Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Organization...It Can Happen!

I’ve seen so many social media posts lately from fellow moms – Etsy artists and non-Etsy artists – who are bound and determined to get organized this summer. Now that the craziness of the school year is behind us, and the days of summer are here, I know I’m working to get my to-do list back in order…not just for my full-time job, but for my family, our house, and of course, my Etsy store!

There are so many amazing tools that we can use to help get things in order, whether you prefer classical paper-based systems, mobile options, or online options! I can personally say that I have adopted all three types in some way, shape or form to help me get and stay organized!

The Paper Source Great Big Calendar.
Photo Provided by re-nest studio
Starting with paper-based ideas…I am personally a huge fan of old school options such as planners, and giant desk calendars. There’s just something about writing something down in either a planner or on a calendar that just brings a sense of community to the house (and totally satisfies my obsession with crossing things off my list!) My very favorite desk calendar is from Paper Source, and features kraft paper with fun colors that rotate throughout the year. Oh, and they make the calendar as an academic calendar, which is super nice when it’s time for school to start! I have two of these in my little world: one on my desk at my full-time job, and one that hangs in our workstation in our home.

I also love planners. It’s the one place where I keep our calendar events, all of my work + personal + Etsy shop to-dos , organize paper bills + invitations, and generally, feel like I have it all together. I’ve used a couple of different paper planners over the years, and this year, I’m trying out a planner from ErinCondren.com. I always manage to get a few laughs from people who are shocked that in today’s electronic age, I’m carrying around a paper planner. But I have to admit, it’s pretty, and I also love at the end of the year, to look back and see everything that I’ve accomplished throughout the year.

The Erin Condren Life Planner with a Customizable Cover

The Month-At-A-Glance Pages with an Erin Condren Life Planner

In the electronic organization world, there are limitless ways to stay organized! Besides the calendar tools available with Google and other online e-mail providers, one of my go-to tools for keeping my projects + to-dos together is Evernote. Totally online + mobile too, I’ve been using Evernote for about six months for my virtual to-do lists. And, another awesome function it provides is that it lets you take all of those bookmarked and “favorites” in your web browser, and put them in one of your Notes, to access anywhere, anytime, and not just on the device you saved them on! Isn’t that awesome? You can even silo your Notes and create Notebooks for the different areas of your life; for example, I have one for Work, Personal, and for my Etsy store! (As a side note, this has been a life saver for me as I plan + pull off my kids’ birthday parties! I have my whole list in Evernote, and as I’m out and about, I can pull it up on my phone, and double-check what I need.)

The Evernote Notebook: With Separate Notes for Each Need!

An Evernote Note

Tell Us: So, what about you? What are your must-have tools for keeping your world organized?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Pantone's 2015 Color Of The Year....Marsala!

Every year, there is one report that I wait for…as a lover of all things color and trends, I always eagerly anticipate Pantone’s Color of The Year announcement. Most years never disappoint. As soon as it’s announced, you start to see the on-trend color (and derivatives of it) everywhere – from clothing to toys to my personal favorite, home décor.

In my opinion, this year’s does not disappoint…have you seen the big announcement? In case you haven’t, the 2015 Pantone Color Of The Year is (drum roll, please…)…marsala!

What is marsala? According to Pantone, it is a gorgeous terracotta red shade, which sounds like a beautiful accent color to any home décor! Whether you are a fan of earth tones, or a fan of cool colors, marsala works well with any neutral tone to help spice up your space!

And, of course, there are tons of options out there in the home décor space that would make beautiful additions to your home…everything from rugs to throw pillows to vintage books…all that would add a pop of this rich, beautiful color! Check out some of my favorites from some of my very favorite home décor sources below:

The Elle Floral Area Rug from Target

The Ampersand Marquee Light from Joss & Main

The Branford Cabinet Knob from Joss & Main

And, of course, there are so very many gorgeous handmade and vintage options on our favorite source, Etsy! Want to see some of the beautiful home décor finds from Etsy? Be sure to check out the treasury, “marsala! marsala!” over at re-nest studio, for tons more ideas!

Tell us: What do you think of Pantone’s pick for Color Of The Year? Is it something that fits in your color personality and would work in your home?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Changing Colors of Home Decor

I don’t know about you, but there is always something with Fall that makes me feel like renewing and refreshing my home space. I realize this sounds completely awkward, given its Fall…leaves will be falling in most places, sunshine will be replaced with cloudy skies, and rain will be replaced with snow. Maybe it’s the whole back to school mentality – new, fresh school supplies (“bouquets of sharpened pencils”…quick! What movie is that from?) and new school clothes. It all just makes me take a new look at my home, my décor and my colors to see what I can possibly do to freshen things up a bit.

And the home décor designers and stores get this too – they know that with the season change, people want to change their homes. My mailbox has been flooded with updated catalogs with the latest in Fall patterns, colors, and designs. Just last week alone, in one day, I received catalogs from: Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Crate & Barrel and CB2. In one day. That doesn’t even count the magazines I receive monthly: House Beautiful, Elle Décor, and even Real Simple, all get in on the Fall “I-must-renew-my-space” action! Plus, all of the fantastic ideas you can find online from some of my faves like Target.com, ProjectNursery.com, HGTV.com, and Etsy.com!

