For a little while I have been collecting prints, with the idea of hanging them up eventually. Initially I wanted them all in my office but they didn't fit (one of the many downsides of a small office) so they sat on top of my desk, which seemed silly. I looked all over for plain white frames and couldn't find any nice ones. Thats when I said screw frames and decided to go old school! The best part about this idea was that I already had the supplies. All you need is a string and clothespins. I had tiny ones lying around because I love mini things and have a habit of buying something if its a miniature (even if I don't know what to do with it). If you don't have any you can get some at Michaels or a dollar store. I just tied the string around my bed posts and attached the prints with the clothespins. If you DO NOT have a post bed, you can put a tiny nail in the wall and tie the string to that. I love how it came out and that I can change the prints easily (not that I will!) This can also be done with photos in a nursery or over a desk. The ideas are endless!
The title of this "weekly" post has been changed! As you already probably know, I don't always post on the same day. I don't want to feel bad that I'm posting on Tuesday for "Monday Morning Coffee". This way I can still make the effort to post once a week but the day can be flexible. And I don't have to be annoying at the beginning of each post and say "I meant to post Monday but blah blah blah".
Let's catch up! Grab some coffee and join me!
So excited to have added Dream Catchers to the site! They are so fun to make and there are so many color combinations. I have about 10 already made, that you can find in the dream catchers section. But if theres a combination of colors you were interested in or something specific you had in mind, I would love to work on a fun combination together!
Last weekend I did a yoga workshop with two amazing ladies! They have a company called "Two Fit Moms" where they have great yoga tips as well as recipes and other fun stuff. The workshop was amazing! I had so much fun balancing on my hands. I really want to deepen my practice and I am thinking about canceling my gym membership! Seems like not a big deal but I've been a member for 9 years! I always loved going to the gym but after I started practicing yoga it got harder to go and I was less into it. Now I have to drag my butt there and I don't enjoy it. Going to try and practice yoga 5 times a week for the next two weeks and see how that goes (3 down this week).
This guy :) We went on a fun little date to this amazing restaurant. It's a Mexican place, called Besito, but its a little fancier than your average Mexican joint. They have fresh guac that is delish. I just had s really nice time spending some alone time with my guy. I think I just really wanted to post this picture because it actually is a good one! ;)
Memorial Day I went to the beach for the first time this season. Jeff is a lifeguard there so I try to go as often as I can. My friend Tara from school came with me and it was such a nice relaxing day. I haven't really had a day in a while where I was worrying about all the things I had to do. It was a much needed break. I should do it once a week (and wear a lot of sunscreen because boy am I white)!
Thanks for hangin' out! I did my nails while typing this and hopefully they're dry now because I need to get my butt out of this chair!
Enjoy your week!
Here's a fun little Wednesday DIY for ya!
A little while back I posted a photo of this scrub on Instagram. Inquiries for the "recipe" came in, but I honestly just made it up, so I had no specific measurements. Well my scrub ran out and this time I measured so that I could share the love of the scrub with you guys. If you've never used a body scrub, you are missing out! They're great for getting that layer of dry skin off, while moisturizing at the same time. I started making this a few years ago, tweaking the ingredients as time went on. Recently I decided to add ground coffee because I read the caffeine in coffee can help with cellulite. I am not a doctor, but I do know that cellulite is caused by fat that is pushing up against connective tissue underneath the skin. Scrubs naturally break up the fat and decrease the appearance. I figured I might as well combine the scrub with coffee, worth a shot right? If you don't have cellulite (I am so jealous) you can just eliminate the coffee from this recipe.
A jar (size and shape is up to you but speaking from experience, if you choose a deep jar, make sure the opening is big enough to fit your hand, unless you plan on using a scooper to scoop out the scrub)
Essential oil ( I use "Now Essential Oils" from Fairway)
The amount of sugar and oil depends on how big your jar is, but the ratio of sugar to oil should be 2:1. It's helpful to pour water first into your jar to measure how much will fit. I will tell you the measurements I used for my jar, which held 2.5 cups of water. I mixed 2 cups of brown sugar with 1 cup of coconut oil (melted) into a big bowl using a whisk. The reason why I use brown sugar is because is finer than unbleached sugar, which can be painful rubbing on your skin. Then I mixed in 3 Tablespoons of ground coffee and 20 or so drops of lavender essential oil. Like I said earlier, you can eliminate the coffee and you can also choose a different essential oil, I just love the smell of lavender. Then scoop it into your jar and pat it down!
