Virtual October Market

So since the October market in Ganado got cancelled due to weather, I decided to proceed anyway, just digitally. So, I hosted a Virtual Market. Seventeen people went and something at least got sold, so it wasn’t a complete bust! Yay!

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Basically, I just posted pictures of everything that would have otherwise been for sale and had just a few guidelines:

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I may or may not do this again… haven’t decided. Thoughts?

Waco & DFW

Typically, in a post like this, I’d cover the whole area (see Hill Country, Coast, Beaches, etc.), but this is a special case. I don’t go to this entire area all the time. I mean I do now, but it’s not like I grew up going here and know all the trade secrets.

I stick to these two spots: Waco and the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Trust me, there’s PLENTY to do!

Things to Do In

Waco

Magnolia Market, Bakery, and the Silos

Fans of the hit HGTV show Fixer Upper come from all over the country. As a matter of fact, the first time I went, I met a family from South Dakota. Waco loves Chip and Joanna Gaines, as do I, so of course this is one of my favorite spots. When I first got there, I grabbed a bite to eat. They’ve got tons of food trucks parked on the grounds in front of the silos. I ate at Captain Billy Whizzbang’s and had the BEST BURGER OF MY LIFE. Gotta get the Whizz Pig. Just have to. Next I hit the Seed & Supply. It’s a cute little shack beside the silos with a welcoming garden in front.

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I am now the proud owner of two succulents.

Anyway, next I ventured across the lawn to the store itself. I must say, it is a little pricey, but from what I can tell, it’s good quality stuff. It’s all beautiful home decor and accessories, as well as t-shirts, Jimmy Don signs, candles, books, and more.

Including lots and lots of people.

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It’s totally worth it though, especially if we’re talking about the Silos Baking Co. I had a lemon lavender cupcake and a cup of coffee, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. This bakery is a legitimately delicious bakery that I will go to again and again, not for the touristy fan experience but for the cupcakes. Seriously.

If you are a fan, make sure to swing by Laverty’s antiques. Just email them (see their Facebook page) for when they’re open!

The Backyard

Not far from the Silos is The Backyard Stage, Bar, and Grill. I’m going to be honest, I’ve never eaten there. But. I love, love, love the atmosphere. I went there one night to see Stoney Larue, and the outdoor stage, neon lights, homey vibe, and friendly folks had me falling in love with this place.

Cameron Park Zoo

It’s not Houston, but if you’re in the area, it makes for a fantastic outing, even without children. They’ve got plenty of animals to suit your fancy. They have lions, giraffes, rhinos, flamingos, tigers, lemurs, and more. I had a blast.

Heritage Creamery

I like to think of myself as an ice cream enthusiast. I mean. I can eat some ice cream. After seeing this place on Fixer Upper, I had to be that tourist and go.

So worth the touristy feeling I had walking into this place.

Honestly though, it isn’t a touristy spot. It’s right across from Baylor, so it’s mostly young folks there for ice cream, just like you. The parlor has such a homey, old-school vibe. Very much an old soul. The ice cream is made based on the seasons and Texas ingredients. It’s made right there, and you can get it in a cone that they also make themselves.

I had lavender chai and honey lavender (can you tell I like lavender??), and I was beyond pleased! If you’re not feeling the ice cream, you can go right next door to Common Grounds for a cup of coffee. Or to the Pizza Hut next to that, if you’re hungry.

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Mammoth Museum

This place is a wonder. A true, awesome, incredible, humbling wonder. It’s an active archaeological site where a while back, somewhere around 17 mammoth skeletons were uncovered. You can go through this site and get a full history of the Texas ice age, when the grass was six feet tall, mammoths bigger than the woolly mammoth, tigers, and camels roamed the plains. There’s even a tree that’s older than our civilized nation. That’s all in addition to seeing the remains of freaking mammoths.

