Friday, May 26, 2017

Summer Is Almost Here / Quick Update

Hello, everyone!

Wow, it has been over a year since I last posted a blog update. So, before I dive into some summer talk I want to give an update on what has been going on since I last posted.

I have spent so much of my time writing. I've written a novel, screenplay, and finished up a teleplay.

This teleplay I sent into a film festival, but it didn't place. That's okay, though. I'm going to continue writing because that's what I love to do.

If you would like to follow me on my writing journey you can here.

Now, it is time for some summer talk. Summer is right around the corner, though if you live in Texas like I do you've felt like summer has been here for some time now. As summer rolls around you begin to think of what you can do alone, with friends, or with your family.

At times summer seems like the time of endless thoughts of ideas with not enough time to do each one.

Here is a list of some summer fun ideas:

- Go to a concert
- Head to the beach
- DIY project
- Swimming Party
- BBQ with family and/or friends
- Take lessons for something you've always wanted to do
- Take a trip to somewhere new
- Go hiking
- Finish a project

This is just a short list, of course.

Shameless self promotion. The font used in the photo above was made by me and can be found here.

Please leave a comment and let me know what your summer plans are!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Selling on Etsy and Why You Should

Etsy is a great place for any business. With all the traffic each and every day your items are seen by thousands of people around the world.

I've been a member of Etsy since 2014, but I didn't get around to opening a shop and putting up items to sell until just this year. So far, I'm still small and just getting things up and running, but the experience has been great.

Listing items is fast and simple. You only pay a small, and I mean small, fee to sell items but with all the exposure it is worth it.

Depending on what items you decide to sell will determine the amount of traffic you get, but for the most part I've seen just about every item there is and these items do sell.

I think what drives me to this site the most is, again, how easy it is.

You can check out my shop here and if you like what you see you can, also, like my Facebook page here.

This isn't about promoting my own items, though.

If you haven't ever given Etsy a look, go do that, now. You might just find a new site to run your business.

There is a community with so many amazing people to interact with, and you can join a team.

To list an item, you simply need a shop set up, then under your shop name you can choose listings manager and add a listing. All you need to do is fill out the appropriate fields and publish your listing. Like I said, it's fast and simple.

Your shop comes with a policy page that you can fill out for buyers to read. Let's not forget about the coupons you can set up to give your buyers a little something special when they decide to purchase from your shop.

If you have a shop on Etsy please comment below and let me know. I would love to check out new shops! (Go on...promote your business.)

Monday, March 7, 2016

DIY Frame Jewelry Holder

I had this frame hid away with the intentions of making this jewelry holder, I just didn't get around to doing it until just recently. I know there are DIY frame jewelry holder tutorials out there, and could possibly be one just like mine, but I'm going to show you how I went about making this.

What You Will Need:

-Cork Board
-Hot Glue Gun
-Scissors (To cut fabric and cork board)

If you are young and want to try this please have adult supervision as there are needles and a hot glue gun involved.

First you will want to cut your cork board and fabric to fit the inside of the frame. My frame is an 8.5" x 11", so I cut the cork board and fabric the same size.

Then you will want to place your fabric over your cork board and place it into the back of the frame, then place the frame backing back into place.

Next, you will put your needles where you want them to be. I spaced mine out along the top. The needles I used are small enough to fit the beads over.

Take your beads and place them on the needles. Make sure to have beads that have holes on the top and bottom. It may take a little pushing, but if the hole is big enough your needle will fit into it.

Now, take your hot glue gun and fill the top of the hole on the bead with glue. Let it set until cooled. It shouldn't take too long. The needle should be held firmly in place inside the bead.

I used this method so that I didn't have to glue the beads onto the fabric. I wanted to be able to change the fabric to something different when I got tired of the one I used.

Hang your jewelry and enjoy!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Make Your Blog More Popular

Running a blog can be a lot of work, but running a successful blog can be even more work. It takes a lot to make a blog stand out from the rest, in a good way, and make readers keep coming back for more content.

I've made a list similar to this before, but this is a new list with a few different tips.

Here's a list of ways to make your blog more popular.

1. Blog Design

One of the first things you notice about a blog is the design. You look to see if everything flows correctly. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has visited a site, went to search the site, and just couldn't find my way around. This is a huge turnoff. I will leave a site right away if I can't find my way around it.

Don't have a site design, especially for blogging, that is so over the top you leave visitors with a brain strain just trying to navigate their way around.

2. Content Worth Reading

The biggest thing here is to write content that you know about it. You might be able to fool some people with writing content you know nothing about and have that reader leaving your blog feeling as though they learned something new, but you won't be able to fool everyone.

Some readers know a lot about a certain topic, but visit other sites just to get another person's perspective on the topic. If these people visit your blog and see you have no idea what you're talking about it will leave a bad name for your blog.

Not only do you need to know your topic, but you need to write your blog posts in a way that attract readers. Don't just write an outline. Tell the ins and outs. Make your readers dive in. Make your readers want to read your blog post from beginning to end.

Write something that makes readers come back for more.

