Latest & Greatest: Mid-century Modern Clocks

Nubby Twiglet | Mid-century Modern Clocks

There’s something about clocks in general that have a sense of nostalgia. Sure, I have my iPhone sitting on my desk that can tell time perfectly accurately but I’ve been wanting a wall clock for my office. Maybe it reminds me of being in school in the 90s before kids had cell phones and we’d all watch the clock, waiting for class to get out for the day.

I have a soft spot for mid-century modern style clocks because they feel more like mini pieces of art than the standard-issue clocks I grew up with.

The most recognizable designs were produced by George Nelson, who ran a design studio in New York City for the Howard Miller Clock Company. While most of these reissues are sadly out of my budget, I stumbled upon the Watch Me Wall Clock. The 8 colored panels remind me of paint chips and I love the simple design. Mine just arrived this week and is now hanging across from my desk — I love it!

Nubby Twiglet | Mid-century Modern Clocks

Aren’t these clocks super cool?! 1. sunburst, 2. eye, 3. black asterisk, 4. sunflower, 5. watch me asterisk, 6. ball, 7. watch me asterisk, 8. petal clock and 9. wheel.

What about you? Do you have an old school clock hanging in your space or are you all about the digital?

The Week + Links: 4.8.16

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

THE WEEK

Happy Friday! It’s good to be back from Palm Springs (I missed Chubs dearly) but also a little bittersweet. The beautiful weather in Portland is making the post-vacation sting slightly less intense but I’m still having a hard time clicking back into full-on work mode.

After narrowing down our condo search in Palm Springs last week to 2 places, neither ended up working out but we’re undeterred. I’ve bought a house before (and boy, is the Portland housing market intensely competitive!) and it’s never as easy as it seems. I know that everything happens for a reason and the right place will pop up.

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A day after following up with our realtor about our first choice, we found out that it had thousands in back HOA dues that weren’t originally disclosed. While we were disappointed, the next day another, much bigger condo with a large backyard (complete with a lemon tree!) popped up in the same exact complex. After crunching numbers, it’s slightly out of reach now but I think it (or something comparable) will be worth the few month wait. Instant gratification is great but I’m more of a long-term planner, thinking about what we’ll be most comfortable living in.

Our realtor is still on the hunt and we’re hoping to find a new place to call home before the weather gets cold again here in Portland. In the meantime, I’m staying focused, setting goals, outlining new product offerings and finding a way to make it all happen.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

I’ve been through enough ups and downs in life to know that the not-so-great news usually has a silver lining. Every time something in my life didn’t work out, whether it was a job, relationship or a place to live, something better was waiting just around the corner.

Once you know what you want, it’s easier to get clear on how to get it.

Have a great weekend…and know that if things aren’t going your way right now, there’s a silver lining — just hold on and it will reveal itself soon enough.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

THE LINKS

• Being Boss is talking about time management. It really comes down to setting priorities and making the time to do the things we want to do.

• Automation doesn’t have to be a dirty word. Paul Jarvis explains how it can be hugely beneficial to your business.

• A bunch of Phil Collins’ albums were just remastered and he recreated the covers to match the present day!

• Waiting in line isn’t all that bad because who knows, you might just find true love.

• Are you a freelancer that hasn’t gotten paid for a project? Add it to the world’s longest invoice.

• I love this collection of photos of goth icons then and now!

• This is so cool! Palette Feed shares art and design content with interesting color palettes.

• I’m a big fan of Slack but it’s good to understand the downsides as well.

• Gala’s post about Tulum makes me want to visit. So beautiful!

• How Did She Get There features inspiring interviews with successful women.

• Is your life constantly full of drama?

• It’s fascinating to see how places change over time and Camilo Jose Vergara’s photo essays are a great look into that.

The Biggest Blogcademy Birthday Sale EVER! 24 Hours Only!

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Today, my BFF Kat turns 32 and to celebrate, we’re offering the sweet deal of Blogcademy Online for just $200.00 for the next 24 hours! That’s nearly 60% off the usual price! This is the biggest discount deal we’ve EVER DONE on this course so if you’re interested in stepping up your blogging game, listen up!

For those of you who are new around here, The Blogcademy is a blogging and business workshop that I co-founded with Kat Williams and Gala Darling in 2012.

After teaching in-person classes for three years solid, in 2015 we decided to create an online version. The idea was that if anyone couldn’t travel to an in-person class, or just preferred to learn at their own pace, at home, then we could still help them. While we don’t have any plans for any more in-person classes at the moment, the online class is still going strong and we’d love for you to take part. You can read all about that topics that we cover on our website.

