Monday, October 31, 2011

peacin' out.

My bed is covered with 3 pairs of jeans, 6 scarves, 8 shirts, 3 skirts and 3 dresses (and I'll probably add more in the next 24 hours). My library book wishlist is about 6 books deep and I'm still deciding which backpack to take as a carry-on (thank you Delta for the two free checked bags for military!).

We're pretty much bouncing off the walls happy to be heading home to the East Coast this week! We're stoked for... 

... Chickfilaaaaa, pad thai at Nano's, Panera, a pastrami sandwich at Chick and Ruth's, Kohl's, Anthro, my favorite art store, Art 'n Things!

... Chris gets to meet 4 new nieces/nephews, I get to meet 3. We get to see all 11 of those kids! 

... ice-skating with all 6 of my siblings and 9 kiddos. 

... hiking in the cold forest. 

... big wedding shindig. 

... a photo shoot in downtown Annapolis! 

... Moriah and her baby girl, Lucia are coming to visit! 

... fires in the fireplace, boots on my feet, red noses, cozy blankets and coats! 

So I'm planning on taking a bit of a bloggy break here. Honestly, I'll probably be checking back in every now and then over the next two weeks. I just can't stay away from you people. If you want to keep up with me, follow me on twitter-- I will definitely still be chatting it up on there. 

(Speaking of twitter, if you want to see a picture of me and Chris dressed as Katy Perry and Steven Tyler on Saturday, I tweeted one here.) 

Also, the shop will remain open, but any orders placed while I'm away will be shipped the 3rd weekend in November. 

See you in a few weeks with more outfits posts, my review of my Kelly Moore bag, some {what I've learned} posts, lots of Little Things, more details on the Aisle to Aloha meetup,  and the Mele Gift Guide for your holiday shopping! :) 


Thursday, October 27, 2011

it's the little things:: text messages & an extra egg

It's been one of those weeks that this series was created for. It's been a rough week, guys. The little things this week have meant more than ever.

... a really awesome neighbor who has quickly become a friend. And thankfully, she was there for me the other night when I was attempting eggs benedict, had the hollandaise all ready and then got ready to make the eggs and... didn't realize that Chris had hard-boiled the rest of the eggs the night before. My sweet neighbor, Nicole sent over some eggs and even included an extra "just in case".

 ... texting with my Dad. I haven't talked about my dad much on here, partly because it's so hard to put into words what this man means to him. It's safe to say he is one of my very favorite people on earth. Can't wait to hug him SOON!

... my new camera bag! Weird how something so "big" turns into a little thing during a week like this. But it definitely was something to make me smile! I love my Kelly Moore bag and can't wait to use it in Maryland! 

(If you're confused because you thought I bought an Epiphanie bag, you are correct. I sadly am returning that bag. More on all that in another post!)

Bonus little things::

... eating cupcakes with cream cheese frosting with my friend, Krynn and talking about life. 

... lots of wonderful tweets and cyber--hugs from sweet friends. 

... Chris surprised me with a trip to get Froyo last night! :) 

... homemade iced coffee with whipped cream and cinnamon.

Can't wait to see your posts this week! If you are new to Aisle to Aloha and linking up for the first time (or hey, even if it's your fifth!), make sure you say hello! I'd love to meet you! :) 

I'm taking a bloggy break the next two weeks, so the next linkup will be on November 18th!

party rules.

1. Only link to your specific blog post, not to your blog's main page. See here for more explanation. 

2. Grab a button and/or include a link back to this post so your readers can come see what the fun is all about! You can find the code for the button on the sidebar or on the "little things" page.

3. Make sure you visit (and comment) on other posts linked up-- what fun is a party if no one talks to each other? Make some new friends! 

4. I reserve the right to kick you out of the party if you aren't playing nice-- so make sure your post is relevant to this party and is actually a "little things" post (ie. no giveaways, random posts from last month, etc.).

aloha from a sponsor:: suzi buchan!

