A Little Shopping Spree

A few months ago I won a shopping spree from Beso.com and just wanted to share with you guys what I got! I was so excited when I was notified, I never win things like this! Guess what? They are still giving away shopping sprees, all you have to do is sign up for an account to be entered!

Beso Shopping Spree

As a winner I did not have to blog about my winnings but I really wanted to show my thanks to Beso.com for the awesome shopping spree!

Favorite Posts of May and Giveaway Winner

If you missed anything throughout the month, here is a recap of my favorite posts! I have a lot planned for June, including some amazing guest bloggers, but if you have any special requests just let me know! xo Ciera

May Favorite Posts


Favorite Posts of May

1 A New Orleans Recap
2 Carolina Avenue Apartment Tour Part One
3 Edge Painted Business Cards Favorites
4 Peachy Keen Moodboard
5 My Favorite Blogs
6 Tips for Managing an Active and Healthy Online Life
7 Monroe, A New Favorite Font
8 Maine: The Way Life Should Be


Ciera Design elsewhere in May

Up and Coming Design Blog on Bloglovin’
Pinegate Road
Show & Tell
Julie Ann Art
Lariats and Lavender

Monroe Font [Friday Favorites]

I have a new favorite font! Monroe by Daniel Hernandez is a contemporary, lightweight slab serif, equally at home making a splash on the pages of websites as it is in printed publications like magazines and catalogs.

It offers a broad scale of typographic possibilities thanks to its plethora of alternate lettershapes, ligatures and swashed upper- and lowercase variants.

Monroe’s generous horizontal width makes makes it an excellent selection for headlines, music packaging, brochures, posters, logos and more.

With a little OpenType magic — its flamboyant flourishes and swashes set it apart from its contemporaries in the modern slab genre.

Description and samples from MyFonts.

Now Accepting Sponsors for June


Sponsoring with Ciera Design is a great way to promote your business or blog to readers who love design, photography and creative outlets. I’m using Passionfruit so sponsoring is super easy! Take a look at my sponsor info page and snatch one up before they are gone! Sponsoring Ciera Design not only means that you get to advertise your business to my lovely readers, but it also means that you’re supporting me in creating what you see here on the blog!


Giveaway: Custom Photo Book (closed)

Hey guys! I’m so excited to share this giveaway from Shutterfly today! One lucky reader will win a 20 page hardcover 8 x 8 photo book! Photo books are a great way to cherish and preserve your memories. Whether it’s a wedding photo album, a baby memory book, a family or travel photo album, Shutterfly has a professionally bound photo book that’s perfect for you. Their one-of-a-kind, high-quality custom books make wonderful gifts for special occasions, but they’re also a great way to keep your favorite memories close, and provide a great option for digital scrapbooking.

Featured on: Pinegate Road and Show & Tell

I’m so excited to share that I was featured on TWO awesome blogs yesterday! Pinegate Road and Show & Tell, both blogs of fellow graphic designers!

Ciera Design Featured

On Pinegate Road you can read about where I find inspiration and what gets me jazzed. On Show & Tell I share some advice on getting started in the design and blogging world!

In addition to that, I’m giving away a medium sponsor spot over on Bubby and Bean AND I have an awesome giveaway coming up tomorrow so be sure to check back for that! What an exciting start to the week!

Managing an Active and Healthy Online Life

Stay connected and inspired without getting totally overwhelmed

One of my 30 before 30 goals was to spend less time online. This has proven to be much harder than expected! I have been struggling for a balance. I want to stay connected and inspired without getting totally overwhelmed. While trying to grow my blog and get myself out there in the design world, I feel like it is hard to get away from my computer. I am constantly looking to make new connections, and well, that involves a lot of online time!

There is a fine line between being productive online and getting sucked into the procrastination circle of the internet. Everyday I struggle with this, as I’m sure some of you do as well. So to try and create a better balance, I have come up with a few tips to having a fun, active online world without having it take over your life.

Make a list

I am huge on planning and list making so of course that is going to be my first suggestion. Make a to-do list of your top online priorities each day so you don’t get distracted.


Come up with a realistic schedule of the time you need online daily. When that time is up then move on! I like to check all my social media while I drink my coffee in the morning. But if you know that starting your day online is only going to lead to major procrastination, save that until the end of the day. Setting your email to only check every hour also helps to minimize wasted time.

Just Say No

If you are using social media to procrastinate, just say no! You should use it for the reasons on your list and then get outta there!

Do it for you

Don’t feel the need to prove yourself. You know that you’re having a busy day but don’t need to update your networks each time you send an email. Share the inspiring and important parts of your day, when you publish a blog post, list an item to your Etsy shop or receive a new piece of artwork that you ordered!

Weed out the negative

Hide or unfollow people and blogs that are negative or make you feel jealous or frustrated, for whatever the reason may be. This is a good way to keep your online world positive. If you are not sure, opt out of these blogs for a few days and see how you feel.


Interact with people instead of just following. I love being able to connect with all types of people all over the world, that is what excites me about social media. Trust me, most people out there would love to have a little twitter convo or go back and forth for a while on Facebook! Leaving comments on a blog is also a great way to connect. It lets the author know the time they devote to their content is appreciated.

It’s not an easy balance and I have to concentrate on these approaches daily. I hope that these tips can help you to create a fulfilling online space with out getting stuck in an online procrastination loop! If you have any other advice or comments, please share!

Blog Love [Friday Favorites]

Today is a special edition of Friday Favorites because I’m sharing a few of my favorite blogs! My google reader has gotten a little out of control lately but these are the blogs that I never skim over. They all have amazing content and are passionate about what they do!


Skunkboy Creatures » Katie makes a living sewing the cutest plush animals. She hopes to always leave people feeling inspired and encouraged when they pop by her corner of the internet. Oh, and her adorable little girls make an appearance every once in a while too! Handmade, Fashion, Vintage, Hair Tutorials, Music


SillyGrrl » Sarah is a web designer & aerialist living in metro-Detroit. On SillyGrrl she shares her adventures as a circus performer (how cool is that?!), design inspiration and web design & blogging advice. Blogging, Circus, Design, DIY Projects, Detroit, Recipes


Sincerely, Kinsey » Kinsey is an awesome photographer, works at Red Velvet Art, and is a DIY contributor for A Beautiful Mess. She loves sharing her favorite parts of every day life on her blog. Photography, DIY, Fashion, Current Obsessions


Emmadime » Emma is a graphic designer, paper shop owner, knitter and blogger and she rocks them all! Emma shares all of her inspirations on her blog and feels it has become an extension of  her creative career. Design, Food and Drink, Inspiration, Home and Interiors


Life as an Artistpreneur » Becka is an artist, photographer and writer. On her blog, she chronicles the ups and downs of life as a creative business owner. This is a lifestyle blog focused on inspiration for young creatives, digging deeper into issues that we all face while being self employed. Business Life, Coffee Cup Chats, Family Life, Inspiring Quotes


Bubby and Bean » Melissa is a Chicago-based sustainable fashion designer and illustrator. Her blog focuses on what she likes to call “all the wonderful things.” fashion, home decor, travel, music, photography

Now I’m not gonna tell you TOO much about them because I want you to go check them out for yourself. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Now it’s your turn… not like I need anymore blogs to add to my reader, but what are some of your favorites?