My Etsy shop is updated and open. These bookmarks and more are my original designs and handmade. Take a look; my link is on my profile page.
The calm before the storm. Memorial Day weekend and the summer kick off concert series begins this weekend! Our little town of a couple hundred people is about to explode by thousands and thousands. It’s our first summer here, we got this! Right?!💪💁😳 *photo by @instagramtexas
Over here soaking up all the memories while my Grandma is in town [their Grandma Great]. Family and laughter are two of my favorite things. Food is a close third - we've been eating a lot of that too 🙈🤷🏻♀️ #grandmavisit #familyiseverything
Today I wanted to talk about a touchy subject: designer burn-out.
A few years ago, when I first started designing, I set a schedule for myself that I thought was completely reasonable - weekly blog post/ free patterns & 2 paid patterns in Ravelry, a total of 6 new patterns a month. In my mind the blog would help to get people to my Ravelry account, where I could make money on patterns to help pay for the blog expenses (hosting, domain, newsletter, etc). Designing, for me, is fun & a great way to be creative but in this business the more patterns I release, the more money I make (I do want to make money designing). Flash forward to now, though, & I'm tired, feeling burned-out, & wondering if I can even maintain this pace any more.
While I do plan ahead for designs, my blog posts are planned through September, the last couple months of trying to juggle designing & moving-prep have taught me I'm not a superhero & I've got to adjust something or burn-out completely. That prospect leaves me so terrified. That if I slow down, I'll just reverse all the progress I've worked so hard for over the last few years (losing followers, even less income, loss of momentum, etc). Creators, how do you manage a work/ life balance while hoping to create a semi-decent source of income? Because, I'll be honest, my vision of success does involve financial stability.
Yarn -> Caron One Pound by @yarnspirations
Pattern -> 8" Tapestry Heart Square (free on my blog, link in my bio) #2018Tsap
#crocheting #crochetgirlgang #Boyeyarncrafts #makerstrong #crochetersofinstagram #DivineDebris #ambcrafty #calledtobecreative #MadewithMichaels #craftsposure #hearts #crochetinspiration #theeverydayproject #handsandhustle #bhooked #ourmakerlife #dscolor #CaronOnePound #inmyhands #myhappyplace #tapestrycrochet #flatlayforever #afghansquares #LaCroix #homedecor #crochetlove #yarnspirations
How I see the world 👆🏻 (see my website for more deets on this piece!)
our little city gets cuter & cuter every year ✨
I’m so excited to see my brand on @popandgrey
’s feed today! Katie has been working with me for the last 3.5 years as I shifted my brand from solely wedding photography to include more abstract painting, boudoir photography, and creative entrepreneurship. I needed my new brand to show off my depth and to connect with a wide audience of LGBTQ wedding clients 💍, art collectors 🎨 and beautiful souls eager to undress for the camera👙! A strange combo? Maybe. But Katie rose to the challenge. And tied it all together in a cohesive personal brand that celebrates my clients’ and collectors’ bravery, vulnerability, and authenticity. ✨
My branding journey has been atypical, since I found my passion for painting 18 months after first hiring her...and needed to rebrand again but was still finding my voice. I felt all over the place, and she helped me make sense of the mess, patiently guiding me back to my core desires. Katie’s impeccable artistry, professionalism, and insight turned a scary transition into a fun opportunity to get curious about my dreams...and turn them a reality. She was humble enough to admit when things weren’t working, and scrappy enough to come up with an ingenious (affordable!) solution. Every. Damn. Time. 🧠
Thank you, Katie, for bearing with me on this long journey of mine! You’ve been a beacon of light to me—I couldn’t have found my voice without you. 💜🙏💕
life isn’t always sequins and sunshine, but it should be 💁🏼♀️ twirlin’ my way into 33! #morelife
Happy Friday 💫 kicking off the unofficial start of summer with the long weekend ahead, summer we are so ready for all of your Joys! 🌾🌊🌞🤸♀️
My Glow Series is fresh in the shop, their bright colors fit this time of year perfectly🌈🌸💫
Heads up: next Wednesday is the last day to place your order before I close my paintings shop for all of June! 🎉 heading out on some travels soon.
Dreaming of what my little patterns could become when they grow up...
They call me mellow yellow...
