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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)!