July 16, 2016

DIY "Enamel" Pins + Free Printable


Enamel pins are one of the most fun summer fashion trends, so today we are DIYing our own. What says summer fun more than peace signs, pizza, and popsicles? Make pins, earrings, and necklaces in this easy tutorial.



July 15, 2016

Angie's List Event



I was recently invited to attend the New York City event for Angie's List's new membership model. Angie's List is a leading provider of trusted reviews of over 700 different service categories to help improve people's home lives. That is what Nest and I are all about, so this seemed like the perfect event and fit for me and you darling readers. I LOVE finding ways to support and uplift working women, so that we can create the lives we want and can be proud of. Often, women feel pulled in so many different directions, and we want to excel at both our home life and our careers. With both being full-time jobs, we sometimes end up feeling like we are failing at both. Never fear, ladies. WE ARE NOT. We are doing great. But when it doesn't feel like that, we might need a little extra support or help. Any home task or chore that can be made easier, more simple, and with a person or company that is 100% vetted and trusted, I believe this can help us working women follow through with the tasks at hand, while allowing as much time to spend with our loved ones as possible. THAT is why I really dig this new service. 

I wasn't quite sure how Angie's List could really elevate me at my level of life right now. But when I heard that Angie's List has trusted reviews on renter-friendly DIY projects and upgrades, housecleaning, AND pet sitters, walkers, groomers, and veterinarians, I knew this was going to be an invaluable, supportive and helpful service for me and my furry babies! For a working, busy woman whose life revolves around her beloved (elderly, high-maintenance) rescue dogs, this is where I got really excited. My dogs have health and behavioral issues (from both cancer and abuse from a previous home), so they can not just go to any dog care facility or kennel. I've been nervous to even use a dog walker because I've heard horror stories of non-insured and uncertified dog walkers not handling animals the way we would want our sweet souls to be cared for. A trusted reference and resource that holds businesses accountable would go a long way with me for my pups, and with my friends and their kids. 



The event took place in a gorgeous home in the West Village, so instantly I was dreaming of owning my own, or at least making upgrades to the current apartment I am renting. In between tasting the delicious treats that were displayed in adorable ways, I mingled with Angie's List service providers who offer support and services to home owners and renters, and picked up some very helpful takeaway tips. 


For instance, carve a graphic message into a watermelon when serving fruit salad at your next get together because that is pretty adorable! And, when having work done on your home, make sure redoing the floor is saved for last. 


The event was specifically celebrating the new features on Angie's List, including free membership and new membership levels.




Angie started her very successful business 20 years ago, and after building such a successful platform I had to ask for a takeaway tip for those of us who have our own businesses. Angie said "perseverance", and then left me with "always go for it, the worst thing that can happen is someone says 'No'." A great reminder to go out there and make it happen for yourself, be it in the home or in the office, WE are the ones who create our own lives. 


Thank you Angie, Angie's List, and you dear readers for reading my content. This is a sponsored post, and one that I chose with care and thought. I only partner with brands and companies that I believe will offer you valuable, helpful support for your home and lives. 

July 4, 2016

Foodie Pop Art + Free Printables


Make modern minimalist pop art of your favorite junk foods with Meg's free printables. Kitchen, dining room or dorm room art can be expensive, but these free printables make it easy to create professional level art on a budget.


 

May 20, 2016

Calming Room Spray + Free Printable



Make your home smell amazing while calming your senses with one easy recipe. Whether you suffer from anxiety, insomnia, or just enjoy a refreshing, all-natural aroma, this is a quick and easy project that provides great gifts. Essential oils can be mixed into my easy recipe to create a customizable pillow and room spray for just about anyone!



March 8, 2016

Anxiety: 10 Tips for Self Care

People in my community and circle are becoming more aware of the impact anxiety is having on our lives and bodies, I am seeing a larger dialogue about it. Maybe it's because I'm in a creative field and anxiety disorders tend to affect creative people more, or maybe people with anxiety tend to be more creative. Whichever the direction the circle goes, we are all sitting it in and looking around at each other with more acceptance, truth, and support in our eyes. 

We are having a bigger conversation about what "anxiety" means. It doesn't mean that you are negative, or a pessimist, or a worrier, or are stressed. The anxiety I am talking about is the biochemical part of our body that tells us we are in danger. It wakes up our brains and sends adrenaline pumping through our veins so forcefully that even when we are DEAD TIRED, our bodies are alert and ready to take on the world. This can serve us in positive ways and it can harm us and take us down. When we empower ourselves with awareness, information, and support, we can create a more informed, positive relationship with anxiety. We can harness it to work for us, and we will notice when it is working against us.

We may not be able to cure or control it, but we can create the space and time and behavior patterns to engage ourselves in what will lead to a more free and comfortable life. I will always be working through my anxiety, and I've turned to resources and people to help me. One of the most impactful people who have helped me is Michaela Cullen, one of my best friends (bridesmaid and Godmother-style), and she happens to be an integral life coach who has worked with her own anxiety for most of her life.

In today's MACC video, we talk about 10 different ways you can empower yourself and start to have a healthier relationship with your anxiety.


10 TIPS
  • Your anxiety is just a part of you, it does not define you
  • Develop your relationship with anxiety through journaling
  • Anxiety is part of your biological chemical makeup
  • Create a support network (friends, family, therapists, coaches, etc.)
  • Use meditation, guided imagery, and visualization
  • Look at any family history with anxiety
  • Filter anxiety through a positive light
  • Connect with your breath
  • Self care is survival
  • Preventative action can help you remain present



RESOURCES


January 30, 2016

Moon Phase Fashion + Free Printable



Make a moon phase shirt, scarf, or any other fashion piece with this quick and easy DIY. Use a thrift store find or upcycle an old piece of clothing or to make this project cheap or even free! You can also create cool lunar wall art using a similar method as seen in Panda Head Blog. Yes, it is washable! Check out the tutorial for care instructions.

December 7, 2015

Holiday Animal Decor + Free Printable

During the holiday season, we’re looking for festive decor and gifts to give. In today's MACC video, I show an easy animal DIY that accomplishes both! Create a winter woodland feel with these geometric animal designs on wood plaques.



Use the FREE PRINTABLE design below, or create your own geometric animal friends!


August 12, 2015

Botanical Jungle Mural


For my big All-Request August week on HGTV Handmade, I am bringing you all along with me as I undertake an office makeover. This is one of my favorite projects of all-time, and one that nearly took a month and my sanity. Join me along the journey and weigh in in the comments section of the video if you think it's a fail or success. Watch it H E R E!






May 27, 2015

Tropical Leaf Free Printable


In today's HGTV Handmade video, I show you how to make a tropical leaf table runner or place mats using faux leather. Here is my *free printable* to get you started making your own!

To use these, you can simply print them out as is, or open in Photoshop and resize.



February 5, 2015

DIY Neon Love Sign




This week's video is a really fun take on a DIY Neon Sign. Check it out below, and find the EL wire to make your own here