Artist Spotlight: Charity Blaine

Written by: Kaitlyn

For every Crybaby Subscription Box we create, we collaborate with artists from all around the world to curate custom items and designs for our boxes. It's important for us to always support fellow artists and this is one way that we can do this. It's also important for us to tell their stories. This is Charity's. 

Charity discovered The Crybaby Club through Kitty Pinkstars and was on board after she saw our enamel pin that reads "I may cry, but I can still get things done."

I’ve learned to just take as many strides forward as I can, when I can. Sometimes I stop doing anything at all, because the world is too heavy, but I use to think I had to re-start after every time," Chairty said. "and I would get so angry with myself for never progressing on my dreams. Now I try to see the good days as a continuation with short interruptions."

Similar to all of us, Charity is still trying to navigate her way through her own emotions and uses art and creativity as an outlet. She talked about her journey in realizing where her anger comes from and how she wants to change her reactions to things that she can't control. 

"Peace is sort of my personal priority right now. Peace and self-care, (I always thought self-care sounded so selfish! I learned my lesson)," Charity said. 

Through this self-care, Charity has also realized how important other people are to each other. We need each other. 

"I didn’t want to need anyone else, because I hated that my pain could pull someone else down, like other people’s pain pulled me down," Charity said. She would bottle up her emotions, causing them to come out in unhealthy ways.

"I was writing about this whole process when it dawned me… that’s how humanity works. We share the weight of our experiences with each other. Not just with one person, but in a community. Collectively we are strong enough," Charity said.

For our subscription box, Charity created a cute little postcard featuring her aunt and uncle's Cavalier Kind Charles Spaniel because he has the saddest eyes. 

 

 

Crybaby Bio: 

What She Created: 

Puppy Postcard

What Makes Her Cry: 

When she finishes an audiobook, reading to children

Her Message To Fellow Crybabies: 

Cry away, but also have peace and calm. Over-thinking and being anxious about my art projects has only ever stagnated me and prevented me from sharing. You can’t rush personal revelation. Maybe you need to know how to market your art, maybe you need to know what to do in a failing relationship, maybe you just need to feel good about yourself. In order to really make changes, we need personal revelation. You can’t rush that. If you haven’t had it, don’t beat yourself up about it. It will happen. I have been obsessed with “peace” since before the new year, but I couldn’t find it. Suddenly as I was falling asleep one night, kind of praying, kind of thinking, I realized what I was doing that was preventing the peace I craved. I literally had this moment right then where I saw myself releasing sparrows who were caged. It was really amazing. You can’t force that stuff. Give yourself a break. Talk about your experiences. Think about the first time you read a quotation or saw a post that really spoke to you, how great it felt. You can provide that moment to someone else, but not if you hold your experiences in too close. SO MANY PEOPLE struggle with mental health issues, one of those people needs to know they aren’t alone, and you might be the person that provides that. 

 

 

Check out Charity and her work on her website. Give her some love!

International Day of Women

On this International Day of Women, we stand in solidarity with all women who are participating in #ADayWithoutAWoman and with women all around the world. 

Striking today is a privilege not all women have, and we support all women whether you strike or not. As women, it is continuously important that we lift each other up and stand up for respect, equality and the right to make our own choices in regards to our bodies and all aspects of our lives. 

Here at The Crybaby Club, it is always important for us to support women's choices and decisions in our community and provide a place where women feel comfortable expressing their true selves--something that should always be celebrated. 

Today, we want to celebrate this day and show solidarity by celebrating some of our favorite women-owned businesses and creatives doing incredible things to make this world a better place. Let's always live intentionally and lift each other up every day. 

 

Here are some women we want to celebrate today: 

  • HerStory Blog: This blog showcases women's stories from all across the world that don't often get told. They bring light to issues that aren't discussed and create a safe place for women everywhere
  • ThriftBox: Our girl, Lauren makes the sweetest products and always shows support for her fellow lady creatives. 
  • The Bee and The Fox: In the t-shirt world, this company is a great showcase of always creating awesome lady-power shirts. A portion of all orders made today will be donated to The American Association of University women. 
  • Noor Unnahar: You-tuber and blogger, Noor is always sending messages of strength and support towards women everywhere. Check out her Instagram today for a gorgeous spoken-word piece.
  • Gulush Threads: First thing's first, you need to check out Kristen's gorgeous website and then stay to appreciate her exquisite embroidery.  
  • Ann Shen: THE Ann Danger has a new FACEBOOK STICKER PACK that just came out. Seriously, It's incredible. Get it. 
  • Call Your Girlfriend: Aminatou and Ann are the epitome of what it means to be badass women supporting other women. Their podcast never fails to make you feel like you can take on the world every week. 
  • Band.o : This company has always been a huge inspiration for us and continues to be every day. From the hilarious CEO Jen Gotch (who we desperately want to be besties with) to their always empowering messages in their products, they are always spreading positivity and joy. 

Do you own a business or know of any awesome lady-run small businesses? Tell us below in the comments!!!

Artist Spotlight: Peggy White

Written by: Kaitlyn

For each Crybaby Subscription Box, we think that it’s very important to highlight the makers and the movers that made each box happen. (The newest box just went on pre-order in the shop!) The purpose of the box is to spread support and love while also supporting creatives and their endeavors. These are their stories.

Peggy White is the creator of adorable work and is always helping other artists in their creative pursuits. 

Peggy and I immediately started talking about how we are both sensitive souls and how that's our strength, but not something everyone necessarily understands. 

"They want the niceness that comes with being a sensitive person, but they don't like the bad," Peggy said. She continued to talk about how our low moments, make us appreciate our high moments even more so: 

"I'm okay with the mountains and the valleys. The highs at the lows."

She also discussed the importance of validating other people's emotions, including your own. 

"I think some people get in competitions about who is having a worse day. It's human nature to be competitive. But I think being competitive with our emotions is unhealthy."

Peggy's love for art started from a young age and she entered (and won) many coloring contests at the age of five and continued her passion in art school. 

"I remember in art school there were kids that were super existential and then there was me who was like, 'here's a cute drawing of an octopus,'" Peggy laughed recalling how her art was seen as commercial in college, but how she was fine with that because that was her. 

When Peggy moved to a different city a few years ago, she had a hard time finding a job. 

"I found a few jobs," Peggy admitted. "but I knew I would be settling, so I thought that I would make my own." 

From this, Peggy took a jump and started her own paper art business: Chateau Blanche.  This step not only opened the door for Peggy to start her own business, but started to get her name and work out into the community through art shows and gave her freedom to embrace her own emotions. 

We had a lengthy discussion about the importance of personal days in the professional world and how they tend to not be valued or recognized as legitimate. In running her own business, Peggy has been able to fully embrace her emotional wellness and balance with work. 

"I don't think you do yourself any favors going into work when you're emotionally unsettled," Peggy said. 

Peggy is currently working on an art show for DNA Galleries in Oklahoma City, OK featuring wooden pieces painted with animals in the circus that aren't supposed to be in the circus. Peggy gave me a little preview of her work and the show is going to be beyond adorable. 

For Chateau Blanche, Peggy is also working on her first patches for the shop. 

Crybaby Bio: 

What She Created: 

"Get Tissues" Notepad

What Makes Her Cry: 

Any extreme feeling: extreme sadness, happiness, anger, excitement, etc. 

Advice to Fellow Crybabies: 

Make your bed every morning. You'll see why after you do it. And meditate

Say, "Hey!" to Peggy on her website and Instagram!