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!)

#hometownpride

I am so pumped about what I’ve been making lately. I’ve made them before for myself, and finally just thought, “hey, why not spread the love?” So, I started making and carrying throw pillows.

Throw pillows are probably my favorite things besides steak and my diffuser. I’ve got three on my bed, four on my couch, two more in the works to add to my couch, and a few in storage that I rotate seasonally. I think they’re a comfy way to express who you are and a little something something to your space.

All of the designs (except for the Texas one I guess) are 100% original. The “Football Kolaches Red Dirt” pillow is a shout out to my people, where Friday nights are the center of the universe, kolaches are a wholesome breakfast, and red dirt music blares out our speakers. The arrow ones are my own sketches, the files of which are available on Etsy.

My favorites, though, are the ones that celebrate my roots, and the roots of everyone I love:

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I was like a one-woman factory with these babies. I LOVE them. Ganado city limit sign, Jackson county with a heart over Ganado, and U.S. Highway 59, which runs right through town.

As much as I love to travel, get out of dodge, and live a life outside of Ganado, there’s no doubt that I love my little town and all the people in it. It’s where I grew up, it’s where all my people are, it’s what made me who I am. I know for a fact that a lot of people feel that same exact way, too, so these pillows are for them. It’s just a pillow, sure, but you can put it on your couch, your bed, outdoor furniture, or wherever, and be reminded of your roots.

I put every ounce of heart into these that I could. I cut the canvas, sewed it up, ironed on the designs, stuffed it till my couch was covered in stray poly-fil, and sewed the hole up by hand with a needle and thread.

The designs took a bit of work, too. For the county and the highway, I was able to just find an image on the Internet to work with. For the city limit sign, I had to get my boots on the ground. I took the dogs to the KJT Hall parking lot in town and stood on the side of the road taking a picture with my iPhone of the sign!
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From there, I ran the images through Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Cricut Design Space, then through the Cricut machine itself.

Like I said, one-woman factory. But, it was sooooo much fun! Any time I get to be creative and let my imagination (and my craft supplies) go wild, I’m a happy camper.

I hope everyone else loves these pillows as much as I do, and if not? That’s fine- more for me!

See y’all in September!

~Hannah ❤

 

A Trip Around the Sun

One year down!!! Happy business birthday to us!

I can hardly believe it myself… I’ve been in business for a YEAR. On August 13, 2017, I got my sales tax permit from the state and officially started selling my crafts- towels and mug cozies, initially.

 

I’ve always been a crafty gal, making my own stuff and decorating things my own way. It’s fun and rewarding but also expensive and leads to hoarding. That latter dependent clause is what led me to starting a business. All last summer, I designed different towels and sewed them at UT’s Fine Arts Library (HOOK ‘EM!) and made it through every available season of Game of Thrones as I knit and decorated over 20 mug cozies.

Eventually, it all snowballed into a blog, Facebook page, Instagram, a real name, and markets almost every month selling bigger and better things. What hasn’t changed is that everything is still 100% made by my, my mamma’s, or my daddy’s hands and is made out of junk.

The Best of Everything

I want to take a sec and just look back at everything that everyone’s loved so far. I’m sure no one really cares, but care a lot to look back. While I believe it’s important to live in the present and look toward the future, I also believe it’s humbling to take a look back and reflect and be thankful for how far you’ve come…

Blog Posts

I haven’t pushed the blog as much as I probably should have. Part of it is because on some level, I don’t think the content is good enough. I mean, think it’s good, fun, informative, and enlightening, but I fret that others won’t. The other part of it is that I’ve been waiting for my archives to grow so that visitors can have a well-rounded representation of everything that’s on here.

