Nov.25.14 At this Moment / November

At This Moment | Of Trees and Hues

The past couple of weeks have been a little tough for me, as you may have noticed from the shortish of blog posts this month. Sometimes, despite how positive we are, we have those days — the ones where you lack motivation and would much rather be under a blanket watching a marathon of your favorite show than doing anything productive. Raising Hope in my case.

The best thing we can do for ourselves is to allow our bodies to rest. And so, that’s what I did. And now I’m back, completely reenergized and eager to be blogging again. This month, and maybe it has to do with starting fresh, but I’m enamored by simplicity and white. I think keeping things clean and streamline makes me more happy. More motivated. And that’s what this month represents to me.

At this moment, I am…

Listening to the Another Language album by This Will Destroy You, one of my favorite instrumental bands.

Inspired by talented artisans specializing in homemade goods, such as Herbivore Botanicals and The Object Enthusiast. How gorgeous and on point is their branding, by the way!?

Learning to live a simplistic life, one filled with all the people and things that make my heart happy.

Reminiscing about the many family traditions I had while growing up and vowing to do the same whenever I have children of my own.

Enjoying the extra time I have with my husband because of the holiday season!

Loving the new arrangement of my living area and the retro side table filled with all my favorite things — candles, the Kinfolk collection and 45 Wall Design coasters. The room is so much more inviting now and I can’t help but feel more cozy and inspired.

Reading the Life:Captured Project, a series of prompts for both the writer and photography enthusiasts. Love this beautiful concept!

Wanting Thanksgiving day to arrive. Homemade dinner cooked by my husband and I, decorating the house with Christmas decorations and ending the day with a walk around the city. Can not wait, people!

Working on a blog revamp for Of Trees and Hues as well as a blogger collaboration for the new year!

These posts are always so therapeutic for me, and I couldn’t think of a better way to get back to blogging than with an At This Moment post. I’ve missed you guys and can not wait to hear of all the wonderful things happening at this moment for you!

PS Two days left to enter our giveaway to win a $50 giftcard to Thatch & Thistle — my favorite packaging & gift supply shop. I also sat down to chat with the owner, Brynne, and you can read the interview here.

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Nov.19.14 Talking Shop / Brynne of Thatch and Thistle

Thatch and Thistle feature | Of Trees and Hues

It’s thrilling and ever inspiring to meet and chat with creative artisans, and today’s artist is one of my absolute favorites. My dear friend Brynne of Thatch and Thistle popped over to share some of her creative and business insights with us! But that’s not all — she’s also gifting a lucky someone with a $50 credit towards her shop. It’s perfect timing for a little holiday shopping!

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi! I’m Brynne, the creative mind behind Thatch & Thistle Supply Co. What makes me who I am is very simple. I believe in kindness and love toward all people and in loving yourself. From that foundation comes a sense of strength and respect for others which adds beauty to this world, something it always needs. I have a wonderful husband and two adorable pugs that make up my family. We’re a bit quirky but we make a great team. If you remember one thing about me, know that pugs are my first loves in this life. ;)

What inspired you to start Thatch and Thistle and where did the name originate from?

I have had an entrepreneurial spirit for as long as I can remember. The games I played as a child were variations of shopkeeper and my Christmas presents were office supplies! :) My shop was created out of a desire to have creative control over my job and the freedom to work from home. I always knew I would land somewhere on my own but how exciting it has been to create my brand from the ground up. My shop name came out of a love of nature and uniting everything I love in one place.

Thatch and Thistle feature | Of Trees and Hues

What does a typical work day look like for you?

Working from home isn’t as glamorous as it may sound. Most of the time, I’m working in my pajamas. ;) My mornings are committed to packing up orders and my afternoons are spent answering emails, doing product photography and sorting and packaging inventory. My husband and I laugh about how I’ve never worked so hard in my life until I started working from home. I’m never off work and sometimes you’ll even find me checking things off my list at midnight. I get going when the energy strikes!

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your line of work?

I feel incredibly privileged to have the job that I do. There are so many things I love about my job! I’ve met the most incredible people and developed beautiful friendships through connections made from being a shop owner. I’m also a gatherer by nature so it’s really exciting to build collections of packaging supplies and share them with people who enjoy them as much as I do. Most of all, I treasure knowing that my work fulfills me. I’m just overjoyed to be able to say that I have my dream job.

Thatch and Thistle feature | Of Trees and Hues

As such an inspiring & creative entrepreneur, do you have any advice for those of us who hope to someday own their own business?

