task rabbit besotted blog

Tomorrow is April 1st and we are moving for the fourth time since we have landed in Seattle last May, nope not kidding, that’s totally normal right?  In my defense two of those moves were not planned. I mean we planned one move and that place turned out to be a nightmare, I was 8 months pregnant and on the day we moved in there was no toilet type of nightmare?  What?  A pregnant woman needs one of those things, often. That wasn’t even the straw that broke this camels back, I got locked in my apartment and so many other things that we ended up moving out 2 days later. We luckily were able to move back into the apartment we moved away from otherwise we might have been homeless. And yes, they were true moves where you pack everything up move it and then unpack, then have to pack up everything and move it again and unpack.  We did it in a span of 48 hours and if we didn’t get a divorce after those shenanigans I think my husband and I are good for the long haul.

So what does that have to do with Task Rabbit? First off, I wish I knew about Task Rabbit prior to all the moving, because we could have used an extra set of hands (and truck).  Task Rabbit is a service where you can post ‘tasks’, errands, DIY projects and the like and get someone to help you with them! It was borne of necessity the founders were going out one night and realized they were out of dog food, they thought wouldn’t it be great to have a service that they could call that could go out and buy said dog food and feed the dogs while they got ready for their night out? Voila!  Task Rabbit was created!  I have used them a a couple times now, I had a Task Rabbit go to Lowes by me some shelves and install them. I posted the price I was willing to pay, the Task Rabbit bid on the project, I read all of his reviews, chose him, scheduled a time and just like that I had shelves in my studio, a project that I had neglected for months and months!  I can’t even get into how many DIY projects I want to finally be able to accomplish, okay, it wouldn’t technically be DIY but ‘do it with the help of Task Rabbit’.  There’s this desk that I have always thought was super clever, clean and might work for my new “office” space which will be housed in our livingroom, I don’t want something that screams ‘office’. They also do Ikea runs and Ikea assembly, which would be near impossible with a 4 month old. I haven’t even cooked dinner in 4 months, washed my hair (joke, kind of..) let alone go to Ikea, pull my merchandise, squish it in the car and assemble something unwieldy like an Expedit. Just thinking about it has me agitated, trust me it’s worth the nominal fee of posting for help on Task Rabbit.  They are also great for those Craigslist finds where you know it’s a winner, you have to scoop it up but you have no way of getting the piece to your abode, now you can!  This is a game changer my friends!  They are in several major cities right now, working in going nationwide. There’s a company in the UK that is hoping to build a similar concept and with the success of these companies I am sure there will be either a Task Rabbit or a company like it coming to a city near you.

So what DIY projects would you be taking on now if you have access to a company like this?

P.S. The font I used was created by the uber talented Jess of Magpie Paper Works it’s called Woolen and she made it to gift for holiday (how cool is that?) She has similar ones you can add to your collection here and here.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they just welcomed to the world a baby girl. 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.


Mckenzie Powell Design besotted blog i

It’s a new year and a new you, better than ever!  Let’s make this a year of learning, expanding your creative skill set and enhancing your life, are you with me?  Have you ever considered trying your hand at a floral arrangement? A thoughtful arrangement can be pulled together fairly quickly, is appreciated by just about everyone, and  there is zero commitment needed if the recipient isn’t head over heels for your thoughtfully chosen florals (silly them). Floral design really is an art, so we thought it best to consult an expert to find out the best way to approach building a small arrangement.

If you aren’t already familiar with McKenzie of McKenzie Powell Designs, she is a premier floral & event designer based here in Seattle (she designs for destination events as well). McKenzie’s florals feel simultaneously lush & organic, appearing effortless but in reality, every detail is carefully considered. We are head over heels for her work (and her), and are certain you will be too!

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Wow, what an amazing way to start the new year by having Country Living magazine feature our download!  I haven’t seen it yet, but I have had many emails that people didn’t know where to find the download so I decided to put it up again so it would be easy.  You can find the download here and you can find all my downloads here.

To celebrate I am offering a 50%  discount on all monogram and custom logo stamps, just use the code HAPPY2014, the code will be available until January 6, 2014.

I am so grateful for the mention and even more excited to be able to invite new friends into my little ‘home’ on the web. I am especially grateful for all my friends (yes, that would be you) that have visited this past year and made this place such a wonderful, creative and supportive place.  I hope I can continue to inspire you to try new things, introduce you to a new skill and maybe even make you laugh out loud every now and then.  Thank you so much and here’s to an amazing new year!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they just welcomed to the world a baby girl. 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.


