Craft room inspiration

 

The office inspiration post got me thinking about working spaces for those who don’t need a computer/office environment. Perhaps you run a little retail business selling handmade items, or maybe you just love to get creative in your spare time. Here’s some inspiration just for you.1

I love the colour of this. Black, pink and white just feels like a wonderful combo!
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Use spice holders with clear lids to store things like buttons, confetti, sequins and other small items.3

The holed wall is great for hanging things, and the shelf above gives even more storage space, which is so important in a craft room.4

This is a great idea from The Thinking Closet. Use separators in a filing cabinet and hang your different types of fabric (or sheets of pretty paper) over the top.5

This is such a sophisticated space. I love that chair, the black and all those gorgeous clocks!6

This is what crafting is all about, color!7

Another really inspirational craft room. Who wouldn’t want to work here.8

Another great use of this kind of storage.9

Simple white shelves, baskets and a work space are all you need to start off your sewing room.10An office-come-craft-room, beautiful.

Etsy picks: Bags

 

We’ve sung the praises of a few Etsy designers in the past but we thought it was about time to start a regular feature looking at all sorts of items from the site. We’re going to start with bags and purses. Whether you want vintage or handmade, there’s something for everyone on Etsy. I’m loving some of the handmade leather items but there are some stunning vintage offerings too. Here’s just a small selection.2

This is a vintage leather tote from the 1960s. It’s simple and beautiful. 1

A bag big enough to fit a 17 inch laptop and more. This is a great travel bag for anyone who is unable to travel light.3

This animal print clutch is handmade to order and I love the black and leopard. It’s a beautiful clutch that would work with so many outfits.4

Another handmade leather bag but this time in a beautiful yellow.5This 1930s clutch has a great western feel to it. The color is amazing as is the kitted pattern.

6This little handmade clutch features some amazing design work in the shape of these skulls. Great if you’re looking for something interesting and unusual.

7Finally, this little messenger bag that feature an amazing scene of forest animals. The description on Etsy says: “The flap of this small military style bag is customized with the folk inspired pattern “Kanteleen Kutsu” by Sanna Annukka. The pattern depicts a scene from the Finnish national epic Kalevala, in which forest animals have gathered to hear the tunes played by Väinämöinen, the main character of the epic.”

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Summer vacation outfit ideas

Vacation outfits are some of my favorite to plan (especially when you don’t take money into account). I love thinkign about bright colors, bare skin, sunshine and all the different types of sunglasses on offer.

Vacation: Color
Vacation: Boating
Vacation: The beach
Do you have a vacation planned for the summer?
Drive traffic to your blog with Pinterest

How to use Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog

Pinterest is a great tool for bloggers because it gives us the chance to share the more visual elements of our work. Your gorgeous photography or collages might get shared but how do you get people to actually visit your website? Here are some tips.

Add and verify your website

When filling out your profile make sure to add your website and take the time to get if verified. If you have WordPress and are struggling with with, there’s a plugin that makes it much easier.

Add text

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If you add text to the images you pin then people are going to be more likely to realize that they can click through to see more. Perhaps create a header for your blog post that contains a great image, overlayed with some text – usually the title of your post.

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In the comments on your pin let people know that they can click through for more. The reason for doing this is just to remind people that there’s more to see.

Add the URL to the pin description

Don’t go overboard with this but occasionally add your URL into the pin description. Only do this if clicking through to your URL really will offer something to the people who see that pin. You should also include a call to action. ‘Find out more here…’ then your URL.

Add board categories

If you add a category to each of your boards then they are going to show up in the wider category feed. You can do do this by going to your boards and clicking ‘edit’. The reason most of use leave out boards without categories is because we create them from the Pin It/Pick a board page.

Use taller images

For some reason, taller images get more pins.

Pin beautiful things that people will want to share

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Pin things that people will be wowed by and will want to share. Pin straight from your blog and if people like that image, it should travel far and wide.

Use hashtags

More people are going to be able to find your image if you use the correct hashtag. Just one will do.

How to wear: Cut out boots

I don’t need much of an excuse to write about Jeffrey Campbell footwear so it made sense to show off these gorgeous cut out boots from the brand in this ‘how to wear’ post.

Cut out boots: Flamingo

There’s a slightly nineties vie to this. I love the idea of pairing all the black with that bright dress.

Cut out boots: Wanted

I have to say, I’ve seen this look everywhere but it doesn’t stop me loving it. It’s the perfect festival look. You could probably get away with more jewellery than this too.

Cut out boots: Casual

Finally, a more casual look. The dark jeans and boots look great with the paler items. This would be perfect for shopping, coffee or just lounging around the house feeling fashionable.