How to get your First 1,000 Followers on Facebook

6 Things to GROW your Facebook Following: Ask your friends and family to follow your page, but don’t beg them for a follow and don’t be insulted if they don’t follow you. They are not your ideal audience. But most times you can get 400-600 followers who are already your friends and family. Post four […]

How to Start a Blog – Blogging Advice for Newbies & Creatives

“How do I start a blog???” I get asked this question all the time so I want to share some tips with you on how to start a blog, as well as some general blogging advice.   I started my blog back in 2009 when blogging was really more of an online diary of sorts. […]

My Top 10 project FAILURES and FLOPS of 2015

I’m seeing all these “Top 10 projects of 2015”  articles from so many talented bloggers right now and I’m all over here like….. well, I think I DID make a few pretty things last year.  Lol. Without a doubt, 2015 was an amazing year for The Magic Brush and I.  I got to travel to Belize to […]

How my 14 year old son changed my business forever

14 years ago today, our son Noah was born and made me a mother.   Life has never ever been the same.  I had no idea the sheer joy that motherhood would bring. At the time we had Noah, I had only had my Magic Brush painting business for a little over a year. During that time, I […]

Yeah, I’m pretty much addicted.

  Hello, my name is Jennifer Allwood. I’m addicted to coffee creamer. And glitter. And Periscope. If you haven’t heard of Periscope yet, it’s the live video app from Twitter.  If you’re on Twitter, you can get onto Periscope (and if you don’t follow me on Twitter, you can find me HERE).  Periscope is only for your cell […]

Stay in your lane….

     People often ask me about how I’ve built my business both online and in the field to the size it is.  They wonder if it’s advertising?  Or luck? Or if I have a “secret” to success? And it makes me giggle because it’s none of that.  Yes I advertise and yes I’ve been […]

Fancy schmancy garage sales signs that advertise for a garage sale

We had a neighborhood garage sale this weekend and I had tons and tons of things to sell as we continue to change our home over from the brown and gold palette to the grays and creams.  I needed big traffic to get rid of ALOT of brown things. So I decided to make fancy schmancy […]

STILL don’t see the value of Pinterest for your business?

My web developer sent me my google analytics today for the month of April.  My referral numbers are so interesting that I HAVE to show you.  Look at line 2.  Pinterest!  My PINTEREST account is my 2nd leading referral source and sent 2,368 people to my website last month.  And I sell things on my website.  […]

Perfect Schmer-fect: how perfectionism could be killing your creative small business!

  To my creative entrepreneur friends: Are you a self-proclaimed perfectionist?  Or maybe you do not think you are a perfectionist, but maybe you are a creative entrepreneur and you joke that you are OCD.  Or an overachiever. Or obsessively meticulous. Those are just fancy-schmancy words for the same thing. Maybe you have had thoughts like this […]

OMGosh. I can’t believe they just commented that…..

Ok, I know you’ve seen them.  The comments on Facebook that are just so….. rude.  Mean spirited.  Downright nasty.  I’ve almost come to expect it on news pages with hot topics like politics or blogs like the famous Matt Walch’s. But more and more I am seeing hateful comments on decorating and painting sites.  “Creative” pages if […]