Friday, September 30, 2011

Favorite Things Friday: InStyle's "Look Your Best This Fall" Looks


One thing I love about InStyle Magazine is that they take items from the Summer and give you ways to incorporate them into your Fall wardrobe. 

Here are some of my favorite looks for fall that will be sure to use some of those staples from the summer. 

1. Blush Blazer.
 Dang it, I just returned mine! 

2. Denim Jacket. 
*Group sigh of relief*
Yes, bust it out ladies. This versatile piece that you've likely had for YEARS is back in full force (Or did it ever leave?)

3. Lace Tees
This girl *loves* lace and crochet detailed tops. Layer it with a jacket, dark denim, and a fall hued scarf and you've got yourself a winning combination. 

4. Printed Maxi Skirt
Again, layer it up y'all! Maxi skirts are easily transitioning into the fall. Just put on a pair of boots and a cardi and you're good to go. I especially love Olivia Palermo's look on the right with a blazer. 

5. High-waisted black shorts.
I will not be participating in this look. 

6. Tunic
Yeah, you know the one. That floral print one you bought when the slightest hint of warm weather came about. Layer it and pair with a pair of booties and you've got a perfect and feminine look for fall. 

What's your favorite fall style? Can you see yourself rocking any of the above looks?

love.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

ch-ch-ch-changes



I started this whole "handmade" adventure in 2009, shortly after graduating from Texas A&M and moving to Colorado. It's been quite an adventure, going from a hobby getting excited over 3 sales a week - to on hold while we went overseas for a stint doing Missions - to a full-time job with a full-time salary but no full-time benefits and often working overtime - to something I've put on the back burner as I pursued other things. 


I'm thankful for the experience...for how it toughened me up...for how it allowed me to be creative ALL the time. 24/7. 

Which was the problem...that whole 24/7 thing.

You see, I was so burned out in April. SO burned out.  I couldn't turn my brain off. If I wasn't sketching up new designs, digging through fabric swatches to go along with them, or  rolling rosettes, I was on the computer or my iPhone, tweeting or blogging, keeping in touch with my "customer base." Let's just say that I wasn't making Chase a priority...and that's not right. 

 I also just missed people. Being in my studio all day was hard on this little social butterfly. The work load was too much and I have a hard time asking for help. That's when I took a step back and got a job at Anthropologie. I've loved every second of it. 

As most of you know, recently I took a promotion as my store's Personal Shopper. This came with added responsibility and a nice little pay raise that I gladly accepted. Again, I've loved every second of it and I can humbly admit that I'm good at it. I leave every day inspired and fulfilled - knowing :

that I've loved people well and pointed them to Christ in my actions and words (most of the time, anyways...the occasional sassafras can bring out the worst in me). 

that I've made women feel confident and beautiful by putting them in an item of clothing that fits them well and is flattering to their body type.

that I've used the talents and gifts the Lord has given me to glorify Him.

that I'm not being selfish with my time.

that I've reminded women that they are beautiful. beautiful. no matter where their pudge is or how much muffin top they have. no matter if they can look good in skinny jeans or not. 


As I work more hours at Anthropologie and enjoy the time I have in my new role, I've made the decision to put Oh, Sweet Joy! aside for a while. I'm not sure what this might look like, just yet. An occasional craft show/handmade market will definitely be on the agenda (after all, I did just make Oh, Sweet Joy! an LLC!) and I have a feeling I'll create things that are one.of.a.kind and list them spontaneously. I want to get back to the root of handmade. Making things that are unique and special, not mass-produced.

((The shop will remain open with limited items.))

 Custom orders will be welcome (I'm even making some Farmer's Market dresses for an upcoming wedding!), but will be taken on in a limited quantity, as I focus on what's important to me right now. 
My relationship with the Lord.
My home. 
My friends.
 My family.
This blog. 



At the end of this year, I'd hate to look back and regret that I selfishly pursued my dreams, rather than loving God, loving the important people in my life, and loving the people of Boulder.

God created me to be creative. He gave me an eye for color and for design. I'm not about to let that waste away, BUT I want to be intentional with it and  create out of an overflow of inspiration, rather than a need for an overflow of inventory. 


This most certainly isn't the end, but it's a more substantial pause
Thanks so much for the journey. Thanks so much for the endless encouragement and support. Thank you for proudly wearing/using/promoting your Oh, Sweet Joy! products. It's been a blast!


love.

sidenote:
This article by the beautiful Robie Dodson spoke to my heart and you may want to read it if you are a Christian woman and want to make sure your heart and motives are right for the handmade biz you are pursuing.




Wednesday, September 28, 2011

sponsor highlight + giveaway: NS pottery

Did you see all the winner's from the past giveaways? Click here to see if you won!

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This week, I get to share with you the lovely shop, NS Pottery. Natalie is the darling gal behind this shop and I'm always impressed to see what kind of new products she puts in her shop! Natalie creates gorgeous & unique pottery pieces, from trinket dishes to jewelry to apple bakers. Speaking of, you should go check out her video on how to make baked apples and snag one of her apple bakers before Fall is over! 


Here's a little bit about Natalie & her business:

Hi! I'm Natalie, a twenty-something single girl who has a heart for transforming dirty clay into something beautiful. I'm the owner/potter behind NS Pottery where I create durable, functional stoneware pottery and jewelry that I sell through my etsy shop as well as at art and craft shows in the northeast Ohio area. My blog is my place to share my life as an indie biz owner, as well as my faith in Jesus and other favorite things. (Stop by and say "hi!" I love making new friends) :) I'm truly living my dream, and for that, I am very thankful!


