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Here Comes Polka Dot Parade!

“The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been. Always will be.”
—Bill Cunningham

We’ve got heaps to be excited about here at Studio Masha D’yans, but we’re simply bursting at the seams over Masha’s latest passion project: Polka Dot Parade: A Book About Bill Cunningham, which will be released 8/28/18!Masha Polka Dot Parade
photo: Lika Brutyan

This picture book, highlighting the life and work of legendary New York Times street fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham, will encourage kids of all ages to search for inspiration and decide for themselves what is truly beautiful. For more history and insight into Bill and his joyful use of photography, check out his autobiographical NYT article or spend an evening watching the lovely documentary, Bill Cunningham New York. And if you’re in NYC between June and September, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the New-York Historical Society’s exhibit celebrating Cunningham’s career.

Finding artistry in daily rituals, whimsy in what others deem ordinary, and a relentless passion in your creative work… that kind of thinking is our bread and butter. This makes it no surprise that the incredible career and work of Bill Cunningham strikes such a chord!

Illustrating Polka Dot Parade was a treat for Masha, allowing her to fall back into the New York City rhythm she knows so well, and letting her love of fashion and gorgeous detail run wild and free.

Even legendary children’s author, Eric Carle, sings praise for this rolicking celebration of Bill Cunningham:

Masha’s vivid watercolor work brings Bill’s photos to life. A stunning marriage of two forms of art. The eyes are on a holiday. Well done!
Eric Carle

And here’s even more love Polka Dot Parade is already getting:

Polka Dot Parade is a charming reminder of all the color and joy that Bill Cunningham brought to the Fashion World every day. The industry is not the same without him. Thank you, Masha D’yans and Deborah Blumenthal for creating this lovely celebration of Bill’s mark on the world.
Christy Turlington

…fabulously vivid illustrations by Masha D’yans (savor the spot-on illos of fashion luminaries Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, Iris Apfel, Lynn Yaeger and Grace Coddington).
Chicago Tribune

Beautifully rendered and told, the book brings to life the work of a gifted 20th-century artist whose creative vision will always be in vogue.
Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review

With dynamic processions of swooshing colors, patterns, and fabrics, D’yans vividly conveys how Cunningham viewed New York City fashion through his eyes and lens. One figure wears a trailing cloak that features an inky landscape; elsewhere, moths and dragonflies emerge from a woman’s gown. Cunningham is portrayed as an impassioned observer who captured the beauty of his subjects in unguarded moments on the street, or from the handlebars of his beloved bicycle.
Publishers Weekly

Bill Cunningham was a New York treasure and the most beloved photographer and quirky personality in the fashion business. I am so glad Deborah and Masha created this whimsical storybook, exposing our Bill to whole new audience. I miss you, Bill.
Fern Mallis, Creator of New York Fashion Week

Your work is too wonderful and it would have made our darling Bill very happy to see it. The two of you together are a class act.
Valerie von Sobel

Masha does splashswishsmudgesquiggles so deftly. Her fresh scented girl brains revive the spirit and invigorate the squeals. Excellent work.
Mia Vesper


We hope you’ll preorder Polka Dot Parade (Amazon, Local Booksellers, Barnes & Noble) and learn a little bit about our beloved Bill in the process!

 

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Hello August!

Celebrate August in all its sunny glory with a page from Masha calendar! 2019 is already out!

Hello August - watercolor by Masha D'yans

Hello July!

July Fireworks watercolor by Masha D'yans

July Fireworks watercolor by Masha D’yans

Don’t Forget Dad!

He’s the guy who’s there when you need him — whether he’s helping you move into a nest of your own, walking you down the aisle (hello Wedding Season!), or just spotting you that “occasional” $20. And if he’s anything like ours, he doesn’t want to talk about it.

When it comes to celebrating Dad without embarrassing you both, mail is your best friend.

Think about it: you get to show your appreciation without having to make eye contact — and you come out looking like the favorite child. One of these Dad-friendly cards is sure to perk up your old man and build up a stockpile of mutual understanding for the next time you lock your keys in your car and dial his number at 2 AM.

Deer Bird Nest

Deer Tree Dad

Hero Dad

Hero Dad

All Seasons Tree

All Seasons Tree Dad

Now, he may not say it, but we’ll bet you five bucks your Dad would love to have a gift alongside that super-thoughtful card. But don’t worry, we’ve taken the time to round up some appropriately badass gifts to bring a reluctant smile to his eyes.

