Archive for the ‘HAND CRAFTED’ Category
In addition to setting personal goals for the new year, I have also been flushing out the goals I have for the ConfettiStyle blog. Blogging for me is not only a creative outlet but it has become an extension of my business and has in fact brought new business, relationships and opportunities my way. It has been an exciting journey, from my first blog post to today but I want to take my blog and the business of blogging to a new level. Here’s what I have planned for 2014!
Better Photography–YES I’ve had my new DSLR camera for over a year and NO I haven’t even picked up the manual or watched the video that came with it. But 2014 will be different. Not only will I read the manual and watch the video, I’m taking a photography class this year and I’m dedicated to practice, practice, practice. My camera is going to be my sidekick and the photos I show on my blog will be bigger, brighter and better.
More DIY, Crafting and How-To-Projects–I love to create and I’m planning on bringing you lots of great projects this year. I’m not a furniture maker or wood-worker so the projects I share with you will be on the smaller scale and very do-able! I’ve already got a long list of projects started and have begun working on some which I’ll share in the weeks ahead. Creating things that I can enjoy in my home and life, or give to friends and family will be the foundation of my projects and of course inspiring you to be creative too!
Quality over Quantity–When I looked back on 2013 I realize that I felt the pressure to keep up. Keep up with the bloggers that blog daily or even twice a day, keep up with crafters that churn out 100’s of project each year, keep up with being, going and doing. Well, I’m looking at 2014 through different lenses. This year I may not bring you a blog post every day and I may not have two or three projects for you each month, but what I do promise is focusing on creating quality design, fashion, gifting and entertaining related blog post for you to learn from and be inspired by. If you don’t already, I’d love for you to subscribe (on the right sidebar) to the blog so you’ll get my post delivered directly to you inbox and for you to follow me on Instagram and Facebook where I’ll be sharing design ideas and inspiration you won’t see on the blog.
More Original Content–There is so much fabulous design inspiration that can be found on the web, Pinterest and other blogs and I will continue to bring you those things that I things that catch my eye and that I think you’ll love. I also want this year to be about sharing more original content with you. Over the course of my blog life I’ve developed several series like The Anatomy Of…, Words to Inspire, Fashion Focus, Gift Wrap Inspiration and Design Crush. In order to bring you more original content some of these series will continue and some will go away but I’m working on a few new series to launch this year. How does a series called Styling 101 where I’ll share design advice for styling things like kitchen counters, bookcases, closets and hobby spaces sound to you? What about Style Recipe where I’ll show you a room, vignette, tablescape and then break down the elements ‘recipe style’ to help you re-create the look? I’m also planning a series called, Crafting Course where I’ll share crafting projects and the how-to behind them. If there is anything design, gifting, entertaining and fashion related you’ll like to see here on the blog, please leave me a comment and let me know. You all are the reason behind this blog and I want to give you what you are looking for.
Get Connected–If you’re a blogger you’ve read lots of blog post about people leaving comments on blogs (or not). As bloggers we love to hear from our readers, connect with you and know that you enjoy what we share with you. More times than not when people, myself included read blog post they don’t leave comments, even when prompted for feedback. Often times as a blogger we feel a bit down because we see other bloggers with lots of comments on their post but don’t see them on our own blog post. I have a strong readership here on ConfettiStyle and there are lots of loyal commenters on my blog but I want to connect with more of you. I hope that you’ll take the time this year to leave a comment on a blog post you love, drop me an email just to say Hi or share an idea. I’ve made the commitment this year to comment more on the blogs I read and love, not only to connect with other bloggers but to let those bloggers know I enjoy and appreciate what they share each day! I’d love for the new year to start with a bang so leave me a comment on this post just to say hi!
Blogging in 2014 is going to be fun and I’m so glad you are along for the journey!
I am constantly amazed at the talent that some people posses. Those people who the can find creativity in the most unusual places and turn totally functional and mundane items into amazing works of art. Have you ever looked at a dryer duct in the hardware store and thought to yourself, I can turn that into something magnificent? What about gutter guards? Have those ever been on your DIY project supply list?
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica, one of my blog readers and fellow Atlantan who just so happens to have the ability to look at dryer ducts and gutter guards and envision beautiful wall art and light fixtures. From her creative vision comes amazing hand-crafted Signature Piecez.
These beautiful wall décor piece are crafted from dryer vent and are really dynamic on a wall. I think the red or silver version would be a fun twist on a traditional Christmas wreath look.
Jessica makes a lot of commissioned pieces like this large art canvas which again is crafted from dryer vent.
Who knew gutter guards could be so chic?!
This table setting and chair décor was created for a local event, To Live and Dine.
One of my favorite pieces…tissue paper chandelier.
By day Jessica is an accountant but after hours she can be found walking the aisles of the hardware store looking for her next source of inspiration.
To learn more about Jessica, see more of her amazing work and learn more about Signature Piecez head here!
I was recently looking for new lampshades for a project and thought about checking out Etsy. Boy was I amazed at how many great handmade lampshades there were on the site. One of the shops that stood out to me was SassyShades run by Kristi in my home state of Washington. Kristi has crafted some really stylish shades using some of the most popular designer fabrics, stylish patterns and on-trend colors. I really love the tall drum shades she sells and the small chandelier drum shades which are really unique.
Here are just a few of my favorite shades from SassyShades.
SassyShades also offers COM (customers own material) if you have a fabric in hand and want a lampshade made. If you’re in the market for a unique lampshade SassyShades is a great source for drum shades and more traditional bell shades. Finding stylish lampshades has just gotten easier with SassyShades.
To see the entire collection of SassyShades head here.