Aaaanyway, I wanted to see which posts have done the best so far and share the links, so new readers (hopefully I’ve got some!) can jump on board. The top five most read posts are:

Stadium to Momento (807 views)

Quick-and-Easy Heat Transfer Vinyl

Top 5 Texas Hill Country State Parks & Natural Areas

Tools & Tips For Staying Organized and Productive (If That’s What You’re Into)

6 Scrapbook Tips

 

New blog posts go out about once a week so that there’s a little something new every time you come by. You can also get them straight in your mailbox by looking at the side bar and entering your email address where prompted. Here are the five most recent posts:

Tools & Tips For Staying Organized and Productive (If That’s What You’re Into)

Working with Wood: A Brief Guide to Finishes

Saturday Market Recap

Steak Hooks

Updates

 

Things We’ve Made

As much as I love writing, I’m here to let my creative flag fly and make a bunch of things to sell (because I’d have no more room or money if I didn’t), as well as get junk out of the dirt and into our homes. After all, things are a lot more special when they have a story or a special meaning, just like the picture holders I made out of the bleachers from my high school stadium when it got torn down. I sold nearly 100 of those things:

Other hot cakes:

Some things sit at the booth for a while, which is fine, but every now and then we hit the nail on the head and run out of things so fast. Here’s what’s gotten lots of love lately:

Mom is an amazing artist. She uses her students’ unwanted and abandoned canvases to work her own magic. 

I first made one of these for myself (not pictured). You know, you see all these paintings and sketches of flowers and whatnot on deer skulls and cow skulls, but have you ever really seen the real life thing? Maybe you have, but I haven’t. I thought it would be the cutest damn thing, and I was right- people I didn’t even know were asking when I’d make more. They were so loved, and I’m so grateful and excited!

These porch signs are made with whatever wood or tin I can find. Lately I’ve been using the wood from the stadium bleachers. Everyone loves the big, bold greetings for their homes, and here recently, I’ve completed about 7 orders and have another 7 to do, plus the usual market load. It’s amazing. 

 

What’s Ahead

Now that I’m down one year, I really feel sturdy, like I can keep this going for a long time, especially with everything we’ve got planned.

I’ve got plans to make the booth cute as hell, new things to sell (LOL I rhymed), new cities to sell in, more people to meet, and all kinds of contests and fun events to come.

I’m so, so excited and just so blessed to have been able to make it this far.

I never did this alone.

Yes, this was all my idea and just about everything we make, where we go, the contests, all the brand stuff, social media, yada yada, is by my design. BUT. I couldn’t have done any of it by myself.

My mom has been a tremendous help. She is so talented, so creative, so much fun, and is always ready to help as much as she can, even when she’s playing (the very necessary position of) devil’s advocate. Thank you, Mom!

My dad has been by my side since day one. He probably gets more pumped than I do. He’s always coming up with ideas (in fact, selling the stadium wood in some form or fashion was his idea), asking me about my successes, brainstorming new ways of getting to people, and cheering me on. He’s always so gung-ho about everything, and that is awesome.

The folks at the Ganado Farmers Market have done wonders for me, even if they don’t realize it. Those ladies (Robin, Jonel, all of y’all) have supported me, been my biggest cheerleaders, and have given me so much love, not just as a vendor, but as a person. It helps that I’ve known one of those ladies almost my whole life, but still, I wouldn’t have made it this far without them.

Everyone that has bought something, liked a Facebook post, given Wildflowers & Charolais a compliment, given us materials, or acknowledged us in anyway, you’re just the absolute best. You know.. I feel like our stuff is cute and pretty. I think Mom’s paintings are beyond gorgeous, and Dad’s craftsmanship with metal and wood is strong and durable. Of course I think that, but when someone else thinks that, too, it rocks my world. It makes us all feel good, and I’m not talking about the money here at all. I think it’s so humbling and gratifying that someone else thinks I and my people are talented. I am excited that someone has taken what was originally a piece of crap and put it in their home. It’s huge.

 

 

So thanks to everyone who’s had anything and everything to do with Wildflowers & Charolais! Here’s to another year!!!

