Tattly Super Set 2016

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This is the third edition of Tattly’s Super Set: The 100 most popular Tattly enclosed in one cool hinged-lid tin.

If you order before 11:59pm EDT today, you get 50% off, during the annual birthday sale!

A Daring Adventure

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
– Helen Keller

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Tell Your Monkey Mind What To Do

There are many misconceptions about meditation that Tibetan Buddhist master Mingyur Rinpoche wants to set straight. The biggest one? You don’t have to quiet your mind for an extended period of time in order to reap the benefits. Here’s How You Can Meditate Anytime, Anywhere

Elizabeth Gilbert | Choosing Curiosity Over Fear

Elizabeth Gilbert is the force behind my all-time favorite TED talk. I enjoyed hearing her in conversation with Krista Tippett.

Happy Summer

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This GIF by James Curran made me smile.

What Matters is Saying Yes

“Do not be critics, you people, I beg you. I was a critic and I wish I could take it all back because it came from a smelly and ignorant place in me, and spoke with a voice that was all rage and envy. Do not dismiss a book until you have written one, and do not dismiss a movie until you have made one, and do not dismiss a person until you have met them. It is a f@*$%load of work to be open-minded and generous and understanding and forgiving and accepting, but Christ, that is what matters. What matters is saying yes.”
– Dave Eggers

(via Jonathan Fields)

Emoji Cap

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EmojiCap sells baseball hats with emojis on it. My kids vote for the poop. Of course.

A Precious Hour

“Poorly written emails are an early warning of intense busy. Yes, I lack the time to proofread an email, but the mail is sent. At least I accomplished something. The step beyond this is when shit is truly falling on the floor, and while shit on the floor is professionally unacceptable, there used to be a point of irrational pride in my head during this situation: Look at me, how important I must be, with all the… busy.”

A Precious Hour by Tanner Christensen

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Freddie And Co.

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In order to better understand its e-commerce customers, Mailchimp started an online store. The concept is simple: They collaborate with creative people to make fun, unique products for good causes. First they started out with design-y socks, and yesterday they launched 4 pins inspired by some of their favorite Atlanta rappers. The one above gets my vote. My favorite part of this experiment is the newsletters they send out, documenting the challenges of starting an online store. All so familiar! Love what their doing! Also, T (6) and I got to visit Mailchimp HQ yesterday and look what happened!

Glasses for Water

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Love these beautiful water glasses by Jane Kim.

Plant Mobile

Monstera Plant Mobile

This Monstera Leaf Mobile made me look.

Tattly = 5

Tattly turns 5

Today’s a big day! It’s been exactly 5 years since I announced the birth of Tattly. My team made me look back and share 5 things I’ve learned:

It takes a small village to run a physical product company.
When I started Tattly I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Being a User Interface Designer, I knew nothing about selling physical goods. I assumed that at the most I would end up with a company that I could feed with two pizzas, meaning 6 people max. False. We are currently 12 full-timers and 4 part-time helpers. We could easily hire 4 more folks but have to hold out until our sales allow us to. Tattly is an entirely bootstrapped company and every new hire is a milestone. Just like raising kids, it takes a small village to run a company like Tattly.

Trust breeds magic.
From the beginning days of Tattly I hired young, motivated smart folks, that were as excited as I am about developing a physical product company. None of them had any prior experience. But they had some serious HUSTLE. We all learned as we went along. I trusted them with building Tattly, sometimes with things I probably shouldn’t have trusted them with. But that’s ok, because trust is the biggest compliment of all. Over the past few years, this theory of mine has proven successful: Hire young folks that thrive when asked to figure stuff out, that are motivated and self-driven. Then, simply step out of their way. Let them know you trust them and watch them embrace the challenges and watch them over deliver. Trust breeds magic!

You have to embrace inventory tracking. And sales.
When you sell a physical good you need to know how many you have in stock. At all times. Seems trivial? Well, it took me a few years to finally implement a inventory management system (Netsuite). Best thing we’ve ever done. And, then just this year, I finally embraced selling as an art form. Guess what, your product doesn’t sell itself. You have to tell people about it. I had to learn that you can do see in really elegant, tasteful and fun ways.

The extra layer of love gives the product soul.
At Tattly we try to sprinkle a possibility of a smile into everything we do. How? If you subscribe to our newsletter, you might have noticed our love for puns! Ever ordered something online? Then you might have come across the messenger pigeon coordinates on our invoice! Did you ever stumble upon our Error 404 page? You should! Or my favorite: A few years ago, when we launched an invisible Tattly on April Fools day, designed by Mario The Magician. Just thinking about it still makes me laugh! I believe that these little possibilities of a chuckle are what give our brand soul.

