The fate of Besotted…

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We have mentioned the seemingly end to blogging, we have watched as many of our blogger friends have shuttered their virtual blog doors and some without so much as a good bye. When Michelle and I started to reconsider our minimal time and what we would devote it to in order to grow our fledgling enterprise, the elephant in the room was Besotted, neither of us really knew what we were going to do with it. The thing that would make the most sense would be to acknowledge that we have had a wonderful time writing the blog and we have made so many incredible connections, but it may have run its course. We decided to push the decision off for a few months while we focused on bigger tasks in front of us (and oh, do we still have an Everest size task list in front of us). The more we thought about it the more it started to make sense that we should phase Besotted out, that it didn’t fit our ‘big picture’, but again neither of us was willing to pull the trigger, give an end date like we had been doing so effortlessly with everything else. Maybe it was sentiment, we certainly never achieved the status of other bloggers that had started out when we did, we always did try to put out new and interesting content and all that jazz, but then both Michelle and I had an almost simultaneous brain wave happen and in that decision all was right in the world again, we released an audible sigh of relief (decisions are so very hard, aren’t they?)  We decided that we would keep Besotted as our personal blog (for now), just like the old days (except I wouldn’t be whining about my evil boss). We’ll keep it casual, if we don’t write one day that we had it on the schedule, then no biggie, we won’t mentally flog ourselves. We want this to be an inspired space and not something that is a chore.  We will write about whatever we fall in love with and whatever interests we have. Taking the blog back as a personal project will allow us to write about what we want, as random as it may be (I have a whole library worth of kid lit books I have been dying to share).

So, that’s our big decision! For those having a hard time focusing and making decisions, just know that not everything has to be forever, that little nugget has helped me enormously lately, I think that I had this huge fear of making a wrong decision (about anything) that I was paralyzed by indecision, now I talk myself through but letting myself know that the decision doesn’t have to be permanent, even if I make a bad decision, hopefully I will learn from the experience and move forward. Wishing you all well and be sure to know if we ever do decide to stop writing Besotted that we would never just leave you hanging wondering where we up and went to.

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.

Books to inspire adventure!

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Does it seem to anyone else like half of Instagram spent October traveling to exotic locales? I must admit to being a teeny bit envious, but do love living vicariously through their beautiful photo streams! In addition the flood of travel images in my Instagram stream, Tristan and I are working on editing photographs (for a very special client) filled with majestic Kenyan elephant herds, lions lazing about in savanna grasses, and intently grazing zebras. Gazing at these awe-inspiring animals from half a world away certainly sparks the imagination! While I’d love to hop on a plane tomorrow to go sip a cafe au lait in Paris or photograph an elephant in Kenya, the chances of that are slim (but not impossible – nothing’s impossible right?), so I’ve been devouring books that can take me around the world without having to pack a bag…

Paris

The Little Paris Bookshop

A man who’s closed himself off to the world faces his fears and begins to live again. Recommended to me by our friend Sanae, this is an easy, pleasant read with boats and books and a main character you can root for.

Kenya

Circling the Sun

Literary fiction chronicling the extraordinary life of Beryl Markham. This is a polymath story to sink your teeth into! I was so enamoured with this book, Tristan received a play-by-play on an almost daily basis. Perhaps I should have asked her if she wanted to read it before giving everything away….

West with the Night

Since I was smitten with Beryl Markham’s story, I dove into her autobiography. Given all of her other accomplishments, I was floored by her writing talents, an opinion shared by none other than Mr. Ernest Hemingway (!).

Mexico

Tortuga

A folk tale that takes place in a remote recovery center for disabled children may not sound like a trip you’d like to take, but the pure imagination and fluid writing style make the journey more than worthwhile!

Time Travel

The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster

A mystery that requires time travel to solve it sounds pretty fantastical, and it is, but the characters feel real, as does the imagery. The story won’t give you a toothache, but it’s a quick read I felt was a treat!

P.S. To get a taste for Ms. Markham this podcast will get you itching to learn more!

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, and the co-creator of Foto Rx Premium Photoshop Actions. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.

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Find photo credit

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One of the most frustrating things on the internet is finding photo credit for an image. I know for some it doesn’t matter and trust me there are days where I seriously wish I didn’t care, because trying to find photo attribution is usually a pain in the rear and takes time I don’t have away from me. Alas, I stumbled upon a little plug-in that has not only been a saving grace, it has also helped me find new work based on the similarities in my target images I am searching, that is a total win-win because I LOVE a new discovery! Best part? It’s only a little one click deal. Here’s my quick tute, hope it helps you!Read More

Mega packaging resource list!