 

~Hannah ❤

 

 

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Tools & Tips For Staying Organized and Productive (If That’s What You’re Into)

Organization and productivity are, I think, essential to getting things done and staying sane- especially in your craft room/hobby room/drawer of crafty things/sewing kit/fabric drawers/scrapbooking paper boxes/she-shed... I’m always looking for new tools and tips, so I’m going to share a few of my own.

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Hi y’all! Today’s post really has nothing to do with crafts or markets or anything “fun,” but it does have a bit to do with business and basically life in general. Today I wanted to share some tools and tips on getting organized and staying productive. These are things I’m always looking up, so I thought I could share what I’ve learned works best for me. Like the Internet needs more information.

I have always been an organized person: to-do lists, color-coded closets, bed made every morning. The whole nine yards, okay?

If I do have a mess or get scatter-brained, it’s because I’ve got so many projects going on. A pile of scrapbook paper here, a can of spray paint without the lid there, my hot glue gun heating up elsewhere, while my iron is still too hot to put back up.

So hopefully we can all get out S*** together, together. 🙂

 

Ideas for sorting out what needs to be done:

  • To-Do lists with pen and paper

Everyone is so digital these days. Hell, I am pretty digital myself. I’ve also got an old soul that loves the feeling of putting pen to paper, physically organizing my thoughts, and literally crossing them out of my day. I feel accomplished that way. If you’re a tactile person like me, make lists, follow the lists, and kick that list’s ass.

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This is one of my to-do lists, complete with homework, work schedule, bills that need to be paid, and around-the-house things.

 

  • Momentum dash

Digital. Some of us are into that, and sometimes, as I said, I can be, which is why I downloaded Momentum Dash. It’s a browser setting that basically keeps you on top of things with its to-do lists and inspirational quotes that pop up every time you open up a new tab. I keep all of my computer to-dos on Momentum, for obvious reasons, but you can keep everything on there, if you’re looking at your screen a lot. With it’s constant presence, there’s no escaping your tasks.

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This is a screenshot of my own dash. I didn’t enter in a main focus for the day, but I did have a running to-do list of all my online things: homework, things to print, etc.

 

  • Planner (actual paper)

Welcome paper back to the scene. I live by my planner(s). I have my planner that I keep in my backpack. It is marked with different colored pens and markers, stickers, highlights, boxes and circles, arrows, sticky notes, and folded up lists, as well as notes in the margins. Everything is there. Then I have a baby pocket planner for my business. I use it to mark down making days, market days, tax deadlines, and to record ideas for the month. I also have a separate list for my business to-dos and ideas. Lastly, I have a big calendar on my wall, which is mostly to lay out big-picture things, keep track of the day, and add a little something to my kitchen. My calendar for 2017 is Peanuts!

 

 

  • Calendar on my phone WITH alerts

If it’s important, like very important, it goes in my iPhone’s calendar. It doesn’t just go in, either; it gets two alerts. Some events get a two-hours before and day-before, some get day-before and week-before. Doesn’t matter- I must get reminded, even if I already remember.

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  • Notes on my phone

Back to digital again. I use notes on my phone all the time, but not for super serious things. I utilize it in emergencies (as in I have an idea and have to get it written) or for lists that never end (such as my wishlist). Of course, you’ve got to back it up. Apple can really piss me off and confuse me, but that iCloud can be a blessing. Use it!!

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Notice the random notes: Grocery list, class schedule, Christmas ideas for the family, business to-do’s, and some amount of money that I either owed or spent and needed to write into my budget. 

The trick is just to make sure they all match up. Because then you’ve just got an even bigger mess.

 

So now everything you need to do has a place on a list, on a day. Next it’s just organizing all the crap.

  • Clear boxes (preferably with labels), filled by category

If you have a lot of something, it needs a rightful place. For me, that was all my scrapbooking stuff. I have a lot of paper, stickers, and more, so to keep it all together, I got it its own box from Dollar General. It’s clear, so I can see what’s in it, and it’s also as small as possible, so that it’s easy to store.

