Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

I like Halloween a lot, so I thought it would be fun to share a few fun facts, just because:

  • Jack-o-lanterns were original carved out of turnips, not pumpkins!
  • They were used as make-shift lanterns, supposedly during Samhain, which is why it’s associated with Halloween.
  • The name “Jack-O-Lantern” comes from how unidentified men (or so many men) were called Jack. If you saw a stranger carrying a light, he was Jack of the lantern… Jack o’lantern.
  • Halloween itself stakes its origins in an ancient Celtic holiday called Samhain, where the people lit a bonfire and wore costumes to keep ghosts away.
  • Hundreds of years later, the Catholic Church got All Saint’s Day on November 1, also known as All Hallow’s, and the day before (Samhain), was All Hallow’s Eve, later Halloween.
  • Trick-or-treating began when the poor, particularly kids, would go door to door begging for foods and other little gifts in exchange for a prayer in honor of the dead.

 

So yeah! Happy Halloween!

 

happy halloween

 

 

Sources:

http://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/christianity/the-origins-and-similarities-of-halloween-all-saints-day-samhain-and-reformation-day

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2012/10/why-are-carved-pumpkins-called-jack-o-lanterns/

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-history-of-trick-or-treating-is-weirder-than-you-thought-79408373/

 

 

Photo via Pinterest Search:

https://www.mumsnet.com/features/mumsnetters-parenting-nightmares

 

 

Dream Catchers: Quick & Easy Tutorial

Dream Catchers are beautiful, and so easy to make. It almost feels wrong keeping it a secret (which it really isn’t a secret). It’s easy to do, and if you don’t think you want to make it, you can always buy from a willing vendor!

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So, let’s get started. We’re going to keep this simple, and feature my own (amateur) sketches!

 

First, get your circle.  I used barbed wire for the one in the picture. You’ll also need to get a loooooong string or sinew to make your design in the circle. Keep some set aside for fringe and the hanging loop.

 

Start by securing one end of the string to a part of the circle.

Weave the circle over and under the edges of the circle as many times as you want, keeping the string taut.

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Continue this process by weaving over and under the taut string you created, getting smaller and smaller as you go.

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Tie off at the center when you’re done.

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And that’s it! You can, of course, add beads and other embellishments as you go. You can secure long pieces of string or sinew at the bottom and add beads or feathers to those. Lastly, don’t forget to secure some way to hang the dream catcher at the top.

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Remember, too, you can always place orders for items here on our site, if you’d like a unique dream catcher yourself. (yes, I just wrote in my own plug),

Thank you for reading this week!

~Hannah

Macrame

Today’s post is to talk about the craft of macrame and how we use it in our own crafts and such.

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Macrame is my latest obsession. I didn’t even know it was a thing until relatively recently. How I missed out on this for so long, I don’t know, but I’m glad I discovered it.

 

For those of you who might live under a rock like me, macrame is basically tying a bunch of knots together with hanging cords, and it is beautiful! I feel like such a hippie when I do it.

 

Here’s a a brief rundown on how to do very basic macrame:

  1. Start by getting something to macrame on like a curtain rod.
  2. Cut pieces of cord (like jute) to twice the desired length because now we will…
  3. Affix the cord to your rod by folding your piece of cord in half, putting the loop over the rod and slipping the loose ends through the top loop you made.the cord should now be wrapped on to the rod.

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4. Repeat this step for as many pieces of cord as you’d like.

 

Now that your rod has been strung, let’s start tying some knots.

I’m going to teach y’all the first knot I learned because I think it’s rather simple, but by all means, branch out, read tons of tutorials, and learn all kinds of knots, designs, and tricks!

 

  1. Start with the left two pieces of cord(so four strings)
  2. Take the far-left cord (the first) and bring it over the two middle cords and under the far-right cord (the fourth)

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  1. Take that far-right cord and (not displacing the first cord), and move it under the two middle cords and over the far-left, making a knot.DSCN3153DSCN3154DSCN3155
    1. This is a half knot. You can stop here or learn to do a simple “whole” knot.
  2. Working with these same four pieces, we’ll do the opposite. Take the far-right cord (the one that was originally on the left) and move it over the top of the two middle cords and under the far-left (originally far-right). Now, take the far-left (originally the far-right) and move it under the two middle cords and over the far-right cord, tying the knot.

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3. Now just keep going! You can stick to these same sections or share sections as you go down in rows, so for the first row you can work with four cords then for the second row you can skip the first two cords and work with the next four, so that it’s more alternate.

 

Now that you know how to make a basic knot, you can branch out and learn how to do others. You can make wall hangings, jewelry, and even hammocks. I made wreaths and wall hangings out of barbed wire like these:

 

Thanks for reading this week. I hope you enjoy and may you have a macrame-zing week!

 

~Hannah ❤

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!)