Homemade natural translucent powder


Hey friends! I am beyond excited to share my latest DIY find with you, homemade all-natural translucent powder! I heard about this from a friend and thought it was worth a whirl...and it's amazing. Can you tell I am RAVING about it!?!?!  I have super oily skin and this stuff blots the oil right out, stays put all day AND looks and feels totally natural. Perfect right? PLUS!! It's SO cheap! I got all these ingredients at Whole Foods for less than $10 and it's gonna last a lloooonnnnggg time!! You will need organic cornstarch and French green clay. You can also tint a little with organic cocoa ( I like it) Cornstarch is sometimes used in … [Read more...]

31 Days: Be inspired to stay branded


Be inspired to stay branded! I love my GOC branding, then I see someone else's site ...oh, I love their logo...oh, maybe I should switch to pink...oh they did this better than me...oh, oh. And then I waste *way* too much time, re-thinking and over-thinking every visual decision I've made. Is this ever you!?!?!?! So some small encouragement today to finish our series. Create an inspiration board. Here's mine... Include words that describe your brand, along with images, colors and patterns that reinforce who you are.  You can do it on the computer or cut pictures out of magazines, anything that suits you.  This should make you happy … [Read more...]

31 Days: Adding products or services to your business


Adding products or services to your business Being the creative entrepreneur that you are, new ideas are bound to lead to business expansion.  Over time you may learn new skills or develop new ideas that should be incorporated into your business or blog! But be careful, you've worked too hard educating people on who you are to let it all go now! In college I worked for a wonderful consignment shop that also sold new wedding dresses and was a full-service bridal salon. Confusing right? How to you market to both people? How do you teach people that the clothes are used but the dresses are new.  Just a few of my uneducated, but often … [Read more...]

31 Days: Your 10 second introduction


Your 10 Second Introduction Hey! I'm Christine, I own a graphic and web design shop called Great Oak Circle, specializing in design elements for handmade shops, small businesses, and bloggers. What do you do? umm....I....well....one time I found this door by the roadside and painted it and now....well I paint junk I find...but I also carry this line of chalk paint....but it's online....I mean, but my candlesticks are online also, I just started making those 1..no 2 years ago...let me pull up a picture...wait... are you on facebook? interesting huh? hmmm....what's your 10 second introduction? We've spent so much time this month working … [Read more...]

31 Days: Hiring a Designer


Hiring a designer First off, this is not a plug for you to hire me.  It IS a plug for you to consider hiring a designer to get your 31 days of madness in a tight, well-branded box...  I just felt it was necessary after hurling graphics and print items and websites your way. Things to consider: 1. Be sure you like their style.  Being a designer is being an artist, and like all artists, they each have a point of view.  Look through their portfolio to determine how your style fits with theirs. 2. Consider price, but also consider what's being offered. Designers range greatly in price, but don't be quick to choose the cheapest...or most … [Read more...]

31 Days: Designed items with your logo


Branding your biz or blog with designed logo items HEY! Sorry to take a few days off, I was out of town for a beautiful family wedding. I'm going to try to catch up before the end of October...no promises:)  So let's talk today about branded items for your blog or biz.  We've talked about all the print materials you could possibly need to promote and advertise your business, but you can also sell print items to promote yourself. Things like t-shirts, tote bags, etc can all have a custom design!  I've done a few tshirts recently that I'll show as an example. These items could include a Bible verse, favorite quote, fun saying or tagline. … [Read more...]

31 Days: Banners and craft shows


Branding with banners and craft shows I know this totally leaves some of you out, but I think this topic is important enough that it deserves some space here... Craft shows/festivals with booths are really difficult.  Sometimes your time + money + energy = very few sales.  You need to do some homework to determine which show has a good turnout of YOUR customer. Let's just assume you've done that, and now you are rip roaring to go on your booth. This is totally just my advice, you are welcome to dump it in the trash, but it comes from my experience of being in shows, designing for clients, and actually going to shows...Branding is really … [Read more...]

31 Days: Creating a business card


Branding your biz or blog with a business card Hey, welcome back friends! I trust yesterday's post helped narrow down your print must-haves, and I hope it includes a business card.  We've grown up around business cards, haven't we? Every store, service and sales person has one, which can leave most of us with stacks and stacks of them stuffed in cup holders and wallet pockets.  So isn't it pretty important that you have a business card AND that it stands out?! Let's talk design Some things to consider: What kind of business or blog do you have? Do you need the professional standard rectangle or can you do something totally … [Read more...]

31 Days: Print materials to promote your biz or blog


Print materials to promote your biz or blog Today's pretty easy actually, we are going to brainstorm and make a list of all the print materials you need.  I create more and more print for bloggers who don't sell product, it's just handy, so if that's you, don't tune me out today:) Ok, so put pen to paper and start listing any materials that would help get work done, get the word out or increase your product presentation. Now I know it can be expensive to get these items designed, printed and stocked in your shop.  I think it's better to do a few things well than several things half-baked, so let's think about what you can combine on your … [Read more...]

31 Days: Branding with Instagram


Branding your biz or blog with Instagram Confession: I really really really love Instagram.  This one is a little different than the previous social media sites in that it's pretty much only for mobile devices.  You can login to your account online, but posting and browsing photos happens from your iphone, etc. General tips: 1. You can run a photo stream on your blog. In wordpress I use a widget appropriately called, Instagram Widget.  If you use Blogger, this tutorial explains a sidebar install. She does a great job, so I'll send you  over...but y'all come back now...ya hear? 2. You can join fun monthly picture parties or hashtag … [Read more...]