April & May 2021 Recap

Change often happens at a gradual pace. News and accomplishments quickly becomes part of your normal day-to-day as the novelty wears off and we move on to the next thing. Huge changes or life-altering events are oh-so easy to recall, but what about the small daily efforts that got you there? What about the other things that happened concurrently? I think those are worth something, too.

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Merch of the Month: June 2021

Mockup of a t-shirt features the "By a Lady" design from BumbleBess.com
Mockup of a t-shirt features the "By a Lady" design from BumbleBess.com
merch of the month selection for June 2021

By a Lady

One of the coolest things about designing merchandise for my shop is that I learn tons of new things while I work. I knew I wanted to letter all of Jane Austen’s novels for a design, but in doing my research, I learned her books were NEVER attributed by name during her lifetime. Her very first novel was simply billed “By a Lady” and the following books were “by the author of Sense and Sensibility“. Her success as an author during an era when women didn’t traditionally hold a career is even more awe-inspiring when you take a moment to look at all the things that stood in her path. This woman was a fighter!

Merch of the Month

Mockup of a tote bag features the I JUDGE BOOKS BY THE COVER hand lettered design from BumbleBess.com
Mockup of a tote bag features the I JUDGE BOOKS BY THE COVER hand lettered design from BumbleBess.com
merch of the month selection for APRIL 2021

I Judge Books

This month’s featured design embraces all things bookish. While writers are generally told to avoid done-to-death sayings, I think cliches and idioms are a fascinating part of language and culture. So, while I might steer clear of them in my novels, I have a lot of fun making them part of my other creative ventures.

February & March 2021 Recap

February & March 2021 Recap: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

There are times in life when every square on the calendar is filled, every scrap of paper in sight is scribbled with To Do lists, and the only thing keeping you going is the series of alarms on your phone that tell you to eat at regular intervals. These are the times when a little Spring Cleaning: Personal Schedule Edition is in order. Refine, rethink, remove. Even a few small changes can make the whole world feel new.

February & March 2021 Recap: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic
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Merch of the Month

merch of the month selection for March 2021

Not Unlike a Simile

This month’s highlight is an original quote from yours truly! I love figures of speech and puns, so I toyed with bringing them together into something any word nerd would love. If you’re the kind of writer who likes to compare and contrast, I hope this style is speaking your language!

Merch of the Month

merch of the month selection for February 2021

Lorem Ipsum

The fun thing about owning a shop is creating products that are specific to your very own taste and sense of humor. Lorem ipsum is placeholder text used by designers. While inspired by Latin, it doesn’t translate to anything coherent. In a way, it’s like putting a [text goes here] disclaimer on your design.

January 2021 Recap

There’s no better excuse to leap at new opportunities, try something different, and start new routines than a brand new year to play with. I’ve found a lot of fun and interesting ways to give myself that fresh start feeling this January, and I believe it’s been an overall success.

January 2021 Recap: Milestones, MGLit, and Making Improvements
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December 2020 Recap

December is my month of preparation. Everything lingering on the To Do list gets reassessed, rescheduled, or tossed into the reject pile, leaving me with a clean slate and a shiny new set of goals for the new year. I also take some time to reflect on accomplishments, using that as fuel to take on fresh challenges. And I celebrate, because what’s the point if you can’t kick back, have some sweets, and splurge on gifts for the people you love once in a while?

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#virtuAAL2020

Show & Tell

This weekend I’m participating in #virtuAAL2020, an online artist alley! Peruse and purchase artwork, merch, and other goods created by independent artists and small business owners. There will be sales, short-run items, and other cool specials you’ll want to get in on. It’s a fantastic time to do some early holiday shopping!

Don’t have time to scroll through Twitter? Check out the #virtuAAL2020 directory to quickly find what you’re in the mood to shop for.

Many thanks to the organizer of this event, Becca Farrow! Be sure to check out her work, and give her a shoutout if you enjoy the event.

To learn more about what I’m selling, check out my #virtuAAL2020 introduction post at BumbleBess.com or follow me on Twitter for regular updates!

Merch of the Month

I have a habit of turning hobbies into side hustles, so it’s not surprising that many of the designs I create for BumbleBess.com features my hand lettering.

Kindred Spirit

October’s Merch of the Month pick is in honor of our favorite autumn-adoring heroine, Anne Shirley! This was the first product I added to the shop using this style of varied lettering. It’s a fun and free-spirited reminder to embrace the things that make us unique, because those are the traits that help us connect with others.

Shop for more literary merchandise at BumbleBess.com!