Aisle to Aloha readers, meet Suzi, the creator behind the self-titled shop, Suzi Buchan Boutique! I'm drawn to Suzi's shop because of her delightful use of color and pattern and the bright photos she uses to show off her adorable decoupage products. Her decoupage hairbrushes are perfectly petite for throwing in a purse for on-the-go primping and I seriously would love some of her pretty pegs for holding those stubborn recipe books open! 

Keep reading to get to know sweet Suzi more and to see more of her pretty creations! 

A bit about Suzi:: 

Aloha! My name is Suzi. I'm a Christian, crafter and childcare professional from the North East of Scotland. In addition to running my Etsy shop I work part time in a Social Work department as a Family Support Worker. It's challenging and rewarding in equal measures, and I love it! I began my Etsy shop in 2010 after leaving college. For four months I struggled to find employment, and as a result began looking for something to occupy my time and bring in some funds. Now that I'm working I love maintaining my shop as a sideline. In my spare time I also enjoy horse riding, playing the piano, photography and ski-ing!

Your colorful decoupaged products are seriously adorable. How did you get into using decoupage? Do you remember the first thing you decoupaged? 

It was actually my Mum who first suggested decoupage to me, and as soon as I tried it I was hooked. I loved having the ability to take something plain and functional, and make it beautiful and interesting. The first few tries I had at decoupage didn't go particularly well, but by the time I had completed a batch of 17 hairbrushes for my aunt to give as gifts, I was getting much better. The first thing I decoupaged was a hairbrush, just like those which I currently sell. 

As a beginner handmade shop owner, you've probably gathered a lot of advice. What's the best piece of business advice you've heard (or read!) so far?

I am a perfectionist, and since starting my handmade shop, I've been battling constantly against that need for everything to be just right. When I first began my business I used to plan everything down to the minutest detail. I would have a price plan and marketing campaign all planned out before I had even created a prototype of the product they related to! The best advice I have heard is not to overdo the planning. If you plan all day, but don't create anything, your handmade business is going nowhere fast. It's about finding a balance, and sometimes just creating for the fun of it, and seeing what comes out.

What does your favorite color say about your personality?

My favourite colour is teal. I've painted one wall of my room in teal and I love it! I particularly like that it can look quite blue in some lights, and quite green in others. It's right there in the middle. I like to think that life is not about being one thing or the other. I can be a Family Support Worker, but also a crafter. I can be sporty, into horse riding and ski-ing, but also enjoy pastimes such as reading and playing the piano. None of us are all one colour - we're different colours, which, mixed together, result in something beautiful, like teal.

Wanna get to know Suzi better?? 

Shop in her Etsy shop! 

Chat with Suzi on twitter! 

Become a fan on Facebook! 

Thanks for hanging out here today, Suzi! So, guys --  I wonder. Are you a planner, like Suzi? Or do you fly by the seat of your pants-- like me? Maybe a little bit of Suzi's planning needs to rub off on me! ;) 


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

adventures of the wandering whippycakes :: house puppet // oahu, hawaii

whippy cake:: {house puppet}
cardi:: {target}
top + belt:: {forever21}
capris:: {um, have had them forever?}
sandals:: {payless}

Here we are at the Adventures of the Wandering Whippy Cakes v. 4! If you've missed the last three editions, make sure you check them out to see how I've styled each of the Whippy Cakes that have come my way. (And if you're totally new to this series, think of it as a version of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but with cute accessories and bloggy sisters!) 

Today I'm rocking Sandy's House Puppet, with bright hues of coral, chartreuse and gray. 

Preparations are under way for our trip to Maryland. Well, in reality, our hearts are more prepared to be there than either of us are physically. I'm working away at some custom pieces this week so I can send them off to their new owners before we fly away. The bright colors I'm using make me happy. I love when I get to work on pieces that exude cheerfulness. :) 

I also got another chop in preparation for the wedding festivities, and TWO photo shoots we'll be doing in Maryland! It's a bit shorter than normal, but um, I kind of love it. Don't tell Chris-- my hair just keeps getting shorter and shorter! 

