Beauty Find Friday: Shop Update and Survey

I’m making a conscious effort to share more of my art with you, starting with the blue butterfly last week, and today, these blue feathers.

Speaking of blue feathers, I so appreciated your feedback on the new shop logo! I incorporated several bits of your feedback into the final design. I kept the art-deco font, but I added a tag line in a script font. And I moved the feather above the words, instead of below. And tada!

Before the rebrand:

After the rebrand:

I like the tag line: “Celebrating life’s lovely moments,” much better than “Special occasion invitations and customizable paper goods.”

If you haven’t visited the shop in awhile, you might notice a few new invitation designs!

Although the link didn’t work during the Shabby Apple giveaway, I’d still love to get your feedback about this blog about what your favorite topics are, giveaways you’d like, etc. If you’d be so kind as to answer these six questions, I’ll pick one of you to win a free set of two monogram notecards! Just leave a comment below letting me know that you took the survey. Thank you!

STYLE: What I Wore: #StyleMeMay

This month I participated in Hillary Rushford‘s Instagram style challenges! I enjoyed interpreting the prompts to use things in my closet that might not get worn as often, and having some direction each morning when I stand in front of my closet. 

Here’s a few of my favorite outfits:

Sunshine yellow:

This shirt came from Savers, and my polka dot ring is from Selby Lane.

Beg, Borrow, or Second Hand: 

You might remember this top from my ten things for Fashion for Freedom! It’s really long, so I’m experimenting with tying it up for a different look.

Seeing Double Pattern:

I mixed patterns by pairing this cream striped tank with the plaid top. The cream and beige color is common to both, so it ties it together well.

Parisian Stripes:

GAP had a lot of great sale stuff. I tried on this blazer and a few other tops, but didn’t end up actually buying anything. I’m really picky when it comes to blazers, and this one wasn’t quite long enough, and the sleeves were too long. 
Oh La La Vintage:

I layered a tee over this sleeveless blue dress for a more casual look. I love this swingy skirt and the pockets!
Orange You Glad:
I bought this shirt for working at Target, and once I brought it home, Brian informed me that it was orange, not red. I wore it to work anyway, and no one said anything about it, except to compliment it. I decided that it’s red-orange, but the more I wear it, the more orange I think it looks 🙂 
For solid, down to earth style advice, I recommend Hillary’s blog, Dean Street Society. And if you’re interested in seeing more pictures of my life and style, I hope I’ll see you on Instagram!
Linking up with:
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Do you ever find yourself in a style rut? Let me tell you, Instagram challenges and link ups like the above are great ways to break out of it and find new ways to wear what you own!

Sponsor Scribbles And Support Worthwhile Wear

Ever since I first monetized my blog, I’ve given some of the proceeds to a cause. Since I write about making a difference, it follows that I use my blog income accordingly. Tracking income and finding causes to give to has become even easier since I started using Passionfruit Ads and Pure Charity.

Passionfruit Ads provides a simple, pretty, framework for purchasing sidebar ads. I discovered Pure Charity last winter, and I linked my cards to it to fund projects with my Christmas shopping. Last month, I realized how I could use it on Scribbles From Emily to fund projects through my sidebar ads.

You could probably find a bigger blog with advertising for the same price. But Scribbles From Emily is my corner of the internet from which I seek to change the world, one person at a time. One way I accomplish this is by donating 20% of my profits from advertising rates and affiliates to charitable organizations, using Pure Charity. That equals $4 from each Premium spot, $2 from each Popular spot, and $1 from each Pretty spot.

Currently, I’m funding Worthwhile Wear. 

Worthwhile Wear needs your help in the setting up of this new vocational and employment sewing center. This project is focused on reaching the women and girls exploited by sex trafficking and forced prostitution, and providing them with a way out. This is Phase 1 of the project, which is the renovation and setup of the space where the women will work and re-establish their self-worth.

Find out more about Worthwhile Wear on their website and on Pure Charity.

Other Ways to Sponsor:

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If you’d like to see your product featured in a post, send it to me to review! This option is open to all: you do not need to buy sidebar ads to qualify. I just ask that you allow me to pick out the item to review; that way I can pick what fits best with my tastes and appeals to my audience.


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Beauty Find Friday: 10 Things You Might Not Know About Me

