As a small business owner, I am constantly trying to streamline and make things more efficient. The most time consuming thing (other than actually putting banners together by hand) is taking all the photos and moving props around, trying to get the lighting right at the right time of day etc. It can be a nightmare if it’s a week of bad lighting.
I consider myself a really tactile person, but I’m on the computer a lot for the blog and business so the HP Sprout really lets you bring the technological and tactile world together in a way that’s conducive for creativity.
One of my favorite features is the Sprout Workspace. I cannot stop scanning things, seriously anytime something catches my eye I’m like “I must scan this now so I can play with it on the Sprout!” and fall over myself going back to the computer because I’m so excited. And it’s so hi-res which is of course, a MUST for bloggers and business owners.
It saves me a ridiculous amount of time because it automatically clips the image without a background and makes putting images together in different ways really easy (my four year old LOVES it and got the hang of it in under a minute: drag and drop)
I played around with some of my favorite confetti from The Confetti Bar (soon to be available at the Bannerie!), scanning it in, resizing and moving the letters around and made a free download for you.
Exercising your creativity is being a unicorn, so I thought it was the perfect download for the Sprout. For full size image click here
* This post was sponsored by HP. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. This is legit awesome #SproutbyHP #CIY *
OMG it’s almost June! So much is happening in June and I’m trying really hard to be a civilized person and stay calm but AHHHHH!!!
I throw around terms like “boss” or “like a boss” but they really mean something to me. To me, it means owning what you are doing, putting on your adult pants and doing what needs to be done. I love what I do but it involves a lot of tedious work and things I don’t like to do . For example, I love designing the packaging and considering what it’s like to open and making it feel fun and like a gift, I feel like a sparkly elf. But I hate shipping. So tedious.
Doing it like a boss means I put on some music, turn on my printer and do it dancing to T-Swift. (Or anything from the Nineties).
Here’s a pretty reminder from Kailah Ogawa that whatever you do, remember to do it like a boss.
Okay ladies, my guess is that you’re a) super busy and b) wanting to decorate your space on a budget. And hey! That describes me to to a T! So today, I’ve got a stupid-simple DIY Flower Vase that is made out of…drinking straws? Yes. Drinking straws can look glamorous, and I’m going to show you how!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Round mason jar (make sure to avoid the square kind)
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Package of straws (I chose large milkshake straws from the grocery store)
Gold spray paint
First, cut all of your straws to your desired length. I made mine about an inch taller than the lip of the jar, but you could get a totally different look if you left them full length and created a tall vase!
Place a line of hot glue down your jar, especially gluing near the lip of the jar, and the bottom as well.
Then, stick on your first straw. Repeat around the entire circumference of the jar.
Once you’ve finished gluing all of your straws on (which P.S. only takes like, 2 minutes) grab your vase and head outside to glam it up with a coat of gold spray paint! You should really only need one coat to get the job done too.
All you need to do then is find a pretty bouquet of flowers, and fill up your vase! I LOVE the look of a short vase filled to the brim with flowers, so I snipped my daisy stems short + popped them in.
There’s something so fun + fancy about having fresh flowers in your workspace, so I hope you’ll make a quick grocery store run for flowers and straws and make a vase of your own!
I run The Bannerie, from top to bottom, all by myself. Since I use a lot of tools that would be a pain to carry around and rent is insane in NY, I work from home. As in, my office is literally in our bedroom. And because I am home for so many hours and don’t leave to work, I find it especially important to make it a happy place to work from.
That’s my main happy place, riiiight there: my shelves of supplies and photo props and what I mainly see all day long. My work is generally limited to this room, but I try not to be tied to a desk because then it definitely wouldn’t be my happy place. The point of being my own boss is so I don’t have to do that! The HP Stream tablet with Intel Inside® helps with that!
One of my fave things about working from home, me and my bed are besties. And the HP tablet means I can work from bed comfortably.
It’s incredibly important that while I’m working (wherever that is) I’m always connected to the internet to respond to customers, upload new photos, and post to social media and that I have tons of cloud storage for all my photos and documents that I can access whenever I need to.
The HP Stream 8 has free 4G data right out of the box so WiFi is taken care of, 1TB of cloud storage free for a year (!) AND Office 365, also free for one year! The last thing I want to think about when I get something to help with accessibility and efficiency, is setting things up and the HP Stream 8 takes care of all of that for you.
What’s your happy place to work from?
* This post was sponsored by Hp & Intel. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. This is legit awesome #WorkFromHappyPlace *
They’re bright, they’re pink, and they’re gorgeous! Perfect on a birthday cake, cupcake, pancake, or giant soft cookie, the stainless steel legs keep these ‘mingos in place. Summer is coming, babes! There are limited quantities available, but show these flamingos some love and I’ll see what I can do about restocking ;)
For my first woman in the series of boss ladies, I’ve got the lovely Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind. I met her this past Winter at Alt Summit and she was the niiiicest surprise, by which I mean that she was exactly as you would expect if you read her blog but I think I’m still beaming from her warmth. If you appreciate really good writing, impeccable taste, and a genuine kind-hearted smart person sharing their wisdom with you, then get lost on her blog and enjoy.
To me, being boss means so many things, one of which is owning who you are and from my perspective, Erin occupies her space so beautifully. However, she writes a lot about slowing down so I was really curious what her response would be.
Gilit: What makes you boss?
Erin: ” I don’t feel like a boss of anything. Actually, I don’t want to be a boss of anything. I’m climbing down the mountain instead of up, scaling back in search of less instead of more. No more hustle, I say to myself. Enough, enough!”
I told you she’s wise. She writes more about being “unboss” here.
I am so very fortunate with the women that make up my family and friends (I secretly think we got the best ones, I just love them so much). And I have been so fortunate in the past year to have met so many incredible creative women. Seriously, they blow me away. And I want to share them with you.
I’m also taking to heart something I always tell other people, “if you don’t like doing something, don’t do it”. Obviously that doesn’t count for things that you have to do because you’re a functioning person in society with responsibilities like children and a job, but not for things that are not necessary.
I love talking to people (you!). I loooove hearing their life stories and their thoughts and why they do things and how they got to where the are. But you know what I don’t love? Thinking of questions before and sending them out to someone. Other people do it really well, but it doesn’t work for me. I prefer a conversation, a back and forth, give and take. So instead of doing something I don’t like, I am sending one question to my women of choice “what makes you boss?”
I love the answers so far because they vary so much! Everyone has their own path and that’s lucky because otherwise we’d just be bumping into each other all the time.
I can’t wait to share them with you and please, if you know someone you think should be shared with the world, let me know in the comments!
P.S. I think you’re really boss for reading my blog