Friday, November 28, 2014

Three More Fridays 'Till Christmas! Thrift Core Epic Vintage Black Friday Sale

I'm so excited to share another Black Friday sale with you!  This year I'm offering 10% off my already super-discounted shop. I love online Black Friday shopping, support an awesome cause, get low-priced, original gifts no retailer would have delivered to your door, and skip the Christmas shopping mess! Win/win/win. Check it out!

I've also put all of my prints on sale, marked down from $15.00! :) See 'em all here. Simply e-mail any custom-sign requests.

Of course I can deliver to your gift recipient and include a cute note and doodle for you as pictured above! The post office is super busy this time of year even if you order priority, it's hard to get your presents on time the closer it gets to Christmas. Order now and you'll definitely get your goodies on time!

I'm entertaining group deals and offers. Simply e-mail me if you need me to calculate a lower shipping rate. I can meet with you if you'd like to see anything in person or shop the remaining collection if you're local. Contact me if you have any questions.

I'll be back next week with recipes, interviews, and photos of my recent explorations. I'm feeling so re-invigorated about writing and business after truly following the tip in this post! Have an awesome Holiday weekend!

/Comments Off so I can explore, take photos, interview times!
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

CoRk Open Studios: Vintage Pieces, Inspiring Artwork, Collections, and Artist's Workspaces

CoRk is a sprawling collection of art studios a stone's throw away from my King St. Riverside apartment. The outside of the building is covered with colorful murals by artists occupying the studios; it's inspiring to see a former empty warehouse transformed into a vibrant space for artists to spread out and create. I adore seeing artists workspaces so I couldn't resist an opportunity to walk over and snap some photos:

CoRk Lobby

Amazing Space-Age "Jetson's" Table. The little boomerang shape to the left had a motion sensor. Wave your hand over it and it says over 70 quotes fro Sci-Fi movies. The lights continuously blinked. -By Rocket Studio Art

This serene studio illuminated by the soft glow of white aper lamps was one of my favorites, so tidy. It reminded me of a New York studio apartment. The chalkboard wall was gorgeous.

Love the riot of color and art style. It smelled of fragrant incense. 

Pithy art prices. I can bring Pizza, please, give me beautiful arts. Thanks.

Classic style, gorgeous assemblage. I think assemblage is my favorite style.

Amazing sculpture.

Love this painterly studio. The storage unit here is a perfect mix of inspiring objects, supplies and reference materials.

Took the most photos in Crystal Floyd's Wunderkammer of awesome.  Love her natural style and can appreciate a fellow vintage collector and magpie's workspace. I think I'll have to come back and showcase this whole space in a separate post.

Paul Ladnier's studio wins "Best Door" hands-down. Love the colorful painted faces and the easel sign. My mom and I were enchanted by his Old World oil paintings of landscapes and portraits, they bought us back to memories of artists painting (the many) scenic vistas in Italy.

Another studio after my own art. Crafts, color, vintage a bookshelf full of kitsch books. Her paintings were gorgeous. Loved her colorful DIY'd pillows. She and I were working on some identical projects.

The courtyard separating studios is dreamy! Would love to help garden and paint the walls out here. I love string light ambience.

Another space I may need to return to. Karen Kurycki's gorgeous "punny" watercolors fo perfect with her bright, kitschy studio. Love her style and how she's arranged her space.

Loved the clothes by Love Brigade, beautiful studio.

I'd be remiss to exclude portraits on these muses outside of a closed studio. The first one is Eva, a friend and art model.

Who could ask for a cozier creative space? Robert Leedy was very friendly and told us an funny story about a commission for a wine bar featuring a Geisha serving wine that was rejected, the client wanted something more "literal"; but his art friends loved it! Me too. Would hang that in my house in a heartbeat.

"When my friends saw studio they asked, 'Are you going through a divorse'?" Robert jokes about the homeyness of his "art cave".

Photo-bombed a green screen room.

In a word: Incredible. This photography was mind-blowing. Loved the huge high-quality prints, cityscapes and environmental messages.

I wish I'd have had more time to chat with every single artist. CoRk should do these gallery openings once a month! There was a great turnout and it was so inspiring to see so much art and innovation happening right down the street. Read more about CoRk on their website.

Any favorite studio peeks? I love 'em all, don't make me choose!
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Monday, November 24, 2014

A Better Business for December, 2015 and Beyond: Make Goals and Hit 'Em

I am already so excited for 2015. Arbitrary number change on the calendar not, it's a motivating list-making time of the year and I love it. Next year I'm transitioning. I'll be focusing more on indie business help/showcasing, productivity, creativity, design (interior and otherwise) and being happy/healthy. I'm excited to focus on helping others live a happier, healthier life outside the status quo.

Already making lots of lists and plotting at headquarters. Calendars are boards are quite full!

Advertising: December is an excellent time to advertise on Thrift Core. Sales go through the roof for me And my blog is one of my #1 traffic sources. It's a great way to showcase your blog or business into the new year, too. Read more here or e-mail me.

Indie Business Help: Whether it's making a simple logo or banner, doing product photography, setting up a blog/portfolio, business coaching or creating an entire online presence, I adore helping others accomplish their dream of fruitful self-employment. I am a perfectionist, dedicated to high quality presentation for your business. E-mail me if you need help.

Writing: Just throwing this one out there, I'm looking for creative editorial work for websites, magazines, and newspapers. Just throwing it out there. I have years of experience. If anyone needs a writer that can throw in graphic design and photography skills (or if you know of someone) let me know. I have a resume and references available upon request, but of course!

And with that, back to work with me! I want to clean my apartment from top-to-bottom, ship some orders, and organize some more, as always. My shop still has loads of wares on sale. I'm open to deals/group deals and can estimate lower shipping for you! This is a great time to load up on merchandise or get the ones you love something unique for Christmas.

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