Wednesday, December 8, 2010

q & a with Kavita Arvind

Little brown girls with big bright eyes and pigtails, goggle-eyed plump birds, blue skies, candyfloss trees and verdant green fields…Kavita Arvind’s paintings are refreshingly cute and Indian. Take one look at the vibrant pictures and her Chidiya Udd website, and you’ll want to know the stories behind the art. 

q. Please tell us about yourself – where your live, your family, and professional and art background.

a. I now live in Helsinki with my 1.5 year old daughter and my husband. Home awaits us in Bangalore and hopefully we will be back by March next year after braving our very first freezing Nordic winter here!

I graduated from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad with Film and Video Communication as my specialisation. Most of my work in film centred around documentaries with women as the main focal element.

And then I went on to work with Television doing graphics and promos, got tired of all the glycerine and soapsuds and quit to go back to my alma mater, this time to teach design. After 4 years in the classroom, I felt I needed to get back to the industry and see if I had gotten rusty. I worked as a senior graphic designer for an E-Learning company. Did the whole mad hours and squinted at the computer screen for long hours.

We moved to Bangalore and a friend looked at my sketch books and asked me to paint something for him. That’s how Chidiya Udd came about.

I have been painting and drawing ever since I can remember. And the five years at NID helped me get a better grip on the pencil! At NID we start our drawing course by learning how to sharpen a pencil with a cutter blade and spent weeks just drawing lines and circles before we get anywhere close to a human figure!

I have gotten back to my paints and brushes after a rather long detour... but everyday that I paint my soul feels a little bit warmer...

q. We love your wonderful and quirky art. Would you like to tell us about your inspiration and the stories behind the cute characters in your paintings?

a. There are so many colours and smells and textures and stories running in my head! I like to paint stories from old, musty memories, from nature, I am crazy about trees and leaves. I also like to paint little things that I see everyday... two little girls holding hands and walking down a shiny street, a sulking schoolboy I spied around the corner. And stuff from dreams, from places that may not exist but where you’d rather be... lots of blue skies and miles of green.

The girl child has been something that I hold very dear in my heart, and nothing makes me madder than crimes against women and children. Meera is a little girl I would love to envelop in a big hug and nurture with all my heart. She is much more than a 6 year old with 2 pigtails and earnest eyes... she is every little girl I see who is trying to find her footing in a world that is chaotic, challenging and exhilarating!

q. Have you always enjoyed creating art? What kind of things do you remember drawing as a child?

a. I remember an old balding teacher who drew a picture and then made us copy it several times exactly the way he drew it!! Almost killed the joy of creating there!
But I survived the ‘teaching’ and I think I drew everything!

q. Before you started Chidiya Udd and took up painting fulltime, what was life as a 9 to 9 design professional? And, what do you enjoy about working for yourself?

a. Working for myself has been tougher in some ways. One needs to be so much more disciplined, all the more so when work is from a comfy studio at home and the couch beckons seductively!

The biggest kick is I can paint what I love with no one looking over my shoulder and saying I should do something different... and to find that my art does evoke a response and people even love it!!

q. What are your weekdays and weekends are like?

a. I have a 1.5 year old baby girl who is frisky and will not sit in one place for more than 5 minutes. I am a slave... sigh.

q. What do you enjoy most as a creative person?

a. To be able to share what I think and feel with daubs of paint with so many people who stop to look and listen.

q. What do you like doing apart from drawing and painting?

a. I love cooking and baking. I also read extensively, watch every film I possibly can. I am a cleanliness freak and spend some agonising minutes every hour setting everything at right angles (all this is made rather futile with the toddler tyrant). I also like watching people and can sit still for several hours doing just that!

Images: Kavita Arvind

Elephant Eulogies

Elephant dung…

What would you do with a glob of this? Wrinkle up your nose and run the other way for sure.

But Mahima of Haathi Chaap won’t. She’ll collect these from the elephant stables at Jaipur and process the poo and then turn the fibre-rich globs into thick paper. Clean, non-stinky and absolutely hygienic, and of course eco-friendly, the paper is then used to create an amazing array of products. From clocks to coasters, notebooks to knick-knacks, Haathi Chaap has a quagmire of products for quirky customers. Check these out.

Bag it!

