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20 minute crafter {typography saw project}

Painting on saws is certainly not a new thing, one quick google or look around at a craft fair and you will find them all over.  One reminder that this was a "thing" was all I needed to know that I had to do this with Doug's grandpa's saw.  We brought it home with us at some point after he passed away and it was just kind of hanging out in our garage.  We had a shiny new one, so no need really for a functional saw.  But a constant visual reminder of who grandpa was?  Well, we can't have too many of those.  So this is grandpa's saw, with an appropriate verse for a contractor, don't you think?

I feel like the technique I used for this could be used for a great variety of things...so how about I show you how I did it?  Ok?   
First, I covered the handle and grabbed some primer and paint in one kind of spray paint and gave it a nice coat of paint, front and back to cover the rust.  
Then using some brown paper, I made a template so I could write and erase until I got the basic idea down.  I googled "typography fonts" to get ideas.  
Then, I rubbed chalk on the back side of my template, put it back on the saw and traced over my words.  The result was a decent enough pattern for me to follow with some craft paint and a thin brush.  I had to do several layers to get it nice and crisp.  
Once I got the wording done, I went back in and added some details like shadows and swirls and dots. 
I included grandpas initials at the bottom, just as a reminder.  I could not be more thrilled with how it turned out. :) I'm not really a typography expert by any means, but if it's JUST paint, don't be afraid to jump in and try.  Keep going even if you think it looks terrible and often times the result is just lovely. 

Hope this inspires you to try something new! Have fun!
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what i made for Monday {cinnamon roll cake}

Cinnamon and sugar anything is my favorite and this cake is not an exception to that!  I love to make cinnamon rolls but they can be a little time consuming but this cake is literally the next best thing!  It will be going into my vault of trusty recipes for sure!  It goes together quickly and everyone is sure to love it! Follow along as I make some and find the recipe at the bottom! :) 
The batter should be nice and smooth...
For the cinnamon goodness part, you will want to melt your butter to about this point, somewhere between softened and melted.  Too much either way and it doesn't as nicely.  
Once you have your mixture ready, you will pour it over the cake batter and mix it all around.  
A good way to gauge many baked goods "done-ness" is to watch the sides, when done the edges will begin to pull away from the side of the pan like so. 
The cinnamon swirl will create all sorts of good cracks and crevices.  Promptly fill them with the sugary topping.  
And you're done! The perfect thing to share, for brunch or potlucks!  Hope you LOVE it, too!

Cinnamon Roll Cake!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare a 9 by 12in pan by greasing the bottom and sides. 

For the cake:
3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 cups of milk
2 eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1/2 cup butter, melted
Combine everything BUT butter, then slowly add that in at the end. 

For the cinamonny goodness:
1 cup butter, somewhere between softened and melted.  See photo above. 
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Blend together, pour over cake and using a spoon handle, swirl it all around. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-40 minutes.  It's done when the middle no longer has a "jiggle" to it and the edges begin to pull away from the sides. 
For the sugary goodness:
2 cups powdered sugar
5 tablespoons of milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine and pour over warm cake.  

Enjoy with a glass of milk or cup of coffee! :)


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how to be successful in small {handmade} business! {part ten- how to handle critics}

Here is part ONE.  And part TWO. And part THREE. And Four
& Five. & Six and Seven. + 8 Also Nine

After a little (unintentional) hiatus, I'm ready to jump back into this series.  I don't have set number of posts but I just plan to continue to add to them over time as things come up.  

Today I thought we would talk about critics and how to handle them.  

This is a tough one.  I'm not sure what is worse, someone copying your work or someone coming out of the woodwork to criticize you? 

Both are rude and inappropriate and both seem to have a following of people who don't have a clue that they shouldn't be doing it. 

I'm not sure when it happened for me, but I do know that at some point along the line, when you reach a certain (usually perceived) place in social media status, you transition from a person with feelings to this "thing" that no longer feels hurt.  At some point in your success you reach a place where people feel it is ok to jump in with their criticisms and harsh judgements.  

I have been criticized for everything from letting my kids jump on a hotel bed to what version of bible I read to beverage choice to meal choice to how I care for my children to using a Bill Cosby quote.  And in general, it is almost always people who I have never heard from before, who have never commented or have not been following me for much time.  Which alone just adds to the hurt because clearly they are casting judgement with little to no information yet STILL feel it is OK to be ugly. 

Over time I have learned better and better how to handle them.  Don't.  If you get an ugly email?  It's not worth your time, delete it and move on.  If you get a comment that is out of left field from someone you have never heard from...delete it.  I have learned that is does not matter how lovingly you present your side, those kind of people (trolls are what they are called on the internet) do not care, they don't want to hear your justifications or defenses.  They want to hurl a stone and sit back and admire their work.  My guess is that these sorts of people are dealing with hurt or anger that has nothing to do with you or your status, your blog post or your IG photo.  Instead they have been hurt and about to boil over and YOU just happened to be the thing they come across first.       

If you are getting ugly things from someone you don't know, it is just not worth your time to reply.  It will only escalate the situation, your best bet and strongest power is to ignore it and move on.  It's the quickest way to diffuse a situation.  If you ignore them, you are denying them what they are looking for and they will move on.  More than likely it's a pattern with that person.  

