A Year of Words – UPDATE

So obviously posts for A Year of Words has hit a stand-still over here on the blog… But over on Instagram, things are BOOMING! And wonderful opportunities are happening! (Hence why my poor little bloggie has been neglected).

Since we last met:

  • I’ve taken a dive in graphic design a bit and started customizing invitations, cards, and logos for people. What?! It’s always been a dream, but now people actually want me to do it for them??
  • I did a collaboration with Zaaina Skincare for Mother’s Day and we are now talking about collaborating on bridal party gifts as well! Please go check out Purvi’s products! They’re all natural and oh-so luxurious 🙂
  • How did I meet Purvi? Well that’s another crazy thing! I was invited to join a community called Makers Gonna Trade (@makersgonnatrade) on Instagram and got connected with so many wonderful creative women!! We do monthly trades of our products, and I love how exciting our first exchange was!

I plan to start blogging again on a regular basis really soon! But until then, go visit @ayearofwords on Instagram for all the fun!

And Happy Early Mother’s Day!  Click this link –> Proverbs 31 Wallpaper

Proverbs 31

Edye&Ethel Designs – Etsy Shop Opening!!

Guys… Something crazy has happened, and I’m ready to tell the world! I’ve opened an Etsy Shop! The name of the shop is Edye and Ethel Designs, which is named for my grandmothers. I’ll be doing embroidered jewelry and customized embroidery hoops as well as (I’m reeeeeally excited about this one…) formal calligraphy addressing for weddings and events!!!

Now you’re probably asking yourself “Why would a gal in her mid-twenties name her shop such a thing?”

My answer is simple.

I come from a family with strong ties. God always comes first. Others next. And then yourself. These principles have been passed down through generations… and so has craftiness. My dad’s mother, Edythe, was an avid stitcher. I even have some of her embroidery framed in my home. My mom’s mother, Ethel, has always been a letter writer, a stationary fiend, and a lover of beautiful words. Together they have given me traces of the woman I am today, and their passions have become my own.

Go check out the shop and let me know what you think! Everything is going to be super customizable, so if there’s something that you want that isn’t in the shop, just ask and I’ll do my best to create something just for you 🙂

E&E Embroidered Jewelry

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Valentine’s for HER

Now girls, don’t think I forgot about you. As much fun as it is to shop for Valentine’s treats for our men, it’s equally {read: more} fun to plant hints in their mind about all of the lovely things we’re interested in these days!

So here are some HOT new items that I just know you’ll casually bring up to your man this week… 🙂

Valentine's for HER

  1. Handlettering print from Jenn Gietzen ($35) – I’ve followed Jenn and her Write On! Design for a while now, and I’m always inspired! Not only is she extremely talented in handlettering and graphic design but she’s always very funny. Her quotes always make me smile, laugh, and reflect. Also, I can only hope to letter as well as she does at the end of my Year of Words project. Any gal would be happy to hang one of Jenn’s pretty prints in her home.
  2. Cookies from The DoughMestic HouseWife (varies) – Nom nom nom. Every girl {that I know} loves cookies. Duh. So what better treat than a custom box of gorgeously hand decorated cookies?! You must check out The DoughMestic HouseWife on Instagram… Then you’ll understand just how great of a gift this would be!
  3. Ellie Vail Cory Necklace from Lilli & Tori ($42) – With a EKG reading as the pendant, you can literally wear your guy’s heartbeat on your neck {awwww…}. This gold plated necklace is simple, elegant, and could be worn with practically anything. But if you don’t think the heartbeat thing is your thing, check out Lilli & Tori’s awesome inventory.
  4. “I’m So Fancy” mug from Moon & Lola ($28) – Ladies, this mug is a “wake up and feel fabulous” gift. Moon & Lola has several really cutesy mugs along with pillows that have matching themes.You should check out their Galentine’s Day collection for more lovely ideas!
  5. Paper Crown + Rifle Paper Co. NEW clothing line (varies) – This is actually REALLY exciting because the release of the line that is a collaboration of Lauren Conrad & Anna Bond {Ah!} is releasing THIS Thursday! AH! There’s going to be a pop-up shop in L.A. Friday through Sunday, and I’m quite sad that I live nowhere near L.A. Haha. The line is bound to be gorgeous all around and I found this maxi dress along with some others on L.C.’s blog.