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  • Baskets/Crates with sections (for utensils and whatnot)

These help keep little things separate from one another. I use mine to separate my sticky notes from my paper clips from my pens/pencils from my markers. They are all things I use almost daily, but prevent me from having a big ugly box of crayons, you know?

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  • Labeled baggies for loose objects 

I use Ziplocs to organize my scrapbooking stickers. I have categorized by theme: letters/numbers, special occasions, holidays, quotes. etc. Like the dividing baskets, it keeps things separate so that buttons don’t get lost in the marbles, and alphabet stickers don’t get stuck to the Christmas ones.

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  • Distinct bags/boxes for projects currently underway

This can get kinda messy, but if you do it right, it makes a world of difference. I use cute canvas bags to organize projects. I have one that holds my scrapbooking supplies for one scrapbook, one for business stuff (for example, it holds my zip ties, whole punch, price tag paper, receipt book, etc.), and one that hangs out for default projects. I keep them under my table or in a cabinet, but they could essentially be hung or stored anywhere. A cute box would work, too!

 

Of course all of this only works if you put everything back where it’s supposed to go.

 

 

Other ways to keep it together, crafting or not:

  • Planning meals

I don’t map out every meal and snack for the entire month on a calendar. That’s too hardcore for me (kudos to you if that’s how you roll), but I do plan out what I can eat for the week. I look at my pantry and freezer to first see what I have already. I try to figure out two or three dishes with food that I already have stocked up, which reminds me: every so often (say, month or two), stock up on everything: broths, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables, soups, spices, pasta, sauces, baking supplies, meat, etc. That way, when you’re in a pinch, you can whip something together. Once you have an idea of what you can make for the week, you can either make-ahead or write out when you’ll cook it. I recommend cooking back-to-back, then alternating leftovers for the rest of the week.

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  • As-you-go grocery (or supplies!) list

As things go missing, write them down. There are few things worse than going to the store and forgetting something you need because you forgot to write it down. I use a notepad in my kitchen to keep track of things as I run out. As soon as I drink that last glass of milk, I write it down. Once it gets long enough, I rearrange it in the order that I’d get it at the store (too much maybe?) and then go shopping- probably every two weeks.

Run out of hot glue? A certain color of yarn? Write it down asap.

Tip: Use Ibotta! Ibotta is a cashback app that my cousin recommended to me. You browse the app looking for rebates, click on the ones you want, and then redeem them by scanning your receipt after your grocery trip. I’ve collected over $40 in rebates! Don’t forget coupons, either. I particularly like HEB’s digital coupons.

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Use referral code: fkertsn

 

  • Making the bed

Make your bed every morning, folks. Some people think it’s stupid, but I don’t. It helps establish routine. It keeps things tidy. If you don’t do a damn thing that day, you can at least say your bed is made. It’s like a domino effect: you make your bed, then you leave on time. You leave on time, you feel good, and you do more work. You get more work done during the day, and your evening is free. You use that time to make a kick-ass supper. You’re so proud you don’t mind the dishes. Then at the end of the day, you’re happily exhausted and get a great night’s sleep in your nicely made bed. Repeat.

 

  • Setting out the next day’s clothes

It’s simple- one less thing to think about when you wake up the next morning. You aren’t spending time figuring it out either. Less fuss in the morning is always a good thing.

 

  • Monthly budget

There are so many ways to track your spending, like making a spreadsheet or doing the priority chart. I’m not here to tell you how to do it. I am telling you to just do it. It’s so important to know the state of your finances. You should know how much you’re spending a month, how much you need to spend, how much income you’re bringing in, what that ratio is, and if/how you’re saving. That last one is the most important. As humans, we’re good at figuring out the immediate future, but we have a difficult time envisioning the long-term. That’s why it’s so important to save, save, save. You may not know what your future holds, but at least you’ll have the money to pay for it, right? Retirement, travel, education, a new house… they all could be in our futures (whether we know it or not), and they all cost money- you can bank on that.