In fact, on more than one occasion, I have been in the midst of trying to deal with such a person, reached out to a fellow handmade shop owner only to have them tell me that THEY have dealt with that person, and even go as far as to tell me what would happen next (and it DID).    

Something coming from someone, anyone, who does not know you or couldn't possibly have enough information to speak into your life is not worth a blip on the map.  It's not worth your stress or tears.   

And the reason is, unless you have a deep personal relationship with someone, they can't possibly have the ability to speak into your life with wisdom, especially in an unpleasant manner. 

If you get a comment or email of a more kind manner, but still none of their business, you can have a standard reply handy.  Mine sounds something like "Thanks for your concern, however we will have to agree to disagree because I do not have the time, desire or need to defend myself against a stranger". 

I hope that helps a little.  It's one of those things that become easier to do over time but I feel if I had known these things then, my learning curve would have been a whole lot better!


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inside the little bit funky studio!

Good morning to you!!  Welcome to my little studio!  I've come a long way from dining room table to closet to shared office space to now, this glorious wonderful space that I get to practically live in! :)  I'm in the process of getting some new (old) furniture in my house and some of you will understand why this means ALL THE THINGS in the house get shuffled around.  Earlier this week I took some time clean up, organize and rearrange my studio space and I LOVE IT!  It's amazing how just a little moving around can make a whole place feel new!

Now my studio is officially the dining room in our house, it's off both the kitchen and the living room but I LOVE the location.  I'm never far from anything that is going on but still in my own space.  This summer was a bit crazy so it was in dire need of some attention but now it's all fresh and clean!  I hope you will like peeking around!     

Above is where many of my supplies live and most of my fabric.  The cubbies are from Target!
 The curtains are made from a vintage (hand-sewn) quilt top that I got from Goodwill for $5!  The button rug is from Ikea.
The massive table in here was made by me! The bunting hanging on the wall is made from all vintage sewing supplies! 
This is real life.  The green box on the floor is papers that need to be shredded.  The blue box holds all my receipts, the bulletin holds all my love notes from people like YOU! :)  The washi tape holder is actually a ribbon holder from Joann!
That door is my pantry and down that little hall is the kitchen.  
This is my sewing/printing/working station.  That tall metal cabinet was $5 and holds all of my vintage textiles! 
Hoho fan art is my favorite!  These are a few of the lovely pieces sent to me by hoho fans! I love each piece and what they represent! 
My best girl.  
Work in progress.  Coffee and Netflix are a must.  Currently I am rewatching 30 Rock. 
Beyond the stairs is the living room, just to the left is the front door. :) 
Vintage traveling cases hold supplies, too! 

And my studio mascot, enjoying the new location of her bed that I made from a vintage suitcase and couch legs! 
Hope you enjoyed having a look around! :)

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one fun thing a day {with Frusion Go Wild! Smoothies}

This summer has FLOWN by, don't you agree?  It seems unfair that my favorite season whips by at lightning speed, yet winter seems to last eternally, don't you think?

Somewhere in the middle of the flash of summer, I realized it was slipping through our fingers and wanted to be sure we did something on a regular basis to keep the boys active, engaged and having fun!  Days would just float by where we did little more than watch a movie and play Legos. Not that there is a thing wrong with that, but we all wanted more from our summer.

So I made a promise to the boys, from that day on we would find one fun thing a day to do for each day left of their summer.  Some days it was a bike ride, some days it was a trip to the pool but we gave each day a special purpose.  They immediately looked forward to the days fun thing AND it was great motivation for them to clean up after themselves and obey (two requirements to participate in the daily fun thing).
Some of our ideas were free (our pool membership was already paid for) and some cost a little money (our geode kit was around $20) but we did it!  We took each day and made a memory from it.  One (or two) day(s) we had ice cream for dinner, one day we went to the $1 movie, another day it was a trip to the playground with a slushee. Some days it was as simple as a trip to the pet store. (Do your kids love that too?)

Somewhere along the ride we tried Frusion Go Wild! Smoothies and we all agreed they would be the perfect bring along snack on any of our adventures. (They have a resealable lid making them an excellent travel companion).  I was out of ideas for quick and tasty snacks. Granola bars and pretzels having worn out their welcomes.  The boys immediately loved them, even requesting them in their lunches as summer went away and school began.
 And our adventuring continued!
On some adventures we made new friends. Free local parks are the best!  This little guy was found on our trip to a local national park, almost as good as a petting zoo, with all of the animals we found along the way!

The boys also liked that the Go Wild! Smoothies could go along with dinner as well as with lunch at school.  On this night they accompanied dinner and bingo!
Moses has especially loved them. He says that they taste like a drink yogurt. He is my picky child, but he loves all of the super fruity flavors! It has 2x the calcium than the leading kids’ smoothie so he’s also getting great nutrients.
Now that summer has left us (at least in spirit) I am trying to hold on to the idea that each day should contain a bit of fun, yesterday happened to be pulling carrots from the garden! :) It takes very little effort to find fun and now that we know that, we are after it! 
For more activities to do with your kids, check out the Go Wild! Pinterest page, or follow Go Wild! on Facebook for updates and offers. Also, get a $1 off coupon here!
Be sure to visit the Go Wild! brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!
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