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Tuesday With Vous: Marlo Munch

I’m very excited because one of my favourite people in the whole world is sharing her day with us! I’ve only met Marlo a handful of times (the first time was in London last year) but I knew immediately after meeting her that she is one of those special people that I’ll want in my life forever and ever. She’s a woman of many (so many!) talents and her enthusiasm for life is completely inspiring.  Every time I put on my Gold Thread Collective scarf, I’m reminded of her, which is wonderful because I love having her in my thoughts.

Marlo also has a stunningly gorgeous instagram feed full of pretty pictures.  I highly recommend you follow for daily inspiration– @marlomunch.

Anyway, I’ve gushed too long.  Take it away, lady…

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Name: Marlo Munch
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Occupation: Florist at Spruce Flowers and Home, co-owner of Facet and Forge (an event styling and fabrication business), co-owner and knitter of The Gold Thread Collective, and I also hand-paint cribbage boards (see the 8:30 photo, bottom right corner).
Camera Used: Canon Rebel XS

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Looking down from my bed, as my plantland grows and grows (not pictured: all the other plants that take up half of my room).

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This new thrift-find acted as a jacket today. 40 degrees in February in Minnesota… miracles.

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The flower shop is glowing in this ‘spring’ light today… Mornings in the flower shop are for processing new flowers and watering plants.

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Budding branches and fresh flower buckets ready for arrangements!

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Cleaning out the cooler is a daily task. Can’t have dead buds in the cooler… but finding these beauties made my day.

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Prepping arrangements for tomorrow’s orders! I love these butterfly shears. I always manage to slice my thumb when I use a box cutter. No thanks.

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Bam! I love working with such beautiful objects. I’ve decided helleborus is my favorite flower.

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Ice cream break, because it’s spring!!! Mine and Kate’s mutual friend, Angie, came by the shop to buy some monstera leaves and we walked across the street for a little treat… You might remember her from her TWV post!

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Plants and dirt and dirty hands. I love building terrariums.

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Guess I was supposed to only work until 2, but I left at 4:30 and buzzed over to the photo shop to pick up two rolls of film I had developed in October. I waited to look at them until I was at one of my favorite coffee shops, and much to my surprise they were rolls from my ex-boyfriend’s camera. Oops.

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Tuesday nights I spend with Angie working on our event styling and fabrication business. It’s called Facet & Forge. We suck at internet things, so our website isn’t up and running yet. That reminds me… Anyways, their house is perfectly cozy and filled with millions of treasures.

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Invitation designing! Hey, Angie.

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We needed some inspiration for those invitations.

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Home, sweet. Chatted with roommates and neighbors while editing some photos!

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I knit for The Gold Thread Collective. We sell at a local Minneapolis boutique (I Like You, in NE) and online. Check it out! We’ll ship anywhere, just drop us a line!

Tuesday With Moi

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

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The previous night was the Launch of Artists Unveiled. We had a terrific party at La Fiamma (culinary artists extraordinaire!) featuring the work of Chris Burke, Ed Liddle, Caro Spinette, Liam Rogers and Chooc Ly Tan.  This scroll featured charcoal and chalk portraits of partygoers by Chris Burke. You’ll see some in a moment… 10

When David bought an iPad a couple years ago I wasn’t super into it.  But then I downlaoded the Paper by 53 app and bought an Adonit Jot Pro stylus and now I love it. Our case is by Gräf & Lantz and I love that, too! 11

Sharpies taste the rainbow…. 12

At our launch party, Chris Burke sketched portraits of some of the attendees. This is his portrait of Liam. His head isn’t really that big IRL. Promise.
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However, this is exactly what Ed Liddle is going to look like when he’s a silver fox.  FOXY!14

The days lately have been grey. Autumn is here. It’s my favourite time of year! 15

At our launch, we had props with a camera set up for people to use to take their picture with.  Ed made this awesome paper crane.  I keep it on my desk now.  16

See you in Minnesota, November! (p.s. How talented are my friends who made their invites themselves?  They’re so creative! Check them out– Facet & Forge!) 17

