Happy Monday guys! It’s a beautiful (though chilly) here in Kansas City. Perfect day to admire from my studio windows while I sew – but first, I have two big bits of news to share with you!
First, if you follow me on any social media outlet I’m sure you’ve heard by now that I was featured in the May edition of Parents Magazine! I have been over the moon about this since they approached me in December of last year about tentatively featuring my Mon-stors – Just being considered for such a huge publication was a major honor for me! But then when it actually happened & people started posting pictures of their magazines & there were my Mon-stors, it just seemed surreal – like NO WAY, really!? NO WAY!
But then I got my hands on a copy and oh. my. goodness.
I just can’t even begin to express how this makes me feel. I don’t know what to say besides “I can’t believe they would even consider my Mon-stors – much less publish them!” Seriously, I think I’ve said that about eleventy billion times since they approached me this winter. This is such an unbelievable honor. But there it is! In print! Something I made with my own two hands & my heart was recommended in a top parenting publication! I am so honored, so humbled, so excited – just totally over the moon! My cheeks hurt from grinning and I’ve called everyone I know to tell them to go out & get a copy. Seriously, thank you to everyone who believed in me & supported my crazy monster making journey – something this extraordinary could never have happened without you lifting me up over the past five and a half years.
Ahem… fanatical ranting & happy gushing aside, there’s another super exciting thing going on in my life this month, too!
Inspired after a visit to Hill Park in Independence, Missouri where I fished all this muck out of that little section of water visible in the picture…
I have decided to initiate change locally – that will have a global impact by restoring & protecting natural habitats for animals while educating community members about litter, recycling & working together to create a better environment for our children, friends & neighbors. For the past few weeks I’ve been planning this movement & have scheduled a group community clean up. I decided to start with Hill Park as the first of many clean ups because though I collect a bag of trash each time we go it barely puts a dent in the garbage that has collected along the creek bed & natural rock walls that surround the park. If you are local to Kansas City & want to help out you can view the Facebook event & details here. If you can’t make the event but want to support this movement, invite your friends! Many hands make for light work & we can use all the help we can get!
Now, time to unplug & head to the studio for the day! Happy Monday – here’s to a great week!