I typically use it once a week. To use just step away from the water in the shower, scrub all over (use more for rough spots, like elbows and feet) and rinse. You will have a layer of oil on your body, once you towel dry, it mostly goes away.
BTW the candle is from Candelles and is hand poured and smells amazing. The spoon was custom made by Jessica from Jessicandesigns.
Happy Hump day!
Hello Hello! I am in a surprisingly good mood for this time of the evening, it might be the coffee I'm drinking (dumb idea). Grab some decaf or tea and join me for Monday Evening Coffee!
I will keep this brief because last week I wrote SO much. Ok so Thursday was my last day for the Spring semester! That means only summer and fall and I am DONE! I can't believe two years have already passed. Time really does fly.
My little sis came home that day as well. Her and my brother want to use the work out room so I am really forced to organize my stuff! Maybe I will have to take over my dads office (see previous coffee post for details.)
I am so excited because I decided yesterday that I am going to be making some dreamcatchers and adding them to the site! I have never made one before, but I am certain they are going to be adorable! I can't wait to work on them!
One of my favorite authors, Emily Giffin is coming to town this week and I am going to see her for a signing! Emily Giffin wrote so many amazing books, if you haven't read them, you NEED to. She's such a genuine and down to earth person (I was at her book signing last year), I think that is one of the reasons I love her so much. Plus her books are easy to read (usually I read them in a day or so) and very relatable. I will definitely be posting photos from that!
Have a great night and an awesome week. Happy Monday night!
Hello! I know I missed last weeks post, for those that pay attention :) I started writing it but then I had a paper to write. I felt like I couldn't let myself get distracted. Grab some coffee or tea and let's catch up. Join me for Monday Morning Coffee!
I had a crazy week this week and last week working on finishing up the wrap headbands and stars and stripes headbands from Groopdealz. I had to get my mom and Jeff to help because there was just SO much to do. They were on ironing duty though, don't worry I wouldn't let them sew! I also made 5 meditation cushions for my friend. They turned out awesome and are now available in my store! These were fun to make and are customizable!
I had an induction ceremony for the honor society last Saturday. It was actually really fun. My three girlfriends and I all sat at the same table with our two guests each. It sure was crowded but everyone got to meet (some for the first time) and get to know each other a little bit. Nerds unite!
As some of you might have seen, a little boy named Ryan passed away a week ago. I have been amazed to see how many people who didn't know him are helping. I didn't know him, but I wanted to help in some way. I had a special turban in my store that was for him and I had a headband donated to an auction that was sold. There will be another auction this friday so if you missed the last one and you'd like to buy something to help out, go to the instagram account @redballoonsforryan. If you just want to donate some money there is a donation site that someone set up for that exact purpose. Incredibly they have doubled the donation goal! I love when people come together and help a family in need.
Over the last week I moved my stuff from my tiny office to the "game room" (basically a den with a pool table) in order to be able to do everything I need in the same room. I have spoken about this before, but because I have a small office I do different parts of my business in different areas of the house. I generally make everything in my office, thats where i have my sewing machine. I have my fabric and ironing board in the next room, which is supposed to be the work out room, but I am slowly taking over, thats where I do all my ironing. My cutting in generally done in the game room because there is a big floor space. I have my shipping station, where I package everything up in the basement. And last but not least I hang dry my fabric over my sisters canopy bed. While I am incredibly grateful I can take over so many rooms in the house, it is a little annoying having everything all over. I just want to be able to do everything in one room. Yesterday in the car on the way back from out Mother's Day dinner, we were talking about my workspace. My brother said he was going to start using the work out room again. Which led to a discussion about my crap all over the house. My brother insists I should use the basement but it's filled with items from my apartment, furniture, extra pantry items, etc. Plus its a basement so its not ideal. Then I said "why don't I just use your office dad" and he said "I was just going to say that". Now to me that seems like he's all for it. He has a desktop in there thats from the 90s (no joke), but he mostly uses a laptop thats downstairs. It would need to be organized and cleaned out but I am hoping I can convince him. My only hesitation is that I won't be living here forever. But in the mean time it would make my business life SO much easier. Plus its right next to my room so that is helpful. I will keep you updated!
I hope all the Mamas out there had a great day yesterday. Mother's don't get the credit they deserve, If you decide to stay at home and spend time with your kids, people wonder what you do all day. If you go back to work, not only do you feel guilty, but people make you feel bad about it. You truly can't win in this society! I've seen pretty close hand how hard it is to raise a child and run a household. So props to all moms: the ones with husbands to help, the ones whose husbands suck, the ones who have to work, the ones whose husbands are not in the picture and all of the moms in between. I am also sad for the moms who lost their babies, and kids my age and adults who no longer have their moms (like my mom). Don't forget about them on Mother's Day!