Oh, yeah. So running is something that I do now.  I don’t hate it, but I’m not to the point of loving it yet, either.  I’ll probably write a post on running (jogging/walking/struggling) sometime soon because I know I would’ve found it useful as a beginner.  So look forward to that!  Or don’t. Whatever.  18

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Liam and I stopped at Art Pull together last night.  This was my favourite piece.  It’s by Diana Poliak and is called the ‘Stalking Stork’.  I love how primitive it feels.  So textured and strong.  I love the vibe.  IT MOVES ME. 20

Back at home, I unrolled the scroll that was on one of the tables at the launch asking artists to ‘leave their mark’.  Here’s the mark of Will Charlesworth of Inquisitive Cows and Widow Burpy21

Speaking of Widow Burpy, this photo was taken as we were on our way to her house! As is tradition, we watched Breaking Bad with her and her husband, Justin (aka my Tech Shaman). 22

On this particular night, we were watching the series finale.  It did not disappoint.  In fact, it was the most perfect ending I ever could have imagined. SPOILER ALERT: Don’t do drugs. 
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Then we walked home.  This is the Eye Of Sauron which watches us always and forever as we sleep. And as we wake, too. The Eye Of Sauron is building condos.  Of course.  

And that, my friends, is Tuesday With Moi. Glamorous? Perhaps not. Fun? Absolutely!  If you want to share your Tuesday (which is great if you’re a freelancer! small business owner! person with a creative eye!), please get in touch. Find all the details here right here! and then email me and we’ll become BFF.  xox

Ed Liddle Studio Visit {behind the scenes}

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Ed+Liddle+8Last week, Liam and I visited the studio of local artist Ed Liddle and spent three delightful hours treasure hunting through his space.  What I admire about Ed is that he allows himself to be imperfect, to experiment, and to create with a raw energy that really comes through in his work .  His pieces are tactile, honest, confrontational, and his space is packed full of inspiration.

For more, check out our Liam’s fantastic Artists Unveiled posts (part one & two) about Ed’s work  and be sure to follow Ed on Twitter, too.  Ed’s a mighty fine guy and we’re looking forward to seeing a lot more of him in the future.

Inspired By: These Are Things

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Are you familiar with Jen Adrion and Omar Noory, the Brooklyn-based dynamic duo behind These Are Things and creators of some of the sweetest illustrations on the internet?  In addition to being the creators of the Haters Gonna Hate gif, they also design modern, eye-catching maps, easily digestible infographics (perfect for people like me who go into a coma at the sight of a line graph) and an assortment of posters that I’d gladly hang on my walls.  All my walls, cover them!

They first came on my radar whilst reading Volume Two of Cereal and, after visiting their website, I was sucked into the blackhole that is their blog for longer than I care to admit.  These two, they’re so creativeAnd they have their shit so figured out.  They’re honest, they do honest-to-God good work, and they’re refreshingly open about their growth, their challenges, and how they manage to make time for their own projects while still producing awesome work for others.

So, in case you haven’t figured it out by now, they’re totally inspiring me– inspiring me to do more and be more, both for myself and for others.  And yes, I totally have a career crush on them.  I mean, how cute is their website?  The cutest!  Le sigh…

photos via These Are Things

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Cereal+Magazine+Still+LifeDavid picked up Vol. 2 of Cereal for me yesterday whilst in London.  I’m looking forward to spending the weekend nestled between the pages, reading about our staple tabletop seasonings (salt & pepper), Welsh getaways, and fiery Korean condiments.

Also this weekend, I’m planning on finally making some DIY business cards (my linocutting skills are about to be truly tested), creating more sharable content for The Etiquette Shop, and taking a long walk to TN2 to buy some cheese.  I have some homemade, chilli-infused honey sitting in my cupboard and I think it’s about time I crafted a cheese plate to pair it with.

Before I disappear for the weekend, I just wanted to share a few things that have inspired me throughout the week.

