Selasa, 21 Oktober 2014

New website / New blog / Longest post yet

I'm finally done with my new website for my freelance design business! Well, I don't know if these types of things are ever totally done, its more like done-ish. And I also completely redesigned my logo since my last blog post about it. So I'm feeling pretty good, this was a huge project for me with lots of second guessing and commitment issues along the way. Not to mention a crazy learning curve of learning web design. Now I get to move on to the less agonizing, fun stuff like business cards, custom stamps, and new designs.

My new site does have a blog and I am going to be posting regularly about design projects, self-employment, inspiration, free fonts & amp; design resources, shop promotions etc. over there. If you're interested in that type of stuff, please add it to your reader or sign up to get the posts automatically sent to your inbox (there's a grey link on the left side). At some point I am planning to start blogging more personal posts again, like knitting & amp; crafty stuff, but those will be on a new personal blog that I haven't set up yet. Honestly, as much as I am looking forward to it, it is pretty low on my priority list right now. I am going to leave this space up until I figure out what to do with it, but all the blogging action for now will be coming from the Sibling blog.

There are quite a few other ways to connect with me and see what I'm up to, and I'm going to list them below. Everything I've read and observed tells me that part of the equation to success as a self-employed artist/designer is actively promoting your work and engaging with your audience. To be honest, constantly throwing up tweets, blogs and facebook posts about what I'm working on or what I'm trying to sell is not something I feel super comfortable with. I try to make it as un-spammy and genuine as I can, but I really hope that people will determine for themselves what level of "all things Alisa" they want in their lives and follow (or not) appropriately. Here's the break down:

Sibling twitter & amp; facebook
design & amp; studio related posts, shop announcements, conversations with you

Sibling blog (you can add it to your reader or have posts emailed to you)
all of the above but with more words and pretty pictures

Sibling newsletter (sign up box on the left side of the site)
an email once every month or two briefly announcing new products or upcoming events

Alisa's personal twitter
attempts at humor, phone pics of my cat and the sweater I will be knitting for the next 5 years, making friends with strangers, necessary daily interaction with the outside world from my home studio

Alisa's personal facebook
same as above but with the addition of adorable niece and nephew photos and no swearing

Alisa's Pinterest
everything inspiring I see on the internet

I want to say that I really appreciate the comments and encouragement you guys have given me in this space. It has helped me get a little more comfortable with sharing, something that I think is a struggle for a lot of creatives (is that a term I use now? Oh dear..) & nbsp;I am not above asking you to keep me in mind and refer me if you or someone you know needs design services - I have an obligation-free form on my website that makes it easy for people to request an estimate, whether its a big project or a small one. Also, if you see something I post on my social media empire outlined above that you like, please share it. Shares and pins are super helpful when it comes to getting new visitors (ie potential clients) to come to my site; each of you are the first wave of the ripple effect.

Lastly, I am not down with all receiving and no giving. Spreading the word and supporting my friends creative endeavors is an activity I really enjoy, so if you're working on a cool project or have exciting news that needs some internet love, send it my way. I love hearing about what everyone is working on and I also love to share it. & nbsp;

New year, new life. Cheers!

Woonbeurs part 1: The VT wonen barn

Van 1 t/m 6 oktober was het weer zover, de jaarlijkse woonbeurs in Amsterdam! Zoals altijd schieten ogen tekort en heb ik weer bergen foto's gemaakt. Ik ga ze dan ook verdelen over verschillende blogposts en begin met wat op mij het meeste indruk maakte: de VT wonen barn.

Crisis lijken ze bij VT wonen niet te kennen, dit jaar werd uitgepakt met een heuse barn (schuur) van enorm formaat. Binnenin waren alle woonfuncties verdeeld over verschillende ruimtes met leven in de natuur als uitgangspunt. & nbsp;Back to basis met een jacuzzi op brandhout, pure materialen zoals hout, katoen en rotan en een heuse groentetuin bovenop het keukenblok; een knipoog naar de opkomende bewustwording rondom biologische voeding. Vergrijste tinten, crème en wit voerden de boventoon samen met veel planten, aaibare materialen en stoere meubels van metaal. & nbsp;Wat mij betreft is de barn een geslaagde vertaling van de steeds hipper wordende zelfvoorzienende leefstijl en de behoefte dichtbij de natuur te wonen. Een huis dat omarmt en tegelijkertijd voorziet in de dagelijkse portie luxe, zonder dat het 'luxe' schreeuwt.

