How We Got Started

Just the behind-the-scenes on how we got started.

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  • It all started with an idea…

 

I started a business. It’s crazy to say now, but it’s true. I can’t believe it sometimes. It’s something that I had wanted to do for a long time now, and the fact that it’s real is just so unreal.

So why did I want to do this in the first place?

To make money, of course.

Just kidding. Mostly. Sure, I did want to make money. That’s why anybody monetizes anything, but there were bigger motivations at hand.

First of all, it just looked like fun! Running my own show looked like the best gig ever.

Secondly, I am a control freak. I like to plan, plan when I’m going to plan, and micromanage every detail, including where my money comes from and what I do with my time and energy. This leads me to next motivator.

I couldn’t find a job. Sure, as a college kid, it isn’t a huge deal, but to me it was. I needed a way to make money over the summer or year-round here and there, but after getting rejected by about 20 employers, I decided I wasn’t going to rely on other people so heavily. (The reasons I didn’t get hired were either because the places I asked weren’t hiring or they couldn’t work with my summer class schedule.)

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, it was a creative outlet. I am such a crafty person, but I can only have so many crafts of my own. Eventually it just becomes clutter.

As for what kind of business, I threw around a lot of ideas. A first, I did scrapbooks. I’m a huge scrapbooker- I love it. After a friend of mine paid me to assemble one for her 18 month-old daughter, I decided to put myself out there, and I’d say it was a rather successful operation.

I got to thinking… maybe I could grow this. Soon I was jotting down notes about wedding invitations, designing stationery, designing and selling craft paper and supplies, and more.  Then that felt too narrow and not as profitable, so then I started sewing decorative tea towels. I had seen a woman do it before; she had her husband’s aunt’s coconut cream pie recipe printed on fabric and use it to make some beautiful tea towels as gifts for her in-law’s. That got me thinking… I could do linens! Towels, napkins, throw pillows, blankets… but once again, so narrow.

Then it hit me… just do home decor in general.

The angels freaking sang.

 It all really started over Christmas break of my freshman year of college. I was working at the quilt shop in my hometown as a way to make money for the spring semester, and I loved it. I was sad when 5 o’clock rolled around, and I was just absolutely devastated when I had to go back to school in January. I just loved going to work in the morning and creating beautiful things all day.

I got paid to do Pinterest shit, basically, and I wanted more of that. Even better than that is that I get to spend time with my family. I try to remember these things when business gets too business-y.

 

  • I had the ideas. Now I had to actually make the things

 

Sewing took the longest. I sewed all summer long, making sure I had plenty of towels of various styles.

Knitting took almost as long. I knit so many cozies this summer that I watched all seven seasons of Game of Thrones in about two weeks (because who knits in silence?).

Finally the bigger, more fun projects came. Getting the materials for those things was so fun. My dad, boyfriend, and I loaded up in the truck to go cut barbed wire, dig through junked tin (praying we don’t see a black widow), pick up some horseshoes from a friend, a take a crowbar to torn down houses and barns.

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Then we got to work making things. Sawing, measuring, painting, nailing (nail guns are the bees knees), and whatever else goes into it.

 

 

  • We had things. Next step- sell the things.

 

Initially, this was going to be an Etsy thing. I thought Etsy was so cool, and it’s already set up for ameteur craftsman like myself; however, it just didn’t feel right.  

Mostly (and I don’t mean to bash Etsy, but I totally am going to anyway) it’s too damn expensive. Etsy charges so many fees that would cause me problems. Either I didn’t make money because they took it all or I had to have expensive products so that I could make money after they took their cut.

So I did this myself.

I started by making sure I had everything together. I have four Excel sheets that keep track of debt (to my mom for buying supplies), inventory, breakdown of pricing, and the book. Once I priced everything, I logged it into Excel. Then I had to make price tags. This was actually a difficult process because I wanted to make sure my tags had the right information (price, where materials came from, told a story, etc.), were the right color, and used the right font. Those little details help contribute to the personality of your business, and that will help niche down your products, customers, and other decisions. When you know who you are, you know what you can do. That includes making the right decision between Garamond and Bradley Hand ITC.

