Bullet Journal Resources

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We’ve talked briefly about Bullet Journaling here. It’s such the thing right now – all of the cool kids are doing it.  Karma does it. Shawna and I dabble, too.

Today, I want to give you some resources so you can learn more about Bullet Journaling and decide if it’s for you. In a future post, I’ll talk about how I use mine.

The original Bullet Journal system was created by Ryder Carroll. He has an Official Bullet Journal Facebook Page (with nearly 80,000 followers!).

Other Facebook Groups include…

Bullet Journal for Moms

Bullet Journal for Mindfulness

The Boho Berry Tribe

 

My favorite place to look for inspiration is Instagram.  Here’s a quick list of some of the people I’m currently following there, but really, just search #bulletjournal or #bujo to see the latest – it’s what I do when I’m looking for some fast inspiration.

planningroutine

showmeyourplanner

my.life.in.a.bullet

craftyengineergirl

 

On Pinterest, there are at least a jillion ideas for Bullet Journaling.

There are some really amazing people out there blogging about Bullet Journaling. Some of my favorites include…

Tiny Ray of Sunshine

Boho Berry 

Christina

So. Where to start? All you need is a notebook, a pen, and a short list of things you want to do today or in the future. I like Boho Berry’s series of posts/videos for BuJo newbies. Her handwriting is insane and her page spreads are perfect-perfect. That’s a little intimidating, but she’s also has a down-to-earth and realistic approach to getting started.

 

I hope you’ve found this helpful. I’ll be back soon with more about Bullet Journaling and how I’ve made it work for me and my busy days!

 

Spring is in the Air!

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BlueQ Oven Mitt – I’ve Got A Knife

Spring is in the air!  I’ve been enjoying all of the great produce that is coming into season. Hello, avocados. Long time no see, strawberries!

At my house, we are trying a new recipe each Sunday. It’s so easy to get stuck in a food rut, yes? Some of the recipes are simple (we made an amazing artichoke dip last week) and sometimes a bit more complicated (have you ever made your own tofu?).

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Hellraiser Oven Mitt

Everyone here loves items from BlueQ. We adore their sense of humor and the incredible quality of all of their items. Other than calendar items, they are among our bestselling items – we’re so glad you love them, too.

BlueQ recently started making oven mitts – and you know we had to be first in line to try those! (Beware – bad words ahead!)

 

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Oven Mitt- Bitches Get Stuff Done

These mitts are hilarious, a little bit naughty, and (most importantly) super-thick to protect your hands while you’re cooking up something yummy.

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This is Fucking Delicious – Oven Mitt from BlueQ

I don’t know what to say about the above. Except that I love it. Ha!

At just under $12, these FUNctional oven mitts would be fantastic, affordable, and unusual hostess gifts.

Can’t wait to hear what you think of them!

 

 

 

 

Favorite Things – Karma

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Octopus Shopping Bag

We’re back this week with more of our favorite things.  Here’s a link to Shawna’s Favorite Things in case you missed it.

Karma (yes, her real name) is our highly-esteemed and ultra-organized administrative assistant at Brush Dance.  In addition to answering the phone when you call with questions, Karma works with every department to help keep things on track. She runs reports, creates spreadsheets, dives into Facebook and Instagram, proofs all of our calendars, and much much more.

When she’s not working, Karma enjoys hiking with her boyfriend in the hills near her home, spending time with family, visiting museums, and cuddling with her cats. She says the Octopus Shopper Bag from BlueQ reminds her of trips to the aquarium.

 

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Pilot Metropolitan Rollerball
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Staedtler Triplus Fineliner

Known to doodle, Zentangle, and bullet journal, writing instruments are important to Karma. In her own words…

I love my Pilot Metropolitan! It feels so fancy!  And I use the Triplus fineliners every day – love the fine point!

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Bath Seltzer from Jane Inc.
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Cat Monster Socks

And after all of that work, hiking, and museum-ing, some self-care is in order. A long bath with our effervescent bath seltzer is just the thing.  Karma is also reasonably certain that every cat lover needs a pair of these ultra-soft Cat Monster Socks.

Thank you for sharing your favorite things with us, Karma!

I also wanted to let you know that we’ve placed some new items in our Clearance section. Once these items are gone, we will not restock them. There are some terrific deals there and I hope you’ll check them out!

