Archives for January 2016

01.29.2016

Blogger Profile:: The Arbitrary Fox

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The Arbitrary Fox is a brand new blog. It is a sweet little corner of the internet dedicated to fashion and style, run by mother and wife, Heather Gwinn. She is an artist and photographer living among the mountains in beautiful Colorado.

Heather created the blog to “get herself out of her small bubble”, make friends, and to share aspects of her life. She is very obviously a lover of all things DIY and crafty, as she features and promotes small home-grown shops in her blog posts.

She enjoys collecting pyrex, fashion, coffee, snow drives, and time spent with family.

Each image on her blog is brilliantly crisp and full of colour, accompanied by brief looks into her day and glimpses of her life with her family.

Although her blog is very new, it has already proven to be an excellent resource for fashion, and the occasional recipe, and will likely prove an even greater resource if Heather can keep it up. We hope that she does!

Allison
01.27.2016

ARTIST PROFILE:: QUIET CLEMENTINE

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Hana is the maker mastermind behind Quiet Clementine, based out of Arkansas, USA. She creates absolutely vibrant ceramic decor and jewelry pieces, each 100% by hand.

Formerly, Hana ran businesses making various items out of polymer clay, but she never felt that those endeavours were taking her where she wanted to go. Her father, a potter, then encouraged her to try her hand at ceramics, but at first Hana thought that she didn’t have the skill or space to dedicate to the craft.

Once she finally gave in to his prodding, she was hooked.

As it turns out, Quiet Clementine is the business that she never realized she had wanted from the very beginning. Now, Hana is excited everyday to work on her new venture and is anxious to see her little shop grow into all that she hopes that it can become.

Quiet Clementine ceramics made with the intention to excite and light up your eyes. They are meant for you to interact with them and hopefully they will bring you joy everyday.

Above all, it is Hana’s goal to “make fun things that are happy and vibrant” and she hopes that each piece will make your life just a little bit more colourful.

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Personally, I love Hana’s jewelry storage (pictured above) and her ceramic jewelry the most. So colourful and creative!

And she is running quite a neat little business too! She has nearly 300 sales on Etsy and more than 3.500 admirers. Check out her instagram @quietclementine where she has more that 500 bright and crisp photographs posted, with more than 11.7k followers. She also appears on Pinterest and Twitter.

Follow her shop on social media to get updates on promotions, special releases, and other shop news.

Allison
01.26.2016

Have you treated yourself lately??

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I was doing some online window shopping today. I would have loved to have made some purchases, but I’m STILL all tapped out after buying gifts for all of my friends and family members over Christmas. I won’t be able to really be able to think of myself for another month or so, and then, as always, there will very likely be something else that comes along and taps me out again.

I am not the richest gal in the world and maybe that is part of the reason why I so seldom have spare cash to spend on myself, but I don’t think that is the only reason why I never seem to get to treat myself. I think that a big part of it is that I very rarely put myself first or make my needs a priority over others.

I spent hundreds of dollars over Christmas, nearly putting myself into debt to assure that everyone knew how much I loved them in some material way.

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Allison
01.25.2016

Artist Profile:: Twinkie Chan

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Twinkie Chan is “that girl who crochets food scarves. eat your cake and wear it, too!”

Twinkie has been on the DIY scene for over a decade now, having launched her site in 2005. She is based out of San Francisco and is the author of “Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies: 20 Yummy Treats To Wear”, which came out in Fall 2010 and won About.com’s Readers’s Choice Award for Best DIY Fashion Book of 2011.

Her highly anticipated second book, “Twinkie Chan’s Crocheted Abode a la Mode” will be available in Spring 2016.

We can’t wait for that one!

Twinkie has also launched a diffusion line, “Yummy You! by Twinkie Chan” that offer up her signature crochet patterns in a more accessible way, at a more affordable price. The line celebrates bright colours, bold patterns, fun textures, and feeling cute at any age.

If you are looking for something special order, and if Twinkie has the time, you can nab a custom scarf, starting at $150 USD. Each of Twinkie’s hand-stitched pieces takes approximately 6 – 10 hours, with much time invested to ensure that all ends are carefully woven in.

There is tons of detail and love invested in each piece, so you can be sure that your scarf is as cute as possible.

All of Twinkie’s patterns and designs are 100% original, with some stitches being picked up along the way from other resources.

Twinkie has an Etsy shop filled with food inspired scarves, cup cozies, brooches, pen cozies, hair clips, hats, tissue box cozies, fingerless gloves, and tons of PDF patterns.

Stop on by and order up some of her yummy crocheted goodness!

Allison
01.24.2016

Top 5 Creative Coaches

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a creative cohort or partner in crime when you are feeling bogged down by your day-to-day just mentally drained and dull? Is there really such a thing?

I am here to tell you that there actually are many beacons of light out there in the creative universe that do just that!

Creative coaches take many forms. Some specialize in particular areas of creativity, like nonfiction writing, blogging, journal writing, life in general, or creative business enterprises. Others focus on simply getting you unstuck in life and whatever else may come in the way of your creative journey.

