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Philip and Alex Hughes Small Business Goals

Creative Small Business Goals for 2017

Last week, I wrote a recap of my 2016 small business goals, so this week it’s time to focus on 2017. I can’t wait to share my goals with you, but before I do, I’d like to ask for your help! I’ve created a short branding survey to help guide my decision-making for Wandering this year.

If you are willing to fill it out, I would be most grateful! Thank you for giving a little bit of time to help make Wandering Paper Co. better. I couldn’t do this without you!

Craft show setup for greeting cards

2016 Creative Business Goals Update

Well, it’s a new year, and that means new goals! Yes, I realize it’s a little late to write a “New Year’s” post, buuut one of my goals this year is to “get more rest” so you could say I’ve gotten a jump on that one.

Anyway, before I write about my goals for this year, I want to go back and revisit my 2016 goals. Here is a quick summary of last year’s goals, and ways I’ve addressed them:

Dallas Skyline Block Print

Creative Business Lessons Learned in My First Year

As Wandering Paper Co. nears its first birthday, I’ve been doing lots of reflecting on the past year. When I launched in November 2015, I went against my nature and just dove in. The last twelve months have been SUCH a crazy fly-by-the-seat of your pants whirlwind, and I’ve learned so much by just starting and figuring things out as I went.

Here are a few thoughts and lessons I’ve learned this year.
How to make a block print with a potato

How to Make a Potato Block Print


I recently decided to experiment with potato printing to make some fall themed notecards for Thanksgiving.

Potato printing is a great affordable craft, and you can do so many things with it! You can print on notecards like I did, or make your own fabric, tote bags, journals, wrapping paper, or anything else you can think of. It’s also a great way for kids to create meaningful gifts for the holidays.

So, read on for instructions on how to make your very own potato print!

The view of Ponte Vecchio on the Arno River

What to Do in Florence, Italy

I visited Florence five years ago, and fell in love with the city. It is the capital of the region of Tuscany and his home to beautiful Renaissance art and architecture, as well as various parks and gardens. It is also famous for its artisans, particularly in the areas of leather working and paper.

Read on for my recommendations!

Cliffs above Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

What to Do in Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre has been on my bucket list for a long time. The name literally translates to ‘Five Lands,’ and this portion of the Italian Riviera is made up of five towns: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Read on for my hotel, food, and activity recommendations.

Cars are not allowed in the villages; they are accessible only by paths, trains, and boats. Colorful homes cling to the rugged cliffside, connected by narrow walkways. Above the town, terraces line the mountainside and are used to cultivate olives and grapes. Philip and I hiked up the hillside one morning for a beautiful view of the village below.
Burano, Italy Block Print

The Canals of Burano, Italy Linocut Print

Burano is an island off the coast of Italy that belongs to the same lagoon as Venice. Like Venice, the town is accessible by boat, and can be traveled via its main canals. Burano is best known for two things: its intricate handmade lace work and brightly colored homes.