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make a RAD pop-up card!16 Apr 2014

RAD Pop-up Card DIY / Oh Joy

RAD Pop-up Card DIY / Oh Joy

One of my favorite things as a kid were pop-up books and pop-up cards. There's something about seeing something flat become dimensional that is so fun. Even now as an adult, I still love getting pop-up cards from people.

So, today, we're showing you how to make this RAD pop-up card for anyone you think fits the description (maybe even mom for upcoming Mother's Day!). Simply watch the video, download the template below to make one, then decorate it to your heart's content!

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by Oh Joy + Target
Art Direction & Pop-Up Design by Oh Joy
Video by Jenner Brown
Still photos by Casey Brodley
Production and Craft Assistant: Julia Wester
Title Animation by Anthony Maiuri
Music is "Only One" by Johnny Stimson
My dress by Sonnet James

// SUPPLIES USED //
Print on white or colorful thick paper stock
X-Acto knife: can be found at your local arts and crafts store
Glue stick
Various decorations including washi tape, confetti, color pencils
Download the template to make this pop-up card right here.

petit collage...15 Apr 2014

Petite Collage book

Petite Collage book

Petite Collage book

The queen of collage, Lorena Siminovich, has a new book called Petit Collage: 25 Easy Craft and Décor Projects for a Playful Home. Using lots of recycled papers, Lorena shares a ton of kid-friendly projects that are so colorful and fun. And you have to see her super cute book trailer below! Congrats Lorena!

{Photos and video by Thayer Allyson Gowdy}

currently snacking on...14 Apr 2014

mini pies

Last week, I picked up these mini pies from Michael Mina's new Bourbon Steak restaurant that opened here in the Glendale area of Los Angeles. And because mini pies are my favorite kind of pie, I had to find some recipes to try and recreate them. Here are a few if you want to join me... apple rasberry pie, chocolate thin mint pie, and my own mini frozen key lime pie.

Any other mini pie recipes you know and love?

{Photo by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

happy friday + work in progress...11 Apr 2014

Oh Joy / Chloe Fleury

Oh Joy / Chloe Fleury

TGIF, friends! Are you looking forward to the weekend as much as I am? This week, I've been reminded—both personally and professionally—that no dream is achieved without some minor set-backs. But once you get through it, a sea of possibilities still lies ahead.

Above is a tiny peek of a video I'm working on with paper artist Chloé Fleury for the next Oh Joy for Target summer collection coming out at the end of May. If you look really close, you can see some tiny paper versions of some of the summer pieces! Oh, and the spring collection is only in stores for a few more weeks - so get them while you can!

Have a great weekend!

{Photos above by Chloé Fleury}

{oh joy eats} pine and crane...10 Apr 2014

Pine and Crane / Los Angeles

Pine and Crane / Los Angeles

Pine and Crane / Los Angeles

Pine & Crane is my newest go-to spot. I've been there four times in the last ten days. It's a casual, quick, and super tasty Taiwanese-Chinese restaurant in Silver Lake. I almost don't want to tell you about it in fear that it will get too busy, but you guys know I want you to eat well, too ;)

Pine and Crane / Los Angeles

Pine and Crane / Los Angeles

Pine and Crane / Los Angeles

Most of the produce is sourced from the owner's family farm, so everything is super fresh and local. Some of my favorites include the spicy shrimp wontons, the trumpet mushrooms, and the scallion pancake. Oh, they also have boba milk tea which is a rare find in Silver Lake!

Pine and Crane / Los Angeles

And by the way, it's super kid-friendly. I've gone with Ruby every time I've been there and our crew of friends that consists of both toddlers and tiny babies. Pine and Crane just feels like a spot you can just show up to and get an authentic and delicious Chinese meal. 

Pine and Crane | 1521 Griffith Park Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90026 | 323.668.1128

all cats go to heaven...(part 2) 9 Apr 2014

Oh-joy-lucy-cat

Sorry for the radio silence this morning, guys. Last night, our sweet cat Lucy passed away. She laid on the floor next to Bob's feet while we were eating dinner, let out a couple little growls, and went off to cat heaven. It was an unexpected and sad moment, but we were glad that we could be there with her as it happened. She was the cat that turned me into a cat person 14 years ago and allowed me to embrace the joy that animals can bring us.