Alright, now go check out my girls and how they rocked their Whippy Cakes! These girls are the bomb-diggity. 

Sandy of Sandyalamode

PS. Linking up with Lindsey today! :)


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

{what I've learned}:: starting a handmade shop!

Some of the emails I get most often are about how to start up a handmade shop. In fact, the idea for this {what i've learned} series blossomed after receiving a few of these emails. I am not an expert by any means and I know that there are many many people out there who do it better than I do. But one of the things that I love most about the blogging world is seeing each person's individual point of view. So here is a not-at-all-extensive list of a few key elements I learned when starting a handmade shop.

{To see the other posts in this series (blogging, blog-commenting and twitter), click here}

Have passion

 Before you even start thinking about running a handmade shop, ask yourself if you are passionate about creating, running a business, working hard. You'll need that passion when the going gets tough, when sales are slow, and when negativity comes your way. Running a handmade biz is not for everyone and that's okay! It's not an easy way to make money-- it's hard and it takes a lot of work. Wherever your passion is-- follow it. If you find that you are developing a passion for handmade, then get ready for the beautiful journey in front of you.

Create beautiful/unique/quality products

As I said, selling handmade is a tough business. I've come up with an idea for a painting many times, only to find out that someone else already had that idea before me. What a bummer! Back to the drawing board.  It's tough work to create unique, beautiful and quality products. Trust me, I know! But it is well worth the time and effort you put into your product. If you are thinking of starting a shop to sell, say, wreaths-- do your research, find out what kind of wreaths are out there and do your best to create something unique that you haven't seen yet.

It's tempting to re-create a product that is already successful, but where's the joy, integrity and innovation in that? Even if it takes a few months to develop a few unique and gorgeous ideas, take the time and I think you'll find that you'll be more successful, respected and sought after as a business owner and artist.

Make an impression -- Brand yourself!

Ok, so you've got your passion, you've got your beautiful and unique product, now it's time to brand yourself. I'll be honest with you-- looks matter. If you don't have design skills, find a designer to help you create branding that is beautiful, consistent with your product and has "you" written all over it. But branding is more than just the design element of your shop. It's the general aesthetic, the feeling that you want your customers to come away with. Do you want it to feel cozy and warm? Bright and fresh? Serene and calm?

You'll want to extend your branding to all parts of your shop-- banner/header, packaging, blog, even your photos and how you respond to emails! It took me several tries and almost a whole year to get to the branding that I have now and that I feel embodies Aisle to Aloha Studio. Colorful, bright, fresh, modern-- I hope that those are the words that my visitors think when they come to my shop.

I'll be going into branding more extensively in its own {what i've learned} post, so stay tuned for that down the road.

Fill up that shop!

One of the most common questions when opening a shop is how many items to have on that first day? Here are my thoughts-- however many items it takes to give the customer some choices and an idea of your aesthetic- that's what you should shoot for. I started out with 11 paintings in my shop on the first day I opened. I think 10-11 is probably a good minimum number, more if you can. Any less than that and your shop may look "empty" and uninviting.

Continue to fill your shop up. That number can be whatever you want it to be. Some people have 300 items in their shop, while I personally keep about 30 paintings in my shop. Part of that is because I spend a lot of time on custom paintings and don't always have time to fill the shop more. But I also enjoy shops that are easier to browse and not quite so overwhelming. You decide for yourself.

Get your name out.

Your shop is open, yay! Now it's time to get your name out there. How do you do that? I suggest running giveaways on blogs as well as sponsorships. Work within an advertising budget for both giveaways and sponsorships and spend some time researching and deciding which blogs could be a good fit for your shop. Consider the audience, size, content and aesthetics of the blog, as well as, obviously, the cost for advertising. Not all blogs will be a perfect fit for advertising and it might take some trial-and-error to figure that out. I've had fabulous traffic on some smaller blogs and not so great traffic on larger blogs. 

