Last week, I was heads down preparing the talk I gave at Square Monday. If you were there, hello! This is a resources list, and I’ll be posting here in the coming days to review some of the concepts we covered.
Photo by Etta and Billie, who makes small batch sustainable bath and body products.
SxSW Oral History by Fast Company
My Life List on Go Mighty
Rise of the new geeks: How the outsiders won in the Guardian
Punk Rock is Bullshit by John Roderick
The Empathy Vacuum by Greg Knauss
Tavi Gevinson’s Rookie Mag
Zooey Deschanel’s Hello Giggles
Elizabeth Gilbert’s advice on keeping expenses low
I love speaking, so thanks for coming to listen.
Another cheapie bouquet from the grocery store. I made this awhile ago, but thought it would be pretty for St. Patrick’s Day, if you’re a holiday-decorating type. It’s green button mums, and a weed-type flower
whose name I don’t know called Alstromeria or Peruvian Lillies (thanks, Lisa N.!).
I chose them because they’re the same color family, but totally different textures.
First I took all the crazy leaves off the bottoms of these guys.
Then I pulled the mums apart so I could work with arranging individual flowers instead of a stalk with a bunch of different heights.
They look cool together, and I was happy with the result.
Fair warning, both flowers lasted forever and then a weird thing happened. The mums didn’t grow in water, but the weed flowers did, so at the end of the week it was a big ol’ mess. Ah well.
Then I made this tiny guy for my bedside with leftover flowers.
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Today’s Google Doodle celebrating John Steinbeck is perfect.
I wonder why Google doesn’t sell these through a print-on-demand service and donate proceeds to a non-profit. It looks like they’re doing something similar with a Google Doodle scholarship program.
Does this already exist? And if not, what are the hurdles to getting that done?
I’ve been publishing here for nearly fourteen years, so it’s ludicrous that I’ve never spoken in my hometown until now. If you’re a Bay Area entrepreneur or aspire to be, please come say hello at Square’s Open for Business Day celebrating women entrepreneurs.
I’ll be speaking with Square Founder Jack Dorsey to kick off an afternoon of workshops on social media, finance, recruiting, and analytics. I like the folks organizing this, so the information should be chewy. Also? It’s free. So it fits right into the tightest small business budget.
You have to register to attend, and there’s limited seating, so get up on it:
Free Reg on Eventbrite
Monday, March 10, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)
1455 Market St
San Francisco, CA
See you there!
Doesn’t Adele just make your throat ache wishing you could do that too?
Hey look! I made fake peonies from carnations I got at the grocery store. If you miss Spring, or just can’t afford to pay $6-$10 for a single flower, this is a surprisingly satisfying solution.
I actually love carnations just how they are, so I got this big bunch of them at the supermarket for about $12 total.
I made a little work station by cutting off the wrappers and spreading them out. You’ll need floral tape, or masking tape if no one will be inspecting the flowers too closely.
This is how carnations come, so you’ll need to use the scissors to separate them into individual flowers. Once you have a good stack, take the fluffiest one for the center of a “peony,” then add five or six more carnations in a circular pattern around the centerpiece.
Once you have a bunch that’s the right size, pull at individual stems until there are no gaps between the flowers and none are sticking up when you hold them in a tight bunch near the flowers’ heads. Carnations are basically weeds, which means they’re super hardy, so don’t worry too much about bruising them.
From the top, it should look something like this. Once you have the right shape, wrap the stems tightly in floral tape all the way up to the bulbs just below the flowers.
They should look like this.
The amount of flowers I started with will yield you about six Penny Peonies, though half of them will have much shorter stems than the other half.
Whabam! Try this, it’s relatively easy, and will make you feel like a genius. Which, you obviously are.