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Summer Break 2014

Hi all! I hope you are all enjoying your summer so far! I am popping in to announce a summer blog break here on Handmade Success. My boys are on summer vacation and my husband is taking a sabbatical from work so it only makes sense for me to take a break too. We have [...]

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What are you 100% wrong about?

storefront of Merry + Bright In every business there are things you can see and things you can’t. Take this stapler, for example. That’s something I can see in my business. And that half-eaten Chocolate Orange. I can see it no problem. The lovely things on our shelves, our beloved customers and my husband patiently [...]

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How To Beat Burnout and Gain a Fresh Perspective

Who’s feeling a little burnt out after a busy first quarter? My productivity took a hit after an excited (and exhausting) January through March this year, and I desperately needed a break. I bet you can relate. I simply became too attached to email and imaginary deadlines. To keep the computers in the house off for a [...]

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Free Printable: Simplicity by Coco Chanel

I was lucky enough to take a small break with my Mum earlier this month and in between long conversations, luxurious tea sipping and lounging around looking at magazines, I came across this lovely quote by Coco Chanel (the Queen of elegance, herself) and thought it was supremely relevant to those of us who own [...]

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Where to Get Ideas and Inspiration for Your Arts and Crafts Projects

Typography Candle Holder from Cheltenham Rd 0n 3B Street Getting immersed in arts and crafts projects is, for a lot of people, a great way to express their creativity as well as a source of enjoyment and relaxation. There are others, though, who recognized the money-making potential of this hobby and seized the opportunity, establishing [...]

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What’s the Reason Behind All That You Do?

So, you like to reach for the stars? Have you ever stopped to ask yourself, “Why do I want to touch them?” As I explore my next moves for the great year of 2014, I find myself being bombarded with tips and advice for handling success. Premonitions? I hope so! I quote Jack Canfield in [...]

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Let’s Make 2014 Amazing!!!

  Right around this time last year had just moved back to Arizona after living in Chicago for 13 years. It was during this time that I started seeing the name Leonie Dawson all over the place and reading blog posts about her Amazing Biz and Life Planners. I was so intrigued by this vivacious [...]

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I Am Thankful

Autumn Thanksgiving Bunting from Tina Magee Sews Last year I was working with a fab life coach (Tiffany Han), and I was in a state of absolute frenzy. I was writing an e-program at the time and chasing the same questions over and over in my mind: Would it succeed? Would it fail? If it [...]

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Step Two to Unsticking Your Creativity

“There aren’t creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use it and people who don’t.” —Brené Brown Drawing. What comes to mind when you see that word? For many, it conjures an image of Picasso or Renoir. The eccentric girl sitting at the coffee shop huddled over her drawing pad furiously sketching [...]

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A ship is safe in harbor but that’s not what ships are for.

A ship is safe in Harbor from Little Things Studio “A ship is safe in harbor but that’s not what ships are for.” This quote by William G. Shedd has been floating around in my head lately. You might have noticed that I have been around here a lot more lately. I have been spending [...]

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