Drinks by the Dram

 

Drinks by the Dram Master of Malt

Photo Courtesy: Master of Malt

If your Dad’s got a taste for spirits, it doesn’t get much better than a box-full-o-whisky. Or gin. Or tequila. Or… all three? Browse Drinks by the Dram for the perfect way to butter dad up in preparation for your next birthday.

AWB OneSky Reflector Telescope

 

Dads and space go together like, well… dads and space, right? Tell him to focus on Jupiter instead of your recent poor financial decisions and you’ll both be winners!

Hummingbird Hammock

 

We don’t care how old you are, hammocks are the coolest. With this professional-grade hammock, Dad could sleep in a forest… on a mountain… even in a zoo if he was extra sneaky.  

Happy Father’s Day from Studio Masha D’Yans!

A Pink Moon ‘Round the Corner

We’re the biggest fans of finding inspiration in the world around us — and that includes the world above us!

Keeping up with celestial events like meteor showers and full moons is a fun way to stay in touch with our solar system’s breathtakingly whimsical wonders. In fact, coming up on April 29th is a Full Pink Moon, named after the creeping phlox: those perky little pink flowers that tend to crop up this time of year and officially usher in this fresh season.

A pink-themed lunar event? That’s just the right shade of perfect for us!

The color pink is a time-honored classic — whether it’s pale and delicate like the tiniest hint of coral in a vintage string of pearls, or in-your-face like a fuchsia fanny pack. We love it.

Pink, while typically pigeonholed as a “girly” color, is actually a nuanced hue that communicates a rollercoaster of feels — calmness, tenderness, and optimism are just a few. Who doesn’t need more of those things in their life? And some even consider it the most rebel Punk color there’s is!

We’ve got bushels of watercolor cards here at Studio Masha D’yans that celebrate this unforgettable color, as well as some celestial selections if you’re eyes tend to stray to the skies!

Leopards in Roses

Earth tones and vibrant pinks mingle and mix in this mashup of flora and fauna!

Good Vibe Frogs

This fantastic color is front and center in this festive celebration of spring.

 

Couple in Space

Turn your eyes to the skies and let your imagination frolic among the stars!

 

 

We hope you get to enjoy this rosy celestial event!

Pop Some Mom Love in the Mail!

As Mother’s Day grows nearer, you can’t get too far without hearing comments about “greeting card holidays” and “corporate cliches.”

We might be biased here at Studio Masha D’yans, but we don’t think it’s quite as glum as all that!

In fact, we think of sending a greeting card as a radical act of love!

What used to be common (sending a letter through the mail) is long considered to be quaint. The act of mailing a card through the postal service can be fun, personalized, and might just make you feel like a kid again.

When it comes to greeting cards, tenderness and affection can be found in the ritual itself. In the time it took to choose one, to compose and handwrite it. In the sealing of the envelope, in the walk to the mailbox… in the joy that comes from receiving a thoughtful piece of stationery in a box that usually delivers bills or unwanted junk .

With Mother’s Day approaching, it can be tempting to think of a greeting card as a cliche… but choosing a beautiful, artfully-created card to express your love to whomever you call “Mom” — or someone who is missing theirs — is a classic that’s hard to beat.

Pop some love in the mailbox or pair it with a beautiful gift. Here are a few of our faves right now:

Cactus Deer

This bright-eyed, bushy-tailed desert friend is sure to lift Mom’s spirits and usher in spring!

 

Sunset Soak

This dreamy sunset scene is sure to lull the mother in your life into a luxurious, pampering mood!

Guitar Cat

Is Mom a cat lover? A music lover? Both? This jazzy cat is a unique, fun way to send some pep through the post.

Pair our cards with few of our favorite gift ideas to make Mom’s day!

 

Urban Stems

It doesn’t get more classic than flowers, and this company’s sustainable practices make this gift guilt-free and gorgeous.

 

Urban Stems
Best For:
Sustainably sourced and originally arranged bouquets with limited edition offerings from featured designers and influencers.
Delivery:
Nationwide shipments with same-day delivery available in NYC, D.C., Philadelphia, Austin, and Baltimore.
Price:
Ranging from $55 to $138 with free delivery

 

Jonathan Adler Bubbly Pop Candle

Smooth, warm, and luxurious… with all the bubbly feelings of a night spent in your favorite black dress. This candle is a classy complement to your favorite Mother’s Day card!