I had the prices, but to sell them “legally,” I had to get a sales tax permit, which was a breeze. In Texas, all you have to do is go to the comptroller’s website and fill out a form. In two weeks or less, you have your permit and can start charging tax (and begin paying taxes). You also get a lot of phone calls, so you will quickly learn how to use the “block caller” button.

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So let’s do business! We decided a great place to start would be Facebook. We could make a little bit of money to buy supplies for more projects and things, get our names out there, and maybe see what sells. It was a good free way to start, just to get our feet wet.

Next came the market. Our local farmers market was definitely on our to-do list, so as soon as I had the money, I contacted the folks in charge and mailed them a form. We were in.

 

And now we’re rolling

This part was the most exhausting. The week before the market was spent making sure everything was in tip-top shape. I spent hours typing, printing, cutting, hole-punching, and tying on price tags.

Then came the marketing part. I was on Facebook almost everyday trying to boost market awareness so that people would come check us out and hopefully buy some things.

Next came the baking. That sounds really out of place, but hear me out.

In my eyes, the people that buy things from us are more than a dollar bill. They are giving me a chance to live out a dream. They are giving me and my dad the opportunity to hang out and make things without turning into hoarders. They are so much more than their money, and I want them to know that. To show how much I appreciate them, I bake for them. For every person that makes a purchase, they can pick out a baked good for free. I like to keep it seasonal, too, because that just makes the experience so much better. For example, in September I made mini pumpkin muffins and mini pecan pies.

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Next came figuring out the booth itself. I got pretty creative. I bought a 50 cent poster board and painted a sign to put at the front table. Then I took some shoe boxes, covered them in scrapbook paper, and haphazardly painted them to look shabby chic. The rest of it (tables and such) just came from around the house.

Before we knew it, it was market day. It was so hectic, too. The fam was trying to balance my sister’s volleyball game and homecoming, baking the thank-you desserts, loading the stuff, and setting up. We did it though, and were rolling before 9 a.m.

I’ll admit, it was kind of slow. Of course, the market itself was kind of slow. Still, we made sales!!! People saw our stuff, some bought them, and we go plenty of compliments. Most importantly, I had a blast!!

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At the end of the day, there was still plenty of work left to do.

 

  1. AT THE END OF THE DAY

We took everything down and loaded up to head home. Now, we had to figure out what we had left, evaluate the prices, what sold and what didn’t, and look at the money money money. It was an all-day deal honestly! Then there’s looking at what we learned and how we can do better.

Oh yeah, and taxes.

 

  1. LOOKING AHEAD

There’s so much to think about beyond this point. Short-term things include, first and foremost, next month’s market. What to sell? Do we go seasonal? Where is it even at? Have we paid for that booth spot? What should I bake? Do I need to make more tags? Do we need to ditch a product?

I’ve also got this blog going. I’m hoping it and the real business stay super close companions. I also have an email list in the works, as well as social media. It’s all a matter of managing it and perfecting it (if that’s even possible).

Long terms goals are much more hazy, but they do exist. One of these days I think a brick-and-mortar home decor and gift shop would be neat, I’d maybe even sell other made-in-Texas products, like Circle E Candles or something.

Even more ambitious are my ideas to implement a craft lounge and develop a craft bot. The first one, the craft lounge, would basically be an open studio for creatives of all kinds. There would be sewing machines, woodworking tables, big tables for scrapbooking or laying out patterns, and lounge chairs for knitting. It just seems like such a fun way to build a community and cultivate creativity.

