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Homestead: Out & About New Orleans

Out and About Homestead New Orleans

Homestead is a new mom and pop-style shop in the heart of Uptown New Orleans. It’s filled with superior quality goods for home and life and I’m totally in love! They have gorgeous products like marble cheese boards, wool scarves, memo books and gardening tools with wooden handles. Homestead was created by urban farmer Robert Hohne, of Truck and Barter Farms, and vintage rental company owner Julia Hohne of Mrs. Vintage. I also snapped some photos of the Mrs. Vintage showroom!

Out and About Homestead General Store New Orleans

Homestead General Store New Orleans

Homestead General Store New Orleans

Truck and Barter Farms Shirt at Homestead New Orleans

Antlers and Glass Jars at Homestead General Store New Orleans

Fieldnotes at Homestead General Store New Orleans

Homestead General Store New Orleans

Homestead General Store New Orleans

Homestead General Store New Orleans

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The Most Popular Fonts of 2013

Before I start sharing some new favorite fonts this year, I though it would be fun to show y’all the most popular fonts of 2013 (according to MyFonts). I have already featured a few of them here over the past year as some of my personal favorites. Did you have a favorite font in 2013? 


Core CircusCore Circus Font Type Sample



ClavoClavo Serif Font Type Sample



Style ScriptStyle Script Type Sample



Brandon TextBrandon Text Type Sample


Charcuterie Charcuterie Type Sample


CorbertCorbert Type Sample


Desire Font Type Sample



Trend Font Type Sample


Hurme Geometric Sans No.4 Hurme Geometric Sans No 4 Type Sample


Thirsty RoughThirsty Rough Type Sample



Quadon Type Sample


Cantoni Cantoni Script Type Sample


Type samples from Affiliate links used.

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Design Portfolio: Sweet Tea Logo and Branding

You may remember this mood board from a few months ago. Well I recently wrapped up the branding for Sweet Tea & Co., a whimsical and unique tea party experience for little girls. The client didn’t want the bright pink and glittery look that a lot of her competitors seemed to have. She wanted it to be simple, elegant and sophisticated. The client is thrilled and I’m really excited with how it turned out. I’d love to hear what you think or let me know if you need some branding help of your own!

Sweet Tea Brand Board

Sweet Tea began as a summertime ritual to entertain my own daughters. They delighted in dressing up in my vintage dresses and sipping tea under our weeping willows as I told stories of days gone by. —Shirilana Hanson, Owner

Sweet Tea Business Card Front and Back

Sweet Tea Facebook Design on Macbook Pro

Sweet Tea Tri Fold Brochure Design

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Let’s Do This

Let's Do This Hand Lettered Art Print

I’m back from my blog break and I want to start the new year with total honestly. A few months ago I realized that I was in a rut. I was feeling like I didn’t get enough accomplished during the year. I had too many ideas and didn’t know what direction I wanted to go in or where I should put my time and energy. I have always felt confident in my design work but I was feeling a little lost managing everything. 

I didn’t feel like I was reaching my ideal clients and I was getting worried that my site wasn’t portraying my services the best way possible. I was posting quality content to my blog but it somehow felt random and focused on the short-term. I decided that I needed help, I didn’t want to feel lost in my own business anymore.

That is where Ashley of Your Super Awesome Life came in! I told Ashley my concerns and she had me fill out a business assessment. Once I answered some questions on paper, we had a Skype session where we talked through what was working and what was not and what I really wanted for my blog and business.

I was actually a little surprised at how well she communicated and understood what I was going after even though she isn’t an insider to my business or blog. I felt totally comfortable talking to her and suddenly everything that was spinning in my head made sense again.

At the end of our first session Ashley helped me to come up with an action plan that covered the main points we discussed and mapped out all of the steps to begin making my goals a reality. We wanted to get really clear on what I wanted my business to look like moving forward. All of my goals suddenly seemed so attainable.

  • After our first session, I updated my services page, I still have some work to do here, but I think it’s a much more clear representation of the design services I offer. I’m currently taking on clients so feel free to reach out!
  • I created an end of the year reader survey to find out what y’all want to see more of here on the blog in 2014! If you haven’t taken it yet, the survey is still open. Until I take some time to review all of the responses, I’m going to take it slow and post content here very intentionally.
  • I’m also starting to reach out to blogs to guest post on, so let me now if you are looking for some guest contributors in 2014!

A few weeks later we had a follow-up call to make sure I was on track. I still have a lot of work to do to accomplish the actions we came up with but I feel like I’m back on the right path! It wasn’t easy for me to reach out for help but this year I really want to take my business to the next level and after Ashley’s sessions I’m ready and confident to take on 2014, so let’s do this!

2014 Let’s Do This art print available for sale on Etsy.

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Happy Birthday To Me & Year In Review

Today is my birthday y’all! I’m still on a blog break but just wanted to stop in for my normal end of the month recap.

Ciera Sitting On Oak Tree With Balloons

I decided that I should recap the whole year instead of just December, so without further ado here are some of the most popular posts from the year! It was really fun to look back at all of these posts!


Popular Posts in 2013:

- Do It Yourself Macrame Friendship Bracelets
- How To Stay Productive
- The Business Cards of Alt Summit
- Roam If You Want To Freebies
- Naive Font Favorite
- How To Make Geometric Felt Coasters
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Growing Your Blog Through Social Media
- Ombre Cluster Necklace DIY

Ciera Design Elsewhere in December:

- Merry and Bright Freebie featured on Glitter and Bow
Sprucing Up Your Branding featured on 8 posts for smart-working, creative-types
- Geometric Felt Coasters on Brit + Co 
- The Best Memories Are Handmade freebie on Whimseybox 

Thank you so much to everyone who has shared my content this year! I also want to give a special thank you to Mariah and Melissa for being amazing contributors this year!

If you haven’t yet, please fill out my 2013 reader survey! 

One more note, I have simplified my sidebar ad options for 2014! One size at one very affordable price!

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DIY New Year’s Eve

I know I’m supposed to be on a blogging break, but sometimes I just can’t help myself! Have you guys heard of Darby Smart? Well if not, you should know about them! They make awesome DIY kits and send them right to your house! I just received my first two kits and can’t wait to make them! I got the Chic Striped Vase Kit and the Having a Ball Cocktail Decor Kit which are both shown below along with a bunch of other DIY project that would be perfect for New Year’s Eve or any other party!  They also have tons of jewelry and home decor projects, so go check out all of the awesome kits!

Make Your Own Marquee Sign DIY for New Years Eve

Having A Ball Drink Stirrers DIY

Gold White Black Tassel Chic Vase DIY

Gilded Lucite Acrylic Tray With Script Cheers

Gold Gilded Candle Votives

Chain Rhinestone Bracelet DIY

Bubbly Champagne Flute Toasters DIY

Bar Cart and Cocktail DIY

All projects show are available as DIY kits from Darby Smart! And guess what?! I have a coupon code for y’all! Just use the code “perfectgift” for $10 off!

By purchasing a kit through the links in this post, I’m eligible to win a dream vacation, thanks for your support!  As always, all opinions are my own.

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