Wednesday, May 30, 2012

We All Scream

It's getting mighty warm here in Boston, the land of perpetual winter. I know that means it's getting hot everywhere else as well! As soon as it's starting to feel like spring, all of the sudden it's gross and muggy out. Ice cream is the perfect summer time treat and even now I still love the vegan variations! I really love jewelry that looks like the food I'm craving and what's in my shop is no exception!

I've had these ice cream necklaces for quite a while and just never seemed to get around to getting decent photos of them taken and posted to my shop!

check them here.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Weekend Joy

I hadn't really intended my weekend to be an exciting holiday event, but it's sort of turning out that way and I'm not really complaining!

Tomorrow I'm walking up bright and early to go to the first Northeast Derby Convention hosted by Bruised Boutique! I am so pumped!

A few things before I leave for the weekend that I couldn't help but share. If you run a small business, a blog, or just like being crafty, this blog entry from A Beautiful Mess on Time Management is awesome! Definitely feeling inspired to be more productive with my time. I definitely spent wayyyy to much time just sitting on the internet when I could have been doing some much more productive!

I also discovered Calming Manatee this week. It is my new favorite meme. Love it more than Y U NO which is saying a lot!

I hope everyone has an awesome weekend!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wayward Bookworm: Starting From Scratch

I could talk about making my way through Game of Throughs (very slowly), but I don't know if I have the words to express how ridiculous and totally awesome those books are.

SO! Moving on to something more in my realm, a few weeks ago I finished reading Creative, Inc by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho.

I usually don't pay much attention to many of these "basics for newbies" kind of books as I've been doing the Etsy thing for a few years and have been relatively "self employed" for several months now. However, we all can become jaded and lose sight of what it is that we're trying to accomplish ESPECIALLY when you don't have a boss or a company to guide the way.

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 or 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!

All of their products have just a bit of a layout like tabs, grids, calendars, but then the rest is open ended with no real design or excess information. That way you just pick a few packs of what you like and can organize your day planner or recipe book or whatever in any fashion that works for your life. They always have things like pocket folders, page protectors, and sticky notes. ::SWOON::
I'm hoping this will all lead to better follow through of my goals, faster product creation, and maybe even paying my bills faster *fingers crossed*.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Movie Mondays

Here we go again! Another round of a Movie Monday Giveaway!
Last week's Movie Monday answer was...

Independence Day

Our winner was...

I will be contacting you shortly!

As for this week's Movie Monday...

Here are the rules:
1. Take a look at these awesome items from Etsy sellers
2. Guess what movie title they correspond to
3. Leave a comment with your guess and your e-mail address
4. All correct answers are eligible to win using a random number generator 
5. I'll announce the winner next Monday!
All correct guesses are eligible to win any item of your choice from my shop

etsy seller: makeshiftapparel

etsy seller: PunkieJunkie

etsy seller: fiftyacorns

etsy seller: MaryElizabethArts

etsy seller: SnappingDragon

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Monthly Fix

Okay I am officially hooked on sampler boxes! I am not really one to shop or keep up with trends and popular brands so they are basically a dream come true for me. Plus getting mail is so exciting! It's like getting a little surprise from a mystery friend!

First off, BIRCH BOX!

I have never been one to be big on make up. I've just finally managed to pin down a skin care routine involving some light make up after trying to figure out how this all works since I was about 12. Birch Box  was designed for people like me. Based on my first box, it's a good mix of basics (like a good moisturizer) with a phone item or two (like nail polish). 

In this box I received:
BVLGARI Omnia Crystalline Eau de Toilette Spray
I have never purchased a perfume because they are usually expensive and I worry that maybe they are too heavy. I don't wanna be that lady who gives everyone a headache from her overpowering smell. This perfume rocks (or at least I think it does for as good as I can smell myself). It's light and refreshing without being fruity. I wish I could comment more effectively, but as someone who knows nothing about perfume all I can really say is "Thumbs Up!"
Color Club Nail Polish in Clambake Coral
Kiehl's Abyssine Cream+
Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF 20 in Glow:
What, a tinted moisturizer designed for parts of the body other than your face? Awesome! 
Twistaband Hair Tie:
Just having shaved most of my head made this one kind of a waste of space, but oh well.
Birchbox Extra Notecard

For $10 a month, this box included a small collection of items, but everything is really high quality and definitely was great deal. Most of the make up products are at about the $50 price point in their full size containers which makes them items I would normally never get to try.