Roller coaster

Journal journeys

Images: Haathi Chaap

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Eye Candy - Liselotte Weller's happy pictures

A few years ago, I chanced upon Liselotte’s website and fell in love with her bright and happy illustrations right away. They are so quirky and full of beans that you’ll wish you could dive right into the pictures and live out your life in full colour and cute stories.

Liselotte Weller has been designing since 1984, and for over 10 years, been working as a Sign Language Interpreter during the day. “In the evenings I have been working with the love and passion of my life - the interpretation of words and emotions with colors and shapes.”

Married with two children, she lives in Aalborg, Denmark, and loves to bake, cook and fly kites in her free time. 



Fuzzy, woollie



Images: Liselotte Weller

Eye Candy - The Red River's new collection

There is so much prettiness all around. And, there are so many people, who are living their dream, creating these pretty things and helping others. Kakoli Das of The Red River is one such person. Ebullient and enthusiastic with oodles of chutzpah, this young entrepreneur with her feisty team runs a company that works with the weavers of Assam, creating an exclusive range of home furnishings and organic jewellery. She retails online as well as from a store in Bangalore

People…you gotta see their latest collection. Aptly named Alice in Wonderland, the hand woven and embroidered cushion covers are an absolute treat for the eyes. In candy pink and sunny yellow, with motifs of Lil girl frocks, these gorgeous babies are ready to go home.

"Alice in Wonderland, our latest offering, is Red River's reflection of her longing for the springtime of life... O how she wishes to dress up again like an angel, stroll through the greens picking violets and innocently drown in her wonderland!!"


Sun fields

Strawberry crush


Images: The Red River/Namrata Baruah

q & a with Kalyani Ganapathy

Bangalore-based Kalyani Ganapathy’s niche venture, Kye (which means ‘hand’ in Kannada), is about dollops of handmade happiness and homemade goodness. She paints, embroiders and screen prints her whimsical ideas on bags, purses, and cushion covers. Started in September 2008, the business, which specialises in handmade fabric products, gives her the much-needed break from the “giant screen” where she freelances as a graphic designer.

q. Please tell us about your background and childhood years.

a. All my school years were spent in the Nilgiris. I spent most of my school years at The Lawrence School Lovedale. I then moved to Bangalore to study advertising and graphic design.

q. What were your initial years in the workforce like? Where did you work?

a. While still at college I interned at an ad agency and soon found myself detesting the job. After college I worked at a design studio, my initial few months were spent just learning on the job. The best part of it was that almost every thing I worked was a challenge of a different kind.

I worked with various graphic design studios before freelancing and teaching.

q. Please tell about the ideas, work and creativity that goes into thinking up new stuff and creating them from scratch.

a. I find myself constantly thinking, be it when I am walking my dog, reading, or even shopping. I seek inspiration from things around me. I like to paint in the form of stories. What may seem like one story to me may not seem like that to anyone else. I believe that art is subjective and is best left open to interpretation.

 The tougher challenge is making these ideas workable to paint and stitch on fabric. I think it is attention to detail and the hours of laborious work in the pursuit of perfection that make ‘kye’s’ products unique.

q. What are you working on these days?

a. My focus at the moment is ‘custom made’ furnishing and accessories. Apart from this, I am thinking about larger collections for retail.

q. Would you like to share an important lesson that you’ve learnt as an entrepreneur?

a. My biggest learning is to keep persevering and never let the downside of business get to you.

q. What do you enjoy most about running a creative business and what are the things that give you a tough time?

a. I enjoy waking up to a new challenge everyday. I enjoy the fact that the work does not get repetitive. And most importantly I get to meet and interact with so many interesting people whom I never would have met sitting in an office.

q. Would you like to say something to all those vibrant, creative people out there, who would like to become self-employed but somehow cannot quit their jobs or take that plunge?

a. The creative life looks very glamorous from the outside, no one realises the kind of effort that goes into a simple job. My advice to all the creative people out there is to stand your ground, dream big and believe. There is nothing more satisfying than going to a job you love.

q. Any message you’d like to include here?

a. It may seem a little preachy but I think it needs to be said:

Support your local artisan, be it your local potter or the girl next door who makes hand crafted products. It would be very sad to see such a large part of our heritage wiped out by mechanisation.

Thanks a tonne for your time!

