The Common Thread – Sakura Bloom

The Common Thread

The Common Thread // Mary

The Common Thread. A Sakura Bloom photo documentary celebrating the commonalities that we share through the capture of what makes us unique.

 Mary and Family

We are excited to introduce @marizabeth today in our feature:

Name: Mary (& Ted) DeMarco-Logue

Kids + Ages: Ruby Dawn, 3 years; Sylas Fox, 5 months

Where you live: Bryans Road, MD (Washington, DC suburbs)

What is unique about the wall you're standing in front of: This mirrored wall is one of the more iconic exterior features of the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. It's possibly my favorite art venue of all time. Ted took me here for our first Valentine's Day a decade ago, because they had the last remaining chemical process photobooth in our immediate area... & it was broken. We took some selfies in it that I edited into a film strip with Photoshop instead. What we love about this place is that all the art was created by self-taught artists, so they have a freedom & a life to them that is not always present in art produced by those who were taught technique. While we appreciate all art, the wildness & playfulness & raw emotion in the works here are so very captivating - & inspiring for my own art.

I spend 90% of my time breastfeeding Sylas  & doing food prep for Rue and 10% of my time making dollies, teethers, doodles & more for @scribblesinstitches. 

The strangest thing I ever discovered in the bottom of my sling was: a carefully curated collection of twigs.

When I'm celebrating, you'll find me eating: fries and drinking: coffee - I am ALWAYS drinking coffee. Sometimes with whiskey!

If I could have any superpower, it would be: to walk past a napping kid without finding a squeaky floorboard - every single time.

Making pancakes on the weekend, I'm listening to Wintergatan!

If I got pulled over for speeding, I'd most likely be listening to the Chemical Brothers.

If I could spend a month making the world a better place, I'd: travel; get to know artisans around the world & photograph them. I'd make a platform for people to find those artists, learn about their lives & their culture, & support them first-hand.

The most inspiring Instagram feed to follow is: there are so many! I have been very inspired by @ekwetzel/@ekwetzelart lately; she has a beautiful aesthetic & honest voice that resonates with me.

My top tip for a new parent: This gig is hard, there is no "clocking out," & everyone has a different opinion on how to "do it right." It's easy to be discouraged, but I have found that doing my best & forgiving my worst has made a happier path for us all.

My favorite book recommendation: anything by Charles de Lint! Everything he pens is pure magic.

If I could only have one Sakura Bloom on a desert island, I'd have: Bluegrass because it picks up the green in my eyes & the blues in my husband & babies' eyes. It's the color of our familial soul!

If you get me talking about stop-motion animation, you might as well cancel the rest of your day.

The name of my memoir would be: This Book is Writ in the Sarcasm Font

The top item on my bucket list is: A cross-country trip in a mobile home or converted trailer- meeting up with all the friends I've made on IG!

If I could go anywhere in the world for a week, I'd choose: Germany. I'd love to see where I was born. Or maybe Ireland. Or India...

The Common Thread // Hillary

The Common Thread. A Sakura Bloom photo documentary celebrating the commonalities that we share through the capture of what makes us unique.

 Hillary Coke

We are excited to introduce @hillarycoke today in our feature:

Name: Hillary Coke

Kids + Ages: 2 girls: Carmella Gray, 8 and Francesca Rain, 6 months. 

Where you live: downtown in Seattle, WA

What is unique about the wall you're standing in front of: This is the EMP (Experience Music Project) museum, which is home to the largest collection of instruments & hand written song lyrics from popular Seattle musicians like Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix.

I spend 90% of my time with my 2 girls and 10% of my time sewing for @shopforsythia where I make kimonos. 

The strangest thing I ever discovered in the bottom of my sling was: a pair of baby socks that had been "missing" all day. Whoops!

When I'm celebrating, you'll find me eating: fancy cheese plates and drinking: San Pellegrino with lime. 

If I could have any superpower, it would be: to turn back time a few years... to make more babies!

Making pancakes on the weekend, I'm listening to Melanie Martinez. 

If I got pulled over for speeding, I'd most likely be listening to A$AP Rocky for sure! 

If I could spend a month making the world a better place, I'd: try and come up with a plan to help everyone addicted to drugs living on the street. There are so many that need the right care.

The most inspiring Instagram feed to follow is: @foxmeetsbear. She's quite refreshing, honest and real

My top tip for a new parent: less is more! There are so many things that big-name businesses try to make you feel like you "need" for baby. Keep it simple. We co-sleep, co-bathe and baby wear so things like cribs, bathtubs & strollers only would take up space. 

My favorite book recommendation: Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block. 

If I could only have one Sakura Bloom on a desert island, I'd have: my silk pebble because it's the only sling I own! Ha!

If you get me talking about quality over quantity, you might as well cancel the rest of your day.

The name of my memoir would be: Mom in the Hood: raising kids in the city

The top item on my bucket list is: oh gosh, probably a Gucci bag. I love designer fashion. 

If I could go anywhere in the world for a week, I'd choose: Paris. Only for the bakeries! Swoon.

The Common Thread // Katherine

The Common Thread. A Sakura Bloom photo documentary celebrating the commonalities that we share through the capture of what makes us unique.

Katherine

We are excited to introduce @katherinelaine today in our feature:

Name: Katherine Elaine Spooner (Katie)

Kids + Ages: Ryder (7), Taylor (5), and Donovan (5 months)

Where you live: Carlsbad, CA

What is unique about the wall you're standing in front of: This was taken at the Make Building in Carlsbad where my husband works... by my daughter!

I spend 90% of my time nursing and 10% of my time taking pictures @Katherinelaine Katherine Elaine Photography

The strangest thing I ever discovered in the bottom of my purse was: one small baby sock stuck to a lollipop

When I'm celebrating, you'll find me eating: fresh guacamole and probably Cardiff crack (burgundy tri tip from a local market) and drinking a dark and stormy.

