29 January 2014Behind The Seams, Look Books
Ashley Ambirge is the witty and creative CEO of House of Moxie, Inc. and founder of The Middle Finger Project Blog. Through The Middle Finger Project she has helped small business owners take their first steps toward success with some encouragement, humor, and a dash of sarcasm. Recently she took time out of her busy jet setting schedule to sit down and talk to us. Here is a bit about her inspiring story.
Well, after being at my first job for a while I got a big head and realized I could do copy writing on my own so I decided to quit my job and start my own copy-writing business. I failed miserably.
So, I went back to work for an ad sales company. After I had been there for a couple years I starting getting a big head again and felt like I wanted to do more. My only purpose there was to make other people money and I wanted something more rewarding and meaningful than that. So I finally decided to quit my job again and that’s how The Middle Finger Project began and now it has grown into a million dollar online business.
The Middle Finger Project is a place for anyone who is thinking about starting their own business or wants to live life more but are too scared to take those first steps or aren’t quite sure how to start. We serve as a community and support for everyone wanting to take those next steps.
I love to travel and did a lot of research on the positive effects that traveling has on a person and it truly helps people grow. Everyone kept coming to me saying they wished they could travel as much as I did, so I wanted to give people a way to do that and put their money where their mouth is.
The other week someone asked me what it is to live a life with purpose and my response to that was to live a life ON purpose. We can get so caught up with just going with the flow that we forget to live our life and get caught up in every one else’s flow of life. With traveling you are forced to make different things a priority and get out and see things that you normally wouldn’t go and see. It truly just enhances your life a lot.
This is going to sound childish but there is one thing that ties everything together and that is at the end of the day I just want people to have fun! It’s not the end of the world if something doesn’t work. You can recover from that. We take life so seriously and I just want people to have some fun.
No, I never thought about giving up. The first time I failed I just got pissed off. And then in the beginning when TMF wasn’t doing well I got pissed off again and realized I was done. I was done screwing around and I was going to get serious. So I decided to move to Chile and started doing things the right way. As a case study, I updated my progress week by week and made it public for people to follow. It gave me motivation because I couldn’t slack off. And I’m actually in the process of turning those weekly updates into a book to help others who are getting started see what worked and what didn’t work.
Proving it to myself. I have to prove myself every single day. There is never a day where there is not a single thing on my to-do list and everything is constantly changing. I have to keep improving and prove to myself that I can do it. Keep making your goals bigger and bigger and keep going after them.
Create a platform – the world is crazy and loud and competitive and you have to make yourself known.
Right now I’m obsessed with expanding the platform and optimizing and creating that community feel. I want TMF to be a household brand.
Ashley is making a loud statement that everyone should do what they want and have fun doing it. Because life is short and we should enjoy it while we can. What have you been holding back on doing?
Looking to start a fashion line, but not sure where to begin? Our Label Rebel Isabella Rose Taylor used Customized Girl at the beginning of her career to create one-of-kind designs to test the market. She created an amazing website to sell her fashion line and had Customized Girl do some of the initial printing for her shirts and tanks. Since then, her brand has exploded into a thriving business. She’s been featured on The Today Show, in the Wall Street Journal, and in a ton of other amazing shows and newspapers. And get this: she is twelve years old! Yeah, she is a rather incredible young person.
After things really took off, she needed to produce her line at a higher volume. She eventually began purchasing from a local vendor, but she still uses Customized Girl today for samples. If you have the itch to start your own fashion line, Customized Girl just might be the solution to help you get started, like it was for Isabella! Here’s more about Isabella and the story behind her designs and business.
Isabella Rose Taylor is a 12-year-old fashion designer and fine artist from Austin, Texas. With a penchant for design and a lifelong passion for art, Isabella began designing when she was just nine years old, and launched her first clothing collection in February 2012 on her website at www.isabellarosetaylor.com. In September 2012, Isabella debuted her 2013 fall collection in her first runway show during Austin Fashion Week. Isabella quickly caught the attention of the national media and was profiled by The Associated Press that same month. In 2012, she won the Rising Star Award for Fashion at Austin Fashion Week. Currently, she has been chosen as an “Emerging Designer” for the WWD-MAGIC Emerging Designer Showcase.
Isabella’s fashion collection is a natural extension of her lifelong passion for art. She believes fashion and art are inextricably connected. This sentiment is reflected in her motto, “If art had legs it would be fashion.” Isabella began painting when she was three years old and continues to paint every day. A prolific artist, she had her first two gallery shows in 2012 when she was 11. Her paintings were shown at the 2002 Gallery in Austin and at Kristy Stubbs Gallery in Dallas, where they sold out in a matter of months. Currently, Isabella’s paintings can be purchased through Kristy Stubbs Gallery in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, she has appeared on the TODAY show and the Steve Harvey Show.
Isabella is also a published writer and poet. She previously served as an editor for Amazing Kids! Magazine and was on the advisory board for Creative Kids Magazine. She is also a member of Mensa and a Davidson Youth Scholar. At only 12 years old, she is a full-time college student pursuing a degree in Art. In 2012, she won the Scholastic Art & Writing Gold Key Award for her couture. Isabella lives in Austin Texas with her family.”
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Valentine’s Day is not just for boyfriends and girlfriends or husbands and wives to celebrate, it’s also a day for families to spend time together and appreciate their love as a family! With Valentine’s Day landing on a Friday this year, it gives families even more of an opportunity to celebrate because there are no early work meetings or school schedules to keep the next day. So, what do you have planned?
There’s a good chance you’re all working on gifts to give one another for Valentine’s Day, and not just any gift, but one that’s personalized, simple and meaningful. If you’re looking for a custom Valentine’s Day gift that is going to knock the socks off your family, we have some great products for you to personalize and make your own! Below are some of the gifts you can customize for mom, dad, the kids and even your family pet!