The last one, the craft bot, is less likely to happen, but I still think it’s a neat idea (it’s totally original, as far as I know, so don’t steal it). The craft bot would be an online, two-way resource for craft/DIY tutorials, specifically if you have a question. For example, “I dropped a stitch in this knitting pattern. How do I fix it?” and it would intelligently respond to you specifically. You could have a conversation as if a knitting expert were there with you. YouTube tutorials can get you far, but it’s a one-way street- you get no feedback. This bot would give you helpful feedback.

But alas, these are just ideas mostly. Then again, anything is possible these days!

 

Thanks again for your eyes, and God bless y’all!

~Hannah ❤

Christmas on the Square- Ganado, TX

We spent our Thursday in Ganado for Christmas on the Square. We learned lots of things and got lots of ideas. Even saw Santa!

This was the first all-day event that we’ve ever done, and it was exhausting to say the least. I’m sure the seventy-something degree weather, intense humidity, and mud had something to do with it, but it could be that I was there for twelve hours.

We began setting up at 9 o’clock. I had all the “products” in my car, and my boyfriend loaded the canopy, tables, etc. in the bed of his truck. The two of us and my sister Molly put everything up, finally ready to rock and roll at about 11:30.

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The set-up was super smooth and looked really good.

Today, in the spur of the moment, I added my new favorite display spot: an old, rusted hog trap gate.

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It’s perfect for hanging things! We of course had the usual displays, as well.

I did try a couple new things. For example, I made sure I typed up some explanatory tags for things like mug cozies and tea towels, because I sometimes feel like people don’t understand what they are, how to use them, etc.

Sure, it’s written out on cardstock, but we’re young and on a budget. I’ve got plans to invest in some sturdier signage.

Another little thing I did, which I thought was quite clever, was set out some of the Christmas mug cozies and cinnamon ornaments out in their own basket. I wanted to commemorate the snow Texas got earlier this month by selling the snowflake cozies for a buck:

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Note my fantastic rhyme at the top…

Then of course, I always have my goodies that I give out to buyers. We’d be nowhere without them, and I appreciate them (you) SO MUCH! This time, I had peppermint bark and cranberry bars with cream cheese icing.

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As for how “successful” we were, I’d say we did great! It wasn’t the most profitable day we’ve ever had, but it certainly met, if not exceeded, expectations! Money wasn’t even the whole story. So many people that didn’t know we were a “thing” found us and loved us, and I met lots of people.

I also came away with tons of ideas: display ideas, booth set-up and organization ideas, decoration ideas, product ideas, better ways of doing things, etc.

So get ready for March! Changes are a-coming!

 

Christmas on the Square itself was SO fun! There were over 30 vendors, including the food truck Georgia Mae’s which has the best fish tacos I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a lot). For just ten bucks, kids could go artificial ice skating, sledding, down a huge slide, and in a couple different bounce houses. At night, the mayor lit the Christmas tree, Santa came in on fire trucks, and Home Alone played for everyone that wanted to have a seat. It was lovely with all the music and people.

 

Thanks for reading about our latest goings-on and thanks for supporting us.

I’ll talk to y’all in the New Year, and we’ll see y’all in March at Pickers Patch in Victoria, TX!

Have a very merry, blessed Christmas and a happy, prosperous New Year!!! ❤

~Hannah & Family

 

6 Scrapbook Tips

Six easy tips and tricks to help you in a dire SOS moment or just to give you some fresh ideas!

So, I’m really big into scrapbooking. It’s probably my number one hobby. In fact, for almost a year, I did them professionally. People placed custom orders, whether it be for baby’s first year, daughter’s twenty-first birthday, first year anniversary, or whatever they wanted. They got the materials and pictures, or they just entrusted me with materials and sent pictures. Sometimes they just wanted templates, like a personalized handmade baby book. Then, I put it all together. Because it’s such a huge passion of mine, I decided to write about it a bit here, especially since we’re getting close to Christmas, and scrapbooks make a PERFECT special gift. Besides, it’s a super fun crafty hobby with endless possibilities!