If I could have any superpower, it would be: breathing under water - that would be awesome

Making pancakes on the weekend, I'm listening to: Jack Johnson or Donavan Frenkinriter

If I got pulled over for speeding, I'd most likely be listening to: Tupac

If I could spend a month making the world a better place, I'd be in Africa giving them water and teaching them how to survive off the land

The most inspiring Instagram feed to follow is: @ascotandhart

My top tip for a new parent: don't worry about the small stuff: everything is small stuff! And it goes so fast… don't be so hard on yourself as a mom. And love your significant other, because one day the bebes will be in school and out of the house. So remember to hold fast to those date nights!

My favorite book recommendation is The Four Loves by CS Lewis, but my favebeach read is Emily Griffin’s Something Borrowed.

If I could only have one Sakura Bloom on a desert island, I'd have Shabd because it seems appropriate for all times and it’s just beautiful.

If you get me talking about: bebes and breastfeeding or coffee (I love me coffee) you might as well cancel the rest of your day.

The name of my memoir would be: "I'm just here for the rum" a memoir by me

The top item on my bucket list is: to climb Mt Everest or complete a full Iron Man

If I could go anywhere in the world for a week, I'd choose: Santorini/the Greek isles

The Common Thread // Shveta

The Common Thread. A Sakura Bloom photo documentary celebrating the commonalities that we share through the capture of what makes us unique.

The Common Thread // Shveta

We are excited to introduce @shvetasontakey today in our feature:

Name: Shveta Sontakey

Kids + Ages: 6 month old baby girl named Sareena

Where you live: Los Angeles, CA (Brentwood, Los Angeles)

What is unique about the wall you're standing in front of: As a nature lover, I appreciate a wall made of natural materials. I'm partial to walls covered in stone, it reminds me of a cottage.

I spend 90% of my time: Raising Sareena & loving Sameer and 10% of my time devouring a good book.

The strangest thing I ever discovered in the bottom of my bag was: a plastic fork. Although it would come in handy if I want to grab a bite on the go!

When I'm celebrating, you'll find me eating: pizza and drinking: rose kombucha (I know, I need to calm down)

If I could have any superpower, it would be: To slow down time.

Making pancakes on the weekend, I'm listening to: Sareena cooing & babbling

If I got pulled over for speeding, I'd most likely be listening to: hip hop

If I could spend a month making the world a better place, I'd: find homes for orphaned babies and try to match them with women who can't have any of their own. Motherhood is too beautiful not to experience & all babies deserve to be nurtured & loved!

The most inspiring Instagram feed to follow is: @TuulaVintage - her travels ignite my wanderlust

My top tip for a new parent: Do the best you can & love with all your heart. Just be present while enjoying the moment.

My favorite book recommendation: Spark Joy by Marie Kondo

If I could only have one Sakura Bloom on a desert island, I'd have: the Pink Sand silk ring sling… it's so elegant and feminine!

If you get me talking about: attachment parenting & natural birth you might as well cancel the rest of your day.

The name of my memoir would be: The dedicated wife & mother

The top item on my bucket list is: to travel the world with my growing family

If I could go anywhere in the world for a week, I'd choose: Italy. The food alone is reason enough!

The Common Thread // Paige

The Common Thread. A Sakura Bloom photo documentary celebrating the commonalities that we share through the capture of what makes us unique.

Paige Rangel

We are excited to introduce @thelovedesignedlife today in our feature:

Name: Paige Rangel

Kids + Ages: Adriano - 5, Alessandra - 2.5, Diego (almost) 1 year

Where you live: Phoenix, AZ by way of Colorado + Los Angeles

What is unique about the wall you're standing in front of: This is an old abandoned building near the train station in my smallish hometown in Colorado. When I was growing up, downtown was not really the place to be, but now there is a super cute farmer's market there on Saturdays and the downtown has really been revived! Since it is so hot in Arizona in the summers, the kids and I came here to see family for a month and I think it might become a new annual tradition.

I spend 80% of my time running around after my three kids and 20% of my time blogging + creating.  I always have some creative project in the works, but my latest @motherandchildco is one I am especially proud of. It's a celebration of motherhood captured with styled photography sessions and it just really makes my heart happy.

The strangest thing I ever discovered in the bottom of my bag was: water. I am forever spilling and/or cleaning up leaky water bottles [both my kids and my own] in my bag! Thankfully when the sling is in there, it soaks most of the water up! ;)

When I'm celebrating, you'll find me eating cheese and/or chocolate and drinking champagne!

If I could have any superpower, it would be: to freeze time around me so I could have more hours in the day.

Making pancakes on the weekend, I'm listening to: the Beatles.

If I got pulled over for speeding, I'd most likely be listening to: Adele! haha.

If I could spend a month making the world a better place, I'd: get involved with a local program to help feed hungry children in our community.

Two of my fave Instagram feeds to follow are: @mamawatters and @oldjoy

My top tip for a new parent: have confidence in your intuition.

My favorite book recommendation: I honestly can't remember the last time I read a book! #threekids. Getting back into reading is definitely on my to-do [someday] list though!

If I could only have one Sakura Bloom on a desert island, I'd have: probably my Maple because it is both spit-up and sand colored! But this new Shabd Shibori color I'm wearing is my current fave!

If you get me talking about: really anything to do with motherhood you might as well cancel the rest of your day.

The name of my memoir would be: probably the same as my blog - The Love Designed Life.

The top item on my bucket list is: a yoga retreat, anywhere, would make me really, really happy.

If I could go anywhere in the world for a week, I'd choose: Paris + the South of France with my hubs.