Remember when I said there are lots of changes going on with the blog? Well here’s one of the big ones! Hand make my life is moving to a self hosted blog and as of today you can follow along at:
In fact you can click on that link above and go finish reading this post on the new site!
Wow! May was an incredible month for Hand make my life (and in my life that my momma hand made for me). On the blog we had record high views and lots of new subscribers! Well, I’ll tell you what, I am stoked! I really couldn’t be happier.
As it’s going to be the sixth month mark for this little piece of the internet I thought I’d put something super special together to celebrate what this blog is all about with an entire month of hand made! You could almost call it madness.
I am so excited about this, oh my goodness. I have interviewed tons of amazing women who use their creative souls to take charge of their lives! And I am talking, some pretty amazing people. I am so honored to be able share their stories, experiences, as well as their advice with you through out the whole month with interviews every Tuesday and Thursday.
On top of all of that I have been scrambleing to put together more DIY projects and more summer recipes and I’ll be sharing these with you on Wednesdays and Fridays! So fun!
And I will be premiering a super nifty sponsorship campaign with tons of free spots for blog and shop button trades. But more on that later!
Don’t forget: if you are an e-mail or Bloglovin’ subscriber remember to resubscribe to the new blog so’s not to miss any of the great things happening in June! (The Bloglovin’ button to the side now lets you follow the new blog. —->)
I will be posting little reminders for everyone to find along the way and I will update this page with the new Bloglovin’ button for easy following. There will also be tons of new ways to follow, so look out for the way that suits you best!
Again! Thank you! I wouldn’t be here without you and I can’t wait for you to join me on the new blog!
1. This gorgeous photograph from WildWildernessPhotos on Etsy has got me yearning for salty shores. $45
2. I even miss hurricanes and the thunder storms of summer. Photo from MizXtina on Etsy. $25
3. How about a magical ocean accessory to wear out on the board walk. This starfish hair clip if from dreamsbythesea on Etsy. $25
4. Sweet mint green sea glass was used to make this stunning little necklace from jennreeseSEVEN on Etsy. Perfect for an evening walk on the beach with my love and my favorite maxi. $29
5. I really have to get my hands on one of these fun high waist and cropped tube top suits from Nicolelebreux on Etsy. Bottoms $60 and top $45
6. I am so in love with Tumbleweeds. Aren’t these just the shades one need to be lounging down on the beach, with their inlaid turquoise and Mahogany veneer catching some rays in style. $145
7. These crochet beach shorts from katrinshine on Etsy are just the cutest things ever with their scalloped edge and their lacy design. $150
8. Every beachy lady needs a nice pair of sandals for hanging around the pool and I just love this pair. These handmade leather sandals with ribbon ties from GreekChicHandmades are the perfect bathing suit foot wear. $39
9. How about this gorgeous made to order crochet bikini in sweet mint green from Eleonoraesposito on Etsy? Yes Please. I can’t get enough crochet ever. $150
10. I am going to need a pretty big durable beach bag for carrying everything I need to the shores to hang out. How about this market style bag made of french linen with leather straps from Ikabags on Etsy? I love it and it looks so durable. Which is exactly what I need. $89
I am a little under the weather today and taking time to stay hydrated and just relax and unwind, dreaming I was at the beach in the cool water. I think I put a little to much on my plate these last few weeks with all of the different projects I am working on. I’ve got to sit down and figure out a timetable to balance this madness. Although, I kind of love being super busy. It keeps me motivated and moving.
Will you be taking any beach trips this summer? I love the beach and would live by the ocean year round if I could.
Posted in 10 Things I love, Etsy
Tagged 10 things I love, bathing suites, beach bag, beach fashion, beach photography, bohemian, boho, Clever Plumage, crochet bikini, Etsy, Hillery Sawyer, lace cover up, sandals, sea glass, sunglasses, Tumbleweeds Etsy
Sunday I went out with a few of my neighbors on a country drive to Yarker, where we were having lunch. We left the city in the early afternoon and drove off down the winding country roads. Being a country girl myself it was extremely refreshing to get out of town and just enjoy the ride. We past beautiful stone farm houses with great big barns and silos surrounded by wide open fields and herds of dairy cows to arrive at this lovely little country restaurant on the bend of the beautiful Yarker waterfall, The Waterfall Tea Room.
