Back to the drawing board

time to sharpen the pencils
time to sharpen the pencils

After a wonderful year off, it’s time to go back to the other work. Honestly, the boss was a bit of a baby. 🙂 And the new Associate Boss (his partner in crime) is an even bigger baby. I needed to pick this guy up at the antique fair in Mundelein. My  fancy pants pencils from World Market were meant to sit cozy in matching dusty value.

Cupid’s Kitchen

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Candlestick Floor Lamp Polished Nickel with Linen Shade – Restoration Hardware
Rococo Floral Etched Mirror – Restoration Hardware
stainless steel shiny wine coaster – CB2
antique-silver-salt-pepper-shakers – Pottery Barn
Ribbon Heart Plate – Anthropologie
Apron – Anthropologie
Marquee Arrow Light – Urban Outfitters

Just Like You

Small just like you
Small just like you

I’ve started working with local startups in the Chicagoland area and have quickly found that creativity goes a long way. Understanding niche markets or specialized industries and small budgets can separate me from the fancy- pants, name brand marketers.  I get your community. I love your work and I shop where you sell.  It’s nothing new. It is simple and overlooked though.  “Just Like You” campaign focuses on creative marketing and design for small businesses- that I personally like. Over the course of 6 months, I started creating small pieces to display in local hotspots that I frequent like a fabric store, woodworking shop and general art studio. I used to sell life insurance at dinnertime when I was 17.  I don’t like soliciting and cold calling. I know you don’t either. It just makes more sense to do what you do in the environments that you actually like and you’ll actually love what you do.