I’m so excited to tell you about a super cute jewelry shop run by Mina called Papelline. The thing that I love about her jewelry is the simplicity of it. The items are dainty and light, and I can imagine so comfortable to wear that you forget you even have them on until someone tells you how fabulous your jewelry is.

Mina says,

Hello! I’m Mina, and I love anything and everything simple and pretty. I’m a nurse by day, crafter by night, a mom and wife 24/7, a dreamer always <3 Everything in this shop is carefully handcrafted by me, from choosing the materials, production, packaging, and shipping. Each piece is designed with beauty, versatility and simplicity in mind, perfect for everyday wear!

The name “Papelline” (pah-pel-leen”) came from my love of crafts in my younger years, particulary paper crafts (stationery, gift wrapping, ribbons, stickers, etc). “Papel” is Fililpino word for “paper”, and I’ve always dreamt of owning a pretty paper supplies store (or something similar) for as long as I can remember. But my love for jewelry-making is stronger and much harder to deny. So in April of 2014, with encouragement from my husband, son, family, and dear friends, I opened my little shop, and named it “Papelline” ♥.

il_570xN.607118930_s943Ella // $21

il_570xN.607165434_owy9Naveen // $18

il_570xN.600915878_nwksAdeline // $30

Aren’t they beautiful? I need that blue Adeline necklace for sure. It’s 20mm stunner and needs to be mine.

Mina is generously giving away a $50 gift certificate to her Etsy shop! Can I enter? Okay, I guess I can’t so I’m going to let one of you have it. Enter to win one below via the Rafflecopter App. While you’re waiting to see if you won, use code AMYC15 for a 15% discount off the purchase price of anything in the Papelline shop!

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The last few months have been slow in the shop – the normal summer lull. I’ve been unmotivated and quite honestly in a creative funk. Now that school is back in session I’m excited to get back into things and get pumped about the Christmas season ahead. Today I thought I’d share a few tips on how to kick a creative funk. Be sure to leave your own in the comments below.

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have an encouragement wall in your studio/office

I just recently moved my sewing/computer desk under my encouragement wall, so that when I’m working on the blog, shop or Natural Living Real Life, I can look up and see the encouragement of my family, friends & customers from throughout the years. It’s such a joy to look up and see these handwritten notes and it encourages me to keep moving forward with what I’m doing. I’d suggest that everyone have an encouragement wall or at least a box to keep cards in to revisit on a regular basis.

think outside of your normal box

For the last 11+ years I’ve created things that I like personally for my jewelry shop. Lately I feel like that mindset has been stifling me, so I’m working now to branch out and create some styles that might not be my cup of tea but that could be someone else’s. It’s fun to think outside my normal jewelry box (pun intended) and helps stretch my creative muscles. I believe we all need that. We need to be stretched and challenged to come up with something new and different.

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collaborate with someone else

Collaborating is so important! Of course, you want to be sure that you know who the person is and how they work before you collaborate to protect yourself. However, collaborations can help you get out of that normal box that I spoke about earlier and can stretch you to do something new. It’s also a great way to cross-promote and energize your creativity. I did this the other day with a friend who has a fashion blog. She and I came up with a Belle of the Midwest collection that we’ll be launching next month. At first I was nervous because it’s not necessarily the style that I’ve been doing in my shop, but then I got really excited about what this collaboration can bring. Finally I became excited to create again!

have an inspiration wall or binder (or pinterest board)

We all need inspiration! Creative funks hit everyone. So start saving things that inspire you or that you like. Clip things out of magazines, even if they don’t have anything to do with what you create in your shop. Clip out favorite colors, textures, ideas, quotes – and then put them up on the wall or in a binder that you can look through when you’re in a rut. If you’re more the electronic type, keep a Pinterest board. If you don’t want other people to see it, make it a hidden board that is for your eyes only. We all do it, no shame.

How do you kick a creative funk?

At our house, we really love having company over.  Friends, family, neighbors…we don’t really care, we just like having people over.  Now, I do, in fact, subscribe to that 3-day rule about fish and houseguests, but for a time, they’re fun, we love the newness, the laughing, late night card games, the schedule change, and fancier desserts.

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The thing about sleep-over company, though, is that after a little while, I need some space.  I need the freedom to be cranky for a minute, to make sandwiches tonight for supper, to stop washing towels for a day or two, and everyone to be quiet.  (My mom told me it gets easier, that I just need to “keep practicing.”  Then she quoted that verse about practicing hospitality and said, “It doesn’t say you have to be good at it, it just says keep practicing.”  Oh yes. Yes, she did.)

As I was thinking (and feeling kind of guilty) about this the other day, I went ahead and kind of heaped a little more on by realizing that I kind of treat God like company sometimes.  I’m glad to see him when He shows up, I always remember to be really polite and nice, I make sure to put clean towels out, but then I assign Him the guest room for Himself and His convictions.  I don’t really want Him roaming into the pantry, the master bathroom, my junk drawer, or thumbing through my journal.  Because those are none of His business, right?  Right?

We’ve had quite a bit of company this summer, and as I thought this through a little bit, I recognized that none of the company we’d had really gave a flying leap about the state of my pantry or junk drawer.  They were here to see me.  They wanted to spend time with me, play with my kids, talk to my husband, and love on our family.

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Last year, before I had our baby, my sister came and helped me clean out and reorganize all our dressers and closets as we moved kids’ rooms around and made room for another little one.  She didn’t once open a closet and scream or say, “WHAT in the world exploded in here?!”  She’d start throwing out junk she knew I didn’t want and moved and straightened up the rest.  She wasn’t judging me, and didn’t tell her friends about how obscene my dressers were afterward.

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At the risk of sounding like I’m diminishing God, I’ll say that’s the kind of company He is.  The kind that comes to love on us, bless us, take us out to eat, and bring us gifts.  If He gets here and that corner of your heart needs cleaned out, He’s happy to help with that too, without any histrionics.

1 Peter 4:8-10 – Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 

I’m Amber Pierre, mother of 3 (ages 3, 2 and 1) and expecting baby #4.  I love to sew, but I’m not that great at it, and I love to cook, and no one has had food poisoning yet, which is totally how I determine that I’m a fantastic cook.  I am home with my kids, and work part-time as a translator from home.  Sometimes the lines of my “work” get blurry, and I wonder if one more load of laundry is going to make any kind of eternal impact.  After doing some Bible reading, I’ve realized that it’s my attitude about doing the laundry (or whatever) that matters…

 

For the last few months, I’ve been in my slow season for the business. I’ve gone on this health journey and started a new blog since then so I have to assume God has allowed all of this to happen together knowing that otherwise I wouldn’t have had time to start sharing what I’m learning. I’ve been really excited to share with others about food and essential oils as medicine, which in turn has made me less excited about making jewelry. Which has made me sad to think about. I do feel like God has given me the gift of creativity, so I don’t ever see myself not being creative – I just think I’m in an uninspired place right now.

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Until the other day. I have had a vision for making some diffuser necklaces for a while now, at least the last month or so. I’ve searched and searched for another design that I have in my mind but was so excited when the idea came to me to use my wax seals to make wax seal diffuser necklaces. The perfect mixture of both of my worlds. And I was excited again. And the response on social media was awesome. Other people were excited about it as well.

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