Miss Kim & Co. – Potosi, MO

Hey there! If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you already know that I’m a huge fan of small businesses and fair trade. It just so happens that this past month I got to visit another small business (in my hometown) which is TO. DIE. FOR.

Around town if you even say “Miss Kim’s“, most people already know what store you’re talking about – and often begin to gush about what a cute little shop it is. I feel like I’ve stepped into Pinterest when I step into the boutique, and so of course I had to add it to my list of Hometown Shout-Out Posts!

Miss Kim Smith is really one of the first people I noticed that was willing step out and work hard to make downtown Potosi look better. Previously, she owned her own photography business (she did my senior photos), but she told me in our interview that owning a shop was always in the back of her mind. Her parents owned an antique shop in a smaller town a few miles away, and she must have inherited the drive to own a well maintained business because seriously – this store is adorable. I don’t really have to explain… just look at these photos!

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Miss Kim & Co. catches my eye every time I drive through Potosi – she painted the outside and makes sure her window displays are on key. She has so many goodies inside like clothing, jewelry, and home decor.

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I couldn’t help myself… had to pick up something for a friend’s birthday. A great little canvas zippered bag and some pink earrings…Perfect!

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Introducing… THE Miss Kim! You see that Magnolia shirt she’s rockin’? I was secretly jealous.

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I’m so thankful for her and all the people that have helped her with the support of her small business. You can really tell that she has put her heart and soul into her store, and that it’s more than just a shop, its a love. Make sure to go visit today!

PSsssT! Did you like this small business post?? Check out these :

Lillie Bugz Children’s Boutique

24 Hours in Hermann, MO

 

Hometown Shout-Outs

I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time in my little hometown recently. I still work there PRN as a nurse in the hospital, and our parents live there so we take our baby girl to visit them whenever we can. I have to admit – I have a love/hate relationship with the town. I have some bad memories that just won’t go away, and they steal my joy when I’m there. Rural areas like ours have low resources, and since the population is so small everyone is in each other’s business. Then again, small towns are great because most people are still neighborly, and you can almost always find a helping hand when you need it.

For the longest time it was difficult for me to drive down our main street because the buildings were empty or rotting, and the businesses that were there just looked like they were struggling to survive. Down the main street strip there’s a lack of parking, and although we have sidewalks, they are functional at the least. The city does their best to keep it clean and when Christmas rolls around they put up lights, but without anyone walking around to enjoy them the street lacks energy. The town sits on an intersection of highways 8 and 21, both of which could provide visitors – if they had anything to visit! Highway 8 is actually becoming known as a “wine trail”, which I feel like we could use to our advantage.

In the past few years, however, things have seemed to change. At least four or five new businesses have stripped out, refurbished, and moved in to the charming little brick frameworks that line the lane. A little paint, a little hard work, and a little love completely changes even the most dark and desolate looking shop! I’m so thankful for the women and men who are taking on the task of rebuilding what I call “downtown”. I always had the urge to take part – buy a little brick and mortar store and put in a bakery, or a boutique, or a cafe. Alas, I’ve not been blessed with the opportunity or the funds to do so – so I’ve decided that I’ll try and help out by putting a spotlight on these local businesses!

For the next few months, I’ll be featuring a post on these little jewels that are springing up in Potosi, MO. You can take a peek at one I’ve already done to see what they will be like: (Click here for my Lillybugz Children’s Boutique Review).

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Tuesday Rewind

Hey readers! Just thought I’d do a little “Tuesday Rewind” and show you what I’ve been doing the last week or so.

I re-opened my Etsy shop after a long sabbatical, and I’m glad I did it! Getting to work on little projects that have been swirling around my brain has really lifted my spirits. Here’s a few photos of some of my work that is still available in my shop: Purple.Desk.Designs

Some Hand-Lettered labels for the books of the Bible:

Hand-painted Canvas:

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Purple Desk Bouquet:

 

And I’m working on more listings for the end of this week!

Also, I was able to spend some personal time decorating my week in my Happy Planner:

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So… there is a quick catch up! Have a happy Tuesday!

 

What I’ve been up to lately…

Not much actually.

A lot of sitting. A lot of reading. A lot of contemplating.

