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How To Block Print | Etsy Studio DIY

My jaw dropped when Etsy reached out to me last year introducing their new project, Etsy Studio. Not only is it a genius idea to bring projects to the customers of Etsy to make with supplies bought from Etsy Sellers, but I was floored I got to join to of my favorite passions: DIY projects and Etsy!

If you haven't checked out Etsy Studio yet, it is a hub to find craft supplies and unique projects. I am so excited to go through allll the craft supplies for future projects. These aren't just supplies you can find at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. They are from distributors all over the world that make techniques like block printing, indigo dying and beautiful fabrics available to everyone.

We brainstormed some ideas together and I got to give block printing from beautiful wood carved stamps a shot. I love the look of traditional block printing on perfectly wrinkled linen, so it was a fun project to work on. My favorite part is all of the supplies were found right on Etsy from different sellers around the world!  Head over to Etsy Studio to learn how to make a table runner and 5 things to block print this weekend.


My Favorite Rug Sources

Trust me, I have spent many hours in the past looking for the perfect rug for a space that was in our price range. Through searching high and low over the past couple of years, I have found some reliable rugs sources that make finding the perfect rug ten times easier! Here are my favorites: 

eSale Rugs - Even though eSale rugs is a large rug source, they sell one of a kind persian rugs for a great price! The image from Sarah Sherman Samuel shows a beautiful Nahavand persian rug from eSale.

RUGSUSA- You can spend hours on this site scouring through their rugs. With free shipping & returns, its a great source for inexpensive rugs. I found my living room rug from Rugs USA and I love it! I bought it a couple years ago and I think they've changed the design since then. You can see a review and more photos of our rug here.

EbayDiving into bidding wars can be the most cost effective way to find an antique rug, but also a little disheartening if you don't win. Look for Buy It Now deals and Best Offer opportunities. Narrow your search by setting a price and selecting colors you are looking for. Search terms like: turkish, kilim, Oushak, Kazak, Nahavand,  and Vintage.

Etsy- Etsy has so many great shops full of vintage finds. Like Ebay, narrow your search results by price and color. BEHomeCo is a shop that never disappoints!  

Local Antique Shops- Always keep an eye out for rugs that are hidden under furniture, rolled up in the corner, or even hanging on a wall at antique shops. Even if you find one outside of your price range, booths host sales often to move inventory so you can grab a beautiful rug for a steal. I found our newest rug on sale for $200 this way.

Curated Rug Shops- Another Great way to find rugs is through curated vintage rug shops. I love how many have been launching recently because it takes the work out of finding a beautiful rug for your space. I've linked each shop's instagram which is the best way to follow along for updates and new rugs!

Woven Rug Co- My friend Amy just launched a curated rug shop with her sister. I love the idea of having color collections, I would gladly take any of these in my home! Instagram.

Kennedy Rose- New rugs are added every friday to this shop, so always keep an eye out for new collections. Be sure to snatch the one you love quickly, I've missed out on a few from waiting too long! Instagram

Vintage Rug Shop- I started following Brittany's blog years ago and I was so excited when she opened her shop. She also sells textiles, pillows and furniture! Instagram

Maison Eleven- This is another great curated rug source that beautifully shows the rug in a homey space. Instagram.

Alright, hopefully you can find a rug from one of these sources that fits your needs. What's your favorite rug source?

If you find a great vintage rug but it needs some cleaning, check out my tips on how to clean a vintage rug.


FIVE Years of Blogging | My Five Favorite Posts

Whew....five years of blogging?! Every year on this date, one of my best friends texts me to remind me its my blogiversary. I couldn't believe it when she texted me this morning (thanks, Leah!). Although my blog has definitely changed over the past 5 years and I don't get to post as much, I still love it! It is a hobby that has evolved with me, stretched me and even blossomed into a couple small businesses. Thank you so much for following along, I love sharing tutorials, my home and things I'm learning about Etsy with you!

To celebrate five years of blogging, here are my five favorite posts:
Tips On Starting Your Own Etsy Shop- I remember writing this post in response to a lot of questions I get asked about selling on Etsy. It's one of my favorite blog posts because it is when something clicked for me: I love helping people with their Etsy shop and encouraging them to take the step and open their own! 

Honeycomb Tile Vase DIY- I love this DIY because I went into it expecting it not to work...but it turned out better than I thought! 

Floral Vans Restyle- Still one of my favorites, I still have these in my closet! 

The Big Green Couch Reveal- I don't know why I thought it was a good idea to reupholster a couch as my first upholstery project ever, but somehow I made it through. If you haven't seen the before, you won't even recognize it!
Learning As I Go - I couldn't help but smile reading this post! It is all over the place, you can tell I was worn out from the holiday/wedding planning season and I like the reality of my room. I remember sleeping on a tiny part of my bed at night with boxes and leather piled at the end.  It made me remember another reason why I love blogging: to see how far I've come. So I had to include it in this list!

Do you have a favorite post from the past five years?!