Images: Kye

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Dreams in my pocket - Jessica Constable

I can't get enough of good blogs and strong coffee. A few months ago, on a lazy Saturday afternoon, while rifling through blogs, I came across Jessica Constable's inspirational blog Make Under My Life. As I read, I came to know that Jessica is an entrepreneur, who runs her own jewelery brand called Jess LC. She's just the kind of woman I love to read about...yes, you got it. I love reading about women who have the courage to chart out their own career path and choose to start businesses instead of work the 9-to-9 shift.

So people...let's catch up with Jessica Constable over coffee.

I am…. 
I’m a jewellery designer in Chicago, Illinois
My business name, Jess LC, comes from my name and initials. But I have to admit, in 1999 the company was originally named Starlette Jewelry. As a 15-year-old living in Rochester, Michigan, I taught myself to make “totally rad” star ankle bracelets at a local pool. While making these beaded ankle bracelets, four women bought them from me on the spot. These unintentional sales changed my professional life forever. Inspired to earn my “fun money” selling jewelry rather than baby-sitting, I soon learned new jewelry techniques and sold my designs to teachers, students, and stores across Michigan. When I graduated high-school, my jewelry was sold in 12 boutiques.

In 2003, I began college at the University of Michigan and studied Business Administration at the Ross School of Business. While struggling through operations management and corporate finance classes, I continued selling jewelry and re-named the business Jess LC. My junior year, I interned in New York City at Macy’s Merchandising Group within Product Development. Though the experience was great, I found myself wanting to make changes to the designs, pricing, hang-tags, even the LOGO. Needless to say, as an intern these changes were beyond my control. So I resolved to take a CEO position after graduation… at Jess LC. When I graduated I was also named “Entrepreneur of the Year.” Which sounds impressive, until you find out that I was the only student with a business, and therefore the only nominee. Ahem.

After graduation in August of 2007, I moved to Chicago and started Jess LC full-time. Setting up shop in a small studio apartment as a one-woman show was challenging (read: really hard). But I had faith and persisted. By the end of 2008 Jess LC was sold in over 100 stores nationwide. At that point I also had a lovely team of interns, part-time help, and awesome sales reps.

I write… 
I write about designing a life with intention. It is my purpose in life to help people reflect on what they are meant to do with their lives and then help, encourage, and inspire them to then "design their life" around those intentions. The blog topics I cover which relate to this effort include lifestyle, home decor, thinking with intention, and designing a business with intention. 

My bread-butter-n-jam… 
My life is designed around doing what I love- as I've pursued my purpose through the blog the jewelry business has blossomed into a fun, exciting, and challenging endeavor. I am constantly getting inspired to design jewelry based on inspiration from my passion: interior design. I love translating the trends I see in home design into jewelry. It's also amazing to reach out and interact with customers via Jess LC and readers via MML (the blog). More and more often, those customers are now readers and vice versa. Being able to be known for not only jewelry design, but also as someone who helps people pursue their purpose is fantastically rewarding.

What inspires and invigorates me… 
Reading blogs and books about business, life purpose, and interior design get me fired up to do what I do everyday. 

I enjoy… 
I enjoy iced tea, beautiful throw pillows, Westie puppies, traveling, watching HGTV, journal writing, and graphic design.

Instant perk-me-ups… 
Prayer, running, coffee with friends, phone calls while running errands, walking along the beach, doing my nails. 

What counts…
Learning to separate my ego from my spirit, family and friends, and fearlessly pursuing my purpose. 

The important lessons of my life… 
I've learned that the more you actually go after what you are meant to do, the more opportunities arise to help you get there. It's really about taking those baby steps to make it happen and to stick with the path you've chosen. I've also learned that there are two voices inside my mind: my ego and my spirit. My ego wants to control the future, fears the unknown, and generally gets me caught up in unnecessary worry and pride. My spirit on the other hand is a calm, cool well of knowledge that is always at ease and trusts in the future being bright regardless of whether I know where the path is heading at this point in time. The more I've been able to recognize these two perspectives in my life, the better I've been able to let go of a lot of unnecessary drama, pain, and fear.

Let me share… 
I have two mantras which have helped me change my life: The first is, "You get in life what you have the courage to work towards." The second is a quote by Michelangelo who said that he could carve such beautiful statues from pieces of stone because he saw the potential within the rock and simply removed the layers that were hiding that potential. I believe our lives are like those pieces of stone: the more we remove, the more we uncover our purpose and potential. 

