Groomsmen in hats! Coordinated-but-non-matching granny bridesmaid dresses! None of these are things we'll have, but look how fun!
Cute and fun, this two-piece set from Jessica Howard is perfect for mixing and matching, or you can wear it together for a completely coordinated look! $29.99
Let's make 1,000 hats to keep kids warm this winter! How You Can Help: Make as many hats as you feel comfortable donating. The goal of Kaps for Kendall is to raise money to fight Fanconi Anemia and to provide special hats for kids who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy and radiation. Some things to keep in mind when creating your Kaps: The hats can be in all sizes The hats should be fun! Children like to wear bright colors Hats for
12 Activities for Boys.... and little girls!! I'm not going to handicap Destiny with only letting her do "girly" things. We'll have fun with this! =)
Have you avoided making hats because you’re intimidated by the thought of crocheting in the round? Learn how to crochet a hat using just granny squares!
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*I Heart Coordinated Outfit** When you plan to have a photo session, try to visualize how the outfits you want your family members to wear will look good together.
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Love how the bridesmaids have ivory bouquets and bride has colored bouquet to match bridesmaid dresses
I can barely do my own hair...now I have to think about a baby girl!! lol we'll see how this goes..some of these look crazy to me though.
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this is seriously the best website i have ever seen for fun creative things to do with your kids and they show you how to make stuff with
You'll have a whale of a time mixing and matching this three-piece whale set by Little Me. Featuring three coordinating pieces, these fun separates are perfect for creating a sporty everyday look. $24.00
Don't think I would have thought to wear the cardigan & matching bubble necklace together. Another cute & simple, pulled together outfit. May not be a work outfit, but still a fun adult look.
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The purple dyed druzy Karina stackable ring is agreat subtle accent for a reserved look. The band is beaded and the dyeddruzy stone is bezel set. Choose other color variations of the Karinaring and have fun mixing, matching and stacking. $70.00
Monogramed button-up shirts for the Bridesmaids! Keep your hair neat when you change AND have a uniform look in pictures! (Make the shirts the same colour as their dresses and they'll know how their makeup will look with their dresses.)
Every married couple should have one of these...always look for the fun, little things to be grateful for in each other!:) - Click image to find more DIY & Crafts Pinterest pins
Tulip 3D Fabric Paint is a fun, permanent, dimensional paint that can be squeezed directly from the bottle, or brushed out. Be creative: use your imagination to paint your school binder, backpack, purse, hats, stretchy headbands, shoelaces, scarves, tennis shoes, and much more! Read complete instructions before use. Non toxic. Set Crystals 6pc- A fun way to add sparkling delight to many craft projects. This set includes 6 colors that each have
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Give gifts that look too good to unwrap this Christmas with this eye-catching natural and white wrapping paper. Printed on brown kraft paper, it gives your presents a lovely handcrafted look. It would look stylish with white accessories and a matching tag, or mix things up a bit and add bright red accessories for a fun and festive finish. Dimensions: L300 x W70cm Contains: 3m roll wrap Co-ordinating tags available Special Size Type: Single Roll
Christmas 3 for 2
It's amazing how we're so busy sometimes with our lives, instead of looking up at the wonders of the sky, we focus on all the things we have to get done. Thankful someone took the time to look up and capture this amazing picture. It reminds me to look at the beauty and awe of nature more often. *TamrA~
Wow! We always have things posted on our fridge. How fun to create mini photo magnets out of bottle caps that will serve a dual purpose -- display photos while holding up school artwork or to-do lists!
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Give gifts that look too good to unwrap this Christmas with this eye-catching silver mistletoe wrapping paper. It would look stylish with silver accessories and a matching tag, or mix things up a bit and add bright red accessories for a fun and festive finish. Dimensions: L300 x W70cm Contains: 3m roll wrap Co-ordinating tags available Special Size Type: Single Roll Item Styling: Silver £3.50
Christmas 3 for 2
I love being a girl because I love to shop, get nails done and do all of the girly things we do! I also love how while I can be a girly girl, I can also have fun and get down and dirty like the boys.