Other places in Waco…

Dr. Pepper Museum

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame

Baylor Sporting Event

Hippodrome

 

Fort Worth

Texas Motor Speedway

This one’s for the race fans. I am a huge NASCAR fan, so I’ve been to the track a couple times. You know, even if you’re not a fan, you need to go to just experience how huge this structure is and how loud and powerful human engineering can be.

The Stockyards

Ah, the stockyards. It’s a happy place. So many brick roads, cowboy hats, and cow s***. I love it. Bring your wallets, though, because there is a whole lot to buy: boots, shirts, belts, hats, and more. You’ll easily blow a couple Benjamins if you aren’t careful. We haven’t even gotten into the things to do, like get your boots cleaned, get on a not-mechanical bull, see the cattle drive, go to the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, hit the bars, and grab a $50 bite to eat at the Cattlemen Steak House.

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Other things…

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Forth Worth, from what I’ve noticed, has lots of museums and an entire cultural district. I suggest it.

Also, try to time your trip around the Stock Show: more shopping, livestock, and a rodeo.

 

Dallas

A hop, skip, and a jump away is Dallas, with its own things to do, namely the JFK tour. You can go to every site leading up to the assassination, if that’s something you’re into!

 

 

Thank y’all for reading!

I would like to say one thing, though. I don’t think my pictures are great, but they aren’t bad. These are all pictures take for myself, but I would rather use my own stuff than pull stock photos or something. I have done that because I don’t have a picture on me, but for the most part, I won’t write about something or post a picture of something that I haven’t been to/done/taken.
I’m sure none of that really matters to anyone, but I felt the need to say that. So, thanks. 🙂

 

With love and appreciation,

~Hannah ❤

Update 10/13

Today the market was in Goliad, Texas, and it was a freaking doozie. 

It was my first time at the Goliad market both as vendor and shopper, even though I didn’t shop around much. I actually didn’t get to shop around at all since I was flying this mission solo.

And boy, did the weather decide to pic the day I was all alone to screw me. So first of all, I got up at five to get there, which is fine. I’m a morning person, I love what I do, it’s all good. But, it rains. First it’s a drizzle. Then it’s a freaking downpour and my stuff gets soaked. I manage to dry it all off and take care of everything by the time the sun came out, but with the sun came the wind.

I suffered. Physically.

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All in all, it was not a good day. I do like to look on the bright side, however. I got tons of compliments on all the pieces, particularly the skulls and my macrame. “Creative, unique, talented…” I was proud of myself for that, but the winner today was my mom. Her paintings are all that sold, and I’m not surprised one bit because she is amazing. Check out her gallery here.

I was also pumped to debut some new pillows. Since I was in Goliad, I made a pillow for Goliad county and Highway 183, which runs through the town (by the way, please ignore the awkward dimensions of this photo. I do not have the patience, or quite frankly the desire, to crop and edit it).

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Any suggestions on counties, cities, or roads? Thanks in advance! 😉

Speaking of suggestions…

Don’t take this the wrong way, but I’ve got some questions. I always get compliments on my work, and they mean the world to me. However, people pay me compliments with their wallets less often, which, as a business owner, is not quite the ideal situation. More importantly, I feel like I’m doing something wrong. As much as this business is my creative outlet, I also want to be able to make things that you can’t find anything else, special things that only YOU can have, and today I felt like I failed in that department.

So in the interest of consumer research (which, by the way, is my PASSION), I’d like to know why you don’t purchase a product that you love.

Is it because you don’t have/don’t want to spend the money?

The style doesn’t fit in your house?

Do you question the quality/value of the product?

Do you disagree with the price of the product?

You don’t physically have room for it?

You’re lying and you don’t actually like it?

Do you really know why or why not you buy a product?

Is there something I might be missing?

 

Once again, thanks in advance!

 

Best wishes and have a great weekend! Love, Hannah

 

 

 

 

Pickers Patch: Texas Markets

Pickers Patch is held a few times a year in Victoria, Texas. It’s wayyy off any of the main roads, but it’s totally worth the drive.

