Listen While You Work

documentaries-on-netflixAnyone who’s ever had a business that involves the making of handcrafted goods probably knows that even on the best of days, some tasks can become mind-numbingly repetitive. Heck…no matter what line of work you’re in, I bet we’ve all been there at one time or another!

I’ve recently found this to be true myself, as I’ve been printing, cutting, folding, and working on all the other to-dos in need of attention while I get my stock in order for the launch of Petit Pippin. I fortunately have the sort of temperament that doesn’t mind this sort of busy work too much, but I’ve found a quick and easy way to cure to the potential metal fatigue and increase my productivity—listening to documentaries on netflix and getting caught up on the After the Jump weekly podcast hosted by Grace Bonney. The fact that I’m learning something new and having the analytical part of my brain stimulated while I work makes this new habit of mine something that I quite like! Here are a few of the documentaries available on Netflix that I’ve seen / listened to recently and enjoyed:

Do you have any films or podcast that you personally recommend? I’m also interested in suggestions for awesome audiobooks! I would love to have a bunch of great material lined up to get me through to the launch of Petit Pippin and the coming holiday season too! I can’t wait to see what your picks will be! xo Ez

The Next Chapter

dont-put-off-your-happy-lifeThis my friends, may be one of the hardest post I’ve ever written. Because today it’s time for me to share the beginning of a new journey with you, while also bidding a partial farewell to this space that has become a second home to me.

I am delighted to share that this Fall I will be launching a new business: Petit Pippin! Over a year ago I began daydreaming about creating a brand that would include unique art and handcrafted goods for little ones and their families, designed and crafted by me. It really felt like hardly more than just a dream back then, but bit by bit this dream began to grow into an actual possibility, and finally after months and months it is finally going to become a reality. I can’t wait to share my vision with you!

I’ve done my best over the past few months to split my focus between both Creature Comforts and Petit Pippin. I’ve been traveling with my feet on two very different roads for a while now, and it has become clear that as difficult as it may be, and as much as I wish that I could split my priorities equally without any negative effects…it is finally time for me to choose just one path to travel on. So I’ve made the heavy decision to focus the majority of my attention onto Petit Pippin, so that I can give it the opportunity to be the best that it can be. I don’t plan to leave Creature Comforts in the dust. I will still be by from time to time to share a few pretty things and moments of note, but it seems only fair to let you all know that moving forward I just won’t be around on this space as often. This decision has not come without a lot of thought and many sleepless nights, but in my heart I know that it is the right thing to do…even though it aches to say goodbye (even if it’s not a forever farewell).

When I started Creature Comforts nine years ago I could have never imagined all of the amazing experiences that this little online space would bring my way, or the incredible people who would touch my life in profound ways that will stay with me forever. You’ve given me an overwhelming sense of community in times when I could have felt isolated and alone. You’ve helped me see hopeful things about myself that I would have never seen, and motivated me to spend each day seeking beauty in even the most ordinary parts of life. This has been a nine-year journey filled creativity and encouragement, far more ups than downs, and above all it has always been an indescribable place of peace and joy for me. I will be forever thankful to each and every one of you who has touched my life through this space.

You’ve shared my triumphs and tears, cheered me on, consoled me, and now as I venture down this exciting unknown new path, I so hope to have your company. It’s bound to be an exciting adventure! Will you be a part of the next chapter in my story?

I’ll be announcing the grand opening of Petit Pippin very soon…so keep a lookout for that! The website is not actually live quite yet (I’m working feverishly to get it ready), so in the meantime if you are interested I’ve set up a newsletter that I’d like to invite you to subscribe to for future shop notifications and special promos. You can also find Petit Pippin on Pinterest and Instagram. I’ve just started those accounts and it’s pretty quiet, so please come on over to say “hello” and help me brighten those spaces up!

Thank you again for all the ways both large and small that you have made each day beautiful during the last nine years! You are the best and brightest part of this past chapter of my life, and I couldn’t be more honored to have been a part of your day. Love, gratitude, and happy trails, Ez

For the Kiddos

for-the-kiddos-814Even though my little one is now of the teenage variety, I still have a total soft spot for beautifully designed kids’ goods. I’m always saving links for products that spark my interest (or that I might want to gift to my adorable nieces and nephews), and today feels like a good day to let a few of those favorite finds of mine see the light of day. Can you even handle the cuteness!

1. DIY Kitty Purse | 2. I Love You More than All the Stars Blanket / Scarf | 3. Playful: Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids Book | 4. Striped Sunsuit | 5. Handmade Wool & Leather Oxford Booties | 6. Sailing Ship Kite

New Works In Progress

work-in-progressWell, it’s finally here…it’s the last Friday before my daughter heads back for a new year of school. I’m equal parts relieved that the Summer is over (I can just never get quite enough done), and sad that it’s come to an end. One thing I’m looking forward to is more time to focus on working on finishing a heap of illustrations that I’ve only just sketched down onto paper. I can’t wait to see how they’ll take shape. I’m sure a few of them will be making an appearance in my new shop (more on that soon)!

Now I’m off to enjoy the last few vacation days with my daughter! Have an awesome weekend friends! xo Ez