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“The $100 Startup” author event packs room at Books & Books

Author Chris Guillebeau talks to a packed room at Books & Books about The $100 Startup

“Imagine a life where all your time is spent on the things you want to do.”

Author/entrepreneur, Chris Guillebeau discussed his latest book, The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
with a packed room at Books & Books in Coral Gables last night.

Lucky for me, I had read about it on Alyson Stanfield’s post and got myself over to Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL in time to hear Chris Guillebeau talk about “The $100 Startup”!
Perfect timing. Already working on my re-Startup. Thanks Alyson and Chris and Books & Books :-)


* I only recommend products and services that I personally use and believe in. I have affiliate accounts with Amazon and Art Biz Coach and I may earn a commission on products that you purchase from following my links. This is another way an artist/entrepreneur is able to earn money and continue doing the kinds of work I love.

Wine, Food and Art pairing (South Florida)

photo: Schnebly Winery
Just read the latest Schnebly Winery newsletter and they’ve included an article on the annual “Dinners in Paradise” at Gabrielle Marewski’s Paradise Farms. This is a lovely, local, organic farm that’s renowned among top Miami chefs for providing the best in microgreens, heirloom tomatoes, herbs, edible flowers and more.

This season Paradise Farms is donating 16 Ready to Grow garden beds to 16 public schools through The Education Fund for their Plant a Thousand Gardens Collaborative Nutrition Initiative.

photo: Paradise Farms/Miami Victory Gardens

Schnebly Winery provided the dry Avocado Wine and their signature Category 3 Hurricane Vino for the Common Roots art exhibition that I co-curated with Arts At St Johns and I’m a definite fan of the Avocado Wine… surprisingly similar to a delicate chablis!

Paradise Farms is normally a private space, but during the “Dinners In Paradise”, you have the opportunity to come in, take a tour, enjoy a delicious meal and help a charity all at the same time!


It all relates. My art and custom designs are all about sharing the magic of nature’s energy. We are what we eat, drink and believe. There’s magic, memories, and balance in growing a garden, harvesting your very own vegetables and fruits and then preparing them and ideally, sharing a meal with friends and family. Bonus: here’s my Zingy Mango Salsa recipe!

Artists helping each other

Realizing more and more how important and rewarding is to network with fellow artists/designers. In addition to attending as many local art and fashion events as can realistically fit into my schedule, I read and follow artists and art business coaches. Here are a couple of my favorites and their current resources and insights:

Art Licensing artist and entrepreneur, Tara Reed posted an article on her blog today that networks on many levels: ‘Any artists interested in free money?” Click here to read the “Any artists interested in free money?” post and learn more about networking, affiliate programs and grant money for artists.

Art Biz Coach, Alyson Stanfield is posting a series of articles titled: “The first 4 steps towards selling your art.” Alyson continues to provide timeless and useful art marketing information. Her blog and website is chock full of resources, tips and I highly recommend you get her book, “I’d Rather Be In The Studio”.

Please add your comments on your favorite artists helping artists!

Have a great day…

A Gift for Artist’s, legal info on art licensing

Just listening to the interview that Artist, Tara Reed did with Attorney, Cheryl Hodgson. Full of excellent information on art licensing legalities, copyright, trademarks. Info about protecting your work on websites, where to find more info, resources galore. And, they have very generously provided the online audio for free.

>>> Read the article and download the interview here!


See my Art & Design for Licensing here.