Studio 4 Art Opens in Downtown Novato

October 1, 2008

Studio 4 ArtStudio 4 Art now has a permanent location in downtown Novato. They’ve been offering mobile classes and art parties in Marin for years, but now they have a home at 1133 Grant Avenue, (where the Glazy Daze ceramic studio used to be). Their grand opening party, with free art, food, and drink, is on Saturday, October 4, from 2 to 5 pm.

The studio offers fine art workshops all week with daily themes in drawing, painting, clay, and sewing. Workshops begin with preschool children and continue on for children up to 9th grade. There’s also a drop-in studio where everyone from infants to adults can come in and create in any medium of choice. Drop-in studio is available from 10 am to 6 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Mompreneur: Art for Children by Natasha Devaud

September 22, 2008

Natasha Devaud triptychMarin mom and computer graphic artist Natasha Devaud has found a creative outlet not only in her work for Industrial Light and Magic, but also in her portraits and unique childrens' art. To see all Natasha's beautiful children's art, go to her website at Natasha answered a few questions for Marin Mommies about herself, her creativity, and making art for children. Her children's art can currently be seen on display at San Anselmo's Playdate Café.

Please tell us a little about yourself. What is your background?

Mompreneur--Kim Root and Cottage Coastal

September 2, 2008

Kim RootOne ideal tactic for savvy mompreneurs is to start on online business such as an e-commerce website. We asked mompreneur Kim Root, who runs the online Cottage Coastal Store, to tell us a little bit about her background and her business.
I am originally from the Boston area. I attended Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. I lived in Marblehead, Massachusetts (North Shore) for a number of years after college and have always loved the coast and its offerings. I spent many summers as a child at Nauset Beach on the Cape which lead me to want to open a small online coastal décor shop in 2006.

Make Your Child's Lunchbox Eco-Friendly with Fabkins

August 4, 2008

Fabkins cloth napkins for kidsA desire for a more eco-friendly lunchtime led Marin mompreneurs Joyce Raffo and Paige Rodgers to create Fabkins, a fun line of unique cloth napkins just for kids. Fabkins are kid-sized napkins that sport different child-friendly themes like “Sports Fan,” “African Safari,” “Prima Ballerina,” “Fruit Salad,” “Beach Bound,” and “Garden Friends.” Useful as both napkins and placemats, Fabkins encourage good table manners and help make school lunches and meals at home waste-free.

Show Off Your Child's Unique Vocabulary with Translation Tees

July 14, 2008

Translation Tees "Brocky" ShirtEver since she started learning to talk, my little girl has always had her own distinctive vocabulary. Of course, most babies and toddlers have their own words for things they can't quite pronounce. Now there is a great way to show off your child’s unique words and phrases and preserve them on a shirt. Translation Tees is a local mom-owned business that offers one-of-a-kind shirts for the little ones who have their own unique takes on common words. Translation Tees combine your child’s own cute mispronounced words with fresh, colorful, and bold graphics. Over 100 designs are available, printed on high-quality 100% cotton interlock shirts that will last for years.

Alice Orth: Artist, Mom, and Mompreneur!

May 7, 2008

Alice OrthJust because you're a mom doesn't mean you have to give up your creativity and passion for art. Novato mom and artist Alice Orth shows her paintings in exhibitions and shows throughout the North Bay, including area wineries. Her work can also be seen during the annual Marin Arts Council Open Studios, which are coming up this weekend, May 10 and 11, 2008. We asked Alice to tell us about herself, her family, and what it's like to be an artist and mompreneur.

Please tell us a little about yourself. What's your background?
After completing an AA in Fine Arts at the Collage of Marin, I attended and graduated from California College or Arts and Crafts [now called California College of the Arts] with a BFA in Interior Architecture. Encouraged by family and friends to pursue my love for art, I continued to paint alongside my design work. I discovered painting to be more gratifying than design and spent several years creating custom murals and mixed media on canvas. I am also the mother of a very charming four-year-old boy, and wife to an incredibly supportive husband. A couple years after the birth of my son, I passionately returned to painting solely on canvas. It allows me to be the best me.

Preserve Childhood Memories with This Little Piggy Prints

April 21, 2008

Shawna O'Connor of This Little Piggy with some printsMaking impressions of your children’s hands and feet in clay is a neat way to create a reminder of when they were small. Marin “mompreneur” Shawna O’Connor has made a business out of creating these special personalized keepsakes out of fine china clay with This Little Piggy. We asked her to tell us a little bit about herself and her unique business. She’s also agreed to give one lucky Marin Mommies reader a gift certificate for a free double print (two impressions on one piece), a $45 value. To enter the drawing, send an email to with "This Little Piggy" in the subject line. One winner will be selected at random on Sunday, April 27, 2008.

These make great gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and grandparents, too. Also, all new babies (12 months and under) can get a free handprint ornament. To make an appointment with This Little Piggy call (415) 472-3991 or visit

Marin Kids' Consignment: Saving the Earth, One Outfit at a Time

January 29, 2008

Ever since my son and daughter were born, overflowing bins of outgrown clothing have accumulated year by year in my garage. I’ve been holding on to them with the intention of giving them to someone in need, selling them at a local rummage sale, or having a garage sale. Yeah right! Who’s got the time for that?

Since this is a challenge that nearly all parents face, Marin mompreneur Melissa Hereford has created Marin Kids Consignment, a unique local business that encourages the community to recycle kids’ and maternity clothing through local sales events. Their motto is “Saving the earth, one outfit at a time.”

Made by a Mom: Modern Mobiles by Oras

December 12, 2007

Looking for a modern decorative mobile for your baby’s nursery, child’s room, or anywhere else in your home? Check out the Oras mobiles, created by local mother of two and designer Vilija Marshall.  Oras designs take a fresh, playful approach to traditional mobiles. They’re available in either square or oval styles, both of which in turn are available in a wide variety of color combinations. All mobiles come ready to hand with mounting hardware and instructions, and retail for $180.

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