Aquiesse Candles is one of the brands that everyone here loves and uses. We just received a limited quantity of their very special holiday scents. We don’t know if we’ll get more when these are gone. Please order soon if you have your eye on one of these amazing candles. Not only are they soy-based with a lead-free wick, they also come in an insanely beautiful gift box, and burn for more than 100 hours. We are definitely fans.
We are also happy to carry Field Notes Memo Booksjust in time for your holiday list making and gift giving. Field Notes are perfectly size for pockets and smaller bags. They are available in a wide range of styles, and come three to a pack. Pricing starts at just $9.95 per pack. That Campfire Edition shown below is really special – and the patch is included!
We’re two short months away from Christmas (where has the year gone, right?), and it’s the perfect time to start thinking about everyone on your list. Thank you for returning to Brush Dance year after year for your personal and gift needs. Everyday, we talk about how special our customers are.
One of our big promises to you is that we will only carry products that we ourselves use, and it’s true! From funky fab fun BlueQ Socks to hilarious Emily McDowell Mugs, everyone who works here uses and loves everything we sell at Brush Dance.
Why do we love these Notebooks and Journals? Let us count the reasons (in no particular order) . . .
Paper Quality – thick, beautiful paper with just the right amount of toothiness (this means that that paper isn’t super-slick and smooth – and this means that it’s suitable for a wide variety of writing instruments from ballpoint pens and gel pens to fineliners and fountain pens).
Options – holy smokes, the options have options!
Colors – brights (like red and orange), muted (nordic blue and emerald), and traditional black.
Sizes and Cover Choices – The handy A4 with a hardcover is my favorite. Others here prefer the bendy B5 with a softcover.
Lined? Dot Grid? We got them both.
Numbered Pages and Index – both of these things make it easy to find important notes later – love, love, love.
Special Editions – Leuchtturm regularly develops super-popular special editions, including the Some Lines A Day five-year Journal shown below.
For a very limited time, all Leuchtturm Journals and Notebooks are on sale. This is the perfect opportunity for you to give them a try. Or, if you’re like me, this is a great time to stock up on your favorite styles.
Today, our Creative Manager, Susan, shares some of her favorite items with us. In case you missed them, here are links to the other posts in this series: ShawnaKarma
Susan has such an important job at Brush Dance. She is responsible for our products from conception, through printing and production. It’s one of those positions where a person needs to be both creative/artistic and well-organized. A rare combination, and she fits the bill perfectly!
Our 2018 Dreamer’s Realm Wall Calendar is one of Susan’s top picks. She said, “Catrin Welz-Stein’s art is so magical and beautifully painted that it is a treat to look at each image for a month. I will never grow tired of her work.”
All of us love this Planner (and the coordinating Journal!). Susan says she gets lots of approving nods while carrying this Planner – and she wishes she could use it for four years instead of one!
Well. Sometimes, you just have to say it how it is, right? Susan thinks this pair of Blue Q Socks would make a great gift for all of our feminist friends. She loves the bold and colorful Girl Power statement. These socks are not just pretty – they are comfy and hold up great.
The adorable Coin Purse above would make a great gift. Susan envisions filling it with pennies and presenting it as a fun-filled (?) birthday gift! Ha!
The larger tote is, “distinctive and colorful. You can use it for your airport gear (the zipper keeps things secure!), beach stuff, kid stuff, or for anything that won’t fit in your purse. And since it’s about 15 inches wide, it’s not too big or cumbersome.”
Susan’s final favorite pick is Table Topics. She had this to say:
My family has lots of talkers. And, we all love games. Table Topics is a catalyst for interesting and lively conversations about things we’ve never talked about as a group. When was the last time you discussed:
Have you ever been escorted out by security?
Who’s had too much plastic surgery?
Would you rather spend a week in jail or serve two weeks community service?
You’ll learn a thing (or two!) about your friends and family, and have some fun in the process. If you exhaust these 135 questions, there are plenty more versions of the game you can pick up.
And there we have it! Susan’s Favorite Things! I love that she has eclectic taste and a great sense of humor!
I also wanted to let you know that we’re planning some exclusive sales for people who are on our mailing list. You can sign up on our website!
At Brush Dance, early summer is our busiest time of year. We are shipping orders out to our largest customers, coordinating time away (because even though we’re crazy-busy at work, everyone deserves a break), and working quickly to finish up our 2019 (!!) calendar designs. It’s busy!
In my personal life, I have already traveled some to see friends and family, and there are another couple of trips on the horizon. I won’t even mention our home remodeling project. When it’s like this, there’s only one thing to do – Embrace The Chaos.
Actually, I like to think of it more as “Embracing the Organized Chaos.” I am the kind of person who enjoys making lists, being organized, and knowing what is coming next. I don’t mind if the plan changes last minute because I know that I can fit any priority item into my schedule.
Priorities. That’s the key, right? Figuring out what is most important and then setting things up so that we can treat those things like the priority they are.
In no particular order, my priorities for this summer:
Brush Dance projects
More practice with drawing/watercolor
Visiting with family and friends
Play board games (we like Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, and Boggle)
Goal: Complete an entire week’s worth of NY Times Crossword puzzles with my husband
We also like the Leuchtturm Lined Notebooks for new graduates. We’ve written about these high-quality stylish books lots. Hard cover, great paper quality, two fabric page markers, and an elastic band to help your grad keep it all together. Black is shown above – and we have many other colors and styles.
Of course, there’s nothing saying you have to give the graduate in your life a serious gift. Brush Dance has you covered! The 401K Retirement Plan Coin Purse shown above measures just 4″ x 3″ – perfect for your life’s savings, yes?
This is the second post in our series of Bullet Journaling. Our first post was a list of resources and now you’re ready to dive in.
People who Bullet Journal (BuJo) include the following kinds of pages in their notebook. You do not need to include everything listed here – include what works for you. The whole idea behind a Bullet Journal is that it is your custom-made planner.
Let’s dive in!
Table of Contents/Index: so you can find important pages in your book. I always have the best intentions of keeping my Table of Contents organized. If you want an Index, reserve several pages at the beginning of your book and number all of the pages of your notebook.
Future Log: I like to reserve pages at the front of my notebook (or sometimes at the very end) for my Future Log. This log is used to keep track of, you guessed it, future projects, tasks, and topics. Here, I use one page for every two months. I’ll use an entire page for December (it’s a big month around here), and another entire page titled “Next Year.”
Topics: each page in your BuJo will have a title. Titles might include the name of a project you’re organizing (Kitchen Renovation, for example), or simply today’s date.
Bullets: this is your list of tasks, events, and notes that are related to your topic. These are usually short entries. As you can see above, I’ve listed out some of the items that may be involved in a kitchen reno. I also place an underscore just before each item – while I don’t see this used in all BuJo, I do this for all of my big lists.
We like the Leuchtturm dot grid notebooks for Bullet Journaling, but you can use any notebook. Brush Dance also carries the lined version of Leuchtturm and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with using those. See all of the Leuchtturm notebooks right here. These high-quality, hard cover books have the following features that seem tailor-made for your Bullet Journal:
a handy index at the front of the book
249 numbered pages
two ribbon bookmarks
a useful pocket at the back of the book
an elastic band closure to keep it all together
That’s it! With just a few basics, you’re on your way to your first Bullet Journal. Next time, we’ll take a deeper dive and look at some of the (many) ways to customize your Bullet Journal.