3. Guest Posts

A great way to attract more readers to your blog is to write guest posts on other blogs. If you're able to write something that readers on another blog find interesting they will travel over to your blog just to see what else you have to offer.

4. Swap Advertisement

This is can be a little tricky, but definitely worth a try. Find a blog that compliments your own. Don't pick a blog that is about crafting if yours is about video games. These two subjects don't fit together and won't compliment each other.

Find a blog that has quite a bit of content like your blog does, but make sure the content is different. If I've already visited a blog that has recipes and how-tos I don't want to visit another blog that has the same exact recipes and how-tos.

5. About Me Page

Make sure your about me page is interesting and tells exactly about you. This doesn't mean you have to give your whole life story and everything else that comes with it, but make sure it tells just enough about you.

Readers love to know about the blogger behind the blog. They like to be able to relate with this person. Just like out in the real world where you make friends with people who share common interests, you can grab readers (make friends) with people in the blogging world the same way.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Inspirational Quotes

Inspirational quotes have helped me through a lot of things in my life; personal issues, relationship problems, career problems. Sometimes a simple quote or saying can help you through hard times in your life, even if the help isn't that much..

I went to a Girl's Night Out party at a local store the other day and was lucky enough to stumble upon these three inspirational blocks. The first thing that caught my eye was the colors, as I am very drawn to colors that pop. The quotes were what really sold me, though.

Everyone has dreams that they sit and think long and hard about; wishing and hoping they would happen. The truth is, nothing will happen unless you make an effort.

To follow your dreams seems like an easy thing for you or someone else to say, but taking that step in following your dreams is the hardest part of it all.

We often wonder if the dream or dreams we have for ourselves will never happen, or we'll take that big leap just to be knocked down.

We'll never know what can become of the dreams we have if we don't take that step in achieving them.

For me, I've had many dreams of what I want or wanted for myself, but one of the biggest dreams was to be an author. To write something that people will read and relate to. I did, recently publish a book and the feeling of taking that step and doing what I've dreamed so long about doing was the best feeling ever.

If you have a dream for yourself, follow it, even if you're afraid of what the outcome might be.

This quote is a great one to live by. It's telling you to stop following the crowds, stop doing what everyone else is doing. Instead, go your own way. Go the way that you feel is right for you.

Sometimes people think that following others will benefit them more because if everyone else is doing it then it must be the right thing to do. They think if everyone else is going this way instead of that way then it must be leading to greater things.

Go the way that you need to go. Don't follow everyone else because it might just be the easier way to go.

This saying couldn't be anything more than true. Never feel like you can't do the right thing because the timing might not be right. If something that is right needs to be done then there is never a wrong time to do it.

Don't hold back on something because it could be the wrong time. Don't hold back because others might think you're doing wrong.

There is never a wrong time to do was is right.

If you would like to purchase these inspirational blocks for yourself or even as a gift for someone else they are made by Adam's and Co.

Please share inspirational quotes that you love in the comments below. I love to read inspirational quotes!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Holiday Blog Posts Lists

First, I would like to apologize for the lack of blog posts. I have been super busy on my new novel, Finding Elora, getting it ready for paperback. I'm happy to say it is, finally, available!

The holidays are coming up. I know I'm not the only one who loves the holidays. There is just a different feeling in the atmosphere during the holidays.

I wanted to give a list of blog post ideas for the holidays that you could use.

Halloween is just around the corner, so I will leave out ideas for that.

1. Thanksgiving dessert recipes.
2. Your favorite thing about Thanksgiving.
3. 30 Days of giving thanks.
4. What Thanksgiving means to you.

1. Christmas dessert recipes.
2. You're favorite thing about Christmas.
3. Christmas gift wishlist.
4. What you/your family does for Christmas.
5. Favorite gift you received/gifted. (After Christmas post.)
6. What Christmas means to you.

New Years
1. New Years recipes.
2. Plans for New Years.
3. Favorite thing to do for New Years.
4. New Years Resolution(s).

There are so many topics for blog posts for the holidays, but these are just a few you could write about.

I hope this list was helpful!

Comment below and let me know what your favorite holiday is and why!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Crate Fun

Crates can be used for a number of things. I bought a crate from the store a couple of months ago with no idea on what to use it for. I had thought about painting it and using it as a book/magazine rack, but when it came to painting it I backed out on the idea.

A few days later I was given the idea to use it as a stand for my printer, but it wasn't until a few days later that I gave in to the idea and tried it out.

The crate worked great as a stand, but the space inside seemed to be a little odd to work with. I wanted to use it to hold paper and ink cartridges, but the paper didn't fit the way I wanted it to. So, I came up with the idea to make a shelf.

The shelf was made from a thin piece of plywood that I had at the house. The board was cut to the measurements and placed into the crate. I didn't want to nail the board onto the crate because I wanted to be able to take it out as needed, so I used these (pictured below) to hold the shelf.

I wanted to make use of the small space and decided the crate would be great. Originally, the printer was setting on a foot stool, but it lacked organization and space.

This is very easy to do and I'm sure has been done before, but it's a fun project and looks great.

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