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Happy Friday! I’m Lesley, the owner + designer of Swell Made Co. which I created out of a need to simplify, but enhance my life. A lifelong lover of good design and stationery, I wanted to share the simple things that bring me delight with swell people like you. Like plants, coffee and type (yes, type!). And a little touch of gold, of course ✨
You can often find me sipping coffee or wine, and humming 90s R&B.
In the spirit of follow Friday, tap the photo to meet the ladies that helped make this photo possible 😉
Since we're going into the weekend, we thought we'd share 4 ways that you can manage and overcome stress.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🔑 Stay Positive! If you remain hopeful and positive you'll have a better quality of life. Staying upset, confused, or negative will only limit your ability to find creative solutions. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🔑 Ask For Help! Let's face it, we all need support sometimes. And naturally, people want to help other people. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Seek someone who's been through whatever you're going through right now. They may know just the remedy!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🔑 Have Balance! That means having a nutritious meal, getting enough rest, exercising, and avoiding junk. When we're stressed out, our stress-hormone, cortisol, makes us want junk. Say no to caffeine and junk food. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🔑 Take a Time-Out! As a kid, time out wasn't so fun, but as an adult, sometimes it's just what we need. Give yourself an opportunity to unwind both physically and mentally. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Remember: All things come to resolution eventually. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Have a great weekend!
POP the confetti - ITS FRIDAY 👯
Anyone else stay up late last night to watch the World Cup only to be very regretful today #tired⠀
Especially when I don’t even understand nor really like soccer⠀
Chances are I will do it again when we play Peru - sucker for punishment!
A new #bossbabe here as of today!
I'm officially a business owner and can't put my excitement into words(and into a normal facial expression)!
It's a bit of a scary step but i'm sure great things are ahead of me! Looking forward to see what this next chapter brings!
Photo @laurakolsek, T-shirt @lamaisonanic @anjaanic
Not long now until the summer holsss☀️prepping for back to school already with lots of sparkly pencil cases💖🦄
When I do logos for clients who are starting out, I love asking questions about their businesses goals, who they are and what they want their brand to represent. 🖤 Chatting with @nikkipreston07, who is an Educational Psychologist, she wanted to ensure her logo had signs of GROWTH, FAMILY AND FREEDOM. It has to be revived by both a parent and a child. 👨👩👧 We came up with the idea of striking roots (that symbolize a family unit), a tree (that symbolizes the growth of child) and little swallows (showing the freedom and capability of a family). The roots of this logo is made up of the swallows tails, to show that family is where you start, and despite the growth and changes experienced along the way, family is what sees you through until you reach your potential, and can fly freely into the world. 🖤
The application of the logo + colours are added into a child + parent friendly flyer design for her marketing purposes. 🖤 loved this project! Thank you @nikkipreston07! .
#storytelling #smallbusinesslove #educationalpsychology #educationalplay #educationalpsychologist #southafricanbusiness #businessowner #startup #brandingtips #businesswoman #logo #logodesign #childfriendly #family #familydevelopment #smallbiz #smallbizlife #jaxpdesign #designlove #passion #smallbusiness #entrepeneurs #businessquote #entrepreneurquotes #supportsmallbusiness #local #businessquotes
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We're at the end of another week (almost). Have you achieved everything you wanted to do Or have you found other things to busy your time with to avoid some of those bigger, more difficult tasks
When you're working on your own it's sometimes hard to get going, to motivate yourself to get stuck into a big project. Even though deep down you know that once you get started it won't be as hard or take as long as you imagined it would.
A few weeks ago I sat with a new friend having a coffee and heard her plans for her business. She asked me about mine and I talked about what I was going to do, but to be honest I'd been 'planning' to do some of those things for quite a while and they just weren't happening.
Over the next three weeks I got my head down and got those projects done. I knew I would see that friend again, and I would be embarrassed to admit if I hadn't done them.
