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March 7, 2016

Is Instagram the new way to blog?

Is Instagram the new way to blog?

I've wondered this for a long time, and it seems like the answer, at least to me, is yes. Call me lazy, but I love that Instagram is a way to connect with a large group of people quickly and effectively, and when done correctly, with meaning. I've loved Instagram from the get-go, but I couldn't let go of my blog, my online diary, the place where I've poured my heart out (much-needed free therapy at the time) and where I've documented my journey since around 2010, when I got hitched and not to long after, we moved back to Athens. My entrepreneurship and my small business have thrived in Athens, a town that supports art and creatives and loves all of us and encourages us. I think living in Athens during this time has really fostered my creative spirit and helped me grow in so many ways. And through it all, I blogged and shared my journey in this little space. 

I'm not giving up my blog, and I'll still update my life here from time-to-time. But I update folks daily over on Instagram, with shop news, new products and of course, Archie's stats and mug every so often. It's a wonderful platform that lets me share quickly, lets customers shop through my posts and keeps me connected to "my people." So, if you want to find me, pop on over and say hi and see what I'm up to. In the meantime, I'll be back here soon...!

xo Natty

February 12, 2016

Galentine's Day Cookie Sip n' Swap

I've always loved the idea of hosting a cookie swap, but I've never been able to swing it over the holidays -- it's just too hectic that time of year! A friend suggested hosting one before Valentine's Day, which I think is such a great idea. By the time February rolls around, everyone has recovered from the chaotic nature of the holidays and is ready to get together again for a party. 

We kept it small and intimate, with about 10 friends, and it was a great afternoon of fun! We sipped wine, snacked and swapped cookies. I made a little station to wrap up the goodies with to-go boxes, bags and decorations. It helps that I craft for a living and had most of this on hand -- ha!

For anyone who's interested, I posted a sources list and a few recipe links below. Happy Valentine's Day! -- Natty

Favorite recipes:
Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies: Inspired by Ella Claire
Valentine's Day Popcorn: Gimme Some Oven

Sources list:
White bags: Nashville Wraps
White boxes: Nashville Wraps
Polka dot runner: Hobby Lobby
Red arrows garland: Target
XOXO garland: Target
XOXO table cloth: Target
Red ribbon garland: Michaels
Metal organizer: Hobby Lobby
Emerson shelving: World Market

December 29, 2015

Archie's First Birthday

Woohoo! Archie's first birthday pictures came back from my talented friend, Caroline Singletary, and I love every single one. I love how she captured the magic that is Broad9A -- the twinkling lights, the cool mural, the rustic, campy feel. When I decided to go with a "through the woods" theme for Archie's party, I couldn't think of a better place to host it! 

Since I have a true love for vintage paint by numbers, I used a woodsy one as the inspiration for the invitation. The colors in the paint by number were used in Archie's highchair banner and on the food table. My mom, who is a super star baker, made Archie's tree stump cake and the sugar cookies. We also served tiny sandwiches, Teddy Graham trail mix and potato chips. I found a pretty green punch to serve a la Pinterest, and we made s'mores as party favors. I still have way too many marshmallows and Hershey bars left over from those -- yikes! 

It was a wonderful day with family and friends celebrating our little man. We had the best time! Thanks for capturing everything on camera, Caroline!