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Applications are Open for the 2019 CYOP Artist Residency!


Applications are Open for the 2019 CYOP Artist Residency!


The day has finally come to swing open the doors to the CYOP Artist Residency! If you're a regular subscriber to the Creative Digest you’ve already heard the news, but I wanted to dive a little deeper into why I launched this sort of program.

I believe that creating anything, whether it’s a painting or a podcast or a beautifully designed space, is an act of vulnerability. If you’re putting something into the world where it didn’t exist before, you’re taking a huge leap of faith. You’ve got to trust in yourself, you’ve got to trust in the market (if you’re attempting to earn money for your creative thing) and you’ve got to be willing to have it not work out.

That’s a lot for all of us to take on alone.

But that’s just it — we don’t have to do it alone. We can collaborate on our creative pursuits! We can build space and time to bounce ideas off one another. We can partner up in a mutually beneficial way so that, together, we can grow.

That’s what this residency is about. The program will allow for an artist to work collaboratively with me on the Creating Your Own Path podcast to share their story, create beautiful portfolio pieces and gain experience while also providing me an opportunity to showcase, pay (!!!) and support different emerging artists each year.

To learn more about the program and the application process, click that button below!



How We Do: A Perfect December Day

How We Do  column artwork courtesy of  Latrina  +  Hanna .

How We Do column artwork courtesy of Latrina + Hanna.

I was super excited to read about the new How We Do column from Latrina over at Of Trees & Hues and Hanna from Hanna's Places the other day. The collaboration is focused on sharing the way we experience a particular day, event or activity and I, for one, cannot wait to follow along with this series. You can read more from Latrina and Hanna regarding the column here and here

Since the thought of sharing stories with other writers and bloggers across the globe warms my heart, I decided to jump right in with my very own "Perfect December Day." I hope you'll join in as well!


A Perfect December Day

My perfect December day involves snow. As a California gal who has watched the state experience several dry years in a row, I can tell you that simply finding snow can pose a challenge. That said, I'm inclined to believe that a challenge makes the journey even more special. Don't you agree?  

The morning would start off with my husband and I waking up and making coffee, tea and breakfast. Our pup Hank would demand his morning snuggles and we'd oblige. Then he'd tell us in his charming way that he wants to play fetch and we'd make that happen as well.

After breakfast, we'd get our gear ready and load up the car for a day of snowshoeing somewhere near Lake Tahoe. Living so close to the Sierras has to be one of the top ten perks of living in Northern California. Adventure is never too far away. On the drive up and over the summit, we'd do what we always do on road trips: listen to music and get into deep discussions. I'm not sure what it is about being in a car together, but my husband and I tend to cover serious ground on the communication front. Whether we talk about our future, next year's travel plans or the state of the world in which we live, we always seem to have life pretty much figured out by the time we reach our destination.

Once we reached our trailhead of choice, we'd gather our gear together and head out on the trail. There is something so incredibly peaceful about being out on a snowy trek: making our way through the woods, savoring the crunch of our snowshoes on freshly fallen powder and feeling the chill of the air deep in our lungs as we stop every so often to take in the sights — that's living, my friends.

After the hike, we'd pile ourselves back into the car and set out in search of a late lunch or early dinner. There are so many hole-in-the-wall joints between the Sacramento Valley and the Sierras that it's tough to decide, but we'd pick one and regain our strength through comfort food and a nice hot cup of something delicious.

Upon filling our bellies, we'd head home. Hank would be waiting patiently for another round of snuggles and play time and, again, we'd oblige.


So what does your perfect December day look like? I'd love to read stories from all of you and I'm sure Latrina and Hanna would too! 

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In the Gallery: It's a Banner Day

You GUYS. My artwork is hanging in a gallery nearly 3000 miles away and I have the lovely Patti Murphy to thank for it!


You see, Patti and her sister Kat invited artists from all over the world to participate in their "It's A Banner Day" show this month at Hygienic Art Galleries in New London, CT. The sisters wanted to add a collaborative element to their curated show exploring color and symbols. Here's a little snippet from the website:

The Banner Collaboration hopes to engage theartistic side of artists and designers and will also connect them on this website. Each banner is created by a different artist and will carry the theme of "It’s A Banner Day" sharing artful messages of hope, good news, happiness and success. 100% of banner proceeds will be donated to Hygienic Art Galleries.

So if you happen to be in New London this month, be sure to stop by Hygienic Art Galleries through June 29 to check out the show! You can also see more of the super fun banners online at the official "It's A Banner Day" website.

I hope you're having a banner day, friends!

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Follow Friday: Gypsy Mobile Boutique


Follow Friday: Gypsy Mobile Boutique

You GUYS. I've found the coolest new truck on the block. Meet my latest Follow Friday find, Gypsy.


Uh can believe your's a fashion truck. So shiny.

Owned and operated by Bridgette Anglin Maldonado (yup, that's her behind the wheel),


Gypsy is the only (known) mobile boutique up and running right now in Northern California. While other fashion trucks are in the works in the Bay Area, this beauty stands alone in the sea of food trucks you can now find in Sacramento, California.

In fact, you will find Gypsy at Sacramento's food truck festival, SactoMoFo this Saturday. "I'll be there from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.," said Bridgette. "I'm pretty excited!"

{Bring your credit cards, by the way. Gypsy uses Square for all transactions.}

Bridgette stocks the boutique with clothing and accessories from both Southern California and Sacramento. She even gets in on the action by selling her own line of jewelry. Have a look-see:


Charming, right?

Well, let me tell you that Bridgette is equally as charming. She and her husband Marvin (Owner and Design Director at inFORM Design), along with their family, completely tricked out this truck. From the interior storage areas over the wheel wells and custom steel stairs to the solid electrical work and sweet sound system, Gypsy has got it goin' on.

It all began as an idea in 2006 when the two were living in San Diego. "We had just come out of a bar and two girls pulled up in an airstream trailer," said Bridgette. "It looked like they were setting up a vintage boutique and I thought it was brilliant."

Fast forward several years and here we are hanging out on R Street in the raddest truck I've ever had the pleasure of stepping into the back of. I see success in the future for this little gem. Don't you?

Well, then get to following! The best way to know when and where you can catch Gypsy is through social media. Be sure to follow the little black truck on Twitter and Facebook to get the most up-to-date schedule. You can also see how Gypsy transformed via the Facebook page, which has ton of 'before' and 'during' photos.

As I mentioned, Gypsy will be at SactoMoFo this weekend. Bridgette is also looking for any collaborative opportunities she can dream up. She will, of course, participate in more events as summer approaches. Currently, she carries really cool tote bags from Create to Build, which benefits Habitat for Humanity. You can find out more about the cause and how they're partnering up here. She's also looking to work with salons, fashion designers and other complementary businesses.

Interested? You can reach out to Bridgette through social media, but I'd get on it. I have a feeling she's going to be very busy in the coming months.


We've got a whole new generation of gypsies among us, my friends. If that doesn't make for a happy Friday, I don't know what will!

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