Archive for the ‘Link Love’ Category

 

Tasty Typeface: Thirsty Rough

Friday, January 11th, 2013

I purchased my first font today! Normally I just gaze longingly at them, as they’re usually too expensive to justify buying for personal use – but this one was on sale for $9! Take a gander at Thirsty Rough:

 

 

I love the old-school, retro style of it. I can see this used in many a project.

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Indie Inspiration: Dog Lovers

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Indie Inspiration: Dog Lovers

1. BW Barkery //  2. RodaLuLu  //  3. Dogtails  //  4. Rockstar Puppy  //  5. Bacon Square Farm  //  6. Mimi Green  //  7. Billets-Doux

 

Today I’m featuring some of the incredibly cool accessories for our furry friends from Etsy (I’m just in love with number 7!)

 

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Worth Noting: Blog Improvement

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

 

2013 is going to be the Year of the Blog, I can just tell. To set you in the right direction, take a look at what some of these fine bloggers have to say about improving your own.

5 Things to Remember Before You Hit Publish at Hey, it’s Justine

40 Ways to Get Your Blog Off On the Right Foot at Campfire Chic

6 Weeks to a Better Blog at Silly Grrl

Primp your Facebook at Her New Leaf

Should I Get Paid for That? at Home to Heather

Why Every Blogger Should Have a Media Kit at VMac & Cheese

10 Reasons to Blog Ahead at Going Home to Roost

Blueprint for the Perfect Blog Post at Business2Community

The Four Faces of Link Building at Shellshock.UK

58 Ways to get Noticed as a New Blogger at Blog World

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Link Love: Upholstery Basics at Design*Sponge

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

One of the unfortunate things about some of the bigger and more popular blogs is that I always feel like I can’t keep up with them. I adore blogs like Apartment Therapy, Poppytalk, and Design*Sponge, but if I added them to my RSS reader, I’d have to spend all my time reading blogs.

The bright side is that when I do get a chance to browse, I discover really fun stuff! Meet today’s discovery: Upholstery Basics at Design*Sponge!

This beautiful Leather Bookcase rivals even *my* ambition

The author, Amanda Brown, has a series of posts with detailed instructions on all kinds of furniture and upholstery projects. I love it! Having the knowledge to revamp (or build from scratch!) furniture opens up a whole world of possibilities!

Lampshade tutorial - no, no *covering* a lampshade. Making it from scratch.

The most exciting thing, though, was this post on building a boxed ottoman from a coffee table. I am not kidding, Matt and I just got home from looking at ottomans at the furniture store.

Boxed Ottoman Tutorial at Design*Sponge

 

I am definitely doing this! Stay tuned – I’ll absolutely be posting photos when I do.

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Blog Brunch Blogger Directory

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Have you heard of the Blog Brunch Blogger Directory?
If you’ve participated, you can submit your info and they’ll link you on an interactive map of all the Blog Brunchers. Pretty cool!

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Worth Noting: 9/14/12

Friday, September 14th, 2012

 

1. Roxy, the super-sweet girl behind Society Social, was featured in Southern Living magazine! That’s so cool!
2. Round-up of some aesthetically pleasing inspirational quotes over on Miss Indie. (My favorite: “If you’re making mistakes, it means you’re out there doing something.” -Neil Gaiman)
3. Bobbi shares photos of Zurich – “I kind of felt like I was at Disney World, except nobody was running around in mouse ears.”
4. Ez of Creature Comforts shares some free inky Photoshop brushes. She never disappoints!
5. Kristin shares a great quote and graphic: “An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.”

 

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Web Design Inspiration

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

I haven’t talked about it much, but I set a big goal for myself this August: to be able to design and write a WordPress theme from scratch.

There’s only another day left in August, and I think I’m pretty close to achieving it! I’ll let you know for sure come September.

In my research, though, I’ve found some great resources for design inspiration that I’d like to share. Even if you’re merely an observer of good design, you can appreciate this!

 

1. CSSMania

CSS Mania is a gallery of web design that utilizes CSS (obviously). You can browse by hex code, which is pretty cool.

 

2. We Love WP

We Love WP is another, similar gallery, except that it focuses exclusively on sites that use WordPress. You can truly see how versatile the platform is.

 

3. Dribbble

Dribbble is maybe the obvious one, here. It’s billed as “Show and Tell For Designers” and is chock-full of droolicious design. I can lose (and have lost) hours here.

If you know of any other resources for inspiration, please share!

 

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Link Love: Society Social

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Through a link from the “Things I’m Afraid to Tell You” challenge (this thing just keeps giving and giving!), I happened across the lovely Roxy, who owns a business called Society Social.

They’re¬†”bringing the bar cart back”, and I, for one, could not be more excited about it.

For starters, I could not stop drooling over their website and magalog (yeah- they have a magalog. How freaking cool is that?)  The photo styling and design is impeccable; I love it.

They actually have a wide variety of furniture, but I’m really loving their bar carts. I don’t even really like drinking, but I’d love one of these in my house. I think my favorite is The Hostess? They’re all so very Mad Men.

That’s not even everything- they sell Hostess Gowns, vintage items (gasp!) and – wait for it – cocktail rings! Mother of God, I love cocktail rings.

