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6.05.2018

Iron & Wood Blanket Ladder Ikea Hack | DIY

Blanket ladders are not new on the home design horizon, but they are a staple item. I have been wanting to make an iron and wood ladder for quite some time and finally found the perfect hardware to use from Ikea. This Ikea hack is so simple and takes about an hour! Keep reading for the tutorial on how to make your own iron & wood blanket ladder.


Materials: 3 1x2 6 ft. pine boards, 3 in. wood screws, 2 pairs of Ikea BORGHAMN handles (16 3/4 in.), circular saw (optional), sandpaper, drill, measuring tape

How-To: Cut one of the pine boards down to 14.75 inches. This will go at the top of the ladder to keep it sturdy. Sand the cut with sandpaper to keep it smooth. Attach this piece between the two remaining boards 4.5 inches from the top using wood screws. Measure down 9 inches and mark where you'll create a pilot hole for the first iron handle. Drill a pilot hole and repeat on second board. Attach first iron handle using provided screws. Measure 12 inches down and repeat drilling the holes and attaching the handles.

*I did not use stain on my boards since I was careful to choose a wood (pine) that I liked the natural color of. If you want feel free to paint or stain your boards to match your home.






 I love how this ladder turned out. It is simple, functional and a perfect beginner Ikea hack!

5.03.2018

How To Print Your Own Book!


With everything going digital these days, I still have a deep affinity for paper products and notebooks. When I was in the process of creating The Shop Guide, I knew having a printed workbook would be so much more enjoyable for some students. There is just something about having a physical workbook during pivotal seasons that allows your thoughts to be more clear. Plus, it is always fun to go back and read your notes from years past.

Then I stumbled across Blurb - a website designed so you can have your own creations printed in book form (by the way, this is in no way sponsored I just had a great experience with Blurb). They have a free app you can download on your computer so designing the book is a breeze! It is fun to create each page and then format it to your book.

For The Shop Guide workbook, I chose to create a trade book which is perfect for workbook pages and writing notes. Other options include photo books, magazines, and e-books. I finished some pages for the workbook and uploaded them to see what they would look like.

After receiving my first copy, I was blown away by the quality and not to mention, it felt amazing to just hold something in my hands that I had worked so hard on. My first workbook was only 20 pages and felt a little unfinished. I took some notes on how to change the design and add more value that would go along with my online course.

I reformatted the whole book and ended up with 55 pages! I am so proud of what it turned into which goes to show your first try will never be the best - keep pushing and tweaking. I wanted to share this resource with you because I know you may have a project you're itching to make.

The best part? You can sell your book! Blurb allows you to do on-demand orders which means your up-front investment is little (if anything). Which this goes right along with passive income I'm always preaching about. You can even sell your book directly through Amazon. Crazy, right?

I even had a few questions and experienced the Blurb customer service team who were extremely helpful!

If your looking at how to print your own book, I highly recommend Blurb. The quality is so great and the design process is so easy!



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4.22.2018

Shop Talk: A Night To Talk About Selling On Etsy

In honor of launching The Shop Guide, I wanted to do something special for some local Etsy sellers here in Tulsa. I asked them to send in some questions they had about Etsy so we could talk openly about them and I could share my experience. I was blown away by the questions that were sent in and really got me thinking more about the common struggles of Etsy sellers. Gathering ten women in a room to share openly about where they were with Etsy and where they want to go was so exciting to me and made me hopeful for where these shops are going to go.

The questions were so good that I am sharing them with my Etsy tips newsletter subscribers. Be sure to get on the list to hear what we talked about. 







My favorite part of the night was when I was finished answering questions and the conversation opened to hear from their experience. We are truly better together! I got to share The Shop Guide with these ladies before anyone else which was equally nerve-wracking and encouraging. I think it actually propelled me further in my launch and helped me finish strong. I'm so thankful for these ladies!












I'm excited about meeting more Etsy sellers through nights like these and continuing the conversation. If you're building anything, going at a creative venture alone or just stuck wherever you are I highly encourage you to find community to push you further and walk alongside of you!

Special thanks to Monica Burgess for the photos, Kendall Hancock for the place cards and printables, Chelsea Beaudry for co-hosting and to Trader Joes for delicious snacks!

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