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I know I promised to write my side hustle and I will, but I am closing the shop and gosh darn it’s taking a bunch of time to do.  I can’t tell you how happy I will be when this part of my life is finalized.  I LOVED having my shop, but I need to start working on our new project so after September 30th nothing will be available and the shop will be closed down forever. I am putting together my MEGA list of packaging resources as a pdf download. I will finally be spilling the beans on my wood box resources (and so much more).  If you want to up your packaging game, I dare say I had some of the best packaging in the business, truly.  Packaging that had a life after it was received so it wouldn’t be thrown away, people often shopped just for the packaging. This resource list is only for the individual that wants to stand out from everyone else and offer a higher-end product. If you are a lettering artist this would be a perfect way to present files to a client, any stationery, this packaging is for gifting in a big way, so only those that want to be of a certain caliber should even consider, it is not for everyone but for those like me with discerning taste and eye (said humbly of course).  This is a PRE-ORDER, I have been adding to the list every day and want to make sure it is as complete as possible!

This is NOT for the rubber stamp resources, which could easily make someone a really nice business and side hustle pronto, quality on the stamps is primo and mark-up is awesome. You need to invest in  your business to grow it, I built a 6 figure stationery business as a side hustle my first year out (and that was working full-time!) You know what sold the most?  My lettering stamps, so lettering artists, this is your chance, last chance, come September 30, 2016 all resources will be unavailable!

And I will be putting that other side hustle post together soon, because gosh knows it’s so very nice to know you have income coming in while you are pursuing your dreams, right?

Shop closing sale!

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Oh, hello there friends!  How have you been?  We have been pretty much mired in all the things that need to be done to start a new endeavor and wrap up loose ends.  It has felt completely and utterly overwhelming. Once I have one thing checked off our mammoth list I get to see which of the other bajillion items I need to tackle next. Le Sigh.  Add to that potty training, school starting and I am about to sit in a corner and rock silently back and forth for the rest of my life. I have been busy photographing items from the shop for my massive sale (and I mean massive). I am practically giving things away!  I am putting up new things as I get the photos edited, so check back often.  The biggest part of the sale is on custom stamps.  I had a bunch of inquires from people that wanted custom stamps before we closed and I just decided to open it up for custom stamp orders.  I will place large orders on September 12th and September 20th.  It will be the last time we take any orders and I am pricing as a HUGE thank you to everyone that supported the shop!  Custom stamps of your logo at 1″ x 1″ were $50 and now will be $18, SERIOUSLY! If you are a lettering artist I will do bulk discounts (so even more discounting!), this is the time to get your business stamp, get stamps of your lettering done for clients, custom stamps for gifts and stamps for resale, NOW is the time! There will be ‘Studio Grab Bags’ that will be just that a little goodie from the studio (unused or gently used items, samples, research, etc), unlike a regular grab bag I will preview most of what will be in it!

I will also be selling off resources.  What does that mean?  That means if you wanted to start your own custom stamp business I will sell you my resource for THE BEST custom stamp manufacturers around–wood stamps with engraving, wood stamps for resale, unmounted red rubberstamps, clear stamps that include the plastic packaging for resale.  These resources took me YEARS to research test and find.  It’s an extremely profitable business and the resources are a goldmine!  Just send me an email to get the fee for this.  I am only selling to 3 individuals!  Yes, I will sell my wood box and twine resources as well.  So, if you are ready to start a shop or take your stationery shop in a new direction shoot me a line!

What else?  Well, when Michelle and I were sweating our brains off trying to find our focus and what we needed to cut out in order to do so, Michelle brought up an interesting point even after we cut most of the fat we still had multiple projects out there some that we couldn’t (or wouldn’t) give up (ie. being a full-time work-at-home mom! It’s a TON of work). Next post I am going to share with you how I was able to make over 120K with a side hustle.  I don’t know why I didn’t share it before, it seems like something that I would have but I have been BUSY and obviously not that focused.  I thought I’d share because once you find something you are going to focus on you may want some income coming in, right? It’s not for everyone and it’s only passive-ish, but it’s been a ton of fun, super rewarding and a great learning experience.  I will get you all the details soon!