Since then I've heard the term 'Accountability Partner' and I think it's a great idea! Just saying your plans out loud, and especially to someone else can be incredibly motivating, and if you are there to keep each other accountable to your goals, just imagine where you can take your business to!
So who keeps you focused Do you need an Accountability Partner Let's help each other achieve great things :-)
I’ve seen such a lot of small-business love with @justacard ‘s five-day challenge, something I would have jumped right on board with had I not spent the week snuggling, medicating and stroking the head of a poorly toddler 🤒 But I’ve loved following along and have discovered some incredible artists, makers and small businesses 🙌🏻 - I’ve tagged just a handful of incredible makers (some I’ve just found this week and others I’ve been ogling at for a while!) that I know you will all love, check them out!
When you find people that lift and encourage others you discover that Business doesn’t have to be dog-eat-dog, no matter what the world tells you. Kindness wins, always.
Who can you support, lift up, Show some love to and shout about today
Happy Friday you lovely lovely lot 💛
#smallbizlife #sharethelove #communityovercompetition #kindnesswins #landofropeandglory #werisebyliftingothers #justacard
Happy Friday Everybody!⠀
Everything always seems a little bit easier on a Friday, right 🖤⠀
The office is a little more laid back with the promise of a fun weekend ahead, maybe singing along to the tunes that are playing! The emails and phone calls a little more chatty and a bit less straight to business. 🖤⠀
Before you know it, its time to pack up for the week.⠀
We're looking forward to escaping to the countryside after this week is out, lots of fresh air and hearty food! (Got to have a big plate of home cooked food in a country pub!)⠀
Whats getting you through this Friday We'd love to hear about it👇🏻⠀
Couldn’t have said it better myself and exactly what I needed to hear this week.
Go Friday!!! Heading for the coast this weekend for some sun and relaxation! ❤️ to all!
We love working with businesses who do cool things. Because doing cool things gives you cool stuff to talk and write about. The team at @jackbadgerltd are always doing cool things - makes our job easy! Head over to their feed to see some more pictures of an article about the work they’re doing with a local college to teach carpentry skills and inspire the next generation of craftspeople ⚡️🙌 💡 #weareunhooked
#Repost @jackbadgerltd with @get_repost
Delighted to read the fantastic article that @claireegamble of @weareunhooked has written for us in The Woodworker magazine July issue. I can’t say how chuffed I am with the way Claire has put my ramblings into a coherent and succinct piece of writing. It’s an important issue for us at @jackbadgerltd that education when it comes to woodwork is looked at a little more closely before we lose too much potential hand working skills to CNC machines and technology. Both of these things have their places don’t get me wrong. However I’m a strong believer that good handwork skills are a far better foundation to have than reliance on complex machinery. The article broaches an idea we have had which could add a great amount of support to teachers with too large a class size at no added cost to schools themselves ... what are you waiting for guys grab yourself a copy and have a little read. It’s well worth it ... but then I’m going to say that aren’t I 😉 delightful photography by Sir @adrianlambertphoto what a love.
We also feed hungry Pandas when they are busy making cakes. We can’t have a hungry Panda cause then none of you will get your @mylittlepandakitchen sweet treats!
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Happy National Yoga Day 🧘♀️ #dclafam
New season, new pics from @hannahmalloyphoto 🙌🏼 We had a shoot in January and I wore a thick wool coat and sweater the entire time soooo, time for a refresh!
As a freelancer/small business owner, it's important to show your FACE on social media (and, you know, in real life). 💡If you can get out from behind your logo, customers will:
+ Feel like they can actually get to know you
+ Relate to you
+ Be interested in what you have to sell.
It's about being more human, y'all!
✨My recommendations: if you're unable to work with a professional photographer at first, don't sweat it -- try taking a few selfies in good, natural light // Shoot some Instagram Stories with the front-facing camera // Get a family member or friend to take some quick shots with your phone!