Unfortunately, last time I was there (the last time I was able to go before this got published), it was raining, so unfortunately, I didn’t get any of my own pictures. Even if I had, there were so few vendors and customers (due to the weather) that it wouldn’t have done the show justice. So, I’m going to pull some images from online to hopefully set the scene for us!

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The show takes place on both Saturday and Sunday and is normally packed with both vendors and junkers alike. The site is set up in the yards and barns next to a home, which makes it feel so, well, homey and welcoming.

In my experience, there are of course many antique dealers. If you’re looking for furniture, knick knacks, dishes, or whatever, you’re sure to find something here. There are also craftsman: furniture, decor, t-shirts, and one of my favorites, goats’ milk soap.

Every show has something a little different, so it is definitely worth checking out more than once!

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Photo of The Pickers Patch Market Days - Victoria, TX, United States

As I mentioned before, it’s in Victoria, one of the oldest towns in Texas. If Pickers Patch isn’t quite your thing, there’s a zoo, a mall, a Cinemark, a great putt-putt course, and historic downtown, as well as many restaurants and events that you could go to to liven up your weekend!

 

 

Hope to see y’all there sometime this year!

 

 

Photos used in this post are not my own, and I in no way have any intention of claiming them as my own or altering them in any way to serve my own purposes. I was in need of photos to properly get this post in good shape. The photos were found via Google Image search from the following sources:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-pickers-patch-market-days-victoria

Crafty, Nifty Tools for Starting your Crafty Business

I’ve met so many people who turned their favorite hobby into profit. So I want to just touch on some tools that might be helpful!***

Tools & Resources

As the introduction says, I have met so many people that have taken their favorite hobby and turned into a way to make some money. I think that’s fantastic. I also know it can be tricky trying to do it “right.” I don’t really know a whole lot about business, but I know there are lots of resources out there. Some of these I use, others I have just heard of, but think would be great to try.

So for those of you who, like myself, monetize your craft but are lost in some areas, maybe these can be of use to you!

WordPress/Squarespace/other platforms

Using a site to host your own site is such a breeze and an easy, inexpensive way to get a presence. I say “other platforms” because there are so many to choose from, so look around.

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Canva

Canva is a website that creates free fliers, documents, Pinterest or Facebook images, banners, etc. for whatever you need. They have fonts, backgrounds, designs, and the opportunity to upload your own photos. I use it all the time.

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Pixlr

Pixlr is like a knock-off Photoshop. It’s free (just have to deal with some ads), and you can edit photos to your heart’s content.

 

Pexel

This website is the bomb. This site provides tons of free stock photos under the Creative Commons license (meaning that in most cases, you can use the photo for commercial use and don’t have to credit a source). There are many stock photo sites, but I like this one, so I’m going to recommend it.

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Moo

Moo is this neat little website that helps turn all that your business is into paper: business cards, flyers, pamphlets, etc. It’s at the top of my list.

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Fresh Books

Fresh Books is a popular accounting software: tracks sales, expenses, prints reports for different times, sends invoices, etc. I’ve yet to try it, but it’s always on my radar.

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Tax Act/Other similar site

If you’re just starting out, you might not have an accountant or are friends with one. Sites like Tax Act can help you manage your taxes, depending on what you’re filing as (contractor, self-employed, etc.) It’s an option if taxes aren’t your thing, but there are lots of great sources for tax help. Just do your research! I personally am friends with a CPA, so I haven’t used a tax service, but it might be right for you.

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ShipStation

Ship station is a software designed for online retailers that helps you manage your shipments. I’ve never used them as a seller, but as a buyer, I’ve been a part of it. From what I can tell, it seems to be a great system. You can use pretty much any carrier (UPS, FedEx, etc.) to ship your products and keep track of them.

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Asana

Asana is a scheduling system, perfect for teams. Also, haven’t used it, because we don’t have much of a “team” (it’s just a handful of us), but for bigger teams that might not be in the same location or can easily get in touch, it’s good for project management.

