Sunday, May 24, 2015

Making Monday 90

Welcome to Making Monday

Hello friends. I hope you're all having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and spending extra special time remembering friends and family members that have passed on to the next life.
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This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!
 

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:

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Gracie educates us on Ordering Custom Art & Decor.
 
The Best Hamburger & Meatloaf Seasoning
Lori's tried a new seasoning for hamburgers and meatloaf and it's her new favorite ~ The Best Seasoning for Hamburgers and Meatloaf.
 

These are the fabulous features for this week, chosen by Lori:

Feature90-TieDyeNailsHow to Tie Dye Your Nails ~ Jamie at C.R.A.F.T
 
Feature90-PetiteCoconutPopoversPetite Coconut Popovers ~ Brandie at Home Cooking Memories
 
Feature90-NoFryFriedIceCreamNo Fry Fried Ice Cream ~ Jen at Cincy Shopper
 
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DIY "Our Family Rocks" ~ Dawn at Homemaking Hacks
 
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Lavender Shortbread Cookies ~ Meinhilde at Kiku Corner
 
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Indian Saag Paneer ~ Rebecca at My Natural Family
 
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Easy Homemade Onion Rings ~ Jaime at Coupons and Freebies Mom
 
There are such lovely projects every week and we're so grateful to have such a creative community come together each week!
Y'all are the bomb!
If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
And don't forget, if you didn't make it as a feature this week, check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
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Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!



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Ordering Custom Art & Home Decor (Why it's awesome!)


Last week I shared with y'all how to love a creative person. It was really fun to write because it kinda made me understand myself a little better, and totally made me appreciate Reed so much. As I was writing that post I was about to start three HUGE projects I have had on my plate for  a while and so I was still very much in the excited stage. Now I am in the midst of those projects and I'm still pumped but I'm a little bit nervous too. Every time I start a project for a client I always have to explain myself to the people who help me along the way. I don't want that to sound bad, it's always good explaining but I start off with "Well, my dream is to be a furniture builder, so I am starting this for a lady..." and what I have learned from Reed is I need to give myself more credit. I AM  furniture builder, I AM designing and building this for a CLIENT.

So as a kind of transition from last weeks post on how to love a creative person I thought I would write a post about why supporting a creative person is important, and how you can do that while also getting awesome work for your home :)



I don't want this to be a "buy my product" post, so I am not going to post any thing "for sale" but I am using images of pieces I have built and sold in the past. I want this to be a post that will talk about the benefits from buying from a maker and helping support THEM while getting awesome unique work for YOU.  

So anyway, in this world of IKEA furniture at awesome prices, everyone falling head over heals for chalk paint thrift finds, I have found that often times it is hard to convince people that purchasing custom work is worth it. I get it that custom work can cost more than a thrift shop, and some cases IKEA. But when you are purchasing work made by a small time, small business you are doing so much more than purchasing an item for your home.

You are supporting a dream.

You are helping pay the bills.

You are funding a new business. 

You are telling them they have a talent. 

You let them know they are worth it

Now, those are not meant to be cheesy gooey "quick go buy something from ETSY" reasons. Those are legit things that every time I get a purchase of any item, $15- $1,500, will run through my mind. I am always so encouraged when someone thinks my product is WORTH their money. They don't ask for discounts, they don't try and barter or bargain with me. They treat me like they would a real business. THAT means so much! 




Now, I also wanted to share a few reasons on why purchasing custom work benefits YOU!

You are getting a quality piece.
  - Usually. Now I get that some ETSY shops may not produce the "best" work. But for the most part, people that are wanting this to be a career. They are producing QUALITY work for  a crazy good deal. Think about it, when you purchase something from IKEA, 1. it's not real wood and 2. you have to put it together when you get home. If you order a handmade cusotm piece of furniture from a local builder, they will put in HOURS of work, and use the best materials and you don't have to worry about assembling it when you get home! 

You are getting something totally unique. 
- You know how when you see an HGTV home and it always has the coolest stuff, like so many unique pieces that you can never find. Usually, it's because you are right, you can't just find those. They are having pieces made for the space, or reworked specifically for them. Guess what YOU CAN DO THAT TOO! It may sounds crazy, but you don't have to copy an entire room from the Pottery Barn magazine, you can make one that functions and looks the way YOU want when you work with a custom builder/maker. 

You are getting a story.
- This is my favorite part about buying from small businesses. I love to tell people, "Yeah I found this girl in town that does custom work, she has a sweet little studio where she does everything in her yard." Or whatever the story was. There is always a story, how you found them, the process you went through to design the piece, a new friendship, SO MANY STORIES! 



Basically, buying custom art and home decor isn't as scary and expensive as you may think. Do your research find a local maker that can help you build a dining room table to fit YOUR space AND your BUDGET. Find someone that you want to support their dream of painting for a living. ETSY has made this a little easier, but if you want something local to you, usually the good ole google can help you find someone local. Just put in a little bit of time and you could end up with something you never dreamed could be apart of your home. 

Find someone and be apart of their story. 




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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Making Monday #89

Welcome to Making Monday

This week Reed and I had to use the AC for the first time... I am STOKED because I love warm weather. I love not having cold toes...


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This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!
 

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:



This week I tried to put some perspective on how to love a creative person. We can be a bit tricky sometimes ;)

Lori's newest fav. meal is her Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps. I must say, I mayyyyy be trying them soon! 
 

