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} Skillshare & Craftsy

Teaching your skills takes 1- courage and 2- skill.

Especially if, exactly that, what you teach is a precise skill, then you need skill at your trade, plus skill at teaching. Whoo!

As far as courage goes, I mean, teaching a craft that makes you earn a living, that is tons of courageous. Copycats are always lurking, and giving them the tools to do so even more easily needs guts. But then again, that is my insecure self speaking. Cause I totally ADMIRE those who do. What strength and confidence! Just beautiful.

I don’t miss actual school, but I like taking a class once in a while! I’m doing my 3rd pottery throwing class right now (porcelain this time too, my fave, yay!) and I love it SO MUCH. It is good for my overall creativity flow, as well as my general mood. lol :P

With that said, I recently found out about two website communities promoting exactly that: online classes from skilled people at affordable prices! NICE.

skillshare

Skillshare offers classes such as how to photoshoot in the darkness (so CANNOT do this), or go crazy by drawing illustrative words (I’m REALLY tempted by this one…), or how learn to apply eye makeup (perhaps I shall learn eventually), or even design thyself (now that’s a project!).

There are other subjects too, such as a gardening class too for example, but it must be done right now because I can’t find it anymore! You can watchlist your faves on there, so this doesn’t happen. ;)

craftsy

Craftsy is, well, mostly on crafts. You can try a couple of free mini-classes first, and then, go crazy with affordable ones! Such as making your own cheese (ohhh myyy gahddd), learn to garden in containers (one of my fave hobbies), dabble in metalsmithing (wow!), or decorate a fancy ombré cake (whut!).

There are also a couple of shorter, quicker little workshops available, if more intensive (but better rounded around a total skill) classes are not your thing, as well as some affordable patterns.

Alright, let’s learn new stuff now. :P

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} Love & Olive Oil

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Meyer Lemon Macadamia Nut Tart

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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Pan-Fried Goat Cheese and Pomegranate

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Butternut Squash Risotto with Pine Nuts, Balsamic Drizzle, and Fried Sage

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Arugula Pistachio Pesto 

Love & Olive Oil is the blog of Lindsay and Taylor, a regular couple crazy in love with cooking.  They offer their readers recipe ideas and gorgeous eye feasts – stunning pictures.

To add to that, they have 2 small businesses to run, just launched a book called Breakfast for Dinner, and started challenging themselves in the cooking department as well (it’s always easy to stay in one’s comfort zone, ain’t it?). Busy couple!

SO MUCH to browse, go crazy! :P

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} Boumerie





Tonight I’ll be going to Boumerie‘s 2nd comic book launch! If you’ve ever clicked on some of my “Friend Links” in the sidebar, you know what Samantha does. If not, welcome to the world my friend! lol

Her comics, first published on the web a couple times a week, is set in a 4 squares format. Subjects flow from gamer jokes (video games stories that I don’t usually get, but that find a way to be funny either way.), to toilets (Samantha has a thing for bathroom stories. haha!), to hilarious stories including Pierre-Luc (her boyfriend, he’s very popular, ya know.), to everyday adventures (well, everyday for her, because I would freak out to have so many weird things happening all the time. lol!). As you’ll see, pretty much no subject if off limits!

If you’re in the Montreal area, come get your signed copy at the book launch tonight! If not, check out her stuff weekly, and buy her books!

Ah, and… I got featured twice (as below, I’m the one just laughing, cause that’s what I actually do best.). Immortalized forevah. :D

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} Bariol

Free fonts are usually wonky, and just plain not cute. Some exceptions tho, just like this Bariol, a font by Atipo. It has a nice rounded shape to it (perfect for anything sweet or wise), but it also has some sort of modern typewriter quality, I find.

It’s available in 4 cases (thin, light, regular and bold).

One other cool thing about this font, is the way you can get the Regular case for FREE: with the Pay with a tweet social payment concept (also possible with a Facebook post).

HOW AWESOME IS THAT. I find it a very inventive and simple idea, perfect for this day and age.

And, in my opinion, this is bright, practical and useful. Offer a freebie, but also get the word out for it and your company as a whole. An always welcomed social payment for all the hard work you put in that free beautiful font/cute desktop image/awesome new song/useful Photoshop brush! Oh the possibilities! This kind of smart idea almost makes me shiver.

I’ll try thinking of something so I can use this in the future. What about you? :)

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} Pshiiit




Well, since it’s my bday, I’m treating myself with this blog post.

But first, I’m gonna have to go all out with a secret revelation: I’m a manicure/nailpolish/nailart freak. Ok, it’s said. lol!

My favorite blog on the subject is called Pshiiit! The talented lady behind it is in France (and so, yes, the blog is written in French (but pictures say a thousand… ideas)). I’m always amazed at her end results, sometimes simple, sometimes crazy complex!

Always great to see what a new color looks like before actually buying it, as well as idea as to how use it. Also very practical, a few animated-gifs tutorials!

Enjoy, ladies! :)

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Bonus below: My Bday nails today! Had fun! :D

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} I am a Food Blog




Sometimes the most perfect blog names are those who just tell it straight to your face. Just like I am a Food Blog, Sophie’s outlet for her love of food and photography, over in Vancouver.

