01/07/14

I'm coming for you 2014

Thank you all so much for the positivity and support on yesterday’s post. It still feels a little weird to have let go of something that I spent so much time on.. Going to bed last night without having to pick my daily favorites and shop of the day for the exhibition site was bizarre. I’ll get used to it though. Really looking forward to what this year will bring.

And on that note, I thought it would be good to share four words for 2014. They’re not necessarily goals as much as they are things that I’m thinking about/ focused on this year, professionally anyway. Side note: Choosing words for the new year is a lot less intimidating than creating uber specific goals, for those that haven’t jumped on that resolutions bandwagon yet. Just sayin’.

Here are my words for the year…

1. Styling. One of most positive things to come out of 2013 for me, professionally, was the realization that I really, REALLY enjoy styling. After creating nearly 100 DIYs last year, for this blog and the other sites I write for (and styling every single one of those DIYs) AND working on a handful of home makeover stories for inclusion in an upcoming book, I’ve learned a lot.

I want to get more serious this year about prop styling. And treat it as a job in itself, not just something I do to make my DIY projects look good. So I’ll be taking on freelance clients this year, for styling jobs and alike. Want to work together? Shoot me an email ( brittni@papernstitch.com ) and we can talk about it.

I’ll still be doing plenty of DIYs this year by the way – those aren’t going anywhere.

2. Workshops. Even though I’m a total introvert, I like meeting new people and teaching in some form or another is on my list for 2014. Remember I was a high school teacher way back when? Me either. That was so long ago.

And alongside workshops, I plan to host some events this year. Two of which, are already on the books so I’m off to a good start. 1) The Glimmer, Shimmer, and Shake party at Alt later this month, that I’m co-hosting 2) And a special event (that’s still kind of top secret) which involves Palm Springs. FYI: If you have any suggestions for workshops/events you’d be interesting in attended (topics or location wise), I’m listening.

3. Travel. I have three trips planned between now and April, and hope to keep adding to that list as the year goes on. Every time I travel some place new, or somewhere I haven’t been in a while, I get a burst of energy and inspiration. Breaking out of my normal routine and environment every so often really does wonders for my creativity. Do you find that to be true for you?

4. Me. So this probably sounds like a weird one, but I’m promise I’m not a self-centered freak. I just want to make things more personal around here. Sharing more of myself, getting in front of the camera a little more often, doing a better job of showing what I’m up to on Instagram, etc.

So those are my words. For now at least.

And because I shared my words with you, I was hoping that you would want to share a few words with me. What words (or word) are you focused on for 2014?

01/06/14

Do Something Today for a Better Tomorrow

If I’m being honest, I’m a little nervous to write this post. But it also comes with a big sigh of relief, so I guess it’s a trade off. Here it goes…

I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals for the next year. And I mean a lot. Long before January 1st hit. And with those hopes for the future and dreams for the next 12 months, for both myself and Paper & Stitch, also comes some realizations.

In order to let some things in, other things must go.

As hard as it is to let go at times, there really is only room for so much. Only 24 hours in a day. Only seven days in the week. Only 12 months in the year. And I want to spend the next twelve months focused on the things that I am most passionate about.

Needless to say, this realization had me re-evaluating some things in my life. Well, one thing in particular, actually. So, after five years of showcasing the work of artists and makers on the exhibition site, I’ve decided to close up shop there (starting today) and instead focus all of my efforts on this blog.

In the last couple of years, my style has evolved and so have my interests. I’ve grown leaps and bounds. Personally and professionally. And I’m ready to move on from that side of things and pursue my other passions, like styling, crafting, and photography, more fully.

I have really enjoyed showcasing the work of artists and makers for all these years. And truly appreciate all the support many of you have brought to that space. But I’m also looking forward to all of the new things I have planned for this year.

So what does that mean for this blog?

I’ll still be posting daily with original DIYs, cool fashion finds, interiors, etc. So as far as that goes, nothing will change. And actually, I’ll be able to dedicate more time to writing and creating content around here now. Maybe even add a new column or two. Anything in particular you’d love to see around here? Let me know.

I am so, so excited to see what this year will bring.

If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer ‘em in the comments below. I must have re-written and condensed this post 15 times. There was so much I wanted to say, but I didn’t want to be too long winded.

-Brittni

*image credit Zachary Smith (found via Kelli Murray)

01/02/14

DIYs to Try this Weekend (Jan 2, 2014)

Wooo. It’s January. Happy new year!