So, what’s the latest? We all see popular patterns and colors that seem to be everywhere. But what is “in” right now if you’re looking to make a little (or big) change to your nest? Here are just a few of the lovelies I found at some of my favorite décor sources!

Combining Traditional with Modern from Target

When it comes to fall colors, I always think of rich oranges, browns and reds. This simply lovely area rug from Threshold at Target combines so many fantastic elements. For one, color. I love that this blends a very traditional Fall-like burnt orange, with a much more modern (and the new neutral) platinum grey. Combine these colors with a more traditional, large scale damask pattern, and you have the perfect blend of traditional yet contemporary.

The Threshold Exploded Damask Area Rug from Target

A Twist on the Traditional Curtain from Crate & Barrel


Window treatments are one of my very favorite décor elements. They can add drama, they can be completely practical, or they can add visual appeal. This season, it seems like many panels are going for the dual visual appeal and practical approach. Gone are the heavy, velvety curtains (don’t worry – they are still out there!) which have been replaced with very natural fabrics (think linen) with patterns that remind you of world travels. 

The Skylar Curtain Panel from Crate & Barrel

A Different Approach to Children’s Spaces from Project Nursery

One of my favorite places to decorate in the home are children’s spaces. And, boy are we seeing a transition in the design of nurseries! Traditional pastels (pink for girls, blue for boys) have been replaced with bolder, richer, more modern designs – anything from bright and bold colors, to a more woodland design approach (can you say “what does the fox say?”) is taking over both nurseries for boys and girls!

Fox Nursery by scampbell on Project Nursery
Bold, Vibrant Paint Hues and Trends from HGTV

We can’t talk about seasonal décor changes without talking about one of the easiest décor elements to change: paint. A simple coat of paint can completely transform a space and give your home a completely different feel. While it’s laborious, it’s one of my very favorite changes to make. For Fall, the paint trends are much, much more than just your saffron, chocolate brown and merlot….we’re seeing goldenrod, radiant orchid and emerald green, which I love (and which all happen to work well with your more expected Fall colors!)

New Ways To Use Fall’s Trending Colors

Metallics, Naturals + Industrial Décor from Etsy.com

And, finally one of my very favorites for trending home décor…etsy.com! What I love about Etsy is there’s so much from all over the world. And, the décor trends on Etsy this year are following right with what we’re seeing with mainstream décor outlets. Metallics. Industrial materials. More utilitarian. Blended soft, natural materials like knitted items, with very organic and natural burlaps and more! I’ve put together a nice little treasury over on Etsy with some of my faves!

Throw Pillow Cover by TheHomeCentric on Etsy. 

Tell me: what do you think of this season’s trends? Would you incorporate any of these into your home décor? Are you planning any décor changes this Fall?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Advertising Opportunity for all EtsyMoms

It's that time of year again and just like all business owners, we, as Etsy shop owners, are constantly in search of opportunities to advertise our products and our shops.  Well, one of our EtsyMom team members has one such opportunity.  Michelle Vackar of Hi Mamma is helping to relaunch Modern Handmade Child magazine which will be having a publishing date of November 2014 (winter issue) and they are in search of handmade businesses interested in promotions.  Here's a note from her:

Modern Handmade Child has a diverse readership interested in a variety of subjects including DIY, home decor, sewing, cooking, health, art and education. Our mission is to provide a fun and valuable resource helping families to embrace the handmade way of life by intertwining the skills and values of the days gone by with the trends and technology of today. 

Our readers come from various backgrounds and countries all around the world. We cater to parents, families and independent business owners. Readers and visitors may interact with magazine pages by zooming in and out and clicking through to any advertiser’s website.

We are offering to handmade businesses the opportunity of purchasing one ad for the winter issue and receiving a second ad free in the spring 2015 issue, of the same size. We also have various mentions that we will be doing during each issue to recognize your business based upon the ad that is purchased.


Here is the MHC Media Card with various opportunities. Deadline for applications is October 15, 2014.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Weekly Linky Party - Through August 9

Each Sunday, we will start a linky party on our blog - add your latest blog post or a new item in your shop and check out what others are adding as well! This is a great way to promote what you're working on and to learn what others are working on. Every once in a while, we'll have a theme - pay attention to the themes! We'll give you advanced notice when a themed linky will be going up so you can prepare for it.
    

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Back to School Special Weekly Linky Party - Through August 2

For this week's linky party, we hope to see any back to school items created by our wonderful EtsyMoms.  If you have any school supplies or back to school items in your shops, add a link to them here and check out what others are adding as well! Also, if you are offering any special back to school discounts or sales, make sure to add any discount or coupon codes to your link's description.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekly Linky Party - Through July 26

Each Sunday, we will start a linky party on our blog - add your latest blog post or a new item in your shop and check out what others are adding as well! This is a great way to promote what you're working on and to learn what others are working on. Every once in a while, we'll have a theme - pay attention to the themes! We'll give you advanced notice when a themed linky will be going up so you can prepare for it.