Nov.19.14 Talking Shop / Brynne of Thatch and Thistle

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It’s thrilling and ever inspiring to meet and chat with creative artisans, and today’s artist is one of my absolute favorites. My dear friend Brynne of Thatch and Thistle popped over to share some of her creative and business insights with us! But that’s not all — she’s also gifting a lucky someone with a $50 credit towards her shop. It’s perfect timing for a little holiday shopping!

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi! I’m Brynne, the creative mind behind Thatch & Thistle Supply Co. What makes me who I am is very simple. I believe in kindness and love toward all people and in loving yourself. From that foundation comes a sense of strength and respect for others which adds beauty to this world, something it always needs. I have a wonderful husband and two adorable pugs that make up my family. We’re a bit quirky but we make a great team. If you remember one thing about me, know that pugs are my first loves in this life. ;)

What inspired you to start Thatch and Thistle and where did the name originate from?

I have had an entrepreneurial spirit for as long as I can remember. The games I played as a child were variations of shopkeeper and my Christmas presents were office supplies! :) My shop was created out of a desire to have creative control over my job and the freedom to work from home. I always knew I would land somewhere on my own but how exciting it has been to create my brand from the ground up. My shop name came out of a love of nature and uniting everything I love in one place.

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What does a typical work day look like for you?

Working from home isn’t as glamorous as it may sound. Most of the time, I’m working in my pajamas. ;) My mornings are committed to packing up orders and my afternoons are spent answering emails, doing product photography and sorting and packaging inventory. My husband and I laugh about how I’ve never worked so hard in my life until I started working from home. I’m never off work and sometimes you’ll even find me checking things off my list at midnight. I get going when the energy strikes!

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your line of work?

I feel incredibly privileged to have the job that I do. There are so many things I love about my job! I’ve met the most incredible people and developed beautiful friendships through connections made from being a shop owner. I’m also a gatherer by nature so it’s really exciting to build collections of packaging supplies and share them with people who enjoy them as much as I do. Most of all, I treasure knowing that my work fulfills me. I’m just overjoyed to be able to say that I have my dream job.

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As such an inspiring & creative entrepreneur, do you have any advice for those of us who hope to someday own their own business?

The most important part of owning a business is truly loving what you do. It will carry you through any of the challenges that will inevitably arise. I made several attempts at working for myself before Thatch & Thistle including photography and needle felting but I’ve really found my home with gift wrapping supplies. Running a shop can consume your time and mental energy, especially if you’re a one-person operation like me. In my experience, the more of yourself you pour into your business, the more fulfilling and successful it will be.

With the holidays coming up, do you have any favorite items that you can’t wait to use to package gifts?

Oh goodness! I am constantly bringing new products to the shop and every one of them is a favorite at one point. I’ve got hundreds of new styles of novelty twine coming in the next few weeks! I just recently added t-shirt twine and I’m so in love. :) My gold stickers are always a winner with sealing envelopes and wrapping packages. And if you’re just looking to wrap up something small or package party favors, you can’t go wrong with patterned paper bags!

So many thanks to Brynne for stopping by and sharing her insight with us! She is so full of heart and drive, and she has inspired me in so many ways over the years. I couldn’t be happier to have her over!

Thatch & Thistle was one of the first Etsy stores I fell in love with, and it is still a regular stop for me. My craft drawers are brimming with all of the black, gold and white packaging supplies I can get my hands on. And now, you too, can have all the lovely Thatch & Thistle supplies your heart desires!

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Nov.12.14 Between Lenses / 11 “Urban”

Between Lenses with Tara Victoria and Of Trees and Hues
Imagery by Of Trees and Hues

It’s been almost a year since Between Lenses first came into being, and the enthusiastic feedback Tara and I have received from you guys has been awesome. With each new month, I am just astounded by the talent and passion of everyone who has joined us. Thank you, guys! We’re so excited about this month’s theme and can not wait to see what you come up with.

Urban, to me, represents city life. Ever since I made the move from a Tennessee suburb to Sacramento, I have been overwhelmingly inspired by the city. One thing in particular about Sacramento that I admire so much is it’s architecture. While I love the gorgeous vintage Victorians that line most of the city streets, downtown is full of towering structures. Whenever I get a chance to walk around the heart of the city, I find myself drawn to buildings like this one, whose clean lines and subtle blue-gray hue stretch toward a clear sky.

And here, timing was key. With all of the trees accompanying the giants that make up the Sacramento skyline, there are always birds around. When I readied my camera, I noticed a flock of birds on the roof. I felt the wind begin to pick up, so I waited patiently. It wasn’t long until they caught the breeze and began making a descent — and my patience paid off!

