Intention Setting and Managing Your Online Life

I am sharing some tips on Kyla’s blog for staying connected, engaged and inspired online without it taking over your life!

 Some of my approaches included: creating a list, coming up with a realistic online schedule, unfollowing negative people or blogs and interacting with people instead of just following. Head over to Kyla’s blog to read more about intention setting, managing your online life and honoring your differences and what some fellow bloggers have to say as well.

Update: I wrote an expanded post on this here.

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A Very Special Quilt

I shared a little sneak peak of this project a few months ago but since it was a surprise, I had to wait to share the final product. For Christmas we gave my grandmother a quilt made from individual squares. We each wrote something special on our square and my aunt sewed them all together into this beautiful quilt!

Quilt Patch

Quilt Patch Detail

If you are interested in giving a quilt like this as a gift and don’t have the sewing skills my aunt has an Etsy shop and accepts custom orders!

What I Wore // BBQ in January

My family threw a birthday party for my sister and I last weekend and decided to grill since the weather was so nice! My dad grilled some amazing chicken, peppers and pineapple and my mom made this unbelievable Saints themed cake! One of my 30 before 30 goals is to try some outfit posts this year… so here is my first one along with some Instagrams from the day!

What I Wore // BBQ in January 1

What I Wore // BBQ in January 2

What I Wore // BBQ in January 3

Gray Shirt – Old Navy // Black Shirt – Express // Skirt – H&M // Boots – Thrifted // Locket Necklace – from my grandmother // Whistle Necklace – Forever 21

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Island Creek Oyster Bar by Oat Creative

Love the identity and collaterals for Island Creek Oyster Bar by Oat Creative. It really stands out from the typical seafood restaurant style by pulling inspiration from old school office forms, tags and stamps while incorporating clean typography, touches of handwriting and bold colors. Can’t wait to check this place out in Boston and see all of this beauty in person!

Keep Me Warm by the Fire

I have been home in New Orleans for over two weeks and it has only been cold for one day. Even though I’m sitting here with the AC on, I can’t help to think of how to stay warm once I head back to Boston. This winter, I’d like to spend time bundled up, drinking tea and coffee and cooking lots of delicious things!

Keep Me Warm

thermos // journal // slippers // throw // mug // cook book // scarf // teapot // hat

30 Before 30 // A Year of Goals

After a much needed break I am ready for 2012! The new year always sparks a sense of inspiration in me and this year instead of picking one resolution for 2012 I decided to make a 30 before 30 list of both professional and personal goals. This works out well since my birthday is on New Years Eve.

01 // create an inspiring studio space at home – in progress
02 // website/blog makeover – in progress
03 // create a better home/work balance and learn to take real days off work
04 // travel to Austin or San Francisco
05 // more tangible artwork
06 // learn to plan better for blog posts and focus on unique and meaningful content
07 // read more books
08 // create a stationery and art print line and online shop
09 // use camera in manual mode more than auto
10 // serious purge of closet and create a coherent wardrobe
11 // design and send out Christmas cards
12 // refinish living room table
13 // explore new places in Boston
14 // more DIY projects
15 // week-long camping trip
16 // visit Salem during October/Halloween
17 // guest posts and/or collaborate with other bloggers
18 // buy another lens for my camera
19 // visit Boston Harbor Islands
20 // host a fabulous dinner party
21 // create a regular exercise program
22 // update my design portfolio
23 // take a self-portrait Done.
24 // go ice skating
25 // try a “what I wore” postBBQ in January // Wandering the Big Easy and more to come!
26 // learn Zander’s pizza recipe and work on cooking skills
27 // leave the house more (easier said than done when working from home)
28 // one date night a month
29 // throw a special bridal shower/bachelorette party for my BFFInspiration Board // Invitations // Party Survival Kit, Food and Photobooth
30 // less online time

In the coming months I will be sharing with you my progress, along with lots of other DIY projects, photography, home decor, arts and crafts, inspired living and all things graphic design! It’s going to be a busy year but I can’t wait! ♥ Ciera