CMH Studio  Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards Are Here!

Dear Friends,  I am very excited to announce that the voting has begun for the Martha Stewart 2013 Audience Choice Award featuring products made in the USA!  This is an exciting opportunity to show your support for Cheeky Monkey Home and to explore the work of so many creative entrepreneurs who work locally!  YOUR VOTE will provide us with invaluable promotion and exposure! 

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“American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. It’s a movement made up of people and communities who have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.”  — the Martha Stewart Team (more…)  

CMH Studio  A Summer Mural of Butterflies & Flowers

Last week I painted this lovely bedroom for a little girl who loves butterflies, almost as much as her incredible collection of stuffed animals. 

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photos by Holly Johnson

I collaborated with interior designer Lysa Wilkins, whom I love working with because she is so creative in all of her work.  She came up with this fun fence that extends into the room and contains a managerie of stuffed animals.  They fondly call this “The Nest“! (more…)  

Tried & True  Camping with Kids at Acadia National Park

We just returned from a wonderful week of camping at Acadia National Park with good friends who also have two boys.  We stayed for four nights and had lots of rain, but in between we made it worth it with incredible hikes, campfire time, biking and camping games.

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Our friend, Tony Cheng, is an amazing photographer, and when I saw his photos of our adventures, I tossed most of mine out in exchange for his!  Check out the difference below!  

 

Everything started out great until we were hit with torrential rain that came non-stop for our first two days. Our commitment was tested and there were murmurings of hotels and restaurants throughout the storm, but we stuck it out and managed to have a really fun time.   (I will share some of our survival tips for camping in the rain at the end of the post!) (more…)  

CMH Studio  In the Studio – Cheeky Monkey is Holiday Ready!

Things have been busy in our studio this summer as we prepare for upcoming holiday fairs this fall.  I know, it is WAY too early to think about the fall – let alone the holidays – but we are busy cutting and stitching every day! 

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I am thrilled to announce that Cheeky Monkey Home will have a booth at three craft fairs in November 2013.   We will have our full collection of pillows and floor cushions, as well as baskets of amazing hair accessories and surprise stocking stuffers! Here they are: (more…)