Growing grapes is not difficult, but there are a few things you must absolutely know in order to succeed. How to prune the vines is, for example, very important. If you are interested in growing your own grapes it is a good idea to have a look at "The Gomplete Grape Gowing System"
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These chunky pens are perfect for little hands. They have non-returning nibs meaning that no matter how hard your little one presses on the paper to colour, the nibs will not push inwards. Fantastic creative fun. Dimensions: 11.5 x 12 x 5 Set of 10 Suitable for age 3+ years Perfect for little hands With non-returning nibs £6.00
Christmas 3 for 2
Have fun on cool days in this adorable anorak jacket from Jessica Simpson! A perfect pairing to your favorite floral dresses and sleek ponte pants, it features unique dolman sleeves and floral-lined cuffs for a distinctive, cheeky look! $49.00
TIP! How to keep track of the woven length. "I started from my visual memory of a friend's loom, with a flexible plastic-coated tape measure tacked to her weaving as she went. However, rather than commit my only non-retractable tape measure to this (some things, I do only have one of!), I remembered I had purchased some terrific ruler ribbon from Jo-Anne's, for my class, The Nalbound Edge..." (Instructions)
Never will I regret the Love we shared, all the beauty it taught me and how it filled my spirit to do greater things. I don't care that some have made fun of me for still loving you. It is my business anyway. Not everyone feels like they met their Soul Mate. I know you have moved on, but forever you will be My First True Love
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Make your husband's 60th birthday extra wonderful this year by sending him this beautiful greetings card. With loving sentiment and warm wishes. Dimensions: H220xW220mm Cover text: Husband you're 60 when you've seen as many things together as we have... Inside text: ...and you have all the special moments and memories to look back on... You don't need words to tell each other how you feel - you just know happy 60th birthday Brown envelope
I did this tonight and the pores on my nose look clearer and the red spots on my cheeks have shrunk. Think I'm going to do it twice a week and see how it goes. All Things NiNi: DIY Acne Mask: Honey, Baking Soda & Cinnamon - I know what I'm trying tonight! Always have a little acne and over the counter masks don't do the trick.
“There are occasionally hard days for each of us. Do not despair. Do not give up. Look for the sunlight through the clouds. Opportunities will eventually open to you. Do not let gloom endanger your possibilities. Despite how difficult circumstances may look at the moment, those who have faith and move forward with a happy spirit will find that things always work out.” –Gordon B. Hinckley
While there's no right or wrong way to blog, great content is the key to blogging success. But share-worthy content isn't always easy to come up with or create, is it? Today I'm coming to the rescue with 50 blog post ideas that you can use to provide your readers with quality content and keep them coming back for more. 1. Share a behind-the-scenes look of your blog or business. Everyone loves getting sneak peeks of what your office looks like, photos of things "in the works," and looks at rough drafts. Michaela Noelle did this on her blog last week and it was a great success! It also adds a little personality to your blog and allows your readers to connect with you. 2. Write a blog series on your process. I did this with my creative process last month and it was a huge hit. Readers love to find out how you do what you do, so highlight each step of a project in a blog series and walk them through your process. This is helpful for readers who are in a similar field and for potential clients and customers. 3. Roundup helpful posts and link to other bloggers. Readers also like finding out which blogs you follow along with and what posts you find interesting, so link to other bloggers and share articles and posts that might be helpful for your audience. (This is also a great way to connect and network with other bloggers. I can see which bloggers refer to me in my analytics and I almost always reach out to them!) Jenny Purr does a great job with link-ups. 4. Write a post on how you got started. We all love a good success story. Share your experience and tell your readers how you got here. Plus, it's fun to document your journey and remember where you started. And on that note... 5. Share tips on how to become successful in your industry. Which resources and advice have helped you get to where you are? Don't keep all of those tips to yourself - share the love with your readers! 6. Feature a professional in your field. This could take the form of reaching out to someone for a Q&A on your blog (like this Coffee Date with Molly Jaques) or just highlighting someone in your industry that you admire. This is also a great networking opportunity. 7. Host a giveaway. Readers love getting free things, whether it's content, entertainment, or goodies. Create excitement around your blog and reward your readers for following along with you by hosting a giveaway! Giveaways are also great marketing tools for your blog. 8. Write a polarizing post about something you may not agree with in your field. While it's easy for all of us to go along with the crowd and do what's popular, there may be some things in your industry that you want to do differently. Write about it! (Please note that I'm not promoting negativity, complaining, ranting, or bashing - there's a way to go about this tastefully and respectfully.) Here are some great polarizing posts: Time for Change, 3 things I'm no longer doing for my website, One Word That May Be Hindering Your Business 9. Make a list of things you wish you had known when ... Hindsight is 20/20 and we all have the opportunity to learn from others' mistakes. Share a handful of things you wish you had known when you first started blogging, writing, designing, doing calligraphy, photographing weddings, etc. Need an example? Read this post. 10. Share a day-in-the-life post. We all like to see how successful people go about their day. Write down your day (without going into too much detail) and give your readers an insider look! Breanna Rose does this in her Creative Diaries series, and they are some of my favorite posts. 