Stitch Fix Round 2

My second Stitch Fix came in the mail the other day. After my first fix, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect this time around. Although it was super fun filling out the style profile, linking to my Pinterest board (!), and receiving a personally styled box of items in the mail, many of the items were much too expensive (including the jeans I bought) or a little bit not my style. But I really enjoyed the process and I believe in trying new things at least three times before deciding whether I like it or not.

In light of trying new things, I thought it would be fun to style some of the items I received with some items I already had in my closet. Also, I need major help making a decision on what I should buy this time… : )

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I was super excited to find that I really liked my entire fix this time. And it was much less expensive than my last fix ($170 for everything versus $300 for everything in April). To me, this says that there truly is someone on the other end taking my feedback into consideration and checking out my style dreams on Pinterest. The colors, styles, fit, and prices of this fix were much more realistic for me. And let me just say, the quality of all the items I’ve received so far – even the accessories  – are pretty top notch. So much better than the Forever21, Charlotte Russe, and JC Penny’s quality I’m used to.Nature Crafts Love: Stitch Fix PeekNature Crafts Love: Stitch Fix Peek

This fix was super great because not only did everything fit (expect the maxi dress is a little too big), but it’s also filled with a good mix of things I can wear to work or out-and-about.

Has anyone else given Stitch Fix a try? I’d really love to hear what others think. Okay! Off to go try everything on AGAIN, and maybe make up my mind about what I should keep. : )

ps… for the crocheters and knitters out there, that Baggu canvas bag would make the PERFECT on-the-go yarn bag.

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We’re moving! (actually, just packing so far, but you get the idea)

Alright. I officially feel like an adult… not really. But we are buying our first house (eep!), which is kind of adult-like. We’ve been spending much of the last month and a half exploring neighborhoods, daydreaming about pinterest-perfect kitchens, and purging all our crap. We’re downsizing so the last part is kind of critical, and definitely not as fun as the former. We have a few weeks left until closing, but the packing festivities have already begun!

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In the downtime, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about what kind of inspiring spaces we’ll create. My Pinterest home board is bursting out the sides of my screen with images of kitchens, pillows, living rooms, craft spaces, and backyards. Sometimes I think Pinterest gives me unrealistic expectations of what I can actually accomplish… those Pinterest fail pictures really resonate with me every once in awhile. ha! But! I’m going to try to be a make-shift interior designer anyway.

One space I’m really excited to play around with is my crafting area. I have this little collection of cameras that I’ve been dying to put up on display somewhere. While I still use most of them, I’ve discovered that carrying them all around with me at once is… crazy. And keeping them packed away in a box is too shameful.

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Cameras2I’m not one for hoarding large collections of things, but I really can’t help myself when it comes to cameras. I’ve been on the lookout for simple and non-cluttered ways of displaying these little guys. If you’ve seen any, please share!

Looking forward to sharing some summertime bungalow inspiration and DIY’s here on the blog!

What’s New: Stitch Fix

I’m totally loving this mail-order subscription club trend that’s happening lately. You may remember my Freckled Fawn post from a few months ago. Freckled Fawn was my first mail-order subscription and I’m still loving it! Pssst… thinking of giving Freckled Fawn a try? Save $5 on your subscription by entering my full name and email address at checkout (lanae caulfield, naturecraftslove(AT)hotmail(DOT)com)!

My newest subscription is to Stitch Fix. Have you guys heard of it? It’s great!

ImageYou get to fill out this extremely thorough style profile that includes information like your size, what kind of trends you like (and don’t like), what types of clothes you usually wear, how much you like to pay for clothes, and much much more. You can also link to your Pinterest style board so your stitch fix stylist can see what you’ve pinned. Once your style profile is complete, pay $20 to schedule your fix then sit back and relax while a stylist puts together some outfits for you!Image

When your fix arrives, you get three days to decide on which items you like, love, or hate. Keep the items you want, and send the rest back! It’s that easy! Plus, your $20 that you paid goes toward any item(s) you choose to purchase. If you love everything, they’ll even give you 25% off for purchasing all the items in your fix. Fun, right?! Here’s the items from my first fix.

ImageEven though I really loved the skinny jeans, scarf, and striped maxi dress, I ended up only keeping the jeans. I have a million scarves, and I was a little too broke to buy both the maxi and the jeans. The pink shirt was a great style and fit, but pink isn’t my favorite color to wear, so I chose to send it back. The printed blouse was a little too loud for me, so I sent that one back as well. These are all things I included in my Fix evaluation. When you send all your clothes back, you fill out an evaluation online about how much you loved or hated each piece they sent you.

