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Have you noticed tassels are all over the place (and on everything)?
What about pom-poms?
Well, I have! And it's a good thing I love both!
(Can we chat for a sec. about how I neeeeed to make those gladiator pom-pom sandals?!
They are so much fun & just ooze fun beachy vibes which I need in my life.
(East Coast - Denver transplant, here, hi, nice to meet you! Read this for more of that story.)
This bag just went LIVE on the Etsy shop - and I'm super excited to make more with tassels and straps!
I hope you are having a great week so far. I love when my weeks are bookended by deep connecting with nature! I.E. Camping last weekend & more camping this weekend! I'm actually working on the edits for my camping vlog now! How exciting! Want to get notified about that? Subscribe on my youtube channel here! <3 I'd love it!
What do you do to stay connected to nature?
To stay wild... to bring more love into your life?
Let me know in the comments! I'd love to hear from you.
Welcome back to Alternative Thirsty Thursday!
This Weeks Tea is actually MUSHROOM COFFEE AND HOT CHOCOLATE! Wha?!?
YES. I discovered it through Gabby Bernstein's Instagram Story and was totally taken. (Side note, her newest book, The Universe Has Your Back, is really great!)
I'd been wanting something just like this. A little stronger than tea, wouldn't make me feel whacked out like regular coffee. Regular coffee makes my heart race - and not really in a good way most of the time. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'll partake in a nice cappuccino or espresso here and there, but I am not totally smitten with the after affects of good ol' coffee.
Click "Read More" for the details and more about Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee!
"If we surrendered
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Whether you're a coffee ☕️ or tea person, these cozies are perf!! 😍👍🏼
(Great for smoothies too!)
I make lots of crochet things. I especially love my mason jar cozies! They're super handy, really cute and just a fun thing to have if you're obsessed with mason jars (which you likely are if you're cool and hip and into reduce reuse recycle and all that). So, here is a bit about why I love them and started using them - practically and emotionally. lol
Also I saw Wonder Woman AND IT WAS AMAZING.
Short one, but still fun.
You can get the two in the picture above here! :D
LARGE MASON JAR COZY
SMALL MASON JAR COZY
Welcome back to Alternative Thirsty Thursday!
This Weeks Tea: Masala Chai from Rishi!
Nick got this tea for me the other day. I guess he was feeling extra sweet becuause he got me this amazing box of Rishi tea & a bouquet of flowers! Such a sweet heart! He knows me well.
Click "Read More" for the details and more about this tea!
Make Tea, Not War"
I made my first real VLOG! Check it out!
I had a lot of fun making this, so if you enjoy please leave a like & subscribe if you want to see more of my creative endeavors! :D I really enjoyed centering this blog around a project and will be doing more like this. It's a great way to tell the story.
Last weekend I shot lots of footage for a vlog, stop-motion video as well as a little tutorial for making some little crochet flowers! For the stop-motion, I wanted to share a fringe crop top style without going through as much footage as I did for the vlog, which is me creating another fringe edged top, only that one is much more of an actual how to and a longer piece with the actual vlog aspect.
So, the stop-motion idea came to me, and I needed to figure out a way to show you the supplies and general idea, without making a long drawn out how to. Just something quick and fun.
If you're into the Youtube thing, subscribe and like up this video! <3
*For your listening pleasure while you read, and then find out why this song at the end!
I wanted to share some of my latest creations with you! I've loved making these shaman bags, and there is a reason why.
The idea came from a custom order for ceremony to hold items imbued with intent & love. I decided to create some with my own imbued meaning & a little story.
Latest from my post on Darn Good Yarn . Com -- This was written to accompany my Double PomPom hat pattern that has been published on Darn Good Yarn!
This hat has a lot of story attached to it… but before I dive in, I want to introduce myself! My name is Erin, and I love making things. Like most creative people, I love sharing this gift with the world, and seeing the smiles and joy it brings others. I also love making things because it is where I feel most at home. Time shifts when I am creating. Finding that thing that makes time slip by effortlessly is a gift I hope everyone feels in their lives.
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I’m really excited with everything that has been happening in 2017 ALREADY & I just wanted to celebrate! But I do want to say, how much I appreciate ALL of you guys and your support over the past few years... I've grown so much. You all have been there supporting me and just being a part of my community. The connections I've made and maintained via Instagram, and all the platforms of social media is truly something special. Thank you!
SO, NOW WHAT DO YOU WIN?
lol great segway. ;)
I want to share a tactic that has been very successful for me over the past year.