I'd also say that the most transformational book which has helped guide the course of my life is The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.

Dreams in my pocket - Nancy

Hiya! It's been some time since I posted anything. I've been dividing my time between work, embroidery, long walks and books. And this week onwards....a lot of work!

Well, time now for another interesting blogger. Please welcome Nancy of Wolf and Willow. She loves everything vintage and her beautiful online scrapbook of words and delicious pictures will have you smiling in no time. So guys...take a break from whatever you're doing and all the busy moments, to take a sneak peek at Nancy's blog and what she has to say here...

I am….
A dreamer with a wild imagination. A lover of vintage children’s books and fantasizing about the past. Growing up I travelled all around Australia with my parents, from the chilly Victorian coast to the tropical Whitsunday islands and back again. I loved writing and illustrating books. When I grew up, I spent five years at university studying all sorts of interesting arty things like archaeology and literature, then settled on being a graphic designer. Now I work as a freelance writer, designer and illustrator for books, magazines and blogs.... I spend any spare time sewing, cooking and playing with my dog.

I write… 
Wolf and Willow. I nickname it “Project Pretty”, because really, it’s a visual diary of pretty things! I post free sewing patterns from time to time, or write about vintage icons, etsy finds, fashion, illustration and decor. I have a little Field Journal section where I post about personal stuff like childhood memories, family photos and projects I’m working on.

My bread-butter-n-jam… 
I’m a freelance designer, illustrator and writer. I specialise in publishing (design, illustration and copywriting for books and magazines); interface design (blogs and websites) and surface pattern design (textiles, packaging, paper goods).

I sometimes work in-house at companies around Melbourne, which is nice, because I meet great people and get away from the daily distractions at my own studio. But I also love working from home because my dog curls up under my desk.

What inspires and invigorates me…
Sunshine. I can’t get enough. If it’s sunny, I like to take a picnic blanket and read a book under a tree, go running, ride my bicycle down to the local shops... anything outside. I also love to play 80s music and have a dance when no-one is watching... that always invigorates me!

I enjoy… 
Drinking tea of all kinds, collecting pretty teacups to drink it in, reading books, trying out new recipes, hot porridge, cuddling my dog, watching movies on the ‘life raft’ with my husband (an inflatable boat we put in the lounge room and fill with pillows – it’s like floating on a cloud!), cycling around the suburbs admiring the pretty gardens and weatherboard houses, sewing, writing.

Instant perk-me-ups… 
Raspberry and white chocolate muffins, fruit salad, phoning my mum for a good long chat, cuddling my dog.

What counts…
Being kind and cheerful and generous with your love, time, knowledge, compliments... whatever you can give, give it! Life is hard enough without us making things worse for one another, so why not try to make life better for others by being nice, even if it’s just a smile or a kind word?

The important lessons of my life… 
Be grateful for what you have every day (make a list if you have to!) and never take anything for granted. If something is really making you miserable, change it. When your life is over, you don’t get to pack a suitcase, so forget about material possessions and money, seek to be rich in love and happiness instead.

Let me share… 
A recipe for the best breakfast smoothie ever! Blend 1 cup milk (soy if you wish), 3 ice cubes, ½ handful blueberries, 1 banana, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ½ handful of walnuts, 1 teaspoon of honey and a sprinkling of goji berries... delicious!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Dreams in my pocket - Jeanine Hays

(Jeanine and her exotic pillows)

We met up with the very talented Jeanine Hays of AphroChic and the AphroChic blog. A lawyer by profession, she is an artist, designer, blogger and successful entrepreneur 'by passion'. Here, on a bright blue winter morning, she lets us take a sneak peek into the her pocket and the dreams and designs that are nestled there...

Dreams in my pocket…

I am….

A designer, a lawyer, a writer – just a woman who wants to live the life she wants and have fun doing it. I am from a small town in Pennsylvania, but my dreams have always been big. I’ve also always had an independent streak. At some early point I decided that I wanted to go to Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. And even though my family wasn’t behind it at first, that was my decision, and when the time came, I went. I majored in Political Science while I was there. I also learned that I was an artist (who knew?), and took my very first painting classes on Spelman’s campus. After college I was very torn. I knew that I wanted to continue with school, but wasn’t sure if I would go for interior design or attend law school instead. Law school won out – mostly because it seemed like the surest path to a stable living – and I moved to Washington D.C. to attend American University Washington College of Law. I focused on domestic violence law, and today I work in that field as a policy associate for a non-profit in San Francisco. But despite taking what appeared to be the more rational path, I never lost my desire to engage my creative side.