 

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Tip #1) developing pictures

I have talked to a couple of people that wanted to do something but don’t have pictures developed. I use two apps to develop my pictures that are cheap and easy:

-Groovebook
For $3.24 a month, you can develop anywhere from 40-100 photos straight from your smart phone. A few days after your close date (the end of your month), a little book is shipped to you with your 100 pictures. They aren’t the highest quality, but you’re looking at 3 cents per picture, and it’s sent straight to your door.

-Shutterfly APP
Prett much everyone knows what Shutterfly is; it’s a photo service that allows you to develop pictures or turn them into neat gifts like pillows, books, mugs, boxes, etc. However, the APP, not online website, gets you FREE 4×4 and 4×6 prints. All you do is pay for shipping. I just ordered around 150 pictures for just under $20 shipping. That’s about 13 cents per photo. Walmart is 15-19 cents, and Walgreens is 20-29 cents, as of when I wrote this.

Tip #2) Rule of Thirds

This is something I learned about in journalism school. The rule of thirds is simply dividing your shot- or in this case, your page- into thirds both ways. Your pictures or whatever else should go along those intersections. I personally like to fill in that empty space with borders or something else cute, unless you have pretty paper. Don’t cover your pretty paper! The rule of thirds really makes hints interesting and makes your eye want to move around and follow the page.

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Tip #3) Go beyond paper and SHAKE THINGS UP!

This is scrapbooking, so of course you use paper, but…
This is scrapbooking, so you’re going to use a TON of paper. Shake things up! Here, I used embroidery thread to sew in a tornado (backstory: on my birthday this there was a crazy storm up here in the Hill Country, from out west all through Austin. When my boyfriend was driving up here he, passed a funnel cloud in east Austin on Highway 71). As you can see above here, I used bullet casings, ribbon, and tape. I’ve also used string and lace on my pages. 

So don’t worry if you don’t buy out Hobby Lobby! Just use what you’ve got!


P.S. This was an original, not-Pinterest idea.

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Tip #4) Run out of something? THIS IS NOT AN EMERGENCY! Just try to make it before you buy it!

This kind of goes with using what you’ve got, but in a different sense. In this instance, I mean if you need a snowflake, don’t buy a snowflake sticker or stencil or whatever. Get some paper and cut it. If you’re missing a letter, cut it out of paper. If you want something elevated, don’t go buy those thick stickers; instead, cut out some cardboard (surely you’ve got a box or an old Starbucks wrapper or something) and glue a printed image on that cardboard, like below.

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Here, I wanted to have a popcorn cup spilling out the movie tickets for all the movies MD and I have gone to together. However, I didn’t have a popcorn cup to cut out and glue in like I saw on Pinterest. So, I made one! 
I took red cardstock, yellow cardstock, and fabric. I cut the red to make a background, cut letters out of the yellow, used black marker to cover my ugly cutting, and used white fabric to make stripes on the cup. Boom. Popcorn cup.

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In this case, I didn’t have any Christmas-themed paper, so instead, I covered some ugly paper with wrapping paper I had in the cabinet.

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Tip #5) coffee dying

I love old things. To make my stuff look old or worn, I coffee dye them. All you do is get your old coffee grounds from that morning and rub them on your paper. Easy!

 

 

Tip #6) floss your mistakes

Disclaimer: I haven’t tried this yet. I have heard though that it is the way to go when it comes to mistakes.
If you put a sticker in the wrong place or glue something down and then change your mind, get some plain old dental floss and use that to saw the sticker off. This is supposed to keep you from tearing your paper when you take that sticker or glue off. You’re welcome.

 

So let’s review….

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Thank you for reading this week! I hope this is enlightening.

Happy scrapping, crafting, and gift-making! Merry Christmas! 🙂

~Hannah ❤

Christmas Crafts!

Highlighting some of our crafts for the best time of the year!

