I am Mom giveaway

Moms are hard on themselves. Too hard.

I am Mom is a project started by Alicja Burnette, a great photographer, to encourage moms to tell their stories without fear and to support one another. Judgment gets checked at the door.

I’m proud to say that I have a prize package that will be given away to support the I am Mom project. Here’s what you get:

I am Mom giveaway package with free goodies from Mrs Ricefield

* A Penguinaldo poster with a booklet of activities for the kiddo

* A set of my customizable note cards along with markers and stickers to decorate it

* An exclusive painting for the I am Mom project (Lioness and cub)

* A small tote bag with a reproduction of the painting.

That’s a lot of good stuff. There are more amazing prizes too, from a variety of business. You need to check this out and show some support for moms of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds. Because it really takes a village. Let’s build it.


When you’re a mom of toddlers (survival tip)

Little kiddies running around can bring you a lot of joy. And messes to clean up. And time sucking chores (like laundry). And noise…

I love my kids with all my heart, but sometimes I need to regroup. So I find my quiet, my place of refuge and meditation. It doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated. For me? It’s organizing bookshelves. It brings me back to serenity.

What about you? How do you find your peace in chaos?


Even in their noisiest, they find a way to inspire me. Go figure.

Greeting cards

A snail delivering mail: a snail mailman
A snail delivering mail: a snail mailman

I love snail mail. Really. There’s just something so much more exciting about getting real mail, a real card, something tangible that I can hold in my hands (and that’s not junk or bills) in the mail. If they’re fun or different, even better. It’s with this in mind that I decided to make some of my animals into greeting cards.

One of my favorite collections of postcards came from the work of Yoshitomo Nara. I love them so much, I have trouble sending them to people. That defeats the purpose of postcards though, so once in a while if I really miss you, you’ll get one from me.

Do you send postcards? Do you have some favorites?

Mrs Ricefield’s new blog and a Portland live craft event

Oh, hello there, nice to see you.

This is the new home of Mrs Ricefield’s blog. If you’re a brand new reader and would like to check out my old blog, you can find it http://noclevercraft.blogspot.com. It’s packed full of goodies and tutorials over a period of 2 years, so feel free to explore it and try out the projects.

As much as I loved it over there, it was time to move on. Mrs Ricefield is about art and illustration, and my old blog was a hodge podge of every craft you can imagine. I needed a dedicated blog for new paintings, events, news, and so on. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to maintain two blogs, so I’m saying goodbye to No Clever Craft. I’ll miss it for sure.

Speaking of missing something, if you’re in Portland (OR, not Maine) don’t miss this week’s Handmade NW event, Have a Heart for Mom Bazaar at the OHSU campus. It’s going to be insane: three days of awesome artists and crafters sharing their talent and giving 10% of the proceeds to OHSU’s Heart Research Center. I’ll be there on Wednesday, May 1st from 10 am to 5:30 pm. Be sure to stop by and say hello!

poster for Heave a Heart for Mom Bazaar