We’re having our biggest sale ever at Whimseybox and it ends today! Buy one Whimseybox gift subscription (3, 6 or 12 months) and get one for FREE! But you have to hurry because the offer ends at 11:59 MST TONIGHT. Give the gift of creativity this season… times two!
Looking for more creative + crafty gift ideas? Check out our gift guide at whimseybox.com/holidays for more!
Am I too old to be excited about The Hunger Games: Catching Fire coming out this weekend? Hope not! In fact, today I even whipped up a DIY District 12 tote bag. Printable iron on transfer medium is my new BFF. Look for more projects like this to come If you want to make this one, you can find the full step-by-step tutorial over in the Whimseybox projects section.
In other news, today we launched Supply Lists on Whimseybox, just like the one you see right above this. Supply Lists are basically just lists of supplies. Any product/craft supply in the Whimseybox Shop can be added to a Supply List and in addition to sharing them on Whimseybox and via Facebook/Twitter, you can also embed them onto your blog. We’ve been doing it on our Whimseybox blog for a few months now and I find it to be a super easy and useful way to share the material list for a project.
We hope that this will be helpful for bloggers, but it actually gets even better – if you’re sharing projects and creative craft/DIY content on your site you can now earn affiliate revenue on every sale you refer. We call this the Whimseybox Influencer program and it’s still in beta, but if you’re a Dismount Creative reader just leave a comment and I’ll get you setup ASAP! (If you’re familiar with RewardStyle, you can think of Whimseybox Influencer kind of like RewardStyle for craft.)
That’s a sneak peek of the first ever Whimseybox Gift Guide! It’s going out in the November boxes that are all packed and shipping out tomorrow along with some other fun goodies. (Want a copy? Leave a comment, I’ll send you one!) Last week we also launched our Whimseybox Holiday Page with our brand new gift cards (yay!), a limited edition collection of DIY ornament mini-kits and lots of other gift ideas for the creatives in your life. I’d love, love, love it if you check it out! We’ve been thinking about the holidays for quite a while – it’s a big time for retail in general, and especially for craft/DIY – but it still freaks me out how quickly it’s coming! We’ve put a lot of work into it already – in addition to adding gift cards we’ve also added the ability to ship shop orders to someone else (pretty standard nowadays, but we didn’t have it before now!), schedule delivery of an email gift (super handy) and choose different shipping options.
Plus last Thursday night we co-hosted a holiday card making drive with the awesome ladies of Share Denver to make 250 cards for the clients of Boulder Meals of Wheels. (I was seriously amazed and the creativity of everyone who came! You can read more about it on the Whimseybox blog.) And on December 5th we’ll be hosting a DIY station at Eat Drink Create. Hope to see you there!
So there’s a lot of holiday happenings going on right now. I’ve also been tasked with sourcing all of the supplies for my family’s annual holiday ornament making project, so stay tuned to see what we’re creating this year. It’s a Kenney tradition to make a new ornament each year and for the first time in a few years I’m looking forward to being able to do it in person with my mom and sister this Thankgiving.
The short days this time of year are so not okay with me. Dark by 4:30? Not only is it a total downer and energy sap during one of the busiest times of year, but it’s also making it extra tricky to take a decent photo of anything. And we do a lot of photography at Whimseybox, so it’s a juggling act to get everything we need to finish done during the hours the sun graces us with light. I also have a theory that since we have the mountains just feet away to our west that the short days are even shorter here, because the sun doesn’t even have to go below the horizon, just behind the mountains.
Also, the darkness is a total hazard… last week it made me RUN OVER A BRAND NEW COMPUTER MONITOR. Still in the box. Brand new, just carefully shipped from (I imagine) Asia to some Amazon warehouse and then delivered by our friendly UPS guy to me. And then, because I bought it to use at home, on Wednesday night I gathered up the monitor, my computer bag, Radish and a few other things and clumsily walked/was dragged down to the car after a long day at work. Radish does not love getting in the car (that’s another story) so set down my monitor, tossed my bags inside the car and went about the normal routine of bribing her with tons of treats to stay still so I can lift all 50+ lbs of her up into my car. I was in a hurry (of course) so we could make it to the meeting point to pick up our MM Local Harvest Share before it ended at 7pm. I don’t even need to explain what happened next, right? I managed to get Radish in the car, close the door and jump in myself. Throw it in reverse, backup about 2 feet and suddenly feel something go under the tires. ARHG! I stop, jump out and see my front wheel sitting squarely on top of the monitor box. I jump back in the move the car while saying lots of mean stuff to myself in my head. (“So careless!” “This is why you can’t have nice things!” “Did you seriously just DRIVE OVER A BRAND NEW MONITOR what is wrong with you?”) But believe it or not by some miracle of styrofoam and engineering the monitor is totally fine. I’m using it right now! Bravo ASUS for making an affordable and durable monitor. You know just what this girl needs.
#radishdirago and I on a hike this weekend
We’re heading into a super busy season at Whimseybox and right now my laptop is basically within reach at all times. This weekend I was thinking about how many of the services/programs I rely on daily that I hadn’t heard of or didn’t even exist 5 -10 years ago. It’s crazy! I wonder what things will look like 5 years from now… but in the meantime here’s how I/we work:
- Asana – Thank the heavens for Asana which is our go-to task management system. At this point, we could barely function without it. It’s lightweight but powerful – a super effective combination. (Also, free!)
- Hipchat – It’s our company chatroom, used to pass along links, ask quick questions and, of course, share silly stuff. Super handy, and we have fun with all of the silly emoticons. Actually, Patrick has whipped us up a few of our own including our faces and a can of Diet Coke!
- Private Wiki – This is a new campaign I’m on. While we have a lot of info in Asana, the wiki is great for ‘how to do whatever’ type stuff and for keeping helpful links all together in one place. It’s like our company manual. (We use Mediawiki and I’d like to brag that I installed it myself, despite being a little afraid and a lot confused in the process.)
- Picasa – I’ve probably mentioned it before, but I’ll say it again: Picasa is my go-to girl when Photoshop (or GIMP) aren’t required. Fast, easy + free, just like I like it!
- Powerpoint – Lately I’ve been spending more and more time in Powerpoint. Sometimes it’s for actual presentations, but I also find it handy for whipping up quick inspiration boards, mocking up new website pages and other silly stuff.
- Dropbox – Of course. What did we do before Dropbox? I don’t even know.
- Spotify – Basically all the time, except when I’m home watching something on Netflix. Also, pay the money to get rid of the commercials, it’s totally worth it.
- Boingo – After years of resisting it, I signed up for Boingo a while ago and lately I’ve spent a lot of time in airports and on the road and it’s been great. I know a lot of airports like DIA have free limited wifi now, but when I’m stuck for hours I need the real, reliable, full speed version to be productive.
In the other category we have:
- Google Apps – Man, I want to like you but I just can’t. The spreadsheets in particular drive me crazy.
- Company Blog – We used to have an internal company blog, but it’s fallen by the wayside. I still think it’s a good idea, maybe we’ll come back to it again when we’re larger.
Any great tools I’m missing? I’d love to hear about them!