Learn about my Top 5 Ways to Make Money with Calligraphy/Lettering from Home

Teaching others how to start a home-based creative business has been something that I’ve wanted to do for years. I feel very fortunate to have been able to work from home while my kids were growing up. Working from home allowed me to have independence, to keep a part of who I was, and it gave me a break from being a Mom along with all the other jobs that go along with staying home.

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Advice to fellow creatives entrepreneurs who are struggling to grow their business

If you are a fellow creative entrepreneur and are struggling to grow your business, then read on!

What I’ve learned most over these last few years of being a creative and building my online business is; how to focus on important tasks, managing my time so I’m not working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and lastly how to rely on those around me for support and advice!

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Dealing With The Dull Business Things

In reality, the business path can be both rewarding and challenging. When you’re keen to engage with your creative ideas and let the inspiration flow through your mind and body, the last thing you want to be doing is to manage a business.

Who says business management is all about responsibilities, administrative tasks, and plenty of documentation. It’s fair to say that as a creative entrepreneur, you want to lose yourself in the artistic process of giving life to your ideas.

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Six Podcasts that have helped me in my creative business

At any point in starting, growing and running a business, I feel like we need inspiration, information, a fresh perspective, and motivation to push through when we need a little boost. Podcasts for me serve all of those purposes and more. So I thought I’d share with you Podcasts that have helped me in my creative business.

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Balancing Creativity and Business As a Creative Entrepreneur

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you’ll know that I balance being a creative and being an entrepreneur, wearing many hats in-between. Becoming a creative entrepreneur can be an interesting clash of two worlds. On the one hand, you have a creative skill that you want to market, whether it's decorating people's homes, producing music or making jewelry. On the other hand, you need to put your business hat on, and get to work promoting your creative skills or products. Growing a business while also carrying on with your creative work can be tough, and require a lot of work. So how can you balance your creativity with your need to grow your business? Take a look at some of these tips.

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Six years ago today, I began a new journey and never looked back

In a very random but powerful aha moment, I knew that I wanted to create art, share art, and inspire others to surround themselves by art. I knew that I wanted to continue to work from home, on my terms and with freedom to choose, when I worked and how I worked {My kids were still young, but didn’t need me as much}. I knew I wanted to maintain my independence while earning my own money and still be able to contribute to the family budget. I knew I was happiest when I painted, blogged and created.

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Why take online courses?!

I believe in taking online courses so much so, that I have taken time away from my art and creative practice, to create courses to help others achieve their personal goals. I’m excited to share everything that I’ve learned over the years in the hopes of inspiring, empowering and saving you time and money! No matter what your goal is. [More about life i design online in another post]

Here are the reasons why I think taking online courses is the way to go! Read to the bottom to see my top online class resources.

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How done is better than perfect!

If you've joined me on my last blog post, you'll know that I had a BIG goal to create my very first online class on the Skillshare platform.  Well, I managed to hit "publish" almost a week before my scheduled deadline!!!

I am not a perfectionist by any means, but I do dwell on details a little too much some times.  I have learned over the last few years, that done is better than perfect.  Agonizing over the details of a plan is necessary sometimes, for instance, when building a structure, or planning a Will, however,  agonizing over the details of an online class... not so much!

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A very personal anniversary introspective

Starting a business, career, venture or adventure is not easy.  The ideas may come easy.  The enthusiasm and the excitement may come easy.  But the daily grind is something that you have to get through no matter how shitty you are feeling.  No matter how defeated you are.  No matter how many other obligations take priority.

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Alt NYC recap and special offer!

Good food, fabulous company, inspiring keynote speakers, tons of swag, Martha Stewart, new friends and sight seeing! Here's my

Alt NYC recap and special offer!

When I decided to go to Alt NYC months ago, I knew no one, and I was venturing out into the big city on my own.  Who knew that months later, I would have connected with such fabulous women ahead of time, enjoyed the company of a great friend, and had such an amazing 4 days at the Summit and in the City!!

I captured most of it with my handy iPhone!

