Hello and happy Friday everyone! I came across this rad blog recently and had to share it with you today because I’m just so impressed by the DIY projects on it. Some of them really speak to me. Here is a glimpse of this blog, called Vintage Revivals, authored by Mandi Gubler in Utah. What a creative lady! I’m particularly interested in how she is overhauling “The Nugget” which is a 1972 Bell Travel Trailer. You can follow that series here, the transformation is super fun to watch. This lady can also do just about anything with a Sharpie. Some of her rooms have the coolest walls that she simply used a Sharpie on and the whole time I thought it was expensive wallpaper…
What I love about her room reduxs is that everything is so affordable – she makes a good chunk of the cool things that you see in the images above – from the lighting to the wall treatments, plant holders, even a leather sling sofa that I fell in love with. She buys old leather sofas for their leather and turns it into pillows and more. Mandi is one cool lady.
(images: vintage revivals)
I’m seriously SO happy that I’m back in the saddle after having a baby and ready to rock and roll my next e-course, Blog Boss! If you took the last one then this is NOT the same content and if you’ve never taken this course, then you are in for SUCH a treat. I’m covering the best and most timely blogger topics trending at the moment and I can’t wait to tell you who my co-teacher/s will be. This will be a totally bang-up awesome class, I’m buzzing with pride because I am totally feeling this class like crazy and know that whoever takes it WILL walk away smarter, happier, knowing what you want to do with your blog and you will definitely feel invigorated and ready to get to work on making your blog and social media time spent online the best and most productive it’s ever been.
All of my insider tips and blogging/social media secrets, the secrets of my co-teachers and how they got their mojo AND 24/7 access to so many great students that you can network with (you can access the class site the moment you sign up so you can get networking TODAY) is a mere $149 (or if you took the last two classes you are a BYW Member so it’s $129 for you. Bam!). WHAT A DEAL! Blog Boss runs online from October 10 – November 10 and it’s a class that you can login ANYTIME day or night to see what’s new, listen to podcasts, watch our videos, etc. We have a private student forum where you can chat with others from around the world and ask questions and best of all, get the best answers.
Topics we’ll cover include:
* Blog burn out? Turn blogging into something you love again
* The good, the bad and the ugly: working from home and how to find balance
* Goal setting + ideas: How to choose and follow through
* How to know which ideas to pursue and which ones to shelf for later
* Planning and prioritizing your blog posts the easy way
* Teaming up with other bloggers – things to do, things to avoid
* New, smart ways to make money as a blogger
* Do not work for free or “exposure”, Here’s why!
* What’s trending with blogs
* Social media tips + tricks for Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram
And 10+ more lessons!
So, that’s my sales pitch. Are you in? OF COURSE YOU ARE! See you in class, you crazy blog boss, you!
(image: holly becker)
You know how you’re looking for something inspirational and you just don’t find it? Because you’re looking to hard, right? Then the moment you stop looking KA-POW! The most interesting stuff falls dead on your lap and you’re like, “Oh my goodness this is the best thing ever!”. Today I want to share a really cool find with you discovered via Instagram. Lena Terlutter: She’s somewhat of a social media queen here in Germany, a blogger, a fashion model, mother of a 2-year-old daughter and wife living in Cologne, Germany who turned her online presence into a series of concept shops both in her city and online. With four stores and a book in the works, you have to give this lady a ton of credit for pursuing what she loves and juggling it all both online and off.
In fact, I love watching clever ways that blogger’s monetize their sites to keep what they’re doing front and center, as a career, as something they can enjoy doing for a very long time. I’ve been wanting to open a shop in Hannover since 1999 when I first visited and met my husband! That’s a long time! Now that I’ve been living here for five years, I definitely imagine being a shop owner mommy with baby Aidan playing closely nearby as I write and produce my books and open the shop on Saturdays with new and exciting things each week – I have such a lovely concept with such special things planned – I will see my dream eventually, I just know it. But for now, I’m living vicariously through others like 31-year-old Lena Terlutter and one of her three shops in which she is the face of, BB Loves, Super Store, Boutique Belgique and Salon Sahnestück – all in Cologne!
What do you think about blogger’s opening retail shops?
(images: lena terlutter)
Hello everyone! I’m quickly dropping in to wish you a happy weekend with hopes that the weather is as beautiful where you live as it is here… Feeling so blessed! I also want to tell you about an exciting online teaching gig. I thought I’d cast a net to see who replies because we’re currently hiring, yippee!
But first, some personal updates… We are all doing really well, Aidan will be 4 months old on June 9th so I’m already preparing an outfit for him to wear for his monthly photo shoot because I’m a crazy in love mommy like that! Thing is, he’s such a doll, I’m totally smitten! I’ll write a big post all about Aidan with updates and photos when he turns 6 months old so you can expect that in August, but if you want play-by-play footage until then, please follow me on Instagram @decor8 because I post lots of pics from my daily life there which often includes my little sweetheart baby boy.
Okay, now to the really cool job stuff. I shot this photo of my mood board above just last week after we just wrapped up another Blogging Your Way e-course and it was a huge success – we had lots of fun, I helped design some prints that you can see on my mood board which we gave away to our students that said, “Blog what you love, love what you blog”, and we also had a final exam in which students could earn a bonafide certificate – I know, so cute, right!? You can see mine printed out (top right) on my mood board. Anyway, we’ll be teaching again in September with a VERY SPECIAL and quite famous designer who will solely lead an amazing class for us then in October/November, I’ll lead another blog class online with two guest teachers. Blogging Your Way is the web’s first e-course about blogging and we’ve been growing and going strong since March 2009 when we launched, with over 7,000 students taught worldwide so far. I can’t believe we just celebrated our 5 year anniversary!
If you would love to teach for Blogging Your Way, please write to our project coordinator, Jessy Senti, with topics you’d like to cover and tell us why you’d make a great teacher. You can send a video submission, a sample teaching post, a list of topics you’d love to cover, etc. Her email is jessy [at] decor8blog [dot] com. This is a very well paid opportunity and for the most part, a one-time teaching gig as we like to switch up our teachers with each course, but this doesn’t mean we’d never call you back to work for us again – we always keep the doors open. We are currently seeking teachers for the October/November 2014 intermediate/advanced blogging class in which a co-teacher would teach two Fridays online and you’d need to be available to answer questions in our forum for a two week period. We can give you more information via email… I can’t wait to see who writes in, maybe you?
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
(photo: holly becker for decor8)