 

Jonathan Adler Bubbly Pop Candle
Smells like: pink grapefruit, raspberry, French cassis, violet leaves, rose petal, and grape leaf.
Feels like: New Year’s Eve, silk-satin sheets, a million bucks.
A lush scent in a metallic vessel that is begging to be reused as a vase.

 

MoonJuice Cosmic Provisions Collection 

Pamper Mom from the inside out with this bounty of organic, artisanal snacks!


MoonJuice Cosmic Provision Collection, $60
Feast on this bounty of divine delights. This package is the perfect sampler of crisps
nuts and fruits from our Cosmic Provision Collection.
These nutrient dense hand-crafted foods for snacking and feasting are enzymatically live and extraordinarily mineral and antioxidant rich. All savory and sweet foods are made from 100% organic
raw and activated ingredients.

We hope that you all find love and connection this spring and Mother’s Day!

 

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Hey, it’s almost May Day!

What gives you more warm fuzzies than a playful surprise showing up on your doorstep?

Whether it’s a basketful of jelly beans in your fave color, a bottle of bubbly from someone who knows you well or daffodils popping after April showers, we think May Day surprises are the bee’s knees.

May Day is a fun, classic holiday… but did you know just how classic? We’re not talking classic like a string of pearls, we’re talking historical, ancient classic. Like, Stonehenge classic!

May Day Goddess Flora

Goddess Flora by Sandro Botticelli, 1470

One of the oldest origins of May Day lies with the Druids of the British Isles, who believed May 1st symbolized the return of life and fertility to their part of the hemisphere. The Romans took this time to celebrate Flora, their goddess of flowers, and in Medieval times, the Maypole became a well-known tradition.

May Day Dance Around the Maypole

St. George’s Kermis With The Dance Around the Maypole – Pieter Brueghel the Younger, 1627

Frolicking, flowers, and light? That’s our kind of holiday here at Studio Masha D’yans!

Via Xtabay Vintage. Photographed by Holly Andres.

The cool history of this holiday doesn’t stop with the Maypole, however. In the US in 1886, May 1st was the beginning of the 8 hour work week, making great strides in the improvement of American working conditions.

 

May Day Coachella

Coachella Photo: John Davisson via Pollstar.com

There’s just something about spring that makes you want to share some love, and that’s a trend that isn’t changing anytime soon. With massive springtime arts festivals like Coachella and Primavera Sound happening all over the world, it’s clear: it’s time to let loose!

So, whether you’re celebrating those tiny little blooms cropping up in your flower pots, or recognizing a hard worker in your life, we’d love to help you find the perfect way to say “Thinking of You!”

Get Excited for New Spring Greeting Cards!

Look out your window! Now squint a bit… look closer… what do you see?

Buds! Blossoms! Little green shoots! Life!

It’s time to get excited for Spring, don’t you think? It’s a lush, vibrant time to open up the windows and let your tendrils stretch out and discover new friends, refresh connections with old ones, and breathe in some of that dewy, decadent sunshiny breeze.

And you can’t forget about all of the holidays we get to celebrate — St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Passover, and even April Fool’s Day deserve a little greeting card love!

These vibrant spring greeting cards are just a small selection from our 35 brand new, freshly-added designs! Each come with our gorgeous new envelopes stamped in elegant metallic ink. Browse through a few and send a little Spring in the mail!

 Spring Greeting Card Unicorn Field BDay

Unicorn Field Birthday

Gallop out of winter and dance into Spring! This joyful watercolor card is sure to add a lot of whimsy to anyone’s birthday.

Stronger Tree

Nature is often a much-needed medicine, and the Stronger Tree is a good reminder of that. This lush, hopeful card is the perfect way to lift up someone who might need a bit of a boost.

 Spring Greeting Cards Honeyeater Thanks

Honeyeater Thanks

This little honeyeater bird is ready for the sweet flowers of Spring! Send him along to say “Thank You” to someone you love.

 Spring Greeting Cards Health Potion

Health Potion

Sprigs and roots, bubbles and petals… this Health Potion card is a lovely reminder of both the healing powers of nature and the healing powers of correspondence.

