Studio Calico Project Life kits

OH HECK YES

Oh heck yes it feels good to work with Studio Calico kits once again. I received the Carolina Moon kits and used just the Project Life kit for an entire spread featuring Jack in the months February and March. While I would love to be able to finish weekly spreads, it's just not a sustainable and realistic method for memory keeping for me. I prefer to extract the highlights and things I want to include and I'm not putting too much pressure on myself to even keep it chronological. I have set up client albums entitled, "Through the Years" full of random layouts and photos, so I am thinking it's okay if I want to do the same for myself. 

Here's the spread I made using just the Project Life kit and some watercolors and stitching.

Amy Tangerine documents her life
happy go lucky kid

Those photos of Ava and Jack holding hands just make me melt! They've known one another since they were just a few months old and I love the way they get along.

Then I used some of the add-ons from Carolina Moon kits - and if I were to just choose one, I would pick Katharine. Those large rubber hearts are almost good enough to bite.

the thrill

You can shop for all the Studio Calico Carolina Moon kits here.

Keep in mind that subscribers can shop the pre-sale each month at noon EST on the 27th. Others need to wait until the clock strikes midnight.. Become a subscriber and get in on all the benefits and rewards that Studio Calico has to offer!

Motivational Monday

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Not sure why this quote was so difficult for me to script - I had to do it numerous times before finally getting it right. And then of course there was a green splotch and I forgot the dash when Jamie first photographed it. And I wasn't happy with the spacing near the bottom but then I got over it. It's really more about the message and process of writing these quotes out and sharing them with you on a weekly basis than trying to make them perfect. That's part of what making any kind of art is about anyway right?

Hope to continue spreading more motivation for each of your Mondays this year using this watercolor set from Michaels and a brush that says Royal 2 on it (can’t remember where it’s from, sorry!). I also found some alternative watercolor options here and here. If you have a favorite quote – snarky, silly, or simple in its’ wisdom, please share in the comments!

Jewelry delivered to your door!

Awesome jewelry shipped to your door!

As much as I love to look at jewelry and admire those who can afford the pieces I often just swoon over, I tend to not enjoy shopping for accessories. In my teens, I was all about trendy pieces that were around the $10 mark. In my early twenties, I met several jewelry designers making unique pieces and purchased those at wholesale prices. In my late twenties, my jewelry taste exceeded my budget (as it still does) and I found myself wanting to invest in real pieces that I would wear often. We also even designed some jewelry pieces that were sold in boutiques, mainly made up of a mix of different chains and charms and trinkets I thought were the perfect mix of trendy yet sophisticated. Now in my thirties, I enjoy a mix of different styles, but I have found that I don't wear too much jewelry, so my everyday pieces (like gold rings and diamond studs) have to be real. The diamond earrings I wear 90% of the time are something I saved up for and treated myself to because I knew I'd always enjoy them. The back twists on to ensure I can sleep with them and do whatever and (hopefully) not lose them. Although I love looking at jewelry and seeing others wear all different kinds, shopping for accessories isn't all that fun for me, mainly because it always seems like I prefer the really expensive items.

Which is why I am loving RocksboxI recently collaborated with them and received my first subscription box a couple weeks ago. With Mother's Day around the corner, this seemed like good timing to be telling you about their unique service. It's the premiere destination to borrow jewelry before you buy! Essentially, you take a questionnaire/survey so that your stylist can get an idea of your jewelry preferences and personal style. Then they curate a box for you, which is delivered to your door for just $19. You can wear and style them as much as you want and then return it (easily, because they include the pre-paid mailing label)  in exchange for another box of 3 designer jewels to play around with. They feature 30+ amazing designers including Kendra Scott, House of Harlow, Gorjana, and Loren Hope.  At any point if you love a particular piece you can choose to purchase it at an insiders' discount. How cool is that? I requested only gold pieces as I am finding that I prefer it these days with my skin tone. 

