how to plan a one year old birthday party

WELL I definitely DON'T know how to plan a 1yr old birthday party. I don't think I've been to more than two of them in my life. I can't seem to get beyond food and house cleaning, both of which kids don't really care about. 

I'm going to try and do this without letting it take over my life AND still invite everyone we know. 


Here are some things probably not on the list, but flowing out of my head: Dance party, craft party, candy bar, free yoga for everyone. WHAT. 

But really, here's my mood board. I'm a visual person. 

scoutfolks lunascout mood board - first birthday party

scoutfolks lunascout mood board - first birthday party

All photos from the Selby: here, here, here, here.  ( I hardcore love Selby) and paper moon here

Ok all I really want is one cute picture of my little bug with cake. And beer and tacos for my friends. 

Ugh, this is like a wedding.  More to come on this subject soon. 




made in the USA kids fashion roundup

There are a LOT of kids fashion prospects out there right now. Here are a few that I've fallen in love with.  (AND A SHAMELESS PLUG FOR MY SPIRIT BIRD SHIRT, OBVIOUSLY) 

scout folks spring kid fashion - all made in the usa

scout folks spring kid fashion - all made in the usa

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

These are all made in the states. I just bought the zuzii oxfords for Luna and I CAN'T WAIT for them to get here. I also bought these from Neve and Hawk and they're the softest pants ever, I wish they fit me. 

I gotta start sewing some more scout folks stuff to keep up with all my photoshoot purchases. 

xo / ally

a story about the store

So I finally started selling little t-shirts! It's been a long time coming, and I already can't wait for the next 'line,' if we're going to call it that. We're also working on some jewelry and other goods.  The goal is to have a dry goods store that supports artisans and contributes to a charity. 

I know it doesn't look like much, but It's been an emotional process. I'm really happy and proud of myself for actually doing it! l haven't sold a million, but enough to make me feel special and happy/surprised that people want to buy my art. 

There is a LOT of competition. But that's the game--It doesn't have to be a bad thing. I want to stand out, so I'll take measures to be authentic and serve a market. I think I need to try a little harder to be cool.....but for now, we just want to make awesome things. I feel ALIVE when I'm up at night sketching and creating. It's the one thing that wards off depression for me. Besides cookies. 

One of our goals with this project is to convince our kids that being an artist is a job, just like any other job. I have a full time job. Ben, Courtney, Michael and most of my peers have full-time jobs. We all work our tits off to make things work. We're working at night and taking care of a baby at the same time. But we believe in art, and think that eventually economies will come to accept hand-made as the superior product.

SO, cheers to YOUR art, and to you for supporting us as we get a little crazy. We love you, and we want you and your families to believe in yourselves. 

This band played at our friends' fundraiser and Luna was absolutely smitten. I think I am too. Moonsville Collective.