Hello, everyone! It's that time again--Weekly Wednesday! I decided to continue the wedding posts as a series because (let's face it) one post doesn't have enough ideas for everything involved in a wedding. Today, we're jumping into Part 2--the bachelorette party. (If you've not read part 1 yet, you can read it here!) You've got to make it a lovely girls' night that celebrates the bride and the group's friendship before the big day! I've got a few ideas to get your gears turning, so let's get started!
Item #1 is from GnarlyGrail
I personally haven't seen this phrase used on shirts for bachelorette parties. I think it's pretty neat--kind of rhymie even! Having matching shirts makes it obvious who is in the group and also makes it easier to keep up with each other--great for finding each other in a crowd. The "tribe" term is cool because a tribe is a group, and in this case a group of ladies celebrating their friend. The makers have a variety of shirt colors to choose from and a choice of gold or silver text. Customize it and make it your group's own! The shirts are in junior sizing and are made to be fitted, so if you're like me and hate really form fitting shirts, you may want to go up a size. Brides, if you're reading this, they also make shirts for the entire wedding party in case you were wondering! :)
Item #2 is from ShadesofPinkBtq
The bride always needs a sash, and this one is really pretty! It comes as an open-ended, 70-inch long piece of double-faced satin with a velcro coin to "pin" it together. The maker allows you to choose the color of the sash as well as the color of the text, so it's something that can be totally unique for the bride!
Item #3 is from TealAsh
Another new thing that I've not seen before (for bachelorette parties) is tattoos! I guess I never really thought about it..haha. I thought including this would be pretty neat because it matches the writing on the "Bride Tribe" tee shirt--great for keeping a theme..or font in this case. The size of these is 1.5 x 2 inches, and they are temporary, so nothing to worry about if you're out for the party the night before the big day.
Item #4 is from shopVmarie
As the givers of the bachelorette party, all bridesmaids know that the bride needs to stand out. An awesome way to do this would be to add a veil as an accessory piece to the bride's outfit. Now, you don't have to stick to a white veil. The maker will do other colors as well, so if there's a common color you want to use, you name it! There is also the option of a comb or barrette to attach it in the bride's hair.
Item #5 is from becollective
Brides, this would definitely be something nice to have for your bachelorettes/bridesmaids as a thank you for them throwing you an awesome night. This listing is for the little bags ONLY, so you will have to purchase or make some things to go inside it. The size of the bag can be changed (the one pictured is 4x6 inches) to 5x7 inches or 8x12 inches if you'd like to include more things or if the things you're wanting to include are bigger items. It is 100% cotton muslin, so it really is a nice little bag. I think what the maker has included in the picture (the items) are some good ideas for putting in each bag--elastic hair ties, chap stick, mints, travel packets of Advil/Tylenol, mints, tattoos for the party, eye drops, etc. Alter the items however you'd like, and, remember, "I Regret Nothing."
I hope you have enjoyed this bachelorette party edition of Weekly Wednesday, and I hope you have gotten some ideas for throwing one :) Never forget that there are handmade items for everything, so go check out your favorite handmade site and show some artists/makers some love!!
Stay tuned for next week--I have some ideas for the bridal shower!
Until next time,
Hello, everyone! I hope you all are doing well and are ready for another Weekly Wednesday! This week--well, we are delving into what to do on a rainy, gloomy day when you're stuck in the house and can't go out--besides binge watching Netflix. I'm not a huge fan of gloomy rainy days. I love cloudless, sunny days when I can do stuff outside, but we all inevitably will have those days where we can't go outside. So, for this week's edition, I've decided to do a roundup featuring DIY kits I found on Etsy that you can get into instead of the aforementioned Netflix binge (I'm guilty. I'll admit it.) They've got some really awesome stuff, and I've picked a few of my favorites for you. Let's hop on in!
Item #1 is from PiccolaPianta
I saw this little terrarium and thought it was pretty darn cute (especially with the little bicycle). The kit includes: a 5-inch glass orb, a green airplant, a mini-bike with basket, 2 pieces of moss, a bag of pebbles, a bag of soil, a stick to poke around and arrange with, and a set of instructions and care sheet. I think pretty much anyone could handle this project and keep it alive--even us cactus killers (that's another story, and I'm pretty sure I'm not 100% responsible for the death of the cactus). After you follow the instructions and get everything inside, you can hand it with twine in front of a window that gets a nice amount of sun. It doesn't require a tremendous amount of care, which is ideal in our busy lives.