I’m not sure I’ve ever felt so “in-between” before … the hubs and I have been looking at houses, and baby Malloy numero dos is due in a short 4 months … and yet I feel stagnant! I’ve worked a few shifts at the hospital, organized a bit of the apartment… and been really REALLY lazy. It might be the first time in my life that I am not hard-pressed on working on some type of project or taking classes or making myself be busy.

Right now, I’m just trying to NOT be stressed out. I’m trying to dwell on things that give me joy – because I think stress has stolen my joy for a looooong time.

So – I thought I’d just share a few things I’ve done the past week. I’m slowly trying to rejuvenate my creative side.

Here is my first try at a DIY Happy Planner Cover. I just used some scrap paper I had laying around, and a few self-sealing laminated pages. It was fun! I think if I were to make these more often I’d invest in a laminator and a HappyPlanner hole punch because my hands were tired after trying to punch through the laminating pages – they are pretty thick. I am pleased with my first try.

Here’s just a snapshot of the inside front pages; just having some fun with my sharpie brush tips that I got for Christmas!

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I also got to sit down and play with my weekly inserts. Someday when I have the iPad I so desperately have been coveting I might make my own inserts. I dream to own a sticker and planner studio! *sigh*

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I really enjoy decorating my planner – I’m very encouraged by the planner community to keep it up even if it’s only for me! Here are some of my older posts. I’m enjoying seeing how my planner taste is developing.

August 2016 Monthly Layout

Vacation Week 2016 Layout

Thanks for visiting! Love your Happy Planner too? Leave a comment!

A “Sa-battle-ical” of sorts…

Okay, so my post-naming game is off… but I blame it on the 4 month long “break” I took from blogging and my work-in-progress Etsy shop. Long story short, I took a break because: finals week, dad had heart surgery with a rough recovery, ALL DAY sickness per pregnancy, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, aaaand work work work work work.  I also just really needed some time to figure out if I wanted to keep blogging/etsy-ing/social media-ing. As it turns out, I still do. I just know I have to make it work for me, instead of this hobby making me work. This “battle” of decisions on how to do that exactly… still out on who’s winning.

Thankfully I’m on a small vacation in Vail, Colorado in which I can sit and think about these things because 1) the husband is out snowboarding all day, 2) our sweet first child is staying at grandma’s, and 3) I’m nursing myself back to health from a sinus infection so I literally have nothing to do but sit around and think. I’m not great at just sitting, but it’s been good for me. It’s forced me to think about all the tough decisions I’ll need to make in the near future. I’ll save you the stress of reading my list of tough decisions because trust me, ain’t nobody wanna think about that.

I WILL give you a look at some of my goals for 2017 and perhaps a list of post ideas for this year. I want to continue pouring happiness into the internet-osphere from this little blog, in hopes that someone, somewhere, will feel uplifted.

Personal Goals for 2017:

  1. Increase my faith in God, however that may look. I’d say 99% of my faith looks like me, creating lists of things I want to accomplish in my life, and asking God to provide ways for me to do all of them. (Without really asking God what HE wants me to accomplish). Although this probably doesn’t sound like an awful idea – I know from experience it can be a terrible stumbling block for my faith when things don’t go the way I planned. So, this year, I’m going to do my best to really let God lead. I want to be flexible. I want to be patient. I want to be tested and pass with flying colors. This is  super scary for me because I am a control freak and not having any sort of plan in which to increase my faith just leaves me feeling stranded.
  2. Read more and write more. I’m in no way inclined to think I’m a good writer, or even a tolerable one. I’m sure I’ve made more than a few unbearable grammar mistakes that my precious friends have held their tongue about. This is not a goal I would have normally picked for myself, but it seems like a good challenge that I am willing to take on.
  3. Catch up on my photos. I used to scrapbook a LOT, but it seemed to take up more time and space in my house than was necessary. I also didn’t ever feel like my pages turned out how I wanted them to. I started digital scrapbooking with Blurb last year, and it’s been pretty great so far. I still have a ton of work to do, but I hope to finish my daughters baby book through her second birthday, and finish a few vacation books before the end of 2017.
  4. Make some moves on my Etsy shop. I have been hesitant to really work on my Etsy shop because I fear I’ll be getting in over my head. Even with the few hours a week I was putting in when I first opened it, it felt like a lot of work. The custom orders I was doing were fun, but sort of giving me more stress than I could handle so – I might be tabling those for a while! I’m looking into digitizing everything, and I think it will allow me to feed my creative side while also taking care of the dreaded financial/business monster that tags along with it.

