Choosing a Colour Palette for Your Blog

When you’re thinking of giving your blog a makeover, sometimes it can be tough to decide on a colour palette. A lot of people struggle with knowing what colours look good together, or how many they should use without their design looking messy.

There are a few ways you can go about this, ranging from colour theories and colour wheels to emotional stimulation. Did you know that certain colours can have psychological effects on us? It’s true, and sometimes that can be a good starting point when creating your design. 

In this all new Blog Beautician video, I answer this very question from a reader and share some tips on using colour theories to come up with your own scheme for your site. Click here to watch or click play below, and don’t forget to subscribe!




I hope this helps you come up with a lovely colour palette for your own site! By the way, there is still time to sign up for my Get Noticed blogging course! Details here.

Tech Tuesday: Screen Love by Kriboute

I’m so happy to share a talented illustrator with you today! I fell in love with Kriboute the moment I laid eyes on the Instagram page. From unicorns to cats, these quirky little characters were right up my alley, and I was thrilled that Marion, the French creator of Kriboute, wanted to provide you all with some lovely desktop and iPhone wallpapers in her signature style.

Aren’t those illustrations just darling!? I love her use of simple colour schemes to tie everything together. You can view more Kriboute art on Instagram and purchase prints, pillows, and more from her shop right here.

Download:

Desktop Wallpaper
iPhone 5 / iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus

(Right click the image and choose Set As Desktop Background)

P.S. There is one day left to grab a limited edition shirt designed by me to help save our local cat rescue! Some designs still need to hit their minimum to print, so please take a look 🙂

All designs are for personal use only. Copyright belongs to the artist and they may not be duplicated, sold, or used for commercial use without written permission from the original creator.

“Hi, Im a Full Time Blogger.”

Five years ago if you had asked me what I did for a living, the answer would have been simple. “I’m a web/graphic designer”, I would say. Technically, I was much more than that. I was a business owner who wore many hats, but somehow saying that I just did web and graphic design made things simpler. It was easy to explain and spit out in one short sentence. Nobody asked many questions, which was fine with me because I am often humble about my work life and don’t feel the need to go into too much detail with strangers.

Describing what I do has become a little tougher over the past couple of years. I still write “website designer” as my occupation on forms and documents because “blogger” just doesn’t seem to sum anything up. When people ask me what I do for a living now, I stumble over my words and my job description usually comes out as something like “I do lots of things. I’m an artist, designer, I make apps and products, and I run a blog”. I’m sure to other people that sounds a little flaky. Almost as though I don’t know which direction I want to take… but honestly, why should we have to pick just one direction?

Blogging in itself doesn’t exactly have a reputation yet as being a full time gig. I’ve made the choice in the past to try to keep things simple and tell people that I was simply “a blogger” and have been met with all kinds of confused reactions. “What’s that?” being the most common among older folks (don’t even get me started on trying to describe web design to my grandparents, let alone blogging!! I’m honestly not even sure my mom understands what a blog is!) And more recently, a scrunched up nose and a question along the lines of “…and you make money from that?”

Having to explain what I do isn’t something I enjoy at all. What used to be easy has become a mental task. Sometimes I just want to say “I DO WHAT I WANT” and be done with it. How do you explain to someone, in one sentence, that you have an amazing job doing what you love to do that utilizes all of the skills you have? (And that yes, you actually do make money from it.) How do we broaden the idea of being “a blogger” and convince people that this is an actual occupation worthy of credit? When will “Hi, I’m a full time blogger” be received with praise and understanding? When can I stop writing “website designer” on documents and be taken seriously?

I don’t have the answers, but I do know that no job title completely defines me. Just as your job title doesn’t define you. Until then, I’ll be happy with knowing that I’m secretly a part of something bigger, and that feels a little special.

DIY: 10 Minute Geometric Pillow Covers

A long time ago, I shared my go-to method for creating new pillow covers. This time around, I’m taking it up a notch and showing you how to create this simple geometric design. If you need to spice up your decor, pillows can make a world of difference. Sometimes you don’t want to dish out $50-$60 on brand new pillows, and this alternative is the next best thing. It’s cheap, fast, and makes a huge impact!

If you’re not skilled at sewing, don’t stress. This project is literally so easy. You don’t even need a sewing machine if you don’t have one… you can use a needle and thread instead. This is a great project for beginners as well and should help you feel a little more confident with making your own creations.

Ready to try it? There is always room for a new pillow, so grab some fabric and follow along! Click play below or click here to view on YouTube and give it a big ol’ thumbs up if you want to see more projects like this.




I get my pillow forms from Walmart usually. They only cost about $5 here. You can also recover an existing pillow!

I hope you guys liked this video tutorial. I’m having fun doing them and would love your thoughts!

Get Noticed: Enroll Today & Get Your Blog Seen

It’s time to Get Noticed! Enrollments for my brand spankin’ new course are now open to the public! I am committed to making this more than just a course, but an entire community of bloggers who support one another. The website is now live and you can sign up right here to get started today.

