Tuesday, September 2, 2014

etsy talk: expanding the shop

Last month I posted about how excited I am to start adding to my Etsy shop again in the fall. As part of that, I've been going back and forth in my mind over the possibility of adding a couple of pretty floral accessories into the mix of crochet hair pieces and scarves. I'm thinking it would be a nice way to break up the cold weather pieces, and allow me to continue dreaming up ways to use all my favorite floral arrangements instead of just making crown after floral crown all for myself (as fun as that is - they rarely get much use!) Plus, I'd be able to promote my designs after the winter season too.

What do you think? If you have a shop... Have you switched up your offerings before? 

Monday, September 1, 2014

september + crystal cove

Happy Labor Day and Happy September aka the start to the BEST season of the year! It's been awfully hot + uncomfortable in our apartment the last month, so I've been sort of wishing for summer to be gone. But for our LD weekend, Kevin and I went to one of my very favorite spots in all of southern California, Crystal Cove. So I feel a whole lot better about the whole summer thing now. We swam in these beautiful waters, which are amazingly blue and clear at once...

The whole day was just perfect. I feel incredibly lucky that we can drive for an hour and be in a place so amazing. I brought my camera out for the first time in quite awhile and filled my memory card with photos, quickly trying to capture everything - but we'll just start with these waves for now, and all the shells that get folded into them from the shore.

In other news, I'm thrilled that September is here. August was all about work and felt like a never-ending cycle of getting ahead and falling behind. This month is about planning for fall (my favorite season, remember?!) - fall in my Etsy shop (which has only 3 listings, can you believe it!) - a certain fall road trip we've been planning for the last month - planning for other travel - and new projects. I'm looking forward to shaking things up a bit and going on as many adventures as I can fit in. xx

Thursday, August 28, 2014

DIYs to add color to your home

A quick update on life: Home decor/houseware DIYs are some of my favorites. That said, I haven't had time to do anything to my apartment in a good two months. I have a full calendar of post ideas and DIYs to do myself that I want to share here, but it just so happens that IFM gets pushed to the bottom of the daily to-do. So, without any further excuses, I thought a few good ol' roundup posts would help me get back on track, and inspire me they did! 

There isn't much I can do about these psuedo-neutral, nonwhite walls of mine (I even looked in the rental agreement for what the consequences of painting would be - it didn't go well), so I use DIYs and decor was a way to brighten things up a bit. Pair these with some white furniture and any room is a bit more lively.

Easy DIY Clay Jewelry Dishes by Gaby @ Hello Natural

MUST do these ASAP.

DIY Tree Slab Side Table by Emily Henderson

One of these days there will be trees in my home.

DIY Watercolor Mugs by Poppytalk

All you need is a mug and some nail polish.

Already scheming up ways to use this colorful twine.

Think of the decor possibilities.

Now, all I need is some uninterrupted DIY time.. This weekend, perhaps?