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Monthly Archives: March 2017

  • Meet Cathy Walters

    Meet Cathy Walters

    When Colorado artist Cathy Walters was a little girl, her stuffed animals were very special to her. “All my stuffed animals had names,” she remembers. “I traded out each and slept with each individually so none of them would be lonely.” This appreciation for each individual shows in her work, especially her animal portraits. Each animal seems to have a lot of feeling behind the eyes.

    “I think animals have this internal world that we know nothing about,” Walters says. “I think of that while I’m painting them: What has this little guy been through? What is his background? Is this one healing from a barnyard heartbreak?”

    Talk about soulful! Hang a few of these realistic canvases on the wall and you may find yourself wondering the same. That’s probably one reason why Walters’ baby animal portraits are so popular with parents: the works give little ones an instant companion.

    Walters was a painting major at San Jose State and UCLA and used to work primarily in oils and large abstract pieces, she says.

    But the art she creates for Green Box and Oopsy Daisy is made in a way that wasn’t even possible when she was in school. “Almost everything I do for the site is digitally, on my iPad,” she says. “It’s super fun. It really works just like traditional painting but much faster. I didn’t realize how fast a painter I was until I didn’t have to wait for the paint to dry. Most of my painting is done in thirty minutes to two hours.” Walters doesn’t have to find room to store her paintings, either, since they’re all stored on the iPad.

    Best of all, she can create her art anywhere, even with her whole family around her. “I want to do something creative every day but I want to hang out with my teenagers,” she explains (she and her husband have two). “So I sit cross-legged on our sectional and watch TV and paint.”

    Walters creates art every day, and posts art journaling pages on her website, cathywalters.com. She encourages other artists, especially kids, to keep making art. “Do it every day,” she urges. “When I started a daily practice of sketching and painting, I really got proficient with being able to see something and sketch it. Be brave enough to make bad art. If you go into it saying, ‘I’m going to make this amazing thing,’ that’s too much pressure. It’s okay not to be too great at first.”

    Cathy Walters does so much painting that it’s hard for her to choose a favorite, though she says she is partial to the turtle in her piece “Swimming Sea,” in part because she loves the ocean. When asked her favorite animal, her answer is a little quicker. “I really like goats,” she says. “They’re super curious and I feel like they’re way more intelligent than people give them credit for. I think I relate to that a bit. I’m a pretty cheery person; I love laughing and making people feel good. I think that sometimes makes people underestimate my intelligence. I’m smarter than I think people think I am.”

    Just like the thoughtful, soulful animals she paints, Cathy Walters has a lot going on inside.

     

  • Oopsy Daisy's Very Hungry Staff Celebrates Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

    Around here, we love a reason to celebrate. So, with Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day right around the corner (March 20) we had a picnic in honor of that little guy with all of his delicious favorites on the menu to feed our Very Hungry Staff! It was a Vegetarian lunch with foods mentioned in Eric Carle's beloved book, like cherry pie, lollipops, cup cakes, strawberries, apples, oranges, and all those types of delightful goodies.  To keep the presentation playful, all the grapes, cucumber slices and cupcakes were arranged in the shapes of caterpillars. We simply felt it was necessary to take every opportunity to honor The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day in all it's treasured glory, and keep it FUN.

    While The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day is a perfect excuse to have an Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar themed party, it's also a perfect theme for any birthday party, summer party, back to school party, etc. ! The decor is bright and fun, it gives you incentive to serve your guests a healthier selection of party treats, and think of the fun games and activities you can put together!

    Our activities included "Pin the Antennae on the Caterpillar" and "Create the Best PLAY-DOH Caterpillar" for prizes. It's fun to see the creativity of each participant with their supply of PLAY-DOH making big caterpillars, small caterpillars, flat, tall, and rainbow caterpillars! To pin an antenna on a caterpillar, we used one of our giclée canvas prints of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, cut out antennae shaped colorful papers adding a little tape, added a blindfold to the contestants, and voila! This is a simple and safe game that definitely got some laughs from our crew!

