Saturday, November 22, 2014

Life is Messy Kitchen Cooking: Domesticraft Style


Finally, I finished the photo shoot for my blog post about Mayi Carles's Life is Messy Kitchen Cookbook!  This post is picture HEAVY, so I'll keep my chat to a bare minimum.  I see you rolling your eyes, don't think I don't, Missy!  I spent the WHOLE DAY doing this, not just for Mayi and cause I love her & she's awesome and talented and very inspiring . . . 

[Here a few take-aways and aha moments from Mayi that I really love!]


Life is Messy Kitchen is a testament to getting things done to the best of our abilities. Done is better than perfect!

Life is Messy Kitchen is a tribute to bouncing back quickly after having the wind knocked out of us. It’s okay to have a a bad day, just don’t unpack + live there!

Life is Messy Kitchen is a statement to the huge power of dreams + daring greatly. Only when we are brave enough to try will we discover all the abundance that's possible!
 . . . but because I am compelled, I can't stop myself, I'm addicted and I'm having too much fun!  This is some serious CRAFT HAPPY!  I hope you enjoy all the photos!   I so encourage you to get the cookbook cause it was DELISH and it is one of the CUTEST cookbooks I've ever seen and you know I love me some cute! ;)

Life is Messy Kitchen . . . 
Whether you are struggling to trade busy work for a hammock + fill your tote with fresh flowers from the Farmer’s Market (after trying all the samples) or expand your definition of dinner under a starry sky, Life is Messy Kitchen: A Quirky Guide to Sane + Happy + Clean Eating is an invitation to reset our intention around food with a sense of humor + good appetite + a taste for adventure. Learn more at: www.lifeismessykitchen.com
 
  LIFE IS MESSY KITCHEN COVER

Here, also, is a link to Mayi's Launch Party on Tuesday, Novemember 25 at 3:00 pm Eastern Time.  "Hoping to hear all the inside secrets behind the making of Life is Messy Kitchen? Like, what it was like to work with a professional photographer? The recipes testing + finding (or not finding) the ingredients? The crazy process of designing the cover? The meltdowns? The stuff that went utterly wrong, like that time we killed a dehydrator… TWICE? - See more at: http://heartmadeblog.com/#sthash.epf9Nkjr.dpuf
http://www.spreecast.com/events/life-is-messy-kitchen-launch-party"


So, let's get right to the show!  Be sure to leave your sweet and thoughtful comments cause I love hearing from you!  ( and to win prizes . . . prizes are good) Oh, if you hadn't heard, all prizes won in the last couple of weeks and tomorrow's winner too, will be shipped when I get back home, so next week sometime.  Thanks for being so patient.  I'll make sure to wrap it up super cute for you!! Enjoy!

join us

Hoping to hear all the inside secrets behind the making of Life is Messy Kitchen? Like, what it was like to work with a professional photographer? The recipes testing + finding (or not finding) the ingredients? The crazy process of designing the cover? The meltdowns? The stuff that went utterly wrong, like that time we killed a dehydrator… TWICE?

Well, you’re in luck, cuz I’m hosting a Life is Messy Kitchen Launch Party this next Tuesday, November 25 at 3PM ESTClick here to RSVP + save your seat!

And you wanna be there because we will be giving away signed copies of the book + the cutest kitchen props ever. AHHHH!!! It’s true.
- See more at: http://heartmadeblog.com/#sthash.epf9Nkjr.dpuf









 




















 Thanks for stopping by, as usual, my friend!  I hope it put a smile on your face!  Have an awesome weekend, In sha Allah! (God willing)




Craft Happy!

Nancy
xoxoxo

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Domesticraft Relaunch & Life is Messy Kitchen Launch-0-Rama!



Two exciting EVENTS going on today in my little world!  


1.  I want to remind you guys about the Life is Messy Kitchen Cookbook!  It is being launched TODAY!  Yay Mayi!  It's not to late to sign up for her challenge!
Comment, comment, comment to be entered to win these cool-o prizes!!


Click on the link below to get all the deetz! 
Start your engines!

I'm doing Mayi's challenge TOMORROW!  I'm tidying up the kitchen here at my sister's house.  Her kitchen is actually always tidy, it's my craft chaos throw-up all over her counters and table, that I'm having to clean up!  


Sorry, Sis . . . I know you gave me a whole studio to craft in, but it's so pretty that I prefer to keep it clean and use all but 2 feet of space at the end of the counter bar.  (That's how much room I left her)  

So peeps, let's help Mayi launch her awesome LIFE IS MESSY KITCHEN COOKBOOK and have some fun at the same time!


NEXT UP . . .







