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Sunshine Post :: AnnKat Designs

Tuesday, July 15, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Ann Kathryn from AnnKat Designs.

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

Hello, I’m Ann Kathryn, owner and designer of AnnKat Jewelry Designs. I founded AnnKat Designs in 2012 as a creative outlet from my full-time job. As both my skillset and my jewelry line grew, I slowly transitioned to working full time for my own business. I currently reside in Milwaukee, WI where I design from my home studio. Almost all pieces are designed first in a CAD program, then 3d printed and cast in bronze, silver or gold. I finish the jewelry by hand and set all the gemstones. Because every piece is born and completed in my own hands, I feel a personal connection and love for my jewelry that I enjoy sharing with others. I strive to design pieces that inspire, uplift and radiate positivity.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

I believe in this philosophy wholeheartedly. Creating has always been my passion and I’ve been blessed with family and friends who have encouraged and enabled me to grow as an artist. My family supported me through art school even when the odds of finding a “real job” in my field were slim. Against these odds, I did land a design job right out of college. Here I was able to hone in on my design skills and style but I craved more freedom and personal growth. As time went on, my business fell into place and I transitioned roles. I believe that if you follow your passion and have faith that it will all work out, you can never fail, even when times are rocky. I am thankful to be doing what I love!

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

I find beauty and inspiration in everything, but nature is my sanctuary. Being in nature grounds my wandering mind and allows me to focus, brings balance back to my spirit and inspires me all around. When my mind is open and free, I am able to soak in my surroundings and gain inspiration for new work.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

Often dreary days can be my most creative. I will cheer up my surroundings with aromatherapy and inspiring music, and get to work on a new design. If I get stuck my best motivation is to meditate, draw and just let my mind wander. My dog, Wink, and kitty, Olive, also help to boost my mood any day!

 

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What are you most grateful for?

Above all, I am most grateful for my family and friends and for their ongoing support in my artistic journey. I am constantly inspired by those around me and am blessed to have a strong community of loving, encouraging and compassionate friends.

 

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The Lemonade Stand :: The Feel Good

Monday, July 14, 2014  ::  Written by:

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The Lemonade Stand is where we meet to share from our hearts, inspire each other to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and gather as a community to celebrate the bright side of life.

Friends, sometimes Monday just means getting up and facing the day. Do you know what I’m talking about? Those days when Monday just seems like…well…Monday. On those days, videos like the one below help me out a ton. I call them the “Feel Good.” Enjoy.

 

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Weekly Wisdom :: Albert Einstein

Sunday, July 13, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Fresh Squeezed Friday :: Underwater Dogs!

Friday, July 11, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Happy Friday, friends! I stumbled upon these photos the other day and I have looked at them every single day since! I just can’t help myself. They put me in such a good mood. Hope they do the same for you! You can find them in photographer Seth Casteel’s new book, Underwater Puppies. 

 

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Giveaway :: Glamrocks Jewelry

Thursday, July 10, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Bringing you lovely readers beauty on a daily basis is something we don’t take lightly here at the BSP. It is an honor and we truly enjoy the opportunity to be a part of introducing you to these amazing artists and makers. The inspiration we take away is really just the icing on the cake. Today’s contributor is yet another example of why we love what we do.

Kristen Molenhouse of Glamrocks Jewelry creates stunning, one-of-a-kind pieces that honor simplicity with a modern edge. Molenhouse handcrafts every piece out of her studio in Chicago and her work is simply gorgeous. The Sandstorm Necklace is a personal favorite. Glamrocks Jewelry is a haven for the kinds of pieces you save and pass down. There is meaning and intention and a timeless beauty attached to each piece. Take a look through the shop and find your own inspiration.

Glamrocks Jewelry is giving away one Rattlesnake Bracelet, Upper Arm Cuff to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, July 17th.
Please visit Glamrocks Jewelry and tell us: What advice would you give to your twelve year old self?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, July 22nd, to see if you’ve won!
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Sunshine Post :: Glamrocks Jewelry

Thursday, July 10, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Kristen from Glamrocks Jewelry.

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

My name is Kristen and I am the owner and designer of Glamrocks Jewelry out of Chicago, IL. I am a former Interior Designer who has always had a love of modern design and being able to fabricate something from an idea or sketch.

I started with beaded and wire wrapped jewelry in 2010 as a hobby after the economy left it difficult to find another design job. I was always frustrated when shopping for jewelry as most of what is out there in stores was poor quality, would lose it’s gold layer, and was overpriced for the materials, so I decided I wanted to make the necklace I wanted myself. I quickly moved onto metalsmithing and fell in love. After realizing I could do this as a full time job I became an official business in 2012. I make each item by hand from scratch out of my home studio.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

Absolutely. I was searching for that and realized I didn’t want to work for someone else or have a 9-5 desk job. It took me a little while to find exactly what that was going to be, but there is no doubt I was meant to do this. My business has never felt like a job, and what I would actually prefer to be doing in my spare time.

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

I am a nature lover, and need to spend time outside to be happy. A lot of my pieces are influenced by places I like to vacation.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

I believe exercise and yoga are necessary to start even an awful day in a good mood.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

My health, you never know if or when that could be taken from you.