Possible upcoming posts:

  • Book Reviews
  • Stitchfix Maternity Box Review
  • Personal Calendar Peeks
  • A Hometown Shout-Out (it’s getting really cute – lots of folks cleaning up old buildings and inserting small businesses that deserve a look!)
  • Etsy Shop Reviews
  • Fair Trade (my favorite)

There you have it! My first post of 2017. Hope you’re not scared off 🙂 Keep on the lookout for my next post!

Posting something beautiful…

I’ve wanted to post something beautiful recently, but I didn’t want to seem insensitive to the obvious distress our country is in. Whether or not your candidate won the election, it’s disheartening to see so much separation and fear mongering on our streets. It’s been hard for me to click on my Facebook app because I know scrolling will just send my eyes rolling (aha). Sometimes I wish I wouldn’t have seen the “true colors” that came out of some of my acquaintances – but I know that it would be naive for me to think everyone can handle their emotions under pressure and be empathetic to others around them. Even as adults, it’s really hard for people to do that. Some, whom might call themselves the most “open minded”, have disgustingly displayed the most hatred I’ve seen in years. 

That being said, I hope that my friends and family (and Facebook viewers) can be convinced that I am not unaware of the pain and suffering that is out there. I hope they understand that this post is not to mask the hurt I see. I hope they understand that this is to break open the hope, joy, and wonder that still peaks through despite the foggy political air.

A few weeks ago we celebrated our daughter’s 1st birthday with family and friends. It was fantastic! We ate and talked and enjoyed our time together. When we opened gifts we sort of surprised our family with more news…

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We’re pregnant! Yep. Again. I’m excited and scared and hungry again. Getting to hold a little life inside of me is one of the most beautiful things I have ever experienced and I so wanted to tell the world! It’s been hard to keep in the excitement.


Of course, I could take this time to mention how frightened I am to be raising kids in this United States. Honestly though, my joy exceeds the anxiety. There is still a lot of love out there, and I intend on showing my kids what it’s all about. After all, the best way to battle hatred is to pour out the love right?

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I guess this post is more than a pregnancy announcement. It’s a statement. It’s a promise. It’s an online baby dedication. I want everyone to know that despite life’s hardships, I intend on raising my kids to be honest, patient, and kind. I’ll do my best to show them love and mercy, and teach them to do the same – even to those who we feel aren’t deserving of such. I hope to instill in them the goodness of listening before speaking, and putting others first. I know my husband feels the same way. God has shown me so much mercy in the last few years, and I undoubtedly need much work; but hopefully this will just show my kids that following Jesus is a lifelong choice and process. Becoming a mother has pushed that process for sure but I wont quit just because life is getting more and more complicated.

FYI – Morning sickness has taken over my life… that’s why I haven’t posted much or worked on my Etsy Store. I’m going to have to make some serious decisions on what to spend my  time on now that we’re going to have 4 in the home! Pray for me, and I will pray for you.

Love,

Adriene

 

 

One of those weeks…

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you’re still working on Monday’s task list and BOOM it’s Friday morning? That’s me today. It’s been a whirlwind and I’m not sure how I got here. I’m not GREAT at being flexible, but I don’t think I had a choice this week.

Between class, homework, lab, pick-up shifts, family time, groceries, meals, laundry, dishes, Etsy custom orders, and all the other stuff I do on a regular basis, I’ve spent a lot of time at the hospital with my dad who just had heart surgery. He’s doing great now, but it’s always emotionally difficult when someone you love is ill!

So, I guess really this is more of a reflection post than anything. My life is crazy sometimes, but I’m so thankful for everything and everyone in it. It would be easy for me to “whoa-as-me” about every little detail of stress right now, but I just wont do that to myself. I’m healthy and able, and it’s SWEATAH WEATHAH.

