My Flocked, Black and White Buffalo Plaid Christmas tree

My Flocked, Black and White Buffalo Plaid Christmas Tree

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I have been not-so-patiently waiting for Halloween to be OVER so that I can decorate for Christmas!!!

And, yes, I would decorate before Halloween if it were just up to me…. but my husband definitely wouldn’t have it.

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Last year, I flocked a wreath in my laundry room on FB LIVE! Check out the video here!!

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Here is the finished wreath!!!!

The result was beautiful and it was super easy once I got the hang of it!!

This year I decided I was going to flock my ENTIRE 7.5 ft tree!!!

AND since I am obsessed with black and white buffalo plaid I thought I would add some with my gold and white ornaments.

I was determined to flock my tree, but I was also prepared for a mess. (it actually didn’t end up being as messy as I had imagined)

If you want to flock your tree you will need…

a bag of Snoflock. (I purchased the 2 lb. bag. I flocked my wreath and tree and I still have some left over!)

a spray bottle

a hand-held sifter

sheets to put under the tree to minimize the mess.

 This is the only BEFORE the flocking picture that I had. This is my daughter helping me add lights to the tree.

This is the only BEFORE the flocking picture that I had. This is my daughter helping me add lights to the tree.

You will want to start at the top of the tree and shake the sifter full of Sno-flock all over the tree while you spray it with water.

It seriously took me about 10 minutes to flock my ENTIRE tree. This was the easiest part of putting up my tree this year.

Once I felt like I had the flocking over the entire tree evenly, I walked around and threw the flocking to try to get it into the limbs of the tree. (I’m not exactly sure you are supposed to do this, but I did)

I continued to spray the tree with water as the flocking fell onto the tree.

10 minutes later you are finished!!!

Don’t get super perfectionist about this. Once you place your ornaments and fabric scarves on the entire tree will come together and will be beautiful!!!

 After “the flocking” and before I added any ornaments. You can apply the flocking as heavy or as light as you want.

After “the flocking” and before I added any ornaments. You can apply the flocking as heavy or as light as you want.

I have truly been disappointed in retail stores this holiday season. I have seen the buffalo plaid craze for months and knew that it was going to be big during the holidays but I STILL have NOT seen ANY buffalo plaid ribbon in the stores. Truly a let-down.

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Since I could not find any ribbon, I started looking for some fabric that I could cut and use with my current gold ribbon.

I finally found some fabric by the bolt at Hobby Lobby. This fabric was just a light-weight cotton fabric but it had the right size buffalo plaid for my tree.

If you do not have time to go to Hobby Lobby or if your local store has run out you can purchase some black and white buffalo plaid fabric HERE!

When you are adding fabric scarves or ribbon, make sure you are going “in and out” of the tree.

Meaning make sure to tuck some in the tree so that the ribbon is not just setting on the outside of the tree but it actually looks like it is part of the tree.

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I added a waterfall look to the side of my tree. I had extra fabric and ribbons that fell very close to covering some cords that are behind my tree.

So I thought I would go with it and hope that the “waterfall” would distract from the ugly cords that I can’t hide.

I allowed the fabric to puddle on the floor and the ribbon to curl down to the floor. I am very much an a-symmetrical decorator. I don’t like ANYTHING to be symmetrical, so this works for me. But if you like symmetry I would probably stay away from this look.

Once finished I stepped back and enjoyed my work! This has to be my favorite tree I have ever done. I love the softness that the flocking added to the tree and the fun buffalo plaid fabric as well!!!

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How to create PASSIVE INCOME in your Interior Design business....

When I started my business over a year ago I had NO idea what the words PASSIVE INCOME meant. 

If you don't either. It is ok. You are in good company.

Passive income is usually defined as income you earn without being actively involved.
— Stefanie

While setting up my business I continually saw an issue coming up over and over again. 

My main reason for starting my own design business was to be able to set my own schedule so that I could put my family needs first and schedule my design business second. 

 I, of course, had to add in a picture of my cute family!!!!

I, of course, had to add in a picture of my cute family!!!!

While I get to do that everyday, I realized that I was ONLY able to make money while I was physically working.

Therefore, I had a cap on how much money I could make. And if I needed to make more money for a vacation or something extra for my family that meant sacrificing family time to work more hours. 

And wasn't that the whole reason I left my 9-5 in the first place????

Insert passive income and multiple streams of income. 

That is when I started brainstorming.

And researching.

And watching other people's businesses. 

I started thinking...how can I take what I already know about Interior Design and create multiple streams of income? 

First, I monetized my website. 

I figured, I need a website for my design business, and I already have it set up, why not make money from something I already have and need?