While working full-time at the non-profit I decided to start a blog dedicated to my passion for interior design. That’s how AphroChic was born. It began in 2007, and became a successful home decor blog in a short amount of time. Two years after starting the blog, I decided to take my dreams even further and began creating some of my own designs. Because I’ve always been a renter, and because I like to change my style from year to year, I’ve always been attracted to pillows for their ability to transform a space without requiring a huge commitment. It turned out to be the perfect focus for a new company, and in 2009 AphroChic launched its first collection of throw pillows and apparel.

I write…

A lot. My blog is all about modern and soulful interiors. But I also write articles and blog posts for HGTV. It can make for some tired fingers, but I love every second of it (and so do my fingers). When I started my blog, I wanted to explore the types of spaces and decor that make me happy, and that’s still what I look for in the things that I cover. I love spaces that include a modern aesthetic, but that also tell a story. I believe that our decor can tell our stories, not only who we are but where we come from. I love spaces that are full of culture; design that is cutting-edge; and decor that makes a space truly feel like home. Those are the concepts that I look to explore and the ideas that I want to contribute in the AphroChic blog and everything else that I write, and it’s so much fun.

My bread-butter-n-jam…

I love making pillows. Pillows make people happy. They make you smile. And they are so comfy and cozy. There’s nothing like coming up with a new design and seeing it come to life. And I love the look of surprise when someone sees our collection and how bright and fun it is. I want each pillow I make to bring a smile to someone’s face.

What inspires and invigorates me…

My husband. We work together on building our business. When we started making pillows he didn’t have a clue about decor and design, but after just one year he is getting to be a bit of a designer himself. I’m inspired by how he takes on a new thing, and about how much he believes in what we’re doing. Owning your own business can be quite daunting, but he keeps me going. He never stops believing that we are doing the right thing by going for our dreams.

I enjoy…

M&Ms, funny movies, and laughing myself silly. I love spending time with my family and friends. Every day I realize a little more just how important the little things in life are. Life happens in the little moments.

Instant perk-me-ups…

For me it’s a chai latte. It’s the ultimate pick-me-up. Warm, sweet and spicy. I always feel better after drinking chai.

What counts…

I know it sound cliché, but being happy counts for everything. I was raised by the most wonderful mother, and the one thing she taught my sister and I was to be happy, to smile, to laugh, not matter what was happening in our lives. Doing what I love, even during the hard times, I know that most important thing is that I’m happy. That’s all that matters.

The important lessons of my life…

I’ve learned to be open to the opportunities that life has to offer. When I started my blog I had no idea the doors and opportunities that would open. I didn’t have a clue that I would I start my own online boutique, that I would be writing for HGTV, or that people would ever be inspired by the things that I do. Doors open, and I’m not afraid to walk through them and see what’s next. Never pass up on an opportunity. It just might change your life forever.

Let me share…

When I was a little girl I wrote a list of the things I wanted to be. I remember very clearly writing that I wanted to be a writer, designer or a lawyer. Today, I’m all three. My best advice would be to look back and think of what you always wanted to be. I’ll bet that, deep down, it’s still what you want to be today. Now, admit to yourself that you can have it, then take a step forward and make it happen. It’s never too late to make your dreams come true. You have everything that you need.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Q & A with Nihar Mehta of Tribal Route

Think India and you think of vibrant colours, jewel tones, beautiful crafts....and so much more. Nihar Mehta, set up Tribal Route to bring forth the immense talent and craft know-how that this country can be proud of. Lets tread the Tribal Route and get to know this entrepreneur.

"Tribal route is not just a store....but a handcrafted store-y."

q. Please tell us about yourself – your educational and work background and interests.

a. Professionally an Interior Designer with a Diploma in Interior Design from Rachana Sansad, School of Interior Design in 1992. Worked as an Interior Designer for close to 15 years where I designed residential and commercial projects. Few of the biggest projects were the office of Iran Airways at Marine Drive, and also designing and executing various projects for the Indian Navy.