Not very good if you’re going to Hobby Lobby though…

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I keep my budget in my planner because it’s one place that I check everyday. It doesn’t replace checking my actual bank account, but it helps keep me on point.

  • Working Out

Don’t groan on me. I’m not saying the secret to productivity is running a marathon. The secret is staying healthy, strong, and energized. You can achieve health, strength, and energy by exercising regularly. I balance running (when I’m not training), strength training, yoga, and outdoor activities like hiking.

Don’t believe me? Here are some interesting articles on exercise and productivity:

https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/exercise-increases-productivity/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/422836-how-does-exercise-improve-work-productivity/

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/281418

 

The last tools I want to touch on are ones I have never used before, which is why they weren’t on my list, but that I want to use because I have heard great things. These are for my fellow crafty friends who make money on their own. Y’all might be interested!

The first is Freshbooks. It’s an accounting software for small businesses and entrepreneurs. I want to use it eventually, as my business grows a bit more.

The second is Asana, a scheduling program. It’s more for teams, I think, but many people use it like I use pen and paper.

 

All of this is information is to find what works for you, so I hope I could have been a little bit of a help!

 

Thank you and many blessings to all,

 

~Hannah ❤

 

Saturday Market Recap

This past Saturday was the Old Country Fair in Ganado, complete with market, quilting contest, salsa contest, weenie dog races, and food trucks. It was so fun! You had the quilt shop’s customers, feed store’s customers, market’s customers, and highway traffic all coming together to make for the most successful market (for us) yet. Despite the heat, it was nearly perfect.

The booth saw yet another make-over:

 

Here are some of top selling and most loved pieces:

 

We have a lot to get done before September. Hope to see y’all there!

Updates

So much as been happening this summer! Here’s a brief post to catch everyone up!

New Things!

So one day, I had this idea that I got super excited about. You always see beautiful sketches and paintings of deer or cow skulls with flowers and pretty colors. I thought, “why not make it 3D?” So I did, and here’s the result:

I’m in love. It started out with just one, which I made for my own bedroom, and then I kinda went down the rabbit hole and made many. They’ll be up for grabs at the market Saturday! Also, follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see more new things.

Saturday’s Market

Wildflowers & Charolais will be at Ganado’s Old Country Fair on Saturday July 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s being held at 8938 HWY 59 N in Ganado, right next to Dairy Queen at Two Chicks Quilting and Top Hand Feed.

There will be a bunch of vendors, weenie dog races, a quilting contest, and a salsa contest, as well as sales going on in Top Hand Feed and Two Chicks Quilting. There is also a Christmas in July theme going on, so get festive!

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Etsy

I’ve been on Etsy for a while now selling digital products, but just last week expanded to include the little things, like cozies and scrubbies. Here’s a sampling of everything, but head to the shop to see the entire line up.

New Venture: Furniture Flipping!

I’ve decided to finally tackle something on my creative bucket list: flipping furniture. I’m in the process of flipping my first project (a small chest of drawers) and will post pictures when it’s all said and done. It’ll be for sale at the booth this Saturday if no one claims it beforehand!

 

Thank you everyone for following along and checking in today. See y’all Saturday! -Hannah at Wildflowers & Charolais

 

Looking Back, Looking Forward

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Johnson City Market Days Recap

This past weekend was our first time to attend the Johnson City Market as vendors, and overall, it was a success! We sold so many “big” things, like the crosses and antler jewelry holders, as well as sold out completely of two tea towels! We also got a couple new blog subscribers (welcome!!).

The folks that put on the market in JC were super kind and super helpful, and I definitely would like to give it another go, perhaps when it isn’t 99 degrees, though?

 

New Things!

