Hi friends!!! I am so pumped to host this event for Bee Creative Swaps on my blog! Today is Frida Kahlo's 111th birthday and to celebrate her life we're having a blog block party in her honor. What that means is every hour for the next 5 hours we'll be posting something new from different contributors. A few weeks ago, Bee Creative Swaps wrapped up the Viva La Frida Swap and participants all over the globe have been sharing their Frida inspired items. This party is the final conclusion of all that creative awesomeness! Uncertain as to what Bee Creative Swaps is? Check out all the links below:
Bee Creative Swaps Website
Bee Creative Swaps on Instagram
Bee Creative Swaps Facebook
Bee Creative Swaps Patreon
Guess what else?! At the end, we're doing Bee Creative Swaps' BIGGEST GIVEAWAY EVER! We've teamed up with Bravery Magazine to bring you something very special. They've sponsored an issue of their latest publication all about Frida Kahlo to be included with this giveaway bundle and we are so thrilled! To learn a little more about Bravery, check out the review Lizette did on this issue HERE.
What's included in the giveaway haul?
A copy of Bravery Mag's Frida Kahlo Issue
A Frida Kahlo zipper bag made by me!
A butterfly notebook made by Lizette
A needle minder made by Lizette
A print from Gill D illustration
A Frida quote enamel pin from The Found
A paper flower made by Lizette
A sticker from Mis Nopales Art
A Frida bookmark from Pinkie Bows
A cross stitch made by Lizette with a pattern from Cupcakecutie (more about this pattern to come later!)
There will be three steps to enter this giveaway, but you'll have to stay tuned until the end of the Blog Block Party to see all the steps! For now,
1. Follow @BeeCreativeSwaps on Instagram
2. Follow @Bravery_Mag on Instagram
3. Stay tuned until the end of the party to complete your entry into the giveaway!
We'll see you in an hour for the first guest posts, but, while your waiting, check out all the links!
To be perfectly honest, this book didn't tell me anything I didn't already know, but that's not a bad thing! If it's been a while since you really did a self evaluation of yourself as a small business owner/freelancer OR if you're just starting out, this book is awesome! One of of my all time favorite crafty how to books is Crafty Superstar (which you can read my previous review about here), but Crafty Superstar tends to focus on things like doing craft shows. Not that it doesn't have other great information it at as well, but it doesn't always get down to the meat and potatoes of freelance work. Creative, Inc is a the starting point that we all need with great resources regarding things like licenses, taxes, customer relations, getting an agent, etc.
After finishing this book, I have purchased a new day planner and have completely reorganized the way I go about organizing my day. This may not sound like a huge take-away from this book, but I am a Day Planner Snob. I write in my planner incessantly and I am always looking for the planner that is the best laid out and that will save my life when it comes to keeping track of everything. What Creative, Inc helped me to realize was that I am trying to fit my life and my schedule into someone else's mold. No wonder I feel so disorganized and chaotic all of the time! What I needed was an organization method that didn't require me to put my life in someone else's pre made boxes. I ended up investing in a bunch of Russel+Hazel materials! I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!
I attended a craft party last Friday in honor of Etsy's birthday. I know many people around the country hosted or attended similar events and it was awesome to mingle with some creative folk. Some friends and I headed down to Pearl in Fort Lauderdale for the event hosted by the Hollywood Craft Mafia. I had never attended an event quite like this before! Out of the various craft options, I decided to make a stamp which you can see its purpley majesty above. It came out pretty cool, but I was feeling rather uninspired. During the event, we were also given special discounts to Pearl so I took advantage and stocked up on a few things I needed for TMB.
I recently finished reading Crafty Superstar by Grace Dobush. Crafty Superstar was an awesome read full of the most helpful information I have seen so far.
During the course of reading this book:
Click here to buy Crafty Superstar by Grace Dobush
Up next I plan on starting The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin. Etsy recently advertised that their kicking off a speaker series with Kari Chapin so I'm excited to dig in!
Click here to buy The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin. *Updated version HERE*
I highly recommend a book like The Handmade Marketplace or Crafty Superstar to anyone who sells on Etsy.
Just a San Francisco gal sharing creative pursuits, inspiration, and other things that interest me.