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Leah Goren Reveals How to Keep a Sketchbook in Her Skillshare Class (Sponsored)

keeping a sketchbook by leah goren for skillshare

It’s no secret that learn­ing new things helps keep your brain sharp. In art, it’s espe­cial­ly valu­able to take time and gain a new skill. Doing so, at the very least, can improve the way you work. But more impor­tant­ly, it can change the way you think about your art. Luck­i­ly, you can learn new things from the com­fort of your own home. That’s where Skill­share comes in. They’ve got 15,000 online class­es avail­able for you to take from peo­ple at the top of their field. I recent­ly enrolled in a class that I was eager to try: Illus­tra­tion & Inspi­ra­tion: Keep­ing a Sketch­book by Leah Goren. You too can try this class with 2 free months of Skill­share Pre­mi­um.

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A Monthly Subscription Box for Note Takers and Thank-You Card Writers

Papergang from OhhDeer

Do you sub­scribe to any month­ly sub­scrip­tion box­es? I often hes­i­tate sign­ing up for them—I’m afraid of accu­mu­lat­ing too much stuff I won’t ever use. But one pro­duct I can’t get enough of is sta­tion­ary! I’m a firm believ­er in writ­ing things down and hand-writ­ten thank you notes. So, even if I don’t scrib­ble in a note­book right away, I know I’ll even­tu­al­ly use it.

Paper­gang is a month­ly sub­scrip­tion box from Ohh Deer, an online pur­vey­or of awe­some illus­trat­ed prod­ucts. They sent me one of their box­es recent­ly and I got to see what it’s all about. Basi­cal­ly, it’s every­thing I use over the course of a given mon­th: an On Point pen­cil (I nev­er write notes in pen); three pock­et-sized note­books, a clip­board, two blank greet­ing cards, an illus­tra­tive print, and post­card fea­tur­ing the cur­rent mon­th.

I’ve already put one of the note­books and pen­cil to good use, and if you’re a sta­tion­ary lover, I’m sure you’ll find a way to incor­po­rate the­se types of objects into your every­day rou­tine. Bet­ter yet, you get some­thing new each mon­th that includes paper prod­ucts. When you sub­scribe, you’ll nev­er get a repeat box and almost all the pro­duct will be exclu­sive to Paper­gang before it goes on sale in the Ohh Deer shop. Go here to claim your box for this mon­th!

Papergang by Ohh Deer

Papergang Ohh Deer

Papergang from OhhDeer

Papergang from Ohh Deer


Papergang from Ohh Deer

This box trans­forms into a ram once you’re done!
Papergang by Ohh Deer


Minted Helps Fill Your Home with Beautiful Art

All this week, I’ve been vaca­tion­ing in St. George, Utah, and tak­ing in the nat­u­ral beau­ty of the west. I love the out­doors! So, when Mint­ed con­tact­ed me about their art mar­ket­place, I imme­di­ate­ly began perus­ing the “flo­ra and fau­na” style. It can seem daunt­ing to sift through tons of great art­work. But, it was easy with their fil­ters tool. You can look at pieces accord­ing to style, col­or, type, and more. Here are some of my favorite pieces!

In addi­tion to art­work, Mint­ed sells par­ty decor (think bunting, table run­ners, etc) and sta­tion­ary of all kinds. They even have a new col­lec­tion of wed­ding invi­ta­tions, and some of them include gold foil. This one by alethea and ruth is espe­cial­ly pret­ty.

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Friday Round Up: Mother’s Day with UncommonGoods


Mother’s Day is Sun­day, May 11th this year. If you’re prone to for­get­ting, then why not buy your gift ahead of time? This week, I’m hap­py to be work­ing with Uncom­mon­Goods on a selec­tion of prod­ucts per­fect for yo mom­ma. They offer a bevy of items like jew­el­ry, art­work, gar­den­ing tools, and bak­ing sup­plies, that appeal to a wide range of tastes.

As I went through their col­lec­tion, I couldn’t help but pick out things I’d want to buy my own mom (and prob­a­bly will — so mom, try and act sur­prised!). She enjoys mak­ing sweets, like dec­o­rat­ing sug­ar cook­ies for all the major hol­i­days. Gar­den­ing and plants are also anoth­er of her inter­ests, so a ter­rar­i­um is per­fect (we had one grow­ing up!). And, my mom is a fan of illus­trat­ed prod­ucts, so the col­or­ful dish tow­els caught my eye. See some more of my favorites below!

Click on the pro­duct and you’ll be direct­ed to the Uncom­mon­Goods web­site. And, let me know what you’re get­ting your mom for Mother’s Day!


Birds and blooms, available in your home state. California is pictured.

Birds and blooms, avail­able in your home state. Cal­i­for­nia is pic­tured.


This is a mini ice cream sandwich press. I must have it!

This is a mini ice cream sand­wich press. I must have it!

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Vis­it Uncom­mon­Goods for more Mother’s Day gifts (and fun stuff for every­one)!