November 20, 2015

Mixing and Matching your Thanksgiving Table Setting

Silverware Print | Leaf Table Markers | Dried Wild Flowers

I've always loved the idea of adding pops of color to things.  To everything.  Give me a chance to create or decorate, and you can bet your buns I'll find a way to throw some pops of color in there.  Thanksgiving is no different.  I know we've had enough talk about pumpkins lately, but there are so many other great ways to mix and match your table setting, to make it colorful and fun this holiday.

Mixing pieces of China is a pretty given theme when it comes to setting your holiday table, but have you played with the idea of using florals, or even mixing in pottery?  So many shades of color can be drawn from dishes like these...  Also mixing and matching old sets of silverware can give a beautiful rustic look.  Think about going foraging and collecting fall leaves, or drying wild flowers.  Or bring in fake fruits for an added touch.  Last but not least, I'm loving all the cool things people are doing with wood slices these days.  Use one for a hot plate, or paint and decorate a slice with your favorite message.

What color theme or style are you going for this Thanksgiving?  And what are some of your favorite traditions?  As for me, going around the table and each of us sharing what we are thankful for, is one of my favorites... and if the opportunity arises, I also love putting down a white paper table cloth, and scattering crayons about, so everyone can draw and leave messages all along the table.

Happy weekend friends.  It's just about time to kick these holidays into full gear!

November 19, 2015

Faith in reality...

I read these words on the OliveBites blog the other day and they've stuck with me.  I get inspiration from all of you, all the time... you have no idea.  Sometimes you read just a snippet of something, and it just clicks, like this did.

It can be the reality check that pops the fantasy bubble,
or it can be the faith that dissolves the fear.

Or maybe it's a little bit of both.

So you know how I was going to do those boxes, yes, again, I'm talking about those boxes.  I've decided to take a step back from them.  I had decided this a week or so ago, but it was out of fear... what if they take off and start selling like hotcakes, and I can't keep up with it?  It's a monthly cycle of getting boxes out and finding things for the next month's boxes, and singing about the whole thing from the rooftops... and I started to realize... (insert reality check here) that if I had the space to really get organized and run this kind of business, that it could be really fun and amazing, and a lot of work.  And maybe at first I got intimidated by the whole thing, but the more I thought it out, the more I calmed down and saw a system that could be put into place.  However, I also realized that I would have to take on this new adventure as it's own gig, and well, I'm just not ready for that right now.  Maybe someday, but maybe not right now.

The other thing, is that I seem to have recognized a fear of success in myself recently.  I couldn't really put my finger on what has been holding me back all these years, until recently when I stumbled upon an article someplace, that suggested a fear of success, rather than a fear of failure... when things started making more sense.  Failing isn't even in my vocabulary, everything is always simply a lesson learned for me.  Quitting is not an option, only growing and learning, and getting better at things.  Go with the flow and keep moving forward.  This is just the process.

I have a nice product, a fair price, pretty pictures, friendly service... each package and each person is treated with care and kindness... what was I doing wrong?!

It was the fear.  It made me procrastinate.  It kept me dreaming, when I should have been doing.

Over the last few days I've been thinking a lot, about all of this... and I've come to the realization that if I would just remove all the layers of things that are making me crazy, and get back to the basics... that I could find focus.  And somehow I did.

Things are moving along at a pace I can handle, and I'm feeling like my affirmations have become... well, as Cat would say... "Know these things are already yours."

I think I'm going to try and write my affirmations monthly now.  It's not something I've made a habit of doing, but I have to say when I sat down, and just started writing... the words just kept flowing through me.  Sure I started with something easy, like cooking healthy meals, but the rest just came on it's own.

I think I'm still trying to figure out what to do with this blog.  I've always had good intentions of posting crafty things but it's all just a big dream in my mind.  Maybe it's okay to keep it there.  Maybe it's okay to wear my heart on my sleeve here.  Maybe I should stop being so wordy, because I know you get the message.  :)

Love to you all, and I hope you're looking forward to a fantastic holiday season for all my Etsy friends who are reading.  I've got some Friday Favorites lined up to share with you, so be sure to check back soon.

xoxo ♥ Janell

November 13, 2015

November Affirmations

There's a lot of talk going around lately about journaling and how important it can be.  I think I've always known that my blog has been my journal.  For such a long time.  Yes, I have a notebook where I jot business ideas down, I brainstorm.  Occasionally I'll vent about business in a life kind of way... but my blog has really been the place where I've worn my heart on my sleeve for so many years, yet I have such a love hate relationship with it.

I'm not on facebook, never have been.  I don't quite like being that 'out there' on the web.  I think I feel more comfortable with a cup of coffee and my blog.  And my blog friends.  Perhaps I am an introvert, even on the internet too.

It took me a few days to decide to share this.  Cat from OliveBites Blog said it was time to do our affirmations for the New Moon, and well I don't know, the powers that be aligned, and I cleared off my work table and I wrote.  In pen.  with pretty colors.

I am always so late to the party.  I don't know why.  I only just started using washi tape a year or two ago.  And I've never really art journaled before, but I've been in love with that style of art for years and years... 

I used to make ACEO's... or ATC's (artist trading cards) but it's been a very long time since I've played with my paints.  I am feeling this itch to play with them again.

What about you?  Journaling lately?  Any fun plans for the weekend?

xoxo ♥ Janell