I asked fellow shop owners on my Facebook page and Twitter to chime in with their tips for new handmade shop owners. Here's what they had to say.

Moriah of Moriah Makes says:: Clear and accurate product photos are important!

Jill of Ernestine Edna says:: 'Be patient. Enough said, I think'

Nicole, of The Lovely Poppy says, "Make something unique to you and don't imitate others! Everyone has unique talents."

Bri of Mod Memento says, "There's an art to tagging your products appropriately..."

Erika of Stitched Simplicity says, 'Don't get discouraged when you don't have instant success. Keep at it if it is something you love and recognition will come."

So are you thinking of starting a handmade biz? I'd love to hear all about it! Are you a handmade biz owner and want to chime in with your own tips? Join the conversation in the comments below!

Print from Etsy found here:: 1, 2, 3


Monday, October 24, 2011

a recipe for you:: fire lime shrimp tacos!

 This is not a food blog. But sometimes Chris and I make up (or come across) a recipe so delicious, I feel like it would be a blogging crime to keep it from you guys. We have so much fun cooking in the kitchen, it's seriously one of our favorite ways to spend time together.

Lately we've been obsessed (oooobsessed) with shrimp tacos. We created this recipe from lots of different recipes we found on the web and we call it fire lime shrimp tacos. The way we cook-- we don't really use measurements-- we just throw things in to taste. So, I don't have measurements here for you. It all depends on how much spice, etc. you want. I think that's part of the fun-- making it your own! 


shrimp marinade:: 
shrimp:: we use frozen/peeled/deveined shrimp.
olive oil:: just enough to coat the shrimp!
cayenne:: the more you add, the spicier the shrimp will be!
1-2 minced garlic cloves

lime-cilantro sourcream::
sour cream
lime juice
chopped cilantro
chopped jalapeño (optional)
salt to taste

chopped purple cabbage
lime slices
tortillas:: flour or corn, whichever you prefer! We like to use the small size.

Make it:

1. Thaw frozen shrimp. We use a bowl of warm water and a tightly sealed plastic bag.

2. Coat thawed shrimp in marinade and place in fridge for at least 20 minutes.

3. Combine ingredients for sour cream and set aside.

4. Cook the shrimp on medium-high-- not for long! If they are cooked already, you only need to heat them for about one minute. If raw, cook for about 3 minutes, just until they're no longer translucent. Cut off the tails.

5. Serve on warm tortillas with lime-cilantro sour cream, chopped purple cabbage, cilantro and lime juice. A nice cold Corona with lime goes perfectly with these babies.

Usually when we have these for dinner, there's no conversation, just some "Mmm"s and "Oh, so good"s and munching going on. The flavors are divine-- the spiciness of the shrimp paired with the creamy tang of the sour cream and the crunch of the purple cabbage.

I'd love to hear what you think if you make these! Got any meals you're obsessed with lately??


Thursday, October 20, 2011

it's the little things:: book boyfriends & chicks on the beach

It's the Little Things linkup! Ready, go! 

... library books. I am a bit addicted to YA fiction lately. It's perfect for beach, plane or couch potato reading-- so easy to get drawn into the moody characters. Don't judge, okay? Actually, go ahead and judge me. I'll just go hang with Lauren and Ilene and talk about our book boyfriends. 

... homey touches. Okay, so we've been in this house for over two years, but I'm constantly changing things around and adding touches that make it feel more ours and less like a white box. 

I got these lamps at Target this week and I love the warm light they cast in the room-- much more cozy than our cheap IKEA lamps! 

