Friday Link Love- Happy Weekend!!


I am soooooooooooooo happy it is the weekend!!! I had an insane week of work and I am excited to take a semi-break this weekend.  Weekends are when I get most of my photos done, but this weekend I have to finish up a cocktail shoot (and it features coconut) and cocktail photo shoots are my favorite since I celebrate the ending with said cocktail ;)

Lovely Indeed kills it with these gorgeous agate wall hooks.

Yellow watermelon is out there.

I have a lot of copper in my kitchen (like my iPad holder) I would love this copper piece from Anthropologie.  I probably would not use it for cooking; I would just want it to hold food on the counter and look pretty.

Let's Party white clutch.  Which is accurate cuz the only time I get to wear a purse that small is sans children.  Which is def a reason to party.  (love you bebes...)

My Unicorn Made Me Do It.

Shrimp Salad Circus created absolutely AH-MAZING color pages.  Seriously, they are so awesome. I want to break out my crayons right now.

Make Tell Blog has FREE printable stickers of any sticker you could ever want! Flamingos, pineapple, watermelons and so much more. I am buying sticker paper this weekend because these need to be in my life.

Unicorns, crayons and stickers... and heart sunnies on fruit- there is no way I am turning 30 something in a couple weeks!  #iamachild

Happy weekend everyone!!! Catch sneak peeks of the week ahead on instagram!

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6 Ways To Overcome A Creative Block


Creative block, writer's block, ruts, whatever you may call it, it happens to all of us.  Since it is my job to be creative and create content, I have to find ways to get out of ruts fast.  These are the 6 ways I have found helpful and help me get back on the creative path and get my job done.  

1) Go to the craft/fabric/kitchen/thrift store-  or whatever store your particular creative whim is and walk around.  Pick up a new paint color! Maybe an object catches your eye at the thrift store? Find a fabric you fall in love with and absolutely must use right now. Visiting the thrift store is my personal go-to, I never know what I may find there and instant projects are made!

Some thrift store projects of mine that were never on any blog editorial calendar:
Gold Foil Edged Office Supplies and Painted Abstract Brushstroke Ice Bucket
I am currently working on two more finds- projects that would not exist if I was not in a creative rut!

2) Keep a Pinterest board or the offline version- a mood board- for inspiration.  Add to your mood board all the time, anything that catches your eye! While all my Pinterest boards are filled with inspiration, I have one private board that I call "actionable" pieces of inspiration.  They are the colors, patterns, plants, lines I like on furniture that are currently inspiring me.  My offline mood board is similar but it changes more frequently (I really should work on my Christmas mood board right now). I do not think these boards would make any sense to anyone other than myself (A pattern on a skirt, a green leaf, etc) , but DIYS are created from them. When I have a due date for pitches and may be in a creative block, I look to my mood boards first- almost every time there is an idea I forgot about or a new idea created from the inspiration.




4) Make a date with a creative friend.  Hang out with another blogger, crafter, painter, etc- the creative(s) in your life.  Whenever I leave a coffee date with a blog friend, even if we do not discuss actual creating, I leave with passion and excitement.  Talking to someone who understands the blogging world and relates to the struggles and successes is like a drinking a cup of coffee filled with creativity.



3) Try something different! Pick up a new tool, a new craft, a new material, etc..  Whatever you want to do! How about make some glitter pills?! Because glitter pills are FUN and PRETTY. (I get asked all the time why I would make a glitter pill, I just want to get that out in the open) Whatever it is, just get to work on something creative.  Creativity is like a muscle, you need to work it out to see results! I picked up a wood burning tool- just for fun- and created a couple projects because I wanted to use it!
Projects: Engraved Wooden Mousepad & Wood Burned Tray


5) Create for ONE reason only- to create. I am paid to be creative and share my creativity with others and the most common reason for me to get in a rut is getting tapped out- I get bogged down with deadlines and stressed about finding new ideas.  So, I do something for me or our home, that is not for the blog or anyone else.  My most common go-to is painting.  It relaxes me and I love it and reminds me that I absolutely LOVE what I do. I even end up with projects out of them sometimes- my geometric tablecloth and recent mudcloth board were done when I gave up on trying to think of something to create and simply just started creating.  


6) And, finally, do not do anything! Take a break.  Go outside- nature can be great inspiration.  Or enjoy a Netflix marathon.  Read a book. Shut off, take a break, relax and know that ruts do not last long, you will get back to it and taking a break may be the best thing you did!