As I've looked back on 2016, one particualr mantra kept me going. It's amazing what can happen when you stick with one idea, one focus and see what you can achieve. It helps to reframe your brain when you start to fall down the all too familiar rabbit hole of negativity or unnecessary worry. I can be anxious like anyone else out there trying to get one million things done in a day because the list, it never ends and omg did I remember to post xyz to all of the things and I haven't been on Insta yet today I better do that and now it's dinner time (how did that happen?!) so let's eat and then lets go back to the phone and watch that video because we need to know the latest and greatest thing and make sure we share that article because its relevant and make sure you go on pinterest too and and and........... here's the secret, the list is as long as you make it in a day!
This is article hit home for me.
Here is a snippet of the article and then my thoughts... I'd love to hear your thoughts, and just generate a conversation...
If Community Were A Safe Place to Fall Apart
BY OMID SAFI
READ FULL ARTICLE FROM ON BEING HERE
"Why do we celebrate together but suffer in silence?
It made me realize that we have no rituals for suffering, for breaking up, for hurting. I am not sure what those rituals would look like, but it does seem like something to seek.
Ladies, this one is for you!
The difference between a flower and a weed is a judgement."
I love love love this herbal tea, it is great for women during our time of the month. And being synchronized with the moon makes mine easy to keep track of, so I figured what better tea to feature!
That supermoon was amazing, right?! Did you do anything special? I had my weekly dance class, and it was perfect. <3 (Shout out to Oula! Best dance workout ever!)
Welcome to my * NEW * Series: #AltThisrtyThursday
I'll be posting weekly to highlight my favorite beverages of the #NA variety.
I wanted to create something unique and personal to post on #Thursdays that would also be fun and valuable to you! ......And wasn't #ThrowbackThursday, #ThursdayThoughts, #ThirstyThursday, #ThriftyThursday, or... well... you get the idea.... I wanted this Thursday post to be something accessible to everyone and be inspiring and positive....
And thus, #AltThirstyThursday was born!
With movements like the giant morning dance parties, #WednesdayWisdom in excess, and review posts being ever popular, I wanted to share something I love and already do on the daily: reviewing TEA! I'll review/share other things such as smoothies, juices, and the occasional coffee/cappuccino situation, but for the first few months I am starting with TEA TEA TEA.
With my feeling being summed up thusly today, Roses really hit the spot.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
I'm so happy to be featuring a tea that highlights rose petals! That wasn't planned. <3 #JustAnotherTeaMiracleMomentForYa
Here is a snippet from THIS ARTICLE about the health benefits of rose essential oil...
We're on the home stretch to the weekend friends! This is a reminder that I needed today. Keeping this top of mind. <3 Keep your eyes on the prize. Keep working for your dreams, and never let your FEAR/EGO/LEARNED LIMITATIONS keep you down. Try to keep a close watch on that part of your mind that is more like talking to you/down to you rather than your inner knowing. Keep the difference clear - and remind that negative nelly voice to stay in line. Say thanks for the reminder and concern, but I'm doing something different today. A little better everyday. And of course if all else fails, snuggle a unicorn. <3
I know it's not even cold enough yet for us to bust out the mittens or woolen jackets, but crafters and artists have to get a jump on the holiday season. If you're looking to give more meaningful gifts this year, think about going handmade. Buying handmade does a world of good. Purchasing handmade products from artists and crafters promotes our economy, supports the arts, shows you care and makes all involved feel warm and fuzzy inside. That's what makes the holidays so special. <3
Last weekend my pattern was published on Darn Good Yarn's website!
I am so proud of how far my small business has come from before to now, and the fact that this pattern was downloaded 500 times in the first weekend just blows my mind! So grateful for the support and love coming from this collaboration.
This design will guide you through creating my tiered air plant hanger! It's super cute AND made with eco friendly yarn - it's made from silk that would otherwise be wasted. It's super soft and vibrant!
And the colors, can I just say are absolutely stunning.
I also made an infinity scarf using this colorful silk yarn from Darn Good Yarn in combination with Cascade's Ecological Wool in purple! Check out the picture below. :)
I'll be designing more patterns in the future, and look forward to collaborating with other creative peeps!
Hey! Erin here!
I love to connect with others and build from a collaborative, creative place to make unique, wonderfully impactful, success-enabling things happen.
>>>----> This, to me, is the basis of humanity. <----<<<
Basically, I am a hyper creative extrovert with a lot of heart and love and passion to share with the world.
I make products that are eco-friendly, texture rich and as unique and RADIANT as you are. They are made to inspire you and encourage you to SHINE your true self, fully and purposefully.
Embrace your spirit - fill your space with radiance.
I love when a creative idea becomes bigger than one could have imagined, or when a jam sesh. feels more about heart than being heard.
Based in Colorado, I love to explore the mountains around me through hiking, biking and camping (nature is an infinite source of inspiration). I love tea. And if you're new to me and my work, I sometimes use the alias, "Wren" when I want to go incognito or feel special, like a bird. :)
I don't know if it's Monday's or the pull from the mega energy that that moon of ours throws around, but what ever you believe, both had me crushed yesterday. I surrounded myself with support, some good uplifting toons suggested by this article, Will This Soundtrack Help Freelancers Manage Their Time Better?, and tried not to beat myself up to much. Tuesday, today, the actual full moon date has got me back into the hustle mode instead of struggle mode. So it goes.
