Author: Debra Norton

A Postcard from PEI

I think we all breathe a collective sigh of relief when our feet touch the sand for the first time when we arrive in Prince Edward Island.
We have been drawn back to this beautiful beach on the south shore and to a cottage that we have adopted as our own for eight summers.
This year we were lucky to spend three glorious weeks here. It is a chance to reconnect as a family, breathe in the fresh sea air and enjoy that our biggest decision every day is what to eat or whether we should explore another beach for the day.
This is when I do a lot of dreaming. Everyone needs time to dream. This is the image I draw on throughout the year when I need to refocus or relax. It’s my happiest of places. I hope that you are enjoying your happy place this summer and doing a little dreaming.
Have a perfect summer moment or dreaming destination to share?

Bursting with ideas? Idea Organization 101


I know you are bursting with ideas and big plans for your business, right?  Ideas come in the most unlikely places and often when you least expect it.  Ahh the creative mind…

As a designer and blogger, I carry a small sketchbook (the old fashioned paper kind) with me most of the time. I use it to sketch out new ideas, jot down notes etc. I also use my iPhone to take pictures of inspiration, send myself emails, etc. What tools do you use?

If you are just starting out with a new business or working on new ideas, having a place or places to organize your thoughts is critical. You may have some tried and true methods that you have used in your personal or work life that you can use again as an entrepreneur, or you may want to experiment with new ways to organize your thoughts.


  • How do you keep your thoughts organized?
  • How do you make sure they don’t get lost in a sea of great ideas?
  • How do you make sure you take action on these ideas?
  • What are the keys to success with idea generating and then making them happen?

{Sticky notes from Fly Trap One}



1. First you need to get them written down.

2. Then you need to get them organized…

I need to have my ideas in one place like a notebook or sketchbook. I’m also very visual and like to see ideas and inspiration in front of me. Try using cork/pin boards or magnetic boards to pin tear sheets and ideas to it. Chalkboards are great too. I love the idea of writing out your ideas, goals and dreams boldly on a chalkboard! What about a rolodex or accordian files? Slip those sticky notes inside and organize in different categories. I’ve also seen some great ideas on Pinterest using clipboards mounted on a wall. Cover them with pretty paper and use them to organize and display your inspiration and ideas. The idea is to capture as many ideas you can in one place.


Organizations clothespins from Clip & Pin, file box from Richelle, corkboard from Ikea

 3. Schedule your ideas into action

I try to go back and re-read my notes or flip through my sketchbook to decide what ideas I want to take action on. Sometimes they are just waiting there to be used when the time is right. Sometimes they need to be prioritized. I find apps to be a great tool for scheduling and organizing ideas. Here are some apps you might want to look at.


Help the rest of us learn new ways of wrangling our ideas by sharing how you stay organized with us! Do you have some tools or pictures of your organization at work? Please share in the comments section! 

{Weekend Goodness} Desktop Garden D.I.Y

desktop terrarium

Our garden is green, shady and lush when it’s in full swing. Nothing beats the feeling of serenity, fresh air and abundant green life of an outdoor space.

You can bring those feelings inside to your studio space even if you don’t have big picture windows and lots of natural sunlight. I promise it will make your space feel fresher and more lively with all that green goodness.

Bring some spring inside to your workspace with this desktop garden d.i.y. or an open terrarium. I have used indoor plants but you could also use succulents, air plants or even herbs. Be creative and enjoy!

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