12.13.2010

Meet the Blogger: Rachel of Lovely Clusters

*I am so happy to introduce you to Rachel- one of my very first favorite blogs. She is bursting with talent and inspiration:) If you are a small business owner take note! :) 

Which has been the best aspect of blogging for you?
Being able to meet new people from all around the world that have similar interests to me. I feel like I am part of a great supportive community and I love how everyone is so nice and generous. 

What inspired the Lovely Clusters Gallery/Shop?
It actually started with a sentence that I saw on Rachel Ashwell’s blog. On one of her beautiful photos she wrote “clusters of loveliness”. I just adored how that sounded so I started thinking of a way I could use those words. I decided to create a theme on my blog where I would create a cluster of images whether it be by color, category or mini portfolio of an artist or designers work. During that time I started getting really into Etsy and got lost on it for hours on end. I felt like I was rummaging through a flea market. I thought that by cataloging my favorite items on my blog and by adding them to my favorites on Etsy, it would be a good way to go back and find lovely sellers and items, but the navigation wasn’t quite right. I am a graphic and web designer so I figured that I could design a website where you could easily find favorite sellers and items by color or category. Once I had that idea I mulled it over in my head for 2 months and one day I just decided that I had to do it. It has been so much fun ever since!  I love meeting new sellers from around the world and constantly being inspired by the large amount of creative individuals out there.

(source via Lovely Clusters)
What are your favorite resources for inspiration and creative ideas?
I am an internet junkie so I am constantly looking for beautiful photos from pinterest.comflickr.comtumblr.com and of course other blogs on my google reader. Lately I love browsing chic magazine and catalogs online on issuu.com.


For small business owners, what have been the #1 tools for your success?
1. Online Networking with other small businesses and bloggers through twitter, blogging, facebook, and email. I would not be where I am today without it all.
2. I also don't know what I would do without photoshop. My internet browser and photoshop are the two things I open up first thing in the morning.
3. My camera has also been quite handy. I get the best responses when I add my own photos to the blog and its a great way to log my creative path. 


Just for fun- what are your 5 must haves as a designer? My Inspiration Board , Photoshop, Printer/Scanner, Camera


Lovely Clusters


25 comments:

  1. What a wonderful interview! It's nice to get to know more about Rachel. I'm also a lover of Lovely Clusters. ♥

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  2. Rachel's blog has been such an inspiration -- it's so nice to get to know a bit more about her!

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  3. great interview! Rachel was one of the first bloggers I connected with and she is such an inspiration.

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  4. I've loved Rachel's blog for quite some time! always so soft and pretty!!

    xo - jami
    i m a g i n e

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  5. really love, interesting interview. i love lovely clusters!

    xo Alison

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  6. What a lovely post to wake up to! :) Thank you so much for featuring me here on your beautiful blog! I am honored. :)

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  7. Lovely interview Anna, thanks for sharing such inspirational creative talent from time to time! I oftentimes find new favs thru IHOD...

    x,
    www.GlocalGirl.com

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  8. i love her blog... she has such beautiful stuff in there! you are a champ to master being done with shopping so early.. congrats!

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  9. What a wonderful interview. I loved reading more about Lovely Clusters Shop and how it all came about. Clever girl!

    Thanks for sharing with us!

    xx Charlotta

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  10. very pretty pieces. i love the #1 tools for small business owners, it is so helpful :)

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  11. Awesome interview Anna, so great seeing all these bloggers (including you!) that start up shops, so inspiring!

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  12. Oh I love Rachel!! She (and you!) was one of my first bloggy friends. I have both of my shops on Lovely Clusters, it's such a fabulous site and Rachel does an amazing job running it.

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  13. Love her and the amazing blog she created! So glad i read this post :)

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  14. What a fabulous interview and such a gorgeous post! Hope you had a wonderful weekend xoxo

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  15. Love this interview, Anna! Rachel (and you, for that matter) are a huge inspiration to me. :)

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  16. I have to add that Rachel has the most fantastic pinboards on Pinterest as well!! xo

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  17. What a great interview with Rachel! She is one of the first blog friends I made way back when. So glad she is still doing awesome things!

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  18. ok scribbling down some mental notes! Thank you for sharing this with us, Anna! Always love learning about people with an extra dose of passion!

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  19. What beautiful photographs, thanks for the interview, I am inspired on many levels!
    Laura in Ludwigsburg

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  20. Oh great post Anna, I love Rachel and her blog, she is one talented lady!

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  21. I have a great admiration for Rachel. I look up to all her hard work and her great taste really is a visual treat for the rest of us.

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Love hearing from each of you. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! <3

 
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