Monday, February 3, 2014

New Place to Find Me

This URL is no longer valid.  You can find me and all my posts here, in my new blog:  www.noveltiesandtrinkets.com

I hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

My First Bridal Expo

I signed up for my first Bridal Expo as an exhibitor in December.  I was at this place where I knew I either needed to take it or leave it; go big or go home.  I went big.  I invested some money and with The Farmer's support, I took my little graphic design business to the next level.

1.  This could not have happened without my amazing mom.

2.  I am looking forward to working with some AMAZING brides.

3.  This expo gave me the confidence and the client base to grow my business to the next level.

4.  I had so much fun.

I will be drawing for the winner of these ten thank you cards in a couple of days!








I hope those of you who came to the Bridal Expo had a great time!  I look forward to working with some of you all! I know some of you liked how we decorated the booth, if you're interested in having help, my mom did all of it and would love to help you find items like ours or even rent our stuff out to you, contact her here:  jwinder@peelholland.com

Happy Wedding Planning,
Meagan

Monday, January 27, 2014

Origrami Project: 1 of 3

My favorite blogger of all time introduced me to Origrami a couple months ago.  She had some Instagram prints of her vacation made through this amazing company and I wanted to try the same thing!  I waited a couple months for the right time and I also wanted to make sure I had a good plan for how I would use the prints.  I bought two different packages that will end up making 3 projects for my home.  I wanted to share who Origrami are and what I'm going to use their product for!


Origrami is a husband and wife team that has combined two of their favorite things:  origami + Instagram = Origrami!  They take your selected Instagram pictures and print them on high quality matte cardstock.  You can have your prints look like polaroids, or simply keep them as square shaped.  The back is the fun part; each backing is a different color and has the caption you used for the Instagram picture, the number of likes you got and you can even choose to have a map of where you took the picture.  They're also delivered in the cutest boxes that you can use late for something else. I really love this company and the quality that they create and I wanted to make sure you all knew where to find them.  (www.origrami.com)



When I got mine in the mail, I went through them and I knew what project I would pursue first. Here's how I made it:

M A T E R I A L S:

-  Origrami Prints
-  Twine
-  Clothes pins
-  Pen
-  Screws
-  Drill







S T E P S:

1. After I went through all the pictures, I took my pen and wrote dates or captions onto the ones that I saw fit.


2.  After writing the captions, I began drilling the screws into the wall.  I would suggest going row by row if you're new to drilling and measurements.  This will be easier to eye, and it will allow you too see how much space the prints will take up.

3.  Tie the twine to the screws.

4.  Begin pinning the prints to the twine until you have used up the pictures you wanted to use.



5.  Stare at it for awhile.


You're done! I've really enjoyed this touch to my home.  I love standing and looking at them all and remembering the memories they hold.  

Stay tuned for more Origrami crafts,
Meagan

Friday, January 24, 2014

Our New Adventure: Special Announcement

The Farmer and I both share a lot of things (if that wasn't obvious enough), one of them being our "entrepreneur like" spirit.  We both have so many ideas and passions that we want to see materialized and one of them is finally happening:  we are building and opening a greenhouse.  I've always loved flowers and vegetables, but to finally be in charge of growing food for others gives me a sense of responsibility and honor.  I know I sound weird, but if you have any love or respect for the agriculture industry, you know that stepping into the historic footsteps of the many farmers before you is a very empowering hobby or career. I wanted to take some time and explain how we want our greenhouse to work, and how we plan to service all of those who live in our area.



T H E  P L A N:

Starting this weekend (January 25, 2014), The Farmer will begin building our greenhouse.  Once it has gone up, the tables will be built and plants will be ordered. Once we have the trays we will plant the seeds and let God do the rest!  That brings us to the harvest...


T H E  H A R V E S T:

We will be selling vegetable plants (tomato plants, peppers, cucumbers and MUCH more) and certain types of flowers (Gerber Daisies for an example). The plants will be ready to harvest between April and the beginning of June.  We are not selling the "fruit of our labor", we are selling the whole plant so that YOU can reap the fruit.  We are going to be selling the plants and flowers in two different ways:

     1.  Farmers Markets:  we will be selling whole plants at the Murray, Benton and potentially, Mayfield farmers markets so if you love to go to any of those, look for us there!

     2.  "Store Hours":  This is the one that I am most excited for!  When the harvest arrives we will be having  what we are calling "store hours".  Basically, we will open the green house for walk ins for a certain amount of time each day.  When we have decided the hours we will be open, I will let all of you know!  I'm most excited for this because this is going to be an awesome chance to get to know new people and also (hopefully) see people I never get to see anymore (HINT, HINT)!