Rockbox rocks!
Rockbox rocks!
Rockbox rocks!
Rockbox rocks!

Although I really like everything they sent me, I had to really think about whether I wanted to keep any of it. Considering I have worn the wrap bracelet about every day since receiving it, I decided to hang onto it and send the other two items back. At $44 (typically $55 retail), the Nakamol wrap bracelet is at a fantastic price point too! You can see it in action in this Instagram. I'm already excited to get my next little box and will be sure to update you here once I do. This is the kind of jewelry shopping I can definitely wrap my brain around.

Now for the best part... 

As a special gift to you, Rocksbox is offering your FIRST MONTH FREE! Just enter the code: amytangerinexoxo at checkout. Hope you enjoy giving it a try and that your box rocks!

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Friday favorites

Boys like pink and push strollers around too

1. Have you ever seen a happier boy with a pink and purple stroller? A few weeks ago, we went to a 2nd birthday party for triplets - two girls, one boy. The nanny told us she bought the girls each a stroller and the boy something else. He was so upset about not having one, he didn't speak to her for an entire day. How funny is that? So at the birthday party where there was a petting zoo, Jack chose to push one of the three strollers around for what seemed like hours. Then a week later, daddy took Jack on a walk to Toys R Us and got him this stroller. He gave him other choices like trucks and shopping carts, but Jack had his mind (and maybe heart!) set on this.

2. So neat reading this interview JC did. He doesn't talk a whole lot about his work stuff, but he sure spends a lot of time doing it, so it was interesting to read all about the cool stuff the company is doing. What a stud.

3. Is it bad to have a crush on a married man with two kids? Well, considering JC introduced me to Casey Neistat's work, I am going to say no. I've been obsessed with his Vlog that he's been doing daily for the month. I don't think I've been this obsessed with watching videos on YouTube since searching "Jack Russell puppies" many years ago. Casey's storytelling skills are remarkable. If you don't fall in love after this video or  this video, entitled "Her Water Broke", we can't be friends.

Just kidding, we can still be friends, I suppose.

4. Speaking of videos, I am a bit embarrassed, but still love using a simple technique for including brochures in minibooks. This video was shot in 2009 while in Atlanta staying at a friend's house. JC was using our Flip camera - remember those?!

5. Loving this new book JC got for me, "The New Bohemians" by Justina Blakeney. It's gorgeous and features so many inspiring homes that she's styled. There are DIY project ideas sprinkled throughout along with gorgeous photographs.

Hope you're weekend is as happy as Jack's will be pushing around the pink stroller!

Craftcation Panel - Creating Multiple Revenue Streams

One of the best parts of being at Craftcation is being surrounded by like-minded creative individuals who share their knowledge about art and business freely. I had the pleasure of speaking on two different panels. The first one had a slideshow and key takeaways that I thought would be great to share here. The second was a little more low-key about the Ins and Outs of Production and had more of a Q&A aspect, without a slideshow. Jennifer Lee was the moderator for our Creating Multiple Income Streams panel, and I am not sure if an hour and half has ever flown by so quickly talking about business. Ana Spick of We Love CitrusDiana Fayt and I joined Jennifer on stage as she led an interesting discussion along with a super cute and informative slideshow she had prepared in advance. Though the people present at the panel probably got a lot more out of it than I can explain here, I asked Jennifer if I could share the slides she made with you all. And she kindly said yes. Hopefully you'll get something out of this if you are considering a side business, or want to diversify, or just want to look at some nicely designed and enlightening slides.

Creating Multiple Income Streams
Creating Multiple Income Streams
Creating Multiple Income Streams
Creating Multiple Income Streams
Creating Multiple Income Streams
Creating Multiple Income Streams
Creating Multiple Income Streams

If this intrigues you, you may want to check out Jennifer Lee's website and her bestselling book, The Right-Brain Business Plan - A Creative Visual Map for Success. She also has another book, Building Your Business the Right-Brain Way. Thanks Jennifer, for letting me share this!