Friday Links

Friday LinksHappy Friday friends! My god did that feel like a long one. I’m sure we could all use a moment offline to enjoy quality time with loved ones. I sincerely hope that you’re able to find some time to disconnect and engage over the next few days. And if you’d rather keep busy with a project, maybe you can team up with a friend to make something! Here are some links you won’t want to miss:

– If you’ve been dying to give weaving a try, learn how to make your own loom.

– Totally and utterly obsessed with this DIY headboard!

– Store all of your stud earrings in style

– Just the cutest apple picking basket!

A cocktail that taste like paradise.

– Such a great way to store wrapping paper!

xo
Rachel

PS There’s a fun interview with me over on The Honest Boss today!

An Adventure in Creative Mindfulness

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Between the bad news, social media, and a million other things we absorb during the day, it’s hard not to feel a little bogged down lately. This time of year especially is when everything really seems to pick up the pace. Like, how on earth is it October?!

But when life is so busy and overwhelming, certain important aspects go overlooked. We get so caught up in the hustle and bustle that often times we don’t enjoy the moment and we don’t focus on the good as often as we should, which tends to hinder our creativity and compassion. Continue reading…

5 Ways to Take Action

everything will be okayWhat a crummy week. And it’s only Tuesday. I think we can all agree that within the last month, we’ve reach our limit for tragedy. From horrific natural disasters to the unthinkable event that took place in Las Vegas Sunday evening, it’s enough to make anyone feel helpless and heartbroken. Perhaps you’ve been reading the news lately and you can do nothing but cry. Or maybe you’re so numb from it all that it’s really not a surprise anymore. And I completely understand where you’re coming from because I’m getting there myself.

But ignoring what’s happening in the world will not help the current situation improve. Apathy cannot cause change, only action can. The world needs kindness and love and for good to rise above. And I wholeheartedly think that at the end of the day, it can. Sending thoughts and prayers are a beautiful notion, but we can and should do more, especially if we’re in a position to do so. Here are 5 simple ways that you can take action today.

1. Call your representative. I know, a phone call. The worst. But these are the people who represent you and they should know where you stand. Here’s a quick guide if you’ve never made a call before!

2. Make a donation. I always find this one to be the trickiest after a tragedy, and ultimately it’s a personal decision where you want your money to go. If you’re looking for a place to start, GoFundMe has a number of worthy campaigns. If you can’t give money, consider looking locally for places accepting blood or even places that are looking for volunteers.

3. Find a cause and make it yours. With everything that’s happening in the world, the idea of changing everything is daunting. Maybe even so daunting that you do nothing instead. Start small and pick just one cause that resonates with you. Maybe it’s gun control, or cleaner streets, or finding animals loving homes. Whatever it may be, pick your corner in the world and make it brighter, step by step.

4. Stop de-friending. What scares me the most is how dividing we are becoming as humans, especially on big political issues. Instead of closing the door to a person who disagrees with you, maybe have a calm conversation about it instead (consider going offline). Taking the time to listen and show kindness to those we disagree with is the first step in being able to work together. We won’t always think one another is right, but a conversation to a solution can never take place if there’s no way to have it.

5. Perform a small act of kindness. It’s simple, and maybe obvious, but completely necessary. Here are a few more ideas to help you spread some good!

xo

Studio Tour

Take a tour of The Crafted Life's craft/photography studio!Earlier this year, you might remember me sharing the news that my friend Conrad and I got a studio. It was such a big step for my business and completely needed for a secret project I’ve been working on for the past few months (I’m getting SO close to revealing what it is). Now that it’s finally decorated, today is the day I can finally give you guys a tour!

West Elm was kind enough to help furnish some of the space so you can find links for the products below as well as additional photos over on their blog. And if you see something that’s not linked, just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to find the product for you. Now– to the tour!

Take a tour of The Crafted Life's craft/photography studio! Continue reading…