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It’s one of those days when I have all kinds of deep thoughts swirling around in my head, and I can’t seem to get them out onto the screen in a way that makes any kind of sense. So instead, I’m just talking about myself. I’ve read several “Things You Might Not Know About Me” posts lately, and I think it’s really fun to get to know bloggers better! Plus, each of our lives is full of little pieces that together make our beautiful story. So here’s ten things you might not know about me:
1. In high school, I was in the Colorguard. You know, the girls with flags that are part of the marching band. It’s cheerleader meets band geek, and it was awesome!
2. I used to play the organ. I took lessons for quite some time from our church organist, but I never felt like I was good enough to play in church. It was a really fun instrument!
3. I love red hair! I know it’s probably stereotypical, but I perceive people with red hair to be so free-spirited, passionate, and creative. I’m super jealous of this girl’s hair!
4. I never used to wear nail polish, ever. I felt like my fingers couldn’t breathe. However, when I started losing weight last year, I needed a reward that wasn’t food related, and so I decided on painting my nails. I love it now! It’s one of my favorite things to do in the evenings. 
5. I went through a serious pink phase in grade school. I distinctly remember opening my drawer one morning, and realizing that every single shirt was either a shade of pink or pink stripes. 
6. Needles and medical stuff really bothers me. Like, I will literally get lightheaded and woozy if you start talking about how many screws are in your broken ankle, a bloody injury, someone’s surgery, or I think about someone getting a shot. IT SUCKS. And the weird thing is, I didn’t used to be like this. I became afraid of needles and blood in high school after fainting when attempting to give blood, but only in the last year or so has it progressed to this point. Any advice for how to get over it?
7. I once wanted to be a lawyer when I grew up. But anytime I told someone, they responded with disparaging remarks about lawyers, and said I would have to defend people who were truly guilty and lie about it. So I changed my mind, and when I was older and wiser, I realized that there are many types of lawyers. 
8. I’m currently reading “When People Are Big and God is Small.” It’s a life changer! If you’ve ever struggled with fear of other people dominating your life, you should read it. Actually, I think everyone should read it!
9. I don’t have any tatoos, but if I got one, it would probably be a blue butterfly. I highly doubt I’ll ever get a tatoo though, see #6. I’m finally feeling recovered after writing #6. I told you it was bad.
10. I start every day with yoga. I go through exercise phases, and right now, I’m definitely into it. I watch Tara Stiles’ video podcasts, and try a new routine each week. 
Now it’s your turn! What’s something people don’t know about you?

Introducing: The Just Beachy Hand Embroidery Collection!

It’s been a very long time coming, but I’m so pleased to announce that I’m an indie pattern designer! Yesterday, I published my first hand embroidery pattern collection on Craftsy: Just Beachy. Hooray!!!
This pattern collection was first conceived while sketching designs into my journal whilst laying on the beach in California last September. They’re whimsical, cheerful, and punny (couldn’t resist!). 
The process of creating these patterns has been long, and at times, really, really hard. But, combining my love of drawing and crafts into one endeavor is a dream come true!

Details:

The Just Beachy Collection includes four patterns, only $6 each. The patterns are great for a range of skills, but especially those just learning to embroider. Each pattern includes full-color instructions, an embroidery stitch guide, alternative color scheme suggestions, and a black and white tracing pattern. The patterns are available for purchase and instant PDF download on Craftsy.
I could see these as hoop art for a modern nursery, playroom, or beach house, and on pillows for a fun update to your living room or bedroom, or on towels in a beach themed bathroom. They also make great baby shower or wedding gifts. 
Oh Snappy Day – This carefree crab is sure to coax a smile! 
Degree of difficulty: Super Easy
Sealed With A Kiss – These amorous seals make a great wedding gift!
Degree of difficulty: Easy
Stay Octopied – Ever wish you had eight arms? 
Degree of difficulty: Moderate
Just Horsin’ Around – These playful seahorses are perfect for a nursery.
Degree of difficulty: Moderate
I’m so grateful for all I’ve learned about the modern crafting community through this experience. I’m so excited for all that I’ll continue to learn as I produce more pattern designs in the future! 
For more detailed pattern information, check out my pattern store on Craftsy.com!

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Beauty Find Friday: Beach Home Decor

Since we’ve enjoyed 100 degree temperatures lately, I’ve often found myself daydreaming of a beach escape. Here in the desert, the prevailing color scheme is various shades of brown. Interiors are generally beige, cream, or deep colors like burgundy, gold, and dark green. It’s not my style at all. I’m a big fan of light, open, bright spaces. My favorite style is a mix of Norwegian, French country, cottage, and with beach house touches.

I’ve been brainstorming ways to use my collection of seashells, and also ways to bring in subtle beachy style without going crazy with lighthouses and surfboards. For today’s Beauty Find Friday, here’s some of my favorite beachy decor items I’ve found on Etsy.

I love the vintage vibe of this hand embroidered hoop art.

I love this octopus pillow!
I had a difficult time picking just one of Clare’s paintings from Tastes Orangey.
The copper base of this globe looks modern/industrial to me, which is nice to mix it up a little. 

I know this isn’t decor, but isn’t it amazing?! Copper Starfish Coral Ring.

These wall hooks fit perfectly with the anchor trend.

This chandelier is a not-so-subtle tribute to the beach! I’m not sure what I’d do with a chandelier like this, but it is pretty cool. 
Happy Friday! I hope you will stop and appreciate beauty wherever you find it this weekend. 

Motherhood, Work, and Grace {Giveaway!}

For Mother’s Day, the Wall Street Journal featured an article by Athelia Wooley LeSuer, the founder of Shabby Apple, an online dress boutique that specializes in vintage and retro dresses, on her thoughts and experience running a fashion company and being a mom. 

“I will do my best as an entrepreneur. I will do my best as your mother.
I won’t apologize.

