Becoming Crisdori Studios-An Interview with Creative Entrepreneur Christine Miranda



One of the wonderful things about being a free-flying writer is choosing who and what you want to focus on. I write about who and what I feel is worth writing about.  I am free to focus on who I find inspiring, what I am learning or want to learn, or even just whatever grabs my attention, passion or fancy. I choose. It is one of the few places I feel I have complete control, and I have opportunities I do not accept as my time is limited, and the joy for me is in the freedom to write as I will, or feel led- as I go.

I enjoy interviews, and have been interviewed BUT really love being the one asking the questions. I love finding out about individuals and their unique lives, challenges, what makes them tick, and what they are passionate about and all the little quirks that make them who they are. You could say I am a people person. It’s a funny thing…I find many people can be around the same people all the time and never know them. It is my joy and pleasure to draw out individuals and learn who they are and why they believe they are on this good earth.

I am honored to have a fellow Planner Girl and businesswoman here today to share her creative entrepreneurial journey to date. I have had the pleasure of watching her flesh out her dream from scratch and bring it into vivid, living color.  More

Gifts for the Dreamers, Writers and Otherwise Creative Friends on Your List



I got a message earlier this week from a friend inquiring about “journaling” gifts and asking for my suggestions. She gave me a brief description of who she was buying for and wondered what I would specifically recommend.

Well, shopping with other people’s money is my joy! Even if only in my head. Opinions I have, and opinions I share. So, since this is a question I get often, I have decided to share some of my very favorite repeat purchase products for journaling.

I’ll catch my planner people with another post.



Speckled Fawns Artisan Interview and Giveaway with Terri Bradley





As one who writes daily, I appreciate journal products that inspire and intrigue me. Since I spend much of my time handling journals, as well as notebooks and planners, discovering finely crafted, wonderful to hold, uniquely hand-designed, one of a kind journals is a passion of mine. I believe creativity fuels creativity. One of the reasons I love buying a hand made item from an inspired individual is because I know that the one who is crafting the item takes pride in their work, and is passionate about their chosen area of expertise. I understand this…I feel the same way about my writing. It’s personal. It’s my passion.  I want my words, dreams, goals, passions, plans and pursuits to be held together by something beautiful, unique…inspired.


This brings me to the exquisite work of Terri Bradley of Speckled Fawns. I had the pleasure of connecting with Terri awhile back through a Planner Group on Facebook. We shared a mutual love OK, let’s be honest- OBSESSION…for planners, notebooks and journals as many do in these great communities of like-minded people. But Terri’s life took a turn and she found that her love for leather and creative passion culminated into one incredible journey! I have been amazed and awed watching this woman beautifully metamorphosis from journal loving, planner pal to Creative Entrepreneurial Artisan Extraordinaire!  Um…say that three times fast, I dare you!


Terri now spends her days in her West Chicago residence creating leather notebook covers, bags and beautiful accessories and is in the process of expanding her growing by (fawn) leaps and bounds business.

One thing I might add for my friends who might be new to some of the terms I’m throwing out today: Traveler’s Notebooks (TN for short!) are simply leather covers which hold multiple notebooks with colored elastic bands. There are many artisans who create beautiful styles based on the original design concept which originates in Japan and goes by the name Midori. The variety and style of craftsmanship is developed over time and is as varied and unique as the person who makes them. Each artisan gains many loyal fans through these designs and styles.

I am grateful and delighted that Terri took the time to answer a few questions for me, and I hope you will enjoy her sharing her journey with us here. I think it is a perfectly inspiring story to start our 2016 and consider, one never knows where a new year might lead!

I hope you will grab a cup of coffee and get comfy on the couch with us as I just throw out some informal questions to this wonderfully inspiring woman!

Stay tuned to the end for a wonderful giveaway!

Welcome, Terri!



Christmas Journaling Invitation and Random Journal Link Up #57


My December Journal Love handcrafted by Terri of Speckled Fawns.



Well Happy December to my fellow Journal Keepers. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, right? Well, either way, I know many of you are busy and so we will resume our Featured Journal Keeper for January 2016. Meanwhile let’s make the most of the holiday season! So, Be sure and link up your Journal. Spread the Good Cheer, by reading AND commenting on fellow Journal Writers’ posts and always, always, if at all possible (and it is) SHARE your enthusiasm for journaling!


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