Feel Good Friday

Things I'm loving right now.

WATCHING: You guys have to check out Little Big World on youtube (or Amazon Prime!). I stumbled on it today and it's amazing. Basically it's a series of time-lapses taken all over the world and edited with a tilt shift lens, which makes everything look miniature and adorable! Each episode is less than 3 minutes, so it's super fun and easy to watch.

PLANNING: Our trip to the Bahamas! We're staying on Long Island in March. If you have any tips for the Out Islands send them my way ;) If you're interested, you can follow along with my planning on my pinterest board.

LOVING: Design Love Fest's interior.

Design Love Fest

EATING: I got a juicer for Christmas so I've been doing a lot of experimenting. I like to keep track of the combinations I've used so I might post them here from time to time. Because I mean, those COLORS. So gorgeous right? Y'all have any fave juice recipes? 

carrot, ginger, apple, lemon. juice recipes.

WEARING: It's been unusually warm in OK for February. I've basically been living in a tank top with a light sweater and it's been bliss.

light sweater + tshirt+ tennis shoes

INSPIRING: I just stumbled on Charlotte Love's instagram and OMG it's fantastic.

Charlotte Love

WANTING: This burrito ring from bando.

Burrito ring from Bando

LISTENING TO: Feel good indie pop girl, Frankie Cosmos. We're taking a quick trip to Chicago to see her and Real Estate in May. SO PUMPED. Check her out here.

frankie cosmos

What makes you feel like a boss?

I've always struggled with getting stuff done. I know I'm not alone in that, but a lot of times I feel like I am. I think it's because I let my to-do's pile up and then I just get so overwhelmed that it seems impossible to get anything done! That's why I've declared this year "the year of getting stuff done". I'm constantly trying to remind myself to just do the things AS THEY COME, instead of putting it off. I haven't been totally perfect so far, but I think I've been a little better :)

I am completely inspired by the Being Boss ladies and their weekly podcast. Thanks to them, I now know that it feels really awesome to refer to yourself as BOSS. Who knew that a little 4 letter word could change the entire way I look at myself and my business? (And also my shoes.. My favorite pair of boots that I wear when I want to look good/ feel good are now my "boss boots". Because they make me feel bossy and I like it. :)  But for real. They get it. They get what it's like to run a business and they know what it takes to succeed. It's so nice to hear other people confirming that there are days when working for yourself can be a major struggle, for all sorts of reasons! But on those days you just have to buck up and DO THE WORK. Nothing will make you feel better except doing the work. Period. 

A topic they frequently discuss (which is probably my favorite) is, "What can I do to make $100 today?". It's so easy to get lost in the bigger picture and to get so overwhelmed that you just sit and do nothing instead. This question breaks it down to the simplest form possible- what can you do TODAY? Whether that's writing a blog post, designing a new print, or offering a 24 hour coupon code on instagram: what is something you can do right now that will make your business better, and make some money while you're at it?

I designed this print to hang in my studio and remind me to just start somewhere and do the work. Every day. It's also available as a free download if you need some boss-yness in your life. 

Click here to get the printable!

Do the Work

Inspiring quotes round up left to right: 1 / 2 / 3/ 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

I also made these little pins.. because you can never have too much inspiration, right?! 

Do the Work Pin. Kelsey Davis Design.
Do the Work pin. Kelsey Davis Design

 

Things that make me feel totally boss:

  • making a plan and sticking to it. (crossing things off my to do list)
  • working so hard that I crash into bed at night.
  • coffee. all day.
  • making a really great breakfast or lunch for myself.
  • answering emails right away. (it makes me feel productive and I know customer's really appreciate it!)
  • being able to schedule time to sit outside and soak up some sun in the middle of the work day ;)

What makes you feel like a boss??

Craft Show tips

Craft show season is upon us! This year, I decided to only do one so that I could fully enjoy Christmas time without being a craft show zombie ;) But the one that we DID participate in was such a blast! The Little Craft Show in Fayetteville, AR is so well curated and perfectly executed.. it's only our second year but it's quickly becoming one of our favorite holiday traditions. I have met some wonderful people and made some awesome trades!

My dad made the wall for my display out of a PVC pipe frame and thin wood board screwed on top. It consists of two 4'x8' walls that can be used together or separately! 

My dad made the wall for my display out of a PVC pipe frame and thin wood board screwed on top. It consists of two 4'x8' walls that can be used together or separately! 

I've been thinking of some of the ways that I try to keep my sanity during this busy time of year, and I thought I'd share in case anyone is experiencing their first craft show season frenzy. :)

craft show tips

1. Make lists, lists, lists! (And stick to them) A month or so prior to a show, I make a list of everything I need to take with me (supplies, business cards, inventory, display items). This gives me plenty of time to order things in bulk online (like brown kraft bags for purchases) to keeps costs down instead of trying to buy everything locally last minute. I also make a list for how much inventory I want to take with me, then break down the work into daily sublists consisting of how much I HAVE to do each day in order to achieve that goal.