Item #2 is from ThomasHouhaDesigns
This is seriously neat. It reminds me of those Moravian Star Lights (which are also really neat). This is a star-shaped dodecahedron inside a dodecahedron. Dodecahedrons have 12 flat faces, and the stellated version is a take on the flat faces (also a 12). I remember when I was in high school and my chemistry teacher had us make crystals out of a paper template. It probably doesn't sound hard, but we had to have a design on all of them (I think it was 8 total), plus we had a bonus unidentified crystal. It was smooth sailing until you got to the higher numbers and the bonus, but I'll have to say they did look pretty cool after all was said and done. This DIY kit is made from laser-cut mat board and poster board. The total size is about 6 inches across when finished and is quite sturdy. All parts and instructions are included, but make sure you have some Elmer's glue or something similar to glue this together!
Item #3 is from Elixour
I personally have never made any lotion by hand. Surprise! I bet you thought otherwise when I mentioned that I liked making a little bit of everything! I do want to learn, though. This kit includes: organic shea butter, organic virgin coconut oil, organic flaxseed and sesame oil, organic arrowroot powder, organic essential oil of your choice, jar to package your lotion, and detailed instructions. It makes a net weight of 8 ounces (16 fl. oz by volume), so you do get a nice amount. I really love that it doesn't have all the additives that are in a lot of the products we use on a daily basis, so it's a healthier approach--no preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or other chemical additives. It's also a vegan product (no animal ingredients). The formula has been perfected to alleviate the symptoms of dry, and itchy skin--something a lot of DIYers have.
Item #4 is from GiantKnitting
Item #5 is from CuchiOrganics
I really love that kits are being made for the chunky blankets that have been so trendy this year! This kit is a little bit expensive, but you have to understand what you're getting. You're getting hand spun pure Merino wool in the kit. It's very fluffy and airy and ideal for summer (breathable) or winter (insulating). The wool is high quality, which is something you would want in a blanket. Also included are the huge needles that you get to pick the color of. It says that the kit will yield one 32 inch x 56 inch throw--a nice size. This will definitely keep you occupied in creating something instead of staring out at the dreary weather.
Anyone else like to cook? I'd have to say that I enjoy baking the most, but I do cook foods besides breads and sweets. If it's nasty and rainy outside, I'm guessing you probably feel the same way (I do anyway), so what a better comfort food than chocolate chip cookies! Sometimes it's not so fun to get up and have to measure out all of the ingredients and then clean up the mess you made in the process. This kit takes the measuring out of the process (aside from honey and an egg). A great thing about these cookies is that they are gluten-free and grain-free, so even those with gluten allergies can have them. If you are allergic to tree nuts, these are NOT for you! The flour replacement is almond meal, so it's a definite no for those with tree nut allergies. Along with the almond meal, you get organic coconut oil, organic 70% bittersweet chocolate chips, and vanilla extract (with extra vanilla left over). This kit makes a total of 12 smaller sized, soft cookies. Another huge plus with this kit the that it's eco-friendly. You even can use the box to bake the cookies on! No pan to wash :) The bag containing the meal is also compostable as is the plastic (100% cellulose fiber) bag containing the chips. Definitely worth a try!
I sure hope you've enjoyed this DIY edition of Weekly Wednesday! I thought it would be something a little bit different from the norm, and I know there are a lot of DIYers out there that would really enjoy these products. I feel like we should never get out of the DIY world completely because it's something that is fun, keeps your brain working, and is something you can do with a friend or family member. It might spark a creative note in you that you never knew you had!
Make sure to head over to your favorite handmade site and show some artists some love and pick up a DIY kit while you're there! If you do, comment below and show me what you chose! Feel free to share this post especially if you are or know DIYers who might appreciate this!
Until next time,
Hello, everyone! I hope you all are doing well and not eating too many jelly beans like me! I'm a jelly bean freak. Anyway, Easter is just around the corner, and if you've not gotten your decorations out (or if you don't have any), I've got some fabulous links for you!
Item #1 is from therustygoose
I chose this little chick decoration because it's so freaking cute! I'm also a huge fan of the distressed look as well. This little cutie is made of 2 inch thick wood and measures in at 7.5 x 5.75 inches. Not too tiny, but not huge either. It comes with pink ribbon, but there are other options to choose from. Love this little shelf sitter :)
Item #2 is from SugarTreeDecor
Oh...this wreath. I like it because it's not like most wreaths you end up seeing around Easter time. You've got your bunny in the middle (love the glasses; gives him a sophisticated look), hydrangeas, peonies, a few eggs, and what else? CARROTS! The combination of the different prints of ribbon flows really well with the theme of this wreath and to top everything off--a "Happy Easter" sign. If you have the space between your front door and storm door (unlike me) or don't have a storm door, this is a fantastic wreath for you!
