January 30, 2014

Win a Greeting Card

Friday, February 7th, 2014 is "Send a Card to a Friend Day." Eternal Girl is offering one lucky reader a FREE card from the shop -winner's choice! See the selection of cards here. To enter, follow the rules below. The giveaway will run from Thursday Jan. 30th - Sunday Feb. 2nd.

To enter giveaway:
1. Leave a comment stating who you would mail the card to. Include your email address.
2. (Optional Entry) Favorite Eternal Girl on Etsy and leave your username in a comment

The winner will be chosen through random.org at 12:00am EST Feb 3rd.
Check out Lydia's blog post about mailing her Eternal Girl greeting card!

Chic on the Cheap: By Hand

January 23, 2014

Headbands and a Giveaway!

Sepia Rhinestone Willow Headband
Hair accessories are it's own unique art form. There are so many different kinds of designs to style your head with! House of Garland specializes in beautiful, handmade headbands for adults of all ages. This Etsy shop offers creations made of an array of colored rhinestones, satin ribbon, synthetic leather, velvet, beads, and wire. These headbands make great time-savers for looking elegant at formal events and also for everyday wear.

The creator behind these lovely hair accessories is Janet. She and her family have always been in the garment and fashion industry. House of Garland came as an inspiration to Janet to explore her creative side. Previously, she had been working for other designers and felt stuck at her job.
Blossom Florence Rhinestone Satin Headband
She had an urge "to create something that I can call my own. Hence, House of Garland is my first attempt to create something that I truly love and feel very interested in."

The feeling of making something, and being excited to share it with others is exhilarating. Janet mentions her motivation to keep creating is heightened "every time people compliment my headbands, whether through social media or even when I’m wearing my own headbands - as a human billboard!" Janet strives to offer her customers one-of-a-kind, quality headbands."We will only have one or two of each headband in stock. That way, shoppers will know for sure they are getting something unique."

Blue Bauhinia Rhinestone Headband
In case you're wondering, the word "garland" means a decorative cord, or in other words, a band. Find more about House of Garland on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest. Also, Janet welcomes ideas and loves to see other people's style - so if you see any unique headbands, please tag them @houseofgarland on Instagram! And for my special readers, use coupon code BLOGLOVE30 for 30% off your purchase at House of Garland (expires February 28, 2014)!



And now for the Giveaway!

January 22, 2014

Change and Growth

We make new years resolutions to recognize areas of our life we need to improve. And hearing from some of my readers' resolutions tells me that they genuinely care about their personal growth. Some of them want "to smile more and be happy," and others want to "learn to live for the moment, not for the hour, not for the day, not for the month." I saw lots of positive responses. I guess for myself, I'd like to trust myself more - to recognize my needs through my thoughts and feelings.

To bring in the new year, I asked some of my sponsors and friends:
What is something you want to change, or improve on this year?





"Changing and improving takes time so all I want from this year is that everything would go smoothly with the Church Wedding & The Party after. I hope my family will be there and my Grandma who rasied me up... I unfortunately lost my Grandpa last year, right before our Civil Wedding but I am sure he is up there watching..."


Laura:
"This year I really hope to improve my blog by working on it, even in some small way, everyday. I want all my blog posts this year to be interesting to read and to plan lots of great blog posts and do more makeup looks when I have some time so that I write no "filler" blog posts when I'm too busy with the rest of my life and college work."
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January 15, 2014

Tea Sleeve Download


I made my very own teabags complete with my own designed tea sleeves! For those of you that don't know, tea sleeves are the lovely packaging used to keep teabags in. I've started to make my own teabags, and have been working on them for a while. This tea sleeve design is one of my signature floral prints, hand-drawn and purple!


How to use the tea sleeve download:
1. Download the Tea Sleeve to your computer, and print it out.
2. Cut along the edges of the tea sleeve.
3. In the white space, write your tea flavor (see photo below)
(For gift-giving: add a personal message here!)
4. Place your tea bag in the sleeve.
5. Fold and glue the edges down.
6. Print multiple tea sleeves and repeat!

