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5 Things I Learned: 100 Selfies in 100 Days

I started this thing.   See, I own a business and take all my own product photos and social media which turned into heyyyy.. a lot. of. selfies.  The thing is, over time I started to learn things from taking my own photo on the regular-- things about myself, things about marketing, things about communication. I decided to take on a challenge. 100 selfies in 100 days. The rules? 1. Take it myself. 2. No prep. No filters. Whatever I look like that day, that's it. 3. The photo has to encompass the general feeling of that day. Depressed?  Elated? Make-uped? Hungover? Exhausted? Excited?  Over it? They're all invited.  For 100 days. The hilarious part of all this is it...

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Jord Watch Giveaway

  No one said hard work couldn’t be a little fancy. The business of business is being sure and passionate about what you have to offer and wanting others to know about it.  Big or small, hand-made, machine-made.  I’m on board with all the mades.  We all know I’m a wood-lover (insert: connoisseur/obsessor) and Jord Watches has taken this love to another level!  I am fully head over heels for my Jord Watch (I have the Frankie in Koa and Ash which you can find here) and just love their combination of form, function and such a warm, accessible material.  They have a wide variety of styles and colors, wood types and grains and their quality is unbelievable.  This company...

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Gray Wash Tutorial (with Vinegar Stain tutorial)

Gray Wash Tutorial (with a lesson on Vinegar Staining)     Gray wash.  I don't know if that's a real word or not but at my house it is!  I fell hard for the gray trend a few years ago, but also grew tired of painting things gray.  I love wood--the grain, the natural warmth it brings to a space, and I had tried countless times to achieve that perfect light gray stain/wash effect.  Gray store-bought stain was too dark and honestly doesn't provide the same richness that the brown-toned stains do, so it's not my favorite.  I've tried mixing all the things but could never get the finish quite right.  So, after much heartache and many a botched project,...

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Chippy Paint Tutorial

Chippy Paint Tutorial Oh, hey there Goal To Post A Tutorial Once A Week-- it's not you it's me.  Imma have to make it a steady once a month but today's the day!  Full-time hand-making is not for the faint of heart y'all, I don't sleep or shower but THE LORD BE PRAISED I'm doing what I love. Reclaimed wood can be hard to come by these days at a reasonable cost, especially chippy painted wood.  Even if you pay the price or scavenge on the side of the road, often you're then dealing with having to clean and seal lead paint and other issues which make it even more costly and time-consuming to work with.  I am ALL OVER...

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