The Lazy Genius Collective

Be a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don't.

Be a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don't.


Their strength makes ours stronger.
(Plus they're adorable ohmygosh.)

It's a privilege to encourage our girls to be strong women that can lovingly change the world.
Here's a way to do it beautifully.

Introducing the Girls of the Kinship Collection

Mother's Day is about all of us, about the kinship between us and our little women, whether they become biological mothers to a few or emotional mothers to many. If you're a mother, yes, take the nap and get the pedicure,
but let's go beyond ourselves and even our own moms.

Friends, let's celebrate this Mother's Day by introducing our daughters, nieces, little sisters, and grandbabies
to our favorite literary heroines. It's the perfect gift for them, for you, and for your own kinship of women. 


These prints were thoughtfully designed just for me by my genius mom, but they're too good for me not to share.
You can order any set of three you like (or all nine if you're a bookish fangirl), and the prints will be packaged beautifully and thoughtfully for a snail mail treat that will make any reader giddy.

The Kinship Collection is comprised of girls with varying shades of strength.
Some are quietly resolute and others are publicly spunky, but together, they demonstrate the beauty of humanity,
that we are as different from each other as we are the same.

I can't wait to use these characters to show my Annie that her strength - no matter what form it takes - matters.
I hope the girls in your life learn to value their strength, too, and these prints on their walls can be a piece of that puzzle.

Each package includes...

  • your choice of three 8.5 x 11-inch full color prints on premium textured art paper (they totally look like real watercolors... it's crazy)
  • modern, easy-to-use metal clips to hang your prints vertically
  • natural twine and wooden clothespins to hang your prints horizontally
  • a free gift note option if you're sending them to someone you love
  • free shipping on all orders to the lower 48; international shipping not automatically available, but please contact us to discuss options

Each package of three is $39.00, and if you're a hardcore book nerd,
you can get the entire set for $105.00 (a $12 savings which is like a free print!). 

Now it's time to choose. I know; it's so hard! Here's why we love each of them and want our girls to love them, too.

The Girls of the Kinship Collection

Elizabeth Bennet

BookPride and Prejudice

Why We Love This Character:

Elizabeth Bennet is tenacious.
In a culture of prim women taking turns about the room, Elizabeth holds fast to her principles and is determined to live an outward life that matches her inner self, even if it bucks convention. 

Rejects a few husbands? Check.
Talks back to a socially superior woman? Check.
Willing to say she's wrong when her pride gets in the way? Eventually check. 

Elizabeth Bennet was born a couple of centuries too late... or perhaps right on time.

Why We Love This Print:

The smirk, the wispy hair, the arched brows poised for verbal sparring, and the blue in that dress is dreamy.

Anne Shirley

BooksAnne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, etc.

Why We Love This Character:

Anne Shirley is passionate.
Life is full and sweeping, even in the ordinary moments. Anne has multiple reasons to despair - and sometimes does - but even in her sadness, she's strong and intense. Her striving isn't about perfection but about coming fully alive and embracing what she loves - learning, teaching, Diana, and her beloved Matthew and Marilla.

Anne isn't afraid to stand up for herself, to speak her mind, to epically dream, to be the best, and to sacrifice what she wants to help those she loves. Oh, to have her passion - from the depths of despair to her lake of shining waters.

Why We Love This Print:

Her eyes are deep in a dream, and those red braids, although her life's greatest sorrow, are beautiful.

Nancy Drew

Books: The Nancy Drew Mystery Series

Why We Love This Character:

Nancy Drew is fearless.
She has it all - success, looks, friends, a blue convertible - and could become complacent, sitting around with Ned and twirling her perfect blond hair. Instead, she uses her brain to step completely unafraid into situations well beyond her teenage years, especially in the 1950s. She's just a girl; what can she do? 

Enough to fill 56 beloved yellow-spined books, that's what. We all remember her climbing down hidden staircases, walking through haunted forests, and confronting whispering statues. Nothing scared Nancy, and that strength has stuck with us for decades. 

Why We Love This Print:

Can I get Nancy's makeup tips? Beautiful face that is not messing around.

Dorothy Gale

BookThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Why We Love This Character:

Dorothy Gale is loyal.
In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a cyclone tears through Kansas, and rather than hide in the cellar, she stays in the house to rescue her dog and consequently gets swept away to a terrifying magical land. And she's still not angry at her dog. Y'all, Dorothy is a saint.

Each time she makes a new, weird friend, she cheers them on, goes out of her way to help them, and defends them literally to the death in the face of flying monkeys and a witch with anger issues. 

And underneath it all, she just wants to go home, to be with the people she loves and who have loved her so well. Her loyalty is the real magic.

Why We Love This Print:

She looks exceedingly kind, and Toto actually looks soft!

Sara Crewe

BookA Little Princess

Why We Love This Character:

Sara Crewe is compassionate.
She grew up in exotic India, had a heart connection with her father, and possessed everything she ever wanted. Even as a little rich girl, she saw people beyond the surface, but her compassion was tested when she lost everything at once - her father, her status, her possessions.

