Archive / November, 2012

creative christmas + 24 merry days

You guys, TOMORROW is December 1st! Whaaaaat? I’ve been super excited for the holidays for a while now so I guess I shouldn’t be in shock! The creative christmas page has been launched since the week of Thanksgiving! ( a lot of the black friday + cyber monday deals still apply, btw! don’t miss them! )

If you have yet to check out the creative christmas page, let me give you a few reasons why you should do just that.

  • Recipes
  • Gift Guides
  • Wish Lists
  • DIY Gifts + Decor
  • Deals + Coupon Codes
  • Giveaways

Basically, anything we find or create that will make your holiday more enjoyable ( + more creative! ) we’ll be adding it to the page!

I’ve also created three new creative christmas Pinterest boards for you to follow!

create like crazy / creative christmas

> follow the diy: home + event styling board

create like crazy / creative christmas

follow the gift guide board

create like crazy / creative christmas

follow the eats + drinks board

One more exciting announcement and you’ll be fully up to date on all CLC creative christmas news.

I’m super excited to be participating in 24 Merry Days this year! Every day ( starting tomorrow! ) all the way until christmas a new AMAZING blogger will be giving away AMAZING prizes. I’m honored to be part of this with such an amazing group of girls + vendors.

The CLC giveaway will be on my birthday! December 19th. We’re teaming up with our own rockin vendors every Wednesday until then! ( did you enter this week’s giveaway yet? ) Let me tell you… all of the prizes are to die for. It’s going to be so hard to ship them off! Haha!

What kind of holiday prep are you doing this weekend?

Have you started a christmas inspiration board? I’d love to see!

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check out the adorable 24 Merry Days site!

> follow CLC on pinterest

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i’m all ears / 09

Shannon Saunders not only has alliteration going for her. Hey unique, indie style puts her in a category of musicians that only Youtube can hide. Thankfully the tube found her all the way in the United Kingdom and brought her to us.

shannon saunders

John Legend would be proud to hear this cover of “Ordinary People” because Shannon is anything but ordinary singing it. The technicality in her phrasing where she places her breaths is so crisp and effortless.

Head here to learn more and watch her journey to stardom. 

-all ears
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read more music posts here

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photography / 08

December is almost here! Life as a photographer is very fast paced. Engagements, family sessions, Christmas cards, the list could go on. If you’re a photographer, you know exactly what I mean! It’s overwhelming and lovely at the same time. As I thought about decorating and traditions I became a bit overwhelmed. When I took a few minutes to jot down my schedule and think through everything, I realized there is only one solution; embrace it! That is what I did.

Last week a friend showed me a stop motion video he does of his family decorating the Christmas tree every year. It was incredible! It captured the whole experience and tradition. This inspired me. Over the weekend I decided to step away from the desk for a while and follow through with the tradition of decorating my grandparents Christmas tree. I grabbed my camera, sisters, and we were off to make the most of this tradition!

Here’s what you’ll need to create your own stop motion video:
  1. Camera
  2. Tripod
  3. Computer
Here are the steps I took:
  1. Upon arriving I set my camera on the tripod, set my settings and synced my remote and got to work on decorating! I shot in JPEG and didn’t edit the images. This was key because I knew this would be the way I could enjoy the images most because of time sake.
  2. Back at my computer I downloaded the images and imported them into iMovie.
  3. In iMovie I set the duration of each photo to be .1 second
  4. I then found the perfect Christmas song and added it as the soundtrack, added a few titles and exported the video!
…and ta-da! It was done. I’ve watched it multiple times, passed it along to the family and we have already been reliving and cherishing the memories we made last weekend. Oh, and my 89 and 93 year old grandparents are just blown away with technology these days. I love it! I think they could watch this all day long and never get tired of it. To them, they saw us enjoying and making the most of being with them, setting up the Christmas tree.
So, are you going to take time for traditions and family? Stop motion videos are a great to capture it!
Post a link if you get inspired and create a stop motion video or to share the ways you capture the holiday!
- Sarah

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read more photography posts here

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christmas dinner party + a giveaway

How has your week been so far, friends? Anyone else still having trouble getting back in the swing of things from the holiday weekend? Hopefully this lovely Christmas dinner party Taylor styled will give you a boost in inspiration like it has for me.

christmas dinner party decor + a giveaway from the object enthusiast

christmas dinner party decor + a giveaway from the object enthusiast

christmas dinner party decor + a giveaway from the object enthusiast

christmas dinner party decor + a giveaway from the object enthusiast

christmas dinner party decor + a giveaway from the object enthusiast

Isn’t the camel cute? His name is Humphrey. ;) He was a lucky Goodwill find!

christmas dinner party decor + a giveaway from the object enthusiast

christmas dinner party decor + a giveaway from the object enthusiast

christmas dinner party decor + a giveaway from the object enthusiast

christmas dinner party decor + a giveaway from the object enthusiast

Did you spot the adorable faceted vase made by Emily of The Object Enthusiast? Isn’t it the cutest? Well, good news for you – Emily giving it to one CLC reader!

christmas dinner party decor + a giveaway from the object enthusiast

There are 5 ways to enter! Leave a comment telling us how you’d use your new vase. Get four more entries for the following… ( please leave a comment for each! )

christmas dinner party decor + a giveaway from the object enthusiast

christmas dinner party decor + a giveaway from the object enthusiast

christmas dinner party decor + a giveaway from the object enthusiast

christmas dinner party decor + a giveaway from the object enthusiast

The winner will be chosen Wednesday, December 5th at midnight and will be announced the following day. Please make sure to leave your email so I can let you know if you win! Good luck!

Leave Emily a quick hello and thank her for sharing her talents with us!

