books. Meeeeoooow!

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