Here are a few lovelies you can find in her shop:


Today, Natalie is offering all of you a chance to win a $30 shop credit to NS Pottery. Not to mention, you can use the code SWEETJOY for 15% off your purchase!



Here's how you enter the giveaway:
Mandatory Entry:
Head on over to the NS Pottery and tell me your favorite item 
(if you can pick one!!).

Extra Entries:
1. Follow both Natalie (@NSPottery) and myself (@ohsweetjoy) on twitter. (one entry)
2. Be a follower of Yellow Songbird via Google Friend Connect. (one entry)
3. Tweet, Facebook, OR blog about this giveaway. (ONE entry)
 Feel free to use this:
I just entered to win a $30 shop credit to @NSPottery on @ohsweetjoy's blog! http://tinyurl.com/2ddk985

love.






Tuesday, September 27, 2011

the davises go to the denver zoo

Last week, Chase and I went on a "day date" to the Denver Zoo. It was a perfect Colorado fall day and we loved spending it outside. Here are some photos from our outing!


And what's a trip to the zoo without some cotton candy? A lame one, that's what. 
Good thing we found some! 

What's your favorite part of the zoo? My favorites are the giraffes and the cotton candy :)

love.

Monday, September 26, 2011

firefly handmade: recap

Warning: LOTS of photos in this post.  Brace yourselves. 


Hey Hey!


Firefly Handmade was such a success and I was in awe the entire weekend of how well done it was all put together. The mood was set by twinkle lights, live music, local eats, and a WIDE variety of quality handmade goods.  There was a row of airstream trailers, food trucks, and vintage trucks turned vendor booth. Vintage blankets and textiles adorned picnic tables and hay bails. Musicians played atop a handsome red flat bed truck. 


Now, here's my booth :)

 I L-O-V-E how it turned out. I totally forgot to bring my camera and honestly it was so busy the ENTIRE time that I am glad I snapped from photos before the market started on my phone! Otherwise, it would not have been documented (yikes!)

I DO apologize for the weird lighting/glare/sun spots. The sun was BRIGHT and because of my (oh, so cute) fence, there are sun "stripes" through most of the photos. 


Really, y'all. Everything was just dreamy. Except for the wind.

This was my booth late afternoon on Saturday. Can you say disaster?

Other than that, it was a wonderful weekend & I'm *SO* looking forward to the next one!


love.





Saturday, September 24, 2011

winners & codes

I'm sitting here, biting my nails watching the Texas A&M game vs OSU. Come on, Ags!

I thought I could calm myself down by picking some winners for all the WONDERFUL giveaways we've had lately! Are you ready?!

The winner of the {just.lovely.things} $25 shop credit is:

The winner of the moxie mandie, happy pretty & red robe designs GROUP giveaway is:



The winner of the marine parents $25 store credit giveaway is:

And now, just a reminder of some stellar discount codes you can use for a super limited time!







WINNERS, congratulations! Email me (kimdavis09ATgmailDOTcom) with your info and I will forward it along to the shop owners :)

Thanks for entering and thanks to my baller sponsors for offering up some great loot for giveaways!

love.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

sponsor highlight + GROUP giveaway: maddynbella, dondalees, monster cakes

It's not too late to enter the past giveaways! I decided to keep them open and I will announce the winner of THREE giveaways next week! Get after it! There is some fun handmade loot to be won! :)

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Monster Cakes is an inspiring blog written by the lovely Jessica. Jessica writes about life, DIY, fashion, and sweet "I smile" posts (which are my favorite!). If you're itchin' for some a new blog to get addicted to, Jessica's your girl!

Here's a little blurb from her. Make sure you head on over to her blog to check it out! If you don't, you're totally missing out.

Next up, I've got Courtney's shop, maddynbella, which I've gotten to brag to you guys about before. I really admire the aesthetic of maddynbella. Each piece has a fun & bohemian feel. Courtney is a sweetheart and I always love to see what new creations she puts in her shop.


Today, Courtney is giving away these butter peacock feather earrings (a $28 value!). Such a unique piece of jewelry to add to your collection! Not to mention, you can use the code OHSWEETJOY15 for 15% off your order at maddynbella!



Finally, we have Dondalee's, a new shop and sponsor that I'm pleased to share with you! Dondi has gorgeous taste in fabric, has brilliantly fun pieces, and there is BOUND to be something in there that you will want to immediately add to your cart. Everything in Dondi's shop has  a fun, retro, shabby chic, and vintage feel to it. All in one! :)


Today, Dondi is giving away this whimsical and adorable hot air balloon necklace. ((I want it so badly!)) You can also use the code OHSWEETJOY for free shipping off your order at Dondalee's. Score!



One winner will win BOTH prizes, but EVERYONE can use the discount codes. Have fun!

To enter this GROUP giveaway, all you have to do is tell me something GOOD that's happened this week :) 

To earn extra entries:
1. visit each shop/blog and tell me what your favorite items are in EACH shop (one entry). 
2. follow yellow songbird via Google Friend Connect (one entry).
3.  tweet/facebook/blog about this giveaway (one entry).  
Feel free to use this:
GROUP GIVEAWAY on @ohsweetjoy's blog! (Featuring dondalees, @JessicaZigenis, & @maddynbella!)  http://tinyurl.com/2ddk985




love.