Merch of the Month: October 2021

Mockup of a greeting card features the Winter Latte illustrated design from BumbleBess.com
Mockup of a greeting card features the Winter Latte illustrated design from BumbleBess.com
merch of the month selection for October 2021

A Cup of Good Cheer

Last year, I challenged myself to make art a priority and set a personal challenge in October to create beverage-themed illustrations. My Drinktober results were so fun that I made some of my favorites available on holiday stationery shortly after! Looking back after a year, I’m so proud of myself for letting loose, having fun, and making time for something I knew I wanted to improve in.

Merch of the Month: September 2021

Mockup of a tote bag featuring the "I Judge Books by the Cover" design from BumbleBess.com
merch of the month selection for September 2021

I Judge Books

I guess I’ve always been meant for the graphic design life, because packaging has always interested me. I’ve collected tags, ogled advertisements, and always chosen my next read based on the jacket. If you’re an aesthetic-first reader, this design is for us both!

Merch of the Month: August 2021

Mockup of a t-shirt features the "Kindred Spirit" design from BumbleBess.com
merch of the month selection for AUGUST 2021

Kindred Spirit

For me, style isn’t about being a trend-setter or keeping up with the popular crowd. It’s a way of expressing who you are and what makes you happy! The best thing about dressing in something super nerdy is that you tend to suss out other people who enjoy the very same thing. In a way, that’s what my Kindred Spirit design is all about!

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.

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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!

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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.

3 Reasons Why Self-Promo Isn’t Bad

Doing business online is tricky. With scads of spammy pseudo-ads and shady-at-best businesses popping onto your feed every single day, many of us have reached a point where even mentioning our work feels like a total taboo.

I get it. You don’t want to sound like a phony door-to-door baloney salesman. But there are a few things you should know before arriving at the conclusion that promotion can only be the thinly-veiled, cheap-and-shameless variety.

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10 Things I Want for Christmas

It’s that special time of year when gift guides and wish lists start to appear. There are tons of awesome ideas for bookish besties, resident activists, or bakers in training beginning to circulate the internet.

10 Things I Want for Christmas: Elza's 2020 Wish List

Much as I enjoy the challenge of finding amazing gifts for other people, I felt inspired to create something more personal this year. Instead of listing gifts by interests or categories, I decided to share ten amazing items I’d be thrilled to receive.

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The Giver’s Guide to Gift Shopping

Gift giving is one of my talents. Any gift-centric holiday or event that requires shopping is automatically a favorite of mine. But maybe you don’t share my enthusiasm for Secret Santa exchanges and workplace White Elephants.

If finding the perfect present is stressing you out, I’m here to help with a few ideas, some tried and true methods, and a sprinkle of sage advice.

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