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Gold Charm Bracelet

Hey, friends! I’ve got a jewelry project for you today that’s super-simple…honestly doable even if you’ve never made jewelry before. It’s quick and easy, and you can customize it completely by choosing charms and beads you love!

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Materials:
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- 6″ Expandable Gold Wire Bracelet
13 mm “family” charm
13 mm “believe” charm
13 mm “inspire” charm
- 11 mm violet druzy
- Turquoise bead
- Gold plated head pin
- 7 mm gold plated jump rings
- Needle nose pliers and wire cutters

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8 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Blogging

8 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Blogging

As many of you know, I sort of fell into this blogging gig by accident. I originally started One Artsy Mama with no idea that it would ever earn me a penny, let alone become a legitimate job that allows me to help pay our family’s bills while working from home. The journey has been {and continues to be} incredible, but since I didn’t really start out with a game plan, there are definitely some things I learned along the way that I wish I had known from the beginning. Recently, a former student and friend of mine came to me asking for advice as she starts a blog of her own, which made me think there might be some others out there too who could benefit from my experience.

So, here are 8 things I wish someone had told me when I first became a blogger.

1. Choose your name very carefully.
What’s in a name? A lot! For better or for worse, your blog name is going to be with you for the long haul, so choose it carefully. I’ve known only a few bloggers who successfully changed their names midstream, and they can attest to the fact that it’s not easy to do. As you consider possibilities, make sure that they reflect what you’re about, but at the same time, be sure they don’t limit you too much. If you call yourself “The Silly Chef,” for example, that limits your ability to post things other than recipes if one day you decide you want to branch out. If, on the other hand, you’re content to stay in that niche, it would be a fine choice. Just remember when deciding what to call your blog that one day the kids will be grown, one day you may move, and so on. Make sure your name is something that can grow with you and your brand. Also, do your research and make sure there’s no one else out there using it already! I made that mistake and regret it to this day. There was once another “one artsy mama” out there and I feel terrible that I didn’t consider that when making my choice.

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Haven Recap

Friends, if you follow along on Instagram and/or Facebook, you know that I just got back from an action-packed, fun-filled weekend at Haven Conference in Atlanta. Haven is designed to be a place for DIY bloggers to come and learn new skills while interacting with each other and brands like Home Depot, Ryobi, Behr, Modern Masters, Home Right, and lots more!

Conferences are always jam packed full of events, so it can be hard to choose which sessions to attend. I went to Haven with one overriding goal, and I let that dictate how I decided to fill my schedule.

I wanted to learn how to use power tools.

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If you’ve been following along for awhile, you know that I do a variety of types of craft projects, but my specialty is the painting, decorating, and basically making things pretty. For example, I can take an old, scratched up piece of furniture I find at Goodwill and turn it from trash to treasure. But what I’d never done before was build something from scratch. I knew that the main sponsor of Haven Conference is Home Depot, so I was determined to go and meet them and see what I could learn in a weekend’s time! (more…)

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Share Funshine: Neighbor Share Sacks

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareFunshine #CollectiveBias

Share Sack Treats

Summer is a great time for neighborhood fun! It’s perfect weather for the kids to play outside together and for cookouts or block parties the whole family can enjoy. Since we’re still relatively new to our neighborhood, we decided to come up with a little gift to get to know some of our neighbors better. Little Crafter and I created share sacks full of treats and messages to help us share a little “funshine” using some things we picked up at our local Walmart. {Speaking of which, keep reading to find out more about the Share Funshine contest where you can enter to win a $100 Walmart gift card daily!}

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We chose a colorful mixture of candy plus a soft drink we thought our neighbors would enjoy. Many of the families in our neighborhood also have dogs, so we made sure to pick out a treat for them as well.

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We used:

Dr Pepper® Cherry
Starburst® Original
Life Savers® Hard Candy Variety
Skittles® 14 oz.
Pedigree Dentastix® Beef Flavor

Printable Messages
8″ x 8″ Square of fabric
Scissors
Ribbon
Mason Jar

Here are the printable messages for you to download; simply right click on the image and save it to your computer. Or, you can certainly feel free to add a handwritten note instead.

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Lay your fabric square on a table with the wrong side of the fabric facing you. Place the cut out messages on top.

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Then, add candy! We used an assortment of Starburst® Original, Life Savers®, and Skittles®. {By the way, you can download the Blippar app from your Apple or Android store to scan your package and receive exclusive content.}

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One of our neighbors in particular has an adorable small dog we often see when we’re playing outside, so we wanted to include a treat for him. I placed a few beef flavored Pedigree Dentastix® in a sealed bag {since no one wants beef flavored Skittles®} and included that with the candy.

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Once the treats are assembled, just gather the sides of the fabric together to form a little pouch and tie a piece of ribbon around it. If you like, you can tie one of the messages on too, like we did. The final step is to fill a fun jar with Dr Pepper® Cherry and tie a coordinating piece of ribbon around the jar.

Neighbor Share Sack Treats

Now you have a sweet and simple treat that’s all ready to share with your neighbors and spread a little “funshine.”

Share Sacks

And speaking of funshine, here is the “Share a Little Funshine” sweepstakes I mentioned:

Share a Little Funshine Sweepstakes

Good luck!
Click here to receive instant savings on M&M’s®, SNICKERS® Ice Cream Bars, Dr Pepper® Cherry, Skittles®, Pedigree Dentastix®! I’d love to hear your favorite ideas for making summer FUN!

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Tie Dye Your Summer

Thanks to iLovetoCreate and Blueprint Social for sponsoring today’s post. All opinions are my own.

Tie Dye Party

Summer is the perfect time for playing outdoors, enjoying the warm weather, and doing craft projects with friends. What could be better than putting all those things together and having a Tie Dye party?! Everyone loves a good party, and this is such a fun theme you can use for any occasion…a birthday, a shower, or just because! Here are some party tips to help you have a blast and Tie Dye your summer.

Tie Dye Party

First, every party starts with invitations. Just like the party itself, the invitations should be colorful, bright, and fun! To make things easy as pie, you can download these for free at iLovetoCreate’s Tie Dye Your Summer site! They’re created by Kara Woolery of Lillian Hope Designs, and not only can you print them for your own party, you can also get all kinds of other free coordinating printables like cupcake wrappers, party banners and signs, tent cards, water bottle wraps, candy bar wrappers, and more. How’s that for saving you time and money? (more…)

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