Initial Bridesmaid Totes

April 16, 2014

// This post was sponsored by Fabric Editions in support of the launch of their new fabric line, Fabric Loft, in Target stores. Yes, TARGET! I was given the material to use for this post but the craft and words are all me. //

It’s Wedding Wednesday! The wedding is less than a month away and it’s time to get all the last minutes tasks out of the way.  That means actually doing all those crafts I thought were great ideas months ago when I had all the time in the world.  The first craft I decided to do was initial bridesmaid totes for my girls. The last thing I want to do is pay 20+ dollars for a tote bag, so I decided personalizing canvas bags myself would be the best route.  Surprisingly, it turned out well. I was even lucky enough to get fabric from Fabric Editions to use.

Initial bridemaid totes supplies

Supplies

  • Canvas bags
  • Material
  • Stencils (store bought or printed out)
  • Fabric glue
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pen or pencil

First make sure you wash your bags and material, you don’t want to put the two together and then have them shrink weird in the wash.  Once they are washed be sure to iron them as well.

Using your store bought or home made stencils, draw your letters on the back of the material. Be sure to flip your letter backwards to stencil it so it will be facing the right way when you apply it to the bag.

Cut out your letters and arrange on the bag accordingly.  I flipped part of the letter over to apply glue and press it down, then did the same for the rest of the letter. That was the best way to ensure I didn’t apply the letters weird.

Let dry and you are all done! I also added a bow to make it a little more fancy.  I bought several things to go into the bags but in the picture I included the stationary and notebook.

Bridesmaid bag

So is anyone else as pumped as I am that Target is finally starting to sell fabric?! They are doing a small launch in several stores across the country and you can visit their site to find one close to you.  If the fabric is not sold in a Target near you, there is a link to share that you want it in your store.  The more people that say they want the fabric, the faster Target can start adding them.

Here are two of the three lines they have available in the Fabric Loft collection.

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Interested in learning more about Fabric Editions and their other lines? Check their links below!

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Love It Forward #5

April 15, 2014

It’s time to Love It Forward again!  It’s great to see the love people are spreading and the inspiration it brings.  New to Love It Forward?  This is a linkup hosted by myself, Kara of Design Delight, and Kenzie of Chasing Happy and happens every other Tuesday.  The purpose of the linkup is to spread a little bit of kindness into the world.  The world can be harsh, so why not spread a little more love into it?

For this Love It Forward I decided step up my game and get crafty.  Aww yeah!

Operation Beautiful Easter Eggs

Ok, so maybe it’s not that crafty.  I mean, technically I did only write positive messages on pieces of paper and stuck them into pretty plastic eggs. But you know what I did next? I left them all around Target…and took pictures of them. It was awkward yet oddly thrilling. I would love to see the lucky person’s face when the found the egg, but I worry they might just say, “WTF is this??”  Either way, whoever finds the eggs are going to get an extra dose of love and positivity for the day, and isn’t that what Love It Forward is all about?

How did you Love It Forward? Link up with us below or use the hashtag #loveitfwd! If you haven’t done anything yet, never fear, we have a Pinterest board to help you come up with ideas. I even have a post of 20+ budget friendly ideas for every person in your life.

Now it’s time to share the love!

1.  Link up your blog post (not your homepage) sharing how you spread some love.

2.  Link back to at least one (or all) of the hosts blogs.  You can use the pretty button or a text link.

3.  Visit at least two other blogs in the link up and leave a comment, pin their post, share a tweet, anything to keep the love going!  This is super important, we want to not just spread love in the every day, but in the blogging world as well!

Keep the love going on social media with the #LoveItFwd hashtag.  I can’t wait to see your posts!

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Weekend Reads 4.12

April 12, 2014

The weekend is here! So many things happened this past week.  I made the bold decision to launch consultation services (there’s still time to enter the giveaway!), we hit the 30 day mark till the wedding, I’m finishing up my last week at my retail job and Something Winnderful had its first guest post!  I also came across some gems across the internet this week for weekend reads.  Check them out and share your own links in the comments!

