education, productivity

How the Rain Motivated Me To Start Writing Curriculum

I have been holed up in my local library writing curriculum all week. It is perfect weather for this: the rain has been unrelenting for days, and there is hardly any sunlight filtering through the windows, and I have turned into a solid, unmoving rock. A childhood spent in England has definitely not made me …

BUSINESS SKILLS, productivity

Slow and Steady: How to Inch Your Way Closer to Goals.

“Everyday do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.” – Doug Firebaugh I love the use of the word inch in that quote. That’s what I have been doing dutifully ever since I started this business. Inching. Like a tortoise, or a slowly seeping ink spill trying to get to the edge …

BUSINESS SKILLS, kids fashion, screen printing

Design Dilemma: Curating Your Collection

When it comes to printing shirts, I’m like a kid in a candy store. Each season I get really excited about thinking up new designs: penguins, pandas and squirrels in the winter; ice creams, mermaids and cacti in the summer. A flurry of new ideas overtake me whenever the weather changes, and often I’m just …

BUSINESS SKILLS, design

Rising from the Ashes – Turning Failure into Opportunity

Hello there. I’ve done some yoga, had a cup of tea, and I’m feeling calm right now. I’m finally ready to talk about the trauma of last week. Last week… …I finally gave up on my Etsy shop, which I never paid much attention to anyway, and decided to set up a shop on my …

BUSINESS SKILLS, design

If You Build It, They Will Come – The Small Business Owner’s Motto

All business is about taking risks. Every time I place an order for shirts, my mouth goes dry and I wonder if I should have ordered less. Every time I finish printing shirts, I second guess myself and wonder if anyone will buy them. No matter how many times I do this, I’m always pleasantly …

motivation, productivity

Doing Versus Writing – The Part Time Blogger’s Struggle

Most of the time, my blog and my design practice¬† have a lovely symbiotic relationship. I blog to clarify thoughts and ideas and write about things that propel me into action. The things I subsequently make, and the process of making them inspires me to blog again. This in turn motivates me to keep creating …

summer camp

The kids are all right – Town Planners,Trend setters and Visionaries

Fact one: Vienna has a new town planning director, and she is going to focus on the town’s walkability (yay!!!). Fact two: The Vienna Patch site published an article yesterday, that includes a survey of people in Vienna. Question asked?… What is Vienna missing? Ahem, we got there first Do you remember when we did …