New sponsor Bri is an accounting ninja, gummy bear-loving mama, and one of my favorite interwebz friends. I once said that if she were to carry a business card it would simply say ROCKER OF HURRICANES, DEVOURER OF BACON, but that was before she started Balance Virtual. Bri can help businesses of all types, industries, and sizes, including households and individuals, get a grasp on their finances so they can focus on other things. Her specialty is helping small businesses with the necessary financial planning and advice that no one told you about when you opened that Etsy shop. If you have thought about creating a family budget or working on your own personal finances but have no idea how to begin, Bri is the woman for the job. Plus, look at that photo. She is smokin’ hot.
Olie Sylvester of Oompaul.com is supporting Little Big not once but twice with ads for two of his artistic endeavors. He carves one of a kind handmade pipes as well as hosts a podcast about all things pipe related. His pipes aren’t just functional, they are gorgeous and unique works of art. And then we have the Monstrosity series, “the pipes that ugly could not contain.” (I giggled all the way through the testimonials).
- Spindle-Legged Spider Pipe #5
- Spindle-Legged Spider Pipe #1
- Demon Pipes, Limited Editions
- First Virgin Monstrosity Pipe
The brainchild of Oompaul’s Olie Sylvester, Fine Art for the Frugal aims to put owning works of fine art within everyone’s reach. A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, he is the founder of Red Coral Creative. A list of Olie’s shows and awards can be found here. He practices a style of art known as Automatism , which was used by many of the early Surrealists. Automatistst produce art by allowing raw form to manifest itself without restraint or preconception. To me they look like bursts of color and emotion reflective of an inner state.
My librarian friend Lisa began creating these literary-inspired novel accessories a few years ago, and since then they have taken off. I’m proud to say I own two of her pins and they are my favorite thing to wear pinned to my winter coat or a librarian-esque cardigan. I once interviewed her and was able to work in both “tell me about your balls!” and “I fucking love Pride & Prejudice! This isn’t a question.” You don’t have to be a librarian to love these, though 9 out of 10 librarians do (the tenth librarian questioned was actually a MARC database).