 

 

 

International Women’s Day

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A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until s he gets into hot water.

This Wednesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD). IWD celebrates social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call-to-action to accelerate gender parity.

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A Fearless Woman

At Brush Dance, we celebrate women every day of the year.  The items we publish are (mostly) designed with women in mind. Women make up more than 80% of our customers. Four out of five of our employees are women.

We pay fair wages, offer flexible schedules, and contract with vendors who do the same. We don’t do this because someone is watching us – we do these things because it is the right thing.

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Hellraiser Socks

Whether you’re a hellraiser, a boss lady, or a delicate flower, raise your voice for women.

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Boss Lady Pencil Case
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Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.

Every person can play a part in driving better outcomes for women. World leaders, business professionals, LGBTQ+, black, white, purple, everyone. And you know what? Better outcomes for around 50% of the population means better outcomes for all of us.

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The best way to behave is to misbehave.

Want to know more about International Women’s Day?  Click here.

 

 

 

Favorite Things – Shawna

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La-Di-Da Crew Socks

Last week a  few of us got together to talk about the future of our website. Expanding our site to include products that we ourselves didn’t produce was a huge decision for us. We never want to detract from our own calendar and planner collections, and at the same time, other than our beautiful journals and thoughtful cards, we weren’t seeing a lot of visitors to our site between February and July.

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Hellraiser Zipper Pouch

Adding new products has been The Best Decision Ever. You can buy with 100% confidence that we are choosing the best of the best.  We only carry products that Brush Dance employees actually use in our every day lives. These items are high-quality, durable, and have gone through months of real life testing by us. We only sell what we love.

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Leuchtturm1917 Dot Journal

The items in this post are Shawna’s favorites. Shawna is our director of operations. When asked to describe what she does, I quickly reply that she does everything. In addition to being responsible for keeping things going smoothly at Brush Dance, Shawna is also a wife and busy mom to two kids. As a former chef, she enjoys planning and hosting dinner parties. She is busy.

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Micron 3-Pack

Shawna keeps track of various projects and planners in the Leucchtrum1917 Journal. She prefers the dot grid, but we also carry them in lined versions. While she’s used different systems over the years for managing it all, Shawna is currently embracing the popular trend of bullet journaling.  The paper in her journal holds up very well to a wide variety of pens and markers, including the the Microns shown above and the colorful Staedtler Tri-Plus below.

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Staedtler Triplus Fineliner

As for that Hellraiser pouch shown above? I don’t know what to say about that (other than the fact that I have one, too!). Oh, and it is just $6.49 on our website.  Want a closer look? Check out our quick video (there’s no sound – safe for work!).

Thank you for sharing your favorite items with us, Shawna!

 

 

 

Color Trends – Spring 2017

 

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Shown above are the Pantone colors for Spring 2017. We’re embracing each of them in own way at Brush Dance.

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Leuchttrum1917 Ruled Journal

Finally, we are on the other side of winter and heading fast into spring. Winter isn’t my season. Spring – yes!

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And then the day came when the risk to remain in a tight bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom.

We have had so much rain in the San Francisco Bay Area this winter. It’s nothing like the snow in other parts of the US, but it does make everything just a little more of a challenge. I’m looking forward to those easy breezy days.

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Embrace the Chaos

Get that bright pop of color you’ve been looking for all winter.

 

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Joy is not in things; it is in us.

Want to be on-trend with color, but not spend a lot?  Brush Dance has the answer. Most of our items are under $20, many under $10.

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Aquiesse Travel Candle – Shoreline

Take a trip to the beach with this gently scented candle from Aquiesse. Just $5.99.

How is the end of winter going for you?  Surviving? Thriving? We’d love to hear all about it.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Hello Love Journal

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.

We usually keep it casual at my house. One year, we might exchange small gifts, the next just a card. We were once in Las Vegas for Valentine’s Day – along with about a million other people (won’t be doing that again). This year, we have a houseguest arriving.

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Duchess of Sassy Town Socks

I can imagine my husband giving me a a bouquet of pretty wild flowers – or a pair of hilarious sassy socks from Blue QHe gets me.

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Maybe you have a Galentine’s Day party instead (or in addition to?)

P.S. All of our 2017 Calendars are on sale at huge discounts.

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In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.