Blogs of mention…

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I stopped reading blogs ages ago, because I was afraid I would be too easily influenced by them, in retrospect I did myself an incredible disservice, not only did I miss out on community but I also missed out on new discoveries! I know, it’s so hard when there’s limited time and giving a ‘heart’ on Instagram or stalking your ex on Facebook is so much easier (I jest, my FB account is suspended for non-use, true), but you get my drift.

I recently read Erin Boyle’s book Simple Matters, I did not know she had a blog, her book had come up as recommended reading based on past reads. It’s a lovely little book, which is in line with her ‘less is more’ philosophy. I am a minimalist but she has taken it to whole new heights living in 240 square feet with obviously the best husband on earth (because if I lived in a 240 square foot apartment with my husband…), they now live in an under 500 square foot apartment with a toddler and soon to add a newborn. This is truly sticking to your ideals. Erin lives in New York city and I love her philosophy as using her city as an extension of her living space, think picnics in the park, etc. Erin has a good eye and exquisite taste, after I stopped by her blog I wished I knew about it sooner. Since we have already discussed blogs going the way of the dodo, I figured I’d give some mentions to blogs that are still out there and thriving, because it’s possible, anything is possible, right? If you are interested in a crash course in simple living than her book is for you, if you could have written the book on minimalist living then it is not, but your minimalist loving heart will embrace it–it is pared down, organized and well written. My only gripe would be I would have loved more of the gorgeous photographs that are in the book, but there’s the blog to visit to get your eye candy fix!

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Reading my tea leaves

Simple Matters- For anyone looking to de-clutter and organize their life

Erin Boyle Instagram

If you want more reading for a simple life here are a few that I enjoyed:

Plain Simple Useful by Terence Conran

Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson (be prepared to feel incredibly guilty)

Life Changing Magic of Tidying-up by Marie Kondo

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

What to read after Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children

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When Michelle and I first started writing our novel I only read non-fiction. I hadn’t read a fiction book in years, make that decades. My favorite books were non-fiction books that felt like novels, but I was always up for a good biography. I knew from my past experience with writing that the one way to become a better writer is to read–a lot. I also wanted to read in the genre we were writing and for the market we were targeting, to tell you the truth we still aren’t exactly sure who our market is, but I went with what I thought it was and delved into that category. We both felt that our book would most likely fit next to Ransom Riggs ‘Miss Peregrine’, (his series) so I read books that had that ‘feel’ in some ways.  I really wanted to share this list with you because there are a ton of gems in here. In the last year I have read a lot of books. This is not all of them but a chunk. Most if not all of the books were read on my Kindle which I checked out via my local library for free which is a service I am completely and utterly addicted to. It is very simple to sign-up with your local library and well worth the small effort it takes to get yourself set-up especially if you are as voracious a reader as I am!Read More

Attracting the clients/life you want

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The post title may seem a bit ambitious, but we always like to share what we have learned, especially since we seem to learn everything the hard way. We take the long road, no stops or short cuts and sometimes the reality of how we could have done things strikes many moons down the road. We will offer the abbreviated version so you can bypass all the detritus and actually have success a heck of a lot sooner (things we wished others would have shared with us!)Read More

Create patterns with your watercolor illustrations!

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For some, last week marked the start of the holiday season, good ‘ol Thanksgiving, now that our bellies are full and we had some time to relax and perhaps argue (the election here in the U.S. has created quite the controversy), let’s focus on something like making ourselves richer. Sound good?  Okay, technically I am not talking monetary riches, but Bonnie Christine’s new class could result in that. If you are unfamiliar with Bonnie Christine, she has basically taken her passion for pattern and created a small empire.  The best part? She’s super transparent on how she accomplished it and she shares ALL of her ‘secrets’ with you.

We thought you might like her latest class because it has a watercolor emphasis and since we just launched a class that lets you create a watercolor effect in seconds, we figured you could merge these two skill sets and perhaps make something AWESOME, that millions of people (or a hundred) will want, and if not you might be able to get a head start on your gift list, that’s something, right?

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Bonnie Christine’s Painterly Patterns Class

Foto Rx | One Click Watercolor Effects Class

Take our Watercolor Effect Class FREE (we have a few more gratis spots available)

Skillshare 3 months for .99 (for new members)

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Free Watercolor Effect in Photoshop Class!

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We are feeling super thankful for such a wonderful response to our latest launch! To share our gratitude we are looking for 25 students to take our new One Click Watercolor Effect in Photoshop class–FREE! The class includes 4 of our premium watercolor effects that Michelle and I created by hand, utilizing artist grade supplies (we will include the supply list soon because we found our current fave combos for practicing our watercolor), a 10 page PDF to peruse when you need a reference after the class and 3 hi-res Photoshop watercolor brushes! We really want projects uploaded so we so we can share with future students what cool results are possible with this new skill set!

We will give away a FREE class to anyone willing to take it and upload a project (limit to 25 students). This is a first come first served and it is the honor system, we can’t wait to see your projects!

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link below!

 First 25 Students FREE Watercolor Effect Class in Photoshop-Must be willing to upload project!

P.S. Once the 25 spots are taken, click the graphic and it will give new Skillshare members 3 months for .99! Cancel ANYTIME!

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.