📸 If you can eventually budget for a shoot or possibly work out a trade with a photographer, your social media presence will look and feel more cleaned up and professional.
Have you ever worked with a photographer
The brand story goes beyond a website and logo. It’s what people believe about you based on the signals your brand sends.
If you want to build a successful, sustainable business, you have to start with your story.
5 things that affect your brand:
1️⃣ Your purpose.
2️⃣ Your actions.
3️⃣ Price and Quality.
4️⃣ Customer experience
This list is not all inclusive. Contact me for more.
This man right here, gosh I'm so lucky to have him by my side. My instagram feed is mostly all about me. My business, my products, my designs. But what you guys don't get to see is that I can do this business because of him. Because he believes in me, because he's willing to sacrifice at times to let me follow my dreams, because he tackles all the icky financial business things so I can focus on creative things. He's the behind the scenes hero that I get to rely on. I'm so grateful for his understanding attitude and so so thankful to God for placing him in my life.❤️
photo by @marisavasquezphoto
One of the many things I love about #renegadebrooklyn prep is that I get to experiment a bit on the jewelry bench. Markets are a great time to try out our newest designs and see everyones immediate reaction. Well, I don’t know about you, but I am absolutely LOVING this new piece. The Halo Necklace is made with a chunky Herkimer diamond center, accented with recycled vinyl (from old record albums!) and 14k gold fill tube beads. Perching perfectly on your collar with a textured brass barley chain, this necklace is simple and modern with just a dash of boho. Find this pretty and much more @renegadecraft over the weekend! Check my story highlight for all the #shoplocal info. Can’t make it to the show This lovely piece is $48 - comment or DM to purchase ✨ #etymologyjewelry #shoplocal #shopsmall #renegadecraftfair
It’s #justacard week and I’m a little behind. Day 2 prompt was all about what “Just a Card” means to me and my business. For us, (just a card) just a bottle, lip balm, mug, gift set (any and all the above) means that our children do not have to miss out on all the fun things childhood and adolescence brings. From karate, basketball, football, and volleyball to school dances and camping trips. Because I don’t have to plan my life around a 9-5, I get more time for and with them. Plus our family sees more of each other. Supporting local businesses means more than buying close to home. Support your local small businesses!! #ncmade #mooresvillenc #wisebeardsandgrooming #wisebeards #supportlocalbusiness #supportlocalnc #smallbusinessnc #smallbusinesssupport #smallbizlife #smallbizlove
It’s all about the base...
Dermaviduals deco mineral foundation proving an absolute winner! When you invest so much into your skin care then it makes sense to invest in the best quality foundation. Colour matching can be added to your skin treatment session👏🏻
For the loved ones in your life who have just come home, or have just bought their own home. Our Planter Paddles can be personalised for any occasion. @thealphabetcollective
It's been an exhausting week. But it's selfie day and @77flowers cut my hair. So I thought I'd pop in front of the camera and say hi. If you missed this morning's email, I'm offering 1:1 sessions for the next two weeks to those that donate $95 or more to an organization of your choice. Link in my profile 👉 @theartistsjd for the full details!
Home is literally paradise sometimes. ☀️
OK so it seems my staff will take drastic measures to get out of running payroll today.
Christine may have broken her ankle - currently waiting at the local hospital.
In the meantime, our team always backs each other up so today Stacey, Kirsten or Karen will sort all our lovely clients out.
Never a dull moment!!
Finally a little sunshine! We've got Archie the peacock and the neighbour's cat sitting on our deck eating sultanas together. We've been patiently waiting for 9am so we can start up the power tools and get back into it. We've got cold fingers but warm hearts. Oh and big smiles on our faces. Huge. Because of you guys, you who make this possible for us. We're young, yes. But we're passionate and full of dreams. It would be such a shame not to chase them. So thank you, a million times over. You're making our dreams come true. ✨
Beautiful pic @mrs.kapel ✨