So, what do you do when you are in a creative rut?

This is part of a series called The Creative Entrepreneur- the first in the series which explains my creative journey can be found here!



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The Creative Entrepreneur- A New Blog Series!


I have a new series debuting this week and instead of making a super long intro on the first in the series, I thought I would do it here first!

The Creative Entrepreneur will be a series of posts on blogging, creative struggles, creative bosses & more!  Do not worry, I am still a DIY blog, there will always be lots of crafty goodness!

The reason I wanted to do a standalone post to debut this new series is to give you my background- so you learn a bit more about the blogger who DIYS around pink and sparkle and copper.

I have like NO creative background whatsoever (great intro, haha).  Well, maybe a tiny amount.  My mom was the only woman in her Masters Program of Fine Arts school at Cornell University. They only allowed ONE woman a year for the MFA program at the time (huge wtf...).  My dad writes. Like, all the time. Everyday. Don't interrupt him, it is dangerous.  So, perhaps some of their genes passed along.

As for me, when I was a child (7-10 years old),  I really loved art.  I had a large collection of art books with biographies and paintings and could look at a painting and name the artist.  I loved art museums (I still do) and went to Paris when I was 8- it was a dream of mine to go to The Louvre.  I also loved to write, I kept journals off and on and have books of really bad teenage angst poetry.  Fast forward to high school- I won a creative writing contest and participated in drama- acting and directing for 4 years. 

Although I was inclined towards the creative arts in high school, I decided not to pursue it, I enjoyed it- but it was not a career aspiration.  I graduated college with two degrees- Psychology & Criminal Justice.  I wanted to be in the FBI (for reals) but was madly in love with some guy I had been dating for 4 years (my now husband) and my sister needed a partner for her new business venture.  So, I decided to stick around Arizona for a bit and my sister and I debuted Rinkya, Inc.  I was Vice President for 12 years of Rinkya, a company that began in my sister's tiny apartment (like the toilet is in kitchen tiny) in Tokyo, Japan and my bedroom in a house I shared with two roommates in Arizona.  Over those 12 years,  Rinkya grew to a multi-million dollar business with a large warehouse in Japan and staff in the US.  Through the highs and lows, money and no money, we did achieve success. To say we made many mistakes would be an understatement. However, failure is good.  And these mistakes made me better.  It is the best way to learn.

When I had my first daughter, I went through a lot of changes and personal growth.  I started A Bubbly Life in Feb 2012 because I had wanted a blog to pursue my creative leanings for YEarsss and never did it. Having my daughter made me want to do all the things I said I would do and I was unhappy with my career; which did not seem to be a way to be a positive example for her.  I wanted to be a role model for her.

I quit my job at Rinkya when she was 9 months old, I no longer could juggle being at home with her, write the blog, and Rinkya work (although I downgraded my role to part time & no management).  I chose to quit Rinkya to fulfill my goal to be a role model for my daughter.  While my job gave me financial security and flexibility with my daughter (I worked at home) years on the job had made me a dispassionate, unfulfilled person.  I was in a suffocating cubicle, even if that cubicle was on my couch at home.

So, what does this long a** story mean for readers?  To achieve the goal of being a role model for my now TWO daughters- I want to use my experience as an entrepreneur, and now as a blogger, and share what knowledge I have.  And, to get other people to share their knowledge because everyone's experience is different and we all have knowledge to share.  

From my blogging experience, many bloggers, who do not even think of themselves as entrepreneurs, (hey, guess what you are!) do not demand enough, settle for less and are afraid to ask for more.
And, being a woman in the business world has its' barriers and pay discrepancies and CEILINGS. And I want those barriers knocked the eff down for my two girls.  I have some time, they are 4 and nearly 2 years old.  We can do this.

Lets get on this ride together and figure out the creative entrepreneur journey.

Phew, see why that needed its' own post- that was long winded.  So, we will hear from other creative entrepreneurs, tips and why I HATE the popular hashtag #girlboss and more over the next few months!

My first post in the series will be up this week- steps on How to Get Out of a Creative Block!

If you are still reading (haha the longest post ever on ABL) Please let me know what would you like to see in this series?  Drop me a comment or an email!

P.S.  Rinkya is still an awesome company and you should check it out if you need anything from Japan- Rinkya is the way to go!

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