So as usual, we like to roll out the “same” things that everyone loves: porch signs, wreaths, etc., but with different color schemes and such. For JC, I made three new wreaths: two for fall, and one year-round made with barbed wire, lace, and book paper roses:

 

I also made two more porch signs, one of which (WELCOME) used wood from the stadium:

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Mom FINALLY got her BEAUTIFUL paintings out there. She used her students’ canvases that they didn’t want, and repurposed them to suit her own creativity:

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Also, we’re going to slowly but most surely introduce more do-it-yourself or do-with-it-what-you-will junk: bottle caps, barbed wire, plain antlers, and junk bags.

Junk bags, as I call them, are bags filled with scrap pieces of metal, nuts and bolts, pieces of bone, springs, keys, bottle caps, bullet casings, and other crap for people to get and create things for themselves using what otherwise would have been buried in the dirt. More on that soon!

 

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Best of the Blog

For those of you just joining in…

I’ve been writing every week since November, and so far, nearly 2000 people have joined in. These last few weeks I’ve had several people show an interest, so here are my favorite ones to get you started:

Porch Signs

Stadium to Momento

Warrenton: Markets in Texas

Top 5 Texas Hill Country State Parks & Natural Areas

Social Media Update

Pardon me for filling your inboxes so much this week. Usually I only post on Sundays, but this week there’s been so much happening, that this is now the third time I’ve written! Technically, it’s the fourth time, but that post (this exact one) got screwed up during publishing, so if you got an email, ignore it!

I promise this post is short!

Anyway, as I said on Monday, we are now Wildflowers & Charolais! With that comes a lot of changes, including a social media overhaul. I just wanted to keep everyone updated!

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We are on Instagram! Follow us for updates, announcements, Texas travel pictures, new decor and crafts, and looks at the messiness behind creating those things!

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Okay, so a music streaming service isn’t exactly social media, so there isn’t really any important information there. However, like I said above, a great way to get to know someone is by the music they listen to, so give us a listen, maybe a follow, and get to know us better! Who knows, we might even share a favorite song. If not, keep an ear out at our booth at markets and shows.

Here are the links to our playlists, which are always in progress!

~W&C’s Texas Country Sampler

~W&C’s Favorites

~{The Break-up Playlist}

 

As always, you can find all social media and necessary info on our Contact page.

The Evolution

A look at how I took this from Making with Texas to Wildflowers & Charolais.

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Behind the Name

I struggled from the very get-go to come up with a name that accurately represented my business and the things I made. For the last six months or so, I’ve called the blog “Making with Texas” because it made sense in regards to what I do- I make things out of forgotten materials I find around my home state of Texas. Things are made with Texas, you know? When I’d go to markets though, we were just “Handcrafted Home Decor and Accessories,” which was still accurate, but had no charm to it. I didn’t ever sell under “Making with Texas” because I never loved the name. Now I do.

It’s kind of an odd one, I’ll admit. Wildflowers and charolais don’t really have anything to do with one another and seemingly don’t have much to do with what I do, but I think it’s charming and the images brought to mind reflect the theme and style I like to bring out in my designs.

Wildflowers are wild, uncultivated, and beautiful. They grow where they want. They’re all a little different, yet all mean something to someone.

Charolais, which is a cattle breed, are strong, beautiful, and are mostly gentle, unless you mess with them- then you get the horns.

Plus, I mean, “charolais” is a lovely word to say. It just flows off the tongue. I’ve always loved the sound of it.

These characteristics- wildness, doing your own thing, gentle but strong, and of course, owning your own beauty, are things I love and try to embody both in myself and in the things I make. I use raw materials that have all been through hell. Time, weather, and ware have taken their toll, yet they still have a rugged beauty to them that I want to bring out. These things I make are tough, yet functional and (hopefully) beautiful.

Those two icons of Texas- Wildflowers & Charolais- exude that essence.