My poor planner has been quite neglected. I took a few minutes this morning to give it some love. I’m kind of just “planning as I go” for this week. Maybe next week will be more well-thought out. Just thought I’d share a little snippet. A little fall-inspired washi tape is all you need sometimes! Thank you Target dollar spot 🙂


Here’s also a few pictures of custom orders I’ve been taking. What do ya think?


Purple Desk Designs – an Etsy Store!

I know it seems like everyone you know (and their aunts and uncles and cousins) are trying to sell you something… but not me. I absolutely don’t want to hustle my friends who work just as hard as I do for things and monies.  I just simply love my craft hobby and thought maybe others might like it too! Therefore… I’ve opened an ETSY shop – Purple Desk Designs

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I’m really into hand-lettering and calligraphy right now, and I’ve always been a fan of acrylic and oil paints. My hubby says I have to find a way to support my hobby because my craft “pile” is evolving into a craft MONSTER- it’s grown off my desk and onto the floor, and is slowly creeping onto the stairs and into the basement.

If you’re interested, please take a look! I’m happy to try and customize something for you. If you want to keep an eye on what I’ll be listing – feel free to follow this blog by subscribing by email, OR you can find me on Instagram by searching for “purple.desk.designs”.

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P.S. Use my coupon code “FBFRIEND” on any order for the rest of the month of September and you will receive 20% off! This includes custom orders. My gift to you for your support 🙂 . Here’s the link to my store again = Purple.Desk.Designs

Happy Sunday everyone!

7 Ways to Beat the Blues

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It’s been one of those days. Or maybe weeks (or for some of us, one of those years!)

I feel BLAH. There’s really no other way to explain it. The weather is gloomy, the apartment is a mess, there is a ton of stuff to do but I have ZERO energy to do it. This funk has really got me down! This tends to happen when I procrastinate and when I’m unorganized. Often when I have these days I have to find a way to snap out of it or else they day is finished before it even begins.

So how do I snap out of it? Here’s a few ways to beat the blues!

  1. Make a list. Any list. Write down everything that’s bothering you, or everything that’s circling your brain. No order, no category, just write. Getting it all down on paper helps me prioritize and time manage my day. I keep a notebook or a printable brain drain by my bed so at night or in the morning I can write down all my thoughts and get them out of my head.  It’s not hard, just try it! Don’t expect to get all your to-do’s done today. Just get them down on paper. By having them in front of you, you have at least made a step toward getting some of them done, right?  Try it!
  2. Take a shower. I’m a morning shower girl, because it wakes me up and makes me feel ready for the day. Think of the water “washing away your troubles” ey?
  3. Set a timer. Have some chores that need to get done? Set the timer for 15 minutes and get as much done as possible! Then after 15 minutes quit and find something else to do. Or reward yourself and set a timer to scroll through Pinterest or Instagram for 15 minutes. Alternating increments of 15 minutes of work and play are sometimes the only way I get things done – but HEY I get things DONE right?
  4. Pour yourself some coffee or tea. Caffeine is an obvious choice for us busy-bees. It’s not just the caffeine I like though, it’s the warmth and the mini-break I get while drinking it. It’s soothing to me, and a good way to slow down and just take some time to settle my thoughts. Obviously you need to be careful when consuming caffeine, know your limits! I try my best to drink Fair Trade coffee or tea when I can. If you live near St. Louis… Plowsharing Crafts has a wonderful selection of coffee beans!
  5. Go for a walk. Endorphins! Even a brisk 5 minute walk will get those wonderful little guys flowing through your body. Even if it’s nasty outside, go get some fresh air and when you get back in you’ll be happy to be inside.
  6. Put on some feel good music. My go to Spotify stations are John Mayer, Spin Doctors, and Coldplay. Dance music is always good too.
  7. Call a friend. Even if you’re not a talker, sometimes just having someone listen to your thoughts can brighten your situation. I usually feel that face-to-face conversation is best but when you have resources like Facetime you might as well use it if it helps! Maybe you don’t want to talk about your problems… ask your friend how they are doing! Listening can also be cathartic!