Yes, custom shirts can be a great motivator for those that made the New Year’s resolution to get into shape, but customized shirts are also fun for the non-gym goers too! Maybe your New Year’s resolution for 2014 is to enjoy things a little more and not to hit the gym, because let’s face it, some of us are not all that cracked up about fitness.
Instead of running on the treadmill, many of us would rather be getting our cardio in by doing a little shopping! So for those of you who are resisting the New Year’s resolution trend of working out, we have anti-workout shirts that will express everything you love besides push-ups and sit-ups. We have tons of great anti-workout shirts based around all the good stuff in life like pizza, naps, and of course, shopping! If we don’t have a design that expresses what you would rather be doing than working out, create your own using our design center.
What do you love more than working out and would put on an anti-workout shirt?
What do you get your man on Valentine’s Day? Guys always seem to have it easy. They know every year we’ll love getting chocolates and flowers, but flowers really don’t work for guys, so what do we do?
This year for Valentine’s Day, give the person you love a little Valentine’s Day surprise by creating custom underwear that is for his eyes only. Your boyfriend, fiancé or husband will love the customized undies with his name on them, and you’ll love them too!
We have a wide selection of intimates available for you to customize and you can even customize matching boxers with your name on them for him! You can also customize a matching camisole to go with the underwear you created for the perfect one-two punch that is sure to knock him out on Valentine’s Day! With a personalized gift like this, there is no way he will be able to resist being your Valentine!
With Valentine’s Day about a month away, now is the time to start thinking of the ways you will be celebrating the day of love. Some already have their Valentine’s Day date locked up while some are waiting for a visit from cupid. While a lot of emphasis is put on having a valentine, the day can also be about conveying other things you love in life and couldn’t live without; and the best way to do that is with I heart anything custom shirts!
Customize a shirt to represent something or someone you love by using our design center to add any art or text to create the perfect shirt to wear on Valentine’s Day! Custom I heart anything shirts will show the world what you love while also being festive for the holiday!
I Heart British Accents
I Heart Music
I Heart My Boyfriend
I Heart Mardi Gras
I Heart My Pug
I Heart Mustaches
I Heart Black Friday
Erin Hoppe was recently recognized in our hometown of Columbus OH with the Emerging Arts Leader Award. She serves as the Executive Director for the VSA – a community of inspired artists that seek to bridge art and disability. Spend three minutes around her and you’re inspired. We recently had the opportunity to chat with Erin, and here’s her story.
I guess you could say as a kid. I was always kind of a nerd. I’m not really into creating my own art and never really was but I have always had an appreciation for it. My parents raised me that way.
It was founded in 1986 as a non-profit organization and we now have 34 locations throughout the U.S. and are an international organization. We work to advocate for accessibility and equality, advance careers in the arts, help communities, and improve academic achievements of Ohio’s students through art integration.
We provide professional opportunities for artists by helping to set up booths at local events so they can sell their work without having to pay the fees that would keep them from doing it on their own. We have art education residencies and we’ll have master artists come in and teach students geometry through dance or how information can be presented visually, verbally, or kinesthetically.
In the fall we had our 2nd Annual film festival called Reel Abilities, which started in New York and shows international award winning films about people with disabilities or by people with disabilities and then we held workshops and panels to go along with the event.
Well I’m the only full-time staff there so I wear a lot of different hats. And I don’t really look good in hats so I’m trying to make it work. I wish I could have a larger team to work with but the funding just isn’t available right now so until then it’s a lot of self-motivation and working with a small team.
No, not at all. I attended college in California, where I’m from, and originally thought I was going to school to become a pharmacist because that’s what my whole family does. But once I started I realized that was not for me. Then around graduation my mom began asking me what I was going to do and I still had no idea. It wasn’t until I talked to one of my professors that he introduced me to art administration. So I moved to D.C. after graduation for an internship and realized it was a perfect fit.
A lot of people don’t realize that art is so much more than painting or theater; it is writing, or architecture, or even branding. I always say we should shut down everything that has to do with the arts for 2 days so people can see how important it really is. We wouldn’t have any music, our streets would be a mess because we wouldn’t have the architecture behind them; everything we do and use has some form of art behind it.
This job specifically has really opened my eyes and changed the way I looked at the world. I never thought I knew anyone with a disability but it doesn’t always have to be an obvious disability. I realized a disability could be anything and happen to anyone at anytime. And art feeds your soul, so sometimes we need to not focus on all the big issues like implementing healthcare programs.
I love the advocating aspect of it. Going to meetings and talking about why art matters and can make a difference even if people aren’t always interested. It’s important to be involved and you can advocate every single day in different ways.
I guess I would say if a job seems too hard just go for it anyway. If it’s what you really want to do just go for it. It’s essential to take part in democracy so get involved.
Yeah it was definitely an honor. I’m very humble and don’t like talking about myself but it was nice to be recognized.
Erin is making a statement that art should be accessible to everyone; that at the core, everyone is an artist. What kind of artist are you?
The workout season is here and no excuses are allowed! You, and the many others who have made the New Year’s resolution to drop a few pounds, are going to reach the weight loss goal you have set and our custom workout shirts are here to help you along the way!
Our workout shirts are better than the ones you can find at any department store because our shirts can be personalized! This means you can put anything you want on your workout performance wear to inspire you during your workouts. Why spend thousands of dollars on a personal trainer to motivate you to get into shape, when you can have motivational workout shirts to encourage you for a lot less! Add the text and art you want to your workout shirt that will have you pushing out one more rep or running that extra half-mile. Customize a workout tank or shirt today that will keep you on the right track to fitness success!