I've also been working on this painting for our bedroom. I kind of like how it is now but Chris thinks it stills needs some work. We'll see who wins this one... ;) 

... baby chicks! At the beach we frequent for dawn patrol, there are some new baby chicks! The chicks and mama are sweet, but the rooster that snuck up behind my chair and crowed in my ear almost made me pee my pants! 

Bonus little things:: 

... a big rainstorm on Tuesday night. Chris and I went for a walk when we thought the rain had let up, but ended up getting caught in another downpour. I love a good rainstorm! 

... my best bloggy buddy, Moriah, is coming to visit me during our trip to MD! I can't wait to squeeze her! 

... a reader emailed me and said that she saw me at Forever21 (kind of appropriate place, right?) the other day, but she was too shy to say hello (hi Tricia!). It's kind of my dream to be recognized in public, so make you sure hi if you see me! :) I will hug you, just a warning. 

Okay, so I just want to remind everyone to please make sure your posts are relevant "little things" posts. A lot of people have linked up with random posts that are really very nice, but don't have anything to do with the linkup. Also, please link back to me-- cuz it's just the nice thing to do! ;) 

Even if you don't linkup with me, I'd love to hear your little things for the week! What made you smile and got you through to Friday?

party rules.

1. Only link to your specific blog post, not to your blog's main page. See here for more explanation. 

2. Grab a button and/or include a link back to this post so your readers can come see what the fun is all about! You can find the code for the button on the sidebar or on the "little things" page.

3. Make sure you visit (and comment) on other posts linked up-- what fun is a party if no one talks to each other? Make some new friends! 

4. I reserve the right to kick you out of the party if you aren't playing nice-- so make sure your post is relevant to this party and is actually a "little things" post (ie. no giveaways, random posts from last month, etc.).

announcements! sponsorship & a meet-up!

{Sponsor Aisle to Aloha!}

Can you believe the holidays are coming up so quickly? They especially sneak up on me here in Hawaii, where we don't have wintry reminders like the chilly wind and gray skies (which I actually miss dearly!) 

As a handmade shop owner, I know things are already in full force getting ready for the holidays! Have you thought about sponsoring Aisle to Aloha?

This year, I'll be hosting my very first Mele Gift Guide! All sponsors will be included and I'll be featuring your beautiful items, as well as your Black Friday and holiday discount codes. If you'd like to be a part of this (and gain more exposure for your shop), consider sponsoring this little blog! 

If you're interested in, please check out my sponsor page where you will find all my stats, rates and policies! No need to email me for pricing-- all the info you need is right here! If I consider your shop a great fit for Aisle to Aloha, I'll give you a big virtual hug and we'll go from there! 

PS. Blogs are absolutely welcome as sponsors as well! 

{Reader Meetup!}

Alsoooo! I've gotten a few emails from readers here on Oahu introducing themselves (hi, guys!) and offering to meet up. Honestly, I think it might be super awkward to meet up one-on-one when I know nothing about you and you know everything about me. I mean, love ya, but ya know...

But I have a solution!

I've been brainstorming an idea. I'm thinking of pulling together an Aisle to Aloha meet-up -- maybe in late November or December. I was thinking maybe we could grab some cupcakes, sit around and chat and connect? It would hopefully be less awkward than meeting one-on-one and we can all meet new friends. This isn't specifically for bloggers-- but readers of Aisle to Aloha, no matter who you are. 

If you are down for something like that, shoot me an email and if I get enough interest, I'll start planning!

Ok, that's all! Come by later for the Little Things linkup!  


aloha from a sponsor:: tag you're it jewelry!

Aloha lovely readers! Get ready to meet the incredibly sweet and creative mama behind Tag You're It Jewelry! Kelsey was kind enough to answer some questions for me and psst... she is even offering YOU an awesome discount on her gorgeous hand-stamped jewelry, so keep reading! 

A bit about Kelsey::
Aloha!  My name is Kelsey and I am a Jesus follower, wife, mommy, blogger, and small business owner.  I have been making handstamped jewelry with my sister for two years and love it!  Our days are usually pretty crazy while we try to hammer on pieces of silver in my living room in between errands, mealtime, playtime, and naptime (unfortunately only our kids get the naptime). 