So – that’s just a small list of things that help me get my motivation kick-started. They don’t ALWAYS work, but they are a good place to start.

What do you do to get yourself together and going? Like and Comment below!

 

Faithbox Unboxing and Review

It’s finally here!

I love getting packages in the mail, so I’ve been doing some research on all these monthly box subscriptions everyone is doing. So far I’ve just done a Stitchfix box and this Faithbox, but I’m also looking into a scrapbooking box and maybe one of the meal boxes.

*Disclaimer – I was not contacted by Faithbox to do this review; all opinions here are my own and I paid for the box. There are a few links within this post that will take you to the Faithbox website with my referral. If you chose to try Faithbox and use my link, I’ll get credit toward my next box.

Okay now for the fun stuff…

A little overview about Faithbox:

Faithbox is a monthly subscription for a package filled with inspirational devotionals and merchandise that help you grow your faith. Christian based; the company will send you hand-picked items from companies and artists who produce eco-friendly and ethically made items. For every box purchased, it provides three bowls of rice for hungry kids through the Rice Bowl initiative.

Okay, now let’s see what’s inside!

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Impact Guide – this little book is a great guide to all the goodies inside the Faithbox you recieve. It’s got a nice overview of the goal of the Faithbox company, and descriptions of each item.

25$ Krochet Kids Online Store Credit – I have heard of Krochet Kids before, in my research of fair trade items. I never looked too far into it, but I’m glad I got the reminder! Krochet Kids is an awesome program. Basically, they help impoverished women in under-resourced regions by teaching them sewing and crochet skills, and then selling their hand-made goods to the world. Their model provides a job, education, and mentorship to ensure a sustainable healthy life for the women and children they are helping. I can’t wait to use my credit!


Everyday Faith – a 30 day pocket journal. This is what I was really interested in checking out from my box. I had read in the Faithbox website that in every box there’s a devotional (something I have been evidently craving for a while). Crave is a weird word to use, but it’s true. I’ve been so focused on academic material that I’ve completely put my everyday quiet time on the back burner. I’m hoping with this little booklet, I can keep it with me in my purse or backpack and find 5 or 10 minutes throughout the day to read it. Being mindful about my time with the Lord is a top priority for me.

Denik Notebook – It’s like they know me! I’m into all things paper and lettering. This awesome little notebook has “Can’t Stop Us Now” printed on the front in gold foil. This company uses it’s profits to build schools and help support the artist who designed the notebook. This one was made by Tobias Saul.

Get Stuff Done: Hustle Poster – This fun little print came inside the box too! I haven’t decided where to put it yet, but I like it’s encouragement to stave off my procrastination. I think I’ll use it starting next month since it has a 30 day check off printed on the back.


Smarty Pants Gummy Vitamins – I pretty much just tore the packet open and tried these as soon as I saw them in the box. For vitamin gummies they really weren’t bad! I like that they are non-GMO and eco-friendly sources of omega-3’s. I already take a prenatal vitamin most days, and I believe that your best source of vitamins come from the food you eat, but I don’t see much harm in adding a little supplement to your day (especially if your last few meals haven’t been healthy at all). I would give these a try!

Just Love Coffee Sample with free mp3 download by Tenth Avenue North – What a great combination! Coffee + free music = YES. This sample of Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Natural smells so good, I can’t wait to try it! I’ll have to wait until I pick up a shift at the hospital, so that I can share it with my coworkers. The Just Love Coffee company offers ethically grown and harvested coffee, and they do wholesale for fundraisers. Apparently Tenth Avenue North likes coffee too – they included a free mp3 download!

My overall impression of Faithbox is really positive. I love everything from the packaging to the motivation behind each item. The only downfall that I’ve experienced is their customer service has been kind of terrible. I’ve called twice and left messages to cancel my subscription (not that I want to, but right now I need to be budgeting HARDCORE). If I could, I would just buy a whole year’s worth but I just can’t. They don’t have an option on the website to cancel online, so you have to contact their services. It’s really frustrating – mostly because I want this box to succeed! My hope is that they’ve had so much business that they are way behind on other things – and that they’ll get back to me soon. I’ve just sent an email to them so I’ll keep you posted!