Posted on Feb, 18. 2014 Category out and about Tags
Rebecca and I just settled into Vegas today for our buying trip for the Fall/Winter 2014 season. We can’t wait to get to work tomorrow and check out what’s new from some of our favorite brands like Dear Creatures, Seychelles Shoes, and Tulle, and meet some new designers as well. Tonight we had dinner at our favorite Vegas restaurant, The Peppermill. It’s like a 70s neon lounge that never grew up (nor does it need to)!
Posted on Feb, 12. 2014 Category at the office Tags
I’ve always said that the reason I work for myself is for freedom, not for money. In the last ten years I founded three businesses, each of them allowing me the flexibility to work on the projects that meant most to me as well as have a fulfilling personal life. When I flounder, the motivation and inspiration comes from my mentors and peers in my industry and business community. One gentleman in particular, author/explorer/schemer/dreamer Chris Guillebeau, makes it his mission to spread the inspiration around with his Unconventional Guides series that offers support to people who are looking to do things they are most passionate about. His latest in the series, Designed to Sell, was compiled over the last six months to inspire creators, crafters, artists, designers, and makers of all kinds to build a lifestyle and career around their creative pursuits.
When you sign up for Designed to Sell, you get what Chris calls “a complete toolkit for creative freedom,” meaning hundreds of pages of insightful and eye-opening content, dozens of interviews with makers who share what they’ve learned, follow-up support for your venture and work to help ensure your success, and guides to pricing, social media, and other how-tos you’ll need to get a leg up in the creative business community. The crazy thing is, Designed to Sell also comes with a $5000 earning guarantee, meaning you’ll make money after using the guide or you get your money back.
I know this guy and he knows his stuff. Chris’s passion for helping people realize their potential is the motivation behind the Unconventional Guides series, and if your dream is to make a living with What You Make, Designed to Sell will be an ideal resource for you.
There’s a lot to learn in there no matter how far along you are on your path to creative freedom! I think you’ll like it.
Posted on Feb, 11. 2014 Category pertaining to alice Tags
This is seriously the cheapest way to do class valentines ever…you could use collage materials like sheets from the yellow pages that get dumped on your doorstep, brown paper bags, stickers, all the art supplies and paper in the dang cabinet.
I cut out rectangles of drawing paper for every kid in Alice’s class, and she used oil pastels, colored pencils, crayons, sharpies, and mostly watercolors to decorate each one. Most of them have hearts, some of them have little aliens or bugs or smiley faces. She wrote her name on the back of each card.
It’s such a simple project for such a sweet memory. Good return on that one.