Weekend reads 4.12

//  Need a break from you blog? Here’s how to keep your blog alive while taking a step back.

//  Maysoon Zayid is way cooler and a million times more hilarious and inspiring than I’ll ever be.

//  15 Things to ask yourself before publishing your blog post.

//  I’m in love with this advertisement from Diesel, the A to Z of Dance, know that it involves twerking at one point, but overall is fantastic.

//  Why you should never ever get a tattoo, but a baby is just fine. I can almost hear my mother’s voice saying all these things.

//  Sometimes we can get so caught up in trying to grow our own blog that we forget that the blog world is built on sharing and community.  Paige of A Dose Of Paige reminds us all why it’s important to share content other than your own.

//  Carl’s back is hurting him and refuses to go to the doctor.  If you want to know what I’m dealing with watch this clip from Scrubs.

//  Still obsessed with Let It Go?  Check out the song in 25 other languages.  Did you know it was even made in 25 other languages?

//  I recently bought this skirt and I’m obsessed.

// Roo of Neon Fresh recently had a run in with resting bitch face.  Her post is a great reminder that it exists and our friend really is okay.

Feel free to share your favorite post from this week (it can be your own) in the comments below!

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How To Use Secret Pinterest Boards To Your Advantage

April 10, 2014

By now most of you have heard you can have more than three secret boards on Pinterest.  You now have the power to pin a million baby or wedding pins shame free.  But what about helping your blog?  Secret boards give you the advantage of gathering content for a very specific purpose and keeping it to yourself until needed.  Are you taking advantage of this opportunity?

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Curate content for your social media.

We all know that nobody wants to follow us on social media if we only talk about ourselves, but checking social media for content to retweet and share every day takes a lot of time.  You can use a Pinterest board to gather relevant content to schedule on your social media.  You know what your blog is all about (if not definitely do that soon) so gathering content that supports you blog’s mission helps establish it as a resource while giving your followers valuable content.

Tips:

  • When you pin the content, in the description include any info you might need when you go to post it to help keep you from searching for more info.
  • Be sure the description also includes what the post is about and where/why you want to use it.
  • Once you’ve used the content, comment on the pin when and where you used it so you won’t accidentally use it again.

Resources for future posts.

I feel like recently I’ve come across a lot of posts lately that have inspired me to write on a similar subject.  Liking the post on Bloglovin helps keep it separated but it’s difficult to scroll back through and find it, much less remember your thoughts about it when you first read it.  Pinning a post to your secret board allows you to write a note in the description with your thoughts and ideas for later.  Also, when you write your post, you have the original post easily available to link back to.

Design inspiration.

I think every blogger has a love hate relationship with the design of their blog.  They’re either wanting to change something, figuring out how to fix something, or drooling over someone else’s design.  Is that just me?  I’ve already talked about buying a pre-made blog template, and I still think that’s a great way to go if you don’t want to fight with your design and don’t want to spend a lot of money.  At some point most bloggers want to pay for a unique design and have their blog look the way they always envisioned.  What do you envision?  A secret board is a great way to keep all those designs you like in one place so when the time comes to talk to a designer you have a clear idea of what you want.

Tips to use for your blog.

There are so many posts with tips to improve your blog, it’s hard to keep track of them.  I have a board for general blogging tips and another for social media tips, but it’s hard to keep up with what I’ve done or haven’t done.  When you come across a post with tips you want to use ASAP, you can put it on a secret board so you can mark it as complete when you accomplish it.

Resources for future a project.

Do you want to offer sponsorships soon? Do you plan on starting to freelance?  If you’re preparing to do or launch something awesome, I’m sure you are doing some sort of research as to how to not fail at whatever it is you’re doing.  Say you want to offer sponsorships.  You can use a secret board to gather informative sponsorship how to posts as well as blogs that have great sponsorship programs. It will give you all the help you need in one place.

How do you use secret boards to your advantage?

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