Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Pattern By Etsy - Is it a Good Choice for You?

Pattern By Etsy - Is it a Good Choice for You? | MamaBleu.com

Pattern is a new seller service offered by Etsy for shop owners who are looking for an easy way to create your own website. It’s an Etsy powered e-commerce shop builder that gives you the option to click a couple of buttons and have your own website set up in about 10 minutes. 

Is it a good choice for you? That’s what I’m going to discuss today. Although this platform is very new there is enough information available now to help you consider whether Pattern is the best option for you as a e-commerce website.  

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

An Inside Peek at Watercolor Bible Journaling

It was February of last year when I met Cristin. We had occasionally said hello to each other but never developed a friendship until we bumped into each other on the Illustrated Faith instagram page. The idea of illustrated journaling in our bibles was something that Shanna Noel had just barely launched into a business and the idea intrigued both Cristin and me. 

An Inside Peek at Watercolor Bible Journaling

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Taking the Stress Out of Meal Planning

Deciding what to have for dinner is one of the most stressful parts of my day. I knew I needed a tool or plan to make it easier for me to face the dinner hour, so my husband and I put our heads together and came up with some ideas.

Sometime during the weekend my husband and I look over our calendar for the upcoming week and make a plan. We discuss what days of the week will be easier for a home cooked meal, what evenings will be best for leftovers and when we might need to get take-out or dine out.

Whatever the case, it has reduced my stress at the end of the day and has also reduced our food budget!!

Another part of this process has been to decide what day I can try a new recipe. I tend to make the same things week after week and mealtime can get a bit boring. In an effort to do one of those “someday” things on my list, I’ve been perusing cookbooks for new recipes.

Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook is one of those “go-to” cookbooks for me because I know I can find a recipe that is usually very tasty and easy to put together before my day gets crazy.

I love a good soup and Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of my favorites. After reviewing the list of ingredients for this new version of a traditional recipe I decided to give it a try. It is now marked in my cookbook as a “keeper”!

Taking the stress out of meal planning | a solution for busy creatives | MamaBleu.com

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

5 Steps to Creating a New Design from Start to Finish

5 Steps to Creating a New Design from Start to Finish | MamaBleu.com

Since my business consistently keeps me busy year round I try to make the most of the days when the pace slows down. For me, this is a great time to develop and create new designs. There is a process I follow for most of my new designs and I'm sharing all the details with you today.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Surface Printing Workshop with Lotta Jansdotter

As my daughter and I were making our way through the maze of heavy traffic on the side streets of Los Angeles this past Saturday we laughed at the fact that we were on our way to an event that has been on our bucket list for awhile. Not only were we going to meet Lotta Jansdotter, someone we have both admired for many years, but we were going to spend 3 hours with her at a workshop learning the surface printing techniques that she’s perfected over the last 20 years. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

How To Use Etsy Editor's Picks To Increase Your Sales

How To Use Etsy Editor's Picks To Increase Your Sales | MamaBleu.com

Just about every email that Etsy sends out is linked back to one of their Editor's Picks pages. 

The highlighted photos for the Editor's Picks are curated by Etsy and the pages of items that follow are relevant to the search terms that Etsy is featuring. These are clues that you can use to determine what keyword phrases you may want to use and get some extra exposure for your shop items. 

So how can you use these clues to increase your Etsy shop sale?

How to Subscribe to Etsy Newsletters

How to Subscribe to Etsy Newsletters | MamaBleu.com

 I've mentioned on several occasions that a key to building a successful business is staying informed. One of the ways you can do that is by signing up for the Etsy Newsletters. There are several to choose from and you may or may not want to receive them all. No matter what you sell, I highly suggest that you subscribe and here's where you find the info on Etsy. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Inspiration and Lessons from Photographer Kim Klassen

Inspiration and Lessons from Photographer Kim Klassen | MamaBleu.com

When I first started using Adobe Lightroom to edit my photos I was confused with the program but determined to make it my go-to photo editing program. Fortunately, at the time, I stumbled across photographer Kim Klassen’s website. She was teaching an online class on Lightroom so I jumped in and immersed myself in her lessons.  

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

DIY Printing Your Own Textiles

DIY How to Print Your Own Textiles | MamaBleu.com

Every time I visit an art supply store I get inspired by all the possibilities that lie within the tools and paint and materials on the shelves. It’s been a desire of mine to learn how to carve stamps designs and use them to print fabric for my bags. This past summer I spent an afternoon working on my first design and just introduced two bags made from the printed linen.