 

Christmas is here! Time to celebrate Baby Jesus and eat lots of cookies while we sit in the AC. I love it!!!

We wanted to spread Christmas cheer, so we made some goodies and thingies:

  • Signs

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Mom and Dad (Christy and Kevin) made these. Dad put the pallets together and Mom beautifully painted on the trees. The idea for it came from my elementary music teacher- she sent me a pin on Pinterest.

  • Reindeer

This is my favorite thing! Dad, Kevin, welded this horseshoe reindeer together, and Mom, Christy, painted it and attached the bow. It’s too cute! We got the horseshoes from one of my dad’s friends from Edna, who breaks horses (so he had plenty).

  • Wreaths

Wreaths are also something that we have all year, but I think Christmas is the time of year to hang a wreath or seven. Here are a couple of the ones I made. They both use barbed wire (really, really old strong wire from Edna), and one of them has an old, weathered antler that I got from my aunt’s husband’s (so, uncle’s) sister. Her husband, according to her, got them “from a deer,” probably local (that part is the answer I was going for).

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  • Tea Towels

I make a few different kinds of decorative tea towels. They aren’t for hardcore use, but they look good hung on your oven handle, clipped above a little window, are nicely folded on the bar or dining room table. This Christmas one is really personal.

This Christmas-themed one comes with a couple of variations, but two things that stays the same on all of them are their patchwork-like design and the recipe. The patchwork-like designs are on all of my towels. They almost look like a scrapbook page. I like playing with colors, designs, and layers. The recipe on this towel is for “Rum Balls.” When it comes to Christmas, we go hard. Like I should have been born at the North Pole. Anyway, this is one of my favorite recipes. Sure, we make sugar cookies and gingerbread men, but we also have our own family recipes: peppermint bark (I guess that’s pretty common), cinnamon glass candy, Christmas candy, cranberry bars, trash, and rum balls.

When I see this towel, I think of baking with Mom, my sister, and Mimi in the kitchen, Michael Buble CD on, in our shorts of course, because what is winter? I feel all warm inside thinking about those memories, and I hope that others think of their own Christmas memories, much like I do.

 

  • Cozies

Mug cozies, I think, are super cute. I make a bunch of different ones, and I see a bunch of cute ones on Pinterest that I’d love to have. They’re a cute way of dressing up your mugs and cups without buying new ones. It has a snowflake on it, which isn’t very Texan, but hey, it’s Christmas. In my defense, too, it did snow in southeast Texas back in 2004 on Christmas Eve. It was a miracle. Pure magic. I was really young, but I still remember how mucky the snow was, yet how beautiful and white. I remember our puppy having to jump because she was too short to see over the snow on the ground. I remember my little sister had to wear oven mitts for gloves because she didn’t have any; it never really got cold enough. The color of the Christmas cozy might not make sense at first, but I think it’s perfect- sugar cookie dough.

  • Cinnamon Ornaments

These aren’t much, but they are a little something to throw in. They are homemade, homebaked cinnamon ornaments that my mom made. They smell sooooo good. 

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Merry Christmas!

 

~Hannah ❤

White (almost) Christmas in Texas

On December 7-8, inches of snow blanketed almost the entire state of Texas- something that almost never happens!

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I am currently west of Austin, but I have grown up along the coast, where snow is even less likely to happen. I’ve seen snow twice: once in 2004 when we had almost a foot and again in 2010 (maybe 2009?) when we maybe had an inch, if not less.

I knew there was a slight chance of wintery mix  in my area, but that it would mostly be concentrated in West Texas, kind of along the border, and perhaps into the Hill Country. As I was on my way home on Thursday afternoon, it began: sleet. Little bits of ice and rain were falling. Then from little ice pellets we had snow!! At first it wasn’t sticking, but as the sun began to set, it came down in full force, sticking to the ground, to my hair, my clothes, our vehicles, everything.

