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Entries in business (13)


selling flowers at the market

My goodness it's nice to post some real photos. Here's a glimpse of my May venture.

Gotta sneak in a before. That way the "afters" are more exciting.

Overall I'm not sure this was a profitable gig, BUT I did have fun being a part of the market community and more importantly I'll most likely get a few paid projects from the networking. So still a small success. Being self-employed, it's always a risk to take on new ventures and always always a learning curve.

It also doesn't hurt when a trendy girl exclaims, "This looks like the cover of Pinterest!" as she sees my table. I love myself a good ol' ego boost.

Have a great weekend everyone!


where has the time gone?

Last I knew—it was mid April, I was desperately awaiting spring weather, living in survival mode (potentially a bit depressed), uncertain of the future, and completely uninspired. Wow how life has changed.

May is nearly gone! I have 10 projects for the blog (that are only halfway done), life is running on full steam, the calendar is quickly filling up, my husband accepted a full time job (only temporary), and I'm scrambling to throw together a 30th birthday party for him. Sheesh!

Since I last posted, it's been mostly work, a little play, and LOTS of flowers. I've got 3 weeks of selling flowers at the Farmer's Market under my belt....oh, what a learning curve new projects are. Such is life!

Hoping to finish up those blog projects soon and get back to regular posting. How about you? Did life get crazy busy for you when the nice weather hit?

All photos from my instagram, be sure to add @joyeverafter (me) to your feed! 


new etsy shop ::: festive overflow

Hello, friends! On this Tuesday I have somewhat exciting news—I've opened a NEW Etsy shop! This is the fallout of cleaning my office and having overstock of craft and party supplies. I cleaned out the closet. Literally.

This isn't meant to be shameless self promotion as much as, "Uh hello this gold confetti is gorgeous and I'd love to share some with you". Who doesn't love a giant gold paperclip? Yep, this shop is a hodge podge.

And Of course I'd love for you to share a tweet to get the word around, because I'm convinced one of you knows someone in need of awkward plastic test tubes. I'm absolutely sure of it.

Thanks so much for your support!


inspiration archive // 9

Hey all! It's September already...wha??! I hope you had a fantastically long weekend (I sure did). I should be back to posting my projects soon, and I've got some fun ones coming up. In the mean time, isn't this a pretty sunrise?!

Also, since most of my readers enjoy handmade things, recipes, and all that fun stuff—I figure you might be interested in a new venture of my friend, Bonnie.

A snippet about Roost Tribe: For as much as a latte, members receive 3 e-books on everything from how to grow your blog to how to pitch to bloggers. additionally, members receive loads of exclusive premium content every single month.

each month members will receive:

  •  adobe illustrator tutorial
  •  a fully photographed recipe
  • 2 seamless repeating patterns
  •  graphics to improve their blog posts
  •  a printable greeting card
  •  desktop background
  •  coupons + discounts
  • + much more!

I'm participating to see what this is all about...maybe you should too! Lots of great goodies to gussy up your blog, and looks like there'll be great biz resources as well.

Have a great week, friends!

Featured Lovely By: Tony Kuchar (via Pinterest)


guest post & blogging mishap

Hi Friends! Guest posting again on Oh, Hello Friend this week. Be sure to check out my antiquing trip post.

Also, my apologies for dropping off the planet this week. I'll confess the biggest struggle with maintaining my blog. As a freelancer, I don't always get to manage my own time efficiently. For instance, I had plenty of my own work (including blogging) planned this week but when a job crops up it often requires immediate attention. So Tues, Wed, and Thurs were consumed with no forewarning. I love the extra work but get so bummed when I miss blog posts! It's the constant struggle of work that pays vs work that I enjoy. Has anyone else struggled with this?

I'm actually traveling again this weekend. But should be back in full swing next week. Any fun plans for you?

Have a great weekend!


*new* etsy shop launch + how to

Ok my shop is not really "new" (it has existed 2+ years) but for the first time I've made it into a REAL SHOP. TA DA!

By real, I mean that all my products "fit together" and they also "look good together". This is what they call a cohesive shop (brilliant!). Like many shop start-ups, I just wanted a shop so I threw together products that I thought were awesome in some way. The problem is that is stayed "that way" for over TWO YEARS. About one year ago I realized I was avoiding adding new products (that were made) because I knew the shop was ugly and needed work. #lifefail

Then last January, the Etsy newsletter included the article How To Create A Cohesive Shop. Bingo. This was exactly what I knew my shop needed. Life was plenty busy (always) and again this was put on the back burner. Fast forward another 6 months. 

It was time. It was work. In the last three weeks I've worked an additional 40+ hours on this project. Oy vey! So here are resources I think are particularly helpful (just in case you are also crazy). 

The Etsy Seller Handbook — General overview and easy to navigate for answers.

Launching A New Product Line (article on Going Home to Roost) — Helpful starter info to get you thinking/planning.

Creating A Cohesive Shop — Life changing!

Indie Biz Advice — Bonnie makes everything so accessible and achievable. This is easy to look over and pinpoint useful information.

Pitching to Bloggers — Excited to be SO close to this step!

Basic steps I recommend: Creating products you love (I could talk forever about my rocky road "getting this"), develop a strong brand that reflects your products, and create product images that are consistent and easy to replicate. Then put all this together in your shop and make a stellar about page like this

I know I keep gushing about Bonnie's work but how pretty is that?! And her new shop is also gorgeous. So glad she got all this done just in time for me to use her as a great example ;) 

Bottom line is love what you make, love how it looks, and make sure those two ideas compliment each other. Did I mention Etsy shops are a lot of work? I don't know that I'll ever "get paid" for all that time spent, but in the end I have something I'm really proud of and can now move forward with easier updates.

Now, there is still plenty of work to do for my shop. Proofing all listings (I'm terrible at typos), pricing review, a more engaging about page, and then on to promotions & advertising! It is a long road, but I am well on my way. 

Any readers that are shop owners? Do you have other tips to share and/or needing a shop facelift like I was?


notable: studio muti

Probably fitting after yesterday's post to quote one of the greatest creative entrepreneurs of all time.

Featured Artist: Studio Muti


new business cards {with pizazz}

Before the days end I need to show off my new business cards! I was all about the variety this time around, and nearly squealed when I saw the perfect labels featured on Oh, Hello Friend. The papers are double-sided cardstock, most are shimmer and one is even gold (love!). The only thing I don't like is that it took me months to get around to making them, ugh. But now the business cards are done. Check.


notable: dorothy jeanne

It is time to slog through a ton of misc work. Dreading. Avoiding. Would rather be planting in my yard. But getting it out of the way will be GREAT.

Featured Artist: Dorothy Jeanne Goods


official website launch!!!


I have an official legitimate website people!!! It's been in the works so long I can hardly believe it is now time to relax—or begin marketing to potential paying clients.

Thanks to Mr. Dustin Davis (for the site design) I can now go confidently in the direction of my dreams! Please please check it out and tell me what you think! I won't be able to survive without mass viewer validations and applause.