Friday, January 30, 2015

And the winners are...

Brianna, Emily, and Deb P! Congratulations! I will be contacting/tagging each of you on your respective social media handles, but if you read this, send me your shipping address at melmariadesigns@gmail.com and I'll send out your prize! 

Thank you all so much for participating! I had 14 entries and I'm so excited it was that many. (I get excited easily.) This was a huge promotion step for my handmade business and I appreciate all the support! Thanks again.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

I Heart Listings


Although I would say I'm a romantic, I'm definitely not a fan of the mushy-gushy stuff. Thus, Valentine's Day is not my favorite. However, I'm actually loving making items for this mushy holiday - check out what I made!




This set comes with two left-facing hearts and two right-facing - so you can wear two on either side of your head! Aren't they cute? I'd wear these all year round.





Big and fluffy, this cozy scarf sports a giant, super-thick heart in honor of love. I heart it.

(These are totally eligible for the giveaway I'm doing - enter before 12 AM tonight!)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How To Stay Motivated in the Dead of Winter


Winter can be a difficult time for me. I love the snow and the cold, but I also get depressed from the gray days, icy roads, and bare trees. Surrounded by monochrome, it's hard to stay motivated to create and keep making things and be inspired. Here are a few tips for you that have helped me.

  • Drink more water. This is a weird one, I guess, but it really does help. I feel like I'm healthier for drinking a lot of water every day - keeps me hydrated and clean-feeling, and usually helps me stay away from snacking. (But not always. Hey, I need a little extra energy now and then!)
  • Exercise. You know how you read things like "exercise for 30 minutes a day"? Do it for real - it helps. I started walking every other day and doing yoga every day, and it helps me so much! Gets me off my butt and moving my body around, getting the blood flowing and my heart pumping more oxygen to my brain, so I can come up with more ideas! That's more of a theory than scientific truth, but I like to think of it that way.
  • Go for a drive. If you can, that is. If the roads are clear and you need to get out, then get out! Take a road you've never driven before. Stop and look at a building or a field. Visit a coffeeshop and sit for a while. Go to a store. This helps, I promise.
  • Cook a new dish. If you enjoy cooking, try a new dish for dinner! I've been wanting to try a garlic butter shrimp recipe that looks wonderful. 
  • Learn a new skill. Whether it's watercoloring or sewing a little bag, teach yourself something new. Try Craftsy for lots of craft classes, or Skillshare for improving your design, photography, and writing skills.
I hope these help you beat the winter blues and stay motivated! Enjoy the season for what it is, and live every day to its fullest. Happy Tuesday. :)