ImageThe style guide really helps with ideas on how to wear something, as well! I’m such an “experience” kind of person. Even though spending money on things like clothes and doodads isn’t my fav, I’ll pay for an experience all day every day. Stitch Fix is well worth the $20 for the experience of having someone style some outfits for me! Plus, I love surprises (especially ones that show up at my doorstep)!

Sound intriguing?? Check Stitch Fix out and see for yourself! I’d love to see what you get in your fix!

Hope you enjoy your weekend! xoxo!

Project Life Freebie – Washington Cards

Hi Everyone! Happy Sunday!

I’ve been scouring the web for Washington-specific journal cards to use in my project life layouts and have come to the conclusion that they simply don’t exist. I suppose Washington State isn’t as sexy and scrapbook-able as California or New York, but it’s still a state worthy of a little love! …Right??

So… I tried my hand at creating my own. With a little bit of research, and a lot of pinterest color pallets, I came up with this:

Washington Sunrise Project Life Cards - Nature Crrafts Love

Not bad for a first timer, eh? In celebration of my success, I made the cards in two color schemes (Washington Sunrise and  Washington Forest) and… wait for it… I’m releasing them out into the world for all other Washingtonians to enjoy!

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Click here to download the Washington Sunrise journal cards.

Click here to download the Washington Forest journal cards.

If you end up using these, I’d love to see your creations. Comment below with a link, or tag #NatureCraftsLovePL on instagram. In time, I hope to create more and build a Washington collection. Maybe adding some specific cities, other colors, and images. Any suggestions?

 

Etsy Washington: Love Fest

T-minus 6 days until Valentine’s Day! If you’re like me and have completely procrastinated all things Valentine’s, here’s a little Etsy eye candy to get you in the mood!

ImageSuch a tiny, little felted heart bear / by DearJanetCreations, Seattle

ImageIf you’ve ever been to Washington, you know how we like need our coffee [cozies] / by BySarahLewis, Tacoma

ImageThese tree slice love cupcake toppers would look great on some Valentine’s Day treats / by SheLikesLetters, Spokane

ImageTotally loving this hello foxy card / by apaperaffaire, Seattle

ImageValentine’s Day isn’t just for chocolate and flowers. These cute heart dishes would make a sweet gift. / by Mypolkadotpottery, Spokane

ImageAh!! This hat! I love it for so many reasons! / by Naturalchoiceforbaby, Vancouver

ImageSuch a simple and beautiful letterpressed journal. Can’t have enough of these, right? / by bunnybearpress, Seattle

ImageThese 3×4 note cards would be perfect for a project life Valentine’s Day spread! Or! Maybe some cute Valentine’s for friends and coworkers. / by ShopStudioPebbles, North Bend

ImageIt’s raining love! The perfect pillow case for a Washington home. / by MScottPhotography, Seattle

2014 Goals: Scrapbooking with Freckled Fawn

One of my 2014 goals is to catch up on all my scrapbooking. I like to scrapbook in one-year chunks, creating chronological albums that serve as a yearbook or visual journal of my life. I think I was 12 years old when I made my first scrapbook (it’s pretty ghetto). When I began, I created books based on the school year (because apparently nothing scrapbook-worthy happens in the summer?!). Then when I graduated high school I decided to switch to the calendar year and actually purchase real scrapbook albums, pretty paper, and other supplies.

Lately (like for the past 5 years), I have been majorly slacking in the life-journaling department. I think it’s partially because I picked up a series of other crafty hobbies such as crochet, sewing, and general crafts within the past few years, and maybe partially because I got burned out after nearly 10 years of constantly cutting, pasting, and archiving. Nevertheless, I still find myself thinking about events as they happen, and what my page layout would look like if I were to scrapbook it the following week. But because I’m so far behind (I’m just now scrapbooking 2011), I just let those thoughts and ideas disappear into thin air because it’s easier to simply not think about things than it is to deal with them – first world problems, eh?

Okay! So. Since 2014 is going to be the most productive year ever, I’ve decided to take strategic approaches to reaching my goals. Thanks to instagram, I found an adorable company called Freckled Fawn. They design and produce their own papercrafting supplies that you can either order on an individual item bases, or subscribe to a monthly kit called OHDEERME. I was a little hesitant because it’s $30 plus shipping per month, but after doing some quick math on how much I usually spend at Jo-Ann on supplies, I decided it was well worth it. My strategic approach is that if I’m paying $30 per month for super cute supplies (that totally get delivered right to my door!!!), I better actually use them.

My first OHDEERME kit was way too much cuteness packed into one snailmail package.

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And now you can see why I’ll likely be a life-long customer. Oy. Cheers to 2014: The Year of Scrapbooks! I hope to share some outcomes of this year-long-scrapbooking-binge with you soon. In the meantime, go ogle over all the adorableness that is Freckled Fawn!