Creative Crush // Amanda Joy

The Matsumoto Studio sisters introduced me to Amanda, and I’m so excited to share her art with you today! Can we all travel to Hawaii and meet the amazing talent there?!

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS : ​My favorite thing is the feeling of having no limits. When you are a free-spirited adventure seeker, it is very hard to be involved in places and people that create boundaries for you. When I am free to roam and create, I feel like I am unstoppable…and that attitude will make you successful.

FAVORITE CANDY/TREAT : I am so into açaí bowls! If you don’t know what that is, I suggest you come to Hawaii and try one.

WHAT’S A RECENT FAVORITE FIND :  ​My most recent find is actually this spot me and my friend found. It’s basically at a beach, but no one goes there at night. We surfed all afternoon and hung out after sunset and were the only ones there. We discovered there’s these two pueos (owls) that live in the big tree on the beach! Pueos aren’t really common to see just anywhere in Maui, so you feel pretty special when you see them. We were freaking out watching them flying by us, they were on the hunt! It was great, just chillin’ with some hot dogs, a few beers, and taking in the simple joys of life!

TELL US HOW YOU GOT STARTED WITH YOUR ART :  I was born with it and have been creating my whole life since I was a kid. I won my first two art contests when I was ten years old and I guess it grew on me that other people liked what I did. My grandfather LT was an artist and Billboard sign painter. I have his blood running through my veins.

Show the world what YOU can do, even if it’s like really really weird. There are people out there who like weird! I love weird! It shows everyone that you are not afraid to be different, and that fearlessness will gain you some mad respect. And you might have “haters” in the process, but you have got to let the positive vibes overrule all of the negative vibes. Remember those in our past history who had tons of haters…like Dr.Seuss and Picasso. Look at their worth now. Make it your goal to be successful while you’re still living, breathing, and creating. Convince people that what you do has value not only to you, but to the world. Always always always be creating things and learning new things every single day. Keep the mind very open and flowing, open up that third eye! Take in everything this world has to offer and don’t be judgmental. Network hardcore and start meeting people of all ages. Teaching kids has taught me to keep a tight grasp on my crazy imagination and working with the elderly has taught me to take advantage of my youth and my time now to work my butt off. One of my favorite sculptors Constantin Brancusi once said, “Create like a GOD, command like a KING, work like a SLAVE.” Enough said.

WHO’S A FELLOW ENTREPRENEUR YOU’RE CRUSHING ON RIGHT NOW :  ​ ​My newest creative friend I met: Ariana Hornkohl who lives on Maui too and makes gorgeous bikinis! check her website out!

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Creative Crush // Matsumoto Studio

Sogal, of Sogi’s Honey Bakeshop introduced me to the adorable sister duo behind Matsumoto Studio. I was so excited to talk to two sisters who have already taken the path that Danielle and I are taking. I’m so excited to refresh Sugar and Type and introduce our new jewelry line, and really show off my sisters talent (but more on that later).      

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Jen: Even if it is work, I feel like I am playing all day. I stay up late because I do not want to stop what I am doing. I am also able to work with my sister. We collaborate, bounce ideas back and forth and enjoy the fun challenges that come along the way.

Jes: I love the combination of freedom and responsibility. I love the feeling of being free to design and create without constraints. However, knowing that I am responsible for both our failure and success is scary and exciting yet very rewarding all at the same time.

Jen: Chocolate. chip. cookies. Anything chocolate really. When I am up working it is the perfect thing to get me through the night.
Jes: Unlike my sister, I’m not a sweets person at all but I do have a mega weakness for breakfast burritos.

Jen: Spotify’s “Mood” playlists. Gets me off the top 100 and sets the stage for a working environment for any time of day.
Jes: Not very recent but everything about this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson makes me happy.