Use this tutorial to make your own tea blends and bags.


January 13, 2014

Auries Designs

I come across a wonderful Etsy shop that redefines paper goods. Auries Designs specializes in handmade paper goods including 3D cards, advent calendars, cupcake toppers, baby shower gifts, journals & notebooks, picture frames, decorative clothespins, bookmarks, gift tags, decorative cards, and more! They carry special wedding and bridal cards, cards for all holidays, and everyday greeting and note cards.

I got to know more about the creators behind these cool designs. Tre and her mother Aurie hand craft all their items in a collaboration. After teaming up to make Christmas gifts for their friends and family, they started receiving custom orders. Soon after, they began their business, and have been selling on Etsy since March 2012.

Both Tre and Aurie have a keen eye for detail, but have very different styles. "By blending our artistic perspectives we are developing a style that has universal appeal." They are still in the early stages of developing and branding their shop, hoping to introduce new product lines for weddings and baby showers. Tre and Aurie work together in their shared design studio. They have a singular framed quote that keeps them motivated:

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, 
but by the moments that take our breath away."

Having a shared interest gives this mother-daughter team wonderful bonding time. Life and love is what keeps them creative. They work together towards leaving their customers breathless.

You can find more about Auries Designs around the web. Make sure to visit them on Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook! Use coupon code PUELLA for 10% off your purchase (expires January 30th).

January 6, 2014

TwelveSkip

I am constantly looking for new ways to improve my blog's design and to market my online store. I was shown an extremely resourceful website, TwelveSkip. It is a website geared toward bloggers and internet entrepreneurs, with how-to's and guides to better market your online presence.

Social Media Icons
Skimming through TwelveSkip, I noticed it has TONS of helpful articles. I was immediately drawn to the colorful freebie column on the homepage. Among the downloadable goodies are blog icons, button templates, e-commerce icons, plus resources for graphic and web designers like textures, brushes, and fonts. Even more web design resources include HTML codes, Photoshop, Wordpress, and start-up tutorials. There are tons of tips for social media marketing on instagram, twitter, facebook etc., and successful blogging tips. There are also lots of fun random posts like the best wedding websites, grocery list downloads, and YouTube's most shared videos. There is definitely something for everyone!

Article for tips to Fashion Blogging
The creator behind TwelveSkip is a 23 year old web designer, Pauline, with 7 years of experience. "I've been building different kinds of websites for the past few years. Blogging is my current full time job, but I also do web design services on the side." It all began when Pauline started experimenting with HTML and designing layouts on Myspace.com. "Many people were asking me how I design my stuff. So I decided to create a separate account that offered myspace layouts; then it grew unexpectedly." The amount of traffic Pauline was getting, grew to about 200,000 friends. She, then, was contracted by a large company to earn money while working to design layouts. Shortly after, Pauline made her own website, and continued to learn more about web designing outside of Myspace - which brings us to TwelveSkip. "I want to be known for something I am passionate about - building and designing sites and teaching what I've learned."
Marketing Resources

Pauline loves helping people solve problems and encourages people to ask her for help. She strives "to help people market their site effectively through good web design, quality content and using aggressive marketing strategies." If you are a blogger or internet entrepreneur make sure to reach out to Pauline. Your questions and suggestions may turn into an article on her website!

January 4, 2014

New Year Giveaway

I hope everyone had a great last year and has fun in the new 2014 year!
Happy New Year!! 

As a new feature on Eternal Girl's Etsy shop, you can create you own ring. You can use any of the shop designs or have you own design specially made! Click the image to see more.

To kick off the new year and the new "Create a Ring" option, I have made a special owl ring. I'd love to give it to one of Eternal Girl's fans! Enter using rafflecopter below, for a chance to win this Owl Ring!