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!

 

Congratulations Graduates!

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Pilot Metropolitan Rollerball

Congratulations, Graduates! What a huge accomplishment.

Pens are traditional gifts for graduates and we can see why. Walking into your fancy new job with a chewed up pen you got for free from the bank isn’t going to make the best impression, is it?

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Pilot Metropolitan – Perfect for Grads!

We love the Pilot Metropolitan. They write amazingly well (so smooth!), refills in multiple colors are readily available, they come in a really nice presentation case. And…best of all? Well under $20!

We carry the Pilot Metropolitan in silver, black (shown above), and gold.

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Leuchtturm Lined Notebook

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.

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BlueQ Coin Purse – Perfect Graduation Gift

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?

Or maybe your graduate needs a reminder: Change is Good!

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And, finally, we suggest that everyone follow our policy:  Embrace the Chaos

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Embrace the Chaos Journal

All of the graduation gifts we’ve shown today are under $25.

Congratulations to the graduate in your life – and if you’re the parent of a graduate – congratulations to you, too!

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!

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

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.

Favorite Things – Bags

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Mindful Tote Bag

Now that the new year is well on its way, our focus at Brush Dance turns from calendars and planners to all of the other wonderful items we sell.

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite bags with you today.

Bags. I’m into all of our new, fun bags.  The one shown above is a limited edition collaboration between us and our pals over at Chico Bags. I love this quote, the bright bright orange – our art combined with fabulous Chico Bags and you really can’t go wrong.

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Be Bold, or Italic. Never Regular.

We’re all about fonts and typography at Brush Dance. This handy zipper pouch makes me happy. It’s the perfect size to hold some pens and a small notepad. Zip it up, toss in my tote, and I’m ready to go.

And check this out . . .

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It Comes in a Shopping Bag, Too!

Here are a couple of other smaller pouches that I adore . . .

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Hellraiser. Because – yeah. 
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Evidence Pouch

 

We truly have a bag for everyone – big, small, plain, funny, small, girly, cute, serious. I hope you’ll love them, too!