Design Spotlight | Leah Duncan

Good morning! I began this series over at The Blog Market a couple weeks ago but then decided it made more sense to carry it on here. I’m so inspired by patterns lately and have been learning Illustrator to get on the pattern bandwagon myself. So much fun! One of my favorite surface pattern designers is Leah Duncan. She way she combines colors, nature, and geometric shapes is the prettiest.

Design Spotlight: Leah Duncan | Earl Grey Blog
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View the rest of Leah’s work on her website and be sure to check out her amazing shop as well!

Do you have any favorite surface pattern designers?

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Be Free, Lance.

Hey all! This week, I’ve embarked on an intensive freelance learning sesh with the online workshop Be Free, Lance. It’s being led by Breanna Rose and Jen Serafini, both of whom I respect and admire a ton. I’m so excited to learn, grow and figure out how to do what I love with the time and resources I have.

Be Free, Lance.

In blogging news, I’ve been putting my energy more toward The Blog Market, but I’m ready to balance things out a bit and come back to Earl Grey. In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting more design-related projects and inspiration. I’m also going to focus on crafting without the intention of creating sharable finished projects. Making crafty messes without caring who sees it is so very good for the soul. :)

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All Things Brass

Over the past couple months, I’ve developed the biggest crush on brass. At Schoolhouse Electric, I’m constantly surrounded by it and it never gets old. I’ve never been into anything in silver or nickel. Gold and brass finishes are forever the best in my book.

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Sooo much stuff I love! Do you love brass, or do you have another favorite finish?

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Earl Grey 2014 Favorites

What a year! A lot of exciting things happened in 2014. I moved to a new state, tried new things, got new jobs…it’s been a roller coaster! I also met a lot of great people via blogging and I just want to say thank you for being such awesome friends. :) You all are the best.

Here are some of my favorite posts this year:

1. DIY Instagram Wall Calendar


2. Earl Grey Ice Cream Recipe

Earl Grey Ice Cream | Earl Grey Blog

3. Intro to CSS + Cheat Sheet

CSS Cheat Sheet | Earl Grey Blog

4. Painted Magazine Files

DIY Painted Magazine Files | Earl Grey

5. Portland, Week One

Portland Week One | Earl Grey

6. Tiny Flowers Crochet Pattern


7. Create Gold Leaf Hand Lettering in Photoshop

How to Create Gold Leaf Hand Lettering in Photoshop | Earl Grey

8. My Personal Rules for Blogging

Personal Rules for Blogging | Earl Grey

9. DIY Minimal Brass Jewelry Hanger

DIY Minimal Brass Jewelry Hanger

10. Internship with Bramble Workshop

Bramble Workshop

I’ve been a little MIA for the past two months because I’ve been hanging out over on my new site The Blog Market! Hope you’ve gotten a chance to check it out.

The start of a new year is always so inspiring to me. Excited to keep on dreaming, creating, and exploring in the new year.

Do you have any highlights of the past year or things you’re looking forward to in 2015?

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Last Minute Christmas Crafts

The holiday season is a sneaky time of year. Unless we start getting into the holiday season late summer (kudos to all of you shop owners who plan ahead!), Christmas time is always surprising.  I love the idea of Christmas crafting and some years I get really into it, but I usually feel very rushed. If you are like me and tend to wait until the last minute to get festive, here are a few quick holiday craft ideas. Most of these can double as gifts, which is a win-win in my book. :)

 Last Minute Christmas Craft Ideas via Earl Grey Blog
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1. 3D Christmas Tree Ornaments
2. 10 DIY Holiday Gift Tag Ideas
3. Christmas Gift Box Ornaments
4. Sparkly Star Garland
5. Felt Heart Ornaments
6. Christmas Silhouette Wall Art
7. Glitter Ornaments
8. Instagram Ornaments
9. Felt Star Tree Topper

This year I surprised myself and did zero Christmas crafts. I feel good about it! It’s been a season of change, and it was nice to take a break from something without any regrets.

Hope you’re having the happiest of holidays.

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