What do ya’ll think? I think it’s safe to say that between pretty words, gold fancies, beautiful threads, and cookies it’d be a pretty sweet Valentine’s Day 🙂

FriYAY Faves (& only 7 days until Christmas!)

I cannot handle the fact that Christmas is only 7 days away! And today is the last day of school for a little bit! WAHOO!! I’m having an excitement overload this morning! 🙂

If you’re looking for a few last minute gifts that any gal would love, check out my last FriYAY Faves before Christmas! Don’t worry, I love FriYAY Faves so much that I think I may just keep them all year round!

FriYAY Faves

1. “With All Your Heart” hand stamped necklace from Befriending Faithfulness ($20) – My friend Erin has opened a beautiful Etsy shop called Befriending Faithfulness. She makes AWESOME hand stamped jewelry (and can even personalize it to say anything you want!) and embroidered hoop art. All of her pieces are inspired by scripture and are SO encouraging. Plus, one of the things I love most about Erin’s shop is that she donates 10% each month to a worthy cause. Check out her blog and befriend Befriending Faithfulness! (See what I did there?)

2. Coral & Tusk hand linen from Firefly ($44) – I know it’s a lot for a hand towel… but look at those woodland creatures!!! Coral & Tusk also makes stockings with these same characters, so stock up and have them ready for next Christmas!

3. “The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking” book by Kate Payne ($20) – I adore Kate’s blog and visit it frequently. She does everything from canning and pickling to home decorating and gardening. All of her projects and lifestyle tips are fabulous and practical! Plus, her personality is just too cute, so I’m sure her Hip Girl’s Guide would be a fun read! Also… she just came out with “The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen”… I probably really need that one haha.

4. “Ready to Run” Vest from Red Dress Boutique ($46) – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I reeeeeally want a fur vest. But I’m having trouble finding the perfect one. Nothing that looks too fake, something that will go with everything, and something I won’t be tired of this time next year… It’s tough. But I really like this leather-trimmed faux fur vest. It’s just enough fur but not over the top. Plus, I think that it could stick around as a great winter piece for years to come.

5. “Let’s All Be Brave” mug made by Glory Haus from Annie F. Downs ($18.25) – Annie is one of my favorite people. We’ve only met three times, but she is truly an inspiration and never ceases to encourage me {especially through her social media platforms… including her new podcast!} Her new book “Let’s All Be Brave” urges you to be courageous, even when it’s not easy or convenient. And boy is that a message that I need over and over and over. I love this mug because I could sip my cup o’ joe each morning from it and be reminded to walk through the day bravely. Thanks, Annie, for such a strong message and a cute tool to serve as a reminder of it!!

Hurry hurry and get that Christmas shopping done!! And then sit back and enjoy the holidays, won’t you? Because remember, it’s not really about the presents at all. 🙂

Batch Charleston #3

Our final box of our gift subscription to Batch was definitely my favorite of the bunch! (Have I said this each time? I think so.) If you aren’t familiar with Batch, read my previous reviews here or here! What you need to know about Batch… They are a delivery service of amazing local goods straight to your door 🙂

Here’s what we got this time around:

Batch Charleston

And great news friends! If this sounds like something that a loved one of yours would just love as a Christmas gift, you still have time to order for them to receive a Batch for the holidays! They also have 3-, 6-, and 12-months options for giving holiday subscriptions! The deadline is December 18, so hurry on over and place your order for quality local goods from one of your favorite cities in the US!