Never underestimate the power of confetti.
I firmly believe that every business needs a confetti drawer. When you order on Tattly.com you have the option to add confetti during the check-out process. And sometimes we randomly add some to orders, because we think the customers would appreciate it. But don’t worry, when we do add confetti, we do it respectfully, and include a “CAUTION CONFETTI INSIDE” sticker on the package. Because, you know, messy.

Team Tattly

I am excited to be celebrating this 5 year milestone with my team. They are a fantastic, fun, hardworking group. Let me raise my confetti canon and say: Happy our Tattly birthday to you!

If you have followed my blog for a while, you might know that we have a birthday tradition at Tattly: We celebrate our birthday by giving our customers 50% off. Use discount code TATTLYTURNS5 for 50% off your order, this week only.* This only happens once a year so be sure to place your order before 11:59pm EDT 7/15/2016.

Ten Virtues for the Modern Age

PATIENCE: We lose our temper because we believe that things should be perfect. We’ve grown so good in some areas (putting men on the moon etc.), we’re ever less able to deal with things that still insist on going wrong; like traffic, government, other people… We should grow calmer and more forgiving by getting more realistic about how things actually tend to go.

Ten Virtues for the Modern Age, by Alain de Botton

Hand Painted Found Items

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Loving this series of handpainted found items by Dirty Bandit. Long live puns!

Handmade Leather Backpack

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Last week I had a meeting with a charming young lady and I couldn’t help but notice her stunning leather backpack. The one pictured above. It’s handmade in the Ukraine. And there are many other styles

Ikea x Hay

A trio of Danish creative agencies – Morten Kühl Christensen from Kühl & Solvstrom with Nikextension and Barkas – have unveiled the first in a new series of ad teasers in support of Ikea and Hay’s 2017 collaborative collection. Lovely!

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Don’t Do It

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Right.

This is Bananas!

I don’t even have words. This is Bananas!

Friday Link Pack

This made my brain melt.

Concrete Ways to Be an Actual Ally to Black People

– Smart. Someone Finally Designed An Easier Way To Hang Art

– “If we can accept distressing feelings for what they are — part of the normal flow of human emotion —then, paradoxically, we will be less distressed. Our distress comes not from experiencing those emotions, but from our reaction to them as being unacceptable or abnormal.” To Get Happier, Focus on What Makes You Miserable

– Here’s how you remove a cork stuck inside a wine bottle with a ribbon.

Top 10 Places to Download or Stream Movies For Free, Legally

Dad teaches a baby how to clean the house. Made me laugh.

– What? Regardless of what country you live in, and what stage of life you might be at, having kids makes you significantly less happy compared to people who don’t have kids. It’s called the parenting happiness gap. (via)

An overview of basic knife skills for the home cook. (via)

– There are a few people in my office that should wear this Taco Cop badge.

TATE Time Machine takes you back in time to see how art has changed.

Monstera leaf pin.

Want a mini Sloth hanging of your fingers? You can do that.

– Excellent read: 25 Ways To Kill The Toxic Ego That Will Ruin Your Life

– Watch out for the remote controlled sunscreen dispensing bird at your next beach visit. Made me laugh.

– Bas and I met a few years back when he did this mini documentary on me. We became instant friends. Shortly after he moved to NYC and is now part of my wonderful co-working community FRIENDS. He is one of the most talented storytellers I have ever met. In this interview Bas Berkhout explains the process behind his intimate short films on creatives. Check out his work.

– It’s summer. You might as well wear some butterflies.

– Honored to be featured on How Did She Get There?

CreativeMornings Podcast: MOBY

In this CreativeMornings Podcast you can listen to the renowned musician MOBY speak on moving to LA from NYC, creativity, inspiration, and the freedom to fail. You can also watch the recorded talk here.

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Food Fortunes

Food Fortunes

Food Fortunes is a take on Tarot and makes divining the sacred mysteries of “what’s for dinner tonight?” a snap. Simply lay the cards out three at a time and voila—a meal appears, a vision from the spirit realm. Food Fortunes can be played alone or with hungry friends to give apathetic appetites a mystical nudge in the right direction. Made me smile.

Every top 5 song from 1958 – 2016

Polygraph

Polygraph visually lists every top 5 song from 1958 – 2016. That was quite a trip down memory lane…