You Are So Ready For This (and design freebies!)

“Manifesto” is perhaps too strong a word, but we thought that it would be fun to make our mission clear. We also wanted a manifesto that would ring true to each of our clients, as our beliefs are aligned with yours. Natalia, Aeolidia’s copywriter, helped put together the wording for these things that we believe, Mariah created a beautiful print design (that each of our new clients gets in gold foil, suitable for framing!), and Sarah created some sweet little treats for Pinterest.

Aeolidia manifesto

 

Aeolidia manifesto

Some of my favorite businesses break all the “rules” of how to run a business, and most of what I do at Aeolidia is trial and error, idea and testing. I have many times found myself feeling uncomfortable when doing things the way I “should” do them, and then bursting ahead with vigor when I ditch the “should” and do it the Aeolidia way instead.

On the flip side, it’s silly to always blaze one’s own trail when there is a perfectly reasonable established path to follow, so of course many of the things that we do are industry-standard or tried and true business methods. One thing that you will hear over and over is that you can’t be all things to all people and that you need to specialize and find your own particular niche to be able to succeed. I agree with this, and luckily, we fell into a niche that we feel a strong affinity for right away, and have been serving my favorite types of businesses for a decade.

The creative small business

Yep! Those are our kindred spirits. I tried at the start to work on other types of projects, but oh my gosh, would I get bored out of my mind. No offense, real estate agents and electricians, but I have a hard time concentrating on your projects. Happily, I had some crafting friends who introduced me to the then rather subversive, but now quite everyday world of handcrafted goods. Did you know that Aeolidia began designing websites for crafters before Etsy launched? Boggles my mind!

 

Our clients are handcrafters, designers, artists, oddballs, perfectionists, entrepreneurs, hard workers, bright burning flames! We wouldn't have it any other way.

Our clients are handcrafters, designers, artists, oddballs, perfectionists, entrepreneurs, hard workers, bright burning flames! We wouldn’t have it any other way.

How we help

For our clients, we design brands, logos, packaging, marketing materials, websites. We create content, write copy, take photos. We strategize, consult, dream big.

For people who are not yet our clients (someday, surely? I’d love to hear from you!), we teach, we advise, we recommend, and we just generally cheer on anyone working hard to make a dream into a business.

The Aeolidia blog

Over the years, our humble blog has become just jampacked with useful articles, tutorials, and business-y thoughts, and it was getting harder and harder to find things the more I jammed in there. With the redesign, we worked hard to make everything clear and readable, as well as sort out categories that would be helpful, so you can find all these goodies.

Here are our most popular blog posts:

Here are my personal most favorite blog posts:

Bits of our manifesto:

Perhaps you have heard of Pinterest? Go pin these lovelies all over Pinterest for me, please! Sarah on our team had free rein to create anything she thought you’d like to see, and I’m thrilled with the results. I hear inspirational quotes are all the rage. :)

Products don't speak to people, the stories behind them do | Aeolidia's manifesto for creative businesses

Success: (insert your own definition here) | Aeolidia's manifesto for creative businesses

A good idea becomes a great idea when you let it out | Aeolidia's manifesto for creative businesses

Small businesses + big ideas = limitless possibilities | Aeolidia's manifesto for creative businesses

Opportunity happens when you do less waiting and more creating | Aeolidia's manifesto for creative businesses

Today’s freebie

We’re throwing a party! The Aeolidia website is all dolled up in fancy duds (read more about our transformation here), and we couldn’t be happier about how things are looking and working around here. We want to thank all of our clients, colleagues, collaborators, friends, and secret admirers with a week of giveaways here on our blog.

Here are some free wallpapers for you! Consider it an appetizer.

aeolidia free wallpaper download

iPhone 640 x 960

iPhone 5 640 x 1136

iPad 1024 x 1024

Desktop 1280 x 800
Desktop 1440 x 900
Desktop 1680 x 1050
Desktop 1920 x 1080
Desktop 1920 x 1200

Printable

Are you interested in seeing any of the single quotes from the manifesto as downloadable wallpapers, too? Let me know which one(s) you like best!

A Week of Giveaways!

To celebrate our new look, and ten years of creating beautiful things for inspiring businesses, we are having a week of giveaways here on the blog. Stick around until tomorrow (and the next day, and the next day)  for a chance to win something excellent from Aeolidia. Subscribe to my newsletter so you won’t miss one of these.

We will be giving away our services for free – we will be reviewing websites, making “next step” plans for businesses, and setting up new Shopify sites, all for free, and as many as we can possibly fit in. I hope we can help you with your creative business.

P.S. I would be over the moon if you’d share our giveaway with your followers (particularly if you suspect your followers have small businesses of their own), by blogging, tweeting, or otherwise chatting about what we’re up to. We will be sharing some “pin-able” content and downloads – I’d love to have your help spreading these all over Pinterest and Instagram!

Other active giveaways

Monday: A celebration of the new site, and an adorable merman swag giveaway.
This giveaway is over.

Tuesday: A celebration of our clients, and free wallpapers and a manifesto you can print out and put on your desk.
That’s this post!

Wednesday: huge list of tips for improving sales on your website, and a free website evaluation.
This giveaway is over.

Thursday: We help as many businesses as we can plan their next best step.
Ask us your burning questions »

Friday: We help as many business as we can set up a Shopify website.
Learn more about Shopify and let us do the setup for free »

About the Author

Hello, I'm Arianne! I am the head storyteller, idea hatcher, and yaysayer here at Aeolidia. I started making websites for friends in 1997, and never lost interest in building online homes for fascinating people. I have a great boss (me!) and I'm unafraid to play hooky to head out on an adventure. Some day I'll tell you about the time when, as a marine biology student, I was bitten by a baby elephant seal.

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18 comments
  1. One of these days . . . my dream is to become a client! Thank you Arianne – you and your team continually inspire me.

  2. Oooh, I love all the manifesto quotes!! The one that speaks to me the most (and I’d love to have as a wallpaper) is “products don’t speak to people, the stories behind them do” …which has always been my manifesto. With each product tag I make, I provide a history of the piece. And I love telling the story of how my business came to be…because of my grandma.

  3. Hello…. I like your space here and your products, quotes, manifesto’s are lovely. I always enjoy seeing your updates….

    Good Day to you,
    Karla

  4. I especially love the good idea one. The silhouette that the quote is resting on is gorgeous!

  5. KimShala says,

    Hi. It is nice to see you in person and hear your story. Now I get it… marine biology huh. I studied to be a scientist also.

  6. Well, I wish I can win something for my sophieandtoffee.com site somehow! My first choice has always been with Aeolidia, you guys rocks!

  7. Rachel says,

    Such great quotes, art, and articles!
    We love the new design and are always excited to read your articles.
    Keep it up!
    Maybe we’ll win something.

  8. You guys are the best! I love my new website and get so much positive feedback about it. I pinned a few images today and will go back and look the last few days so I can help spread the word of Aeolidia. Fantastic work and fantastic people! Me encantan! Thanks so much for what you did for Zinnia Folk Arts…Best, Anne

  9. One of these days is to have Aeolidia write my descriptions so they do tell a better story than I guess I’m telling and have some sales.AND, wonderful professional photographs.

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