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  • DIY Living Dead Halloween Wreath

    I’ve always loved a good DIY project. Lately, though, I can’t seem to fathom ever having the time for such luxuries. Seriously. When the heck did I fit in all the Michaels trips? All the crocheting of scarves and blankets? All the hours spent accidentally burning my fingers with the hot glue gun? I had the righteous calluses of a certified crafter, let me tell you. Alas, they seem to have faded with my DIY ambitions.

    But there’s something about the holiday season that gets my crafting spirit all revved up again. Suddenly I find that I have all the time for DIYing—especially when I turn off Netflix. Wait, whaaa? Who knew! (And Gilmore Girls reruns don’t count! I think they’re certified inspirational viewing material for any crafting activity. Yeah, that sounds about right.)

    As I was scrolling through Pinterest the other week, as one does when they’re in the crafting spirit, I came across some really cute DIY wreath ideas. I had been wanting to make a new Halloween wreath for a while now, so decided that was going to be my next project. I continued to scour Pinterest for just a tad longer. Yeah, we all know how that goes…

    Three hours later…

    I found my Halloween wreath inspiration!

  • It's the Great Glass Pumpkin

    Last Tuesday I shared what one of my all time favorite fall activities is. In case you missed it, it’s decorating all the things! Well…all the house things.

    You may have also caught what my all time favorite fall decoration is—or are in this case, as I have the beginnings of what will be quite the collection…

    I started accumulating these glass beauties about four years back. I know it was four years ago because I have exactly four glass pumpkins, and I limit myself to ONE pumpkin a year. It’s hard. Really, really hard. Especially when they’re all so freaking unique and adorable! But, this is exactly why I limit myself—could you imagine how many glass pumpkins I would be hoarding if I allowed myself to buy all the pumpkins?? I’d be like the crazy cat lady of glass gourds. And nobody wants that…

  • Halloween Product Launch

    It’s almost October! Eeek! My favorite fall month! Do you know what one of my all time favorite fall/ Halloween activities is?

    Decorating.

    Sure, I love decorating for all seasons—I mean Christmas, obviously—but there’s something so comforting about decorating for fall. The cozy jewel-toned colors and sweet cinnamon scents are pure magic.

    I usually decorate for fall starting on September 1st, then I decorate for Halloween, and come November I decorate for fall again. Yes, I decorate for fall twice. And yes, I have separate Halloween decor, because um, hello…Halloween!

    During the special month of October I break out all the creepy decor, adorning my house in frightful bursts of horror. You will find no smiling pumpkins or cartoon monsters here. Thank you very much.

    However, this year, time completely escaped me...

  • Why Having a Part-time Gig as a Creative Entrepreneur Is Actually Pretty Cool

    It may not be your typical 9–5, but there is no doubt that running a small business is a full-time gig, especially when you’re running the show alone. There’s the brainstorming and creating, the production, the bookkeeping, the restocking, the blogging, the client meetings, the photographing, the follow-up emailing, the social media-ing—and a million and one other little facets to running a business. As a creative entrepreneur, having a busy schedule is a given—it’s part of the job description. However, there is something in the realm of small business ownership that is, at times, questionable…

     

  • Don't Let the Insta Unfollow Kill Your Creativity

    We all know that Instagram is one of the most beneficial marketing tools for small and large businesses alike. It allows us to share our work, genuinely engage with followers and potential customers, expand our client base to individuals outside of our city, state, and even country, and build brand recognition—all for free!

    Aside from being an amazing social media marketing tool, Instagram can also be extremely influential in other, not so amazing ways. For instance, it can play some hefty mind games with  our self-esteem, ego and overall self love, or lack there of.

    I want to talk about how we allow our self-worth to fluctuate in unison with our number of Instagram followers...

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