    Lastly, our team challenge involved groups of employees gathering together to create tissue paper collage masterpieces inspired by Eric Carle's characteristic style. The results weren't quite as spectacular as The Master's, but we had a blast! The winners in this competition received a small army of caterpillars to care for while they mature (which is typically 7-10 days), at which time they get to release them as butterflies! The event was a hit, and we can't wait for the butterfly release.

    Whether it's home décor or party décor, we are all about it! So, we had a great time getting crafty with party decorations, and our kids' wall décor line of Eric Carle artwork fit in perfectly wi15th the festivities.

  • Home Decor Trends for Spring/Summer 2017!

     Home Decor Trends Spring Summer 2017

     

    Winter is over and now we can trade in our blanket scarves and Sherpa jackets for light layers and ankle-length skinnies! We can also begin transitioning our homes for a new season. This month we are happy to bring you a list of some of the coolest and most prominent upcoming trends for spring and summertime!

    Copper

    Let’s jump into the list with a bold and innovative use of an everyday material. This season, gold and silver will have to take a backseat to copper! This metal is no longer just for pennies - its reddish, orange hue is incredibly gorgeous and will add a special touch of elegance to your home. You can find décor and accessories with copper accents in ultra-luxe furnishing stores, but have no worries, retailers like Target are also catching on to the trend! Take a quick glance at some of our favorite copper pieces and their even better price points:

    Flatware 5 pc Set Copper - Modern by Dwell Magazine - $24.99, Target

    Large Metal Wire Basket - $24.99, H&M

    Large Metal Wire Basket from H&M

    Marble

    The next decor trend will truly give your home a unique and Instagram-worthy look. It goes without saying that marble has cemented its place in the design world. From cell phone cases to jewelry, let’s face it - marble is everywhere! Marble is formed by minerals and is recognized as one of the oldest art mediums, historically used to create beautiful sculptures for imperial families. Fast forward to springtime of 2017 and you can officially have marble accents in your own home, with or without a royal link! In case you’re looking to add some marble into your life, here is some inspiration:

    Marble Dipping Bowl - $29.95, William-Sonoma

     

    Marble Dipping Bowl

     

    Marble Terracotta Planter - $12, Urban Outfitters

    Hygge

    Next up, one of the trend we’re highlighting interior design for the spring/summer season is not an actual item or pattern, but rather a concept. It’s actually a trend that originated during winter 2016, but is definitely rolling over into the sunny seasons ahead! Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is Danish for “coziness” and essentially embodies all things heartwarming. and comfortable. Of all the trends mentioned, hygge is by far our favorite - who doesn’t want to make their home even MORE cozy?  Try adding some hygge into your kitchens, bedrooms, and overall space by adding small touches that will make a huge difference:

     

    Capri Blue Iridescent Jar Candle - $28.00, Anthropologie

    Slide View: 1: Capri Blue Iridescent Jar Candle

     

    Jaipur Spirit Hand Loomed Throw Blanket - $49.00, Nordstrom

    Main Image - Jaipur Spirit Hand Loomed Throw Blanket

    Modern Floral

    Last is the fun and flirty floral trend that can be seen everywhere from Pinterest to the pages of ELLE. Florals add a touch of feminine flair to any room and, although they aren’t the most innovative design trend, they are the prettiest! Recently, florals have appeared in modern style bedding and unique home décor accents. They aren’t just wilting in a glass vase anymore, florals are becoming a part of the space and making a lasting impression on the home décor world. Take a look at some of our favorite contemporary uses of florals:

    Cobalt Blue Montgomery Duvet Cover & Sham – $89.00-159.00, Crane & Canopy

    Bedroom inspiration and bedding decor | The Montgomery Cobalt Blue Duvet Cover | Crane and Canopy

    Sunflowers Forever Wall Tapestry – $39.00-79.00, Society 6

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