Imagery by Tara Victoria

I love Tara’s take on Urban imagery! Her words are an incredible testament to how even worn and dilapidated things can be just as beautiful as the new. She accompanies her photograph with a lovely memory and hauntingly beautiful quote, so be sure to hop on over to Tara Victoria to see!

This is a blophop! — Tara and I hope that you, too, will join us and share your imagery with us. You can easily link up with us via the following steps:

1. Create your blog post and feel free to use the header image in which you can download here.
2. Notice where it says Click here to enter — click that and follow the easy instructions. Be sure to only link up with one of our blogs, not both. No worries — since mine and Tara’s blogs are interlinked, your blog post will show up on both!
3. And for fun, you can share your photo on Instagram & Twitter using the #BetweenLenses hashtag.

Our goal for this collaboration is to capture & reflect upon life, to cultivate inspiration among one another and to connect with other bloggers. And we hope that you’re one of them!

The up & coming Between Lenses themes:

no. 12 Wednesday, December 10th // Reflection

Nov.10.14 “At this Moment” Moodboards / with friends

As I’ve said before, my sponsors have enriched my blog and my life. It has fostered and developed so many great friendships and has given me the opportunity to introduce you to some truly awesome folks. For the past several months, I’ve invited my sponsors to share their moodboards with us, giving each of them the opportunity to showcase imagery that represents them at this very moment in time. I absolutely love this series and I’m honored to invite them over to share a piece of their lives with you!

At this moment Moodboard

Traci is a San Francisco based designer who specializes in concrete home wares, quality paper goods, and freelance graphic design work.

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Nov.09.14 Win 100 Luxe Postcards

Postcards designed by Cocorrina

I am all about innovative ideas and living out your passions — so when my dear friend Corina approached me earlier on in the year to share the news that her husband’s company, Beanbeam, was creating a wireless bluetooth storage wristband I was quite intrigued. Being a photographer, I can not tell you how many storage devices I own and have to pull out and plug-in — it’s a complete hassle, and the fact that Pinto is wireless is brilliant. And since it’s doesn’t require an internet connection, I can use it anywhere, which is great since I tend to work all over the place!

Nov.05.14 For Bloggers no.09 / Keeping an Editorial Planner

Keeping an Editorial Planner via Of Trees and Hues

As my brand and workflow evolve, so does my editorial planner. I shared a glimpse into what mine looks like last year, but over time, I have designed the perfect editorial planner for me. And today, I would like to share it with you! Section by section, I will show you what my editorial planner possesses and how beneficial it has been for me.

DAILY

In the day-to-day section of my planner, I like to keep track of several things — I write out my schedule for that day along with any important appointments and meetings. On the same page, I also list my to-do’s for the day but more importantly, I list the three most essential ones and those are the tasks I need to get done first. One unique thing I like to include each day is a positive note to myself — whether it’s a daily gratitude or something in particular that made me smile. It’s good to be mindful and show ourselves love, because after all, we work our butts off and deserve it!

MONTHLY

Having a month-at-a-glance page is crucial for me and this is where I will schedule out blog posts or any projects due that month. Near each one, I will draw out check boxes corresponding to the things I need to do — publish the post, social media, email the client, send over files, etc. And when one gets completed, I tick it off. It is incredibly handy to have all of this in one place!

Also in the monthly section, I like to have a resource page to house all my creative ideas, such as potential blog post and collaboration topics. So on those days where I am feeling a little uninspired, I can refer back to this section and easily find many things to write and share.

I also like to keep track of the bigger goals and tasks for each month — such as financial admin, monthly goals, blog upkeep, media kit, personal and client projects, etc.

YEARLY

The yearly section doesn’t necessary have to consist of many pages, but it’s quite a special part of the planner for me. I like to document all of the wonderful and exciting things I accomplished that year. Those crazy big opportunities that you definitely don’t want to forget!

And similar to my monthly section, I like to keep track of yearly goals — the big stuff that doesn’t necessary have a deadline but incredibly fulfilling all the same.

THE BIG PICTURE

And this, my friends, is my favorite part of my editorial planner — It lists my mission statement, my vision, long-term goals and dreams, as well as my values, interests and strengths. Over all, it’s an all encompassing story of you and your brand. It’s not only unbelievably fulfilling to write but it never, ever gets old when re-reading. If anything, I absolutely encourage you all to write your own — and read it often. Nothing will get you more excited, more pumped, and inspired than your very own heartfelt words.

As you see, my editorial planner is much more than a calendar to me — it houses my goals, my dreams, my aspirations. It’s the ultimate tool to living a successful and creative life and I just wouldn’t know what to do with out it!

Do you also use an editorial planner? I’d love to hear how it has improved your creative life!

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