TELL US HOW YOU GOT STARTED WITH YOUR COMPANY :  Our graphic design backgrounds was a gateway into designing stationery. Growing up, our Mom always influenced us to write thank you cards and notes. Naturally this became a habit and as people moved into digital thank you’s we still continued to buy and write cards. This appreciation for hand written notes and “snail mail” gave us inspiration for our stationery line.

WHY DO YOU BLOG : ​We blog to stay connected and creative. Blogging is like Matsumoto Studio’s public diary. We like to share what we are up to so people can get a glimpse into Matsumoto Studio’s life. Blogging is also a way to release thoughts and ideas but most importantly, a record and reminder of all the steps we took a long the way to be where we are today.

ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW ENTREPRENEURS : ​ Set goals, stay consistent and always do your best. Be honest with yourself and people you work with because that will always make an honest business.

Jen: Amanda Bowers. A fellow Maui girl who’s traveled and moved to pursue art, she puts a lot of care into her craft. From painting on canvases, surfboards to custom footwear, I admire Amanda’s ability to adjust to different media and always leave room for surprises along the way.

Jes: Jackie Jones of Think All Day – we went to college together and I have always been a fan of her artistic style. We recently reconnected again and her work is even more awe-inspiring. I enjoy keeping up with her life, work and travels on instagram (she and her husband are renovating an old home!) and the We Think All Day blog.

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Creative Crush // Sincerely Jackie

I’ve been keeping my eye on Jackie for some time now. We were both balancing full time jobs, and stationery businesses, and playing with our adorable dogs (oh yeah, and she had a long commute and was also getting her masters at night – talk about busy!), so I was so glad when she let me pick her brain about how she planned to leave her full time job in July, and pursue her business full time. I’m so proud of her, and can’t wait to see all the new things she does on this journey!

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS : ​ I ran my business for 5 years while also working a demanding full-time job. I did a lot of work coaching executives, directors, and managers, so having my own business helped me feel empowered when I was working with them through some of their own struggles. Now that I’m working at Sincerely, Jackie full-time, I love having flexibility built into my day. I also love feeling like I can control the work that I do. I used to tell myself I would do things when I had more time, but now that I have the time, there are no excuses and I love that feeling!

FAVORITE CANDY/TREAT :  ​ My favorite “grown up” treat is dark chocolate peanut butter cups from Trader Joes. I really enjoy them frozen. My favorite “childhood” treat is a bag of soft, chewy twizzler cherry licorice bites.

WHAT’S A RECENT FAVORITE FIND :  ​ As a new homeowner, I’ve been really into finding easy DIY ideas for the house. I have vertical blinds on all of my windows, and this video on how to DIY roman shades from existing blinds really caught my eye. I’m going to be giving it a shot this upcoming weekend!

TELL US HOW YOU GOT STARTED WITH YOUR COMPANY :  I’ve been artistic my whole life, and began taking college level art classes in high school. I didn’t understand how I could make a career as a fine artist, so I got a full-ride scholarship and studied interior design my first year of college. I loved (and still love) interior design, but I felt a lot of pressure to work in a corporate environment, which, as a creative, wasn’t what I wanted. I left the creative industry and ended up falling in love with the Industrial/Organizational Psychology field. I became a certified coach and worked with executives within an organization on topics ranging from interpersonal skills to strategic planning. Along the way I began to miss design, and a friend suggested I enter a stationery design into a competition for a company called Minted. I entered Minted’s second competition, and felt such a sense of support from the design community, that I’ve been hooked on stationery ever since. It feels like such a perfect fit, since I’ve been a lover of stationery my entire life. I have a box of birthday cards, invitations, and note cards from when I was a child, and I’ve kept that box with me throughout life. It’s become an heirloom for me, and I love making the types of invitations that will become heirlooms in another family’s story. When I design, I try to ask myself “will this design still be beautiful in 30 years?” and if the answer is yes, I feel like I’ve really accomplished what my passion is.

