Hello friends! I am back from a brief hiatus! I really needed some time away to relax and focus on my family. So many things have happened this past month, but I am feeling rejuvenated and ready to go again! I’m starting this week off with a bang! I had the pleasure of working with a fabulous team of individuals over at ezebee.com! If you haven’t heard of them before, it’s your lucky day! I asked just a few questions you might be asking yourselves right now!
ezebee.com is a marketplace community where anyone wanting to sell online can sign up, create a shop, and offer unlimited products or services, all for free! It also helps vendors more easily market their brands with a variety of social networking tools, not to mention the helpful community of ezebees.
The idea for ezebee.com came up in the summer of 2012 when the two creators, Ossian and Frank, discussed how small, creative companies and freelancers turn to the internet to promote their business in times of economic crisis. Besides running their own website or shop (which for the most part is already a challenge both knowledge-wise and financially), they also know how important it is to be active on social media platforms in order to create sufficient traffic to their websites. Not to mention, spending additional time to optimize for Google and other search engines which takes even more valuable time away from their business. Ossian and Frank searched the web and could not find anything that really combines a working online selling platform with a strong and active social network. So they decided to create just that, and ezebee.com Beta was launched in February 2013.
3. Where are you based out of?
ezebee HQ is located on the sunny island of Mallorca in Spain. The busy bees here work hard, but it doesn’t hurt to have some sun to make the day more enjoyable
4. Are your users mostly in the US or do you have some from overseas as well? If so, where?
ezebee.com is an international platform for creative minds and business owners from all over the world, where they can talk about common interests and support each other. There are Showrooms from over 55 countries and the site functions in three main languages: English, German, and Spanish (with Italian coming soon!) The community at ezebee.com is a warm and welcoming bunch of vendors and shoppers who work together to communicate business ideas and help each other through sharing on a variety of social media.
5. Do you have any special requirements for selling on ezebee.com?
As a matter of fact, we don’t! ezebee.com does not restrict what you can sell to any specific criteria. If you have a business that you want to share with others, then ezebee.com is the place for you! In addition to a large amount of handmade products, ezebee users also offer their freelancing services, advertise events or anything else they can think of. You can be open at ezebee!
6. How can people get connected and start selling their items online?
7. Do you have a current favorite item or seller on ezebee.com?
Making me pick favorites eh? Well, like my mother would say “I love all my kids the same”… but we all know she’s just being nice. ezebee.com has started a blog where we interview the owners of Showrooms that really stick out to us. When there is a Showroom owner who is active in the community and posting eye-catching listings regularly, our interest is peeked and we want to know more about them! We will also have featured Showrooms in the future, but for now, be sure to check out the blog for all ezebee news here: http://magazine.ezebee.com/
8. What would you say sets ezebee.com a part from all the rest of the online selling communities?
It’s free! I know, sounds crazy, but at ezebee.com we believe that if you have a business, your work should pay off and you should reap all the benefits! With ezebee.com you don’t have to pay subscription or commission fees and never will.
9. Any tips for creatives thinking about venturing their business in this direction?
Be active, be personal, and be genuine. Opening a business is like growing a plant, they don’t just grow overnight… you have to care for it and maintain it. When you are active in social media, the public sees that and appreciates it. Customers also love when you show your true colors. Shoppers are more likely to trust someone who is open and passionate about their business. Try it, you’ll see the difference!
I love having vintage books throughout the home! It takes me back to my Oma’s (Grandma in Dutch) home when I was younger. She always had the neatest books on her coffee table and I found myself sitting and looking through the old pages for hours. Now if ever I spot them at thrift shops, I’m sure to grab a few.
I’ve been absent a lot the last few days, but I needed a bit of a break this week. So much has going on and life’s been a bit crazy for my family and I. I plan on being back soon, so thank you for sticking around and for being so understanding! You can find this full post at Casey Lynn Designs Blog today and if you ever spot a fun looking vintage book, pick it up and see if it might interest you next time you’re out thrifting!
Today is one of those days you don’t feel like talking. Or going through the motions of day to day things. This week has been a tough one. So many little surprises popping up and then right at the end, an explosion. If my life were a movie, it would be a pretty fantastic scene. But it’s not a movie. It’s my life. And I am left tired and a little angry.
I’m angry that I can’t do anything to help my children. I’m angry that I have no voice or power that can snap and make this adoption happen sooner. I’m angry that I have no control if I lose one or all of my babies. It’s scary. It’s terrifying to think of these kids just ending up somewhere where there are no guarantees of a hopeful future.
I’m feeling tired of people. People who seem to only think of themselves. People who only add to the problem and not trying to problem solve. And not like life is hard enough on top of all the demands an adoption can bring, some people will never understand just how hard it can be and just how difficult life can get. Because there are bigger problems in the world. Believe me. Believe every person that has been on this journey or is going through it now.
Tuesday we had yet another court date. It was extended again for yet another reason. There isn’t anything you can do. You can only wait and let it run it’s course. It’s the hardest thing I’ve had to endure thus far. The not knowing. The waiting. The endless disappointments. It never makes sense.