Many of us would become self-centered and focused on our own woes, but Sara continued to see beyond herself, beyond her own situation. She treated her fellow servant, Becky, like a princess. She taught the other girls in the school that they, too, were princesses because of who they were, not what they had. What a gift to always see the best in people.  

Why We Love This Print:

SHE'S HOLDING A MONKEY OF COURSE WE LOVE THIS PRINT. (Also I'm pretty sure I'll take this to my next hair appointment and ask for her haircut.)

Scout Finch

BookTo Kill a Mockingbird

Why We Love This Character:

Scout Finch is curious.
Her questions are thoughtful, direct, and meant to help her see the world from the perspectives of others, not just her own. Scout is a young girl in the story but a grown woman as the narrator, and we get to see her childlike curiosity inform her adulthood on the page. She didn't always understand the answers to her questions or know how to reconcile when there weren't answers at all, but she saw people more than she sought answers, from Boo to Tom to her own father. I long to have the kind of thoughtful, courageous curiosity of Scout and hope the same is true of my own daughter. 

A beloved character in a beloved book. 

Why We Love This Print:

The compassionate curiosity behind her eyes is astonishing. She's looks and feels alive.

Jane Eyre

BookJane Eyre

Why We Love This Character:

Jane Eyre is steadfast.
Jane, like many of the others in this collection, has a multitude of reasons to give up, to conform her nature to her situation, to lose herself in difficult circumstances. She's an orphan, an outcast, and has no qualities suited for a life of leisure. Her future lies in serving others, in making young girls become who they're capable of being, a luxury she was not given as a child. 

Despite being in the shadows of her own life, Jane remains strong, resolute, and unwavering in her own convictions. She chooses justice over happiness, duty over whim, and in the end, love over personal comfort, all with an admirable willingness. 

Why We Love This Print:

She is plain and modest but still uniquely lovely.

Anne Frank

BookThe Diary of a Young Girl

Why We Love This Character:

Anne Frank is hopeful.
Anne is the only member of The Kinship Collection who actually existed, and her story is the most harrowing of them all. Forced to live in hiding for three years, behind a bookcase no less, she wrote in a diary that has become one of the most recognizable pieces of literature to date. 

She was a gifted writer and an excellent observer of people, but the most compelling thing about Anne was her hope. Of course she struggled with despair, spending her adolescence hiding to stay alive, but her words are full of concrete dreams to be a journalist, to go back to school, "to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met." A girl without dreams is a girl without hope, and I long for my own daughter to hold fast to her dreams even if all seems lost.

Why We Love This Print:

I love her hopeful expression and hair that looks so real I could reach out and touch it.

Jo March

BookLittle Women

Why We Love This Character:

Jo March is willful.
She writes thrillers under a male pseudonym to get published, cuts her hair to pay for a train ticket, rejects marriage proposals, and is - as she says - hopelessly flawed. And we love her for it.

Jo sees what has to be done and has no problem going against tradition to make it happen. Her stubbornness is as dangerous as it is powerful. And isn't that true of any of us and our faults? If nurtured properly, what some see as a hindrance can be the most effective part of who we are.  

Why We Love This Print:

I think Jo might be my favorite. Her expression, her wild hair, that dress, and can I be weirdly obsessed with her collarbones? Because I am. 

"So how do I hang these?"

So glad you asked.

In each package, whether you order three or the entire set, you'll receive two ways of hanging these prints:
clothespins + twine and metal clips.

The length of natural twine and wooden clothespins are perfect for hanging the prints horizontally. If you hang only three, the twine stays up well secured by strategically placed washi tape. If you hope to hang more, our recommendation is to make tiny loops on either side of the twine to hang on small nails. (Ask me how I know. Yeah, that strand totally fell an hour later. Go with the nails.)

The metal clips are simply designed and fit any decorating style, perfect for hanging the prints vertically. You can secure the top clip to a curtain rod with a ribbon or simply hang it on a nail or tack. You could even attach the hooks to a mobile!

And of course these would be delightful in matching frames. So many possibilities.

Cindy Cage, the Artist

This is the designer, and she is my mom.

Mom has been making stuff since I can remember. She had a handmade greeting card business before it was cool, before the Internet. She made the outfit I wore in my third grade class picture and the leather cuff I wore yesterday. 

Mom's artistic superpower is learning how to do something - pottery, stained glass, soldering, quilting - and then breaking all the rules to make it her own. She's relentless when she creates, not to make something perfect but to make it as real as it can be. 

That's why this collection is magical. 

She could've stopped when they looked good, but she didn't stop until they looked alive, until we wanted to brush their hair and listen to them laugh and hear their stories that we know so well. 

I love that these characters will hang in Annie's room and in the rooms of your little women, inspiring their little lives, but I get the extra perk of knowing that Annie's grandma is the one who made it happen. 

Love you, Mom. Thanks for making all of our lives better by being a thoughtful and courageous maker. 

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