Lucky Number 2013

I really have very little sense of what I’ll be doing over the next 12 months. I’ve made concerted efforts to leave things “open,” but now I’m dealing with cold feet.

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WE DID IT!

Yesterday we set the World Record for “Largest Rainbow Parade” with 179 beautiful, colorful souls! I couldn’t believe it when RecordSetter announced the final count because 79, the year I was born, is my lucky number!

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World’s LARGEST Rainbow Parade

It’s almost my birthday again, and you know what that means… RAINBOW PARADE TIME! This year we’ll endeavor to create the World’s LARGEST Rainbow Parade! (Seriously, we are going for a World Record, thanks to RecordSetter, and I am REALLY excited!) Moms, grandpas, little sisters, uncles, cousins, puppies, goldfish… EVERYONE is welcome! All you need to do is dress head to toe in one color and meet us on April 28 to parade over the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Sisters

Parts (only parts) of today were messy and ugly. I needed to find something beautiful to focus on, and then I saw a tweet that it was Siblings Day. (Yep, it exists.) Actually, Siblings Day was April 10, but nothing helps move me out of a funk like finding a way to remind myself exactly how lucky I really am. (Lucky so and so, right?) Well, my sister totally does the job! This is my only sister, Amy. Here we are with my mom in New Orleans this past winter.

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Palm Springs Second-hand Bike Tour

On Monday I took a group of AWESOME intrepid TEDActive attendees on a tour of Palm Springs second-hand shops BY BIKE! I can’t wait to share the stories and photos of the fun we had! But I’m busy soaking in amazing ideas and people here at TEDActive. In the meantime, a lot of attendees who couldn’t attend the tour (we only had enough bikes for 20) have asked where they can go to hit some shops before they head out of town. Ask and ye shall receive! Here’s the list of stores we visited on our tour…

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AIGA/NY Winter Bash Collages

AIGA/NY Winter Bash 2011

Something about working around all these digital masterminds at Studiomates has me going analog, as in cutting and pasting using actual scissors and glue. Of course I scan it all back into the computer so it really is digital in the end, but the process of pushing paper with my fingers instead of a mouse is fun! It feels like recess!

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Studiomuppets!

Studiomates + Muppets = Studiomuppets (or S’muppets for short).

It’s one of my fondest hopes to one day be walking down the street and pass a Muppet… on his way to work, or band practice, or where ever Muppets like to go. And upon seeing this Muppet, I simply smile and nod because passing a Muppet is NO BIG DEAL. They’re just here, among us. I believe with Muppets around, we would never run out of friendship, acceptance, music, laughter, or color. That’s the kind of world I want to live in.

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Magic Rainbow Skateboard Swing

Holy Rainbow, I sure had fun painting (or more accurately dipping in paint and then swinging on) this skateboard deck for Bordo Bello. So much fun, in fact, that I had to make a silly little video!

The Surprise That Wasn’t But The Awesome That Was

The second half of this article contains a DIY guide to low-fi shirt printing, but first, I’ll set the scene…

I love a good birthday party. This summer we had a couple of great ones over here at Studiomates, and the first I’ll share is for our beloved S’mate Jason Santa Maria. In my book, the #1 requirement for successful event planning is gathering a group of friends around a common mission, and if you’re lucky enough to have friends as fun-loving as ours, you’ve got it made. Add an authentic Brooklyn venue, pizza, beer and cake, and you’ve got a party worthy of not only our bestest bud Jason but also an 80’s movie montage.

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