brown paper packages tied up with ribbon

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Ever have a gift you want to give and to someone really special, and you just want to add that “little something”? I have always and forever loved wrapping my gifts almost as much as I love picking out the perfect things to give. So, when it was my turn to create a project for the Maya Road Design Team blog this past week, I decided to raid my stash of maya road embellishments and make a pretty package. I really believe the accessorizing can make the paper that you choose really pop!

You can see my post with a few extra detail photos on the maya road blog. Have a lovely Monday!

Mollie Makes issue 53 is free today

My all time favorite crafting magazine is running a super fun promo today – if you own the app you can get Mollie Makes issue 53 for free. It’s an awesome way to check out the magazine and see what you think of the projects they include.

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You might even see a project that I contributed – these fun stitched coasters. And shhh… yes, I always love their choice of graphics and fonts – it makes it a pleasure to look through and read every time.

MMS_53_trends5Here’s a bit about Mollie Makes in their words:

Mollie Makes is a lifestyle magazine for those who live creatively. We bring you the latest crafting trends in easy-to-follow how-tos, encouraging you to adapt and share your own crafty spin on things. We celebrate creative industries and give up-and-coming designers their first platform. We discuss hot topics in the design world with lots of insider tips. And above all, we aim to inspire you to live your best, artful life.

Creative endeavours are more than a day job for the Mollie Makes team. From choosing gorgeous indie cushions and prints for our interiors pages to learning how to take beautiful photos for our website and Instagram feeds; customising our clothes to making gifts for friends, we’re crafting along with you. We love trying new things and being inspired by what you’re creating, wearing and blogging about too.

The Mollie Makes community is supportive, lively and full of crafty knowledge and like-minded people. Come and join us!

 

happy interNational Scrapbook Day

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Stopping in today to share a quick peek at the pocket scrapbooking card kit that I created for interNational Scrapbook Day! I handpainted these fun journaling cards that you can use for your pocket scrapbooking, planners, or print them to use on traditional scrapbook pages. There are 15 cards, and 7 watercolor wordart .png files that you can layer to create a custom look. I can’t wait to use them!

Here’s the preview image so that you can see everything separately:

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I love how vibrant the colors printed out for me. I just pulled up the printable sheets and dropped a few wordarts in to finish.

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If you’re interested in having them for yourself, you can grab them as a part of this awesome scrapbook bundle I went in on with a few friends at My Kreative Pursuits. There are a bunch of fun classes, cut files, printables, and templates all bundled together for a great price. Click here to view more details. And have a wonderful time celebrating this great hobby of memory keeping!

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we need men (and women) who can dream of things that never were – John F. Kennedy

I came across this quote this past week and wanted to add it to my collection – it’s such a great reminder to not just look to what you feel is “possible”, but to dream of things you can’t even imagine, yet.

diy crafty like a fox necklace

Today I’m sharing a diy crafty fox crossstiched necklace that I create for Maya Road. Whew!n That was a bit of a mouthful. Are you crafty like a fox?
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The main piece was cross stitched onto the vintage wood scallop and circle charms using a simple pattern that I made. Oh, and I did apply a quick coat of white paint to make the background a bit more neutral for my project.
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After I finished stitching, I added jump rings to the top to attach it to a chain, and add my vintage findings charms.

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Can you see the youngest doing his homework in the background? Ha!

 

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Happy crafting!

the sunday post – march 8

The sunday post is a weekly collection of links to things that have caught my eye around the interwebs. It’s intended to inspire, inform, and engage with you on everything from current events, to business, art, or crafting. You can find past Sunday Post entries here.

It’s the End of Fashion as we Know It in DeZeen magazine (shared by Holly Becker) – this is a really interesting article, and I have to agree with her, as someone who follows fashion. I don’t know what’s in store for the industry, but it’s definitely changed.

4 People you Need on Your Team by Tara Gentile – I’ve been thinking about this a lot as I work on expanding my business. How to connect with people, grow and expand!

Why I don’t Give or Sell Digital Files by Sarah Petty for the Joy of Marketing. I’m not sure where I stand on this as a photographer, but I found this article really interesting. And I totally get her point.