These are the fabulous features for this week, chosen by Lori:




 I really like the asymmetric trend and this DIY Hi-lo Circle Skirt would be perfect in a nice cotton for summer. 


Lets all start getting summer ready, most importantly getting our Yards Summer Ready!


These are a super cute and easy project - Spring Wood Flowers DIY


For all you recent grads, how about a couple Resume Tips!


Y'all know I love some shoes... These DIY Ombre Dyed Canvas Sneakers are rad!
   
 
There are such lovely projects every week and we're so grateful to have such a creative community come together each week!
Y'all are the bomb!
If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
And don't forget, if you didn't make it as a feature this week, check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
MakingMondayGuidelines


Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!



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Friday, May 15, 2015

How to Love a Creative Person Well

As an artist I've realized that sometimes my love language is a little hard for others to understand. Thankfully I come from a family that most of us are very creative so my creative side was nurtured and loved growing up. College was an amazing time because I was surrounded by artists that knew exactly when to critique and when to inspire me. It was such a high to be surrounded by people that really understood me for 4 years! Once I got married I realized that not everyone really understands art, not only art they don't understand how to love the artist. My husband has learned so much and is great at understanding how loving me also means loving me as an artist.


I thought I would share somethings that I've had to let my husband in on when it comes to loving a creative person. So here are 5 quick tips on how to love the creative person in your life well!

1. Remind them you see what makes them unique.
This may seem like a no brainer, but as a creative person we are pretty aware of what makes us different than others and that is something we love. We strive to have our own style that allows us to stand out as who we really are. Even just little compliments mean so much, (same goes for all ladies, creative or not!). It can be about their personal style, artistic style, their creative mind, anything! Just be aware of the unique qualities and appreciate them!! (My husband loves my sketch books. He respects them and had to learned  not to write in them with out asking, but constantly tells me he loves watching me walk around Lowes with my pencil and sketchbook.)

2. Allow them creative space.
If a creative person doesn't feel like they have a place to create it can be so stifling. It doesn't have to be an entire studio but having a space that expresses their style and inspires them to work is key! I work very differently then my husband and I can't handle when he comes in and moves things around. But when I'm in my own space I can pick up a project instantly. I have a guest bedroom turned studio with all my supplies visible, it's where most of my ideas happen :)

3. Understand their creative cycle. Creativity has a lot of steps and it starts over with each project. So being aware of this can help you encourage them through out each phase.

  • It can start with totally inspired bliss, being pumped and ready to get started on your newest idea. When your creative love is in this state don't stop them!! They need you to be excited too :) 
  • Once we get working and thinking, so many times we will feel like a failure. Like our ideas are stupid and we will beg you to agree. ( I do this too much, luckily Reed has learned it's a trap!!). Best thing to help them out of this funk is to get them brainstorming, get them thinking about how they can make their original plan a success! 
  • After the plan has been re-thought we want to do it all on our own. No help, I've got this and I can prove to you that it was a good idea! Give them a second to get it done.
  • Ecstatic finish! We just wanna shout to the roof top that we finished this project and wanna talk about it. TALK TO THEM! Step back and enjoy hearing them explain every detail they love and how they would improve it next time. 
4. Their work is always personal. Remember that even if you don't think a comment is a big deal, to them it is a statement about them personally. I've had negative comments from strangers make me feel like such a failure, but having someone at home that knows my strengths and can point them out keeps me from feeling like a failure. 

5. Always be willing to day dream with them! Creative people never stop thinking, and most of what they are thinking isn't about stuff that is physical. It's about a future project, a new design, a beautiful new house, a romantic trip. Anything that allows them to escape where they are. The BEST way to support a creative person is to take these day dream trips with them. Feed their soul by sitting and day dreaming every once in a while. 

Remembering these few little things can be huge in supporting the very unique and creative side of your special someone. None of these are huge or ground breaking, but can mean so much. I love feeling like my husband understands my creative side, it makes me happy to have him be apart of that part of my life :)

To all you creative people, your love language is as unique as you are! Help your other half realize how to support you, it will be amazing how having someone in your creative mind with you will help your process grow!

Did I miss anything?? I know I have a lot of creative people here, how do you feel most loved??

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Making Monday!!

Welcome to Making Monday

Hello friends. I hope you've had a wonderful weekend and Mother's Day and I hope your upcoming week is great. Thanks for joining us for another party. We love the diversity of what's shared here each week ~ it's our favorite day of the week!
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This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!
 

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:

Feature88-GracieGracie has a Summer Spruce Up Giveaway going on right now.
Hop on over right now because you won't want to miss it!
 
The discovery Game-2
Lori reviewed a fun and romantic game for married couples.
You won't want to miss this one either!
 

Check out these fabulous features for this week, chosen by Lori:

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Peanut Butter Cookie Bars ~ Jo Ann at A Pretty Life
 
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Easy Individual 7 Layer Dip Cups ~ Manuela at A Cultivated Nest
 
Feature88-ChoreChartWork for Hire: DIY Chore Chart ~ Emily at My Love For Words
 
Feature88-FloralPlacecardHoldersDIY Floral Placecard Holders ~ Marie at Blooming Homestead
 
Feature88-Cotton&TulleSkirtCotton and Tulle Skirt Tutorial ~ Emily at Nap Time Creations
 
Laura at Inspiration for Moms
 
 
There are such lovely projects every week and we're so grateful to have such a creative community come together each week!
Y'all are the bomb!
If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
And don't forget, if you didn't make it as a feature this week, check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
MakingMondayGuidelines

Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!


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