Archive / October, 2012

pedale design

As a designer, I really appreciate this project by Tyler Deeb of Pedale Design. He recently went strictly freelance but has continued to make time for personal design projects. One of which being this deck of cards! He put his project on Kickstarter and I think it’s safe to say… it was successful. It’s so encouraging to see the amount of support his work has received! Definitely motivating to keep up those side projects, eh?

a deck of playing cards by pedale design

When you check out Tyler’s project make sure to catch the videos! They’re pretty great.

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check out the playing cards + other goodies by pedale design

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behind the blog / be up & doing

You guys, I’m stoked about this behind the blog interview! Be Up & Doing has become one of my favorite daily reads. I’ve learned a lot from Allie’s Tips for Blogging series especially! Thanks for sharing more of your great blogging advice with us, Allie!

 

behind the blog / be up & doing, an interview with blogger and designer allie lehman. learn from a successful blogger: tips and tricks on blogging, time management and what resources to use. find out how they made it big and made their blogs successful.
So what’s your blog all about? 
Short version: 
Everything that I, myself, love.
Long version: 
My blog has really become a great place for community. I like to blog about what I love (which includes photography, healthy living, design, and life experiences) but really love to write posts where I feel like I’m just chatting with a good friend. I make a point to respond to every comment and love everyone that I’ve met through my blog.

When did you start blogging + what made you decide to go for it? 
I started blogging in 2009. My husband (fiancé at the time) had been blogging since 2007 and had always encouraged me to start one. I mostly blogged about my design work and used it more as a journal.

Walk us through your typical day. How much time per day/week do you devote to your blog? 
Typically I wake up around 9am (I am not a morning person) and make coffee while I let the dog out. I respond to emails, get my freelance clients their revisions and eat breakfast. Around 10am, I head to the studio where I am a contracted freelance designer. I work there until 4pm and head home to freelance more! Sometimes I socialize in the evenings, make dinner, or just relax.
I probably devote 10 hours a week to blogging (including responding to comments). I try to queue up all my blog posts on the weekend to free up my week for friends and work.

 

behind the blog / be up & doing, an interview with blogger and designer allie lehman. learn from a successful blogger: tips and tricks on blogging, time management and what resources to use. find out how they made it big and made their blogs successful.

How do you manage your time + stay organized? 
I am a list maker! I always have a list in front of me and the most important tasks are at the top. My husband and I share our iCals and I use Google Calendar to schedule out my blog posts.
Recently, I’ve decided to schedule all meeting for afternoons and evenings. They tend to be longer and I don’t like starting my mornings off feeling behind.

How do you keep your imagination flowing + get past creative funks when they do sneak in? 
Taking small breaks has been the best thing for my creative funks. I usually blog every weekday but lately I’ve been cool with skipping a day if I’m just not feeling it (and realizing that I don’t owe anyone an apology if it happens). I also try to stay off sites like Pinterest or Facebook. Watching what other people are doing rarely kicks my butt into a creative rush. Also: having a clean house does wonders for my productivity.

Do you have any quick + easy post ideas for those days when you’re short on time or inspiration? 
Yes! I love sharing photos from my Instagram feed or asking your readers questions about themselves!

What are a few business/blogging resources ( online or offline ) that have been beneficial for you? 
Design is a Job by Mike Monteiro was one of the best books that I’ve ever read. I would recommend it to anyone who makes money in a creative field. For blogging, I’ve found that just making a note about why you love another blog post helps you think BIG picture. For example: I love it when bloggers share tips and have realized that sharing is never a bad thing.

 

behind the blog / be up & doing, an interview with blogger and designer allie lehman. learn from a successful blogger: tips and tricks on blogging, time management and what resources to use. find out how they made it big and made their blogs successful.
How has blogging influenced your life + relationships? 
I’ve made so many friends (like you, Jordan). I feel like I have friends all over the world and actually look forward to meeting them when I visit different cities. There have been times, however, when I’ve taken on too much and blogging can ultimately create a strain on my relationships with my husband. I don’t get paid to blog and I’ve had to learn that my relationship with him is more important. I can’t spend 20 hours a week on it!

How has your blog impacted your business? 
Since I’m blogging almost daily, it definitely keeps me in the back of peoples’ minds. It keeps me relevant and allows potential clients to “meet” me before we work together. I also think it works as a form of accountability. I often hear from people that their last designer “fell off the face of the earth.” To me, that is so odd. I can’t imagine that.

 

behind the blog / be up & doing, an interview with blogger and designer allie lehman. learn from a successful blogger: tips and tricks on blogging, time management and what resources to use. find out how they made it big and made their blogs successful.

How much of your life offline do you share on your blog? How does this effect your readers’ ability to connect with you? 
I think I share a fair amount. I’ve been very open about our financesmy health/diet decisions, and my fears. I try to balance out the dark with the light. I don’t blog to vent or spout out negativity. I also try not to make my life sound like it’s perfect. I tend to avoid things like religion, politics, or post too many photos of my close friends/family.

What has been the key to success for you as a blogger? Especially when you were new to the blog world. 
Original content. I’ve made a point to not “re-blog” or curate a lot of posts. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it but I found that once I started posting original content – you find more fulfillment in blogging. I try not to focus on stats or numbers but I did see my readership increase once that became my focus.

Any further advice for fellow bloggers? 
Don’t blog unless you want to. Try to bring something good into the world.

