Monthly Archives: September 2014

A Mini Palm Springs Getaway

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Getaway

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Getaway

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Getaway

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Getaway

Hello from Palm Springs!

I just flew in from New York yesterday morning and have been getting a few days of relaxation in with Joey and Rocky before Designer VACA begins. My birthday, Joey’s birthday and our anniversary all happened within 10 days of each other so this is our belated all-in-one getaway. We’ve been driving all over the place documenting exotic plants, dreamy midcentury modern homes and much of the landscape which I’ll share with you soon. I hope you’re having an awesome week!

Little Lessons #10: Conquer Your Fear Of Public Speaking By Tying It Into Something That You’re Passionate About

Nubby Twiglet | Conquer Your Fear Of Public Speaking By Tying It Into Something That You're Passionate About

I was always terrified of public speaking. Even if it was a quick introduction on the first day of class, I completely dreaded it. My voice would tremble and I’d talk as quickly as possible just to get it over with.

I’ve always been fine in small social groups and can carry on a conversation without a second thought (especially if you ask me about celebrity trivia!) but just thinking about speaking in front of an audience by myself made me want to hide in a cave.

I never had any ambitions of engaging in public speaking and being a graphic designer allowed me to skirt the issue for years — I could hide behind my computer and still make a comfortable living. That only lasted so long, though before I finally had to face my fears. When Kat, Gala and I hatched the idea of The Blogcademy two and a half years ago, one thing was clear: we agreed upfront that we’d each have to chip in on teaching the 18 segments. Oh wait…teaching equaled public speaking in front of large groups of complete strangers.

I agreed to do it but didn’t overthink it at the time because we didn’t even know if the workshop would take off…and then six days later, our first class sold out. I had less than two months to get over my fear of public speaking because I was going to be in front of a room of women I’d never met, doing exactly that!

When you’re faced with a hurdle, if you think about the big picture, chances are that you’ll get overwhelmed and shut down. Instead, I started really small. I figured out my introduction because if I could get that out without breaking a sweat, I could build some momentum. I didn’t want to stumble and stammer within the first five minutes and lose every ounce of confidence I’d built up so I practiced my intro out loud in my car as I drove to and from work every day. “Hi! I’m Shauna, a graphic designer from Portland….*deep breath*….By the end of the week, I had three paragraphs strung together and memorized.

The first class happened…and you know what? It was way easier than I thought it would be. The secret, I soon realized, is that if you focus on speaking about a subject you’re really passionate about, you’ll never feel lost because deep down inside, you already know the material. In my case, my segments during the two day workshop revolved branding and blogging, both of which I’d been doing professionally for a long time so the conversation just flowed.

I’ve since realized that public speaking is sort of like riding a bike. The first time is scary as hell and then once you have your bearings, it gets a little easier each time. Now, I don’t think twice about it. Remember, your audience wants to relate with you. Unless you’re a newscaster, a few rough edges and surprises will add to your charm so keep it real and speak from the heart.

Your turn: Have you ever been terrified of public speaking? What did you do to overcome the fear?


You’re Awesome postcard by Sian.

The Week In Pictures: 9.26.14 | Hello From New York!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures NYC

On Monday, I flew overnight to New York and landed bright and early Tuesday morning. Since then, my days have been full of extreme contrasts. I’ve had tea and desserts, visited a metal bar, made it to a goth night (complete with smoke machines), stopped by a fashion exhibition, had breakfast at an old school diner, hung out at a tiki bar one night and a trailer park-themed one the next, had a book design meeting…and that’s just scratching the surface.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures NYC

Waking up to this view is like pure magic. I’ve visited New York probably 20 times since 2001 and I still have that feeling that anything is possible here.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures NYC

On Wednesday, I spent that afternoon having tea and desserts at Ladurée in Soho with Gala and Kat. Their back garden area is so beautiful and photogenic.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures NYC

That night, Bianca and I stopped into a bar near Wall Street with drinks categorically divided by Old Money and New Money.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures NYC

Since I last saw Gala, she’s decorated her apartment and while I dare not give everything away, these shelves looked so great that I had to share.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures NYC

One of my favorite haunts is Home Sweet Home. I love the spooky basement vibe and the collection of vintage taxidermy that’s clearly seen better days.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures NYC

I finally got to visit the Pearl Diner with Bianca. Classic old school greasy spoon breakfasts after a late night out are awesome.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures NYC

I always stop into Dean & DeLuca to take in all of their beautifully arranged food. It’s a good thing we don’t have one in Portland or else I’d be camped out there all the time.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures NYC

Last night, I went to the F.I.T. Dance and Fashion and A History of Lingerie exhibitions and it was awesome to see clothing made by designers I admire up close.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures NYC

Afterwards, things got weirdly entertaining as we stepped into Trailer Park which was themed like an old school trailer park from 50 years ago. Taxidermy, beer and soda signs, velvet paintings, Elvis memorabilia and random tchokes completely covered the walls. The menu was basically tater tots, tacos and crazy frozen concoctions with names like Kiss My Frigid Woo-Woo. Kind of amazing.