What is the most sentimental piece of jewelry you've made to date? 
The necklace I wear around my neck everyday is the most sentimental to me.  Originally, it was just one round tag with a married monogram and the year my husband and I were married around the edge.  After my daughter was born last year, I added a rectangle tag with her name.  I decided a few months later to then add her birthdate on a square tag.  Then, I added her birthstone and a sterling heart.  I always tell people that I wear my family close to my heart.  I am sure as my family grows, my necklace will also grow until it will eventually look like Mr. T.  Then, I might design a new piece for myself.

As handmade shop owners, bloggers, women, people, we all face challenges that teach us valuable lessons. What is one challenge you've faced in your business and what has it taught you? 
I am fighting a daily battle with priorities.  I am SO grateful to be able to work from home while raising my one-year-old daughter.  However, there are days where I throw Delaney in front of Sesame Street with a handful of crackers so that I can work.  I realize that hours have passed while she spends the afternoon entertaining herself.  I will also find myself sitting on the floor to play with her, but then I pull out my phone and check emails even though it was supposed to be time with her.  I always get frustrated with myself at the end of days like that because I was so busy working on jewelry orders and I didn't spend quality time with her.  This is something that I am constantly working on and still haven't perfected.  Having your own business can be difficult because it is not like you clock out at 5:00 and don't return until the next day.  There are ALWAYS things that you could be doing, so sometimes I literally have to force myself to "unplug" and spend quality time with my family.

And lastly, what is your favorite color and what does it say about YOU?
My favorite color is royal blue and I think it has been blue since I was probably in second grade.  I think it means I am a pretty simple person, since it isn't something fabulous like jade or mustard yellow.  I would probably say that 4 out of 5 shirts in my closet are some shade of blue.  The color just makes me happy and most importantly, I think it looks great on everyone.

Hey guys, it's Lindsay again. Um, wow, do you relate with Kelsey's biggest challenge too? I can totally relate to that. Thanks for your transparency, Kelsey! 

Now, is her jewelry gorgeous or what? Want more of Kelsey??

Follow her blog! 

Chat with her on twitter! 

Shop on Etsy! 

Shop in her store!

Kelsey is oh-so-very generously offering a whopping 20% discount to Aisle to Aloha readers with the code ALOHA20. Go getcha some bling! 


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

[what i've learned} Twitter (and a FREE e-book for you!)

It's been a little while since my last {what i've learned} post. I'm enjoying sharing the things I've learned over the past few years as a blogger and handmade shop owner.

{You can find the previous posts on blogging and blog commenting here.}

Today we're talking about Twitter. If you've been reading Aisle to Aloha long enough, you've probably caught on that I am an out-and-out Twitter junkie. It wasn't always this way. I resisted Twitter for a very long time. I thought it was pointless and just another social media outlet that I didn't need to waste my time with.

But as is the case more often than I'd like to admit, I was wrong. Besides the inspirational people I meet every day and real friends that I have made, I have had the chance to connect with companies I admire, and have had great opportunities to promote my blog and shop through Twitter.

I'm excited to introduce something really awesome to you today. I've teamed together with five other incredibly inspiring and talented women to bring you a  FREE e-book called "How to Make Your Business Shine with Twitter." It's chock full of tips and advice on making the most of Twitter for your business or blog!

 Keep reading to hear my own list of things I've learned about Twitter and then click over to the e-book to gather even more in-depth ideas on making the most of this useful tool!

{Put a face to the name}

When choosing your Twitter avatar (picture), it may be tempting to display your logo or a picture of your cat. I say keep that logo for your business cards (and the cat for um, your cat blog?) and show your face! I'm about 95% more likely to be interested in getting to know someone when I see their cute face smiling at me from that Twitter feed.

