Dana Tanamachi for Target – The Best Things Decal

October 22, 2013

The best things in life are meant to be shared.

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I knew I had to pick up something from Dana Tanamachi’s limited collection at Target and when I saw this at my local Target I just had to get it, it’s the Best Things Decal.  It’s a lot bigger than I thought it was (from looking at photos online), but the perfect size for above our couch and I love how big it is, it really stands out in the perfect way!  We never got around to hanging up frames on this wall, but I guess it all worked out.  This will be such a great back drop for photos.

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Here’s a close up.  Looks seamless, eh?

As for our process we marked the wall first to give us a general guideline of where we wanted it (I would suggest you mark guidelines for at least the top half, where it should start and end), but we had more trouble getting it smooth and bubble-free, which I think is just the nature of a decal.   We had to remove it and reapply the first half a few times, but even after peeling the decal off a few times it still held up and adhered well to the wall.  It was our first time using a decal, so we had a little bit of trouble getting it aligned correctly, getting all of the bubbles out, and recovering from the decal getting stuck on itself and ripping at a corner (make sure you’re aware of the curves while you’re peeling the decal off the backing!  I think I was too excited.  Luckily, the rip is minor).  The instructions it comes with suggests you to peel the decal off about 2 inches at a time and smooth out the bubbles as you go, moving from the middle out.  Once you get the top portion down the bottom half is a breeze.  We’re a bit of perfectionists, so we had to make sure everything looked right.

Tip: Put a blow dryer to the bubbly spots and then continue to smooth outwards, it did the trick.

What do you guys think?

Inspiration Monday #4 – The Journey.

October 21, 2013

I think we can get so lost in the end goal we forget about how we feel and what we put ourselves through in the journey getting there.  Was it enjoyable?  Did it meet your expectations?  Did you learn something?  Did you love it?  Was it worth it?

“Pick the mountain you like climbing, not the one you want to be on top of.”
– Sebastian Thrun

Holidays Etsy Shop Update

October 17, 2013

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated my Etsy shop (since June), which is probably due to the move and the time after of settling in and feeling settled.  The thing with freelancing is you can never really plan weeks ahead if you’ll be working a full day or if you’re going to hit a null for a full week and have no idea what to do with yourself.  It sounds scary (it is), but it has its perks and getting used to.  For me, it was getting back to my Etsy shop and going from computer mouse and screen to pencil and sketchbook.  Since I did a Christmas card last year I thought I’d follow suit and make a card for this year.

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It’s never too early to buy holiday cards, right?

You can get this Corgi Wreath card in my Etsy shop!  Enjoy, corgi lovers.

Bedside Table Inspiration.

October 16, 2013

Lately I’ve been using a foldable stool as a temporary bedside table (don’t judge me) because I haven’t been able to find any that I really love.  When it comes to purchasing anything (clothes, bags, furniture, etc) I almost always have to mentally check off reasons if I really need it and if I really love it.

Here are some bedside tables that I’m loving right now.

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Dipped tables/chairs when done right can never be out of my style in my book.

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I’ve always wanted a mid-century style bedside table, but it’s been difficult finding one I like in my budget.  In another lifetime my friend.

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Weekly Findings #6 – Cozy Autumn.

September 23, 2013

This is a long overdue Weekly Findings, but this one is inspired by the start of Autumn.  The colder weather  makes me want to stay in bed  snuggled in my sheets, wear fluffy socks and sweaters, throw on big hoodies, and drink hot chocolate out of big mugs.

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I’ve hit a milestone.

July 10, 2013

Today marks my 1 year as a full time freelancer.  It’s really crazy to think that it’s been a full year that I’ve been working on my own (and I’m still here!).  A lot has happened and a lot more that I wish I accomplished, but I can say I did everything the best I knew how and took on things I never imagined I could’ve handled on my own.  I’ve had a great deal of guidance from friends and family that have gotten me through the emotional and the business end of things and I couldn’t be more grateful for their endless support and help.

I think what a lot of people don’t realize is how much work being a freelancer (or running your own business) entails.  Because I sure didn’t.   Before fully committing to freelancing I thought little ol’ me could never find clients and run things on my own and make my own money to pay off my loans and bills, but sure enough I somehow managed and exceeded my expectations by following my gut and drive to keep moving forward (even if that meant paying more taxes!).  Sure, freelancing has its perks (not having a boss to answer to, setting your own work schedule, working in your pjs, going out in the middle of day), but at the end of the day all of those things added together can’t even begin to amount to all of the hard work and worrying you go through trying to manage your projects and yourself.  For one, I still keep to a strict schedule of my “working hours” and try not to respond or read emails after “working hours” (I think it’s been harder for me to do this than when I was working an office job).   I’m also still trying to figure out the down time that comes with freelancing, you know when the work starts to run dry and you’re not entirely sure what to do with yourself besides worry.  I definitely need to learn to embrace the calm whenever and however long I can get it.

It’s always good to stop and see how far you’ve gone and how much you’ve accomplished and give yourself a pat on the back every once in a while.  The cherry on top for me is I’ve never felt more happy and fulfilled with my “job” and my life.  I would’ve loved if a few things worked out a bit better, but I’m learning  not to dwell on the failures and just keep pushing and creating.

Here’s a good quote to sum up what I’ve learned in my journey so far:

Don’t let success go to your head and failure to your heart.
Will Smith