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.

Get to know Dorene // Site // Facebook
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Creative Crush // Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co

Rifle Paper Co has became a household name, and can be spotted a mile away for the beautiful colors and illustration style. Of course, I’ve got a serious creative crush on founder, Anna Bond, and spent quite some time drooling over her booth at NSS. She’s incredibly talented.  Rifle Paper Co

In an interview with Sous Style, Anna encourages entrepreneurs to “be original, and fearless”.  She encourages people to dive in, and overcome the fear of failure (cue: this song). Anna Bond Quote "be original and fearless"
Anna’s husband is also her partner at Rifle Paper Co, and they’re really making an impression on the stationery world. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!  if you're doing something amazing, people will find you

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Creative Crush // Chelsea Foy of Lovely Indeed

I couldn’t be more thankful for instagram today. A friend tagged me on Chelsea’s feed, when she was reaching out for hand letterers. While I’m new to lettering, I of course was excited to take part, you can see the feature, and download the free desktop background here.  Of course, I asked her to share her story here! 

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS : I love being my own boss. I love having creative control of what I put into the world, and the ability to dream up new ideas and tailor them to fit my readership. (Making your own schedule is a bonus, too!)

FAVORITE CANDY/TREAT :  Sour Patch Kids and Lemonheads, all the way.

WHAT’S A RECENT FAVORITE FIND :  I’m just read Bringing Up Bebe, a book on French parenting. As a new mom-to-be, I thought it was pretty fascinating!

TELL US HOW YOU GOT STARTED WITH YOUR COMPANY : After my husband proposed, I started getting way into DIY and lifestyle blogs. I decided that I had enough creative ideas to start my own, so I did. People started reading (thankfully!) and little jobs started trickling in via the blog. It snowballed into what it is today.

WHY DO YOU BLOG : It’s one of the best creative and emotional outlets I can think of. The audience of readers that you develop really does begin to feel like a group of supportive friends. And it’s so wonderful to have a place to gather thoughts, ideas, projects, and anything you feel like including. It’s like a really detailed journal of your life.

ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW ENTREPRENEURS : Be original, be quality, be consistent.

WHO’S A FELLOW ENTREPRENEUR YOU’RE CRUSHING ON RIGHT NOW :  I’m so inspired by the creativity and colors on Cocorrina. Brittany at The House that Lars Built has the most beautiful, innovative projects. And I can’t get enough of This Wild Idea Instagram feed — if you love dogs, check it out ASAP.

Get to know Chelsea // Site // Facebook // Twitter  // Pinterest // Instagram
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Clear Tents

clear tents If you haven’t caught a glimpse yet, be sure to head over to Buffalo Indie Weddings and check out my guest post featuring McCarthy Events, and their incredible wedding trend: Clear Tents! Thanks so much to Heather for helping me pull together this awesome trend! I can’t wait to plan a party with a clear tent!

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Life // Rochester Public Market

If you live in Rochester, I really hope you’ve been to the Public Market on a Saturday morning (hello Empenadas!). If not, be sure to get there this summer! Honey sticks, supporting local, and everything fresh sounds like a pretty good deal to me!  Rochester Public Market Rochester Public Market Rochester Public Market Rochester Public Market Rochester Public Market   Rochester Public Market Rochester Public Market Rochester Public Market Rochester Public Market Rochester Public Market Rochester Public Market Rochester Public Market  

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