O U R  G O A L:

Our goal is to give all of the gardeners and lovers of fresh food a place to buy "farm fresh" plants that will provide food that is healthy and whole for their enjoyment and plates at an affordable price.  We want to provide this by having a personal relationship with everyone we sell to.  We want you all to know where your food comes from and who grows it.  We want you to taste the rich, fresh flavor of our hard work and know that every cent was worth that one bite.  We want you to be part of our journey through this greenhouse.  To do this, we want to keep you all updated on the steps we take to get your food from a seed in our greenhouse to your family's plate. If we spray something on it, we want to tell you what it is and why we sprayed it and if we use a certain technique for something, we want to teach you how we do it.  This isn't just about us, it's about creating a community routing for fresh, healthy, whole food.  We are so excited to begin serving each and every one of you!


If you are planning a garden, please consider working with The Farmer and I to help get you going!

With love and plants,
Meagan

Our logo was created by me as part of my stationary business, White Willow Grove, and will be made into a sign to put in front of the greenhouse by a local print shop (we still have yet to decide on which one).

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Smoothie Recipe #1

Over the past couple of months, I've been in love with smoothies. Almost every morning I'll make one for breakfast and they're VERY good.  There's a few reasons why having a smoothie once a day is a good thing:

1.  They taste good

2.  They make you feel as if it's 75 degrees outside...when it's really 10.

3.  You can watch them transform into beautiful colors.

4.  They are SO good for you.

5.  You can pack a whole days worth of nutrients into one container.








The following recipe is not one I make every single day (that one is coming soon); I made this one because of the ingredients I had on hand.




I N G R E D I E N T S

- 1/2 of a mango
- Handful of blueberries
- Handful of blackberries
- Half of a banana
- Water

Put all of these ingredients into your blender (I use an off brand version of the NutriBullet from Farberware, it was a wedding gift!).  Add water to the top of where your fruit stops and blend.

Fruitfully yours,
Meagan

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Spring Ready: DIY Tissue Paper Flowers + 100th Post

I had this space above my TV stand that nothing can fill.  I really just needed some volume in my living room so I decided to fill that space and add some height with these tissue paper flowers!  I am not a "pouf" person, so I decided on the tissue paper flowers that are shaped like actual flowers, not the pouf balls that they normally appear as.

M A T E R I A L S:

-  Stabler
-  Tissue paper of your choice
-  Scissors
-  Fishing line





S T E P S:

1.  Lay your tissue paper out and trim it to be the desired size you would like.  This may take some trial and error but really, any shape and size works for this!

 2.  Begin by folding about an inch and a half of the tissue paper, then flip the paper over and fold in the opposite direction.

3.  Continue doing this until the paper is all folded.  Then, fold the large, folded rectangle down the middle so that you know what line to staple on.


4.  Staple the fold you just made.



5.  Now, take your scissors and trim the edges of the flower.  You can either trim it by cutting a triangle on the end, or by rounding off the edges.


6.  Spread the petals apart and staple all the sides together so that the flower looks continuous.


7.  Measure out some fishing line depending on how far down you want them to hang, then staple it to the flower and hang it from your ceiling by tying it to a hook, or by stapling it to the ceiling.


You're done!

Enjoy the volume and flowers,
Meagan

PS:  this is my 100th post! I cannot believe I've written that many of these. I've loved the time I spend and joy I get from this blog and I wanted to thank all of you for taking a look every once in awhile. It means SO much! 

My Yearly Memory Book

I love taking pictures.  I always have someway to take a picture on hand.  I love preserving memories, and then taking the adventure through the past as I flip through photo albums, my phone camera roll and my yearly memory book.  I started making these in 2010 and they are my favorite way to keep memories from the year all together.  It's like having my own personal year book. Because I love making these each year, I wanted to share how I made mine so that you guys could start your own as well!

H O W   I   D O   I T:

I like to use Shutterfly for my photobooks.  There are a couple of reasons why:
     1.  It's very affordable and they have sales ALL the time.  (I wait until around Christmas to order mine and they usually have a 50% off photobooks sale, then you can make it twice as big for half the price)
     2.  I am very busy around December and Shutterfly has so many themes for the photobooks that make it very easy to put it together in a tasteful way.  I pick a different theme each year to mix things up!
     3.  It's so easy to make!  All you have to do is log onto Shutterfly, upload all the pictures you want (you can upload directly from Instagram, Facebook, etc. and your computer), and add them to the photo book and arrange them how you like.  It's easy and fast!
     4.  If anything ever happens to your home, Shutterfly saves your photobook to your account so you can always order it again.

First, I go through the pictures on my computer and put them in a file labelled with the year (ex. 2014).  Once I've gone through them all, I log onto Shutterfly and begin uploading pictures from Instagram and  Facebook and then add the ones from my computer.

Once they have been uploaded I go through the steps to start a photobook and choose the theme I want.    For 2013, I chose the theme:  Chalkboard Chic.



In 2012 I chose the theme:  Happiness Is...


In 2010 I chose the theme:  Better With Age



Once I have my theme chosen I begin adding the pictures where I want them and then I add some embellishments to add some character, then I'm ready to order it and enjoy it for the rest of my life!

Here are what mine from the past 4 years looked like (for some reason, 2011 was skipped):

2010




 2012




2013




Enjoy,
Meagan