After looking at different sampler boxes, I thought "hmm I wonder if there is a vegan box?" So I Googled a bit and boom! Conscious Box!!! Hello lovely!
This box was an UH-MAZING deal in terms of the samples and coupons you get. I am definitely going to get a larger subscription for future months. 

This box contained:
Better Life Body Lotion
CANFO Natural Products- FlushMe detox formula
Good Nature Tea
Mayesa Ogranic Hemp Protein chocolate "milk"
Natural Vitality vitamins
Ultima Replenisher vitamin powder
Mate Factor 
Vaska Laundry Detergent
Bambooee Reusable Paper Towels
Wembe soap
Dr. Tungs toothbrush covers
Because I received so many different products, I don't really have a ton of feedback on specific items as I haven't had the appropriate opportunity to use all of them. I am definitely going to be keeping an eye out for more hemp chocolate milk though!

I also ended up getting the StitchFix box again and I have to say it's really opened my eyes to try and think about styling The Morose Bee jewelry with actual outfits especially for types of clothing that I don't actually own! I had such a hard time trying to figure out what to do with some of the clothes that I received this month. It's probably my new favorite exercise for jewelry design. I didn't take any pictures of any of that this month just due to lack of time. Maybe next month though!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Boston Exploration

 After my last week of feeling pretty crummy. I've had a good couple of days. Even though I live in an awesome city with plenty of things to do, I feel like I never get to see any of it. On Saturday Ari and I walked around town to check out the Christian Science Museum as well as The Museum of Fine Arts.

I have a bad habit at liking silly things when I'm in museums. Like statues that look like vampires and awesome fist shaped goblets. I like all of the silly random things.

I'm feeling so much better and even rocked out a bunch of painting today at work. I think the month of May is looking to have an awesome second half!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Down In The Dumps

Today. Was. Shit.

After a rough day at work last night (I don't know why, I was just in stress overdrive), I ended up arguing with people at Bank of America for over an hour and then arguing on the phone with people from T-Mobile when I got home. By the time it was all over, I was exhausted and frustrated. Instead of spending the day doing productive things, I've been in at home in a funk and feeling crummy.

As someone who's livelihood is based on constantly being creative, inspired, and motivated, today was one of those days that sets you back a week in productivity. It's frustrating sometimes that I can't just show up somewhere, clock in, trudge through, and go home.  When you run a small business, you must be feeling good and self motivated at all times and THAT IS FREAKING HARD.

I was so bummed out today I ended up not even going to roller derby scrimmage.

The only thing I can hope for is that a good nights sleep will leave me to feel refreshed and motivated.

Tomorrow is a new day. Here's to hoping. Cheers.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Movie Monday

Hello Again! Last week's Movie Monday answer was..

27 Dresses

We had no winner! Better luck this week!

Here are the rules:
1. Take a look at these awesome items from Etsy sellers
2. Guess what movie title they correspond to
3. Leave a comment with your guess and your e-mail address
4. All correct answers are eligible to win using a random number generator 
5. I'll announce the winner next Monday!
All correct guesses are eligible to win any item of your choice from my shop

And here are the items!

etsy seller: CCADesign

etsy seller: MadkDesigns

etsy seller: upscaleyardsale

etsy seller: happyfamily

etsy seller: CraftySupreme

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wedding Wednesday

First of all, I can't believe that I am writing this right now. I didn't think that Ari would even be thinking of purposing let alone coming home from work to spend a few minutes each night talking about our freaking wedding. It's the most surreal and unexplainable thing.
Naturally, I've been glued to my computer looking at wedding things in-between everything that I do. Every spare moment is a trip to Offbeat Bride or The Knot. I'm already mapping out the things that I will make myself, the crafts to come, tutorials for the blog, etc.

As a kick off post, here's a round of pretty wedding inspiration

this dress from Ruche. Not quite my dream dress, but still a close contender for a spring wedding. 

i am in love with floral print mismatched bridesmaid's dresses! another from Etsy