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The course usually costs $497 but if you buy TODAY ONLY with the discount code woohoothirtytwo then you’ll get it at less than half price!

With your purchase, you will receive:

• Over six hours of video lessons, broken down into bite-sized modules that are packed with actionable information that you can watch whenever and wherever you’d like!

• A 300 page transcript of the entire class. (Think of this as an enormous how-to-blog bible!)

• 24 pages of action-packed worksheets and activities, to help you implement everything you’ve learned.

• A huge list of resources which includes every single book, tool, website and professional we personally recommend. This is priceless! Every online resource we mention in class is hyperlinked in the back of the workbook — just click and go!

• Life-time access, baby! The course is yours to keep. You can login, watch, and re-watch the lessons as many times as you like!

• An absolutely insane amount of know-how and encouragement. With over 30 years of collective blogging experience, we really have done it all. As a blogcadette, you get the opportunity to learn from our mistakes… And our successes, too!

• Access to our private Facebook community. There are nearly 600 Blogcadettes in the group, and it’s growing every single day. The forum is full of helpful, supportive bloggers and entrepreneurs. It’s the ideal place to ask for advice and to be among people who ‘get it’!

We want you to get the very best out of your Blogcademy experience, so as a bonus, we’ve also added:

• A pre-course worksheet for you to fill in before you start the lessons. You’ll receive this immediately, and it will help you assess where your blog and business are now. Clocking in at 14 pages, this will allow you to get a firm fix on where you are, and where you can improve.

• An exclusive 22 page Blogging Business Plan! You can use this as a roadmap to chart exactly where you want to go, and how to get there!

• A pack of inspirational wallpapers: perfect for printing out and hanging by your desk, or for using as your computer or phone background.

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To get the discount, simply use the code woohoothirtytwo at the checkout.

Note that the discount code is valid until 8am GMT on April 8th and will make the course $200 instead of the usual $497. The code does not work if you opt to pay via installments. The discount is not retroactive against past purchases. If you have any questions before you book, feel free to send us a tweet!

What I Wore: A Tattooed Dress In The Desert

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree is about a 40 minute drive from Palm Springs and is named named after the Joshua trees (yucca brevifolia) that cover the park. It’s a popular destination for camping, hiking and climbing but I’m happy to keep it simple and drive on through, stopping along the way to admire the otherworldly landscape.

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

Ever since I visited Joshua Tree last year for the first time, it has been on my mind constantly.

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

I probably couldn’t stop thinking about it for two reasons: 1. It seems to be popping up in every fashion brand’s lookbooks and plenty of magazine spreads right now so it’s hard to avoid. 2. It was like no other place I’ve ever seen. I totally get the allure and why so many creatives feel inspired to create after visiting.

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

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Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

I stopped by a few days ago, wearing my favorite new dress embroidered with tattoo-inspired patterns paired with these gray platform boots that feel like the right balance between goth and Stormtrooper.

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I wore: Nasty Gal tattoo dress, Anita K rose gold collar, The Horse rose gold watch and Vic Matie platform boots.

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P.S. I just posted this little video to show you what Joshua Tree is like and you can learn more about the history and all the great things you can do when you visit here. Enjoy!

Creative Chronicles: The Battle for Quality Over Quantity

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Today I want to talk about something we face constantly as designers in a fast-paced world: making the choice between quality and quantity.

Every single week, I get inquiries from potential new clients who need something done right away. More like yesterday. And trust me, I get the urgency. The online world is evolving fast and small businesses are doing everything they can to stay ahead of the curve. Updated branding, marketing materials and websites help project the right image. The sooner they can implement updates, the sooner they can potentially book up and sell more.

Even though I get it (I run small businesses myself), I won’t bend my processes or timelines to make it happen. In this world, being the cheapest and / or fastest is a race to the bottom because there’s always someone who can slice margins even thinner. It’s best not to compete on those principles. A few sloppy jobs to appease clients or make a quick buck will do nothing for your image and hurt your bottom line in the long run.

What you do have is the quality of work you put into the world, your ethics, your process, your unbeatable customer service and your personal story. Use these things to convey your worth instead.

Hold Your Ground

Breaking processes and bending ethics to make a quick buck is never a good idea. Things will go bad. Every time I have made an exception, I’ve learned the lesson again. It’s painful when you end up with a disappointed client and it’s your fault because you caved.

A few weeks ago, I was on a call with a client I really wanted to work with and after explaining my branding process, they mentioned they’d already done most of the steps before with another designer. Couldn’t we just skip ahead and use that content, they wondered?