"Struggle mode" was induced by my need to push past some fears around being my truest, best self.
We never know when your inner demons, the patterns, the stories we tell ourselves, will surface and advocate for us to change. For me, it was yesterday (and everyday, since I'm always inviting them to go ahead and TRY ME.) But some days I can rise to the call and sometimes I fall under. BOTH ARE OK. But, I have to be honest....
The biggest reason I encourage others to let their inner artist and their creative truth shine so much is because that is my greatest struggle too.
[After all, we are all mirrors of one another...]
I got up at 4:30am last Saturday to bring Nick to a bike ride of epic proportions. (He does that on the regular.)
Maybe "got up" isn't the best way to describe what happened. This is more accurate: I opened my eyes for a second at 4:15am, then rolled over for a while more, repeat X3 then I actually rose out of bed at 4:30. Sound like you? Why is it so hard? (Actually, this question is very answerable... go watch this weeks Q&A Tuesday with Marie Forleo where she interviews Arianna Huffington about her new book on sleep.
Learning to Persevere is a Skill for the Strong of Heart...
I am advancing in leaps and bounds. Do you feel that energy too? The spring and summer are so potent this year!
These days, I feel like I am learning more than usual. And I want to be better. And I want to make more. And I want to do more, see more, travel, learn, read more, discover more, find out about myself - more. But, in all honesty, all those things happen in life whether we seek them out or not.
All around, tea is my favorite drink, ever, in the whole wide world, and it plays a major role in my LIFE. Hydrating me, always nearby, comforting and uplifting me.
It takes up so much of my cabinet space, I might as well charge it rent!! lol!
Q: What is your favorite tea? Comment below!
Q: Got any good tea jokes or puns? Lets hear it!
MY CURRENT FAVORITE: I just purchased the Lavender Earl Grey from Rishi and I have only good things to report. The bergamot and lavender are perfectly paired, and the tea stands flavorfully behind the two more floral notes. LOVE IT. Also love RISHI TEA. Check it out!
Well, it's really simple...
Sometimes, you need a perfect cup of coffee, and for me, that looks like this:
It's really a cappuccino, not just mere coffee. This fact matters. Also, if it is made with cashew-almond milk, like the way #corvuscoffee does it... then call it bliss in a cup, because that's what it is. (I feel I must specify however that I am a tea girl, through and through... a tea post coming soon.)
Then, there is Pizza. Sweet, sweet, pizza pie.
Pizza basically equals happiness. Need I say anything else? Except, maybe I should add that KAOS on S. Pearl is the winner?
AND GUMMY BEARS. The conversation (with myself, not spoken out-loud...) goes something like this...
G.B. "Hey, I see you"
ME "Yea, I know. I see you... but stop staring! Yeesh! All those tiny eyes... you really are creepy sometimes you know... Like tiny little dolls in a bag..."
G.B. "Woah, lady. Where did that come from?! Who's the creepy one?? Uncalled for... why not apologize by snacking on a little handful?"
ME "You're right."
It's silly, I know!! That's the point. Silly is good sometimes!! I'm just playing with some foods that make me happy... having fun. It was an interesting week, I got to thinking about the simple things that make me happy and these three really stood out. What stands out for you? Every week/person/day/place is different.
The gummy bears suffered a quick death, when a friend came over. POOF! Like magic, they vanished... (thank you to Bobby.. ;) We made quick work of those tiny "dolls."
And the other things - pizza, coffee -they just make you/me/us happy. Our inner foodie rejoices when these things are done well.
It's all about fun. What things can you play with in your life? It's tough sometimes to always be healthy, and its OK. FOOD IS OK TO ENJOY AND HAVE FUN WITH.
There, I said it.
What do you have fun with in your daily life? Let me know below!!
So much gratitude goes out to Teamsters Local 25 in Charlestown, MA! They all rocked hats made by yours truly in the St. Patricks Day Parade! They were adorable, soft as can be, and matched their jackets perfectly. Not to mention looked great with green accents. :)
Requests have been made for pom-poms to add, and I am happy to report that this is totally happening. I am so grateful for their support , and their super fun attitude!
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Keep having fun everyone, everywhere!!
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I park and step onto the street. Tea in hand, notebook, ideas, heart pumping a little. I take some deep breaths to abate the anxiety within me from being seven minuets late. More like ten once I get into the space. The windows are blocked from above head height to the base of the sill. The door is perfectly centered in the old looking brick building. I push down on the latch with my thumb, breathe deep, and embrace the excitement as I open the door.