I have long yearned for the day when I could justify spending some moolah on myself and invest in creative coaching services of one sort or another. Personally, I would hope to find brand focus and my true voice through the help of a creative coach. Maybe one day I will.

For those of you presently on the market for creative coaching, I envy. If you are stuck on where to go and who to talk to, take a look of this at this TOP 5 list I have assembled of creative coaches from across Canada and around the world.

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Allison
01.23.2016

Book Review:: ISA DOES IT

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My handsome man friend and I are both vegan eaters and pretty active in the kitchen, although neither of us typically work from recipes. Personally, with the impending winter, I have been bulking up on cooking and baking supplies and one day, as I was clicking around on Amazon looking for my next mixing bowl set, I happened upon the ‘Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook‘ by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero.

I have heard of the book, being a long time vegan, and had known it to be the “vegan bible” in the kitchen. I ordered it and am still making my way through this tome of 336 pages. It is chalk full of new age spins on old staples and a great read all at the same time… however, it is not much for pictures.

As I continued clicking around on Amazon, ‘Isa Does It‘ was recommended to me, based on my previous purchase.

This book is a solo effort by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and is billed as ‘Amazingly easy, wildly delicious vegan recipes for every day of the week’. I made the second purchase of Isa’s book, based on it’s vibrant cover art and super value at $20.69 (list price is $30 USD) for 320 pages.

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Allison
01.20.2016

COSCHEDULE APP REVIEW

CoSchedule app reviewAn editorial calendar and social media strategy is absolutely crucial to your blog.

If you have already started writing your blog, you may find that keeping up with all of these things and their associated tasks may be hard to keep straight.

Keeping organized might entail the use of a calendar app, which we’ve reviewed here, or a to-do app, which we’ve reviewed for you here. Either of these options will help you manage your daily/weekly/monthly tasks.

What if there was a place where you could address all of your organizational needs (relating to your blog) all in one place?

Enter CoSchedule.

An app originally designed to integrate with WordPress, it now functions as a standalone content calendar for any and all marketing you are planning and its integrations include WordPress, Google Docs, Evernote, Google Calendar, Google Analytics, Bitly, and Buffer. It works seamlessly with all social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Google Plus.

CoSchedule helps you to easily create and manage your content, calendar and social media interactions with easy drag and drop functionality so that you never miss another deadline.

With CoSchedule’s workflow management, you can collaborate with your team to schedule tasks and ensure consistent published content.

Pricing for this app starts at $15/mo billed annually or $19 month-to-month for their Solo Standard package. If you are looking to integrate to Google Analytics, Evernote or Google Doc, you’re looking at $30/mo billed annually or $39 month-to-month for their, most popular, Solo Marketing package.

I have been using the app for several months now and consider it to be an indispensable tool. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to take their blog seriously and seeking to boost traffic through a social media strategy.

That should be each and every one of you, so sit up and take notice of CoSchedule!

Allison
01.18.2016

SQUARESPACE PLATFORM REVIEW

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Squarespace is known for it’s gorgeous templates and incredible customer support, with a guaranteed one hour email turnaround, 24/7. Wowzer!

Just head over to their homepage and you greeted with their amazing visuals and ease of a navigation.

Their styling options allow you to customize your site in a very detailed way, which can be overwhelming to the average person, but with a little work, these features are second to none.

Each template is created with modern browsers and mobile devices in mind, and all employ the latest HMTL, CSS, and Javascript techniques.

You are able to install multiple designs to a single website and work on them simultaneously. Each Squarespace template design supports all content types, including blogs, pages, galleries, commerce, calendars, and more.

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Allison
01.17.2016

Etsy Round Up:: Best Tech Accessories

Hands with smartphones, tablet over table with laptop and coffeeDress up your tech with some of the best tech accessories found on Etsy! Listed here are some of my all time favs. List your favourites in the comments below so that we can all go and check them out!il_570xN.604983919_693w

Steve Zissou phone case for iPhone 4/4s/5 and Samsung S4. $22 USD

From Heahter Buchanan

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Hello I love you robot with LEDs. $400 USD

From Kelly Newcomer

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Cat head mouse pad. $22 USD

From Felt Planet

il_340x270.528450302_170aMint flowers girl’s laptop sleeve. $32 USD

From Studio Papilio 

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Keyboard stickers. $20 USD

From Kidecals

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Padded computer bag with strap. $59.99

From Bertie’s Closet 

Allison
01.15.2016

Pick of the week:: Eva Design Studio

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Eva Design Studios, owned and operated by Keri Chubb, offers up planners on health, your budget and your day to day, but for the purposes of this month’s blogging theme, we’ll stick to the blogger planner.

It is available in an instantly downloadable PDF document, sized at 148 mm x 210 mm especially to fit either a Kiki or the Filofax Original A5 Organizer.

The planner is 12 very succinct pages that contain everything you need to stay organized on a daily basis with all of your blogging tasks.

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Allison