DIY! Gold ‘Dipped’ Flower Pot

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This past week I had a surprise visit from one of my best friends, who stopped by with a bag of my favorite Trader Joes things!  It was one of the sweetest things anyone has done for me in a long time, and although I L O V E D the chocolate, the goat cheese, the baguette and the wine (of course, the wine!!), my favorite thing included in her thoughtful gift was this mini orchid.

I have NEVER had a green thumb, so imagine my joy when the directions simply said “put 1 ice cube in flower pot once a week”.  DONE AND DONE!  The directions also said it needed indirect sunlight, so I knew that putting it on my desk in my office would be the perfect place.

Within the first few minutes of admiring it, I knew that a flower of it’s cuteness was worthy of more than a plain terra cotta pot.  Continuing with my ‘all things gold’ obsession, I got out my gold paint pen and within 2 minutes (maybe less), I had a beautiful and unique little home for my adorable orchid!

 

BEFORE:  Cute, but like all things in life, deserved just a little extra pizzazz.  Enter: gold paint pen (aka my go-to for an easy and inexpensive punch of pretty).

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STEP 1:  Grab a rubber band (I used one of the small clear ones since this was a small pot, but if you have a larger pot you’ll need one with more elasticity).  You want the rubber band to be tight, so the paint doesn’t bleed and you end up with a crisp line.

Arrange it the way you’d like on your pot.  I did a diagonal line because I wanted it to have a ‘dipped’ look, but putting a few rubber bands on it and doing some stripes would look awesome.  You really can’t go wrong.

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STEP 2:  Pick up that trusty paint pen.  I could write an entire blog post on my love for paint pens and the ways they’ve changed my life.  Of course, you can choose any color.  And you can really use any size, but for this one I used a thicker pen so it didn’t take me long to fill in my color.  {{I’ve tested a million paint pens, and the Craftsmart ones have proven to be my favorite for most projects.  Especially the gold – it leaves a metallic shine on pretty much any surface.  You can get them here: http://www.michaels.com/paints/paint-pens/809188072}}

To fill in the color, I just drew vertical lines, side by side until I had gone around the entire pot.  I wasn’t sure if the paint would leave marks on the terra cotta, so I played it safe, but it seemed to soak it in really well, so don’t worry about your lines being exact or straight or anything (yay for no pressure!!)

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STEP 3:  Wait for the paint to dry.  I left mine to dry while I took a shower, but I don’t think it needed even that long.  The paint really does soak into the terra cotta quickly.  Once it’s dry, take a pair of scissors and snip the rubberband and VOILA! 

For pennies and 3 minutes, you have a terra cotta pot with pizzazz!  BOOM!

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The Beauty of a Blog

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When I first thought about starting my own business, I brainstormed about a million ideas. Once of the ones I teetered back and forth with was the format of my Blog. I wanted to grow my business with my website, with my Etsy shop, with word of mouth and be taken seriously as an entrepreneur but I didn’t want to be taken too seriously – I am human first and businesswoman second – and the day to day things that entertain or encourage me is a HUGE part of both. I wanted to become known for my designs, but I didn’t want to constantly be uploading and changing my website (which is why I always direct my customers and clients to my Etsy Shop & Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest pages). My business is what I do – not who I am. And the wonderful thing about owning my own business and creating my own brand is that I have the ability to reach those who I may never have an opportunity to shake hands with in real life. When you’re not using it to self-diagnose the common cold (and end up convinced that you’ve contracted Mad Cow disease), the internet can be a really awesome thing.

I managed my first Blog during my pregnancy with my son, Cohen. I blogged every week (sometimes more) and I within my first month or so I had thousands of views. What started as a way to inform my friends and family about the ins and outs of my pregnancy, quickly grew into allowing people who I didn’t know in places that I had never been laugh and share my journey with me. I loved the feedback I got from it and the creative outlet it gave me during those 9 months. However, raising a baby actually requires A LOT more time and attention than growing one, so it’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to get back to it.

I love Blogs – I love that they have led me inside the doors of many homes and given me interior design ideas. I love the recipes they’ve introduced into my own kitchen. I love that just by clicking on a link, I can appreciate life through other’s experiences. I especially love and am inspired by those Bloggers who do a fantastic job of bridging the gap between their personal and professional lives. I’m able to appreciate their work and feel like I have a genuine connection to them – which, in my case {any hopefully in yours} – always steers me towards buying from or recommending them rather than someone I don’t know who’s work is just displayed on a shelf with a price tag. Knowing the artist/designer/entrepreneur behind the product or service is incredibly important to me, therefore, it’s the driving force behind my Blog.

