April 1, 2015

Would you read it: my children’s book pitch (eek!)

Filed under: Creativity,Uncategorized — lidia @ 3:15 pm

Would You Read It Wednesdays: Don't Pinch Me!

Some of you may know I’m a budding children’s book author-illustrator (see my self-published book City Kid: ABC here).

I recently submitted a children’s book pitch to Susanna Hill‘s weekly blog feature, “Would You Read It Wednesdays.” It’s an opportunity for writers to submit a pitch for a book they are working on and get valuable feedback and comments from the kid lit community.

Read my pitch for “Don’t Pinch Me!” here.

So… would you read it??

February 10, 2015

Rethink your plans

Filed under: Uncategorized — lidia @ 10:00 am

Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do in the first place doesn’t mean it’s useless

February 3, 2015

Failure…or success?

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Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

January 27, 2015

Nonsense wakes up the brain cells

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I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells ... It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope… And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.

April 28, 2014

Your business’ greatest asset is its ability to connect people.

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February 19, 2014

Good design is good business.

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Good design is good business.

August 19, 2013

You know you’re a biz mama when…you enjoy both daycare drop-off and pick-up

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You know you're a biz mama when...You enjoy both daycare drop-off & pick-up.

June 3, 2011

Color inspiration: how to find it

Filed under: Uncategorized — lidia @ 1:49 pm

Snippets from my "color inspiration" bulletin board and sketchbook

As a graphic designer and fine artist, I have a passion for color and work with it on a daily basis.

But even if you’re not in a creative career, you may be faced with color decisions: what color to paint this room? What color cushions for the couch? What color dress to buy?

So, how do you get color inspiration? Here are a few of my favorite techniques:

Finding color inspiration

  • Pull pages from magazines & catalogs: my favorite ones are gardening, home décor & interior design
  • Keep a notebook handy: sketch or jot down interesting color combos you come across—see my example at right
  • Post your color inspirations: hang the pages you pull from magazines on a bulletin board in your office—see my example at right
  • Make a color scrapbook: pull paint color swatches from a local home improvement store and arrange them in pleasing patterns on paper

Color is everywhere. Stop and look around today and you may see an unexpected color combination right in front on you.

How do you find color inspiration? Share your ideas and resources!

 

April 14, 2011

Cool office finds: Earth Day edition

Filed under: Uncategorized — lidia @ 10:17 am

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we’ve found lots of earth-friendly office goodies to share!

Chicagoans: some of our picks are from local companies, so you can minimize your footprint and support local business by shopping local.

Earth-friendly office goodies

Stainless Food Storage Containers

Brown bag it to the office? Ditch the plastic bags for this stylish and reusable sandwich solution, available from local company Stainless Cups.

They also carry stainless water bottles and tumblers.

Recycled Sari Journal

With smooth paper that’s perfect for sketching ideas or taking meeting notes, these lovely journals are made from recycled traditional heavy saris.

Find them and many other green goodies at Chicago fair trade and eco-friendly boutique Greenheart.

Bobble Reusable Bottles

These eco-friendly water bottles from water bobble combine form and function beautifully, filtering your water as you drink out of a stylish bottle.

Fill up at your office tap or water fountain and you can stay hydrated, while knowing the water you’re drinking is pure and tasty.

Recycled File Folders

One of the most-used items in our offices has to be file folders. Switch to a folder made from 100% post consumer recycled fibers and feel better about your filing.

Available online at Greenline Paper Company, these folders are a natural kraft color—in my opinion, more stylish than manila! Greenline also sells lots of other recycled office products and supplies.

Know other environmentally-friendly office goodies? Share them in the comments!

January 20, 2010

Your (print) life in digital

Filed under: Marketing & Promotion,Uncategorized — Tags: , , — lidia @ 10:23 pm

At the Unisource Paper Show in Chicago last year, I was delighted to discover lots of new paper stocks for digital printing—and thrilled that many of them were also recycled (30–100% PCW).

photo by jaxxon on flickr

As many small businesses are printing short runs digitally—or even printing in-house on their trusty laser printers—I thought I would share my digital paper discoveries.

Digital papers can be purchased online either directly from the paper mill or at online retailers such as The Paper Mill Store. Some papers are available at local retail stores too. Check each paper manufacturer’s site for specific purchase information.

Print no more on boring white laser paper!

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