I’ll be getting back to my normal (daily) posting schedule next week, but I decided to take the majority of this week to work behind the scenes on some things. Which has been great. I’ve been getting my editorial calendar planned(ish) for 2014 and working on a bunch of stuff for the Alt mini party that I am hosting with my friends Chelsea of Lovely Indeed and Ashley of Sugar & Cloth, later this month. Are you going to Alt SLC this year, by the way? Let me know. I’d love to meet you and dance awkwardly together at out Glimmer, Shimmer and Shake party.

Because of the behind the scenes stuff, this will be my last post for the week. And then back to normal next week, with posts everyday. So, I thought I’d end the week the way I always do, with a handful of DIYs I totally want to try this weekend…

1. How to paint a runner on hardwood floors from One Kings Lane

2. DIY a faux geode necklace project from Fall for DIY

3. Make faux leather pouches from Fellow Fellow

4. Make modern candle votives for $0.20 a piece from P&S

5. Whip up floral meringue sandwiches with lemon curd filling from Once Wed

6. Learn 6 ways to style a silk scarf from P&S

Hope you are having an amazing start to the new year!

See you back here on Monday.

-Brittni

12/30/13

Paper & Stitch // Best of 2013

I’m back from my trip to North Carolina – popping in before the new year to take a quick walk down memory lane. As cheesy as it may be, it only seemed right to share a few of my favorite blog moments from 2013, before the new year rolls in.

So, in no particular order, here are my top 11 moments from 2013…

live flower lampshade project // horizontal

1. Two words. Flower tutorials. I was really happy to be able to collaborate with an amazing flower company and some very talented ladies this year to bring a few big flower projects to life (like this one for a fresh flower lampshade made of dahlias, calla lilies, and more).

Me setting up in NYC for Lowe's event

2. Gab from The Artful Desperado and I went to New York City to design and decorate a dining room from scratch, for Curbly. Subsequently, that trip actually changed my opinion of NYC. I hadn’t really appreciated it much before that trip. It was too intimidating for me. But after walking around the city with Gab, a lot of (strong) drinks, and an amazing breakfast, I am definitely a fan. I can’t wait to go back!

first-food-post-with0amanda

3. I started collaborating with Amanda on food/ recipe posts, back in July. Our very first one was for these no-bake energy bites, which are soooo good.

Uppercase magazine feature from earlier this year (2013)

4. Brittany from The House that Lars Built interviewed me for Uppercase Magazine, which happens to be one of my favorite magazines. I was fortunate enough to be in handful of other publications the year as well, like Mollie Makes, COUCH, Ladies Home Journal, and Cloth.

gift bags for West Elm event

5. I teamed up with Sarah K. for a West Elm workshop called Meet + Make.

Outtake from merry and Bright shoot

6. In November, I worked with Scotch Tape, to create what ended up being my most pinned project of the year (pinned over 23,000 times – you guys are awesome!). Sarah Eddy was the photographer. Image above is an outtake from that shoot. In case you need a laugh.

Skillshare class : on DIY Tutorials

7. I launched my first online course with Skillshare for DIY bloggers, called the How To on How Tos. There are more than 250 students who have signed up for the class so far. Wanna join? Visit this link.

A DIY I did for Curbly earlier this year.

8. I did a bunch of DIY projects for other sites this year, including Curbly (like the one above – link to tutorial here)…

Hello There // DIY Fabric Chalkboard for DIY Network

9. I also created some DIYs for DIY Network (like this one)…

Flower Napkin Ring DIY for Project Wedding

10. And Project Wedding (like this one).

Gertie and Franz in the window

11. Jeff and I added Franz and Gertie to our family. Dang, these cats are growing bigger by the day.

What are your favorite moments from this year? Anything in particular that sticks out in your mind?

12/23/13

A Basket of Packages / Merry Christmas

So it’s the eve of Christmas Eve and I’m snuggled up in North Carolina, drinking apple cider and sitting by a fire. Just kidding. It’s only 8am – I’m hardly awake! But still, it’s been pretty magical up here so far.

I’ll be out for next few days and will pop back in before the new year with a couple of things. You know I can’t stay away long.

I hope you have a very happy holiday! And a very merry Christmas.

Be back soon!

-Brittni

*image by Sarah Eddy for Paper & Stitch