It has been SUCH an awesome week of celebration and beautifully made wares. Thank you all for helping to make it all so fun and special.

We’ve been talking about different “wisdom nuggets” that have helped shape my creative world and today, I wanna just keep it simple: MAKE STUFF.

That’s actually harder than it sounds. It’s tough to carve out time to work with our hands to make something right out of our own imaginations. But, for a maker, it is SO important to reserve time for this. Essentially, it’s free therapy. I was known for curing a break up or two with a lot of paint, (glitter of course), and sequins. (Yeah, I like shiny things.)

Maybe you’ve been wanting to start an Etsy shop. Maybe you went to a craft fair and were very inspired. Ask yourself this. If you had plenty of time and resources were not an issue, what would you be doing? That’s probably where your heart is. Can you draw from that energy? It’s Friday. Can you set an hour aside for yourself this weekend and get to making what’s in your heart to make? Who knows what will come from that intentional hour. Or maybe you don’t really have a creative bone in your body. I hear people say that sometimes. But you might surprise yourself. Try out a new recipe. Organize the junk drawer (I put mine on Instagram this week. Y’all, that’s bold.) Creativity doesn’t HAVE to been glitter or crafting. It’s finding new ways to problem solve.

I have been making things. A lot of things. And my ADD brain wants to jump on another project before I finish the first. I have to seriously commit to completing one thing before starting another. I’d like to share an example of something I’ve actually completed! It’s a fun debut to make. I’ve been hinting for awhile that I am designing my collection. And y’all probably think I’m full of it since you haven’t seen ANYTHING.

Well, (drumroll please) here is one of my first pieces!!! TA-DA!!!!

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I LOVE IT. I love the colors, I love the gold envelope, I love the little rounded corners…LOVE this pattern. It reminds me of the sweet fabrics my mom used when she sewed for my sister and I. I also love its cheeriness and brightness: two traits that are absolute requirements as I go about designing this collection. Ledford was Miss Wyolene’s maiden name and I am digging how so much of my family’s heritage is influencing what I’m making these days. You’ll be seeing this pattern pop up in different places. I can’t wait to show you more!

But perhaps you don’t want to wait on the September debut. Maybe you’re saying “Gimme gimme I need I need.” (Bob Wiley? Anyone? Anyone?) Okay. Today, I’m going to hook one of you UP. Before you can even buy these notecards, I will give a set of 8 to not one, but TWO lucky readers! I’m mixing up the rules a bit today (because hey, we’re all learning as we go, right??) You can win either on Instagram OR here on the blog OR you can enter twice by doing both. (Sneaky sneaky, me!)

For Instagram Entries:
1. Post a picture of something you’ve made in the last week….it can be food, or a craft, or maybe you managed to make your bed. That counts.
2. Follow and tag @misswyolene in your post.
3. Use the hashtags: #misswyolenehasanewblog,  #shewantsmetosendmoresnailmail, #imadethis

And/or…

For Blog Entries:
1. In the comments below, tell me what you’ve made in the past week. It can be anything!
2. Share the link to this post on a social media outlet, tagging @misswyolene (so that I can see it!) 

I will be accepting entries until midnight tonight, EST.

A HUGE thank you to Christina Nicole her giving away such gorgeous earrings yesterday. If you missed out and can’t get them out of your mind ((raises hand)) you can buy them here. And congrats to @heylaurenmckay for winning the contest from yesterday’s post

Happy Friday!

Love,

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