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lessons in inspiration / 07

I had to take an art education class in college. To my surprise, this art class for educators had nothing to do with how to teach or incorporate art into our classrooms. No, this class was designed to help future teachers internalize that art isn’t just finger paints or fancy drawings. The structure of the class allocated 3 hours a week to do whatever we wanted in a room full of every art supply you could imagine, as long as we completed four different art projects by the end of the semester.
 
Well, this freedom that I as an education major had never experienced before lead me to some frustration. Because I was never told exactly what to do or how to do it, I had to rely on my instincts. What is it that I like to do? What have I never done before that I would like to try? The answers to these questions became my motivation in this class.
 
I dabbled in many disciplines that semester. Calligraphy, print making, canvas stretching, watercoloring, and bookmaking were just a few.
 
In the end, this class taught me three things:

  1. I love watercolors, printmaking and typography.
  2. I could be a “legit” blogger even if I didn’t feel like I had “something to offer” to the rest of the blogging community.
  3. Art is doing, creating, dreaming, making and doesn’t have set rules.
lessons in inspiration, a create like create featured column by hey it's ashley's ashley brimeyer, a challenge to be inspired by making or creating something, watercolor, lightbulb painting, crayola watercolors
Your assignment: Make something.  
 
Take this assignment and run with it. If you’ve always wanted to quilt, buy some fabric and get started. If you’ve always wanted to blog, start a blog. If you’ve always wanted to build a kitchen table, go gather some wood. The point is to allow yourself to try something new or create something without the pressure of a deadline, a client, or even an agenda.
 
For me, I picked up my watercolors again (yes, those are Crayola watercolors. I’m a teacher, remember?) and painted something for CLC’s very own Jordan.
 
Until next time, go create!

- ashley

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jacksonville art walk

The first wednesday of every month there is an art walk in downtown Jacksonville. I don’t get to go as often as I’d like but this month I was able to hit it up with a few of my ladies! ( sarah, calli, taylor, and jenn! )

downtown jacksonville fl first wednesday art walk october featuring work by nick hill salt and sea

How gorgeous is this girl? It was so wonderful to see her while she was in town!

downtown jacksonville fl first wednesday art walk october featuring work by nick hill salt and sea

downtown jacksonville fl first wednesday art walk october featuring work by nick hill salt and sea

downtown jacksonville fl first wednesday art walk october featuring work by nick hill salt and sea

We all really liked the artwork by Nick Hill of Salt and Sea.

downtown jacksonville fl first wednesday art walk october featuring work by nick hill salt and sea

His paintings on wood were the first things I spotted. He has a really awesome ascetic, don’t you think? You can check out more of his work on his site!

downtown jacksonville fl first wednesday art walk october featuring work by nick hill salt and sea

downtown jacksonville fl first wednesday art walk october featuring work by nick hill salt and sea

 

JACKSONVILLE ART WALK
downtown jacksonville, fl
6-9 pm

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

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( photography by Sarahdipity Photos for create like crazy )

> check out more of our favorite places in jacksonville

> read jennifer’s post about the art walk – she got some great shots!

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food / 05

autumn vegetable tart a creative fall thanksgiving recipe by calli marie webb for create like crazy with free printable recipe card download

Autumn Vegetable Tart

Tomato Red Pepper Spread

  • 1/4 cup roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup roasted tomatoes
  • 1 T garlic, minced

* for this recipe i decided to pre buy both the roasted red peppers and tomatoes, i have a fresh market and a whole foods in town that make their own in house and they are quite delicious! they are packed in olive oil with garlic and herbs which means they are bursting with flavor, to roast your own you can sprinkle olive oil and dried herbs of your choice on the veggies and roast in the oven on 350 for about 45 minutes

Autumn Vegetables

  • 1 graffiti eggplant
  • 1 yellow heirloom tomato
  • 1 delicata squash

* these are the vegetables i chose, have fun with this recipe! go to the market and pick what looks good to you, thats what i did! if you know certain veggies take longer to cook than some others you picked then slice the ones that cook quicker a little bit thicker and the long cooking ones really thin, itll be great! make sure you get some that are all around the same thickness, your tart will be a little bit more uniform. 

Tart Crust

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • goat cheese
  • salt and pepper as needed
  • 1 egg + 1 tablespoon water = egg wash

autumn vegetable tart a creative fall thanksgiving recipe by calli marie webb for create like crazy with free printable recipe card download

For the Tomato Red Pepper Spread

finely chop your red peppers and tomatoes with salt and pepper until it forms a smooth paste, you can even give it a whirl in the food processor, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of the flavored oil from the package, mix your minced garlic in.

spread the mix evenly on your puff pastry rectangle leaving about 1/2 an inch around the edges for a nice crust.

autumn vegetable tart a creative fall thanksgiving recipe by calli marie webb for create like crazy with free printable recipe card download

autumn vegetable tart a creative fall thanksgiving recipe by calli marie webb for create like crazy with free printable recipe card download

For the Autumn Vegetables

take your thinly sliced veggies and lay them out along the tart in whatever pattern your heart desires!

autumn vegetable tart a creative fall thanksgiving recipe by calli marie webb for create like crazy with free printable recipe card download

autumn vegetable tart a creative fall thanksgiving recipe by calli marie webb for create like crazy with free printable recipe card download

autumn vegetable tart a creative fall thanksgiving recipe by calli marie webb for create like crazy with free printable recipe card download

drizzle with olive oil and salt + pepper, brush your edges with an egg wash and pop in a 375 degree oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. top with pieces of goat cheese.

autumn vegetable tart a creative fall thanksgiving recipe by calli marie webb for create like crazy with free printable recipe card download

cool + cut + serve = enjoy!

xoxo calli

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