I’m signing off to join Kat and Gala for lunch, fit in a little last minute shopping at Century 21 and then I’m going out to a Bavarian restaurant for pretzels with Bianca. Like I said, the more stuff I can cram into this trip, the better!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Link Love: 9.25.14

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love

Nubby Twiglet | Jacques Dequeker

• How can you tell when a piece of writing is finished?

• What is it really like to blog about your home?

• All the comments on every single recipe blog pretty much go like this.

• What is your signature word?

• 5 unique ways to increase your blog traffic.

• Have you ever sat next to someone on an airplane that did something so disgusting that you couldn’t believe your eyes?! Well, now there’s a place to submit your photographic evidence. Behold Passenger Shaming.

• 10 foreign words that we need in English!

• You’re never too old for the internet.

• I’m hopeless at giving up sugar for good but it’s interesting to see how it affects the brain.

• A blog I’ve been enjoying a lot is Oh So Pretty. The layouts are so beautiful.

• I’ve shared these photos before but they’re just too good to not share again: sightseers throughout America in the 1970s and 80s.

• Blogger and former magazine editor Joanna Goddard shares 10 things she’s learned in her career.

• Have you seen the design concept for a five-story house that hangs off the edge of a cliff?!

• It’s so fascinating to take a look around this abandoned train station in Paris.

• Before you start writing, these four practices can get you focused.


Photo: Vogue Brazil by Jacques Dequeker.
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Four Action-Packed Days at The Blogcademy London!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London

We’ve taught more classes in London than any other city (six in less than two years) so we’re always looking for unique twists to keep the atmosphere at Curtain Road Studios interesting. This time, we found it with a live scribe. It was the coolest addition to our class I’ve seen yet…but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Check out our class in action! Our London students are always a lively bunch.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London

In class, we talk at length about how important it is to be genuinely helpful. When you’re starting a blog, it’s easy to think that your blog is all about you (you’re the blogger and it’s your vision, after all). But, if you want to grow beyond a small, super-niche audience, you need to find ways to provide useful, helpful content. We have a dedicated content-focused section that opens your mind to all sorts of ideas and best of all, we always share concrete examples.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London

On the second day of class, we show up early for those students who want some extra one-on-one feedback. This is what it usually looks like! Business questions, blogging questions, personal questions — we answer them all!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London

My absolute favorite section of class is the still life activity. I love to see how the students tell a story with their belongings mixed with goodie bag gifts. We go way beyond composition in this section and share ways you can tell your personal stories through images.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London

One of the highlights of the London classes was watching our live scribe, Charlotte draw. She pulled out key points from our presentation and put visuals to our words. It was so fun to watch her in action, sketching away in the back corner.


Sponsors

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London

I’d like to give a shout-out to the sponsors who made our Blogcademy London goodie bags possible: Look Look Photo Booths for the branded photo booth, Tigerlilly Quinn for the wooden brooches and washi tape, Brolly Bucket for the candy-colored umbrellas, The London Dolls for providing false lashes, Jolly Good for the custom nail decals, Reeta Krishna for the WordPress for Beginners books, Crown and Glory for the sparkly ears, Go Promotional for the custom branded Blogcademy mugs and pens, Wraggamuffins for providing treats and snacks, XOXO Stationery for the ‘Blogcadette’ notepads, Pepper Ink Vintage for the tattoo transfers, The Bathory for the custom bath salts, Strange Case for the paper décor, Lovely Cuppa for the plans for world domination books, Mane Message for the no-snag hair ties and Hello Harriet for the tattoo transfers.


Thanks

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Thanks for coming along on this recap of the London classes! I’m on the road once again to teach the New York class over the weekend (one seat left!) and Washington, D.C. next weekend. Hope to see you there! -Shauna


Venue: Curtain Road Studios.
Scribe: Charlotte Thomson.
Photographer: Holly Booth.
Videographer: Lara Elliott.
Paper decor: Strange Case.