While I explained that it would be helpful to see what they had, we still needed to go through my process in order to get the best results. We’re now a few steps into my process and making some major tweaks to the outcome of their new branding based on things I learned from their questionnaire and pins that weren’t immediately obvious during our original call. If I’d skipped the steps, we would be at a much different outcome (and not necessarily a happy one).

Red Flags

If you’ve explained your process and why it works but a potential customer is adamant that you change it for them, it’s usually a red flag that they’re not an ideal fit. And that’s totally okay — keep a list of referrals on hand for these situations so they can find a better suited partner.

Always remember that you’re a professional. You’ve done this before. There’s a reason for why you do what you do. You have the proven results to back it up. For a project to run smoothly, there has to be a level of mutual respect and a process in place.

I know how tempting it can be to stack on more work, bend your ethics and skip steps in processes to make more money but is it worth it? Does it make you feel good? That’s the only answer you need.

Quality over quantity, always.

P.S. If you need some help with your client process, I created Project Prescription with Paul Jarvis to make it easier.


Check out even more Creative Chronicles posts here.

The Week + Links: 4.2.16

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

THE WEEK

Hello from Palm Springs! It’s been a whirlwind of a trip since we arrived Wednesday. We made a visit to Joshua Tree, spent a few days at The Avalon, squeezed in plenty of cruising around town to try new restaurants and bars, toured a bunch of condos and drove past some of our favorite midcentury modern marvels including the most famous of the Swiss Miss houses. *insert heart eyes emoji here*

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Being here after six months away has me reimagining what day-to-day life will be like when we finally put down roots since it will probably be an even split between here and Portland. The contrast feels like a nice balance.

We spent yesterday touring places and may have found “the one” which sounds quick but behind the scenes, Joey has put in months of nonstop research. We’ve been mulling it over and it has nearly everything we want (close to downtown, private patio, lower level, ample storage space, plenty of pools on the property). Miraculously, our top pick came in under budget which makes me very happy. I always get nervous with big changes but we’re leaning towards YES. And if that doesn’t work out, I’m staying positive since we’ll be back down here next month, continuing the hunt. I’ll let you know what happens!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

I hope you had a good week and are enjoying the longer days. Since the beginning of the year, I’d been cooped up in my office so feels good to get out on long walks in warmer weather, excitedly exploring and snapping photos. It’s such a nice change of pace and a good reminder that life needs to be lived. We all deserve a break here and there — not everything we do has to be defined by work and accomplishments.

And with that, I’m off to do some more exploring. See you back here next week!

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THE LINKS

• How Palm Springs became hipster central. Haha!

• Virgin just pulled off a hilarious prank with their April Fool’s logo redesign.

• I love this guy’s account of what it’s like to work in a startup.

• The recent Instagram change is the symptom of a much bigger problem with the free internet.

• This is a great reminder that you have to start somewhere, even if you’re the Beatles.

• My friend Sian just released a rad bundle of products aimed at rookie creative entrepreneurs at a value price. If you need some inspiration to push your new business forward, this may be the perfect fit.

• It’s crazy to think about how many Instagram photos are being posted each day.

• Totally up my alley: things organized neatly.

• The New York Times shares classic dishes you should master. I love that it includes simple crowd pleasers like chocolate chip cookies, tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.

• Apple just turned 40.

• A great reminder that staying in a relationship that makes you unhappy doesn’t make you a good person.

• Traveling with a group of friends can have a huge benefit.

• The Wall Street Journal asked a photographer to re-shoot the same scenes in New York 80 years later and seeing the contrast is pretty amazing.

Latest & Greatest: Rose Gold

Nubby Twiglet | Rose Gold

I used to cringe at gold anything, especially during my teenage goth years. I associated it with being glitzy, gaudy and old fashioned. Silver was cool, calm and collected.

That all changed little by little a few years ago. I bought a pair of black Zara motorcycle boots with gold zippers, then a purse with gold hardware and softened my stance, realizing black and gold had a nice contrast.

Over the last year, the rose gold trend has been picking up major steam and I can’t get enough. For Christmas, Joey surprised me with my dream watch from The Horse and I just picked up the Anita K choker to match. These are my go-to daily jewelry pieces and now I’m seeing rose gold popping up in housewares, footwear, nail polish and more.

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These are a few of my favorite rose gold things: 1. Acne boots, 2. Adidas shirt, 3. Paperchase paperclips, 4. Le Cord cable, 5. Via side table, 6. Anita K choker, 7. Essie polish, 8. Adidas Superstars and 9. The Horse watch.

What’s your take on the rose gold trend? Love it or hate it?


Top photo: Superfront.