11. Ask someone to guest post about something specific in your industry. We never have all the answers and it's fun to get advice from other people that are doing great things in your field. It's also fun to highlight talented people and bring attention to their business. You could even look at it as a networking and marketing opportunity and do a trade - ask someone to guest post on your blog in return for guest posting on theirs. 12. Write an informational post about your blogging platform. Readers love learning about how you do what you do. Write a review of your blogging platform, the things you like and don't like, and whether or not you would recommend it. This post about Squarespace has been one of my most popular posts and I continue to get emails and feedback about it! 13. Roundup and highlight the tools you use in your trade. I said it in #12 but it's worth repeating: readers love learning how you do what you do. Make a list of things you use everyday and share it on the blog! Here's my example. 14. Teach your readers about something you're an expert in. We all love to learn from the pros and get insider information. Content like this will be shared over and over again and gain a lot of feedback. 15. Share some takeaways from a recent experience, workshop, or event. Have you attended an event related to your field in the last few months? Share it on the blog and highlight your favorite moments! Your readers will love reading about your experience and the workshop/conference may even share your post, too. 16. Make a list of things people should avoid in your industry. Sometimes it's even more helpful to learn about what not to do. Share some common mistakes that people make and how to avoid them. I was a little leery of sharing my Top 10 Design Mistakes to Avoid, but I was pleasantly surprised by the feedback! 17. Highlight milestones, launches, and important events. It's always good to have a reason for people to get excited about your blog/business. Make a big deal out of changes and events by featuring them on the blog! 18. Explain the meaning behind your blog/business name. Some names are straightforward, but some have a fun story behind them. Turn it into a blog post and share the story behind your blog/business name. (The meaning of the Elle & Company is mentioned in this post.) 19. Feature the people you work with. It's rare that we run a blog or business completely on our own; there are usually people who work for us or with us to help us keep things running, even if it's just by their encouragement. Use your blog to highlight them, promote them, and feature their work. I featured my biggest fan and business partner a few months ago, and it's one of my favorite posts to-date. 20. Make a list of things people may not know about your trade. There's always information out there that people are surprised to hear. For example, non-designers may not know that using Comic Sans is one of the biggest no-no's in this industry. Create a list of "did you know" items and share it with your readers. I guarantee it will be a hit. 21. Write a review of a product you use often. If you're a photographer, write about your favorite lenses. If you're a designer, share about your favorite software. If you're an entrepreneur, share the programs you use for project management and accounting. People are always on the lookout for helpful products and tools - share your feedback with them. 22. Repurpose old blog posts with a roundup. Chances are that you've spent hours on blog posts that are now buried in your archives. Share them again by doing a roundup! A Beautiful Mess does this at the end of every month to highlight their posts and I did this recently with my Weekly Truth backgrounds. Don't let those great posts go to waste. 23. Repurpose an old blog post with a follow-up. Can you add onto something you've already done? Write a sequel or a "part 2" to an old blog post and make use out of that content again. 24. Repurpose an old blog post with a revision. Do you have a post that you wrote a couple years ago that could be revamped or reused? Make some revisions and post it again! 25. Share about how you use a certain social media outlet for your blog/business. There are so many social media outlets out there and everyone uses them a little differently. Share about one of your favorites and give your readers tips on how you use it for your blog/business. Here are some examples of posts I've done on Instagram and Pinterest. 26. Turn an FAQ or inquiry into a blog post. Is there a common question that readers ask you by email or in your post comments? Turn it into a blog post! An email from an Elle & Company reader regarding content actually inspired this blog post. If it's something that multiple readers have asked you about, chances are their are more people who would love to know more about it, too. 27. Tell an interesting story. We all love a good tale and we all enjoy being entertained. Do you have a "you're not going to believe this" story? Share it on your blog! 28. Write an informative post on how people can work best with you. Are you a calligrapher, photographer, or wedding planner? Share some tips for brides on how to make the process as simple as possible. Are you an interior designer? Share some insights on how clients and designers can maintain a great working relationship. This is helpful for current and future clients and it's also helpful for those in your field who are just getting started. 