Brett is part of “the dream team”!

Brett, Raj, and their third business partner Kevin, recently got some really great press in the Champaign County News Gazette!  You can check out the article here!

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With two start ups, things have been quite busy in our house 🙂  The dream team even recently moved all of their equipment out of our downstairs and into an incubator space that they are renting.  I’ve crashed a few late night parties hack-a-thons deadline crunches with the guys at their new space in the past few weeks 🙂  The team is always hard at work!

If you want to learn more about what they do, click here and if you want to see their company’s official website, click here.  🙂

 

 

a homemade light box

Lacuna Loft sells product and activity kits to people undergoing cancer treatments.  This means that I currently have a picnic sized table full of the initial round of products to go into these kits.  And selling product kits means that I need pictures of product kits!  Here enters Brett 🙂  He found a really cool tutorial to make your own, homemade light box!  The light box allows for equal lighting all around the objects being photographed and results in some really great photos.  Brett mixed two different sets of directions together (found here and here) to make our very own light box 🙂

The whole process took about an hour and the box turned out really well!  We started with the box that our shop vac came in (seriously, shop vacs are an awesomely necessary household item…along with their box haha!).  Brett cut out windows on the top and two opposing sides, and the front.  I measured out white fabric to cover the top and sides, and Brett stuck them in place.

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Inca had to come and check in on our progress 🙂

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Then white pieces of poster board were cut out in order to cover up the remaining corners of brown cardboard on the inside of the box.

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Finally, a strip of cloth was adhered to the top, back side of the box and slung towards the front, bottom side.  This softens the appearance of the inside of the light box as it removes any right corners that were visible.

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Once the light box is complete, we set it on the dining room table and surrounded it with lights.

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And voila!  Brett took some practice shots with a vase that we have in the living room 🙂  It has been so handy having this light box around!  I’ve taken all of the product shots found in my business’s online shop in it.

photo 10What do you think?  Have you ever made a light box before?  🙂

 

Lacuna Loft – the big reveal!

After hinting about it for a number of weeks, I am finally ready to let you in on the details of my new endeavor!  Introducing…..Lacuna Loft!  Check it out here!

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Lacuna Loft is a magazine and e-commerce website geared towards young adults (20s/30s) dealing with cancer or long term illness (either as a patient or a caregiver) and their support network.  Young adults are at a time in our lives when we are facing new careers and families, competitive graduate programs, and our friends often have trouble relating.  The website is two fold:  there is a blog with articles on survivorship, personal stories, cancer life hacks, and much more AND an online shop with kits designed to quickly communicate the physical needs of the cancer patient with their social network.  Lacuna Loft is meant to help young adults adapt to their new, slower, day-to-day lives while also offering them the resources to easily communicate their needs with their support system.

Lacuna Loft provides a one-stop resource for the young adult patient or caregiver, and their loved ones.  Today is launch day!  🙂

Girly Wednesday ~ xxxxiv ~ Daring Greatly

I’ve been collecting some office mantras as I dream about framing things for putting above my desk.  🙂  I’ve also been reading a book by Brené Brown called Daring Greatly.  In a talk of hers I recently watched, she quotes the Man in the Arena speech given by Theodore Roosevelt…

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. ”

As I become closer and closer to sharing my new small business endeavor with everyone, I can’t help but identify with this quote.  (Teaser:  My official launch date is March 3…you all will definitely find out everything you ever wanted to know then 🙂 )  How does Brené Brown end up responding to this quotation by President Roosevelt?  “If you’re not also in the arena, getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.”

So, here is to the critics, to the victors, and to everyone who we lean on for love and support in every situation in between.