My journey to owning my own business started around this time 3 years ago! I was freshly married and fully inspired from all the pretty things I purchased on Etsy for my wedding. There were two things I knew for sure at that time - that I wanted to be my own boss and the time was now. I literally had many sleepless nights trying to figure out WHAT business I wanted to start. I scoured the internet for ideas and inspiration, and then one day I read about a book recommendation - The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau. It was then that I had my "AHA" moment... I realized you don't need a storefront, business plan, or a an insane amount of products to get started. What you need is a product or service, passion and way for people to pay you!
To make a long story short, I bought myself a Silhouette Cameo, watched some tutorials on how to design products and use the machine, and started making products. My very first products were cake toppers, banners, and photo booth props. They were easy to make, my customers loved them, and I was making a profit in less than two months! I have obviously evolved since then, and I no longer make or sell any of those products, but one thing is for sure..... that is where I got started and that will never change!
At that time I was doing this as a side hustle with the goal of turning it into my full time job. When times got tough and I was exhausted from working two jobs, being a mom, and a wife I would silently tell myself "you got this". If you ever feel like you want to start your journey to being your own boss, I want to tell you "you got this". If you are just having a bad day and need a pick me up, I want to tell you "you got this"!! If you just want to make sure you kick ass today, then again "you got this"!
Being that this quote has so much meaning in my life, I want to share it with you with this printable. I designed it with the thought of people like you in mind! All you have to do is click the image or link below to download the file, save it to your computer, print, cut, and frame it! If you love it, then don't forget to SAVE it to Pinterest, and you can always download it later!
I recently had the pleasure of co-hosting a unicorn baby shower for one of my best friends, and it was by far one of my favorite! It truly was a fun themed shower to plan. We got to run wild with all the colors of the rainbow and create some really pretty decorations. I hope you feel inspired by our baby shower photos and have fun planning a unicorn party too! If you need additional baby shower inspiration feel free to follow my baby shower board on Pinterest! Oh, and please excuse the quality on some of the photos... I forgot my DSLR camera, so my iPhone had to get the job done!
Invite guests to use the first letter of their name and the month they were born to create their "unicorn name"! This is a creative way to get guests involved and have a little fun! Who doesn't want to know their unicorn name? I found this idea online and created my own unicorn version for our shower!
If you're a fan of rice krispy treats just like me, then you'll love these colorful rainbow treats! How cute are the unicorn droppings too? My girlfriend went to town on all the desserts and made all these colorful unicorn treats!
Guess the Sweet Mess is a classic baby shower game! You just can't go wrong with chocolate at baby showers!
How cute are these unicorn straws? I just so happened to find them at Target! Let's just say there were perfect, and I scored!
Encourage guests to write the parents-to-be a funny message on the diapers, so they can get a good laugh during their late night diaper changes!
No shower is complete without some fun photo booth style pics!
Everyone loves EOS chopsticks, so you just can't go wrong with these cute EOS favors!
How dreamy is this unicorn cake?! It was almost too cute to eat, but that would't have been so fun! No party is complete without a cake!
Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope you're feeling lucky on this magical day! Today only we are offering 20% off everything in our shop! To top it off, we are giving away a free "feeling lucky" printable! Click the link below to download your printable.
Enjoy your free St. Patrick's Day printable! If you love it please share it with your friends, and don't forget to tag @pretty_collected and use #prettycollected on instagram!
With spring just days away I couldn't wait to bring some color into our home. I figured no better way than a colorful wreath! While scrolling through my Pinterest Crafts board, I found some really fun tutorials, so I decided to give it a shot! I hope you enjoy making your wreath just as much as I did!
Step 1: Take three 18 gauge floral stem wires and shape them. You just want to round them out so together they can form a wreath.
Step 2: Twist together the wires to form one full circle. You will likely start in the middle of each wire.
Step 3: Adjust the shape of your wreath once the wires are all intertwined.
Step 4: Cut a piece of floral tape and wrap it around the step of one of your flowers. This will help the wire grip onto it.
Step 5: Cut a piece of 20 gauge stem wire
Step 6: Wrap part of the wire around the stem of the flower
Step 7: Wrap the other part of the wire around your wreath. You want to make sure the wire secures the flower onto your wire wreath.
Repeat steps 4 through 7 until you have filled your whole wreath! Layer in your greenery and you are all done!
If you're a little last minute like me, then you still need a Valentine's Day card! Shhh... don't tell my husband! Today, I'm offering two free Valentine's Day printable cards, so you can save yourself the trip to the store and a couple dollars! All you have to do is click on the link below to download the file, save it, print, cut, fold, and write your little love note!
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This is the perfect card for all you coffee lovers!!
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If you need an extra dose of sugar to help get you through the day, then this "gimme some sugar" mug is just for you!!
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