Logo

Put my Photoshop skills to work!

The skull in the logo is the one I have in my garden. I took a picture of it and then used the outline/sketched version of it as my logo. It’s 100% an original image, so watch it.  

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part 3 adding flowers

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Website

Of course the website underwent some changes.

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After

 

And of course, other changes ensued…

New business cards.

Yes, I do make my own business cards, at least for now. I like to use the things I already have, you know?

Updated social media profile pictures.

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New social media handles and names.

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And more that I’m probably forgetting.

 

It’s been a process, albeit a fun and rewarding one. Thanks to everyone who’s followed along and continues to support me and my fam.

A special thanks to some folks back home who have done wonders for me. I won’t name names for the sake of privacy, but there are several friends and family members that have taken me to new levels: giving me supplies and materials they don’t need or want, giving me creative ideas, buying from me, and sending their own friends in my direction.

And especially I want to thank my Mom and Dad who make things, teach me new skills, and give me so much love. This wouldn’t be possible without them. ❤

~Hannah

Wildflowers & Charolais

Crafty, Nifty Content for Discontented Crafters

For when you need to get your gears turning…

 

For the crafty folks out there…

  • Country Living Magazine

I don’t read it often, but when I do, I get so many ideas. It’s great. It has craft ideas, decoration ideas, food, stories- everything I love. If I weren’t a student on a budget I would totally subscribe. If you aren’t subscribed already, or just want to browse every now and then, click here.

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  • Pinterest (duh?)

Pinterest is an Internet safe haven. For me, it is nothing but crafts, nice quotes, pretty pictures, decorating ideas, and recipes. It’s where I go for inspiration, thoughtless entertainment, and help around the house. When it doubt, don’t Google- Pinterest.

That reminds me… if you don’t already, follow us on Pinterest at Making With Texas!

 

  • I Love Texas on Facebook

They aren’t as crafty, but they have lots of stuff on their page. Several of my friends on Facebook follow it, including myself , obviously. They have history, tourist destinations, jokes, pretty pictures, and more. It’s a fun page to scroll through to plan vacations, have a laugh, or whatever. It’s just fun!

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For my friends who do markets and have other personal business ventures like that, this is for you. Not much to do with crafting, but with how to sell your crafts!

  • Being Boss Podcast

EMILY AND KATHLEEN

This is a podcast for creative entrepreneurs (in fact, those are the exact words they use when introducing the show every episode) hosted by Emily Thompson, web developer and owner of Indie Shopography, and Kathleen Shannon, branding expert and co-owner of Braid Creative. I love it so much! Every episode addresses some sort of business- or self-care-related topic, from broad topics like fear to very specific ones like SEO-optimization. As a bonus, the hosts are hilarious.

Find them on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts and at beingboss.club

 

 

  • Girlboss Media

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I have listened to the podcast GIrlboss Radio for a year now, but the new version just came out at the end of summer 2017. The podcast is hosted by Sophia Amoruso, the CEO of Girlboss Media and former CEO of Nasty Gal. Her podcast began as a more business-centered podcast and has evolved into more of a female-empowerment podcast, which is cool. Her media company, Girlboss Media, has grown into a site full of articles about women, business, beauty, self-care, and so much more. She and her team usually have some pretty solid content, however, I don’t necessarily agree with all of it. But, in Girlboss’s defense, that’s the exact sort of content they should be publishing, based on their audience. I know that going in, so if I read an article that advocates for something against my beliefs, I get over it and read something else that I will enjoy.

 

Where do y’all go for entertainment, news, and more?

 

Best,

~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:

COUNTRY LIVING: http://www.countryliving.com/life/a5634/editors-letter-rachel-hardage-barrett/

I LOVE TEXAS: https://www.facebook.com/ilovethegreatstateoftexas/

BEING BOSS: https://beingboss.club/

GIRLBOSS MEDIA: https://www.girlboss.com/