You all know I have sponsors. They’re people who pay to advertise on my site. Today I’m going to tell you a little bit of insider information on each of them.
I don’t mean I’m going to tell you their various criminal records, I mean interesting things. Like how they came to advertise on my site. Or what astrological sign they are. You know. Important stuff.
The cement tile shop is exactly what it says. A shop that sells every cement tile IMAGINABLE.
Yes you can order them over the Internet, yes they deliver to Canada.
They are a 2014 Award winner from Houzz for customer satisfaction. I’m particularly in love with the geometrics.
Just 2 days ago my friend was over and said she had a bunch of antique frames she wanted to fill with inexpensive prints. She thought she’d rip pictures out of a magazine maybe.
I answered her printing prayers by introducing her to Disposable Art Shop. Take a look around their site and you’re sure to find something you’d like to hang on your wall. Just download and print. Downloads average around $2.99!
Again, just 2 days ago I was doing a blog consultation and they asked who they should use to build their site. They had a web designer already but they weren’t completely happy with them. I immediately recommended WayLay. The reason I always recommend Wayne and Selina is because a) they know what they’re doing b) they’re incredibly nice c) there’s NEVER been a problem they didn’t solve for me and d) They will never, ever up and abandon you. What more do you want?
I met Daniela when I spoke at BlogPodium last year. She contacted me right after to ask about advertising on my site.
I can honestly say I think her blog about travel, fashion, design and life is one of the BEST kept secrets on the Internet.
You should read it.
Noelle from Ellenoire is a friend from highschool. She left our hometown to travel around like a vagabond, becoming a custom fragrance specialist along the way. She returned home, set up shop making custom fragrances for people and branched out into organic, natural products. Not one to be satisfied with a booming natural products business, she has now trained to become a hairdresser that specializes in naturally curly hair. We are both Sagittarian, which of course makes us both pretty great.
Craft de Ville comes to The Art of Doing Stuff from a relationship I started years ago with the fine folks at Dollarama. When I first started this site I contacted my most favourite store to see if they’d be interested in a collaboration. They were. Then they weren’t. Then they were. Then they weren’t. Nothing happened on that road, but the gals from Craft de Ville (who are of Dollarama stock) started their own site and I’ve been working with them ever since.
All you need to know about Texas girl Amanda’s Diamond Dust Studio is she makes the CUTEST tea towels this side of the Mason Dixon. I have no idea what that means, but trust me on the tea towel thing.
Anyone who reads my gardening posts knows about Laura from Cubits. I get my seeds from 3 places, and Cubits is one of them. Her seeds are organic, interesting and most importantly … GERMINATE!
If you want purple radishes or warty tomatoes, Cubits is your destination.
I came across Tricia Rose of Rough Linen the same way a lot of you found me. Through Design*Sponge. I saw her linens and thought … “I MUST own those”. I couldn’t afford them at the time, but I loved them so much I had to someone contact the creator of these beauties to tell her. So I emailed Tricia and we’ve been a team ever since. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING in my home makes me happier than the things I own from Rough Linen. The sheets, the napkins, the bread bag, the duvet cover and the soon to be curtains. There’s something about her custom woven linen that makes me feel rustic and rich all at the same time.
And finally Brenda. Brenda has been my longest running advertiser. She’s been with me since day one. Her woodworking is the best there is. Her handmade rolling pins glow. Brenda has the eye of an artist and the hands of a craftsman. She and her wares are special in every way possible.
At least once a month I get an email from someone complaining that there’s advertising on my website. They don’t like it. They ask me things like “Is money really that important?”.
At least once a month I reply to an email saying I got their complaint but was wondering where the rest of their email was. You know. The part where they complained about getting all of this entertainment and information for years and years for free.
And yes. Money really is that important. It’s kind of necessary for the essentials in life. Were it not for advertising on my site I’d be shouting these blog posts from a rolled up piece of cardboard from my hovel under a bridge while wearing clothing made from grass clippings I found in a park. Because I wouldn’t be able to afford clothing. Or a home. Or a computer. Or maybe even cardboard.
No one questions advertising in magazines, radio or television. But when it’s on a blog people become incensed.
No one questions the fact that they get paid for their work. Of course they do. They go to work every day and deserve to be paid. Duh. For some reason when you have a blog there are still those who think you should be doing it for free. I like to call those people stupid.
You fine folks, on the other hand are not stupid. You are clearly Sagittarians.
Have a good weekend and you’ll see me and my advertising again on Monday!
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