Heading into the long weekend like... 📸 by @jenna0wen
True story....Ever since I can remember pets have been a big thing for me. I’ve always adored them. But wasn’t allowed to have a dog or a cat when growing up because our family traveled and moved around a lot. On my 13th birthday everything changed! We had finally settled into one place and for the first time was able to have my very own dog!
Living with pets is the best, don’t you think? When did you get your first pet?
Also, I’m doing #the100dayproject
This is my sketchbook painting for Day 45.
These are my current May bops, or as my friend Alison says, "it's a real bop and a half"
Q: what's your May bop?
I tagged all the artists so you can totally check them out!
Friday feels. Excited for some extra time to create this weekend? Us too! 💙
Я очень рада, что именно вы преподавали у нас, пусть и всего один год. Спасибо за то, что были очень терпеливы ко всем нам, а в особенности ко мне (знаю, что временами я оочень надоедливая 😅). Вы не только прекрасный учитель, но и чудесный человек ✨ Не забуду то, как вы подкладывали моих одноклассников (особенно МАЛИИНКИНУ) и то, как мы с вами постоянно здоровались 😄
Надеюсь, вы будете за мной скучать, потому что я однозначно буду 🌸
#выпуск #выпускница #выпуск2018 #выпусники #последнийзвонок #последний_звонок #учитель #любимые #liveauthentic #aesthetics #instapic #picoftheday #photooftheday #creative #abmlifeiscolorful #abmlifeissweet #vintageaesthetic #vintage #vintagestyle #beautyaround #thatsdarling #howyouglow #bandofun #lifestyle #livethelittlethings #mytinymoments #dscolor #colorful #colorsplurge #inspire
The one in the middle graduated from preschool today and Worthy Threads can’t help but feel extra emotional! Such a beautiful presence in this world, we know sweet, spunky Clara will go far in life! She’s a force, a leader and an overall awesome person! Congratulations Clara - you deserve extra candy today and a vacation next week! #preschoolgraduation #makesmesmile #toddlermom
Really feeling the summer vibes over here! ☀️ 🏖 🏄🏻♀️ Wishing you a long weekend filled with joy (and #joyspotting
, if you choose!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
GIVEAWAY WINNER!!! Thankyou to everyone who entered, blown away how many entries there were! I used a random name generator (see my stories!) And the winnneeeerrrrrrrr issssssss...... @gamzeeroglu_
! Congrats girl 💜❤💜❤ give me a message to let me know what colour way you'd like! ❤💜❤💜 and for everyone else, there will be an extra special giveaway happening soon as I'm SO close to hitting 600 etsy sales so you haven't missed out just yet! Look out for that one 😍🍭🌼👑
On Fridays we celebrate all things colorful for #colorfreakfriday
, but who says we only celebrate one day of the week? I've been partying it up all week in my studio while working on this color explosion. It's a big one and I'm having so much fun with it. I can't wait to show you the finished piece!
I’ve never done one before, so I thought today would be perfect for a #fridayintroductions
post! •My name is Lauren, the owner & creative director behind Oh How Charming. • I don’t have any employees. Each item that is packaged/made, every message answered, inventory, etc etc is all done by me! • Me and my husband have will be married for 5 years in July. • I was born & raised in Philadelphia. I lived in Washington state (which is absolutely beautiful) for 2 years when my husband was stationed there while in the Army. That’s also where Oh How Charming was started! • I am a beer drinker. I’ve tried wine, but am just not a fan! • I’m a huge believer in the law of attraction...thoughts become things 🤗Thanks for reading! 🎉
Under the sink storage is often meh, but a few products and some kick butt sorting made this space fab!!
Колечко на память колечко, подарил мне кот Макавити😻😹Мяу тоже ме жених!
So this photo is a consequence of getting on a plane without anything to read. After leafing through the in-flight magazine about 15 times trying to find something remotely interesting, I decided to flick through my old photos on my phone (Airplane mode, naturally) and came across this one from Peru last year, which made me literally LOL. The baby llama was too cute not to take a photo with, so I sat down next to these two ladies and asked my friend to take the picture. But while she was taking a few photos to find the perfect Insta snap (the struggle is real), the llama decided to dispose the contents of its bladder on my skirt - hence the abject shock on my face. And to cap it off, my friend clicked the camera to capture the moment perfectly. Anyone else have a similar story to share with animals?
Nature is truly AMAZING sometimes 😲🦗🌵photo cred: my awesome husband!
take a photo it’ll last longer. more squamish pics up on the blog today!