I enjoy music, promoting Indian crafts and supporting craftsmen, travelling ( specially driving the lengths of India ). I like collecting Ganpatis, coasters, stirrers, pipes, and now frogs. The Frog, by the way, is the mascot of Tribal Route.

q. When and how did you start Tribal Route?

a. Tribal Route started in November 2006. (wow, 4 years have flown past!)

I wanted to pursue my dream, my passion of working with products, handicrafts… and then I stumbled upon Aram Nagar, a quaint little society in Versova, Andheri, which has cottages that date back to World War 2 when they were army barracks. Small cottages, with courtyards, mud roads, trees and birds... and yes I had found my dream place for my dream project. I had been doing my home work for years connecting with creative people, so it was a little easy to know what to get where. Finally on my mother’s birthday, on 24th November, Tribal Route was born.

q. What was the idea behind such a store?

a. Tribal Route was a thought, a dream, a passion that I was sitting on for almost ten years. The thought came across when I got hooked onto collecting pieces of art and craft over the years while I was travelling across India and internationally. I realised that India had to offer much more by the way of skill sets, creativity, materials etc than what was usually available at emporiums or mela type exhibitions.

Also I felt the entire experience wasn’t complete till the perfect setting was created by way of a store that looked, felt and was every inch India. The raw beauty, the colours, the warmth, the ‘Guest is God’ welcoming feeling to every customer who came in.

q. Would you like to tell us about the kind of things you have in your store?

a. At Tribal Route, I only sell products that are made in India. We have an entire range of products for the home and for you. We have furniture, home decor, home furnishings, candles and aromatic products, hand made paper stationery, jewelry, bags, footwear & clothes.

Most products are made for the store, or are one of a kind so will not be available any place else. Some are semi customised and some are sourced. We have something for everyone.

q. What about the interesting work that you do with artisans? It would be great to know how you help them create these products.

a. One of the things that had inspired me to open a store was that the Indian artisan is so talented, but his skill is under utilised. They are also unhappy with no innovation opportunities, and bored of making the same old products across generations. So I started using their skill sets, to make new products that were fun and different, and even they surprised them selves, as somewhere down the line they had forgotten the joy of making new products.

q. Which products are your favourites in Tribal Route?

a. Every product is like a baby. But if there’s something that’s really my favourite, its something that I created - a collection of Zardozi mirrors, and also there is this collection of wall clocks that’s completely designed and created in house.

q. Would you like to tell us how you ideate and come up with new and interesting collections of things? For instance, during Ganesh Chaturthi, you had some really cute and different Ganeshas.

a. I try to come up with things that are different, and I have a fantastic bunch of people who support me in this endeavour, be it vendors, crafts people or artisans. I keep thinking out of the well...err box!

q. What would you like to shout out to people who want to start their own ventures around creative ideas?

a. Don’t hold your creativity inside you. Go ahead. Also please please, do not give away your handmade products as gifts to friends and family, even if you are doing it as a hobby. Sell it to them, even if it means taking the bare minimum from them. And yes, if you are looking for shelves to sell your work from, to tread the Tribal Route...the doors are always open for you.

Cookie Jar - where all the good things are

I’ve been thinking of starting a blogzine for ages, but finally got down to doing it now. Almost everyday, I steal a sliver of time to cruise over to or hop onto other creative blogs, all aglow with bright pictures, cheerful photographs and luminous words. Till a few months ago, every time I gazed at a blog, I wondered when I would finally start a blog, and when would I have enough to say to the world. “What will I say?” “Will I have something interesting to share every other day?” While a year ago these questions made me shelve this project, now, it’s spurring me on to write, interview and post.

Cookie Jar – where all the good things are, will feature artists, craftspeople, small businesses, entrepreneurs, writers, scrapbookers, illustrators, embroiderers, creative bloggers, photographers…people who dare to dream and work on their dreams. People who do something creative, who revel in what they do and who have had the courage to break away from the usual and create something of their own. We’ll have interviews, photo features and post cards.

Just like a cookie jar full of delicious chocochip-encrusted treats, this Cookie Jar is a place where you can dip in for a creative treat. Whether you want a nugget of inspiration, a break from work, a place to share a smile, Cookie Jar is the place to cruise over to. So hop on and enjoy this delectable treat!