The food was lovely. Their vegetarian menu is simple, but full of flavor and they make homemade fruit and cream pies. I forgot to snap a photo, but I had the baked bean patter which came with a beautiful salad full of pepper slices and cucumber with a delicious mango relish for the dressing, a golden piece of cornbread, and a lovely bowl of saucy mixed baked beans. I finished it all of with a slice of homemade apple pie and a cold glass of iced tea.
When you walk in the door you are greeted by a darling little vintage, local craft and fair-trade, antique shop. You can also pick up some local eggs or cheeses while there.Walls of aluminium siding hide a small and well organized modern kitchen.
Inside the tea room, there are are a few little tables with mismatched chairs adding to the charm.And a little self portrait for you here. My entire outfit was thrifted for under $15, including my brand new with tag still on 3 inch espadrille wedges that I thrifted for $3.50 fro mthe recent 50% off sale at Value Village. I am quite pleased with myself.
Then of course I had to include some photos of the gorgeous little Yarker waterfall. I cannot wait to go swimming and had to fight my natural instinct to want to climb down so my toes could find their way into the cool water.
We had such a lovely holiday weekend full of beautiful sunshine and laziness and I’m not quite ready to jump back into a busy week, but reluctantly I will. We only have a week and a half till June. It truly is amazing how fast this year is flying by, I really cannot believe it.
I hope you all had a lovely Memorial/Victoria Day. There is a beautiful summer ahead of us.
This amazing project, The Bohemian Collective, just debuted this morning and I am so in love. No one could have created a more magical world than Laura, from Violet Bella and Roots and Feathers who organized this amazing collective of talented women working together to create inspiration and beauty and for a good cause too.
An excerpt from the site:
“The artists and companies in The Bohemian Collective have joined efforts to create a place where we inspire creativity and giving through our art and vision. This rotating collaboration of artists will orchestrate inspiring, seasonal lookbooks featuring our handmade clothing, jewelry, and home accessories. Our desire is to share the love within our community as far as we can! This is where you can help. We invite anyone to participate by making a donation in any amount you choose which will be allocated to a specific charity each season. All proceeds this summer will benefit To Write Love On Her Arms, a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. To read more about their organization, please read here.”
This is an incredible project supported and created by some incredible women and is worth celebrating. I urge you to simply take a look at their beautiful site, thumb through their gorgeous and inspiring lookbook and spread the word, share with your friends and readers, and if you can, make a donation.
Have a lovely Friday and fantastic long weekend,
images and quote sourced from: The bohemian collective
Posted in Inspiration
Tagged art and found, bird trouble, blowfish, cosmic bath and beauty, flourish leather, flowerchilddwelling, laura mazurek, lulu's, moorea seal, not for profit collective, o bella organics, poor pitiful pearl, Roots and Feathers, run with the tribe, sea of wild, softspoken, spiral drift, the bohemian collective, the sacred life, to write love on her arm
Good morning Hand Make readers and welcome Apple Blue readers! I just wanted to pass the word along that I am guest posting over on Amanda’s blog Apple Blue this morning.
Be sure to stop by and show a little love on my fun Friday Tutorial Round Up. You wont want to miss it! I’ll also be back later this afternoon with a fun little update!
With more and more snail mail coming and going from my humble abode I have been lusting more and more after some amazing stationary.
There really is nothing better than writing and receiving letters. E-mail, eh. They’re nice, but letters are so much better and my hope is that my writing improves with the practice. Here are just a few very darling little postcards I came across on Etsy this week.
A great song and a lovely postcard from Here my Dear on Etsy.
Love the contrast of white and bright bold colors in these whimsical postcards from Chipmonk Cheeks on Etsy.
Pretty geometric postcards by mademoiselleyo on Etsy.
Love this fun and funky letterpress post card by Rebecca Ann Rakstad on Etsy.
I hope you all have a beautiful and lovely Thursday and that maybe you leave here little bit inspired to send everyone you know a pretty little postcard!
