Tuesday, December 31, 2013


I cannot believe that this year is almost over. 2013 was my first full year as an active Etsy seller, something I had wanted to jump into for quite some time. And I accomplished quite a bit! My goals were firm but doable: grow owlswakeup, do a craft show or two, keep blogging. I have more than achieved that. I had strangers order my clutches and patterns (and if you're an Etsy seller, you know the first Stranger Sale is something to be celebrated!), I learned new sewing techniques, I connected with others with my DIY posts, and I did 8 days of craft shows. I wasn't as consistent as I would like with the blog but that will hopefully find its rhythm in the new year.

The main thing I have learned?

Always be better.

These few words have stuck with me throughout the year. It's okay to make mistakes, to take breaks and reevaluate, to try something new, something risky. Because no matter the experience, you learn from it and you'll always be better next time. These few words don't get me down, they excite me. Life without challenge is boring. Projects without enthusiasm are doomed. We can't constantly compare ourselves to others and feel down. I am proud of my ability to see the success of others not as a failure in myself, but as an opportunity to grow.

To quote my beloved Fever Ray, "Now's the only time I know."

Here's to 2014!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Winter Sale + New Listings!

Happy Holidays! 

Everything in my shop is 20% off with the coupon code WINTER20 at checkout. I've also finally listed tons of the new goodies I made for the craft show season in the shop as well, so there's lots to see!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Favourite Christmas DIYs

Every year before Christmas I get super excited about all the things I want to make. Then I blink and it's Christmas Eve and I've barely wrapped any gifts yet. One day I will be on top of things! For now, here are a few of my favourite DIYs this year that I didn't have time for:

Vintage Inspired Hanging Birds - A Beautiful Mess

DIY Brass Tack Baubles - Fellow Fellow
15 Creative Tags compiled by Apartment Therapy
Balsa Wood Diamond Ornament - A Beautiful Mess
Holiday Snowflakes - The Pink Couch