2.  The re-branding of Domesticraft!  TA-DA!  It has been a bit of a struggle with the whole "downsizing, will these boxes and suitcases ever end??" and walking around like I was on a boat drifting at sea, having to jettison so, so much!  Well, it was just what I needed!  And then, about two thirds of the way done getting the apartment in order, I abandoned my hubs for four weeks!  (with his blessing of course)  So instead of thinking of the downsizing as an ending of sorts, I now call it a fresh beginning!  And who doesn't love that?

I'm in my last week of  visiting at my little sister's house in super, sunny Scottsdale, Arizona!  The weather has been amazing and I so get why peeps would want to live here . . . at least at this time of year!  I've had complete freedom to craft and chat and brainstorm and eat popcorn and m&m's to my heart's content!  CRAFT CHICK BLISS!  

Here is an interesting shot for my Sis, Carol.  I thought her gorgeous jewelry could use a little T-Rex action!  The Jewel Lady
  
I can't even begin to tell you what an awesome time I've had!  So, here's what I came up with and it feels RIGHT . . .  cause I stay up late planning it and wake up early thinking about it!  I am chomping at the bit to get started, ya know?   I'm looking at an official launch date of January 1, 2015!  I've got so much I can't wait to share with you!  Do you have any ideas for me?  I would love your input!  And in case I haven't mentioned it or for some reason you didn't notice . . . I AM SO FLIPPIN' EXCITED!


Also, did you happen to notice my new blog header?  Go ahead, I'll give you a minute to scroll up and check it out.   Stay as long as you like, I so hope you like it! :)  Oh, you're back . . .man, that was fun to do!  I'd forgotten how much I love drawing with my mouse!  I've been going down a lot of rabbit holes with my little mouse lately.

Okay, so here's what I came up with it!  Let me know what you think in the comments, I would so appreciate it.  I am a work in progress and want to serve you, so let me know!

This is what my biz is and what my mission statement, my tagline and my signature look like. 

There's more to do, but I'll take it a day at a time. I'll officially re-launch Domesticraft on January 1, 2015 . . . READY OR NOT!  You know why?  Of course you do.  The pursuit of cute never ends . . . Isn't that GREAT?


 
DOMESTICRAFT


Home of craft, color & cute.

I am obsessed with them C's.
My husband thinks I'm cute.
I think he's cool.

I design cute stuff.
I make cute stuff.
I photograph cute stuff.
I share cute stuff.

I teach cute stuff.
I sell cute stuff.




MY MISSION STATEMENT

Craft, Create & Chat
Learn, Laugh, & Like
Scrap, Sew & Smile
Stitch, Stamp & Share
Glue, Glitter & Giggle
Drink, Eat & Take Pictures

Now Relax, Rejuvenate and Repeat!


My tagline:  A craft happy social venue . . . spreading the happy

My signature:  Craft Happy



       Craft some happy and spread it everywhere!



Craft happy,
xoxoxo Nancy

P.S.  I need to give a little shout out to my friend, Sarah Shotts of Sarahshotts.com  She designed The Adventurer’s Handbook with mini-adventures designed to open your eyes to the adventures all around you.  I loved it!  It was a fun way to help me with my focus and enjoy all the changes going on in my life and not to take myself so serious, ya know?  Make it an adventure! Check out her site, there is a lot of good stuff there!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Life is Messy Kitchen with Mayi Carles from Heartmadeblog!


Ladies, I need your help!  My friend, Mayi Carles needs my help so I am calling on all my friends reading this.  She is launching her cookbook, Life is Messy Kitchen, in less than a week now!  Talk about nerve wracking, huh?  

She is awesome and adorable and friendly and super smart! In sha Allah (God willing) she is going to knock it out the ballpark!
 
Go, Mayi, Go!

 Life is Messy Kitchen officially comes out Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

  She invited me to participate in a pre-launch virtual pot-luck, as an official ambassador of her Life is Messy Kitchen Cookbook!  My episode, Domesticraft . . . Diva in the Kitchen, will be featured on her blog Heartmade on Novemember 19th, next Wednesday!  I want to put out a special invitation to you, to be an official ambassador too!  It sounds like it's going to be super fun . . . she did not have to twist my arm to help out!

She's offering some super cool prizes for being so kind and helpful (she's hoping Oprah is going to give her a call, I'm thinking I want to hear from Martha Stewart!) AND I'm going sweeten the pot with a cute little prize too!

I'll do a drawing for the super cute prizes above, kind of like I did last week.  Comment and share on the blog post and Facebook and Instagram and Pinterest both on my sites and Mayis too, if you could!  The drawing for the above prize which includes the 4"x6" recipe card holder/journal date card, a roll of adorable washi tape, a spool of red and white baker's twine and a super bird cage die-cut wrapped with the cutest trims!  Seriously cute!  AND the bag too!  Sweet Camero model and the awesome Arizona sun and pool side loveliness are all mine!  Sorry, peeps.
 