Rabu, 15 Oktober 2014

Vanessa Hudgens Look for Less < $72

How cute is Vanessa Hudgens' new haircut!?!? It looks just adorable on her... here she is sporting a perfect summer chic outfit (do I even see her bathing suit peeking out from behind her dress). & nbsp;This would be a really fun look to recreate, I am loving the necklaces!

get the look:
necklaces: (left, middle, right)

Selasa, 14 Oktober 2014

A sweet baby's room

Ik ben natuurlijk een fan van lichte interieurs, dus van bovenstaande beelden word ik heel blij! Zeker in een babykamer zie ik de voordelen van licht kleurgebruik, het straalt rust uit en werkt dus kalmerend voor zowel baby als moeder. (En vader!)
I'm a big fan of bright interiors so the images above really make me smile. Especially in a nursery I see the advantages of light colours. They look peaceful and work calming for as well baby as mother. (And father!)
1. Kussen Dimensions €49,-.
2. Kussen Playful €27,50.  
3. Opbergzak lines €29,50.
4. Artprints & nbsp;€19,95.  
5. Knuffel nootje €14,50.  
6. Tape €8,50.  
7. Spiegel vogelhuis €24,95.

Senin, 13 Oktober 2014

DIY mountains rack

Allereerst allemaal een heel gelukkig nieuwjaar! Dat 2014 maar mag worden wat je ervan hoopt en al je dromen uitkomen... Liefs!

Ik begin het jaar goed met deze geweldige zelfmaker van het blog Carnets Parisiens, waar ik groot fan van ben. Het idee is eigenlijk heel simpel, maar je moet er maar opkomen! Het houten berglandschap op een wandplankje is geweldig op een kinderkamer. En als je dan toch aan het zagen bent, zaag je gelijk die toffe huisjes ;)

First of all, a very happy newyear to all of you! May 2014 be what you hope for and may all your dreams come true! With love... & nbsp;

A good start with this amazing DIY by the blog Carnets parisiens, wich I'm a big fan of. The idea is rather simpel, but thumbs up for the elaboration! The wooden mountain landscape on a wal shelf looks great on a kids room.. And while you're sawing anyway, you might as well make those little houses too, they're so cute!

Kristin Cavallari Look For Less < $80

Kristin Cavallari has the California Casual style down to a science! & nbsp; Here's a simple and chic look perfect for the waning days of summer.

image via
Get the look:

Minggu, 12 Oktober 2014

Tis the season for holiday craft fairs

Now that pesky Halloween is out of the way, I am happy I can finally let loose the full-force of my holiday mania. It's not that I don't like Halloween, I just feel neutral about it. Two years ago I realized that coming up with a fabulous costume idea and then executing it wasn't worth the disproportionate amount of stress it caused me, so I gave myself permission to skip this holiday. Plus, I hate scary movies, I'm afraid of the dark and I don't even really like candy. So now I just dump a mini bottle of Hot Damn in a mug of cider, look at everyone else's brilliant costumes on facebook and call it good.

On to bigger and better holidays - Christmas. I know even the mention of Christmas this early sets some people into a rage (I'm looking at you, twitter stream ) but I fall into the very small portion of the population who starts listening to holiday playlists while browsing flickr for photos of snow-covered alpine chalets as soon as November hits. I blame this on my parents who rarely got our tree up before Christmas Eve.. what can I say, with 4 children and an assortment of pet rabbits, turtles, chickens and a goat, they kind of had their hands full.

So, yes, it may only be November 1st but my holiday preparations are already in the works and I'm excited to announce that this year I will be a vendor at two of my favorite local craft fairs - Detroit Urban Craft Fair (Dec 3 + 4) and Tiny Expo (Dec 10). Mark your calendars and click the posters below for all the details you need to start planning your handmade holiday shopping strategy.

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(PS - If you are also getting excited for the holidays and love handmade, you should think about joining this holiday ornament swap & nbsp;- its my favorite holiday tradition!)