First, the City!

madison square park nyc

My girlfriend and I enjoyed "sight-seeing" from various benches within Madison Square Park.  From sunbathers to a Spiderman movie being filmed, there was lots to take-in. greenwich village nycWalks around Greenwich Village and Soho left us with design ideas and lots of photos to go through when we got home.

imagine central parkJohn Lennon's memorial in Central Park at Strawberry fields was beautiful {but very busy}.  I couldn't resist picking up a photo of this mosaic for one of the biggest Beatles fan I know.

If you've never been to New York City before, I urge you to visit. This was my 3rd trip and every trip has been a completely different experience for me.

Now onto our sponsor dinner with Bing at Sunday Supers!

One of the first people I met online when I registered for ALt NYC was Jen from Bloomies Handmade. There was no better way to bond than to take a train into Brooklyn for our dinner at Sunday Supers!  We bought the wrong tickets, took the train in the opposite direction to where we need to go, walked about 20 blocks in Brooklyn feeling very out of place, but ... we still made it to Sunday Supers for our sponsor dinner with smiles on our faces!

nicki & jen

Once we found the un-marked door, walked up the concrete stairs of this discreet building and into this beautiful space, we were greeted by cocktails, smiles and the promise of a fabulous evening!

bing sponsored dinner

bing sponsor dinner

Bing did a great job of welcoming us to the Altitude Summit!

How gorgy are these floral arrangements?!!! sunday supers table setting

sunday suppers bingI had to sneak in another photo that I posted on Instagram of my place setting.  I want my dining room table to look like this always!

Time for the main event!

alt logo

Walking into Martha Stewart's Omnimedia Building was so exciting as I anticipated what the day had in store for the 300+ people who would gather to share ideas, connect, and inspire.

martha stewart omnimedia

The morning started off with a cup of coffe and crafts while mingling.

martha stewart friendship bracelets

I enjoyed connecting with Tina from life in sketch, sharing ideas with Leonora of Yellow Heart Art and Angela of Bella & Beya as we knotted and embellished our friendship bracelets {which now hangs proudly on my daughter's wrist}.

friendship bracelet makingI managed to scoop a few front row seats for the speaking portion of the day and am very happy that I did.  The ever inspiring Grace Bonney of Design Sponge spoke to us about adapting to change in our market, with technology and to meet the needs of our readers and industry.  Lots of great food for thought.

design sponge

Then there was a surprise visit by our lovely host Martha Stewart who shared news with us about her new kid's craft book, and new layout of Martha Stewart Living magazine. martha stewart

On the morning panel were fabulous speakers who shared their experience of how they built their businesses, the problems they faced and how they overcame it all!

martha stewart alt nyc

Of course, there was more mingling and meeting new friends as we enjoyed a lunch break mid-day.

lunch break alt nyc

I couldn't help but have fun with new friends like Kim of  Design+Life+Kids and enjoy more swag from great sponsors like MailChimp!

nicki and kim

When we got back to our seats, we each had a copy of the newest Martha Stewart Living Magazine and Martha Stewart's book!  I was wondering how I was going to get all of this into my carry-on!!

martha stewart crafts for kids

Then one of the highlights of the event for me, was listening to this beautiful, creative, funny and inspiring women Garance Dore.  With her beautiful French accent, she inspired us all to design and form our brand, and to push ourselves to be better! This hour long talk, inspired me to focus more time and energy on my art! Hence the 30 Day SketchBook Challenge that I am starting on July 1st!

garance dore

What better way to end such an amazing event, but with decadent desserts ...

martha stewart cupcakes and cookies

martha stewart cupcakes

... and cocktails with new friends rooftop on the west side of Manhattan! alt nyc, patioThanks Alt, I'll see you again next year in NYC!

To celebrate this amazing event, I want to share with you all a special promo code to use in life i design's art shop!

Enjoy 25% off your entire order in the shop!

Simply enter code


when you check-out!

This promo will expire on July 15th!

Happy Shopping!

Will you be joining me on the 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge?! 

Read more about it here.