WHY DO YOU BLOG : ​On one hand I blog because I love having a way to capture where I am and what I’m working on. On the other hand, I blog because it’s a great business tool and technique for keeping my page fresh in search queries.​

ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW ENTREPRENEURS : ​ There are a lot of quotes out there about doing what you love, and believing that good things will happen. Heck, I have my own mantra, which is on a mug and art print that I always keep close by. But in all seriousness, you’ll never get anywhere by just thinking and dreaming. You have to find somebody you love and then you have to work your butt off. Consistently and constantly. You have to put in the hours every single day, you have to ​answer every email within 48 hours, you have to call back every person that ever calls you, you have to reach out to media outlets, make new industry friends…you just have to work. Really, really, really hard. And never give up – there are plenty of set backs, but you need to keep on going and keep on working. Eventually you won’t feel like you’re working so much, and you’re business will start to work itself. Then you find something new to work on, and the cycle starts again. At least that’s how it is for me!

WHO’S A FELLOW ENTREPRENEUR YOU’RE CRUSHING ON RIGHT NOW :  ​ ​I’m always inspired by my fellow Minted designers. I think Meg, of Moglea, is going to take over the world someday, and nothing would make me happier than to see it happen!

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Back To School Macbook Pro Laptop Giveaway

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Creative Crush // Asarum Designs

Love ‘N Fresh Flowers tagged Asarum Designs as their creative crush, and I can see why! Dorene creates stunning jewelry, and I’m so glad she’s here today! Her work is inspired by nature, and she really embraces the “imperfections” that make her work so stunning.      Asarum Designs Asarum Designs Asarum Designs Asarum Designs

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS : My favorite thing about running my own business is getting to do what I love and being able to share it with others.  

FAVORITE CANDY/TREAT :  I have type 1 diabetes so I try to stay away from the really good sweets.  I use stevia whenever I need some sweetness, like a drop or so on to of some blueberries and cream.  But my favorite lifesaving treat is dark chocolate, not too sweet but rich enough to satisfy.

WHAT’S A RECENT FAVORITE FIND :  Meadowsweet Mercantile, a great shop with lovely and super cool owners in Manayunk, Philadelphia. Handmade body care products from Priya Means Love, everything she makes smells amazing and she uses clean and high quality ingredients.

TELL US HOW YOU GOT STARTED WITH YOUR COMPANY : I have always been a creative and maker of things, I started by giving my creations away as gifts.  I think the business part started with local craft shows and then when I opened an Etsy shop the everything else started to fall into place.  

WHY DO YOU BLOG : I really like to share what influences me and what inspires my work.  Besides my jewelry business I also have a small gardening business, I love to share the beauty I see in plant world.  My work is most inspired by nature; imperfect, detailed and mysterious and I love to share that through the blog.

ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW ENTREPRENEURS : Keep doing what you love and what makes you happy, get your mind out of the way so you can allow the success to flow in your work and your business.  Also connect with others who’s work you appreciate, the world is full of amazing and generously helpful people.

WHO’S A FELLOW ENTREPRENEUR YOU’RE CRUSHING ON RIGHT NOW :  I am totally in love with Love N Fresh Flowers.  Jennie Love is amazing, her work is gorgeous and her farm is magical.

My crush on Bachestinks started at a local craft show.  Rachael Arnone makes really great kitchen gear & accessories from vintage, recycled and found materials.  She has a great personality and she loves what she does.

Another creative that is very influential to me is my momma, Pequest Pottery.  She is starting to get back into her craft and she is making some really cool stuff.  We will be hitting the craft show scene together soon.

As for jewelry:

I met Interstellar Love Craft at a craft show and Marisa Krol really blew my mind.  Its like we share some creative brain waves.  She is super cool and is killing it with her awesome jewelry designs.

There is something very special about Zen Elements’ jewelry designs.  Zendra Sharif is a beautiful person, friend, momma, and creative and she is making some amazing jewelry.

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