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I’m (re)writing a book

Envelope copy

Many years ago I wrote a series of business ebooks for creatives. Although I've been a professional craft designer for many years, I do have a MBA from my previous life as a mild-mannered business consultant. The books still sell and are still filled with useful information, but it's time for an update. The world changes quickly these days and I want to make sure my ebooks stay fresh and up to date, so I'm slowly, but surely, updating my Business Ebook Series. The first book to get a revision is my newsletter ebook. Currently titled, Easy Ezines, it's title alone needs updating! As part of the upcoming launch, I asked my newsletter list to help me out with some case studies and I'm pretty excited about the response I'm getting. This is going to be fun! In the meantime, I've marking the original Business Ebooks down 50% so you can grab the old copies at a discount if you want. They are still filled with tons of valuable information, so if you are looking for a deal, this is it! Click here to order.

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Creative Planning with Children

Creative Planning with Children:

What's one of the biggest pains most women feel today? Balance. Most of us are daughters of women who fought for equal rights. The great news is, our mothers were successful. The bad news? We still haven't figured out how to balance work and family. Being the first generation of women who have more optionsContinue Reading

Beautiful Dreams Butterfly Dream Catcher

Butterfly Dream Catcher by

My daughter hasn't had very many bad dreams in her life. She didn't have night terrors when she was young,and I think she's woken us up twice in ten years because she had a bad dream. (Don't send hate mail, we just lucked out!) She has, however gone periods through periods of time when she'sContinue Reading

Holistic Bookkeeping

Holistic Financials

The one thing I hear the most from my coaching clients is that they don’t want to do their financials. Accounting/bookkeeping can be overwhelming and many entrepreneurs are afraid to look at their numbers because it might show that they are failing. What they don’t realize is that they are making themselves suffer even moreContinue Reading

Picnic Calzones Recipe

Picnic Calzones

(A recent picnic.) When I was a little girl, my parents made a huge effort to take us on day trips every weekend. There were six of us, so that weren't fancy day trips. They were usually a drive into our local mountains for a hike or a trip to the beach. (That's me, totallyContinue Reading

Summer is for Reading

Summer is for Reading with Laura Bray Designs

Summer is for reading, isn't it? And for libraries. I remember my childhood library in Mentor, Ohio. There was a bay window with a cushioned seat. I remember sitting there, and reading and watching a storm roll in and seeing my mom pull up in her big, black suburban and rushing in to fetch meContinue Reading

Process Journal

Keeping a Creative Process

Lately, I've been keeping a process journal for all my projects. Whether painting, crafting, or writing, I record my thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the project. This is beyond a sketchbook in that I am doing a lot of writing. When I'm frustrated or come across a problem, I write about it in my processContinue Reading

Mother’s Day Musings Series: Favorite Creative Books

Favorite Creativity Books for Kids:

Ready for some more motherly advice? Last week, I shared some of my favorite child-rearing books, this week I wanted to share some recommendations for my favorite craft books. All of these books have wonderful advice for introducing creativity into your family's life. Creativity has been one of the most important ways my daughter andContinue Reading

Mother’s Day Musings Series: My Favorite Books on Parenting


Mother's Day is a month away and I'm finding myself reflecting on my nine (almost 10!) years of motherhood. While I don't claim to be an expert, I've learned a few things over the years that I really wished I had known earlier in my journey. So I thought I would do a little seriesContinue Reading

Semi-Homemade Easter

Give yourself a break! Semi-Homemade Easter//

Remember Sandra Lee of Semi Homemade fame? She would doctor-up cake mixes or store bought food to create something that tasted homemade, but without the amount of work homemade food can sometimes take. Today, I wanted to talk to you about "Semi Homemade Crafting". I think sometimes people don't attempt to craft because they feelContinue Reading