Sorry that was so long. It's obvious I had a lot to say, or I just am sick of writing things related to school so this was a nice break. I am hoping to do a few recipe/DIY posts so stay tuned!
I am going to leave you with two links I found last week. If you want to watch a video that'll melt your heart and if you're anything like me, make you cry, watch this. And if you like ducklings, you'll love this.
Happy Monday! Drink some coffee (or tea)!
I feel like I'm due for a post updating everyone on what's been going on business wise. Sometimes it's so hard to get everything out via social media so I think this is the best place to do it. So here's whats been going on.
You might have heard that BizzyBCrafts is now a licensed business in the state of New York. (Everyone cheers) What does this mean exactly? Well it means a lot of technical stuff that Jeff can explain to you. But to me it means that I am committing to running this business. It's no longer a hobby that I am trying to make a business. This is the real deal. That being said, I am not going to quit Grad school, but things are going to change schedule wise. Monday is my last day babysitting. While this may seem lame to you guys, I adore this little girl. I have watched her grow from 4 month old to two years (on my birthday). Its been so much fun, but it's time to move to the next step. Which is getting my business off the ground and working an internship for school. I am gaining 10 more hours a week from babysitting, but I am supposed to work at my internship 20 hours a week (for free of course). So in reality my life will be a little busier than before. BUT my schedule and what I will be doing will be different.
Here's something I don't usually talk about. I feel incredibly overwhelmed with this semester and I am thankful for everyones patience (and thats its ending soon). I normally try and post positive things, showing people that I've got it all under control. Its easy to think I can do it all, but sometimes I can't, most of the time I can't. It's just me over here, making things, taking photos, listing items, shipping ite I've got a ton of things on my to do list that aren't getting done, new items I want to make but don't have time to, items to take photos of, descriptions to update. So many behind the scenes things that people on the outside don't know about or forget about.
I think part of this is related to the influx of orders I've had from Groopdealz (speaking of I should probably get off here and go make those 200 headbands). It has been a great opportunity to share my items with people who don't yet know about me. I am so happy to have the opportunity. My deals on there have done really well, which I think went to my head a little bit. I have one more deal on PS I Adore You on the 19th and after that I am going to take a break from deals. They are taking away from working on important things that need to get done.
I hope to be able to tackle some of the things on my to do list and grow as a business. I know I am now an official business owner, but I'm still me. A 25 year old woman who sometimes still feels like a kid living in her parents house with her cat while she goes to grad school.
Please bare with me while I go through this transition. I appreciate all the love and support. I'll be here for a while, making you things for years to come.
I am not very good at posting this when I intend on doing it! But better late then never right? And it's still Monday so that's an improvement from last week.
I had a really fun weekend. Grab some decaf or tea and join me for Monday Morning Coffee evening edition.
Last Monday morning coffee I mentioned about the USA turban on groopdealz. They sold out, I added inventory and they SOLD OUT again! Amazing! I am blown away and excited for the opportunity to spread the word about my business. Can't wait to see all the photos of people and their little ones showing their USA pride. But first I have to make the headbands!
As you know last Wednesday was my birthday (read about how I feel about turning 25). I spent the day with my mom, who I feel like I never see because our schedules are opposite. We had a nice day together.
Over the weekend I went to the city with Jeff to celebrate my birthday. We unfortunately don't live together which makes it frustrating at times not being able to spend as much time together as we'd like. Trips like this are really great to reconnect and "bond" (as he would say). We went got massages and went to our all time favorite bagel place (Brooklyn Bagel and Coffee Co, if you're in the area, check it out). Afterward we checked into our room and headed uptown to explore and grab a bite to eat at the 79th street boat basin. What a beautiful view. The clouds were rolling in so we darted out of there and headed back to the hotel to hang. We then went to this comedy club downtown which was actually hilarious. I am weird with comedy. I don't like Saturday night live or Comedy Central or anything like that so I never know how I'll feel about things like this. But I was plesantly surprised. Afterward we went to our favorite burger place called Rare Bar and Grill. I got to choose and although it might a been good to switch it up, don't fix what's not broken right? It was so much fun!
Currently I am working on meditation cushions for a friends final project of her masters and finishing up the Groopdealz wrap headbands. Never a dull moment!
Thanks for reading. I'll leave you with some photos from the weekend/week.