The most important part of owning a business is truly loving what you do. It will carry you through any of the challenges that will inevitably arise. I made several attempts at working for myself before Thatch & Thistle including photography and needle felting but I’ve really found my home with gift wrapping supplies. Running a shop can consume your time and mental energy, especially if you’re a one-person operation like me. In my experience, the more of yourself you pour into your business, the more fulfilling and successful it will be.

With the holidays coming up, do you have any favorite items that you can’t wait to use to package gifts?

Oh goodness! I am constantly bringing new products to the shop and every one of them is a favorite at one point. I’ve got hundreds of new styles of novelty twine coming in the next few weeks! I just recently added t-shirt twine and I’m so in love. :) My gold stickers are always a winner with sealing envelopes and wrapping packages. And if you’re just looking to wrap up something small or package party favors, you can’t go wrong with patterned paper bags!

So many thanks to Brynne for stopping by and sharing her insight with us! She is so full of heart and drive, and she has inspired me in so many ways over the years. I couldn’t be happier to have her over!

Thatch & Thistle was one of the first Etsy stores I fell in love with, and it is still a regular stop for me. My craft drawers are brimming with all of the black, gold and white packaging supplies I can get my hands on. And now, you too, can have all the lovely Thatch & Thistle supplies your heart desires!

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The details: This giveaway will be running through until 11:59 PM PST on Weds, November 26th and is open to both US and international readers! The winner will randomly be chosen and contacted within 48 hours after the end of the giveaway.

Nov.12.14 Between Lenses / 11 “Urban”

Between Lenses with Tara Victoria and Of Trees and Hues
Imagery by Of Trees and Hues

It’s been almost a year since Between Lenses first came into being, and the enthusiastic feedback Tara and I have received from you guys has been awesome. With each new month, I am just astounded by the talent and passion of everyone who has joined us. Thank you, guys! We’re so excited about this month’s theme and can not wait to see what you come up with.

Urban, to me, represents city life. Ever since I made the move from a Tennessee suburb to Sacramento, I have been overwhelmingly inspired by the city. One thing in particular about Sacramento that I admire so much is it’s architecture. While I love the gorgeous vintage Victorians that line most of the city streets, downtown is full of towering structures. Whenever I get a chance to walk around the heart of the city, I find myself drawn to buildings like this one, whose clean lines and subtle blue-gray hue stretch toward a clear sky.

And here, timing was key. With all of the trees accompanying the giants that make up the Sacramento skyline, there are always birds around. When I readied my camera, I noticed a flock of birds on the roof. I felt the wind begin to pick up, so I waited patiently. It wasn’t long until they caught the breeze and began making a descent — and my patience paid off!

Imagery by Tara Victoria

I love Tara’s take on Urban imagery! Her words are an incredible testament to how even worn and dilapidated things can be just as beautiful as the new. She accompanies her photograph with a lovely memory and hauntingly beautiful quote, so be sure to hop on over to Tara Victoria to see!

This is a blophop! — Tara and I hope that you, too, will join us and share your imagery with us. You can easily link up with us via the following steps:

1. Create your blog post and feel free to use the header image in which you can download here.
2. Notice where it says Click here to enter — click that and follow the easy instructions. Be sure to only link up with one of our blogs, not both. No worries — since mine and Tara’s blogs are interlinked, your blog post will show up on both!
3. And for fun, you can share your photo on Instagram & Twitter using the #BetweenLenses hashtag.

Our goal for this collaboration is to capture & reflect upon life, to cultivate inspiration among one another and to connect with other bloggers. And we hope that you’re one of them!

The up & coming Between Lenses themes:

no. 12 Wednesday, December 10th // Reflection

Nov.10.14 “At this Moment” Moodboards / with friends

As I’ve said before, my sponsors have enriched my blog and my life. It has fostered and developed so many great friendships and has given me the opportunity to introduce you to some truly awesome folks. For the past several months, I’ve invited my sponsors to share their moodboards with us, giving each of them the opportunity to showcase imagery that represents them at this very moment in time. I absolutely love this series and I’m honored to invite them over to share a piece of their lives with you!

At this moment Moodboard

Traci is a San Francisco based designer who specializes in concrete home wares, quality paper goods, and freelance graphic design work.

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Nov.09.14 Win 100 Luxe Postcards

Postcards designed by Cocorrina

I am all about innovative ideas and living out your passions — so when my dear friend Corina approached me earlier on in the year to share the news that her husband’s company, Beanbeam, was creating a wireless bluetooth storage wristband I was quite intrigued. Being a photographer, I can not tell you how many storage devices I own and have to pull out and plug-in — it’s a complete hassle, and the fact that Pinto is wireless is brilliant. And since it’s doesn’t require an internet connection, I can use it anywhere, which is great since I tend to work all over the place!

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