Our Library Loot - Hidden Picture Books

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We're starting a new blog series called, Our Library Loot. The library is one of my favorite places to take the kids to these days. This is because it's free educational fun and another way to unplug. The kids really enjoy bringing books home for us to read. We love searching for books with great stories, but we also love looking for ones with great illustrations. It's visually fun for the kids and inspiring for me as an artist. In this series, we'll be sharing our favorite books from our library loots...whether it's a certain story, theme, a collection by a particular author or illustrator, we'll be sharing them with you!

In this post, I wanted to share the specific type of book my kids are interested in right now. They are always asking for hidden picture books or "I Spy" books. When I say "I Spy", I am referring to those like Where's Waldo or the I SPY Books by Walter Wick. Besides the books I just mentioned, these three below are their current favorites. We just renewed them for another 20 days! Each title, author and illustrator listed are linked to their source reference. Click through and check them out!


Welcome to Mamoko by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski

I love this one because both you and your kiddies get to be the storyteller. There are very limited words to this book so you can create your own story and describe what the characters are doing by what you see! Not to mention the illustrations are pretty amazing, too. We love the whole concept of this book! It's the next one on our list to purchase. Click here to find the book online. I also checked out the writers/illustrators' website and their other books and art are phenomenal. Check them out here. It's fun to listen to the kids say, "Mommy, I want to read Mamoko!" hehehe...Mamoko.

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Yoo-Hoo Ladybug! Written by Mem Fox and Illustrated by Laura Ljungkvist

This book is a simple book in terms of storyline and illustrations, but the kids enjoy reading it over and over. I think it's mostly because saying the phrase, "Yoo-hooooooo Ladybug...where are youuuuuu?" is pretty catchy when trying to look for the ladybug on each page. You can view it on Amazon by clicking here.

 

Hide and Snake by Keith Baker

This book is super fun! I was pleasantly surprised that the kids had to take their time looking for the snake on each page. I appreciated the artist's attempt to make it a little more difficult rather than so obvious to hide the snake. The sketchy and painterly quality of the illustrations were lovely along with the vibrant use of color and patterns. We definitely recommend checking this one out. You can see more of Keith Baker's work on his website, here.

❤ Lauren

Have you read these before? Do you or your children have a favorite hidden picture or "I Spy" book? Please share, we'd love to hear about them!

 

The City Flea - August 2014

We're back to selling at The City Flea for the fall season! Showcasing our new products for the first time was so much fun! THANK YOU to all who came by our booth to say hello! We truly appreciate your love, support and feedback. It was a great turnout and thankfully the weather held up. This time last year, the City Flea had about half the vendors they have now. It's exciting to see how much it has grown :) There were so many booths, we didn't get a chance to see them all...I'm hoping to walk around more next month!

We did get asked once or twice about our jewelry and shoes that we sold last year. In case you were wondering, we have decided to put these on hold for the time being. We may bring them back in the future, but for now we are currently focusing on our newest products. We apologize for any confusion and thank you again for hanging in there with us as we transition.

In case you missed out this month, we will be selling again at the September and October markets! See our Events page for details. Below are some of our favorite captures from Saturday's flea market! Enjoy and hope to see ya next month.

♥ Lauren & Sara

Life is a Beautiful Ride

This summer I had the privilege of making a wedding cake topper for two dear friends of mine, Matthew and Lindsey. It was so much fun and I'm so honored they asked me to contribute to their big day!

Lindsey and Matthew are avid bike riders, so when Lindsey approached me with a "bike-themed" cake topper I was definitely on board. She sent me a few Google images of toppers with bikes...as well as the colors of their wedding, the groom's attire, and her stunning hair and dress.

The images above were used for reference purposes only and were found on Google.com.

The images above were used for reference purposes only and were found on Google.com.

Once I had these basic elements, I was ready to conceptualize more personal touches. I used some of their SUPER adorable engagement photos by Emily Moseley as inspiration and reference for sculpting.

You can find more great photos by Emily on her website and blog. I wanted to include some distinctly "Lindsey and Matthew" details like Lindsey's beloved Chuck Taylor's and West Sixth Brewing beer cans on the back of one of their bikes - they have four! Matthew works at West Sixth with my boyfriend Andy, and you can learn more about them here.

Once the cake topper was finished, I couldn't wait to give it to M & L! It's one of my favorites! When I called Lindsey two weeks before the big day to tell her it was about ready, she told me she wanted to be surprised. What?! I have to hold onto this awesome surprise for two more weeks?! I'm the type of gift giver who can't wait until Christmas to give you your gifts - especially if I know you're going to just love it. But lo and behold, I made it the two weeks. And it was well worth it.

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The topper turned out great! And it was wonderful working with Haley Lawson of Wildflour (the cake baker) and Anna Bynum of Bellaire Blooms (the florist)! The cake's flavors were Vanilla and Key Lime - I die. I may or may not have had two slices of cake. All of our hard work turned out a beautiful and delicious cake celebrating a totally rad couple.

 A huge thanks to Matthew and Lindsey for letting me be a part of their day, to the photographic stylings of Emily Moseley, to Haley for making scrumptious and sturdy cakes, and Anna for making our collaboration bloom with color and beauty!

Sara

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Welcome to the New Mixie Studio

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Hi Friends! We are so excited to announce the launch of our new website! Mixie Studio was in need of a fresh new makeover. We've finally updated our home here on the internet and are thrilled to share it with you! The old site will still be up so you can refer to our old projects if you'd like. But from now on, we'll be posting from here! All of the same kind of content will be shared, such as our daily inspirations, kid-friendly projects, and works in progress. New things are on the horizon...so hopefully you'll stay tuned to see what we've been working on! We cannot wait to share our endeavors with you!

 

♥ Lauren & Sara