29. Create and share a free resource. We all love free things. That's why we follow along with blogs in the first place! Find creative ways to share free resources with your audience. I do this with my Weekly Truth series and it's been a hit (especially on Pinterest!) 30. Find a creative way to link up with other bloggers/business owners. There are several ways you can go about this one. You could create a writing challenge like Bailey did with her Blogtember series, start a fun linkup like What I Wore Wednesday, or partner with another blog friend like Michaela and I did for the Home Suite Home project. The possibilities are endless, so get creative and come up with something distinctly you! 31. Create a blog series on a project. People love following along with step-by-step transformations (that's why Young House Love was my favorite blog for so many years!). Are you working on a project for a client, remodeling your home, or training for a marathon? Share about it on the blog and show sneak peeks of the transformation as you go. 32. Highlight one of your products or services. This is your blog; use it to your advantage! Come up with creative ways to highlight your business and your products. This could take the shape of a "how-to" post or you could pose them as a solution to a particular problem. 33. Create an infographic. Not only are graphics and photos more interesting and entertaining, they're sharable. Even if you aren't able to draw one yourself, compile information on a topic in your field and come up with a creative way to display it. I did this with the feedback I received from a reader survey this past summer and the infographic was a hit! Which perfectly transitions into my next idea... 34. Take a reader survey and come up with a unique way to share the results. Not only is this feedback helpful for you, but readers like to see who else is following along with you. A Beautiful Mess and Young House Love always do this well. 35. Share your mission statement and blog/business strategy. Write a post on what's at the heart of your blog or business. Why do you do what you do? What motivates you? 36. Define or share your take on your industry. For example, many people use the term "branding" but designers approach that subject differently depending on who you talk to. I wrote a post on branding after I officially launched my design services this past summer to approach the subject in my own terms. Do you have your own take on your field? Share it on your blog! 37. Find a creative way to share tidbits of your life lately. There are a million and ten ways you could approach this, so come up with something original! Some of my favorite examples include Awkward and Awesome and Clara Conversations. 38. Create a "through the years" or flashback post. Is there a tradition or event that you participate in year after year? Your readers would probably love to see it on your blog. An example? This post by Justin and Mary on their past Halloween costumes. 39. Give away some secrets of your trade. Many people shy away from sharing the information that has made them successful for fear that it could create competition, but it's had the opposite effect in my experience. Share what you know! If you do what you do well, you'll have nothing to worry about. Readers will love gaining your great insight and information. 40. Teach people how to make something unique. We all have a DIY board on Pinterest, don't we? There's something in each one of us that loves learning how to make something that we wouldn't have thought to make before. 41. Write about some common misconceptions in your industry. Are there things that people assume about your business or trade that aren't accurate? Address them in a blog post! 42. Ask your readers for feedback. Do you have a question or dilemma? Let your readers participate by sharing it on the blog. Michaela did this with her readers in our Home Suite Home project when she asked them to vote on which design concepts they liked best. 43. Share your sources of inspiration. We see this all over the place on blogs, but think of your own creative way to make an inspiration post distinctly your own. I do this on my blog a couple time each month in Today's Top 3. 44. Solve a problem. Is there a particular issue that keeps coming up in your industry time and again? Provide a solution to it! Some examples? Braid Creative wrote a post on organizational tools for creative entrepreneurs and Ashley wrote a post for photographers on organizing their email inbox. 45. Write a post on the best (or worst!) advice you've ever received. This could be both helpful and hilarious for your audience. 46. Highlight the best (or worst!) moments since starting your blog/business. Again, this could be both helpful and hilarious for your audience. 47. Share your recent projects. Blogging is a great marketing tool. Use it to your advantage and highlight your latest work! Not only is it fun for your readers to follow along with, but you never know if potential customers are following along with you. Think of it as free advertising for your portfolio. 48. Share a testimonial or success story. It could be about your experience with another professional or a clients' experience with you. Word of mouth is the best advertisement. 49. Surprise your readers with something unexpected. Do you have a hidden talent or trait that your readers might not know about? Find a way to highlight it on your blog! I did this in my "That's a Rap" post and although it was totally random, it gave my readers a glimpse of my personality outside of blogging and designing. 50. Create a long list of something specific to your trade/blog/industry/field. Case in point. That's a wrap! Which ideas are you most excited to try? Do you have any suggestions for no-fluff, content-rich blog posts that I may not have mentioned?