I’m thrilled to announce that The Republic of Cute has been recognized in the 10th anniversary “Best of Cleveland” issue by Cleveland Magazine!

I was recognized in their 2013 issue for “Best Pierogi Sculptures,” which I thought was hilarious and awesome and showcased the great sense of humor of the publication!

As one of the “winners” in 2013,  I was invited to attend the Best of Cleveland Party (BOC) to celebrate the issue, showcase my business, have a good time with my fellow Clevelanders, and to help raise funds for charity. I had never been to their party before and so I didn’t know what to expect. To my surprise, it was one of the most fun events I have ever attended!! I couldn’t believe that I was lucky enough to have The Republic of Cute represented there. Through the entire evening I kept wondering, “Do they know I’m not really this cool?!?!?”  Seriously, I’m not really that cool, but man, was it a fun and memorable time!

So when the magazine approached me this past June (?) about designing a cover sculpture for their 10th anniversary issue, it was not a difficult decision. Cleveland Magazine is a great looking publication with good content. Every staff member I had met in 2013 was professional and very friendly. As I mentioned previously, the BOC party rocks, on top of being a charitable event. And making something for the cover? Yeah, you can bet I was going to do the best possible everything I could do for them. I was prepared to harness all of my powers and more to show them that they were right in putting their faith in me for this project.

I wish I could have recorded my reaction when I learned that they were not only commissioning a Pierogi sculpture for the cover…..they actually wanted Pink Pet and Buck to be there too.

(*mind blown*)

PINK PET AND BUCK????? REALLY??!?!?!?!?!?!

Well……on second thought, maybe it’s best that there isn’t video evidence of that moment. If I remember correctly, there was abundant leaping and yelping. For several hours. Maybe days? Weeks? Am I still leaping?? I don’t know, but I’m really exhausted. In a good way, of course.

On top of all this excitement, I was absolutely honored and surprised to learn that my category this time around is “All Time Favorite,” which showcases 10 of their favorite winners throughout the past 10 years.

Dude. They had already offered me a great opportunity. Were these guys trying to give me a heart attack (albeit a gracious one, haha)? Even though that bit of information was revealed to me at a later date, I was probably still in my “leaping and yelping” stage from the previous contact we had.

So…..yeah. This is a nice thing. To put it simply. I’ll just close this little essay of gratitude and joy before I start leaping again.


-Thank you, Cleveland Magazine. 

Pink Pet at work



Pink Pet’s first (and last) day at his new job. Everyone’s gotta start somewhere!

Pink Pet leggings: dreams do come true.



I just opened a new shop! For the first time ever, The Republic of Cute will be available as:

Tee shirts, tanks & hoodies

Tote bags



Art prints

Phone & tablet cases

You may notice that Society 6 offers some other interesting categories as well, such as shower curtains, wall tapestries, rugs, and leggings.

Imagine. The Republic of Cute. LEGGINGS.

I am not sure that we need images of Pink Pet and Buck plastered on the butts of the world, but hey–I DO have this option, if anyone wants such a thing in their life.

Warning: wearing Pink Pet leggings may cause blindness and could possibly trigger the apocalypse.

But it sure would be funny……

(Pink Pet leggings possibly coming soon)

Cleveland Magazine Presents…..BEST OF CLEVELAND PARY!



Pink Pet and Buck are practicing their BEST dance moves for the 2015 Cleveland Magazine’s Best of Cleveland Party!!! The BOC party is an extravaganza of fun, food, and all things BEST in Cleveland (including special appearances by “The Pinkest of all Pets,” Pink Pet and his best pal, Buck!) Tickets go on sale September 1st. Be on the lookout for special promotions with The Republic of Cute!!

You can find more information about Cleveland Magazine’s Best of Cleveland Party HERE!


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Schedule update:

Unfortunately I will not be able to make it to this Saturday’s Flea. If you’re there (which you should be, because it is fun!), think CUTE thoughts and I’ll be with you in spirit. I should be back “for real” in September.

Lakeview Loveliness

Lakeview Cemetery is hands-down one of my favorite places in Cleveland. In fact, I love it so much that I decided to spend my birthday just walking around and enjoying its awesomeness! You may think it strange that a non-goth/non-vampire type would want to spend their birthday at a cemetery, but if you’ve ever been to Lakeview, you probably won’t question it. It’s incredibly beautiful. I didn’t take too many photos this time (I was too busy just enjoying it!) but I did take some obligatory shots of Pink Pet and Buck. I couldn’t resist.

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