Item #3 is from thelittlegreenbean
I couldn't do an Easter post without including a banner now could I? Nope. Each pennant is made of burlap, and is wither a carrot or bunny. The bunnies have a cute little cotton tail, and the carrots have raffia for the leaves. These won't come off easily because they are sewn onto the twine. At the end there are 3 feet of extra twine on both ends. Too cute! The bunny pillow is also listed in her shop if you want to complete the look!
Item #4 is from UkrainianEasterEggs
Let me tell ya'll now. I saw this egg, and my mouth dropped because I thought it was so GORGEGOUS. Look at the tiny, tiny details on this egg (it's a chicken egg, so you know how tiny these details are). The entire piece is handmade (well, except for laying the egg, but you know what I mean). It has been emptied, washed, painted with hot beeswax, dyed, and sealed. I don't know how many of you have tried to blow out the contents of an egg through a tiny hole, but believe me, it isn't easy. I tried it before, and I had to give up. The process these artists go through is so intricate and is not for the patience-lacking. This specific type of egg painting is called Pysanky. Those that do this are extremely talented and drawers, designers, and painters, and I'm so glad to see that this traditional way of painting eggs has been passed down and maintained throughout the generations! Below is a video showing how this is done!
Item #5 is from BonjourLuna
I don't know what it is about fabric carrots, but I love them! They're just too cute. The maker of these carrots uses cotton fabric and polyester filling. As an option, you get to choose what fabric you want your carrot made out of (1 of 3), but if you're buying more than one, you can mix and match or go with just one print. I personally like the mixture of prints because they do go so well together. You can use these a number of ways: shelf sitters, basket fillers, bowl fillers, or whatever else you can think of. I could honestly see these being used in the summer as an addition to a indoor gardening sign!
Item #6 is from KatandCoCrafts
As I said earlier, I'm a huge fan of distressed things, and this Easter Bunny sign fits the bill. Pink is definitely not my favorite color, but the maker of this item is willing to work with those of us who aren't "pink fans" and change the color! The sign is 7.25 x 7.25 inches and 3/4 of an inch thick. The bunny itself is really cute, but the vines add a little more visual interest to the piece along with the distressing technique.
Hey, everyone! Having a business is a constant learning process. You do things right; you do things wrong but you learn either way. Sometimes learning means going after what you want and doing what you need to do to improve your brand/business.
I read A LOT of posts and articles about making your business work, things you can improve, driving sales, etc. Besides the amount of information I read, it's A LOT to take in and process and can be somewhat overwhelming. Can I get an, "I hear ya," on that from my fellow business owners and bloggers? Sometimes I get frustrated with myself and my business because I can't get my sales to be consistent or sell anything at all, and I'm all like, "what am I doing wrong????!!!!" I go over everything in my head: I have a blog, website, Twitter, Instagram, Etsy, Facebook, aftcra (definitely check it out makers!), Pinterest; I post regularly to all of them....what am I not doing? Had to vent a little there, but I feel like it's a common thing among small business owners.
I'm always doing some sort of class or webinar to learn and tweak various things. Things are always changing in the small business, social media, and blogging world, so in addition to learning, I'm trying to keep up with all the little changes here and there. Currently, I'm working on Wonderlass's "The Strong Brand" mini course. I've noticed my brand is lacking a little, and I need to get some consistency between my accounts, so I thought this would be a good fit for me. I love her site---it's so colorful and full of really good info! This is her first mini course (and it's free btw), and I'm already really impressed with it. She has worksheets, slides, video, and a link to her "Be Your Brand" workbook. I printed it all out because I love having something to write on!
So, I'm sure you're wondering why I'm posting this, so I'm going to tell you :) Since I'm working on my brand, I need YOUR help. If you could take a minute of your time and leave me a comment with 3 words that describe my brand, I'd be really appreciative. I want to make sure everyone is getting the same feeling. You can look at the blog and/or my Etsy shop (here) to get ideas! Thanks for reading and a huge thank you in advance for the comments--I look forward to reading them!!!
Hi! I’m Meagan, designer for The Prickly Pear. I’ve created this blog to not only showcase my work and other crafty information, but also to give you an inside look into my life.