August 5, 2014
by Cindy Y. Shaw

Mr. Red’s Balloon @ Little Free Library

Mr. Red’s Balloon joined a very lonely Little Free Library at University Preparatory Academy in Detroit, Michigan. You may have seen these little “birdhouses” before – they’re basically like libraries on the street, with books curated by your friendly neighbors..take a book, read it, and bring it back!
Learn more about Little Free Library

Find out where else Mr. Red is locally on this page!

April 10, 2014
by Cindy Y. Shaw

Mr. Red’s Progress

It’s high time for a Mr. Red update! A lot has happened with him since the last time I wrote. Way back in yesteryear, Mr. Red’s Balloon was set to be an interactive storybook app; however, things change and you have to roll with the punches. Mr. Red’s Balloon is now a paperback children’s book to be released in the next few months.

Mr. Red’s Balloon is the story of a happy-go-lucky red blob man, written and digitally illustrated by yours truly. It is targeted towards a reading age of 5-9 and an appreciating age of 0-∞!

“But wait,” you say. “I’m not a child. I don’t have a child. I don’t know any children. I guess he’s cute, though.”

Well you’re in luck, because Mr. Red isn’t just a book – he’s already made his way onto pins and stickers, and more!

Stay tuned or contact me to find out where to get Mr. Red’s balloon!

Update: Click here to buy Mr. Red’s Balloon

July 31, 2013
by Cindy Y. Shaw

Planning a Wedding in Under 3 Months!

You read correctly! I’m helping my brother and his fiancée plan their big day while trying to use a lot less time and money than the average wedding. A few weeks have passed, and although it took a lot of frantic phone calls and a little bit of luck, we have the venue and most of the vendors set.

Magnets and custom lined envelopes

The very first thing I suggest to a time-crunched wedding planner is to send out invitations. Above is a peek at our magnet invitations. I created a monogram/logo using free fonts Janda Cheerful Script and Labels, and then added key information in Arvo. shipped these to us super quick. We then rounded the corners and sent them off in hand lined envelopes addressed in Montez.

Next up is brainstorming. While waiting for the invites to arrive, I started throwing ideas together on the ultimate wedding inspiration tool: Pinterest. I promise you – just start pinning things you are drawn to and you will get a better idea of what you want. Don’t worry, you can keep your board secret if you’d like. Also, community boards are a great way to share ideas with someone you’re planning for or with. See my S&A Wedding ideas board here!

Thanks for reading about my newest adventure – come back soon to see if I’ve drowned in wedding planning!