Bloomington is a great place to call home for many reasons. One of the best reasons is the community I have found here. Not only have I found brilliant  artists to connect with, but I can also call these women and men my friends! It’s often difficult to gather friends & artists due to everyone’s demanding schedules. The perfect solution: a gathering for the creative community that is comfortable and relaxed while also allowing them to show & sell their work. This weekend was the first of a series of  these gatherings or boutique-type shows organized by Talia (and hosted today by Lori).

This was a low-key event featuring 7 local artists, yummy local cupcakes (by the lucky cupcake), mimosas, and plenty of chatting! It was a lovely afternoon for mingling with friends and supporting their work. I’m  looking forward to the next event, planned for May 4th at The Green Nursery!

And now for a barrage of photos from the event:

Deesum Designs

Molly makes pretty little state & country pendants as well as stunning statement necklaces made from antler & stones. my favorite piece is the antler necklace…I brought one home with me (let’s call it an early Valentines Day gift to myself!)




Sabun by Soapy Soap Company

Run by the super-duo Mohammed & Anthony, Sabun Soaps are just divine! They come in some of  my personal favorite combos too: rosemary-mint & lavender-tea tree oil!  These soaps are all natural and made right here in Bloomington! You’ll be seeing these guys around quite a bit now…they’re even in Whole Foods!

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Conduit Press

…is no stranger to this blog! You’ve heard me sing Talia’s praises time & time again. Her journals & book safes just can’t be beat!

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JO Designs

Jaime has been a maker of pretty paper journals & custom scrapbooks for some time now, but she has recently designed a line of crocheted jewelry that is pretty, delicate and versatile. I took home a bracelet that’s going to be a staple in my wardrobe for the rest of the winter!

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Charm HouseLori was our gracious host for the event as well as being the maker of some really fun jewelry and wine charms. If you’re in need of a unique hostess gift- her wine charms are perfect! I’m the girl who constantly loses her drink at gatherings…luckily we all had Lori’s wine charms on our mimosa glasses, so I always knew which randomly placed glass belonged to me!

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Vincent Dejardins: Illustrator

I’m a big fan of Vincent’s original illustrations, but today I couldn’t resist his vintage Valentines! They’re all so charming.  I love Vincent’s range of talent & content.

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Lit Knits

Laura makes the softest, prettiest & warmest knitted cowls, beanies, headbands & fingerless gloves. She has unique (& enviable) personal style which shines through in her work. I also love her knit ties for the guys!

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The Lucky Cupcake

You really can’t beat a good cupcake, can you?! Well, Felicia knows how to whip up some DARN good cupcakes! Thank goodness they were mini size, cause I had about 10. yum.


I’ve said it once already, but I’m really looking forward to more of these gatherings. Oh, and did I mention there’s a blog you can follow too? It’s appropriately called the gathering.

sweet little peanut feature.

When I opened my e-mail & saw a message from Megan Bailey, editor of Sweet Little Peanut blogazine, I knew I was in for a treat! Megan asked if I would be interested in collaborating on a styled shoot full of little peanuts wearing Opposite of Far masks & tails. My answer was Y E S !  (in a sing-song voice, of course)! I mean…just peruse through this blog and you’ll understand why I was so excited- the photos are gorgeous & the styling is spotless! Not only that, she also has amazing photographers, darling locations, and little peanuts galore at her fingertips! Megan has an eye for what’s cool, what kids will love and what’s beautiful- I’m just so honored to have fallen into those categories!

The feature is even better than I imagined! Heather Nan was the photographer behind this lovely photo shoot, and she nailed it! The photos are full of energy, imagination and childhood playfulness. All the images perfectly illustrate the spirit behind Opposite of Far.

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A big thank you to Megan & Heather & all the other mama’s who made this day possible! I love seeing children enjoying my masks + tails…playing, imagining, enjoying childhood!

If you’re interested in giveaways & discounts, don’t miss these opportunities on Sweet Little Peanut this week : Want to get your hands on these adorable masks and tails?! Here is your chance! Head to our instagram page to enter the GIVEAWAY of a mask + tail set of your own! Opposite of Far is also offering our readers 15% of your order for the next two weeks! Just enter SWEET 15 at checkout!

find little fox.

Every month Eco Green Moms reviews the little fox pack and this month they did a mini hunt for the little orange fox mask! The little video they made is adorable!

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while you’re clicking on links…you should go “like” the find little fox facebook page! thanks! and if you haven’t already, you should “like” the opposite of far page too!

February is for (mask) LOVERS!

I felt a collective sigh of relief among all my friends and family when January ended and February began. It’s funny what a day can do- one day it’s dark + dreary January, the next it’s sunny + hopeful February…even if it is colder outside! I’m feeling fresh and new too, somehow. And with this new month of love and adoration comes some fun with Opposite of Far!

I am loving the Mask of the Month Club– it’s exciting to look forward to designing new masks here & there and collaborating with my talented friends is even cooler! And I love the thought of kiddos getting a little something special in the mail each month too! This month brings a new design that I’m especially happy about: the W A L R U S   M A S K !


It’s not too late to order your subscription to the Mask of the Month Club! When you order you’ll receive all the previous months within 1 week- the masks + the special gifts! Or, you can order the Walrus mask by itself for a discounted price ($11!!) in my shop. Win-win!

Also on SALE ($11!!) this month (since I’m feeling all lovey-dovey!): the R O Y A L   F O X   M A S K S ! You can get one in red or pink- they’d make a darling gift for your special little kiddo on Valentines Day!


And don’t miss your chance to W I N a FREE Royal Fox Mask on Instagram!

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(heart background can be found at Caravan Shoppe – the Chalktastic Backgrounds and other printables are so much fun!)

Don’t miss your chance to add these awesome masks to your kiddo’s dress up collection!