it’s summer. and it’s july! june was full of summery delights, watermelon and trips to the farmer’s market (see a little recap below!). we’re kicking off july with a trip to the beach and we’re having so much fun! this month, i’ll be wrapping up the bulk of my big business tasks for the year so i can start focusing on our baby girl’s arrival. she’ll be here in just 8 weeks! what will july bring for you?
to download the printable version: click on the image above to download the PDF calendar. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper). punch a whole at the top to hang or simply stack.
june is winding down and july is almost here! today i’m sharing with you this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what roost tribe members received last month. if you’re interested in receiving it, you still can. i’ll be sending out a recap on thursday, to members with all of the content in it from last month so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during the month.
that means, that if you join before thursday, july 2nd you’ll still get all of june’s content + july’s content as well-that’s two months for the price of one!
a set of custom washi tape clip art.
and a video tutorial on how to create your own!
a set of inspirational desktop & smartphone backgrounds.
a printable greeting card.
yummy recipe for (vegan!) nacho cheez!
the wispy summer pattern collection.
the complete ebook: 12 teachings that help my business thrive (also available for purchase here).
a list of favorite links and resources rounded up through the month.
plus more! being a member is tons of fun and we would love to have you join the family!
i find myself using the same materials over and over again. they all help my crafty to-do’s in one way or another, so i want to share them with you! i love learning about new tools of the trade, don’t you? in fact, why don’t you share one of your own favorites with us in the comments section!
1) pantone color guide: though this is pretty industry-specific, i couldn’t manage without it. i use it anytime i design for a client and it’s the only way to communicate color accurately. plus, it’s beautiful to look through and fun to work with!
2) afterlight: my favorite app for editing photos. i generally use the manual controls, cropping and straightening tools.
7) wacom cintiq. though i’m still using a wacom tablet, i’m saving up for a cintiq. i’ve been assured by several others that it’s worth the investment and a total game changer when it comes to designing! i’ll keep you posted!
today i’m sharing with you the next print from my new line of inspirational art prints. each of them portray a quote that has meant something very special to me over the course of my creative career, and i keep them all close to my heart. (you can see no.1 here and browse the full collection here!)
No.2: doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. – suzy kassem
it’s true, doubting your ability and being scared to start on a dream is usually far more limiting than your actual skills. why squash your dreams before you even try them? what do you have to lose? sometimes the hardest part is just getting starting, but once you begin following a dream all the steps will fall in to place. failure of some sort is bound to happen, but it will only help you progress further and further.
to make things happen, you have to get serious and re-evaluate your priorities. this will be different for everyone, but may look like: living in a different place/house, becoming a onecar family, eating and cooking differently, traveling less, etc etc. what you need to know is that big sacrifices are necessary (usually), but they are temporary and the future pay back is worth it!
for me, i dreamed of following my creative heart and turning my passions into a career. so, i decided to give it everything i had. i mean, what’s the worst that could happen?! but, the early years of following a big dream usually aren’t pretty.
david and i sold a car and became a one–car family for about 3 years. we cooked at home almost exclusively and buying anything new (clothes, home decor, etc) was something that rarely happened. i decorated from second hand stores. we lived pay check to pay check and struggled most of the time, but i worked really hard. i think seeing me work so hard is what helped david continue to believe in me. he saw me following my dream, loving my work and being super passionate about it and he continued to support me. he also saw progress, even though it was slow! it took me 4 years to match his income.
i only share my story with you so that you know where i’ve been. and i still have lots of big dreams i’m working on! i hope it encourages you, and no matter where you are on your journey!
psst. want this print?: browse through the inspirational art prints and select your preferred size during checkout (8×10, 11×14 or 13×19).
my grandmomma, at age 83 & 18. my mom took this photo of her, and i could just look at it forever. her beauty (both inside and out) hasn’t changed at all over the years!
this is such a special lady, and we have so much in common. her mother (my great grandmother) used to sew clothes for her as a child. then, my grandmomma picked it up and worked in a “cloth” store most of her life. this made my mom fall in love with sewing, and she began making all of her clothes by the time she was in middle school. as you know, she now owns a stitch in time and writes the sewing blog, maxie makes. of course, i naturally fell in love with it too, so i now design fabrics and sew as well!
i love thinking about all the generations working together and carrying on each others passions. and now that i’m about to have a little girl, i wonder if she’ll love it as well?
my grandmomma lives in georgia and has kept a flower garden more magnificent than any i’ve ever seen her entire life. she speaks with a softness and wisdom that i’ll always love (especially with her southern accent). she’s funny, caring, thoughtful and always keeps ginger snaps in her cupboard.
for my recent booth at quilt market, i dreamed of draping the walls with wallpaper of coordinating prints to the fabric line i debuted called succulence. of course, i turned to the only place i know of that creates quick, on-demand, custom wallpaper – spoonflower!
i had never used spoonflower’s wallpaper before, and since i wouldn’t consider myself a wallpaper-hanging-pro, i was admittedly a little nervous about the whole project. i’m pleased to say that i was blown away at how beautiful this wallpaper was and how easy it was to hang!
i should quickly note – we of course intentionally tore the wallpaper. for the booth, i wanted to create a look of a hundred year old house where wallpaper had begun to peel and tear and show all the layers beneath each other. i love how it turned out for the look of the booth, but i promise you’re wallpaper won’t rip, tear or peel away from the wall unless you try very hard to make it do so. wink!
since we needed to be able to tear the paper away from the wall, we chose to use the water activated smooth rolls. each roll came with super easy to follow instructions and we were able to hang all of it within about 30 minutes. my mom, maxie makes, and i smoothed it out (with cards from our wallet) and loved how easy it was to reposition on the wall. there were a few bubbles initially, but as soon as it was dry, they had all disappeared (due to the stretching/drying process) which left us with a smooth, seamless and beautiful final wall.
the colors were so vibrant and we had so much fun hanging this wallpaper. i can see how it could become very addicting!
now for the fun part – spoonflower has generously offered to give away 4 rolls of smooth wallpaper to one lucky reader! you could either design your own, or pick from spoonflower’s vast designer’s library. read below for details on how to enter!
enter to win: 4 rolls of smooth wallpaper – a $240 value! design your own, or pick from spoonflower’s vast designer’s library.
deadline:giveaway will end sunday, june 21st at 12am, EST. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.
to enter: comment on this post sharing with us what project you would undertake using your new custom wallpaper (a wall, room or otherwise?).
hi everyone! today’s the big day where we get to share projects and announce the winners for thebig hello, bear challenge! a HUGE thank you to the panel of judges that helped me choose the winners, we had so much fun looking through everyone’s projects!
everyone did an outstanding job. you all are one talented bunch! it was so hard to choose a winner (because you’re all winners!)! but, without further ado…
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