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I hope these can help get some of y’all going in the right direction. I know this post isn’t for everyone, but I know some folks in my circle that could use this information. Hopefully others can, too!

 

~Hannah

 

***Images/logos are not mine. I don’t own them or have any part in them whatsoever, nor did I in anyway edit or change them. I just wanted some visuals for readers , visuals that I myself could not just “get.” I found them from the following sites via Google Image search:

WordPress logo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oakleyfamily/4919659112 (Photo by Phil Oakley)
Canva logo: https://twitter.com/canva (Twitter profile picture)
Pixlr logo: https://pixlr.com/web
Moo logo: https://www.moo.com/us/about/moo-promise.html
Freshbooks logo: https://www.zendesk.com/apps/support/freshbooks/
Tax Act logo: https://twitter.com/taxact (Twitter profile picture)
ShipStation logo: https://www.shipstation.com/
Asana logo: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/asana-organize-tasks-work/id489969512?mt=8 (weirder source, but gave me a better image!)

Wreaths

A bit behind the wreaths, with decorating ideas.

You could even consider this to be a…

CANVA Wreath-Making Guide

Wreaths. I adore them. They are perfect for literally any occasion, any time of the year, and can be any color or design. I mean, they are basically the ultimate blank canvas of home decor, besides maybe your walls.

 

We sell wreaths made of rusty, oxidized barbed wire. It’s old, reddish-brown, and green in places. To some, it’s trash, but to me, it’s gold. We got it from my grandpa’s ranch. It was a part of a fence that was falling apart and no longer served its purpose, at least up until my dad and I went to go cut the wire. I had no idea this fence was there, and I had been down there so many times. This one time, my dad, neighbor (who is my age), and I went pig hunting down there. I was still in elementary probably, maybe early junior high. Because I was young, awkward, and clumsy, I tripped over a root and fell flat on my face. I said, “save yourselves!” all goofy-like. My dad was looking at me laughing while my neighbor friend just stood there and counted about a dozen hogs as they ran across the opening.

Didn’t say a damn thing.

 

Anyway, back to the barbed wire. Did I mention it’s at least fifty years-old, too? You just can’t get this kind of stuff at Hobby Lobby, you know? (to be clear, I so very much love Hobby Lobby!)

When it comes to wreaths, it’s really hard to write a how-to because there really is no “right” way to do it. It’s pretty much just putting whatever the hell you want onto a circle.

So that’s what we are going to talk about here today, y’all. Putting stuff on a circle.

We’ll cover circle options, decoration selection and application, must-haves of a good wreath, and where you can hang them besides doors.

I love structure.

 

First, let’s just establish what your circle can be because I guarantee there are some things you wouldn’t think of. I use barbed wire because that fits my style. I love my wreaths.

 

Similarly, twine or sticks, or even rosehedge-type twigs look really great for natural, outdoorsy, rustic wreaths. Then, there are wreath “templates” you can buy at the craft store, which are perfect for wreaths that aren’t rustic or outdoorsy, which, when you think about it, is a lot of wreaths. They come in Styrofoam mostly. You could also use pipe.

 

Decorations. What to put on them? I am all about being resourceful and using what you have. For example, dig through your holiday decorations and see if there’s something you won’t use. In my case, I had a garland that everyone hated, so I cut it up and put it on a wreath. I have used cotton that I picked from someone’s cotton field. I’ve used deer sheds. As far as other more easily-acceptable things go, you can use:

  • denim from jeans that don’t fit
  • other ribbons or scraps of clothes
  • Tulle
  • buttons to adorn those fabrics
  • cheap ornaments
  • leaves (fake or dried)
  • sticks and twigs
  • Silverware
  • easter eggs
  • Wooden letters
  • paint the wreath
  • hats (like make the wreath a scarecrow’s face)

 

The possibilities are endless! These are just a few ideas I could come up with as I wrote this.

