Glue Gun Tips and Tricks

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I've been working as a designer for Adtech since November and have become a bit of an expert on glue guns (if I must say so myself). I have to admit, I used to be a little scared of glue guns-I worried about burning myself, or leaving it on and burning down my house.  IContinue Reading

DIY Easter Baskets

Easter Basket Beauty Shot

Easter is almost here! Can you believe it? When I was growing-up Easter at our house was on par with Christmas. My parents didn't believe in "spoiling" us by buying us gifts for no reason, but they would more than make up for it on the holidays. So, while our friends would get one basketContinue Reading

DIY Metallic Tote Bag

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Today, I'm taking part in the Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop. We were sent some of the Oly*Fun Metallics to craft with. My first thought was to use the fabric for appliques on pillows, but then I decided to PAINT the fabric instead and use it to create a really cute tote bag. Metallics areContinue Reading

DIY Menu Board

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This DIY Menu Board is bright and cheery and will lighten up any dinner party. I chose colors that are reminiscent of the French Countryside and, whenever I look at it, I think of long, wood tables, set-up in a sunny vineyard, loaded down with beautiful cheeses, crackers and bottle of wine. Here's how toContinue Reading

On Motherhood and Business

Motherhood and Business

The other day, my daughter asked me what I "do" when I coach my clients. I explained to her that I help women, who have their own businesses, find a way to balance their work and motherhood. Immediately, she told me, "Well, they should listen to you because you do a great job of that!"Continue Reading

3 Tips for a Colorful Yard + A Mini Project

Colorful Ideas for your yard

It's National Craft Month! Time to get crafty in ALL areas of your life! Today, I wanted to share a few tips for bringing color into your backyard or patio. 1. Pick a palette. While it's tempting to plant a rainbow of flowers in your yard, you'll get a more dramatic look if you stickContinue Reading

Everything Just Come Easily To Me

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A few weeks ago, I was wasting time, scrolling through my Instagram feed, when I read a post from Lacy Young. She was writing about a client who was complaining that everything is just so hard. And Lacy told her to wonder what would happen if instead of saying (and thinking) everything she wanted wasContinue Reading

Creative Easter DIY Ideas

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Easter is early this year, so it's time to start planning. Thought I would share some creative Easter DIY ideas with you today! You can get the tutorial for my Egg Color Chart on the Smoothfoam blog.   I really love the idea of growing my own Easter grass from Creative Green Living. My dadContinue Reading

DIY Fabric Design

Headband in Color

I love to make my own fabric. As a professional craft designer and blogger I feel like using my own fabrics helps me keep my brand fresh. If I created projects using another designer's fabrics, my projects would run the risk of looking like someone else's style. But even if you aren't a professional, makingContinue Reading

What to Charge for Your Creative Services

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Figuring out what to charge for your time is probably one of the biggest challenges creatives face. There are a million articles out there about how to price your goods and services and today I'm not going to talk about those. I want to talk about what happens after you set your rate. It's painfulContinue Reading