On The Blog Market

If you haven’t noticed, things have been a little slooowww around here since the launch of The Blog Market. Lately I’ve been writing there as well as working on a few design projects that I can’t wait to share with you. But in the mean time, here is a recap of what’s been goin’ on over at TBM.

1. I started sharing weekly coding tutorials and I’m always so happy to freely nerd out about CSS and HTML. My favorite tutorial to write has been this one on creating hover effects with CSS.

CSS Basics: Adding Hover Effects

2. Exciting news! Angela, who blogs at If Found, Make., has joined me in co-running The Blog Market. We have been having so much fun strategizing and coming up with creative content for both bloggers and small business owners. As a freelancer and handmade shop owner, Angela knows a thing or two about running a business. One of my favorite posts she’s written so far is a collection of photography resources for Etsy sellers.

Photography Resources for Etsy Sellers

3. As a more simplified version of my collage screencast tutorial, I created this basic Photoshop tutorial on erasing product backgrounds. Perfect for if you’re a shop owner or if you just love creating roundups like I do. :)

Erase Product Photo Backgrounds with Photoshop

4. Angela’s post 8 Reasons to Have more Fun with Your Blog totally resonated with me. Blogging should be fun, especially when it’s something you do in your free time and not your full-time job. However, sometimes we get so stressed out about the little things. In this post, Angela shows how having more fun with your blog can actually help your blog grow and flourish.

8 Reasons to Have More Fun With Your Blog

For more CSS tutorials and tips for bloggers/business owners, check out the full blog here!

Hope you’re all enjoying February so far. :)

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Design Spotlight | Leah Duncan

Good morning! I began this series over at The Blog Market a couple weeks ago but then decided it made more sense to carry it on here. I’m so inspired by patterns lately and have been learning Illustrator to get on the pattern bandwagon myself. So much fun! One of my favorite surface pattern designers is Leah Duncan. She way she combines colors, nature, and geometric shapes is the prettiest.

Design Spotlight: Leah Duncan | Earl Grey Blog
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View the rest of Leah’s work on her website and be sure to check out her amazing shop as well!

Do you have any favorite surface pattern designers?

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Be Free, Lance.

Hey all! This week, I’ve embarked on an intensive freelance learning sesh with the online workshop Be Free, Lance. It’s being led by Breanna Rose and Jen Serafini, both of whom I respect and admire a ton. I’m so excited to learn, grow and figure out how to do what I love with the time and resources I have.

Be Free, Lance.

In blogging news, I’ve been putting my energy more toward The Blog Market, but I’m ready to balance things out a bit and come back to Earl Grey. In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting more design-related projects and inspiration. I’m also going to focus on crafting without the intention of creating sharable finished projects. Making crafty messes without caring who sees it is so very good for the soul. :)

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All Things Brass

Over the past couple months, I’ve developed the biggest crush on brass. At Schoolhouse Electric, I’m constantly surrounded by it and it never gets old. I’ve never been into anything in silver or nickel. Gold and brass finishes are forever the best in my book.

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Sooo much stuff I love! Do you love brass, or do you have another favorite finish?

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Earl Grey 2014 Favorites

What a year! A lot of exciting things happened in 2014. I moved to a new state, tried new things, got new jobs…it’s been a roller coaster! I also met a lot of great people via blogging and I just want to say thank you for being such awesome friends. :) You all are the best.

Here are some of my favorite posts this year:

1. DIY Instagram Wall Calendar


2. Earl Grey Ice Cream Recipe

Earl Grey Ice Cream | Earl Grey Blog

3. Intro to CSS + Cheat Sheet

CSS Cheat Sheet | Earl Grey Blog

4. Painted Magazine Files

DIY Painted Magazine Files | Earl Grey

5. Portland, Week One

Portland Week One | Earl Grey

6. Tiny Flowers Crochet Pattern


7. Create Gold Leaf Hand Lettering in Photoshop

How to Create Gold Leaf Hand Lettering in Photoshop | Earl Grey

8. My Personal Rules for Blogging

Personal Rules for Blogging | Earl Grey

9. DIY Minimal Brass Jewelry Hanger

DIY Minimal Brass Jewelry Hanger

10. Internship with Bramble Workshop

Bramble Workshop

I’ve been a little MIA for the past two months because I’ve been hanging out over on my new site The Blog Market! Hope you’ve gotten a chance to check it out.

The start of a new year is always so inspiring to me. Excited to keep on dreaming, creating, and exploring in the new year.

Do you have any highlights of the past year or things you’re looking forward to in 2015?

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