Get Noticed is a course for bloggers who are looking to expand their reach and are ready to take action! I cover the two major elements of a successful blog: content and marketing, and show you how you can implement these strategies easily.

You’ll learn about the different types of content and why there are certain kinds you should be creating, as well as how you can get that content seen by more people, influential bloggers, brands, and more in various ways. Included in this course are the following modules:

  • Content Creation
  • Structure
  • Sharing Content
  • Social Media
  • Getting More Followers
  • RSS and Feeds
  • SEO
  • Getting Noticed by Bloggers
  • Getting Noticed by Brands
  • and Guest Posting

When you join the course, you’ll also get lifetime free membership to the Forums, where you can connect with other members and get even more advice, 24/7. (There is also an option to sign up for a single forum membership if you don’t want to get involved in the course). Because I love you lots, you can take $40 off the cost with code WONDER until this Friday April 17th only!

For all of the details and more, visit the brand new Hey, Blogger! course site here. I hope to see some of your faces there!

How To Groom Your Dog At Home

When Bear was a puppy, I used to take him to get groomed every month. Sometimes I liked how he looked afterwards, and sometimes he didn’t look like my dog at all. I finally found a groomer who I loved, only to have her move to a new location farther away, and then to another location even farther away. I think she moved three times before I decided that going out of my way, dropping him off for 2-3 hours (which he hated), and paying $50-$80 every month was getting a little ridiculous.

I decided then to try it myself and after doing some research and getting the right tools, I definitely saw that it was something I could manage. Since then, I have been grooming him at home.

While my results don’t totally resemble something fresh out of the dog salon, it works for us and he still looks pretty darn cute. Plus, think about all of the money I’ve saved over the past 7 years.

I filmed the whole process for you so that you could see how I do it and try it yourself if you like. I will list the tools I use below. Click here to watch or press play below:

TOOLS:

Andis AGC Professional Dog Clipper Kit
Andis 4FC 9.5mm blade
Wide tooth comb
Grooming Thinning Shears

Step One: Give Him a Bath

Your dog needs to be nice and clean before cutting his hair. The clippers can become worn out and get caught on his fur if you don’t start with a fresh, clean base.

Step Two: Blowdry

You can also air dry, but I like to blowdry so the process goes quicker. I usually brush him as I blowdry to try to flatten out some of his curls. You’ll also want to make sure the blowdryer is on cool/warm setting and not hot!

Step Three: Clippers

Brush him then using dog clippers (not human ones) shave his body. I use a blade that allows his fur to remain just under an inch long because I don’t like him to be totally naked.

Step Four: Scissors

I use scissors on his head and to finish the rest of his body. I use thinning shears to avoid any blunt edges from the scissors, plus they make him look a little fluffier. Cut the fur around his paw pads carefully as well.

All of these steps are shown in the video above. Remember to subscribe! I hope you enjoyed!

Bi-Weekly Review // 6

These past two weeks have been quite productive! So many things happening right now that I haven’t had a moment to just sit down and process everything. I guess that’s what I’m going to do right now, so why not join me?

Blog

I actually somehow published more posts than I planned on here, including:

I signed with a new ad network the other day so I am excited to see how that goes, and I’ve been revamping my YouTube channel to include more lifestyle/how-to type posts. Go subscribe if you want to stay updated!

I’ve also been diligently working on my soon-to-be-launched course, Get Noticed. All of the details can be found in the last link above and if you haven’t yet, you can sign up for early access here. I have to admit, I’m a little nervous. I keep going back and making adjustments or adding things to the site, so I’m not sure if it will ever feel completely done. Regardless, I’ll be opening enrollments next week so stay tuned! People have asked me if it will be a paid course, and yes it will be as it’s part of my work related projects and packed with value.

Life

Behind the scenes, I’ve been making piles of messes with boxes as pieces of new furniture arrive for my “library room” makeover. I was lucky enough to get to work with one of my favourite decor stores for this project and will be sharing the final finished design on here once it’s complete! You’ll probably see bits and pieces of it in some blog photos until then.

I’ve also been doing those dreaded taxes, which is kind of a big job and I’m surprised at how quickly I’ve managed to get them together this year. People have asked me to do a post about taxes for bloggers, but being Canadian I’m not sure how much it would help since us Canadian bloggers seem a little more sparse than US ones. Plus, I’m definitely not an expert and usually have to end up Googling certain things myself.

We spent Easter weekend with a couple friends who visited and then traveled to see my family. I received a pretty amazing package from Ferrero Rocher filled with chocolate and just about died inside because they are my fave! Let’s just say I’ve been working out a little harder lately.

Work

On the work front, there have been a bunch of developments. For those that don’t know, my “work” portion of my life consists of the creative projects I am involved in aside from this blog.

I signed a deal with a manufacturer to sell Wonder Forest designed things, like bedding, textiles, wall decor, pet accessories and more. I like to see this as an extension of my case line, and am so so so excited about the opportunity. This has been one of my goals since last year so I am really thrilled to see it happening. Wonder Forest is also in the process of becoming a trademark, yay!