Kate at The Small Things Blog began blogging in 2011, uploaded some AMAZING hair tutorials to Pinterest and by that fall, her Blog was averaging 2-3mil pageviews a month! Her hair tutorials are incredible (my fave is this), but so are her pictures of her family (congratulations on the new baby!), her recipes (how awesome do these look!?) plus, she’s now a CAROLINA GIRL and shares my love for dots and stripes! Love her!

Or Emily at Jones Design Company, who also shares my love for typography and printed goods and sells her creations in the JDC Shop. Her sense of style is so timeless and clean, and someday I hope to keep my house as neat and tidy as this (isn’t it beautiful!?). I also appreciate her love for her children and how she does such a great job of always making them feel special (like her daughter’s birthday party). She has an incredible eye for detail and I’m continually inspired by what I see on her Blog.

These are just two of the Blogs that I visit frequently and admire so much the talent behind them. I hope to one day be featured in someone else’s Blog like they are in mine. Lofty goals, I know – but a goal nonetheless.

In the meantime, I want this Blog to be entertaining and fun, not only focusing on my business as it grows, but on everything else I love about life. I love decorating. I love throwing dinner parties. I love my church. I love crafting. I love cooking. I love fashion and jewelry. And I L-O-V-E being a wife and a momma. So this blog is dedicated to all of these things. Whether it’s a DIY project, a great new recipe, a fun outfit or a crazy ‘adventure in raising a family’ tale, this is the place for all of the above (and more). The Beauty in the Blog is just that – the freedom to highlight the beauty of all things you love.

XO – LJ

Hi There, Hello & W E L C O M E!

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Ahhhh! I cannot even believe this dream is actually a REALITY. My brother makes fun of me for over-using the phrase “Is this real life?” but I find myself constantly asking myself this exact question when it comes to my business, my website, this blog…and everything in between.

I wanted my first blog post to tell you a little more about me, Lindsey, the self-taught entrepreneur and self-proclaimed doodler. So, here we go…

I am a true blue, real life, born and bred Charlottean. I LOVE this city and everything about it. I married the man of my dreams, Andrew in 2010 and 2 years later (almost to the day) we welcomed our son, Cohen. {If you want a good laugh, read through my first Blogger experience when I kept up with my pregnancy – it’s sure to entertain…} There’s not a single second that goes by that I don’t feel like the luckiest woman in the world to have these two in my life. They are literally the inspiration behind everything that I do.

I love Starbucks Skinny Vanilla Lattes, cheese, anything on Bravo, Target, college football, my church, old Hymns, my family, my momma’s house in Lake Murray, SC, collecting milk glass from old antique shops, cooking (not to be confused with baking), Bogle Petite Syrah, HIGH heels, General Hospital (Sonny Corinthos – andthose dimples!), Mexican food, really soft blankets, cool coffee mugs, bonfires, cookouts with friends, patios on a nice afternoon, throwing dinner parties, writing notes for my son’s lunch and spending quality time with all of my AMAZING family and friends.

I opened LJDesignCo in June of 2013 and the past year has been a whirlwind of one blessing after another. In the past year I have established great personal & professional friendships, I have signed on with my first Greeting Card company to design for them, I’ve designed for over 100 parties and events and personal orders, and I’ve grown my business in ways I never dreamt possible. I have no formal training or education in the art of calligraphy, typography or anything you’ll see me design or create. While I’ve seriously considered taking a calligraphy class at the community college just for fun, I’m afraid that may alter my personal and unique style…so unless I’m just sitting around bored and have crazy amounts of spare time on my hands one day (bahaaha), I’ll just sit back and thank God for this talent He’s blessed me with and all of the people He’s placed in my life who continually support and encourage me and this business. It’s because of them (and you!) that I’m able to do what I love and for that, I am eternally grateful.

I am crazy obsessed with paper, pens, writing, and pretty much anything that adds beauty and creativity to this already amazing world that God created and blessed us to live in. Black and white stripes are my favorite (if you couldn’t already tell) and anything sparkly or shiny instantly has my heart.

I l o v e hearing from you, so if there’s a question/comment you have about myself or LJDesignCo., please don’t hesitate to contact me personally at {lindsey@ljdesignco.com}.

Thank you SO much for stopping by and for helping make my dream a reality.

XO – LJ