I just so badly wanted to stand up during the court session and tell them that our kids are more than a case number. More than a stack of papers on a desk. They have names and beautiful faces. They need to move on with their lives because they have so much potential. It’s not fair to extend again and again. Because they suffer. I know, because we are the ones watching the impact it has on them.
So what do we do now? We wait. We reach DEEP down inside of all that muck and mire. We find new strength and renewed hope. Without it, we are lost. We just become victims of defeat and I don’t give up that easily. I will fight and fight and fight because that is the ONE thing I know I can do. Life isn’t easy. Things will happen again and again that don’t make sense. It’s not fair. It’s not right. And no matter how much you cry, stomp your feet, scream out loud, it won’t change a thing. The problems are still there. So you face it head on. We are made up of so much more than you think. Most of all, we aren’t alone. We have surrounded ourselves with the kinds of people that lift us up, cheer us on and are sensitive to this process. We always have people to lean on and I ALWAYS lean on them. Without my family or friends, things would be so much more difficult. I thank God for those people. The ones who see our pain and extend their hands and prayers. I am forever grateful for each and everyone of you.
Whenever I hit my favorite thrift stores, I always look out for things that are personal to me. Things that mean something! For instance, I LOVE photography and find myself taking pictures ALL the time! Whether with my camera or even iPhone.
A while ago, I started a small collection of vintage cameras. Over the years, it’s slowly built up a rather lovely selection of great finds! In total, I think I have 10 or more vintage cameras. I think they add a unique quality to my home decor!
Feel free to read more of my Thrifty Finds over at Casey Lynn Designs Blog! As always, thank you for your constant support friends!
The other day, I created a post of inspiration for the party. I’ve slowly been collecting stuff over the months and trying to plan out the details of the party. I really have been distracted this week with so many things going on. I finally had a chance to lay it all out and see what I had to work with so far!
I found the most brilliant invites from Target of woodland creatures (and a few other animals) that were also masks! I thought this was PERFECT! I could send out the invites and the kids could bring them to the party and wear them for fun – I know our little guy will love this! He’s already picked out the fox and our little girl picked out the bunny.
I came across some great earthy mushrooms for the cake toppers from Michael’s. I am just on the look out for a fun little creature to add as well – perhaps a little bear or deer?
I decided to keep the decor simple, so I have a nice blank banner to work with that I can add some detail too. I’m thinking of adding moss in some way. We will see! I also came across some fantastic birthday placemats from World Market with activity sheets on the back. Our son loves this when we go to restaurants, so I will have some crayons at all the picnic tables and these fun sheets to keep them kids busy!
I also love these ride striped straws and red chevron candy bags. I think they work well, they remind me of those red and white mushroom tops! I might have to find a few to tie it all together! The rest of the details are those last minute touches that seem to bring it all together at the end! No matter what, the zoo will bring a fun atmosphere to the party and the kids will have a blast! I love that they can venture around and look at all the animals while we’re all there. I might even have to set up some sort of treasure hunt!
I can’t wait to celebrate our son’s first birthday as a family! He’s going to be three, I can’t believe it!
A while back I stumbled upon some really neat wired yarn in the discount section. I wasn’t too sure what you could really use it for, but it was a lot of fun to look at and I decided to get it anyway! I actually got it in two different colors: a vibrant pink and brilliant green! I played with it for a while and finally decided on using it as faux vine, since it shapes and forms perfectly to anything you set your mind to!
I think it adds a playful texture to a rather boring white vase. Not to mention, when I grow tired of it I can easily unwrap the wired yarn and use it for something else down the road. It’s really a simple solution to add that pop of color or texture to a room or space.
I decided to cut a few branches from our bougainvillea, the pop of colors side by side really help this vase stand out in a bare room. You can really use this wired yarn for anything. It was so easy to wrap around my ceramic white vase. I thought wrapping the wired yarn randomly would give it more of an authentic and rustic feel.
I love finding unique and simple solutions for sprucing up a space. Not to mention, any excuse to get a good deal on craft supplies!
A couple weeks ago, we celebrated our daughter’s second birthday party. This weekend we will be celebrating our son’s third birthday and I can hardly wait to share that special day with him! We will be going to the zoo for his party because it’s one of his favorite places to go! We decided to host it in the “Bear Pavilion” since it goes best with our woodland theme! I am just putting together some last minute details and making sure we can do all we can to make this day memorable for him.
Last weekend we celebrated our little girl’s second birthday! This was, however, our first birthday spent with her. It meant so much to us to really make her feel special and do something fun and meaningful. I decided a while ago to do a Russian doll theme party – mostly because this theme really centered around her cute personality! In a lot of ways, she is our little “doll”. She has so much personality and the more we get to know her, the more we discover just how special she really is. She isn’t just any girl, she is our girl.