I didn't really plan to share the news of another cat passing here my blog, since it wasn't too long ago that we said goodbye to our cat Bruce. But the difference this time is that Ruby was aware of Lucy. She knew that Lucy wasn't feeling well, and that I had taken her to the vet earlier that day. And Ruby was happy to see Lucy back at home and kept asking her, "Are you still sick, Lucy? Aw...you'll be okay." So when Lucy passed soon after we brought her home, we decided to tell Ruby about it and acknowledge that Lucy wouldn't be with us anymore. It all happened so fast that we didn't really know what to say except that "Lucy was really old and sick, and she's going to go play up in the clouds in cat heaven." Ruby hasn't heard the word "death" or "heaven" before so anything we said probably didn't make a whole lot of sense. She's been asking me all day, "I'm sad, mama. Where's Lucy? I want to see her..."

Because we've never had to introduce our toddler to this concept, I would love any tips from you guys on what you've told your children and how you explain the passing of a family member (pet or human). How real do you really get when they are so little?

decorate with flowers... 8 Apr 2014

Decorate with Flowers book

Decorate with Flowers book

Decorate with Flowers book

There are so many beautiful new books coming out right now. I love the newest book by Holly Becker from Decor8 and Leslie Shewring, called Decorate with Flowers. Flowers are probably one of my favorite things in the world, and the inspiration and DIY's in this book are beautiful and inspiring. Congrats Holly and Leslie on another beautiful book!

ruby's big girl room... 7 Apr 2014

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

The last time you guys saw Ruby's room was over 2 years ago. She was only 4 months old and so, so tiny! She's now a smart and sassy toddler ready for a big girl room of her very own. See our video at the very end to see the transformation from a baby room to a big girl room and Ruby's reaction when she saw it all... 

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

We switched out her crib for a twin size bed that sits pretty low to the ground. It's safe to say Ruby's been pretty obsessed with her bed ever since and sometimes asks for a "time out" just so she can go lay in her bed.

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

We kept all the original storage we got for the room when she was a baby including Oeuf's Mini Library and those vintage dressers I got from Craig's List. We just updated her storage bins a bit and added some Oh Joy lamps to light the way.

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

She was pretty excited to play in her room and roll around on the rug. I swear, add a teepee into any kid's room, and they go crazy for it!

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

We also updated her windows with more streamlined darkening shades that you switch from light to dark in minutes and makes the transition from nap time to awake time so much better.

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

I'd say Ruby was pretty happy with the whole thing, and we're excited to have a room she'll love for years to come...

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by Oh Joy + Land of Nod
Photos by Sasha Gulish for The Land of Nod
Video by Casey Brodley
Music is "Blink of an Eye" by Frances England
Honeycomb Window Shades from DecorView
My dress by Sonnet James
Ruby's romper by Duchess & Lion

happy friday! 4 Apr 2014

Oh Joy / Mama love

I had to share this outtake from our recent shoot for our cover of The Land of Nod catalog. I just love this photo and this moment so, so much. I hope your weekend is full of pure joy...just. like. this.

P.S. Thanks for having a good laugh about my little April Fool's post. See the bottom of that post for details on the real deal ;)

{Photo by Sasha Gulish for The Land of Nod} 

oh joy for nod! 3 Apr 2014

Oh Joy for Nod collection

I'm excited to announce the launch of the Oh Joy for Nod kids' bedding and decor collection! Inspired by Ruby and her transition to a big girl room, the collection is a limited-edition bedding and home decor line for kids. It includes baby, toddler, and kids' bedding, pillows, lamps, plush toys, rugs, and a curated collection of art to go with it all.

Oh Joy for Nod collection

The Sundae Best collection is inspired by Ruby's favorite food—ice cream—and how fun it would be to sleep surrounded by your favorite treat. I wanted to create an abstracted version of ice cream with sprinkle sheets and a cone-inspired pattern on the duvet. Topped with the ice cream cone and cherry pillows, it's seriously what my dreams are made of.

Oh Joy for Nod collection

The Pattern Party collection is inspired by the shapes that kids draw when they are first learning to draw and explore their creativity. I wanted to foster rooms that will inspire kids and give them the foundation for to help explore what else is possible in the world. All of the bedding is designed to be mixed and matched and to grow with your child so it doesn't feel too limited to babies and can also work for a pre-teen room as well.

Oh Joy for Nod collection

On Monday, I'll be sharing before and after photos of Ruby's room as we transformed it from a baby room to a big girl room with my new collection!

{Photos by Sasha Gulish for The Land of Nod} 

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