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Really Earnest, Super Sincere Thanksgiving-Style Reflections on Kismet’s First Anniversary

Really Earnest, Super Sincere Thanksgiving-Style Reflections on Kismet’s First Anniversary

This season has me feeling very thankful. Not the catchiest opening line, I admit. (A bit like “Dear Diary, Today was a good day.” 💤) But it’s true! And I’m so topped up on turkey, stuffed with stuffing and distracted by a bustling house that it’ll have to do. Personally, my family has officially entered a new chapter, the best result being that we now know we’ll be staying in Austin for the foreseeable. 🎉 It means we get to keep the home we love, the amazing school at which my daughter is thriving, and the treasured social and professional...

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My First Pop-Up: A Milestone and a Full Circle Moment

Designing Kismet Milestones Retail Pop-up

My First Pop-Up: A Milestone and a Full Circle Moment

Last Saturday was my first retail pop-up! Still Austin Whiskey invited other local businesses and myself to vend at their anniversary party. So I loaded up the 4Runner, strapped on my running shoes, and started setting up shop! Literally! For the first time ever! What I *did* expect…

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My First Anniversary of Working with Glass, a.k.a. my 1-Year "Glassiversary"

My First Anniversary of Working with Glass, a.k.a. my 1-Year "Glassiversary"

I mentioned in my last post that July 10th of this year held greater significance beyond being the end of my successful 100 Day project run. Why? It was also my 1-year anniversary of the first time I fused glass. My “Glassiversary”, if you will! (ANDYOUWILL) 🍾🎉 I talk a little about my glass origin story on the About page, so you may remember it all started in Rome. 🇮🇹 I had signed up for a glass fusing workshop through Airbnb’s “Experiences” offering, so the afternoon of July 10, 2018, I made my sweaty way to Giorgia’s studio and workshop near...

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100 Days of Kismet Progress: A Recap and Celebration of My 2019 100 Day Project

100 Days of Kismet Progress: A Recap and Celebration of My 2019 100 Day Project

Around the end of March I started thinking about #The100DayProject. While it’s a social media group challenge most people utilize to get them creating and making a little bit each day, I decided to use the concept to generate momentum for my businesses. AND. I. DID. Here are my Top 10 Highlights and Takeaways from my 2019 100 Day Project...

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Monetize, Optimize, Organize, Oh My! Or, "Is this thing a hobby or a business?!"

Monetize, Optimize, Organize, Oh My! Or, "Is this thing a hobby or a business?!"

For any maker or artist who has contemplated (or is) ‘monetizing’ their work, I highly recommend this article, “The Modern Trap of Turning Hobbies Into Hustles”, from the Man Repeller. It resonated in SO many ways and had me introspective about why I want to turn this joy of creating w/ glass into something being sold. ⁣ I’ve discovered in this process that the *most* joy I’ve experienced has been 1) the making of the jewelry, and 2) the branding and execution of the brand (the graphic designer in me). ⁣ So, I built it. And that was FUN! But...

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