It is Well with my Soul DIY Wall art by Bonnie Christine – I came across this a WHILE ago, but since I’ve been repainting and doing some things around the house, I’ve been thinking about it again. I’m not sure that I’ll use gold letters, but I want to put up a quote on our walls.

25% of people have a 4th cone and can see colors as they are by Prof Diana Derval – Um. This is cool. I have no idea on the neuroscience behind it, but it makes sense to me. I saw 38 of the 39, and have always had a knack for mixing and matching colors – even when I don’t have a swatch. I should ask my husband to take the test, just to see how he sees it differently, huh? We always assume that our experience is what everyone else has, but it would make sense that not everyone even sees all of the colors on the spectrum.

Have a lovely week!

 

the sunday post – february 22

The sunday post is a weekly collection of links to things that have caught my eye around the interwebs. It’s intended to inspire, inform, and engage with you on everything from current events, to business, art, or crafting. You can find past Sunday Post entries here.

 My own life – Oliver Sacks on Learning He has Terminal Cancer: The New York Times – this is such a moving and beautiful piece.

No Pain, No Gain Fifty Shades of Gray by Anthony Lane for The New Yorker – I’m not even going to touch the controversy surrounding this book and film. Though I haven’t read or seen either of them, this satirical piece totally made me chuckle.

Three Bird Nest: The Etsy Success Story Redefined by Abby Glassenburg – This is an insightful piece that’s very well written. This has been such a controversial story amongst Etsy sellers, and I can share through personal experience this very same issue has affected my sales as the marketplace has shifted from being filled with purely handmade, artisan shop owners, to include people that are re-selling imported goods. I understand the spirit behind their allowing outside manufacturing. I think it’s essential, for example, for artists creating graphic prints, or t-shirts. The shift in the marketplace has prompted me to diversify my selling methods in order to continue to grow my business, and part of me is a little sad. But the business side of me understands completely.

Sex is Tricky – Momastery by Glennon Doyle Melton – Oh my gosh. I died laughing at this hilarious blog post regarding the random questions your kids ask that make your freeze mid-motion. So much so, that our boys asked me what was so funny as I shook with mirth at my desk/dining table. Sorry, kiddos, not sharing this one!

Nine American Habits I Lost When I Moved to Germany by Vanessa Van Doren on Matador – The older I get, and the more I learn, the more I’m understanding myself. I don’t think I ever have wanted to visit Germany, in spite of that being a large part of my heritage, until I read this article. This, I can get down with. These are all characteristics of my family, and I’m finally beginning to understand! Combine that with the Jewish genes, and my biggest challenge in life is keeping my sarcastic honesty in check. Because I’ve learned the hard way, that not all people think honesty is a good thing. But the positive cultural characteristics balance it out – like, “not assuming other’s guilt”, and “offering a willing helping hand”. It’s almost me in a nutshell.

Enjoy! And I always love hearing your thoughts!

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I took a moment of creative time a while ago to create this fun mixed media tag for Maya Road. You can see the full post on the Maya Road blog. On this weekend holiday associated with love, we’ll be celebrating our anniversary! We typically ignore Valentine’s all together in favor of that. Although I usually pick up a small treat for our boys! How do you celebrate? Or do you ignore it? (We always say we don’t need the excuse of a holiday to hang out together.)

Just a small note – this is the type of post that will be migrating to my personal blog after this weekend (hopefully, fingers crossed as I set it up!), so keep an eye out for that this week!

using social media for project inspiration

Why, yes, I’m a big lover of social media. I love how it inspires me and gives me a way to connect with others that have similar likes, hobbies, work, and dreams. One thing I really strive for in my use of social media is to make sure that I’m not just becoming a “collector”. You know exactly what I’m talking about – it’s so easy to pin this project for inspiration, or save this recipe, or like that photo, but instead of actually translating that inspiration into a real life project, it just becomes something cute to look at on your phone or computer. So this week I shared a project I created using inspiration from instagram so you can see for yourself how easy it is to do.

leah farquharson maya road coffee layout(Psst. Aren’t these new felt flowers and metal trinket charms from Maya Road awesome? They’re new and will be shipping very soon!)

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Read all about my inspiration for the layout on the Maya Road design team blog here.

If you’re interested in checking out more of my scrapbooking projects, you can see them here. I do a lot less now than I used to, but I still definitely enjoy it!