I’m Writing an eBook! {Reader Survey}

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eBook-Survey

… And I need your help! I have three topics in mind: Making Your Own Natural Beauty Products, Branding Your Indie/Handmade Business, or Getting Your Handmade Products into Retail & Online Stores. Which are you most interested in? I’ve created a super-quick survey that I would love for you to take. It’ll only take about 5 minutes.

>>> Take the survey here. <<<

Please be honest in your answers, and only take the survey once. Thank you so much for helping me out!

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Friday Faves: Being Boss Podcast + Free Wallpaper

Being Boss - Creative Quote feature via @poorandpretty

If you’re looking for some entrepreneurial inspiration/advice to kick your butt into gear and get shit done, listen to Being Boss. It’s a weekly podcast by Emily Thompson, Founder of Indie Shopography, and Kathleen Shannon, Co-Founder of Braid Creative. They are hilarious and sassy and give practical advice to creative entrepreneurs who know they want to start their own business, but aren’t sure how. Or already have their own business but are struggling with time management, designing a website, or being a parent. I have been listening obsessively. I am even saving up to join them in NOLA.

Being Boss - Creative Quote square via @poorandpretty

The above quote comes from Episode 6 – Staying Motivated and Happy. I’m trying to make this a mantra. When I notice my mind wandering or I just feel bored or listless, I try to do something creative to get my juices flowing again. Even if it’s just listening to a song I love or jotting down a few ideas for my next blog post. We’ve got to nourish our creativity.

Being Boss - Creative Quote - hand-lettered by @poorandpretty

I love this quote so much, I even hand-lettered it. Brittany of Glitter & Bold would be so proud!

Being Boss - Creative Quote Desktop Wallpaper via @poorandpretty

And I made it into a wallpaper. I told you I was obsessed, didn’t I? Download the wallpaper here. Photo Credit: Sebestian Muller, Unsplash.

What are you doing to nourish your creativity?

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The Condo Project: 12 Minimalist White Desks to Buy or DIY for Under $250

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It’s been a bit quiet here on the blog lately. Stan and I are waist-deep in our remodeling project! We’ve torn down walls, put up new ones, expanded closets, created storage space where there previously was none…  Needless to say, it’s crazy town in our condo right now. But I am exploring desk options for when we finish my new office. I’d like to keep it under $250 and possibly even make it. Here’s what I’m looking at:

1. Altra Parsons Desk via Amazon, $68.

2. White Caché Desk via The Container Store, $189. I love the pop of color in the drawer!

3. Shoal Creek Computer Desk by Sauder via Amazon, $102.

4. Josephine Desk via Cost Plus World Market, $200.

5. Prepac White Floating Desk via Amazon, $151.

6. DIY IKEA Hack Floating Desk via Apartment Therapy, $30-$40 estimated cost.

7. Convenience Concepts Designs-2-Go Trestle Desk via Amazon, $101.


8. Threshold™ Windham Desk via Target, $162.

9. Hamilton X Slat Office Desk via Target, $124. 

10. Retro White & Grey Writing Desk via Overstock.com, $223.

11. Klimpen / Nipen Desk Combo by IKEA, $190. 

12. DIY Parson Tower Desk by Ana White, $20-$50 estimated cost.

Bonus standing desk option: Public White 42″ High Dining Table via CB2, $400. Okay, I know this is a bit outside the $250 limit, BUT I had to include it because I think it’s a really neat option for a standing desk or craft area. Or I suppose it can be used as a dining table as intended. ;)

Got any desk suggestions?

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Etsy Finds: Indie-Made Father’s Day Gifts

best dad ever mug by @glitterandbold feat

Father’s Day is just around the corner, folks! If you’re looking for ideas, I’ve put together a Dad is Rad Etsy Treasury, filled with fun indie-made things. You might be able to get your gifts in time if you ask nicely for expedited shipping! Here’s a peek at what’s on the list:

best dad ever mug by @glitterandbold

Best Dad Ever Hand Painted Mug by Glitter & Bold.

robot skinny tie by @cinderandsalt

Robot Skinny Tie by Cinder & Salt. 

superdad card by @hartfordprints

Superdad Letterpress Card by Hartford Prints!

more cold brew kitchen towel by @andmorgan

Drink More Cold Brew Kitchen Towel by &Morgan.

Check out the full Dad is Rad Etsy Treasury for more ideas, like handmade wood cutting boards, beard care, minimalist wallets, and even a DIY bacon kit!

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Modern Brush Hand Lettering with Glitter & Bold

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Modern Brush Lettering with Glitter and Bold

Wednesday evening, I headed down to New Haven for one of Glitter & Bold‘s hand lettering workshops at The Haven Collective

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I like my handwriting, but there’s nothing decorative or fancy about it. One of my coworkers asked me to write on a chalkboard for her a few weeks ago, and I had to sadly decline and explain that a) I’m definitely creative but not artistic and b) I simply can’t write on chalkboards without causing internal bleeding for those within earshot of the squeaking. Long story short (too late), I want to learn to write pretty.

Tools - Modern Brush Lettering with Glitter and Bold

Brittany of Glitter & Bold — who makes lovely hand-painted mugs, pillows, towels and things — supplied myself and the two other students with notebooks and two brush pens each (one black and one hot pink.)

Modern Brush Lettering with Glitter and Bold at The Haven Collective

With the brush pens (which mimic paint brushes), you get a nice diversity of thickness with your lines. Brittany taught us to pull lightly on the tip of the pen on upward motions and press the side of the pen on downward motions.

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It takes little bit of getting used to, so we filled entire sheets of paper practicing just one letter.

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Practice does make perfect, and I think I’m getting better! I can’t wait for her hand lettering basics class next Wednesday. It’s sold out, but I’m sure she’ll host more.

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