Favorite Things – Susan

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Dreamer’s Realm – 2018 Wall Calendar

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:  Shawna    Karma

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!

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Dream’s Realm – 2018 Wall Calendar

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.”

Our 12″ Wall Calendars and 7″ Mini Wall Calendars are printed on high-quality thick FSC-certified paper (no curling here!) with soy-based inks.

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2018 Weekly Planner – Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

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!

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Blue Q Socks – I’m a Delicate Fucking Flower

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.

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Filthy Stinkin’ Rich Coin Purse
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Blue Q Moon Garden Shoulder Tote

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.”

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Table Topics – Not Your Mom’s Dinner Party

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!

 

How Will You Spend This Summer?

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Embrace the Chaos Journal

How will you spend this summer?

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.

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2018 Mindful Living Karma Planner

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.

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2018 Pathways Wall Calendar

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.

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2018 Inspired Living Wall Calendar

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
  • Watch trashy TV (reality show junky right here)
  • Create some quiet moments
  • Say Yes.  Accept what comes. Embrace the Chaos!

 

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2018 I’M Perfect Wall Calendar

Hoping you have a perfectly imperfect summer!

 

Karma Planners for 2018!

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Instant Human Karma Planner

Our brand new Karma Planners are ready for shipping!  This product has been years in the making and we are so excited to finally be able to share it with you!

  • Karma Planners have it all!
  • November 2017 – February 2019 (one week per spread)
  • B5 Size – 6.9″ x 9.8″
  • Very High Quality Paper
  • Sturdy Cover and Wire-O Binding – this thing is made to last!
  • Elastic Band
  • Check lists, room for notes, and a bit of inspiration
  • Yearly and Monthly Planning Pages (conveniently located at the beginning of the book)
  • Numbered Pages (and a nifty index to help you stay organized)
  • Lined and Dot Grid Pages at the back of the book – perfect for journaling, note taking, planning projects, or doodling

 

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When You Love Life, Life Will Love You Back

There’s so much to show you, we’ve created a video of each Karma Planner right on the product pages of our website. Or click here to see a video.  (No need to worry about volume if you’re at work – all of our product video are without sound just for you!)

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The Good Karma Planner

Our Karma Planners are not the least expensive items we sell – at $22.99 each, these books are totally worth the investment toward getting organized and staying that way.

We couldn’t be more proud of our new Karma Planners. See all of them right here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Monthly Planners Have Arrived!

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Live With Intention 2018 Monthly Planner

This is such an exciting time of year at Brush Dance.  All of our shiny new items are arriving in our warehouse. Orders are streaming in. And 2018 Calendars are shipping out to our retail partners and website customers.  Exciting times!

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Mindful Living 2018 Monthly Planner

We love our new Monthly Planners.  They begin with September 2017 and go all of the way through the end of December 2019 – more than two years of planning bliss.  Love, Love, Love!

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Life is Beautiful Monthly Planner 

These perfectly-sized (5″ x 7″) Planners feature:

  • flexible, smooth matte-finish cover
  • space for notes or lists
  • handy mini grids for previous and next months on each page
  • color interior
  • inspirational quotes

 

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Two Year Monthly Planner from Brush Dance

I plan to keep mine in my bag for jotting appointments, lists, and reminders to myself.

Priced at just $9.99, these are a great deal for anyone looking for a a small (but mighty!) Planner.  See all cover options right here.

2018 Weekly Planners Are Here!

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2018 Live With Intention Weekly Planner

Today, I’m so excited to announce that our 2018 Weekly Planners are in stock and ready to ship!

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Oh my goodness, we love them.  At 5″ x 7″, these 2018 Planners feature one week per 2-page spread. Large enough to be useful, small enough to take everywhere! We’ve included 14 months of planning pages (along with calendar grids) at the front of the book. A handy list of holidays, and pages in the back that can be used for notes or contacts.

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2018 Watercolor Triangles Weekly Planner

Available in 19 different styles, each book is customized with its own coordinating color interior.

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2018 Thich Nhat Hanh Weekly Planner

We truly have a Weekly Planner for everyone.

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Hello Beautiful!

 

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Maybe Swearing Will Help – 2018 Weekly Planner

Brush Dance Weekly Planners are perfect for keeping track of all of your appointments and task. We’ve also heard that our customers are you them for specific planning – maybe you want to keep track of your fitness or food goals?

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Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys – 2018 Weekly Planner

One of my sweet friends uses the Brush Dance Weekly Planners as a daily journal. Just enough space to write down the day’s happenings, right?

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Peace Comes From Within – 2018 Timeless Buddha Weekly Planner

I’m trying to decide between Peace Comes From Within and Maybe Swearing Will Help. I’m thinking both of those things can be true – sometimes in the same moment!

We’re adding so many new items to our website this time of year!  I hope you’ll have a look and find something you love.

Happy Birthday Renee Locks!

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2018 Live With Intention Wall Calendar by Renee Locks

 

On Wednesday, Renee Locks will celebrate her birthday, and we are celebrating right along side her.

One of my favorite Renee stories:  I’ve been with Brush Dance for something like 12 years – Renee has been here much longer than that.  When we first met all of those years ago, she greeted me with, “You don’t look like the president of a company.”  Uh..thanks?

We became fast friends, and I regularly tell people that when I grow up, I want to be just like Renee.  She is a kind environmentalist who is quick-witted and honest. She is political and doesn’t mind sharing her opinions with those around her. Renee raised her family largely on her own in the San Francisco Bay Area where she still lives. She is a yoga devotee, a teacher, an optimist, and – of course – an artist.

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2018 Live With Intention Mini Wall Calendar by Renee Locks

 

Happy Birthday Renee!

 

 

 

Memorial Day

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Inspired Living – 2018 Wall Calendar

Today is Memorial Day in the US. We are grateful to all of the men and women who have given their lives for our beautiful country.

Brush Dance offices are closed today, though our website is always open.

This is also a good time to let you know that our 2018 Calendars and Planners are expected into the warehouse any day now.

Finally, we are active on Instagram and will be posting there over the long weekend. I hope you’ll follow us there for more daily inspiration.