 

Unfortunately, I had to drive into downtown Austin during all of this snowfall. It was both a blessing and a curse. Driving in Austin is terrible enough, but add some ice to the mix and you better say your prayers.

The blessing, though, was coming back out of my test building (yes, I had to take a test last night) and seeing accumulation. Plants were all covered in little white crystals and flurries danced in the air. It was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

The best part came when I got home. The grass was covered in a white blanket. All my furniture was covered in an inch of white frozen powder.

My inner child came out. I danced in the snow like a wild thing! I made a snow angel, and my boyfriend and I had a snowball fight in the dark. Needless to say, it was the perfect night for some chicken and dumplings, hot chocolate, steamy showers, and fuzzy socks!

 

Much to my inner child’s enthusiasm, the temperatures stayed cold enough all through the night and well into the morning that the snow stuck around. The sunrise on the frosted flowers took my breath away. Paired with some hot coffee, it was a perfect morning.

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It’s days like this that mean everything. When these little “miracles” happen, it fills my heart with happiness. Everyone is sending pictures, smiling, laughing, telling their stories, sharing and reliving memories, praying for one another’s safety, loving one another, and thanking God for such beauty and glory, all at the most holy time of the year.

I know I took the time to celebrate. My boyfriend and I played in the snow like children and built a gingerbread house. Today also happens to be the day that we celebrate the Immaculate Conception… such a Christmas-y (Advent-y) Holiday on such a festive looking day.

Merry Christmas, y’all and stay warm!

 

~Hannah ❤

 

Who Are We? (Part 1!)

This post is just a personal introduction. This isn’t an autobiography, just a little “hey.” 🙂 Part 2 will be about my amazing Mom and Dad!

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Hi! My name is Hannah, as you know, and I have a little business with my family. We make cute crafty things to put in your house. I’m a lifelong craftaholic, and I needed a way to make the things I wanted to make while not turning into a hoarder in the process.

I talk about my business enough. There’s more to me than just that and this blog, and I think it’s important for you to know who you’re talking to. No, this isn’t an autobiography. I’m not telling you where I was born, my birthday, none of that. Just, what I do and what goes on in my life. I know as a reader of other blogs and things, I like to know who I’m reading.

 

When I’m not getting crafty for money, I’m getting crafty for fun. I’m a huge scrapbooker. Or scrapper. Whatever. That was my first business idea, actually, and I did make some money off of it. I have scrapbooked forever, it feels like. I have a scrapbook for every year of high school, two (so far) of my relationship with my boyfriend, and one of my graduation trip to the fall NASCAR race at Martinsville. There’s another thing- I’m a NASCAR fan, and proud of it. My favorite drivers are Joey Logano and Chase Elliott.

I love to bake as well. Love it. I especially love the fall and Christmas seasons- that’s when I’m constantly in the kitchen.

I enjoy being outside as well. I love kayaking and hiking, especially. I just like to be active. I work out at least four days a week if not five or six. I particularly enjoy running- I’ve got two half-marathons under my belt at this point.

 

Aside from my hobbies, I am a student. I attend the University of Texas at Austin (everyday is a political adventure) where I study Advertising, minor in business, and am learning Czech. When I’m not hobby-ing or student-ing, I’m a volleyball official. It’s the most stressful thing I’ve ever done; sometimes my skin isn’t quite thick enough. Volleyball is fun though! I’m learning (I’ve only done one season), and I have more good days than bad.

 

I also love to travel, even if it’s just a couple hours away. I love going to state parks or markets or concerts or just playing tourist in Texas. I also like big-girl travel. So far, I’ve been to Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein, but trust me, I have a bucket list.

 

So that’s me! That’s the chick behind the posts that hopefully someone reads or will read. If you are reading, and if you care to, tell me about yourself in the comments section!

Thank you so much for reading!

 

~Hannah ❤

Gold Pumpkins: End-of-Autumn Quick Tip

Turn your autumn pumpkins into Christmas gold.