Today I turn 25. I am not entirely sure what to think of it, considering I've had gray hair since 11th grade and constantly walk up or down the stairs and forget why I did it in the first place.
Age is a funny thing. When I was younger, in elementary school I used to look up at the high schoolers with amazement. They were so independent, I couldn't even reach the top cabinets without jumping on the counter (I still sometimes have to do that). When I was in high school I felt old (crazy right?). I thought I knew everything and had it all together. Yes I was mature for my age (I can say that about myself right?), but I definitely didn't know everything. I made mistakes and dated my fair share of idiots. In college I thought by 25 I'd be ready to get married. I even asked Jeff before we were "dating", that if I'm not married at 25, would he marry me. He said yes, but he has no memory of this conversation. Now that I am 25 I feel old, but now I know that in 10 years, I will look back and say "I was so young". By the way, no plans to get married this minute, but I am 100% certain that I will marry Jeff. Life is scary, but thinking about tackling life with him makes it seem less scary.
Looking back at the last 25 years (really 20 because I don't think I have memories before 5) I feel very happy. I have always known who I am and been able to make decisions for myself and not be influenced too much by others. I never really cared if people thought I was weird or nerdy. I am who I am and happy to be me. I have to say this is one of the things I always loved about myself (oh gosh this post is turning into an "I love myself" post). I saw so many people try to please others, try to be people they aren't, it was just nice not having to feel like i needed to do that. I'm not saying I don't have flaws, everyone does. For example I always struggled with worrying and being anxious about things. It was really hard for me to just let things happen, I was always thinking about what people said, picking it apart. I've gotten much better as I've gotten older. Yoga helps a lot with anxiety.
Despite the fact that I'm not married yet like I thought I would be (am I crazy?!), I have accomplished some awesome things. I never ever thought I would be a business owner, it wasn't even close to being in the plan, which makes it even more crazy. I am so proud of where my business has gone and can't wait to see where it goes. I am also excited to that I'll have a graduate degree by December and hopefully a job not long after.
Bring it on 25!
Well it's that time of week again, when I write my Monday morning post, oh wait its Tuesday! OOPS! I woke up early yesterday to write a paper, the day it's due (normal) therefore I wasn't able to get my Monday Morning Coffee post done.
I hope everyone had a great Easter/Passover. Come join me for Monday Morning Coffee on Tuesday morning and we'll catch up!
Tomorrow I turn 25! No need to write anything more about that because I will have a special post for that.
Last week BizzyBCrafts officially became a licensed business in the state of New York! How cool is that! No turning back now!
My little sister came home this weekend to celebrate my birthday. We went to this amazing place for dinner called Brio, they have locations all over the US, so I'd suggest checking it out if theres one near you. She went back to school, but she'll be home for the summer soon (and then she'll drive me crazy!)
One of my favorite things in my shop thus far, is the stars and stripe turban. They are just so fun for the summer, to wear to the beach or to a BBQ. I can't wait to sport mine. Lucky for you guys, they are on groopdealz now for over 50% off! The deal went live this morning and already half are gone, so if you want one, I'd suggest you jump on it!
Maybe its because I'm turning 25, or maybe it has nothing to do with that. Whatever the reason I decided to go a little lighter on my hair color this time. I'm kinda digging' it!
Last but not least, stop by my Instagram tomorrow (Bizzybcrafts) because there might be a birthday coupon code you won't want to miss!
Happy Tuesday! Drink some coffee (or tea)!
Hi Everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Come join me for Monday Morning Coffee and we'll chat!
Friday was the launch of my store (see the store tab above) and it was such a crazy day! It took me way too long to finish everything, I thought I would be able to launch sometime in the morning but it didn't happen until 7pm. Life happens right? I am just excited that its up there and the support thus far has been awesome. I can't wait to see where this takes my business. There's still time to use the code "welcome" to get 20% off a purchase in the shop, so head on over the check it out.
I am getting ready to hopefully (if they accept me) be a vendor again for Groopdealz and feature a few things. I am open to suggestions, but so far the list includes the stars and stripes patriotic headband, suede braided headband for girls, tie front headband for girls, and Disney princess inspired shabby headbands for girls. I am really hoping these go through because it is amazing exposure for me and my company. Cross your fingers!
This week and next I have off from babysitting, which at first I was bummed about but right now, sitting in my PJs I am so glad. That gives me 10 extra hours both weeks to get stuff done. Yay for that!
Thank you guys again so much for taking the time to read this blog, "like" my posts, and support my business. I truly appreciate it.
Happy Monday! Drink some coffee (or tea)!
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