Posted in Etsy
Tagged artwork, Clever Plumage, crafters, Etsy, hand make my life, handmade, Hillery Sawyer, postcards, print, sellers, stationary
This top from Lulu’s is super versatile in that it can be worn tucked, untucked, belted, over a dress, and with jeans. Plus sheer is in!
Solid color crop tops like this one on Threadsence are a great addition to your wardrobe this season.
Love this taupey maxi by BB Dakota on Threadsence. A perfect neutral and would look great with a crop top or color pop accessories.
Here we go with a gorgeous and flowy green asymmetrical skirt from Threadsence.
Mint jeans are the pastel trend of the century. They are everywhere and everyone wants a pair like the cute little skinny pedal pushers from Modcloth. The question is: do you?
Color blocking, different hues stacked one atop the other. Love this Kelly green blazer matched with the neon, pastel skinny pants from Lulu’s.
This is the perfect lace tank top from Lulu’s to pair with any and everything you own.
This How have you Vanilla Bean? Dress from Modcloth is really a perfect polka dot. It’s a neutral and would be great to match up with a bright polka dotted sweater (like this one) or one of this seasons pop color accessories.
This black and white stripe skirt from free people really fits the bill, you get your versatile maxi (simply pull up over your chest and belt for a simple summer dress.
So what is my number on tip for you? Invest in neutrals and save the trends for accessories and the occasional top or bottom, don’t fill your closet with trends.
My number two? Always quality jeans. I know I didn’t mention them in the trends, that’s because they are a staple closet item. I spend a good hour in the thrift store trying on every pair of jeans in my sizes till I find the right pair. Sometimes I don’t find it, but sometimes I get lucky! And the perfect pair of jeans for 7 bucks? Who could argue with that?
I hope you have fun with it and feel inspired. Remember, neutrals are your best friend, because they make everything look good.
Posted in 10 Things I love, Fashion inspiration
Tagged asymmetrical, chevrons, Clever Plumage, crop top, fashion, free people, hand make my life, Hillery Sawyer, lulu's, maxi dress, neon, threadsence, trend, trendy
Sometimes it can be hard to give into our passions and what we love because of our wiring to view success in life as something entirely separate of our creative passions. So in order to be successful at what we love, we have to forget all that we’ve been told and re-write the parameters to fit our creative souls.
- I will appreciate my creative self and not attempt to weigh it against others. All beings express our-selves differently and there is a place in this universe for all of us.
- I will stop thinking of success in number gains and begin thinking of it in joys gained.
- I will remember not to take my day to day for granted, that life is the journey and that everyday is another mile in the direction we want to go.
- I will except that even experts make mistakes and allow myself some wiggle room to work all the kinks out.
- I will always allow myself to have a rest, taking time to clear my mind and recharge.
The warm weather is rolling in and this is the season for celebrating life, ourselves, and each other. Give into your passions a little more each day. You’ll be glad you did.
Posted in Inspiration
Tagged Clever Plumage, creating, creative, creativity, hand make my life, hands on, happiness, Hillery Sawyer, inspiration, life changing, living life, success, summer
After a night of little sleep, I went out into the garden in the early morning. I took some product shots and enjoyed the quite quiet morning before the world around me began to wake. I had a lovely little hour to myself out there.
I set up my tripod and got to work photographing my new pieces. I love working with a tripod, it’s fun and liberating. I have 12 new items I have got to get in the shop this week. I can’t wait to work on this week’s set. This is a pretty fun little project and I can only hope I can keep up this momentum. I am going to try the shots again this evening just before sunset when the sun is on the other side.
Here’s a little tour of the back garden behind our apartment/house (We live in the attic apartment of a house built in the 1800s, there are three other apartments).
(There is actually a little bit of feather on my nose, if you look closely you can see it)
We are very lucky to have such a space available to us. I am very much looking forward to the summer and lazy afternoons reading books and sipping on lemonade.
Are you feeling creative today?
I hope you had a beautiful weekend with lots of family time. Have a lovely Monday morning!
Posted in About me, Clever Plumage, Photo a day
Tagged early morning, feathers, flowers, garden, Hillery Sawyer, limestone, nature, necklaces, outdoors, photography, shop update, tripod