This party was so fun to plan! I decided to add a feminine touch using this great Retro Floral Garden Party decor from Minted! I was able to save myself so much time and really pull together a cohesive look in every little detail: from the straws, to the stickers, to the banner, the menu cards, to the goodie bags, it was perfect! I was even able to design the invites, cake topper and other signage with a similar color palette for the party to match my wonderfully Minted look and help stay focused on my Russian doll theme I was going for. I am so happy with how it all turned out!
The best part is, our little girl’s eyes just lit up when she saw all the pretty floral patterns and pinks everywhere! Before all the guests arrived, her and I walked around the tables and looked at all the pretties! She was constantly pointing out every little thing – it truly made me feel satisfied knowing that she got it. That it was all for her!
The guests arrived and we all had a fabulous time! We enjoyed the treats and visited for a while! It was a really hot day, so the kids ended up playing in the water and having a blast. There were no planned games or agendas (what toddler could sit still long enough anyway) and I think it worked out perfectly! We let them run around and do what they pleased. There was no screaming, crying or fights! This mom was happy!
I am so blessed by all the people who came out to celebrate our daughter. We have some amazing friends and I am so happy my mom was here to celebrate her first (technically second) birthday with us as well! This is something we will always remember – hence ALL the pictures!!!! A huge thanks to my husband and mom for helping me pull this together!
I can’t wait to plan her next one, but I better stay focused on her big brother’s! His birthday is also this month, so I only have a few days to get everything together! Love party planning for our little ones! Good thing we have three now!
I’ve been blessed to have my mom down to visit for the last couple weeks! It was so nice to have some of my family a little closer for a change. It’s funny how kids change everything – suddenly saying goodbye is SO much harder than it already once was. To take my mind off of things, I decided I would see what projects we could tackle next in the house. I decided it was time we start looking at options for a new dining room table!
I am totally all about doing projects yourself where you can, when you can. This would be one of those times! There are so many ideas on the web to help guide you along. There’s something very rewarding creating something from scratch. You really do appreciate it a lot more! I decided to share some of my favorite ideas. I am loving a simple wood and metal table. I love the contrast and textures of these two materials and I think this look would be perfect paired with our new dining room chairs (I will share them with you soon!).
This past weekend we celebrated our daughter’s second birthday! We had so much fun with friends and my mom was even able to be here for it as well. We feel so incredibly blessed by all the positive and loving people we get to surround ourselves and our children with. The party was a hit and I owe it all to the wonderful people that came out to celebrate with us! So, for the next couple days I will be sharing the details of our fun party with you!
The past month has been a rough one for us. A lot of disappointments and strife, so I was feeling really drained this weekend. I decided the party should be fun and not so stressful, so I opted for buying a delicious birthday cake instead of making one. We ordered the Pink Champaign cake at one of my favorite bakeries in town, called Sweet Surrounder. They also sell ADORABLE miscellaneous items in their little shop. The cake was phenomenal and everyone loved it – especially the birthday girl!
The cake itself was very simple, but beautiful. The icing was a pretty pink with pink chocolate shavings to top it off. I decided to make a cake topper by designing a little Russian doll to go with the theme and Minted stickers. I simply applied it to a wooden skewer and centered it on the cake. It was perfect! Not too much, but just enough to pull it all together and stick with our birthday theme!
I can’t wait to show you more of my Minted party decor! I can’t imagine doing any future birthday parties or events without it! What do you think of this simple birthday cake topper?
It’s only a couple days away! Our little girl will soon be in full swing of a Russian Doll Theme birthday tea party! I am so excited for her, as I’m putting all the little details together! All the invites are finally sent out! Yay! Since this is only one of two birthdays this month (our little guy will be celebrating his in a couple weeks) I’m trying to do as much as I can on a low budget. Things add up and ultimately, it can cause a little stress around here!
One of my favorite places to head to for little touches and treats is the dollar store. Since the main color scheme for the party is pink, I wanted to grab some fabulous shades of pink flowers and candies! I’m all for fresh flowers for the home, but for this party I just wanted something easy, simple and thrifty! I scored some very pretty silk flowers for $1 a piece. SO cheap – you couldn’t get any bouquet for that price!
I’ve always been fascinated with floral design. I think I might take a class or two in the future just for fun, it’s an amazing thing to create art with natural elements such as flowers and other plant materials! This was easy, since I was only using two kinds of flowers for my arrangement: cherry blossoms and peonies.
Now that they are in their vases ready to go, I only have a few touches! I think this will add a nice feminine touch to our little girl’s party! Flowers have a way of bringing everything together! I will be sure to share more pics with you after the party next week, so stay tuned!
A classic thrifty find, and one of my favorites, is a great globe! My husband and I have started a small collection, so far we only have 5, but the count keeps going up! Although, one of them isn’t technically vintage. I scored it at Target, but it has a nice vintage feel to it!
I think globes are one of those things that will never lose their appeal. You can find them anywhere and everywhere and usually for great prices! We managed to find two smaller tin globes that are used as money banks. They still have the retro advertising on them, which adds even more uniqueness.
Feel free to read the rest of this post at Casey Lynn Designs Blog! As always, happy thrifting my friends!!