The point is, don’t think you have to buy a bunch of crap. Try to use whatever you have.  

 

As for how to decorate it, I have learned a couple things.

  1. Symmetry is not always your friend, despite the science that says humans like symmetry. It isn’t your enemy, but I think you’re better off going with a balanced, but still off-centered look. I think it makes things more interesting, and you don’t have to worry as much about being perfect. If this wreath is just for you or you just don’t give a damn, then do whatever you want! It’s your house.
  2. The best way I have found to secure stuff is a combination of hot glue and wire/string. The hot glue is really secure and doesn’t show, but you risk it coming off eventually, which is where tying it on comes in. Really, though, it all comes down to which security is less visible.

One thing that you must remember to put on your wreath is a way to hang it up, like a loop or hook at the top of the wreath. It seems so stupidly obvious, but I always forget.

Lastly, wreaths are not just for doors. I have a wreath that I hang above my door. They look good just on the wall, surrounded by other decorations like smaller wreaths, pictures, crosses, or whatever else. Call me crazy, but I think they look good as center pieces. Put a candle in the middle with some other little fillers on a nice table runner with a contrasting table cloth, and voila!

 

Of course, if your craftspiration is non-existent, hit up Pinterest!

 

Blessings and craftiness unto you all!

 

~Hannah ❤

Ganado Market 9/22

I must say, it was much better than expected!!

So from the get-go, we battled some serious rain. It was so heavy. Everything pretty much got wet, including a couple things that now have to be re-done, but fortunately, it was short lived and didn’t keep the people away.

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Everyone came out full-force, which was really surprising, given the weather. Last time we had weather, things didn’t go so well. Not this time!

Our best sellers were deer antlers and the deer skulls.

The throw pillows also got TONS of love!

Also, we debuted our door-tables: tables made out of old, chipped doors laying on top of saw horses. They looked amazing! Best idea EVER!!!

 

So the next market is in Goliad on October 13. Hope to see everyone there, and thanks to those who came out yesterday!

Huntsville & East Texas

Since we’re rooted in Texas, I like to talk about Texas. 

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Full disclosure, I’ve only been to East Texas once, but it was enough to know what it’s all about. I stayed in Huntsville for a weekend, and I did so much in the area.

 

Forest

My favorite part was the Sam Houston National Forest. It’s over 160,000 acres of tall, green, dense pines. For someone who’s only lived in the Hill Country or along the coast, this was such a shock. It’s kind of humbling, actually, seeing these things that are so much bigger and more majestic than you.

I went in through Huntsville State Park, which has miles and miles of hiking trails.

For more nature, you can hit up nearby Lake Conroe or any of the other lakes and creeks in East Texas.

 

History

Texas is chalk full of history. We’ve been under six flags, including our own, and won a lopsided revolution.

Our first president was Mr. Sam Houston, and the town of Huntsville doesn’t let you forget it. Huntsville loves Sam Houston. It’s home, of course, to Sam Houston State University, and every year around his birthday in March, there’s a festival where the town basically shuts down and gathers for history, food, music, and more.

If you’re not there for the festival, you can still become an expert on the president. His bagillion foot-tall statue towers over I-45 coming into Huntsville from Houston. In town you can visit the Homestead, which has the “Steamboat House” where he died, his law office, and more. You can also visit his grave at Oakwood Cemetery.

 

More in Huntsville

One of the most fascinating parts of Huntsville is its prison system. It is home to the big daddy- Texas State Penitentiary Huntsville Unit, as well as six other units. It’s here in Huntsville that convicts in Texas are executed. You can’t really tour the prison, obviously, but there are ways to learn about it and its past. There’s the Prison Museum in town, and the cemetery. I must warn you, the Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery is moving and haunting. Not haunted (I mean I guess it could be) but haunting because the experience just sticks with you. It’s where death row inmates and unclaimed deceased inmates are buried, dating back to the 1800s. Some have unmarked crossed. Some have marked crosses. Some are marked, but only with prison number, not name.