I won’t apologize for being a mother. I won’t apologize for you. When I go to meetings with international buyers, I will carry you on my belly. When you cry, I will politely excuse myself to calm you. The fabric man from Shanghai will be surprised, but he will take me seriously because I take myself seriously.”

Shabby Apple

It’s a beautiful tribute to her commitment to her baby daughter and to her work, and you can read the full article here.  I do realize that not all moms can take their babies to work with them and hold them during meetings, dance with them during conference calls, and take them to networking parties.

In fact, one of my friends is going back to her job as a special education teacher today after two weeks with her newborn. Relatives are coming to stay with them until school lets out to watch the baby at home, but what about next year? Will she eventually have to choose between her job, which she loves, and staying home with her baby, whom she also loves?

How do your dreams and being a mom intersect? Is balance between work and being a mom actually possible? How do you reconcile the way God has gifted us to serve others out in the workforce, and the way He wired us to nurture and raise precious little people?

These, and similar, questions were on my mind this weekend with all the Mother’s Day festivities. I used to feel like if I got pregnant before finishing school or before I had a good job, my life would be over. It’s taken some time, but I really don’t feel that way anymore. I’m certainly not in a hurry to start a family, but I don’t believe it would be the end of the world.

I guess God gives grace for each season of life. To the mom who works and puts her children in day care, God gives grace. To the mom who quits her career to stay home, God gives grace. To the moms who start their own businesses and work from home, God gives grace.

I do admire Athelia’s perspective, and I’m always happy to work with companies that share similar values. Shabby Apple is committed to making life better for women worldwide through their work with Accion providing micro financing loans for women to start their own businesses. And this week, they’re giving away $50 to one of you lucky readers!

I love my Toe The Line dress from the Set Sail Collection, but I’m also a huge fan over one of their latest Fete De Fleurs Collection, a fantastical floral tea party.

What dress will you choose? Check out the Latest Dresses from Shabby Apple and enter via the Rafflecoper widget below (click over to the blog, email and RSS subscribers). 

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DECOR: Bedroom Before and After (So Far)

On Monday, I showed you how I made our book page headboard. Our poor neglected bedroom’s makeover is still very much in progress, but here’s a tour of how it’s coming along.

Before:

As you know,  we got rid of the white bedspread for something more practical, aka, machine washable!
Quilt: Target. Lamp on the left: Walmart. Lamp on the right: Free. 

Before:

On the sofa table under the window: a quilt, a lamp, some “spring” eggs (they’re not Easter eggs, because if they were, I should have put them away by now!), a really neat map bag that’s empty, and a bunch of pictures we havent’ hung up. 


After:

This beautiful French/botanical style box was a gift from my sister. Thanks Elissa!
I also moved my black box full of stationery to this table, kept the spring eggs, and stuffed the map bag with the quilt. 
And we hung some curtains! The sheers don’t keep light out, they diffuse it, which creates a soft ambiance I love. 

Before:

The top of our dresser was a mess: my handmade bulletin board, a painting of mine, Brian’s baseball picture frame with a family photo, and our change collecting box. 

After:

I still don’t like it. But, at least the photos are off of the table under the window, and it’s a little less cluttered.


Before:

The top of the bookshelf: a whiteboard we never wrote on, random cards, black box of stationery, a clock (also from my sister) and Brian’s diploma.

After:

I covered the whiteboard with my vision board! It’s inspiring to look at first thing in the morning. I also added the little wood box and starfish pin, two souvenirs from my trip to Oregon. I’d like to do something with that typewriter photo holder. Any ideas?
I moved my bulletin board into my closet. My side of the closet has several shelves, one of which I turned into my jewelry shelf. All of this stuff used to be on our dresser, so it used to be even more cluttered! I really like it here in the closet, the bulletin board works especially well for holding pins and necklaces.

Before:

This is Brian’s side of the bed, the wall with the door to the closet. The large picture with the tower was a wedding gift from Brian’s parents, depicting a couple outside of the Iowa State campanile, a famous romantic spot. 
And notice the fighter jet calendar. He needed to personalize the space somehow. 

After:

I found this vintage New York City poster in a shop in Cannon Beach, and knew it was perfect for Brian. He lived in NYC for two years, and has always wanted to take me back there. 
I moved the ISU print to the wall between the bookshelf and dresser, and I hung the fighter jet calendar in the closet!
Where there was once blank wall on my side, I hung this vintage French poster, which I also bought in Cannon Beach.

So it’s coming along! I’d like to unify the color scheme more, and do something different with the top of our dresser. Maybe one big piece of art? Or will that be too much with the other large prints and posters? Hm. 

Do you have any tips for decorating problematic spaces? Thanks for reading this little tour of our place!

DIY: Book Page Headboard

Our bedroom has been one of the most neglected spaces in our apartment since we moved in last September. Since not as many people see it as the main areas, I haven’t put much effort into decorating it. But, I really want a romantic, peaceful room, so I’ve been taking baby steps to get there.You might remember from my easy embroidered pillowcase tutorial, this is how our bedroom looked:

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