Happy Happy Thursday everyone!
I don’t know about you other makers out there, but Holiday is my busiest time of the year. Not only am I making inventory to sell, but I also make all my Holiday gifts.
About six months ago I relaunched my Etsy with my summer inventory. After a few months of sale, I closed the shop to get ready for Holiday. Today, I want to share the special holiday items I have for sale!
I have two specialty ornament lines: cupcakes and pizza!
My pizza ornaments are available in two styles: slices and whole hearts.
The cupcake ornaments have multiple flavors available.
(only grey background available, white SOLD OUT) Red Velvet
Hello!! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week??? I can’t! Soon, it’ll be Christmas, then New Year’s, then 2020.
But anyway! I posted about a month ago how I was going on a little hiatus from my site to focus on a few special projects. One of the projects I have been working on (shameless self promotion time) is a small lady business Saturday event!
This event was founded by two good friends of mine in 2015, and I had the opportunity to have a booth at the event last year. This year, I volunteered to help organize the event with the two of them. (Wow! I did not realize how much work went into it and I cannot believe the two of them did it by themselves last year! Kudos!)
Not sure when the small business Saturday movement started, but this event is similar in that it encourages patrons to shop local for the holidays but with one twist…we feature lady business owners!
I will also be vending at the event as well! Please come out and support not only small business, but girl bosses of Northeast Ohio!
You can find a full list of the vendors at our Facebook event page found here!
I’m SO SO excited for this new line of crochet hair accessories! I created these fun headbands because I could not for the life of me find a bow headband that I liked! So, like any maker, decided to make my own!
I have four pre-made styles available as well as will be taking custom orders.
Headband Color – Blue
Main Bow Color – White
Center Bow Color – Red
Want to know more about color options? I use “I Love this Yarn!” available at Hobby Lobby. Feel free to browse the color options here, most BASIC colors will be available. Unsure if I have a color? Message me on Etsy and we can talk! Solid colors only please!
If you have any questions about sizing, custom colors, or anything else, don’t hesitate to ask!
A couple months ago, I turned my Etsy shop into vacation mode to prep for new products for the summer. Over the next couple weeks, I want to share the story of each of my new products! Up first: Handmade Dream Catchers!
I always wanted to learn how to make a dream catcher, but it looked so complicated! Now, there is this really cool website called Pinterest (have you heard of it??) where you can literally search for any craft ever and you are bound to fins a free tutorial! Low and behold, after two minutes of searching, I found a great tutorial on how to make a dream catcher. It was a lot easier than I anticipated it to be!
I am all about using my stash. Each one of these dream catchers are made 100% of materials in my craft closet. At one point in time I purchased the materials for one project or another. Now they are recycled into these pretties!
I wanted to have a theme for each dream catcher. Now, I will be honest that the name for them came after I made them, but there was still planning!
I have so much fun making these! I still have so many materials left and at least five more dream catchers planned out! I also take customer orders.
I started this tradition in 2014 when I turned 24. I made a list of things I wanted to do before I turned 25, and I did not do as well as I thought. I seriously thought I was going to do so much better this year. Overall, I am very happy with what I accomplished!
Here’s how I did:
1. Puxatomy Phil (didn’t wake up in time/couldn’t get off work)
2. Homemade Sushi I’ll give myself this one. I didn’t make sushi, but I did make pot sitckers! Complete with bamboo steamer, which is only $20 bucks at Bed, Bath and Beyond!
3. Crafty Mart I will also give myself this one. I applied to Crafty Mart, but sadly was not accepted. However, everything happens for a reason. The next day after I got my reject email, I got a DM from a friend that she was having a show the same day! I applied and totally got in! I had SO much fun, and also learned A LOT!
4. Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting
Yes please. I made this within the first week of making this list. OMG! They were very delicious. I need to make them again!!
5. Make $100.00 selling my stuff
Yes. This happened. I opened my Etsy shop this year! I finally decided to jump in and try! I had more success selling than I thought I would!
6. Post a blog once a week
7. Travel outside of the U.S.
I didn’t travel outside of the US, but I did make it to Columbus, OH. Does that count?
8. Christmas at my house
It was a success!
9. Brunch once a month
Not sure if it was once a month…but it sure was a heck of a lot! I will eat brunch for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…any day!
10. Go to Canada I didn’t go to Canada, but I pretended like I was from there at a hockey game?
11. Become more organized at work I finally had time to catch up and figure out what I was doing.
12. Finish the Lizard tour 13. Do my dishes everyday 14. Make my Halloween costume 15. Read 5 books
16. Journal 5 minutes a week
I don’t think it was 5 minutes a week, but it was a lot more than I was previously.
17. Pizza/Movie once a month
Like brunch, don’t know it was once a month, but it was very often!
18. Try Yoga 19. Go to the Drive-in 20. Build a bookshelf 21. Eat better 22. Create a new drink 23. “Friendsgiving”
24. Go to 5 concerts
Waaaay more than five….
25. Make myself happy!
I have been doing WAY more for myself. The biggest thing this year was exploring places outside of Akron. I’ve been hanging out in Cleveland a lot more, and I seriously LOVE this city.
Last year I accomplished 11, this year I accomplished 12. Moving in the right direction. Goal for 2016/2017: 15!
All kits are handmade, printed, and packaged in Akron, Ohio. Journal pages, label images, and page borders are printed on 24 lb. resume quality paper.
Each image is 100% original designs of Make, Create, and Appreciate…or myself! I had so much fun designing these little critters! Although, my favorite is the tree stump, not entirely sure why…
I’m going to be showing a demonstration on how to use this kit this month! However, if you are already hooked, the kits are on sale on my Etsy shop for $20.00 +shipping. First time buyer’s can snag 15% off their first purchase with coupon code NEWBIE!
Good morning everyone! I hope you enjoy your day with positive vibes!
I am going to begin sharing my paintings with you from now on!
I think there should be a slight background on myself.
Today is a learning moment about me. Those of you who are new to my blog may not have read my about me, or even know much about my college career.
I have never discussed this but I actually started off college as a duel degree in fine arts and art education (fine arts is a BA and art education is a BS). I wanted to be an art teacher. I truly enjoy teaching and training, but at the time when I started college I was too immature to take my education classes seriously. After two years of constant art studio classes I became burned out, and I also knew I would never make it in my education classes. I decided to change my major to geography. I never regret the choices I make in life, I believe that everything happens for a reason. I loved every minute of the time I spent as a geography major, but I do wish I would have just powered through the stress and toughed it out.
It was hard. Here I was, taking a hobby that I used to de-stress and make into a career. I became stressed because I had deadlines to meet. It became unenjoyable. I lost my creativity.
Flash forward to 2015.
It took me almost two years to gain back my inspiration after being sucked dry of my creativity. I loved being an art major, my homework was paintings and my exams were critiques. I saved money on text books because I already owned the supplies for my classes, but the classes were very demanding.
I love that I now can buy a canvas and just paint what ever is on my mind. It took a while to get back here, and I’m glad I’m back! I am back into regularly painting! I excited to share my paintings with you! Like some that you see? You can always find the ones I share and more on my Etsy Shop!
Today, I present to you “A Starry Night in the Forest.”