Rustic, Vintage Postcards

Recently I've been seeing a lot of very cool wedding stationery featuring old vintage travel postcards.

They are just so pretty to me, and I love how rustic most of them look!

I find that I'm really attracted to things that are a mix of vintage, rustic, and feminine and that's where I've been trying to steer my brand for a while now. For anyone who is also in the entrepreneurial boat, you know my pain when it comes to branding!

Since these types of projects fit so perfectly with my brand, I'm going to try to put my own spin on them and see what I can come up with.

It's on my birthday list to create a wedding stationery line, and I still have a few months to go! I'm hoping to start work on some new products soon (even though life is very hectic right now!) and I want to try to include some of these postcards.

I ordered several of them off of eBay last week, and I've gotten most of them already. Some of them have been used, and it's neat to see what people wrote to their friends and family while they were on vacation. Others are in almost mint condition, which is very cool too.

I think I will try to find some way to display them as decoration in my office, because I enjoy looking at them that much!

What do you think? Are you a fan of the rustic/vintage/feminine vibe as well? Let me know!

Afternoon Sessions Vol. 8: On My Plate

Does it seem weird to anyone else that it's already half way through February?

2016 seems to be smoothly sailing on by, and my plate is about as full as ever.

Things haven't been too hectic lately, but that doesn't mean that my perpetual to-do list is has gone away. Soon, it will be time to shift into gear and focus on the next remodel phase of the house! One of these days, I'll try to share some progress shots of where things are.

I've been working more lately, and I'm also feeling the itch to start working on some new card and art print designs. I'm horrible about starting pieces and then not finishing, or coming up with ideas and then never making them. It's been a while since I've even picked up a brush or pencil, so I need to get back on it!

The problem is when I get busy with other things, and I start to focus to much on the mountain of things I need to get done. All it does is overwhelm me, and I throw in the towel before I even get started. I still haven't bought myself a new planner for the year, and I do so much better when I can list things out and focus on the baby steps instead of the whole picture. 

Either way, things will be getting crazy shortly, and I don't want my blog or shop to get put on the back burner too much!

Eating: The title of this post was both figurative and literal! I've been trying to eat better lately, and I've really been all over the board. This week I started a food journal, and I hope it helps. I'm trying to focus on veggies, and one of my favorite breakfast/lunch/dinner/anytime meals is eggs with Brussels sprouts and potatoes! I just wing it, but it's based on this recipe. If you're looking for a healthy winter, comfort food-y meal, I recommend this!

Drinking: Water and coffee, as per usual. I went a couple weeks without my coffee grinder, so I tried to switch to a Jasmine tea, but as much as I enjoy it, it can't replace my coffee for good.

Listening: To a lot of BORNS. That guy is good. I don't dig his hair, but "Electric Love" is just plain awesome (particularly the acoustic version!). And last Monday I surprised Dane with tickets to go see Bela Fleck and his wife Abigail Washburn, who are both insanely talented banjo players and singers! It was a lot of fun, and I discovered it's very easy for me to let my mind wander to a good, long banjo tune. Seriously! It might be time to make myself a new playlist.

Loving: My new house plants! I shared a picture of my new fiddle leaf fig on Instagram a couple weeks ago, and I'm so happy I finally bit the bullet and bought one. There's a reason they're so popular, they're beautiful! I'm planning on doing a post about them soon, along with some other plants that are on my list.

Focusing: On being more active. My sister has been coming over and we've been taking walks sometimes in the afternoons. I've been up and down the last few years with my fitness, ranging from awesome shape, to total couch potato. I'm trying to get back into it, and I'm hoping to start running again soon. Just in time for spring!

That's how my afternoons have been lately. What about you? Have you been up to anything exciting? Let me know! And thanks for stopping by.

P.S.- There's still just barely time to get your Valentine's cards by this weekend! Use the code HEARTS for free shipping, good until Sunday :)

Valentine's Day Sale!

Just wanted to pop in for a quick shop update, and let you all know I'm having a sale!

From now through Valentine's day, use the code HEARTS for free shipping! (Open to U.S. residents only)

This code is good for anything in the shop, but you should especially take advantage of the two Valentine's cards I have available.

Not only are the perfect for your s.o., but they also work for friends too! So if Galentine's day is more your jam, these still totally apply ;)

Shop here to use your code! Or click on the shop tab above.

Thanks for stopping by!

New Year, New Blog Layout!

This little cutie pie has been keeping me company on the couch this week, giving lots of snuggles and loves while I tinkered with my blog! (And folded laundry...)

As you can probably tell, this little ol' site of mine got yet another makeover!

For those of you who are bloggers, you know that the struggle is real! Especially if you try to go the diy route. It's caused me nothing but headaches over the last few years to try and create a site that looked professional and clean. There are boat loads of templates and layouts I could have purchased, but I was just too stubborn! I know a small amount of css and html and I told myself that I should be able to create a unique (if simple) site, instead of one that other people would be using too.

Well, I finally had enough and went with a pre-made template, and I'm pretty happy with how it looks!

There are a few little buggy things that I need to fix still, but aside from that I think it will stay as is for a while. Unless I can't fix the bugs...we'll see.

So, I'd love to know! What do you think of the new look? Do you think it suites the style of my business? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S.- I also have something exciting happening coming up for you all in the next few days, so be sure to keep on the look out for that!

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