While you’re there, keep an ear out for the prison sirens. Every hour, they do a prison check, and they use a city-wide siren system to help keep everyone on the same page. One siren announces the head count is beginning, and a second announcing that it’s over, but if you hear a third siren, that means someone hasn’t been accounted for or something went wrong.

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Also, Huntsville is home to a guy that lives in a boot.

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More in East Texas

As I’m not super well-traveled in this part of the state, I know it has a lot to offer! There’s of course the forest and plenty for outdoorsmen to do. If that’s not your thing, head south to Houston where there are endless goings-on.

If Houston isn’t your thing, hit up towns like Nacogdoches, Palestine, or Tyler.

I guess if Texas in general just isn’t your thing, Louisiana is just a hop, skip, and a jump across the Sabine!

 

Sources:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/texas/about-forest/districts/?cid=fswdev3_008443

https://events.shsu.edu/event/general_sam_houston_folk_festival_8269#.WtDbdi7wbIU

A Note on Failure

Failure: what it is or isn’t, a couple of my experiences, and takeaways.

 

I will admit, a small part of creating this blog was a way for me to grow our business and add a new dimension to what we were creating. It was a way for me to celebrate successes (and a little bit of a marketing strategy).

But, that’s only a small part of it. The biggest reason why I started this was just because I missed blogging and writing. For years, I was all about writing and journalism. In high school and college, I wrote for the newspaper, covering my high school football team, and I loved it. Then I went to college with journalism as my major, determined to be a globe-trotting writer, drinking coffee in Prague, taking pictures in New York, and interviewing chefs in Rome. All kinds of fabulous stuff. I even had a blog before this (itwasbooks.blogspot.com) where I reviewed books. It wasn’t bad, honestly. I was quoted on author Philippa Gregory’s website once, just below and beside “USA Today” and “New York Daily News.”

Then, after actually studying it in college, I grew to hate it. Journalism, that is, not writing. I’ll always be a writer. Just not a journalist. No. Thank. You.

So now, I am in advertising and business!

Why is knowing that bit about me important?

It’s an example of something that didn’t work out (it took $10,000 and year to figure it out). I am not at all whatsoever in any way, shape, or form a life coach or wise-all woman. No. I am a “small business owner”-ish type person, however, so I know what it feels like when things don’t work out. As a business owner and blogger, I feel like I have an obligation to talk about business, entrepreneurship, creativity, and risks, at least a little bit.

Keep it honest.

 

So. Failure.

Or as a like to say, a lesson.

That’s so important to know. No matter what happens, you are always learning.

This can best be felt for me through my first real failure with this thing- pot holders.

This was the first time I tried to make them. I had fabric, and I bought the special insulated batting. I cut my fabric and batting, and finally, when I got behind my machine… I screwed it all up. I tried eight to ten times probably, and they were ugly as hell. I was so devastated. I paid all this money, spent all this time, wasted all these materials, and for what? A shitty pot holder that no one is going to buy? How will I make this money back?  What the hell am I going to do with this stupid batting? Or these ugly-ass pot holders? What could I have successfully made with this fabric that has now been wasted?

I know. They’re just some stupid pot holders, but the feelings I felt, the questions I asked myself, I think can happen anytime. If you’re a business owner, and you’re reading this, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. There’s no worse feeling than that feeling of loss.  If not, you still probably know what I mean!

Despite how ugly they were, I put them up for sale anyway.

 

And they sold out in one day.

 

I was stunned. The craftsmanship was poor, and the designs weren’t anything special, so what the hell? What happened with these?

Well, I thought about it, and I came to this conclusion: in my case, it was my honesty. It was my customer service. It was my kindness, my openness with people, and even my laughter about the whole thing. The environment I created around it in my panic is what sold them.

So what’s the lesson here?

I learned a couple things through my failure. One, I need to practice more, and two, how to market something not-so-good (through just being a decent human).

