DIY MODERN CHRISTMAS VILLAGE
This week I’m over on Glitter Guide sharing the DIY instructions for a white and gold Christmas village. I grew up with a village of ceramic houses being part of our family decor. I decided to recreate the nostalgic village in a fresh way that worked with my living room colors. (By the way the cost is under $20.) Head over and check it out if that’s your thing.
EPIC CRAFT FAIL
This post was supposed to be about a DIY wreath. It was going to be white and glorious and perfect for my mantel.
Instead I had an EPIC CRAFT FAIL. So bad, you guys.
My grand plan turned into $40 of yarn and shattered craft hopes sprawled out on the floor. I tried to make a yarn Juju hat wreath like this one, and it was a hot mess. After a couple hours of realizing it was doomed, I gave up and ate a sleeve of Oreos.
(By the way, have any of you seen the website Pinterest Fail? It is hilarious and will make you feel better the next time a recipe or craft doesn’t go as planned. Promise.)
Instead I thought I’d share with you guys where else I’ve been on the web this week and a major “aha” moment that came after a great conversation with some other creatives.
“PREPPY CHIC” LIVING ROOM
My friend and fellow designer Beth of Design Post Interiors is hosting a fun series called “1 Room, 10 Minds, 1 Design” where 10 designers come up with a design for her living room.
Knowing Beth’s style, I chose to use geometric prints, blue, black and several classic elements to come up with a plan for her living room. Check out the full post on her site for full inspiration as well as links to products.
THE COMPARISON TRAP
Also this week I spent some time with a community that’s become really important to my journey as a freelance creative. In January, my friend Crystal and I launched a network for creative freelancers called Springfield Collective.
Having a “tribe” of other professionals to be transparent and vulnerable with in this stage of business has been really good for me. At times I really questioned if the time investment was really worth it, but this week reminded me why it definitely is.
Our topic this morning was “The Comparison Trap”. (Something I struggle with DAILY.) We talked through this article that brings up the healthy and unhealthy ways that comparison can affect us.
Too often, I start searching the web for inspiration and end up in a pool of self-pity and envy. Do you ever feel this way?
One of the things that came out of the conversation was that when you get to that place, you begin to doubt yourself and the mission that you’ve set out to accomplish. When you compare your accomplishments to the success of others, you can start to act or think in ways that aren’t rooted in your true self and values.
One of the biggest take-aways for me from the article and conversation was to turn comparison into compass and let it point you toward what you value you most.
When I feel those twinges of comparison and envy creep in, I need to ask myself some questions…
What is it that I’m drawn to about that person or business?
Is my envy really an ache because I’m not doing something I need to be?
What can I learn from or celebrate about this person or business?
I know things like “envy” and “self-doubt” are kind of ugly topics for blog land, especially this time of year when everyone is sharing pretty decorations, quippy posts, and seemingly serene lifestyles. But if you’re like me, then you have a chance to fall into the comparison trap every time you hop onto your computer. Let’s be better at that. Will you join with me in that effort?
If by some chance you ever feel that this is an “unhealthy” place for you to hang out, please remember that its author is real and raw and fails all the time. If you shoot me an email, I promise you’ll find some solidarity…and perhaps a suggestion for my favorite carb.