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
01.13.2016

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

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I think that it is pretty fair to say that we would all like to be successful in our lives, right??

But what does success mean to you?

What does it look like?

I am here to tell you that what success means to you, may mean something totally different to the next guy or gal in the room.

So, what really is success?

And how do we know once we’ve achieved it?

Since success means something completely different to each and every single one of us, I believe that it is extremely important that you take steps to define what success means to you, specifically, prior to beginning any new venture. If you don’t define it and map it out, how will you know if you have ever achieved it?

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Allison
01.12.2016

My favourite journaling supplies

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I just mentioned how much I love to journal in my previous entry. I write each and every day and, truly, I don’t know what I would do without it.

I have been keeping a journal, in one form or another, since I was about 13 or 14, so that’s about 20 years and a whole lot of books!

I find it to be a fantastic way to relieve stress and work through my problems, by getting it all out of my head and down onto paper. It is also a great way to commemorate special life events, whether they be joyous or tragic, each is mapped out and remembered forever.

Looking onto the blank page, just waiting to be filled with my every moment, is so exhilarating, I just can’t stand it!

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Allison
01.11.2016

ARE YOU FEELING LESS THAN INSPIRED???

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We’ve all been there.. staring at the computer screen.. waiting for those creative juices to start flowing. It can be absolute torture!! So, what do you do when you’ve hit the wall?? How do you break free from the clutches of the dreaded brain freeze??

You can ask around. There are lots of people with loads of opinions of how you can finally get back to the grindstone. It can be hard to know who’s got the real deal tactical advice and who is just blowing smoke.

Personally, I’ve tried plenty of creative solutions to conquer writer’s block. I’ve even tried a few of apps, such as Sticky and Unstuck.

Unstuck, in particular, is especially good. It teaches you that getting unstuck is all about making a pivotal change in your life and that any act of change starts by addressing your behaviour. Specifically, seeing, believing, acting, and thinking.

You must see the world as full of possibilities.

You must believe you can change the way that things are now.

Act to turn your ideas into reality.

And finally, think about the ways you can make a meaningful transformation possible and create a plan.

It’s really a very handy tool.

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Allison