2. Try to get everything finished a day early. It's always the same, no matter how prepared I feel, I'm always up too late finishing last minute todos the night before a show. This year I really pushed myself to have everything done the day before and it was so much better! I was still up until 1:30am, of course... but it was more about packing and checking my lists- then checking them twice. All of my inventory was finished so it freed up time for me to pack super well and feel really prepared before going to sleep!

3. Be prepared for anything. Make sure you have all of the supplies you could possibly need! Scissors, tape, glue, needle and thread, extra buttons... you never know when you're going to have to whip out a stack of new business cards because you ran out, or a super awesome display sign because you spilled coffee on your old one! Even though I hope that doesn't happen :) 

4. Get sleep and stay hydrated. If I'm being honest with you guys, I hate drinking water. But standing on your feet all day, smiling at strangers and making small talk with buyers.. it can wear you out. So keep those water bottles full and go straight to bed! (After eating something delicious at a local joint, because you definitely deserve a good meal!)

5. Smile and say hello! I've really found that this goes a long way. The way my booth is set up, we're situated behind a table and in front of the wall with my animal heads on it. Sometimes people don't see the wall at first, so they might just keep walking by if I'm not paying attention and trying to make eye contact with them! (Plus, there's nothing like some good eye contact to make buyers feel like they HAVE to come by and look at what you're selling, am I right? :) If you're not engaging with the crowd, you can easily get passed by.

6. Make friends and have a good time. Say hi to your booth neighbor! No one wants to sit silently next to the same people for two days. You could end up making some new friends and scoring some unique Christmas presents while you're at it.

7. Take as much as you can, but don't kill yourself. There is only so much time in a day, so you're going to reach a point where you can't physically make any more stuffff! If you do run out at the show, you can always set up an order sheet or email list and you'll be good to go.

Kelsey Davis Design
Craft show tips

My Poppy and Fern swan necklace that I'm completely obsessed with.

wooden branding sign from Chopped and Propped

This little beauty just came in and I can't wait to use it at my next craft show. Cristelle at Chopped and Propped did such a lovely job, I couldn't be anymore in love with it! <3

My Studio: Inspiration

studio inspiration

Studio McGee

I'm in the process of a much needed studio overhaul! It's exhausting because I have SO MUCH STUFF, and I'm somewhat of a hoarder when it comes to craft supplies, but I know that it will be 100% worth it in the end.

I'm so in love with the image above. White and bright with the gold pendants being the focal point of the room.

Studio Inspiration

Ikea 

I also really love this natural wood with pops of black and white studio, so much so that I made the 3 1/2 hour trek to Ikea a few weekends ago to buy this Tarva storage system. 

Jelanie Shop, Apartment Therapy

My dad gave me a long table that is sturdy but not super nice, so it's perfect to use as my cutting table. The only problem is that I need it to be taller, so we're trying to think of solutions to add some height without having to buy a whole new table. I think the decorative cinder blocks or some sort of pallet construction would both look pretty great!

Left to right: Elsie Larson, Domino, SFgirlbybay, les petites emplettes

Something about white rooms with fun colors on the window trim really speaks to me. You get to have the bright white room, as well as a whimsical color pop without being too distracting. I'm definitely going to implement this in my studio, probably in the form of a muted mint. :)

In honor of full disclosure, I'll give you a little peek at my current mess of a studio.. (insert monkey covering his eyes emoji here!)

My husband Danny is the biggest supporter of my business, and he's always trying to help me come up with ways to be more organized and streamline my processes. He's making a giant 4x4 chalkboard for me so that I can write down my orders and kick my daily to-do's in the butt! I'll post more about it when it's all finished :)

giant 4x4 plywood chalkboard DIY

Studio to-do list

  • Clean, clean, clean!
  • Raise table, buy barstools
  • Paint window trim
  • Organize shelves
  • Make huge chalkboard
  • Hang pendants

Pineapples and Palms Nursery Inspiration

Pineapples and Palms nursery inspiration

I'm taking the pineapple and palm trends to the nursery, people! Babies want to be chic too, you know. :)

1. Basket Lamp 2. Plush Taxidermy from Kelsey Davis Design 3. Palm Print from InkSpot Workshop 4. Pineapple Print from Olive Twig Studio 5. You're Actually Wonderful banner 6. Pineapple Lamp 7. Caravan Crib 8. Light Jute rug 9. Mint Rocking Chair 10. Pineapple Crib sheet from Pappiyon

Basically this mood board encompasses everything I'm currently loving: coral and mint with a hint of natural jute. I think that pineapple lamp from Urban is WAY awesome, and that crib... so freaking amazing. My husband was watching me put this together and even he said, "Whoa. That crib." (And we don't even have babies/nurseries yet!)

Pineapples and Palms nursery inspiration

I've been wanting to make a palm inspired piece for awhile now, and I'm so glad I did! It's in the shop if you want to snag it before it's gone.. I only have a limited amount of palm fabric, so I'll only be making these tropical cuties in the summertime! :)