I’m in love with how their items are so classic and vintage, yet updated with bright colors. They’re all seriously gorgeous.

Now, if you’ll leave me be, I’ll be daydreaming that I’m Joan Holloway, serving cocktails from a turquoise bar cart on my patio.

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Link Love: Creative Market

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Guys guys GUYS. There’s a really cool site I want to tell you about.

I’ve been a long-time fan of Colour Lovers. Mostly because I love colors. Thank you, Captain Obvious. ¬†SO when they started talking about their very own digital resources type of site, I was intrigued.

Creative Market

 

Basically, Creative Market isn’t unlike any other digital/designer resource site, but it’s from the good people at Colour Lovers.

Here’s the best part: signing up gets you $5 in free credit (and the resources aren’t terribly expensive, so $5 is significant!) and if you’re an “early subscriber” (their site hasn’t officially launched yet), you can download all of their current resources for FREE. Yep. Free.

It gets better. When you refer people, you get credit, too! $10 for 5 referrals, $30 for 20 referrals, and $200 for 50 referrals.

You don’t have to enter in any personal details to join and download the free resources; just your email address.

I’ve already used a bunch of the stuff I downloaded- they have everything: brushes, textures, web design templates, .psds, vectors, UI’s, fonts, etc etc. Here, I took a screenshot of a few of them!

Creative Market Free Resources

 

I have absolutely no idea how long the offer lasts, but I’d take advantage of it asap. There are TONS of things that would be useful for bloggers.

If you’d like to join, sign up here!

Yes, I will get some credits if enough people sign up. But, like I said, YOU’LL GET CREDIT TOO! It’s really a win-win. :D

 

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Worth Noting: Three Sixty-Five

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Title: Three Sixty-Five: Ideas for Blog posts, Scrapbook Pages, & Art Journal Entries
Author: Kam Altar (AKA Campfire Chic)
Price: $5
Buy it here.

Yesterday, on a whim, I purchased Kam’s book. I clicked thru one of her tweets to read this blog post, and a little banner at the top whispered in my ear, “Access 300+¬†ideas for blog posts, scrapbook pages, and art journal entries”, and I was like “Take me there!”

You see, ¬†try to art journal and scrapbook¬†paste junk in my smashbook and be all creative… but truthfully, I am NOT that creative. I need to see an idea first before I can do anything with it. Give me a blank sheet of paper and I’m like a deer in headlights. Yeah, it’s bad.

The main reason I purchased it is that I have to finish my Sketchbook Project (it’s really crunch time now) and I’m pulling a blank.

I’ve been a long-time reader of the Campfire Chic blog, and I really admire Kam’s creativity and style, so I figured it would be a worthwhile read. Regardless, I’m always happy to support another independent artist/maker/creative-type.

What’s the point?

Kam says, “I created this 26-page resource as a springboard for your ideas to come to the surface. There is plenty of room for you to write your own notes that will come bubbling to the surface once you start scanning the topics I have complied for you.”

Features

Lots of space for notes/doodles

I really appreciate the fact that she left space especially for notes – I personally like to keep my pdfs on my iPad (as soon as I start printing stuff off it ends up in a pile somewhere and y house becomes a flurry of random stuff), but I think this attests to her understanding of the kind of person who is likely to appreciate such a resource.That being said, even given the space for notes, there is no lack of content. I’ve gone through some e-resources (some of them I hesitate to call ¬†”eBooks” because they’re so scant) and being disappointed in the amount of content – oftentimes you truly get what you pay for. But with this, I found myself flipping through and thinking “Okay, surely this is the end… wait, no, this must be the end…” but it turns out that 26 pages is a lot!

Broken down into navigable sections

The book is broken down into 23 “chapters”, each covering a different topic. There are general ones like “Goals / To do / Challenges” and more specific ones like “In Your Bag”. It starts with a warm up, with some workbook-style questions on what you hope to get from using the book, etc.

Inspiring content

The first section of topics is “About You”, and I was really excited about the first prompt: Your Handwriting. I realized I have a lot to say about my handwriting, but I honestly never really thought about using it as inspiration for any creative work. Lots of the topics are like this – things that I’m kind of surprised I never really thought about before, but make great subjects.

Payment

The purchase link takes you directly to PayPal. I’m a big fan of paying for things with PayPal because I can pay directly with my debit card or with whatever’s in my account. You don’t need to create a PayPal account if you don’t already have one – and it’s pretty darn secure.

Download

This is an instant download, which is fantastic! Lots of PDF purchases involve waiting 24 hours or so to receive it in an email (which I don’t mind, but let’s face it- I’m impatient), but this takes you directly to a download link after you complete the transaction. Spiffy!

Verdict

Overall, I think this will prove to be a very valuable resource going forward. While there are a few prompts I probably won’t have a use for, there are many more that will provide lots of inspiration. They’re definitely not one-time-use topics; even if you used one every day for a year, you could easily revisit them as your life and circumstances change. And of course, a topic you used in your journal would take on a completely different life on your blog.

I really recommend this – it’s obvious that a lot of work and thought went into it, and for the amount of content, $5 is a steal.

Have you already purchased it? If not, are you going to? Tell me what you think in the comments!

 

 

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