Life is Messy Kitchen officially comes out Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

Behind The Scenes: Life is Messy Kitchen Top Secret Project

Flight attendants, please prepare for departure. Life is Messy Kitchen launches in ONE WEEK!!! Countdown will commence in 3-2-1…
 


If you do not have a blog, I am pretty sure if you could just share the heck out of it to all your peeps, that would be pretty cool too!  You know, build up some momentum and anticipation for the cookbook release!  Mayi says:  "If you would like to be a part of the Life is Messy Kitchen cookbook  LAUNCH-O-RAMANESS  for a chance to win cool prizes and social media love and calorie-free cookie points . . . shoot me an email at MayiCarles@gmail.com"

LAUNCH-O-RAMANESS
P.S.: If you would like to be a part of the Life is Messy Kitchen LAUNCH-O-RAMANESS for a chance to win cool prices + social media love from me + good karma calorie-free cookie points, shoot me an e-mail at mayicarles@gmail.com.
Click here to get on the Life is Messy Kitchen first to know list!

P.S.: If you would like to be a part of the Life is Messy Kitchen LAUNCH-O-RAMANESS for a chance to win cool prices + social media love from me + good karma calorie-free cookie points, shoot me an e-mail at mayicarles@gmail.com.
P.S.: If you would like to be a part of the Life is Messy Kitchen LAUNCH-O-RAMANESS for a chance to win cool prices + social media love from me + good karma calorie-free cookie points, shoot me an e-mail at mayicarles@gmail.com.
P.S.: If you would like to be a part of the Life is Messy Kitchen LAUNCH-O-RAMANESS for a chance to win cool prices + social media love from me + good karma calorie-free cookie points, shoot me an e-mail at mayicarles@gmail.com.
THE CHALLENGE: 
  1. On November 18, pick ONE recipe from the book. Or if you’re not sure you wanna purchase the book just yet you can definitively pick ONE of three recipes from the FREE SAMPLE kit. It can definitively involve your granny’s donut maker hehehehe :)
  2. Recreate it. Feel free to make it your own alterations + get creative. Have fun with it!
  3. Write a blog post. 
  4. Share pictures on social media.
  5. Pick a date between Wednesday, November 19 + Wednesday, November 26 to post your recipe take.
  6. Include this little blurb about LIMK with a link to www.lifeismessykitchen.com if your feeling generous.
  7. Let me know if you are game to save you a seat + include the day between Wednesday, November 19 + Wednesday, November 26 that you’ll be publishing. 

THE AMBASSADOR BENEFITS:
  1. Get your blog post included in a post on Heartmade Blog, including a link back to your blog for SEO love.
  2. Get social media shout-outs from me + other Life is Messy Kitchen foodies.
  3. Be entered to win a FREE sign copy of Life is Messy Kitchen when it comes out March 2015. 
  4. A chance to win some of my favorite kitchen props including cute measuring cups + cheeky aprons + adorable dishtowels + so much more!
  5. Good karma calorie-free cookie points

Sunday, November 9, 2014

"Perfect Weather! A whole week of April in November!"

One more reminder about the awesome course that I've been blogging and posting about for a while now!

I'm so excited for this course by April! This course will knock you right out of your rainboots & have you tossing your umbrella!" 

 
{This is a graphic I did for us Oregon peeps, get it?}

April Bowles-Olin is a writer, creative business consultant, marketing strategist, and photography dabbler.  She wants to live in a world where artists and makers adore their blogs, write with confidence and know how to get their unique work in front of people who love it—and scramble for their credit cards because they just ‘have to have it.’ April has been featured on U.S. News and World Report, Etsy, Design*Sponge, Where Women Create and The Unmistakable Creative.  She has worked with hundreds of creatives via one-on-one consulting, group coaching and online courses. When she’s not helping creative entrepreneurs build successful businesses around the lives they crave, you can find her snapping pictures of her three adopted lab mixes, discovering nifty spy tricks while watching Burn Notice with her husband, and reading every young adult novel she comes across without shame.  Connect with April online: WebsiteFacebookTwitter
 
It starts tomorrow, November 10th, Monday at 9:00 a.m.!

So if anybody needs to get ahold of me on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 9-4 and maybe the rebroadcast that comes almost directly after it, well you'll find me glued to my computer! :)

But that's not all, because as expected with Apil weather . . . it rains!  Well, it's pouring at Creative Live!  April's first Creative Live course Build A Successful Creative Blog will be rebroadcast on the 13th, 14th and 15th right after the new course!  I KNOW! So now you know where to reach me!



    And the winner is . . . 


  Shauna Ray-Ruff
11.08.14

 Woot!  Hi Shauna!



Hip, Hip and HOORAY!




Anyhoo,
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CONGRATULATIONS,  SHAUNA!

 One more day of contest left, sorry I messed up the timing a bit!  COMMENT PEEPS!


 xoxoxo
Nancy