My Creative Space: Jo

Written By: Jo

I absolutely love my workspace and count myself incredibly lucky to have a whole room in our house dedicated purely to me and my little business. When I moved in with Will (my lovely, bearded other half) last year it was decided that the spare bedroom could be my own little playroom where I could keep my 'toys' out of the way!

Since then, I've been slowly filling it with crafty belongings and plenty of pretties. I have a little reading & tea drinking spot with my favourite yellow chair in one corner, Mac Daddy & Mr Macelton (my iMac and Macbook) in another corner where I do most designy and admin things and I have a nice big making and packing desk on the other side of the room.

 

I have slowly started to fill my walls with prints and other goodies from talented makers which keeps me happy and inspired on a daily basis. There area also usually half drunk cups of tea, to do lists and the odd cat lying around the place! I really do love my workspace here in Cambridge and after years of desks in corners and sharing living areas, it's a real luxury to have this happy little sunshine-filled space in my own home!

Check out Jo's business, Hello Sunshine , and say "Hi" to her on Instagram!

Artist Spotlight: Gina Marquis

Written by: Kaitlyn

Every few months, The Crybaby Club creates a Subscription Box featuring a large amount of creatives that have made something special just for our members. (The next box just went on sale in our shop for a discounted price! Pick one up before they're all gone!) A huge part of this club is supporting other women and artists. This is one step we can take to do just that. 

As we are putting together our next batch of boxes, I wanted to introduce you to our featured artists and tell their stories. 

Our first artist is the eager and lovable Gina Marquis, a knitter and crocheter that creates her adorable goods from her living room. 

Gina stumbled across The Crybaby Club on Instagram and instantly fell in love. 

"This is a great group of women who promote other women to just be themselves in a world full of people trying to to tell others to fit into ridiculous standards," Gina said. 

Gina believes that it's important to be comfortable with your own emotions because that's when you can truly understand who you are. 

"You're human. We all have emotions," Gina said. "Whether or not others let their emotions show doesn't dictate if they have them." She said that holding your emotions in hinders your ability to live life to the fullest. 

Gina quickly became involved in the club and started creating her own special items for our next subscription box. 

For the box, Gina created crying fox head pins because she adores foxes and embraces tears. She crotched the backs and created the felt foxes herself."Wear these little fox tears on your sleeve, by your heart, or on a bag. Just don't be afraid to wear them!" 

Even though it's easier said than done sometimes, Gina hopes to have more time this year to create patterns for all the items she currently sells in her shop. 

 

 

 

Crybaby Bio: 

What She Created: 

Felt fox patches

What Makes Her Cry: 

Disney movies (especially The Fox and the Hound), body image, life-goals, daily struggles

Her Message to Fellow Crybabies: 

It's okay to be emotional about anything you want! Don't let other make you feel bad for being yourself. Life's too short to pretend you're someone else to the world. 

 

 

You can purchase your own Gina Marquis creations on her Etsy shop and be sure to explore her Instagram. 

Crybaby Self-Portrait: Kaitlyn

Written by: Kaitlyn Luckow

When I think back to where I was five years ago, I see a young woman starting her junior year of college, surrounded by lovely people and consumed by her love of journalism and telling people's stories. 

Kaitlyn five years ago. 

Kaitlyn five years ago. 

And when I look at myself today, many of that remains true: I'm surrounded by people that inspire me every single day and I love everything I do through my job as an educator as well as through telling people's stories through The Crybaby Club and my blog. 

So, on the outside, it would appear that not much has changed in the past five years, but that couldn't be further from the truth. 

After graduating college, I found myself in a place where I had no idea how to define myself and got caught in a place where I didn't know how to surround myself with positive people. I had a core group of friends that have always been there for me, but for a large part, my friends had dispersed all around the world and I didn't know what to do next in my life. 

This resulted in me losing most of my sense of self-worth and I got involved with toxic relationships that validated my feelings of unworthiness. At the time, of course, I was completely oblivious to all of this. I thought I was "happy" and everything was "fine". Luckily, I had close family and friends who many times took me by the shoulders and shook me hard. 

After over a year of my closest friends saying, "What are you doing?!" over and over again, I finally woke up. My lack of self-love had not only completely destroyed my body physically, but mentally as well.

How had I let this happen? Whatever the answer to that question is, I knew I couldn't let it continue. 

I woke up and told myself that I was worth it. I was worth so much more than this. Even on days when I didn't believe it, I didn't stop telling myself this. 

I got rid of all the toxic people in my life, I restored friendships that were important to me, I said yes to therapy and medication, I refused to let men give me even an ounce of disrespect, and I started creating. I became myself again. 

Sometimes we can't do things on our own and sometimes we need tough love to remember how important we truly are. We are worthy. You are worthy. 

Kaitlyn today. 

Kaitlyn today.