If you guys read my post about the cat shelter, you’ll know I also spent a little time designing a few simple shirts to help the cause. I would really love it if you helped to spread the word. I stopped in there the other day and had my heart melt for a sweet kitten I befriended. I wish I could just take them all home!

I think that’s about all I wanted to update you guys on this week! It seems like there was more, but that’s probably because I’ve just been so occupied with the course, fundraiser, contracts, taxes, and day to day stuff. Tell me, what did you get up to this week? What did you accomplish?

I Just Want All The Cats. Limited Edition Tees!

You all know what a crazy cat lover I am, I’m sure. When an issue arises that we strongly believe in, I think it’s important that we stand up for it. I rarely do this, but I felt compelled to do something with whatever skills I could put to use.

Very recently, our local cat shelter lost their funding from the town. The shelter is attached to our veterinary office, funded by the vet, and is run by a handful of volunteers. They are a no-kill shelter who take care of over 100 cats at a time until they find their forever homes, however long that may take.

This rescue takes in abandoned, surrendered, and abused cats. I’ll never forget learning about the cat they found left to die in a crate during the blistering cold months in a snow bank. Whoever could even do that to a poor animal is a sick, sick human being. They also run a catch and release program for the town, spaying and neutering feral cats to keep the population under control… and believe me, we have a huge problem in our town with stray cats!

I felt a personal connection to this shelter because it is the place I visit every two weeks when I pick up medications and food for our own pets. In the warmer months, I walk by the outdoor caged area and say hello to dozens of little furry faces looking back at me. I secretly imagine adopting ALL OF THEM so they don’t have to worry anymore.

The staff have been so kind and helpful to us time and time again. They helped to save Benny’s life when he needed emergency surgery, and they continue to care for Nugget whenever his megacolon gets out of control. More than that, whether they know it or not, they’ve helped me overcome a hurdle with my anxiety.

Vets always frightened me after I experienced a bad episode at one many years ago. The staff here had made some special arrangements for us numerous times (like coming to our house) so that I wouldn’t have to feel uncomfortable or anxious. Because of them becoming such a part of our bi-weekly routine, I’m now able to walk into the office without fear or worry. That sounds silly I’m sure, but it was a pretty big deal for me to be able to do that for the first time in years.

Our town now has a new council and they’ve decided against assisting with some of the funding. Every year they would reserve funds to help the shelter, and this year they have decided not to. Over 1000 people signed a petition to present the town, but they were still denied. This leaves thousands of dollars worth of expenses every month on the shoulders of the staff, including medications, food, and everything else 100 cats need.

I’ve teamed up with Teespring to start a little fundraiser to try to help them out a little bit. There are a few t-shirt design’s I’ve put together that you can purchase right here. All proceeds will go to the Wasaga Beach Cat Rescue, but only if each shirt reaches its goal. I would like to ask for your help in spreading the word to anyone who cares about kitties and wants to help.

Click here to reserve your own shirt

Thank so much, guys and girls!

Coachella Festival Style Inspiration + Tips

Festival season is upon us, which means laid back breezy looks with a boho charm are popping up everywhere. Personally, I love this style for its effortlessly chic vibe and comfort. You all know I’m all about that comfort!

If you’re attending a festival this year, it’s important to not overdress. Too many accessories and uncomfortable shoes will only get in your way, so it’s best to keep things simple. Opt for jewelry that won’t fly off while taking part in any activities, and try a cute backpack instead of a handbag to keep all of your treasures secure. If you’re considering wearing a hat, try my trick for keeping it on your head!

Here are a few of my earthy fashion picks from Shopbop, who just happen to be having a sweet 25% off sale with code SPRING25 from now until April 10th at 4AM EST. Definitely take advantage of this as it’s one of their biggest discounts this year (I already have!).

  1. Reverse Tank Romper
  2. Jonathan Adler Malibu Backpack
  3. ONE by Made For Pearl Tie Dye Joplin Bell Bottoms
  4. House of Harlow Ascension Hand Chain
  5. Ray-Ban High Street Round Sunglasses
  6. Shashi Maya Bracelet
  7. FREEBIRD by Steven Stair Booties
  8. Rag & Bone Wide Brim Fedora Hat

Do you have any festival tips of your own to share?

This post was brought to you by Shopbop. All picks are my own.

Tech Tuesday: Desktop Love by Jaimie Myers

Today I’m sharing some hand painted watercolour artwork by Jaimie Myers, an artist and freelance writer that I happened to find on Instagram! I loved her simple designs and use of colour and thought they’d make some excellent desktop wallpapers.

You can visit Jaimie on Twitter and Instagram. Which one is your favourite?

Download:

(Right click the image and choose Set As Desktop Background)

All designs are for personal use only. Copyright belongs to the artist and they may not be duplicated, sold, or used for commercial use without written permission from the original creator.