BOTM-blog3 I’m so excited to share with you this new collection that has been such a fun collaboration with Susan from Belle of the Midwest. She approached me a while back after launching her new blog and asked that we collaborate. What I thought was going to be one item has turned into a whole collection and I couldn’t be more excited to share that with you today on my birthday!

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I hope you guys love the way that the collection can be dressed up or down, layered or worn alone. The beauty of the collection is that every piece matches the other so you can pair them up however you want and every single one is $30 or less.

enewsThis stunning new bracelet is handmade from sterling silver wire right here in the studio. The wire is formed into a circle, soldered, shaped into an oval and hammered – link by link. It’s finished up by some time in the polisher giving it a sweet shine. The perfect everyday bracelet that you won’t want to take off! It’s lightweight yet heavy gauge and sure to get comments every where you go (because I get comments every time I wear the prototype!).

{P.S. The remaining Ready To Ship items are 30% off with code rts30 – only a handful left!}

{P.S.S. We now have TEN different essential oil diffusers in the shop – they’ve been a hit! Not one is more popular than the other really, all of the styles have been doing really well. Which would you choose?)

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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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?