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Have Yourself a Yaky Little Christmas….

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You wanna hear something super embarrassing? (Besides the fact that “hear” was spelled “here” the first week this was posted…) Ok, maybe not super, but maybe just a little embarrassing. I didn’t really know what alpine chalets were all about. I knew it was something wintery and cabiny. I had to pinterest search “Alpine Chalet” to figure out my direction for this weeks Spoonflower Challenge. I wasn’t hopeful to hit the Tuesday deadline as I started this quest late Monday afternoon, but hey, a girls gotta try sometimes! But y’all…Holy EYE CANDY. After approximately 11.4 seconds of looking over my pinterest feed I told my husband I have picked out our...

Forest ABC’s Free Printable

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We start preschool today, and I am so. ready. I love my little zoom Bug, but we’re both happier when she has a little play time with other kids! We’ve been really focusing on learning the alphabet lately, but she is just too darn creative. It has been both a blessing and a curse. In terms of learning The ABC’s, it most certainly has been the latter. Her alphabet goes something along the lines of “A, B, C, D, E, X, Y, ZEEEEEE! B! Ellemeno PEEEEEE!” Whenever I try to tell her that she has to sing them in a certain order, I get met with a lot of opposition...

You’re so weird. I like that!

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I remember somebody once signed my year book. “You’re really weird, but I like you anyway!” 🙁 I dont know if I was more offended or hurt. A) I was weird..annnnd the connotation behind that isn’t a positive one.  And B) apparently being weird usually makes people unlikable. As I have matured (like a good aged cheese) I have realized that my weirdness is what sets me apart in the best of ways. I’ve found people like me and I love my little weirdo tribe! I wouldn’t trade my weirdies for the world! Because these are the people that are happy! These are the people who know who they are...

Can you do it for me?

  This is so. True. I’ve noticed this in my own work. I’ve noticed this in others work, and doubt does totally destroy creativity. So often I hear people say “I can’t do it. I’m not artistic…”  (or in the case of my toddler, “You do it, mom!”). All I want to do is shake them and say, “Everyone is creative! Stop doubting yourself!” Seriously y’all, don’t doubt what you can do. You are so amazing and unique. “The artist is not a special kind of person; rather each person is a special kind of artist.” Amanda Coomaraswamy Take confidence in what you do. If it doesn’t look like everyone else’s, congratulations!...

Do you really like Razzmatazz?

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  Recently I have had a lot of fun and unique opportunities. As I try to decide which ones I want to take, I do what every business woman does. I talk to my mom! Now, I don’t mean to brag, but my mom pretty much rocks. She’s been in the fabric biz for most of my life and knows a thing or two about running a successful business. Are you ready to hear what she told me? Do you have you pen and paper ready for notes? Sometimes you don’t know what you want. Sometimes you don’t know what you’re good at. Life has a lot more ? than...

Forest Floor Blog Tour: Portfolio Zipper Book Clutch

Forest Floor Blog Tour: Zipper Book by Spotted Pepper Designs

It’s Monday. Mondays are rough stuff because weekends are so wonderful. However, this Monday the world is a little brighter because I am crushing on Bonnie Christines Forest Floor Fabrics. Every Monday needs a little eye candy to take away the sting of the grind, amiright? This Art Gallery collection has me with *heart eyes* all day long, and I am so excited to be part of this blog tour and also show you my brain child. I am sure I saw this on my usual lurking grounds about a year ago, and I never was able to get my mind off of it since. I spent forever and three quarters...

Be Yourself!

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Design work has been a long, hard journey for me. Trying to find out where I fit in the world has been difficult. I spent so much time, energy, and heart trying to figure out how others where doing it, and thinking it was the only way. Because of this, I missed out on the key point. To be myself! When I do ‘me’, is when I create my best work. I don’t question. I don’t struggle. I thrive. It’s so important to be yourself. I’ve gained so much self love and confidence as I have figured out who Designer Rachel is. Designer Rachel loves ugly colors, that don’t match,...

Your soul.

Soul Happy Printable by Spotted Pepper Designs

So many days I get to the end and feel so exhausted. Wasn’t it Bilbo Baggins that said something about not enough butter and too much bread? I feel like the butter. There just isn’t enough to go around, and what is there just can’t handle a whole piece of bread! I get talked out, touched out, worn out, exhausted by politics, tantrums, facebook fights, mommy shaming, physical pain…should I let the list go on? We both know it can. Adulting is hard. At the very end of every the day I just want to crawl in bed and brainlessly watch The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and giggle to myself forever...

Today I did something amazing!

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Today, I wore a bathing suit. In this pale new mom bod that I am still learning how to love. I love my body, I really do. It has done some amazing things. It’s held up to some strong endurance sports. It’s carried all my babies. It’s fed those babies. It’s felt love and happiness. It eats tacos. I really like tacos.  It’s also done some really bad things. It fell off a wall once. Like 7 years ago. And I still walk with a limp. It has bailed out on supporting a few pregnancies. Apparently, my blood likes to form clots, so I can’t sit for longer than 2-4...