for the mommas who make stuff.

Coffee + Crumbs Calendar-1

Before I had kids, I wasn’t sure how motherhood would affect my art. The realist side of me wondered if I would still have time for art. The pessimist side of me thought I might have to give up my art altogether. The optimistic side of me thought I would seamlessly integrate motherhood into my art, and my art into motherhood.

3.5 years later, I think we all can agree that nothing about motherhood is seamless.

But the good news is: I am still a mom, and I still make art. The two do not coexist perfectly, but they coexist and that’s enough. There is tension there; sometimes it pulls lightly and sometimes it’s a full blown tug-of-war. I am only one person with two hands and there are only 24 hours in the day. I wear all my hats as best I can, sometimes layering a few on top of each other and sometimes swapping one for another as I run out the door, trading a loose diaper in my purse for a computer charger.

Today is the last day of a long weekend filled with shopping discounts. Maybe you’re on top of things this year and have already finished Christmas shopping. Maybe you’re like me and just getting started. Maybe you haven’t thought about it at all.

Can I ask you something?

Are you buying anything from your fellow mommas this holiday season?

You know the ones I’m talking about. The mommas making coffee mugs and art prints and t-shirts and jewelry. The ones with dining room tables full of shipping supplies. The ones who sit down after the kids are in bed to design and dream and create things with their hands and run full blown shops from their beds.

Just look around. We’re everywhere.

We have this thing in common, us momma makers, because our go-to mode is hustle. We know how to hammer out eight e-mails over breakfast and how to type a blog post into our phones while we nurse our baby to sleep. We know how to brainstorm under pressure and how to dream in the shower. We know how to make the most of every minute, every hour, every second that our hands are free. We know creating is our gift to each other, to our kids, and to the world.

We also know the uneven balance of creating art while caring for our children; it’s a constant see-saw, that tension between honoring our family and honoring our talent and allowing both to coexist and breathe.

We know the perseverance and dedication it requires to open our laptops night after night after the kids are in bed instead of falling on the couch with a Netflix binge. (But damn, it feels so good to do that sometimes, amen?)

We know the guilt, the stress, the tiredness, the overwhelming nature of being moms and wives and makers and shop owners.

Can I ask you again….?

Are you buying anything from your fellow mommas this holiday season?

Maybe this year we could do more of that, and less of Target (and you know I love me some Target). Maybe this year we can cheer each other on and pin each other’s creations. Maybe this year we can support each other with both our words and our dollars.

Join me, won’t you?

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A few mommas to support this holiday…..

June & January

Chewable Charm

The Caramel Jar

Dear Mushka

Get To Work Book

Brim Papery

Gold Press Paper

Max & Moose

Rainy Day Colors 

Riley + Co

The Bee & The Fox

Bubby & Bean

Bitte

Highsmith Lettering

Lindbergh Candle Co

Oh Sweet Joy!

The Wild Kids Apparel

and of course, yours truly,

Coffee + Crumbs (our calendar launches tomorrow!!)

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*These are just a few shops I follow on Instagram. If you’d like to recommend any momma makers for this list, leave a comment and I’ll keep this post updated throughout the day.

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12 Responses to for the mommas who make stuff.

  1. Margaret says:

    Thanks for including me, friend! Your words are always so encouraging!

  2. Thank you for this! I love discovering new mama run businesses. As someone who lacks artistic ability I make it a point to support the women who are killing it on the artistic front! A couple of my favorite shops are Jenny Highsmith Lettering, Lindbergh Candle Co, and Oh Sweet Joy!.
    Brittany Deal´s last blog post ..In the Moment

  3. Andi says:

    Such a fabulous post! Totally agree! PS LOVE Bitte!!!
    Andi´s last blog post ..The Train To Christmas Town

  4. Kim says:

    Great post. I love The Wild Kids Apparel, she’s great and the designs are adorable!

  5. Great post! I sell custom coffee mugs here 🙂 http://www.etsy.com/shop/kaseyajohnson
    Kasey Johnson´s last blog post ..Custom Scripture or Quote Mug by kaseyAjohnson

  6. alisha says:

    Lovely post and thanks so much for the mention! 🙂

  7. Cassie says:

    Great post! Cultured Crop, Little Baberham, and Bambu Earth are a few of my fav. 🙂

  8. Christina says:

    What an encouraging post! Thank you for sharing
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/ashcraftcreative is my shop for hand tooled leather goods. And my blog about leather and my husband and my crafting in general is http://www.ashcraftcreative.wordpress.com

  9. Thank you for this post! It is so very true. Check out my work at Champagne and Chalk.

  10. Holly says:

    Can the calendar pictured be purchased somewhere?

  11. Jenn McClure says:

    Hello!

    I’ve followed your blog for a while, and am getting caught up today. This post caught my attention. I myself am not a Mom, but I just wanted to say that Ir really loved this post (I know, I’m late). I prefer to buy handmade or small business then from big businesses and corporations. Thank you for sharing these lovely momma’s work with us!

    Love, Jenn
    http://www.thediaryofadreamer91.blogspot.com

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