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Back to School: Favorite Accessory

It’s back to school for me this week! Of course I’ve been working on my classroom for weeks, and if you follow along on Instagram, you may have seen a story that I posted there of my classroom. This past weekend I got to meet all my new firsties for this upcoming school year and their families. I am so excited for this upcoming year in first grade. Today is my first official day of school, and I can not tell you just how excited I am! Even though I’ve been teaching for a few years now, I still get that jittery excitement waiting for the first day to arrive and now it’s here! I know it’s going to be a great year.

Even as teachers, we like to plan our outfits for the first day (or at least I do). This year, I am sporting my brand new wood wrist watch which I am obsessed with! This summer I have seen on social media many people wearing these super cool watches, and I loved them. So when JORD Wood Watches reached out to me, I was super excited. I’d been a long time admirer of their watches and now I am a proud owner of one! Looking at the pictures online, I was super impressed, but it is even prettier in person.

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I chose the Zebrawood and Maple watch from their Fieldcrest series, and I could not be more pleased. It is so unique, and it really is the perfect accessory for back-to-school. I was drawn to the pretty wood tones of this watch. What’s cool about these is that while they’re all very unique watches, this particular watch fits my personal style so well! When it arrived in it’s beautiful packaging, it was already sized to my wrist! How awesome is that?! I have pretty small wrists, and usually have to have some links taken out of whatever watch I’m wearing. With this, I didn’t have to do that, since it was fitted just for me.

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Now, here’s where this gets even better. I love this watch so much and I know you will too, so I am hosting a giveaway! If you click here, you can be entered to win a $75 credit to their shop! But it gets better. Just for entering, you will receive a $20 coupon code!!! So there’s no losers here at all! How stinking cool is that? The contest will be open until August 17th at 11:59pm. They have tons of great women’s watches to choose from as well as men’s watches if you’re looking for a unique gift idea. I know y’all are going to want to check that out!

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Now, I should be off, since I do have a lot to do, being the first day of school and all. I have a feeling I will be wearing my new watch pretty frequently this school year. Well, that’s all for today friends. Have a fabulous day!

Jord Wood Watches kindly sent me this beautiful watch, but all opinions are my own.


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My First Experience as a Craft Vendor

This past weekend I had my first booth at a crafts/antiques fair. I wanted to share with y’all a little bit about my first experience doing this, since it was such a big deal for me. I worked really hard on my booth, and really hard on all the items that went into it. I definitely learned a lot this weekend, and I’m so thankful for it.

The biggest thing for me was at some point during that day, I realized I can do this. Having my items sold at a craft fair or market of some kind has been something I’ve wanted to do for a while, but never really thought I could. There were a million reasons why I wasn’t going to be able to do something like this, and so a few projects sat unfinished in my garage for a year or so. When this opportunity came along, I knew I couldn’t say no. The event was just one day, in our town, and I didn’t need to go through a lengthy application process, and  wouldn’t have to take the day off from my real job. For these reasons, I felt like I couldn’t say no. The cards were stacked in my favor for getting my foot in the door to these types of things.

On the actual day of the event, I had so much fun setting up my booth. When I’m shopping at other flea markets and fairs, I enjoy but don’t really think deeply about the set up of the booth. It was like staging a mini room, and duh, what could be more fun?! I didn’t have a ton of items for sale in my booth, but I think I had just the right amount of stuff to accommodate my first attempt.

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The actual number of sales were pretty disappointing, and whether that can be blamed on the size of the event, the venue, the clientele, or whatever – it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that I got the first one down, and now I feel a lot more confident about applying for more upscale and prestigious markets. I got the self-assurance I needed to realize that this is something I really can do, and actually enjoy. I don’t feel so afraid of these types of events anymore, and the if I could only… thoughts are gone. This day was both disappointing and encouraging. I’m glad I had this experience, and I feel like this event is my jumping point for other things to come in the future.

I really feel like God was telling me this weekend (despite the disappointing number of sales) that the creative desires I have in my heart aren’t for naught. I know He has bigger and better things for me, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the future.  I’ll let you know where you can find me next.

That’s all for today friends, have a fabulous day!

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Big Things are Coming!

I’ve backspaced this sentence probably twenty times, trying to figure out how to word what I’m trying to say. Today I want to get a little personal, and share a big announcement! I’ve been trying lately to embrace more creative lifestyle. That sounds pretty vague and trendy and dumb, I know. Hear me out.

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Six months ago when I started this blog I had no idea what I was doing (I still totally don’t), but I knew I wanted to share how I felt and the things I was doing in my home. This blog still hasn’t really gone anywhere in the past few months, but it’s something that’s helped me find my decor style. And if that’s all that comes from it, I’m totally fine with that. It’s also helped me to find contentment in our rental home. This little blog has been a bit of an experiment for me, something that I’ve just kind of let go wherever it will. But, it’s caused me to want to get into other things as well.

I love my job (I really, really do), but there’s a part of me that needs to be making things, to be restoring beauty to things, and to find others who have the same interests and ideas as me. I love waking up early Saturday mornings looking for garage sales, sifting through the junk in the thrift shop, or looking at the neighbor’s trash piles on trash night. I’m a sucker for a good deal, and I love refinishing things to make them beautiful again. I find myself wanting to explore these things more and more in my daily life. Not that I’m quitting my day job or anything (hello, I’m not a lunatic), but I’m wanting to find new ways to embrace my hobbies outside of work.

That being said, I wanted to share something new with you guys that I’m super excited and super nervous about. Next month, I’m going to be a vendor in a handmade/craft/antique/resale event in town. It’s an outdoor event that’s held in downtown Waxahachie, TX. I’ve been working really hard the past few weeks with different projects, and I’m going to be selling a range of things from redesigned furniture to homemade candles. I will have lots of handcrafted home items (and a few vintage items). I’ll have plenty of little things that I’ve painted or redesigned, and a few signs from my etsy shop. It’s going to he a mix of things, but I’m super excited about it. This is going to be my first event of this kind, and I’m looking forward to see what could come out of doing these types of events. I want this to be something that I do regularly, and so this first event is a big step. Honestly, I’m nervous that no one is even going to stop by my booth or care about my stuff, but I’m trying to be optimistic.

If you’re local, I’d love to see you October 10th at the Junk ‘N’ the Trunk Sale in Waxahachie. If not, I’ll be adding more items to my etsy shop after the sale. This is a big new endeavor for me, so I will need a lot of support. I’ll update you all after the sale (with some pictures of my booth/merchandise too). Until then, I’ve got plenty of work to keep me busy in the next couple weeks.

Thanks for reading along (I know this post is more wordy and has less photos than usual), but it’s something I’ve really wanted to share. Here’s to new doors opening and seeing where they lead! That’s all for today friends, have a fabulous day!