A bold and crisp look, beautiful pictures and detailed recipes. You basically can’t ask for more. That is, after you realize you can’t just lick your screen to get a taste. :P

Via } Design Crush

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} Spoon Fork Bacon




I love this blog called Spoon Fork Bacon. For it’s photographs (Woah! Gorgeous!) and also for the occasional animated gif’s, too.

And for the recipes of course. Altho I haven’t tried anything yet, all in all, most seem simple enough to be attainable by most people. Recipes are diversified, with a little bit of everything from appetizers to deserts.

And of course, a couple of recipes with bacon, like Salted Caramel and Candied Bacon Ice Cream. Oh yeah.

Nom nom nommmmm! :P

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} Wood and Faulk



Wood and Faulk offers high quality craftsmanship items (bags, belts, camera straps) made of mainly leather, but also sturdy cotton canvas fabrics. I bet these bags will outlast yearsss of heavy duty use!

You should also take some time to check out Matt‘s journal, where he explores other designs (including some tutorials, nice!), and other materials, like wood (*faint*). Oh, and fashion purchases (shoes, anyone?) as well as everyday subjects (kubb? or upholstery?).

All of his pictures are always insanely beautiful, too.

Can I marry him?

Ok ok, ’nuff said. lol :)


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} Tiger In A Jar

My friend Paule suggested that I look at this beet cake video recipe by Tiger In A Jar that she found on Bess’ blog yesterday. What a beauty!!

Turns out Matt and Julie made plenty of other great little motion pieces (some including stop motion) for everyone to look at on their Vimeo! Various subjects are treated, all visual gems, if you ask me! :)

Go snoop around their blog (you’ll also find awesome photography there!), you wont regret it!!

Via } The English Muffin

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Since I’m on the subject of videos (a subject I don’t visit often, huh?), my friend Christine Chevarie is working on a little video on my work right about now!

She came to film last Friday (above, featuring my oh-so-chill cat, Kobe), and I CAN’T WAIT to see the results! Her boyfriend and herself even created a little tune, sort of in the Angus and Julia Stone style, for it! Just so awesome! I’ll let you know here of course when it’s ready!

Meanwhile, check out this little video (it’s in French, but worth it even if you don’t understand!) she made on canning tomatoes (below). Half of these people are my friends, and the little guy, Hubert, is the child of my oldest friend Emilie, and he apparently loves me. He offers me his firefighter trucks (his favorites) every time I see him. If that isn’t love, I dunno what is. Yep. hehe :)

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} Cinemagraph



Actually, I don’t have much words. Except that Cinemagraph by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg is just totally awesome.

Via } Indie Fixx

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Icon Vault

Hey everyone!!

I wanted to let you know that I’ve started a new blog called icon vault. It’s about images! Inspiration quick & easy, short & sweet!

Of course, this blog will remain and when I feel like writing on my new discoveries instead of just showing them, I’ll come straight here! :)

Now, head on over and follow it!! :P

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Neawear.com Launch

YAY!

Today I launched my all new Nea website! Plus, it’s located on the also new domain Neawear.com!

Everything you need to know about Nea is there: news, shops, monthly newsletter sign up, press and more! I’m so thrilled to have everything gathered, finally!!! Hope you’ll love it!:)

While at it, why not check out this new cutie Wall Wear, Fawn & Flower!!

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The Weekness

With columns like SINday and satARTday, two of my Montreal friends, Angie and Christophe, have teamed up to create a brand spankin’ new blog called The Weekness.

Check it out for everything from high end fashion to DIY and yes, a SHOEday column as well!!

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Simply Breakfast Books

I’ve blogged about breakfast photography before, I love it! And I’m so sad ’cause the Simply Breakfast Blog, by Jennifer Causey (aka Photobird on Etsy), is now RIP.

But fear not! It’s not completely over! You can get the 2 books!! Ohhh yeahhhh! :)

Simply Breakfast” book here.
Simply Breakfast, more please” book here.

And you can still follow Jen’s other blog, Simply Photo.

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Annnnnd I still wanna make a Blurb book really badly…!

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Vote on Paper n Stitch!

LAST CRY FOR HELP!
LAST DAY!

Pleaseeeeee help me!!
I know you are all there 600+ readers a day! I would be so thankful if you all took 2mins of your super busy day to go and vote for me!!
Please please please!!! *gets down on knees and begs* lol :)

Thank you :D

Remember my post on Paper n Stitch a few months back? Did I tell you that you can vote for your favorite exhibitors, and then they can win things, like a free month as an exhibitor on Paper n Stitch… and yes… cash!? No, I didn’t yet, but now I am!

Well yes, you guessed it! I really need your help, dear readers! :)

It’s simple, just hop on to Paper n Stitch, then easily create a free account, and then you can click on the profiles of all your favorite sellers (I *know* I’m not the only one, lol!) and vote (and comment on your favorite items for fun as well)! You’ll see a rectangle with a heart+, just click there, and voila!

You can vote for as many of your favorites as you’d like, of course!
With people understandingly being careful with their purchases and money this year, all of us handmade creatives could really use the help! :)

Here’s my shop section: Nea at Paper n Stitch (You will be able to see some of my newly listed Wall Wear work there too!)

Thanks so much in advance, this would really help me out!! :)

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