So yeah, failure is inevitable and guaranteed to happen. For example, I still put grainy, pixel-y pictures on here. I could be breaking copyright laws by using pictures that aren’t my own (most are, and if they aren’t, I cite the source). I don’t mean to be, but honestly I could be because I don’t know how it works. Some of the things we make turn out ugly. I get my math wrong sometimes in my bookkeeping, and might be paying taxes wrong. I read over these posts, but I could still have typos and grammatical errors. But whatever, you know? If something happens, you learn from it and move on.

I hope you learned something through my zig-zag story. If you have a failure story and what you learned from that, please share!

 

~Hannah ❤

Skulls: The Best Blank Canvas

Skulls, like cattle skulls, can make for a kick-ass design element. 

~*Featuring my own impressive sketches 😉 *~

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This sounds a little morbid.

“That skull on your mantle looks great!”

But honestly, I think that skulls (cattle skulls or deer skulls) can look great. They’re the ultimate blank canvas.

Think about it: it’s something white and of decent size that you’re going to put in or around your house. You can do anything to it, or not, if their natural simplicity is more your thing.

Simple or designed, they’re all displayed the same. Here are some of my ideas:

Outside in your garden.

This is where I have mine. Stick it in the flower bed, entrance to a pathway, or where ever you might place another outdoor decoration.

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This is for those who want it out in the open. Maybe you’re a cattle family. You breed them, raise them, sell them… It’s who you are, and this would be a great way to reflect that. Skull in the center, maybe a burlap or leather runner, clear vases or mason jars with neutral green foliage or succulents, other “cowboyish” antiques, and family photos in bold picture frames would accent and balance the skull, I think.

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Hung on the wall

Much like how we hang deer on the wall, a skull would look great too. I picture it on a darker colored wall, perhaps a navy, charcoal gray, or darker brown. Hang it relatively low above the center of furniture so that it’s roughly eye-level and flows into the rest of the space (but don’t put to wear someone leans back on the couch and gets eaten). Accent it with a rustic wooden sign above or hang photos or other antique wall hangings on either side.

Another wall option is one of my favorite arrangements for anything being hung on the wall. In a smaller space, perhaps a foyer, have a small table against the wall. On one side have a decorative lamp that’s about a foot tall, maybe a foot and a half. On the other side, hang the skull (or whatever) so that the bottom of it is even, or even a touch below, the highest point of that lamp. On top of the table, opposite the lamp and below your hanging, go with a short filler: a neutral plant or succulent, stack of books, short antique, or a bold picture frame with a family picture. Lastly, if it suits your taste, you could throw in a short runner, table cloth, or doily, preferably something contrasting to the rest of the set-up.

Table Set-Up Sketch

For example: navy blue walls, dark wooden trim, old-fashioned earth-toned lamp, the white skull, stack of antique books, and a bold golden-yellow runner.

 

As for decorating your skull, it’s all up to you. Here are some ideas:

Paint

Paint it all one color, dip paint, or paint on a design, just like you would on a canvas or piece of paper.

Flowers

This is my favorite thing in the world right now. I made one for myself first, but then went a little crazy and made something like this:

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Sequins

If sequins or shiny things are more your speed, heat up that hot glue gun. Put them all over, do a color scheme, or make a shape or design.

Seashells

This is for my Gulf Coast ranchers. I came up with this (I’m sure I’m not the first one, but I’ve never seen it anywhere else, personally) idea when I was trying to figure out a unique way to dress up a skull, after a dip painting failure (note: don’t use old spray paint!).  After a trip to Magnolia Beach, where I found this super iridescent shell, I realized that seashells, with all their colors, shines, and shapes, would make a gorgeous design, and would also bring together two totally opposite worlds: land and sea. To me, it’s an ode to where I grew up. ❤

 

I hope this post inspires you to open your minds to new ideas and get creative with your decor at home.

And always remember that it’s your home. No matter what anyone, including me, says is a “great way” to dress up your home, the best way is always your way.

 

~Hannah