{Build relationships first, promote second}

Even though Twitter is a fabulous promotional tool and it's one of my top referrers for both my blog and shop, it would be pretty useless for me if I only posted links and didn't build relationships first. Look for people that share the same interests as you, bloggers that you admire, people that your friends are talking to. Follow them, tweet back to them, have conversations.

I try to always introduce myself when I start following someone. I know that I love meeting new followers and it's not so creepy that way. :)

Forget the auto-DMs (direct, or private messages) and the "follow me please"'s and stick to authentic and real-time interaction with your followers and those you follow.

In the midst of creating those relationships, you can create hype for your product. Learn more about creating hype for your product in my chapter of the e-book!

{Keep it real-- to a point}

I know your life isn't always rainbows and sunshine. Mine isn't either. Most of the time, the people I connect with most are those that keep it real. I don't like seeing someone disappointed or frustrated, but when someone can share those weak points in their day, I connect with them as a person and not just as a Twitter avatar. (Plus, you never know when someone might have an answer to your problem or even offer to pray for you when you need it most!)

This needs a balance though. I tend to shy away from those tweeters that only spout negativity. The point is to be genuine. Don't feel like your life needs to be perfect to appeal to followers, readers, etc. We all know that you've got crackers under the couch and laundry piling up.

In our e-book, Danielle says, "It’s easier and more meaningful to connect with an actual human than with a milk carton, or something that acts like one." You speak the truth, sister. 

{Check yo'self before you wreck yo'self}

I'll be honest and say that is really easy to get sucked into Twitter (or, um, any social media, really.). There are days when I feel glued to my phone and computer, because my friends are on Twitter, or I need to make those connections, or whatever. It is great to really be involved and connected. But I find that when I spend too much time online, I start to compare myself to others. And I feel uninspired and unproductive. There are days when I have to peeeeel myself away from the computer. On those days, I literally have to close my computer and hide my phone. It might not take something so drastic for you, but on the days when I'm feeling least inspired, I have to check myself and make sure that I'm spending enough time unplugged.

Want even more in depth tips and advice on using Twitter for your business? Below are the chapters you'll find in the e-book along with the inspiring women who authored them. Click their names to head over to their blogs and click HEEERE to hop over to the free e-book! It'll take you directly to the book and I promise it will be a worthwhile 10 minutes of reading time!

Making Connections that Stick 

The Importance of Being Earnest (Or Whatever Your Name Is) 

Why I Don't Use Twitter to Promote My Blog 

Creating Hype About Your Product 
by Lindsay Wilkins (that's me!)

Build Your Community by Partying: How to Join and Throw a Twitter Party

The Space-Twitter Time Continuum:How to Manage Your Tweeting Time

I'd love to hear what you have learned from Twitter! Are you a tweeter? Have you beem hesitant to join like I was? Share with me in the comments and let me know your thoughts on the e-book as well!

typography sources:: 1, 2, 3


aloha style: walkin'

scarf:: {apearantly sew}
top:: {forever21}
cutoffs:: {american eagle}

Ever have those days (or weeks) where you just feel burnt out? Tired of the same-old? Sick of the stress you put on yourself? I'm having one of those weeks over here. I love painting and I love blogging but I'm ready for break. Thankfully there's one just around the corner. I'll be taking a short 2 week break in November when Chris and I head home for some time with our fams in Maryland. We are so excited to get home to the East Coast for some sweet family time and fall weather!

Until then, inspirational walks with Chris at sunset help to shake off the ho-hums, the stress, the to-do's. The light at this time of day is so rich and magical. Holding hands, deep breaths, skipping rocks, looking for fresh fruit in the mango trees. Yeah, that's the stuff. 

What do you do to recharge?

PS. Gosh, my husband is a hunk. Mmm. 

PPS. Um, yes, I have paint in my hair. Chris told me to leave it-- he thought it was pretty cute. ;) Just keepin' it real.