Daily Archives: August 19, 2016

The Week + Links: 8.19.16

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links


It’s Friday…which means I don’t feel guilty about eating a cookie for breakfast. Vacation doesn’t officially kick off until tomorrow but hey, why not start the indulgences early?

This has been a big week and I’m excited about so many things. I just did my first-ever podcast interview (more on that next week!), delivered a brand system to someone I hugely admire and today marks the day that construction on our bathroom is finished!

Speaking of the bathroom, I can’t wait to share the full reveal with you once I’m back! There are always so many unexpected ups and downs when you tear a room apart. Years ago, someone told me that any remodeling project is guaranteed to take 3 times longer and cost 3 times as much — and now, I totally agree. Haha.

I can’t show you the full room yet (shelves are being built in today and a few finishing items we ordered still haven’t showed up) but here’s a close-up of my favorite part: this damn wallpaper (see below). It’s no longer just a dream! And, it turned out to be the biggest headache ever. Joey and I were bewildered that something so seemingly easy could be so difficult but I’ll save the full story for the reveal. Thankfully, it’s done. Sweet relief!

I still have a lot of projects to wrap up before boarding my first fight (of many) tomorrow, not to mention figuring out how to pack my small carry-on like the ultimate game of Tetris to fit the maximum amount of shoes in. I love a good challenge. 😉

Have a great weekend — I hope you’re managing to squeeze in your own adventures to make the most of this last bit of Summer!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links


• Just because a minimalist look is trendy online doesn’t mean the aesthetic is right for you. I love Corina’s thoughts on the subject.

• I’ve honestly never researched curtain options so our house is full of a bunch of ill-fitting, off-the-shelf sets from IKEA. Now I know that there’s a more customized way to go thanks to Anna.

• 6 research-backed secrets to getting healthy.

• Looking for something new to listen to? Here’s 7 of the best podcast episodes out there.

• SAYS WHO? This video has my new favorite catch-phrase when something goes wrong. Ha!

• My friend Breanna over at RowanMade is looking for a graphic designer — check out the details to apply!

• YES! You are more than your Instagram account.

• On a near-daily basis, I’m searching Unsplash for free stock photos. The quality is amazing and you can use them however you wish, no strings attached!

• I am completely obsessed with Jane’s palm print Dolce & Gabbana dress. Be still, my beating heart!

• A Beautiful Mess shares some valuable advice on networking and etiquette.

• This is so interesting! As a business owner, taking a deep dive into who your audience is can provide you with huge insights.

• 10 simple ways to use Feng-Shui to boost your creativity!

Cheers To 9 Years!

Nubby Twiglet | Cheers To 9 Years!

Nine years ago this month, I pushed my first blog post live in this space. NINE YEARS! How is that even possible?!

I remember that time well: I was 25 years old and had just started a graphic design program at my local community college a few semesters earlier. Blogging was still pretty new but I was hooked from the beginning — it was a way to instantaneously share ideas, stories and photos with a worldwide audience and I figured that I needed a place to share my design work (ahem, school projects) so why not?

I dove in headfirst, somehow managing to post almost daily between a full-time school schedule, work schedule and internship but it quickly paid off. Soon, readers were hiring me for design work. I had no idea that those early seedlings would allow me to grow my freelance business enough to launch Branch.

Most of the opportunities I now have can be traced directly back to blogging. Friendships, collaborations and business opportunities all came about through sharing in this space.

Since those early days, things have shifted dramatically. Blogging is no longer the only way to reach an audience — there are famous YouTubers, Instagram stars and social media personalities around every corner. Blogging doesn’t have the same juice it once did, just because it’s not the new, exciting kid on the block anymore.

I used to subscribe to hundreds of blogs and now, I read maybe 5. We have shorter attention spans. There are more ways to get information out there. I feel content overload all the time and I’m sure you do, too.

Over nearly a decade of blogging, a natural evolution happens, too. I’m no longer footloose and fancy-free. I own a home that is still being remodeled. I’m happily married to Joey. We have two wonderful pets, Rocky and Chubs. I have multiple businesses. And, I don’t know how it’s possible…but I’ll be 35 in less than a month!

With everything going on, I can’t blog as much as I used to. And truthfully, I also sometimes draw a blank on what to say. Because, after a few thousand posts, the ideas don’t flow as easily. Sometimes I’m so exhausted after a day of working on client projects, I feel like I have nothing left to give.

But, that’s not to say I don’t love it. The reason I still show up and share is because it’s a part of who I am. We all need hobbies and creative outlets to express ourselves and blogging is one of mine.

I love Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter but on their own, they’re not enough. Having a digital home of my own is good. Blogging still feels right.

Before this gets too long-winded, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for joining me, whether it’s your first time today or whether you’ve been here since the beginning. Thank you for taking the time to comment, share my posts and meet me for coffee over the years.

Even if I sometimes only have time to post once a week, having the chance to connect with you is always a highlight. After all, we’re in this creative journey together and more importantly, this thing called life.

Here’s to another year! -Shauna