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( photography by Taylor Laura Photography for create like crazy )

check out more items from Emily’s shop, The Object Enthusiast

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behind the blog / the tiny twig

Friends! I’m super excited to have Hayley Morgan, blogger, shop owner, mom and author of ( most recently ) The No Brainer Blog, with us today on behind the blog. Like I told you guys a few weeks ago, I learned a lot from her book so I was stoked when Hayley agreed to share a bit of her blogging story and tips with us.

behind the blog: the tiny twig. an interview with blogger, author and mom harley morgan

So what’s your blog all about?
Short version: Inspiring women to create lives of more passion and less fuss.
Lng version: No, really. My blog really is just there to inspire women to create lives of more passion and less fuss. There are a lot of ways I try to do that…some ideas work, not all of them do, but it’s the place I’ve committed to “showing up” to…it’s my workplace.

When did you start blogging + what made you decide to go for it?
I started a personal blog in late 2006, but really made a go of Tiny Twig in January of 2010. I decided to go for it because I saw other women who were successful at blogging and I thought it was something that fit my skill set.

Walk us through your typical day. How much time per day/week do you devote to your blog?
Oh, my typical day.  :)  There isn’t a whole lot typical when you have 3 boys (another boy coming in January!).

I wake up (or am woken up) at 7am to get my first guy on the bus by 8am.  From 7-7:30, I spend time reading Scripture and particularly engaging with the She Reads Truth community.  After that brief quiet, the next half hour is the craziest part of my day, lots of reminding and prodding and lunch-making and hat finding and coat zipping.  After he hops on the bus, I take a deep breath and get my middle son started on an activity he’s been scheming while I’m getting #1 ready for school.  I also generally hear #3 rustling in his crib about that same time.  I work to get both of them taken care of and settled.

Then, I scan social media, schedule my tweets for the day, and make a to-do list.  I work on content creation and “fire-fighting” from about 8:30-10:30 while my little guys are playing happily around the house.  At 10:30, I generally take a break to put #3 down for a nap and get #2 working on a project at my desk.  At 11, I normally handle administrative work until lunchtime.

The afternoon looks a lot the same as the morning juggle!

How do you manage your time + stay organized?
Admittedly, I could do better at this!  I am not a routine person, so my days generally look very different from each other.  Each morning I make a to-do list and then prioritize that list with “have to do’s” and “should do’s”.  I also regularly “close up shop” when my husband gets home from work–unless I’m working on a large project under deadline. I find that knowing there is an end to my day helps me accomplish more during the time I do have to work.

Each morning I make a to-do list and then prioritize that list with “have to do’s” and “should do’s”

How do you keep your imagination flowing + get past creative funks when they do sneak in?
I keep an Evernote notebook full of possible post ideas and regularly “clip” items I find or thoughts I have in there.  When I’m in a rut or need a quick post idea–I mine that notebook and nearly everything I need for the post all ready to go.

Do you have any quick + easy post ideas for those days when you’re short on time or inspiration? 
This is something I’m working to develop in 2013!  ”Filler posts” don’t come naturally to me, because I’m all about communicating ideas–but the reality is, sometimes it’s needed when you blog daily!

What are a few business/blogging resources ( online or offline ) that have been beneficial for you?
I love Michael Hyatt’s blogPugly Pixel, and good old Google!

behind the blog: the tiny twig. an interview with blogger, author and mom harley morgan

Do you consider your blog a business or just a creative outlet? 
Definitely a business!  I couldn’t devote the time it takes to run all of my online activities if it wasn’t contributing to my family’s financial health.

How has blogging influenced your life + relationships?
Blogging has opened my eyes to how many creative and enterprising women there are in the world. Sometimes it’s easy to feel alone and like you are the only crazy person who thinks of a billion ideas a day!  :)

How much of your life offline do you share on your blog? How does this effect your readers’ ability to connect with you?
I remain somewhat guarded because of my personal comfort level with public vulnerability. I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to go about this–but I do think you have to choose. I have made peace with the fact that this may sometimes not allow readers to 100% “know” me, and for the trade-off, that’s okay with me!

What has been the key to success for you as a blogger? Especially when you were new to the blog world.
Making connections with bloggers of similar size–y’all will grow together. Understanding and diversifying revenue streams. Putting myself out there to “bigger” bloggers to just get on their radar.

Any further advice for fellow bloggers?
Read my book The No Brainer Blog.  There is lots in there! ;)

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> connect with hayley: blog / twitter / facebook / instagram / pinterest

> check out hayley’s ebook, The No Brainer Blog

read more behind the blog posts

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lessons in inspiration / 09

Oh dear friends, it’s time we let our guards down and get back to the basics.

It is too easy for us as adults to get caught up in the constraints of social norms, expectations, deadlines, and competitions. When we let these big kid burdens take over, we start to lose sight of WHY we do what we do.

So what better to do than channel our inner child?

Growing up, I built forts daily in the summers, creating my own world under layers of pillows and blankets, imagining life unrestrained. That fort was mine. I designed it. I created it. I guarded it. I shared it on occasion. But most of all, my imagination allowed me to live fully inspired, not worried about what adults thought of me, how I was going to market myself, or where my income would come from. The simplicity and blessing of just being myself was more than enough.

lessons in inspiration: channel your inner child. blanket fort

Your assignment: channel your inner child. 

Remind yourself why you do what you do. Our adult selves could take a big lesson from our younger selves so take the time to figure out what inspired you as a child and run with it!

Class is dismissed. If you need me, I’ll be gathering blankets, chairs, pillows and flashlights.

- ashley

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read more lessons in inspiration posts by ashley here

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