HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH?
Snail Mail? PO Box 600093 San Diego, CA 92160
Questions? Most likely if you keep scrolling you'll find your answer to commonly asked questions, but if not or you have another comment, email me at elise.blahaATgmail.com. You can also reach out on twitter @eliseblaha (please do that!).
Where did you get that....
big ampersand? I bought that on clearance at World Market and painted it black.
black and white rug? one came from Crate & Barrel and the other from Home Goods.
those huge frames in your dining room? Ikea.
other stuff? check out this page. If you don't see it there it's likely that there is no longer an online source, I made it, bought it at Ikea or found it on Etsy or craigslist.
What kind of camera do you have?
In 2010, I bought a digital SLR and went with the Canon Rebel XSi. I recently purchased a Canon 35 mm f/2 lens and have yet to take it off my camera. I highly recommend. I take a ton of photos with my iPhone 5 and upload many of those to Instagram. My username there is elisejoy.
What kind of sewing machine to do you have?
A Singer Esteem II that was a bridal shower gift.
What kind of computer and photo editing software do you have?
I work on a MacBook Pro and use Photoshop Elements 9 for all graphics you see on this blog. I also use the A Beautiful Mess Elements Actions on many of my photos.
There is a big calendar on your wall in some of your old photos, where is that from?
I bought it at Crate & Barrel and the brand is Stendig. I use it to map out my blog posts for the month.
Will you link to my interesting blog post? Share a link to this cool thing I made? Add a sponsored link to a post? Do a link exchange?
Will you donate to my silent auction, blog auction, fundraiser, giveaway, great cause, etc.?
Due to a large amount of requests, I have decided to address this in the FAQs. While my initial plan was just to donate whenever asked, it's no longer realistic for me or my small business. So at the moment, I am not giving away product for donations or fundraisers unless there are special circumstances. Thank you so much for your interest. I will make an adjustment here when this policy changes.
How did you design your blog?
My blog is hosted through Typepad and has been since the beginning. I really love the platform and don't think I'll ever switch. If you are interested in learning some simple blog design and HTML coding to fancy up your blog, I recommend this eCourse that I co-taught with Promise Tangeman.
Can I link to your blog and use your photos?
Yes, you can link. Yes, you can use my photos but you must provide a link back to where you found them. Common sense. Credit where credit is due. Thank you!
Can I pin your stuff on Pinterest?
Can I advertise on your blog?
At the moment no, I am not accepting blog sponsors. The labeled "affiliate" images that you see on the sidebar are affiliate links, which means if you purchase something through them, I receive a small commission.
Will you do a giveaway of my product on your blog?
At the moment, no. I do not do giveaways of anything but my own shop goods.
Can I send you my product to possibly mention on your blog?
Maybe. Please email and we can see if it's a good fit. Right now, I am not accepting baby items or jewelry. :)
Can I write a guest post for your blog?
How do you get people to read your blog?
I have been keeping a blog since December 2005. At first, it was just for my friends and I managed to get my parents reading. At the time, I was active on a scrapbooking message board, and some people found the blog from there.
If you are working to grow your blog, I encourage you to take pride in your work and be willing to share. Focus on creating unique content and posting often. (Here is how I develop blog content.) Ultimately though – stay true to who you are. People like honesty.
SMALL BUSINESS RELATED
What is your job?
I am self-employed. A big part of my job is maintaining this blog and dreaming up original and inspiring content. I sell products through my recent (ad)venture, MAKE29. I teach & contribute to online workshops & e-courses. My next plan is to create a daily planner + goal setting workbook. It is set to launch summer 2015. I am so happy to have this flexible work schedule. I wrote a series of posts that share my small business story. You can start them here.
How to you "balance" motherhood and working?
I don't. But everyday I try anyway. We have out of the house day care two days a week and that helps tremendously. I am nutty efficient with my time. Check out this post and this post for more thoughts.
Where do you print your products?
I use overnightprints.com for my business cards and additional promotion.
You used to sell rubber stamps. Who made them for you?
I design them and have them made by Simon Stamp.
When is your next workshop?
I always blog about online workshops weeks in advance of when they will run. You can also keep an eye on this page of my website.
How do you stay motivated working from home?
I wrote a pretty in-depth post on this here. :)
Tell me more about Project Life.
There is lots of information here.
THE PERSONAL STUFF
Where do you live?
I live with my husband, Paul and our daughter, Ellerie in a 1961 single-story house in San Diego, California. You can read our home buying story here. We are so excited to living in one place for the next four years!
What San Diego restaurants do you recommend?
We love El Camino for Mexican. Pappalecco for gelato. Infux for a quick breakfast and coffee. Dark Horse for good coffee. Tractor Room, Craft & Commerce and D-bar for dinner. The Little Italy farmer's market on Saturday mornings is fun to check out (get crepes!). Yelp.com is awesome in our town and we get most of our restaurant ideas from the reviews there.
What is that paint color on your walls?
Benjamin Moore Athena
What is that by Ellerie's eye?
She has a hemangioma (often called a "strawberry mark"), a benign tumor caused by a tangle of blood vessels. It appeared when she was about 2 weeks and grew in size and darkened until about 2.5 months. Most hemangiomas disappear by age 10. She is 18 months now and it is already starting to fade. We have seen a dermatologist and ophthalmologist to confirm there is no cause for concern. :)
My friend just has a baby! What should I get her?
How old are you?
29. My birthday is in February.
Are you glad you did your own flowers for your wedding?
Are you happy with your Ikea kitchen?
When we bought our house the kitchen was installed and I didn't realize it was from Ikea until I saw the exact same one in a catalog. Kind of strange, but yes, I love it.
What inspires you?
Everything. But you can see it all at a glance if you follow me on Pinterest.
Don't you worry about sharing such personal stuff online?
I do not "worry" about it, but I do think about. It seems like I put a lot of stuff out there, and over the past nine years I have shared a lot. But in reality this blog is just a fraction of my life and I am very happy with the boundries that I have drawn for myself and my family.
Would you like me to send you unsolicited advice?
Thank you so much for reading.