Spring Greeting Card Horses Field

Spring Greeting Card Horses Field

Horses In the Field

Spring’s all about new beginnings, blooms, and the sun poking through clouds – definitely things to frolic about! Let these happy horses prance into someone’s heart!

These five Spring greeting cards are only a few petals in a garden of whimsical watercolor fun. Be sure to browse the shop to find new favorites! We hope that this post finds you with the sun shining through your windows and that warm days are on your horizon!

 

It’s the Year of the Dog!

2018 arrived a while ago, but the new beginnings are still sashaying in! On February 16th, the Chinese culture ushers in its New Year — and this year is the Year of the Dog.

All across our blue and green globe, families who celebrate the Chinese New Year eat copious amounts of food, open lucky red envelopes, marvel at vibrant parades and paper lanterns, and sweep the bad luck right out of their homes.

Each year is represented by 1 of 12 traditional animals, each with their own characteristic symbolism. The dog is known for its fierce loyalty and honesty — the makings of a truly good friend! With kindness and an inherently friendly nature, it’s a lovely thing to have a “dog” in your life. Additionally, it’s believed that having a child in Dog year is super-lucky, with the child enjoying a long life! So, we thought it’d be fun to kick of the Year of the Dog and share some peppy pooches from Masha’s collection.

Balloon Dog Year of the Dog

Balloon Dog

Full of warm wishes, dizzying bubbly, and decadent treats, a good birthday can send you soaring above the clouds. Might as well bring man’s best friend along! This card is an enchanting way to send a “birthday bow-wow!” to someone you love.

Poppy Puppy Year of the Dog

Poppy Pup

Let this pretty pup help you send a little love! This charming card lets you know that love doesn’t have to be a fancy affair… sometimes a frolic through the flowers is all it takes!

Winter Girl and Dog Year of the Dog

Wintergirl and Dog

A snap in the air, icicles twinkling with a moment of sun, and just enough snow to build your own private winter palace… it’s the perfect time to have your best friend by your side. Let someone know you’d like to snuggle up and wonder at the world with this whimsical watercolor card.

We wish you all a happy, friendly, Year of the Dog!

5 Romantic Movies to Snuggle Up to This Valentine’s Day

Candy packages are turning pink (and whispering sultry pleas for you to snag them from the shelves), so we think it’s the perfect time to grab a box of chocolate (and of course a bottle of wine) and snuggle up with one of these five hopelessly romantic movies.

 

In The Mood For Love -- Block 2 Pictures

In The Mood For Love — Block 2 Pictures

In the Mood for Love

Lush colors, an unforgettable score, and some simply fabulous 1960s costumes make In the Mood for Love a treat for the senses. The stunning emotional detail and smoldering secret glances will hook you as you follow the romance of two neighbors, brought together by their spouses’ infidelities.

 

Romantic Movies -- Valley Girl

Valley Girl — Atlantic Releasing Corp.

Valley Girl

Sometimes you’ve just got to throw on a pair of leg warmers and get lost in an 80s romance! This quirky punk-rock-rom-drom from 1983 takes the typical “romance from the wrong side of the tracks” storyline and give it a “like, totally tubular” twist. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a super-young Nicolas Cage, right?

 

Romantic Movies -- Amelie

Amelie — Miramax Films

Amelie 

Hypnotising French dialogue, over-saturated colors, and a sweet, charming love story — Amelie is the cinematic equivalent of cracking into a decadent creme brulee. Follow Amelie — a kind-hearted misfit in Paris — as she helps others, indulges in life, and finds love.

 

An Affair to Remember - 20th Century Fox

An Affair to Remember – 20th Century Fox

An Affair to Remember

Remember the movie Rosie O’Donnell and Meg Ryan gush over in Sleepless In Seattle? This is that film. Two people fall in love as they cross the ocean, then agree to meet again at the top of the Empire State Building. Classic, romantic, and full of style.

 

Strictly Ballroom Romantic Movies

Strictly Ballroom — Miramax Films

Strictly Ballroom

Baz Luhrmann (who wrote and directed Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge) got his start with this 1992 Australian film… and it’s easy to see where his whimsical style began. Dancing, dreamy fantasy, lively music — all tangled up into a passionate romance. Watch a rebel dancer change the landscape of local competitive dance, all while he falls in love with an unlikely partner.

We hope you’ve popped some love in the mail and are having a cozy February! 

Now, go on… get romantic, and snuggle up!