// if you’re new to blogging, or want some help with some basic html bits, here’s a html cheat sheet. i would have loved something like this all in one place when i was starting out in the early 2000’s! i’d love to learn a bit more about coding, too.
// if you’re stuck for a bit of beauty, how about some stunning double exposures from various photographers? aren’t they amazing? i particularly love the second one in. double and multiple exposure photos possess some sort of magic, i swear.
// an interview with jennifer hill on design sponge. i enjoyed/nodded when she said this – ‘you have time to make your ideas come to life, you don’t have to do it all at once. take your time, don’t rush through things – enjoy them. be really mindful about the decisions that you make.’ ..i couldn’t agree more!
// i’m a big fan of lorna scobie‘s illustrations so i loved the interview with her in the uk handmade magazine (pages 14 -23) – i love finding out more about my favourite designers and makers. you should read the rest of the magazine too though as there’s some really interesting and informative articles.
// if you do design/photography work or sell online, you’re often on the lookout for some awesome mock-ups, right? look no further. tim easley has created a set of poster design mockups ..and guess what? they’re absolutely free.
// are you an aspiring watercolour artist, or just looking for some tips? yao cheng shares a 5 part watercolour tips column on the alison show blog. from supplies to techniques, you’ll be inspired in no time.
// pretty much my thoughts when it comes to monetising your blog. there is no shame in wanting to earn a little income from your blog, but i admire when people do it seamlessly and with integrity. they work with brands that fit their niche, their style – blog and personal – and ones that they would otherwise use or recommend to friends offline.
also, sophie recently said something on twitter that made me do an out loud ‘YES!’ which was – ‘monetize your talent, not your blog‘ – and whilst in a way that kind of goes against what i previously said, it (to me) goes hand in hand with it in some respects. it can be seen that if you have a talent for something, work on making that your primary income source but if you can work your talents into your blog and make money from that too? good for you! for example, sophie shows outfits that can be worn with the fantastic jewellery she makes. she’s potentially getting sales and the blog is acting as a conduit for her talent.
there’s much more to be said on this matter as a whole, but that’s a whole other blog post.
// a little bit of natural weird awesomeness (and colour inspiration) in the form of dallol – the world’s weirdest volcanic crater. it almost doesn’t look real, does it? nature is amazing.
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// i found this somewhat recently after being frustrated of having to go back and forth to the character map everytime i wanted to use a symbol. those codes are easy to forget! so copypastecharacter.com comes in pretty useful. i like how they’re sorted into sets too. similarly, a quick source for emojis.
// looking for a cute patchwork quilt to make? have a go of this modern ombre triangle quilt. i started making one ages ago, i should finish it!
// i agree with so many points on this article – why you should stop hacking your life and invest in the journey. so many people do expect immediate results with both the big and little things in life and forget that it’s so important if you’re in something for the long run that it’ll be worth so much more to you, and you’ll learn a lot along the way that you can apply to other aspects of your life.
a new series on the blog – i think twice a month would be best, as that gives me time to collect links. so essentially every other sunday. follow me on bloglovin’ if you don’t want to miss out on a bit of pep or inspiration!
browsing the internet, we all come across inspirational, funny or motivating sites and blogs, but sometimes we don’t think to share. some sites you go back to every week (or however often they update), some you forget about but come back to for that little boost you need.
i thought it’d be a good idea to get sharing, and i hope you do the same too! feel free to get in touch anytime if you have any links to share you think i or others would appreciate :) some of the links may be older ones i’ve bookmarked, some may be more recent ones. gotta mix it up!
// a short interview with illustrator olimpia zagnoli (which incidentally is an awesome name) – i completely agree with what she has to say, and i love her answer to the question about career crossroads. also, don’t forget to marvel at her fantastic colourful illustration!
// andy j miller, the creator of the above site also has a pretty awesome blog! – a great mix of inspiration, illustration and colour. a must read! i love his post about 5 vows every creative person should make. applicable to non creatives too!
// 8 keys to making lasting online connections – one for bloggers, sellers, any person that wants a bit of a social media boost. much of it’s pretty much common sense and something you’ve likely seen if you’ve been on the internet for a few years at least, but some points worth bearing in mind. basically, be kind , helpful and patient.
// finally, i know buzzfeed can be pretty shallow and pointless, but uh ..i’ll take as much john krasinski as i can get, thanks!
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