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Saturday, November 26, 2011

: meet amanda from royal daughter designs :

happy saturday, everybody!
do you know what today it?!?
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today, i have a fun interview with amanda from royal daughter designs!
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1) tell us who you are/where youre from/what you do/where can we find you?
My name's Amanda. I'm a twenty-something (okay, I'll be honest: 29) year old work-from-home foster mom to three boys (ages 10, 11, and 15) and a part-time graduate student. I'm a fourth generation Texan, and while I love the Lone Star State - don't believe everything you hear. Not everything is bigger in Texas. I'm the creative mind behind Royal Daughter Designs, and I also blog about my real life (though admittedly my life seems way more exciting on the blog than in real life) at DAES of Our Lives. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter. But not pinterest. I'm a rebel. And I'm already terrible at time management, so I can't afford to lose any more hours of my day.

2) whats your fave way to relax?
I live in the country, so sitting in my front porch swing is always a lovely way to relax. A good book usually draws me in a little too much, and my chill time becomes there's-not-enough-time-to-do-the-laundry time. A hike through the woods always brightens my day.

3) name your perfect day; what you would do? be with? be eating? etc.
A perfect day...

It would definitely involve sleeping in late, snuggling up to my warm and cozy husband. We'd skip breakfast and head to the city for a lunch date at our favorite restaurant. After an afternoon of window shopping, we'd finally settle on buying a digital SLR camera. Then we'd head to a nearby park to do a photo shoot. (Because, of course there will be no learning curve that comes with a new camera!)
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That evening we'd head home and spend some time cozying up in the kitchen cooking together, probably spinach tortellini with creamy white sauce (it's one of our faves!) then eat dinner in the living room while watching a movie. One of our favorite movies to watch together is The Notebook. But we're almost always up for watching new movies too.

4) your favorite place to create? why?
We have a small house, and with three foster boys (ages 10, 11, and 15) there's almost always a lot of commotion. Since most of my creativity involves my laptop, I usually sit in a recliner in our living room (the center of the house) so that I'm fully aware of everything else going on around me. Distracting? Yes. Type A control freak? That's me.

5) tell us a few of your favorite sites/blogs to lurk on a daily basis
I follow lots of blogs. But there are only a handful of blogs that I'd skip shaving my legs in order to read their latest post:

Kelly's Korner
Naptime Diaries
Name Your {Joy}
Finding Beauty in the Ordinary
The Macs
Biblical Homemaking
Five Days Five Ways
Breakfast at Toast

6) what do you want to learn? enjoy cooking to ice skate to throw a football in a spiral to play guitar to train for a 1/2 marathon control my tongue

7) best advice you can give folks that want to start an artsy career/shop/side project?
Advertise. Set aside a certain percentage of your sales to go towards advertising. And in the beginning, it may be a large percentage. The investment is worth it. Swapping sponsorships are great. I've been very blessed by them. But plan on advertising of one or two big blogs too. There is no better way to get your name out there than to advertise on other blogs.

Also, work your at-home job like it's a "real" business. If you're willing to commit 4 hours a day to your home-based business, do it. Set aside 4 hours that are dedicated to your business and just your business.

Now you know a little bit about me, but I don't know know how you can remedy that? Stop by and say hi! Or howdy. Or hola. Or bonjour. You get the idea...

that was so great, amanda!
and i LOVE the biz tips ; i totally agree ;)