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If you’re like me, you love autumn and go all the way with your decorations- especially with pumpkins.
As soon as Thanksgiving is over, though, it’s time for Christmas!!
As excited as I am for Christmas, I didn’t want to let go of my pumpkins, especially because they weren’t yet rotten and are still beautiful. Besides, I paid for them and why not stretch my dollar?

To keep my pumpkins yet still get in the Christmas spirit, I got some gold spray paint (which I use on literally everything) and spray painted my pumpkins a festive gold. On one of them, I went ahead and tied a cute little burlap ribbon. I’m thinking about even painting “Merry Christmas” in red on one of them.


Isn’t this awesome??? A lady at the checkout told me about it. She said she’d seen it a magazine and it changed her life.

Hopefully this can be of use!

Merry Christmas!

~Hannah ❤

And so it begins…

Welcome! 

Making with Texas

Hi! Welcome to my first real post.  A few months ago, I wrote a little something to sort of explain why this site existed. It probably wasn’t necessary since no one had a reason to come to wildflowersandcharolais.wordpress.com but nonetheless, I did it to make things look normal, if not just to legitimize whatever it was that I was doing.

As I said in that first post, my name is Hannah, and I have a business with my parents, Kevin and Christy, in which we sell hand-crafted home decor that is made with materials we go out and find, like barn wood, or is inspired by Texas-y things.

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On this website, people can find what markets or events we’ll be at next and can contact us for any reason, and it’s a blog where I can talk about what we make and all things that go on “behind the scenes.” 

 

First of all, why “Making With Texas”?

Because I needed to call it something.

Just kidding.

Of course I needed to name it, but I wanted it to matter. It’s like a tattoo, in that way.

I decided on “Making With Texas” because that’s essentially what we do: make crafty home decor and other such things with things that we find out and about where we all live. The pieces are literally made with part of this state.

Almost every week, there will be a little something written about the things we’ve made, things we do, places we go or anything else that has to do with crafts or making things, such as organizing your crafts and schedules, for example. Hopefully it’s fun for us and for you, the customers and readers.

Thank you all for jumping on this wagon!

 

Happy belated Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

~Hannah ❤

Bear with me…

So, as the last post said, the blog is in the works. Well, this post is part of it. I’m linking up to Bloglovin (a great site to get all the blogs and content you want in one place), and I have to do this real quick:

 

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Thank y’all for understanding!

 

 

 

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What This Is & What’s to Come

Hi! If you read my welcome on the right, you’ll know that my name is Hannah, and I have a very, very, very small home decor business in Texas, where I repurpose things I find, like barn wood, and turn them into beautiful pieces that all tell a story.

Making With Texas is an extension of this thing I’m building. It is one place for me to share how I make things with crafters around the country, to give my tidbits of business advice to creative entrepreneurs (ugh, the jargon), talk about my business and how we’re doing, as well as shed some light on who am as a human, all while tying it back to this culture of creativity, resourcefulness, humility, and just good ol’-fashioned Texas stuff. As a former student of journalism, writing is in my nature, and I started to miss it. Then it dawned on me that this blog would be a perfect way to satisfy that want to write and to expand my business.

Right now, things are just getting started. My business is still a baby. Hell, it’s basically still in the womb, but it is surely growing. This fall, we will be going to markets and events to get some sales going as well as work out all the kinks. Hurricane Harvey has put a bit of a kink in a couple things, but also gave me the inspiration to start this up (when your power is out, you are sometimes left with nothing to do but think).

Like my business, this blog is young, but I wanted it to be in existence. Knowing it’s up and running gives me that push to make sure I have plenty of kick-ass content (as kick-ass as knitting, hot glue, and rusty tin can be).

I will officially be up and running November 26, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, at 8:00 p.m. From then on out, there will be posts once a week on Sundays at 8, just like the launch date.

So mark your calendars, y’all, and God bless!

~Hannah ❤

 

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