  1. “Connection is why we’re here.” Brené Brown‘s TED talk, The Power of Vulnerability, reinforces everything I believe about sharing content and running a small business in the digital age.
  2. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”  15 Social Media Tips from Dr. Seuss– so creative and so spot-on.  
  3.  ”About herself, she said, ‘I’m very kindhearted, naive at times. I’m lost and scared.’”  I’ve carried Chris Arnade‘s stories of addiction, brokenness,  honesty, and hope with me for over a week now.  His lens and words give us a window into a world that is all too easy to ignore and by telling the stories of the Hunt’s Point addicts and sex workers that he’s come to know, to care for, he’s giving them a voice and empowering them.  Empowering them to be recognised for what they are, human beings with insecurities, ambitions, families and sorrow, and empowering them to hopefully get clean, get well, too.  By ignoring stories like theirs, we simply perpetuate the problem.  Let’s not do that.  Let’s encourage people who are struggling, who have ugly problems and need help, to do better, be better, and let’s make this world a more beautiful place.

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Make Yourself Relevant

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“There is a reason, after all, that Gen. Y–which is only becoming more important as we get older and begin pushing and stimulating our economy–has been dubbed the entrepreneurial generation. Many of us couldn’t land the jobs we wanted, so we just made our own. Sure, the training isn’t traditional but my generation is brilliant; we are over-educated and often over-qualified for the jobs that we do take. Tradition and innovation have little to do with one another and in the battle of success and relevance between the former and latter, the latter has proven itself quite victorious.”

I was catching up on some très important blog reading last night when I came across the above quote in this post by Leandra Medine, the genius behind the Man Repeller.  The sentiment of her post had me nodding my head and saying yes, emphatically, yes!  We are an entrepreneurial generation, we have been blessed with the ability to pull ourselves up by our fetching bootstraps, and we’ve had to make a name for ourselves because no one was there to do it for us; but it’s not just Gen. Y that has felt the need to innovate and make themselves relevant, it’s every entrepreneur.  Whether you’re opening a cafe, starting a fashion line or branching out as a freelancer for the first time, one thing is true- if you build it, they will not come.  Not necessarily, anyway, not unless you entice them.  You can do this by making yourself relevant.

So, how do you do that?  Easy!  Here are 3 Simple Ideas for Making Yourself Relevant by creating something, sharing it with your people (whomever they may be), and growing your tribe.  Let the drum-banging begin!

  1. Respond to something already relevant.  If you’ve recently read an article that made you fist-pump the air and yell, “Yes!”, or, conversely, made your hands start to shake as you muttered, “No, no, no, NO!”, then take a page from Leandra’s book blog and passionately respond to that piece.  Your response could be a blog post, a video, a song– anything that allows you to share your point of view in a shareable and articulate way.  It doesn’t have to be long, but be sure you make a claim and succinctly support it.  Share your piece via social media and encourage others to join the conversation, too.  Sure, some people will disagree with you, but the ones who don’t, the ones who share your feelings, they’re going to become allies, clients, supporters.
  2. Join or start a movement.  Perhaps you’re passionate about clothing designers paying their employees a liveable wage, perhaps it’s recycling to-go coffee cups, or saving the seals– whatever it is, join-up and start sharing your experience.  Not only will you have just joined a ready-made tribe, you’ll also be attracting others who think like you, too.  (Nudie Jeans has done an excellent job of building a tribe of like-minded customers around their economic and environmental initiatives; you can read my post about it here.)
  3. Host an event.  A tea party, picnic, gallery tour or themed walk– anything that will get a group of awesome people together for something out of the ordinary.  Invite everyone: friends, local business partners, mentors, and clients, then share snippets of the day online (via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Vine).  Encourage others to do the same and BAM, you’ve allowed your tribe to multiply, your message to spread, and your existing clients to see you in a new light.  Fun!

Of course, there are a bijillion other ways to make yourself relevant, to spark a dialogue and better connect with, and grow, your tribe, but I hope these three suggestions helped to plant some seeds.  I firmly believe there’s more than enough business for everyone out there, it’s just that we need to think creatively to find it, sometimes.