Herbed Sea Salt Gift Besotted Blog I

Hello! As you all know, Miss B. has her hands full with sweet baby b., so I thought I’d lend a hand, and share this project with you. Tristan’s original vision for this month was to provide you with a bountiful collection of luxe homemade gift ideas (not your average D.I.Y., that’s for sure). This is one of those projects. It’s a gourmet gift that will be appreciated by culinary novices & afficionados alike (you’ll want to make extra for yourself too).

We are in the habit of sprinkling herbed sea salt on just about everything that comes out of our kitchen. Vignalta Salle Alle Erbe is what hooked us (sooo good, don’t say you haven’t been warned). Of course it was one of the first things I shared with Tristan when she moved to town, and she asked if we’d ever tried to make our own. Brilliant, the girl is brilliant! After a trip to the market for fresh herbs (a steal at $1 / bunch at Pike Place Market), the first test was under way. Two hours later we had custom blended herbed sea salt, worthy of gracing our soups, roasted vegetables, fish, meats – anything normally seasoned with salt & herbs.  Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy and gift worthy!Read More



With everything going on right now it doesn’t seem very pragmatic to be adding classes to my to-do list, but I figure I should take in a few before the baby arrives as I may not have as much time as I previously did pre-baby and also that whole shrinking brain thing has me motivated.  I didn’t sign-up for anything too challenging like advanced Calculus so maybe I didn’t prevent anything from shrinking but I am happy that I did sign-up for these classes:

CJ Nicolai’s ‘Fall in love with film’ through Clickin’ Moms.  Oh, how I cringe when I say or write that name as I feel like it turns people off, you don’t need to be a mom to participate (you could be a dad or an aunt or nothing associated with mom’s at all).  I have belonged to their forum for many years and think it’s a great resource for any photography enthusiast.  My quick review on this class, I love CJ’s work, I was thrilled to see that she has six videos on developing film at home (worth the price of the class).  I was disappointed on some of the basics like metering for film (there wasn’t a demo, or even a suggestion for a meter in this class), the concept of pushing & pulling is also still very vague to me. You do have the forum to turn to for questions though (and I did get meter suggestions). I wouldn’t recommend this class if this was your first exposure to wanting to shoot with film, BUT if you did have an interest in developing your own film someday CJ makes it seem very do able and as mentioned I think that’s worth the small price of this class.  CM has so many other classes that are affordable and not a huge time commitment (and others that look great but are more spendy), it’s a site worth bookmarking. If you are interested in film photography there’s plenty of resources in The Directory, but I recommend this book and this one and Jen Huang’s Workshop in a box.

I am having a tough time not knowing how to take more control of my blog functionality (I am on WordPress) it pains me to always have to annoy my coder whenever I need something tiny done.  I signed up for this WordPress Basics class, it’s not exactly what I was looking for but still enlightening for a WordPress newbie. For those new to Skillshare the link will get you $10 off and for those that aren’t new to Skillshare Aaron Platt the teacher is offering a 50% discount for October by using the promo code PUMPKIN. Unlike a lot of Skillshare classes that are open enrollment Aaron is very dedicated and involved and will answer your questions.  I would definitely sign-up again for any other WP class he would offer in the future.

Has anyone signed up for Mary Kate McDevitt’s class-First Steps of Hand Lettering?  It is SO good!  I love that it is a lettering class and not just a calligraphy class (where you would need special tools like nib & ink, so no excuses). All you need is a pencil, paper and some imagination.  It’s worth every penny if you are even remotely interested in lettering.

I have been wanting to take an InDesign class for a while, I was planning on signing up for this one at Nicole’s Classes but I actually hate that I can’t just sign-up anytime and I have to wait for a new session to begin. On the flip side, Alma Loveland the instructor is a great teacher and if you can wait I am sure it would be a great class! I saw that Anne Ditmeyer was teaching Learn InDesign so I signed-up!  I am an Anne fan so it seemed like a win-win.  I haven’t started yet, but I am eager too. I haven’t played around much with InDesign, but I know it is a robust program for putting together projects like books and magazines and why not add that to my skill set?

Some classes I wish I was taking/attending…

Food Photography at The Pantry with Aran Goyoaga of Cannelle et Vanille. It’s sold out of course, but I am sure it would have been fabulous!

I want to take all the classes at this shop, but this shirt dress series looks especially intriguing.

What about you?  Are you signed up for any classes right now?