Darby Smart DIY Feature!

I always find so many DIY projects that I would love to do, but I usually don’t follow through because I’m lacking the supplies needed to complete these projects. Darby Smart is a brilliant community that shares inspiring projects and will send you the supplies you need. How helpful is that? They believe that there is beauty in crafting fashion and home trends rather than just buying them. I wish I had known about Darby Smart sooner because I would have probably finished so many more projects. So happy to know about them now!

 DIY Honeycomb Clay Magnets | Earl Grey Blog

Today I’m sharing my DIY honeycomb magnets project over on the Darby Smart website! It requires oven-bake clay, magnets, cardstock and glue, all of which you can find by following this link. Have fun getting lost on all the crafty goodness over on their site. Have an inspiring day and do somethin’ creative. :)



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Playing Favorites

Last summer, I moved to Downtown Portland and it was way hot. Although cute and charming, there were no bodies of water, pools or air conditioning systems in sight. A couple weeks ago, I moved from the city to the suburbs (what what!) and I could not be happier. It’s so convenient (and cheap!). And there is a pool. :) This summer, I want to plan cocktail parties, throw BBQs, and do all of the cliche things that people do from June to August. Lately, my pins have been reflecting that desire.

Exhibit A – Rosemary Ginger Margarita Recipe.

Playing Favorites | Earl Grey Blog

Have you guys listened to Serial yet? I finally got around to it during a recent drive from CA to OR. This article includes a list of 20 addictive podcasts to help take our minds off of all the Serial cliffhangers. (Just found out the investigation is continuing through a new podcast though. Hooray!)

Playing Favorites | Earl Grey Blog

Ahh, spring is in the air! I just rediscovered a box of pretty felt I used to make bows with. Maybe I’ll use all the scraps to make beautiful flowers like these.

felt-flowers

Also, about a month ago I read an incredible post on Design Sponge about negativity online. When I see negativity in the blog world, I get so bummed out. This article is long and honest and surprisingly convicting! It made me realize that by being moody or jealous of perfectly styled photos, I’m joining in on the negativity. Sheesh. Click here to read the post! It’s worth it. :)

Have a beautiful weekend! I’ll be back next week with some design project sneak peeks.



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Early Morning Rituals with Plum Deluxe

Do you ever have those mornings when your body wakes you up surprisingly early? As someone who loves to sleep in, this is very rare for me. But every now and then, I’ll wake up randomly around 5:30am and decide to stay up, having the most peaceful morning with one or two cups (um, giant mugs) of black tea.

Andy, who owns the tea studio Plum Deluxe in Portland OR, recently sent me some amazing nutty Oregon breakfast black tea! I’ve enjoyed this blend for many mornings now. It’s made with all organic chemical-free ingredients – black tea, honeybush tea (grown in the United States!), orange peels, hazelnut essence, love, and gratitude. :) It is so neat to know the specific ingredients rather than just hearing a generic “black tea” label.

Plum Deluxe Tea | Earl Grey Blog

Aside from the tasty tea blends, I love the inspiring story behind the company. Andy started Plum Deluxe with a mission to share the lessons he learned from his mother. While battling breast cancer, she celebrated each day with meaningful moments. Whether she was traveling, having spa days, or gathering with friends for dinner parties, she found all sorts of ways to love her life in spite of her circumstances. Goodness. That truly sounds like the best way to live life.

Plum Deluxe is all about creating moments that matter. I believe that so many beautiful moments can happen over a cup of tea. A little snippet from the website:  “Plum Deluxe teas are unique in that they are handcrafted to create experiences that, for example, calm you after a tough day or provide a spark for fun conversation.” I seriously couldn’t agree more.

Plum Deluxe Tea | Earl Grey Blog

Visit the Plum Deluxe tea shop to learn all about their current delicious blends! If you’re a tea addict like me, you might also be interested in their Tea of the Month Club.

Thanks for letting me share my new obsession! Here’s to an inspiring week full of meaningful moments.



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Spring Giveaway on The Blog Market

Hey guys! Remember me? To figure out my plans for Earl Grey, I took a 2 month long hiatus and I feel really great about it. Over the last several weeks I did make some decisions about this blog and there will be a little relaunch coming SOON! Yay.

In the mean time, I wanted to let you guys know about the giveaway Angela and I are hosting on The Blog Market this week to celebrate 500+ followers! We are both obsessed with pretty office supplies and wanted to share some of our favorite items with a TBM reader. Notice the words of wisdom on that notebook. ;)

The Blog Market Spring Giveaway

To enter, click here. The giveaway will be open until next Wednesday the 8th. Good luck!!



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On The Blog Market

If you haven’t noticed, things have been a little slooowww around here since the launch of The Blog Market. Lately I’ve been writing there as well as working on a few design projects that I can’t wait to share with you. But in the mean time, here is a recap of what’s been goin’ on over at TBM.

1. I started sharing weekly coding tutorials and I’m always so happy to freely nerd out about CSS and HTML. My favorite tutorial to write has been this one on creating hover effects with CSS.

CSS Basics: Adding Hover Effects

2. Exciting news! Angela, who blogs at If Found, Make., has joined me in co-running The Blog Market. We have been having so much fun strategizing and coming up with creative content for both bloggers and small business owners. As a freelancer and handmade shop owner, Angela knows a thing or two about running a business. One of my favorite posts she’s written so far is a collection of photography resources for Etsy sellers.

Photography Resources for Etsy Sellers

3. As a more simplified version of my collage screencast tutorial, I created this basic Photoshop tutorial on erasing product backgrounds. Perfect for if you’re a shop owner or if you just love creating roundups like I do. :)

Erase Product Photo Backgrounds with Photoshop

4. Angela’s post 8 Reasons to Have more Fun with Your Blog totally resonated with me. Blogging should be fun, especially when it’s something you do in your free time and not your full-time job. However, sometimes we get so stressed out about the little things. In this post, Angela shows how having more fun with your blog can actually help your blog grow and flourish.

8 Reasons to Have More Fun With Your Blog

For more CSS tutorials and tips for bloggers/business owners, check out the full blog here!

Hope you’re all enjoying February so far. :)



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