 

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Giveaway :: Sasha Gems

Wednesday, July 9, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Do you ever feel like you wear things to remind yourself of who you are, where you’re going? For some this might be a piece of clothing or a bag, but I find that jewelry is the easiest way to do this. Whenever I need a talisman of sorts, I lean towards a necklace – something I can grasp throughout the day and hold onto when I need a moment. One word of advice: surround yourself with jewelry you love and find beautiful and you can’t go wrong.

Trisha Mitra-Nedic of Sasha Gems creates beautiful accessories that lend themselves to a place of prominence. Mitra-Nedic’s creates pieces that tell a story. The gorgeously crafted pieces in Sasha Gems speak of a simple aesthetic coupled with the idea that these pieces will stand the test of time. The Midnight Blue Sandstone Necklace and the Purple Agate Necklace both inspire a feeling of comfort that only comes to me when I feel my most beautiful. What better reminder is there? Visit Sasha Gems and find your beauty.

Sasha Gems is giving away one Real Four Leaf Clover Necklace to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, July 16th.
Please visit Sasha Gems and tell us: Where do you find inspiration when you need to remember to look at the beauty in life?
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Sunshine Post :: Sasha Gems

Wednesday, July 9, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Trisha from Sasha Gems.

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

Trisha Mitra-Nedic founded Sasha Gems in 2009, with the dream of creating luxury adornments that hold special meaning and tell a story through each piece. “Sasha”, as her family nicknamed her, spent a lot of time as a child with her grandmother, always watching her create beautiful things with her hands, whether she was designing dresses, quilting, or decorating cakes. Her grandmother’s creativity eventually inspired Trisha to create Sasha Gems.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

I’m in a relentless pursuit to do what I love, and find happiness in even the smallest day to day tasks. From a young age, I had dreams of attending schools such as Berkeley and the London School of Economics. With hard work, and taking one step at a time I fulfilled those dreams. Years later, I wanted to hone in on my creative skills and decided to take a jewelry making class. From that first day of making my first bracelet, I knew I had found something I loved to do and started to dream about having my own business. After a dozen jewelry classes later, not only do I enjoy the creative process of designing jewelry, I love knowing that women wear these pieces that hold special meaning.

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

I find beauty and inspiration from weddings. I love attending weddings, and experiencing all the different types of cultural traditions, all the planning and meticulous detail involved to make the joyous day beautiful, and all the love that emanates from the bride, groom and their families.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

Whenever it’s a dreary day, I seek comfort. I could talk to my college best friends for hours and hours and talk about our hopes and dreams that we might still have. Some hot chocolate and rummaging through old photos also works on a dreary day.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

I’ve been blessed with so many things in life, a good job, health, friends, but the most precious gift is being surrounded by my husband and family.

 

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Giveaway :: Reverie – The Shop

Tuesday, July 8, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Personal style, friends. Style is an emotional thing. It can make or break a day. It is a living, breathing thing that has the ability to change your day. When you are feeling good about how you look, your outlook regarding the entire world around you is directly related to the way you see yourself in said world. This is one of the reasons being a part of the BSP is such a treasure. We have access to amazing brands and designers that can elevate personal style from “wishlist” to “absolutely yes!”

Bri Kostechko is the designer/founder of Reverie – The Shop, a gorgeously curated online boutique featuring handmade and handpicked goods to help elevate your style to the next level. Kostechko wears many hats: wife, mother, full time out of the house worker, artist. This last role is what fuels Reverie – The Shop. Her keen eye and knack for design make Reverie – The Shop a must-see for anyone looking to enhance their personal style. From clothing to home goods, there is something for everyone and you will find your signature style just waiting for you. We promise.

Reverie – The Shop is giving away one Kayla Kimono Cardigan to one lucky winner AND three (3!) $25 gift certificates to three lucky winners (one each)! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, July 15th.
Please visit Reverie – The Shop and tell us: How would you describe your personal style and what does it say about you?
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Sunshine Post :: Reverie – The Shop

Tuesday, July 8, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Bri from Reverie – The Shop.

 

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

For as long as I can remember I’ve been enamored by the feeling when you create and construct your ideas and inspirations. About ten years ago I went to school for design, drawing, pattern making, to dye processing. I fell in love with every bit of it! In the meantime, I was married to the love of my life and we have three beautiful children. My dreams were put on hold, until a year ago I started designing again, selling to friends and doing some local art shows. The past year has been a great and exciting journey, my online boutique now with over 250 products inspired by far off places, vintage treasures and childhood memories. I’ve been working in a local design studio, channeling my inner hippie, creating, dyeing, and constructing. Sharing my inspiration through my work and will continue to be inspired and hopefully inspire others.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

I’ve faced a lot of challenges to get here and it hasn’t been easy and this philosophy has been exactly what I’ve set my goals based on. With three small children and having a corporate job throughout this journey, it’s been extremely difficult to find the time to design, create, and construct. Working extremely hard throughout all the ups and downs, it’s all worth it! Now I’m in the position and place where I feel that I’m truly “Doing what I love, & love what I’m doing.”

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

I believe beauty comes from within, it’s all about your heart. I’m inspired by nature mostly., we’re a family of surfing, travel, & gardening. Adventure is a big thing for me, being in nature trying something new and experiencing life with the ones you love.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

When I’m having one of those moments, I say a little prayer, find my way to the ocean and listen to happy music:) It’s all about perspective!

 

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What are you most grateful for?

I’m so grateful for my parents and the foundation they built for my brothers and I.

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