You can check out my website and ads HERE

I still remember the first $.25 I made after allowing a company to place ads on my website.... (you may be laughing at $.25, I think my husband was too when I called him and I was super excited.) 

But, what that $.25 meant to me, was that it was possible. 

Now I make money EVERY TIME someone visits my website. And they don't have to purchase anything from my website. 

I thought, wow, I could get used to this!!!

Insert The Round Table!!!!!

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I understand your Interior Design business. I have spent 10+ years as an Interior Designer. 

I am very passionate about helping other designers up-level their design business with new products and programs and creating passive income streams. 

That is why I created The Round Table. 

I know you, you don't have time to research and try to peck away at the computer trying to figure out new products and ways to create more income. 

That is why I wanted to bring the experts to you! 

Every month I will be bringing in experts to teach us something that will help us in our design business or show us how to create passive income!

In addition to the two experts that will be teaching us I will also be doing a monthly training and a LIVE Q & A session! 

You can join the LIVE Q & A and get help with ANY part of your design business!

Registration for The Round Table will open March 29th and will close April 5th! 

The cost for the membership group is ONLY $37 per month!

That means each training is $9.25!!! 

(Don't forget your monthly membership cost is tax deductible!!)

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Once you join The Round Table you will be placed in a private FB page with other designers who are also in the group!

That means that you automatically have community and support from other designers just like you! 

 

 

Other topics we will cover will include...

**Creating great opt-ins and email marketing strategy

**Getting sponsored posts and sponsored FB LIVES

**Affiliate links

**Blogging and increasing blog traffic

**Using Instagram for your business

**Ebooks

**Using FB ads to increase your social media presence

**and so much more!!!

If you miss this open registration time you won't be able to register again until July!!!! You will miss 3 months of training!!!! 

Are you ready to up-level YOUR Interior Design business in 2018?

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What to do when your home doesn't feel like YOU

You have worked really hard for many years to become the successful person that you are. 

You feel like you are killin' it in life and everything is going well....and then you come home and just feel "off". 

You can't put your finger on it but your work, friends and life challenge and inspire you but you don't feel the same way about your home. 

Friend, it's because your home doesn't fit who YOU are.

Either your home never really fit you or you have changed and evolved and your home hasn't.

Trust me. I get it. When you are working toward something in your life whether it is financial freedom, success in business or trying to raise a family something has to give. 

A LOT of times that thing is your home. 

I want for you to come home and feel like your home reflects what you have been working so hard for.

What to do when your home doesn't fit who YOU are...

Step 1

First, (you may not want to hear this one) what I see the most and the thing that is the hardest to control is clutter. Clutter easily can take over your entire home.

First, you drop a few things on the desk by the door and say you are going to get to that later. Then the kids homework and notes from school end up on the kitchen counter but you have a soccer game so you will read the note from the teacher later. 

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Clearing the clutter is not a job that you do every six months once it becomes unbearable. 

To kick the clutter habit, you will need to work on this daily or weekly to keep it under control. 

What to do when your home doesn't fit who YOU are....

Step 2

Once you have cleared the clutter and you have figured out what you DON'T need. Make sure there is a spot for everything that could become clutter. 

When you get bills that you need to pay or file where do they go?

When you get that note from the teacher about the kids or grandkids Valentine's party can you put the appointment into your phone and then throw it away?

Make sure you have a space for everything that you need to keep or get to easily. 

Now I don't at all expect you to live in a cold "compound-like" home where there is no paper in sight or dirty laundry or stray throw blanket. 

But the key is to be able to put everything in it's place continually so that the clutter does not pile up again. Remember the key is to continually work on clutter and to not let it pile up to take care of in six months. 

If you have a space for keys, wallets, change etc, you will begin to place the items in their designated spaces rather than dropping the clutter haphazardly. 

What to do when your home doesn't fit who YOU are....

Step 3

Congratulations!!! You have kicked the clutter!!! This is the hardest step (and let's be honest, the most boring.)

Now I want you to either look through a magazine or scroll through Pinterest and see what things, items, colors excite you? When you stop at a picture that you love make sure you dissect exactly why you love it. (DO NOT skip this step!!! This is the most important step in the process.)

Is it the chair? The window treatments? The color on the wall? A particular picture? 

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Make sure you are really narrowing down your focus to the colors that you like, the style of furniture and overall feeling. 

What styles are you gravitating towards? Modern, farmhouse, up-scale chic? 

You can create a "look-book" with these images, styles and inspiration. 

You now should have a clear focus on the kinds of things that fit you and your lifestyle. 

What to do when your home doesn't fit who YOU are...

Step 4

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Armed with your "look-book", direction and focus it is now time to go shopping! 

You have already defined what colors and styles inspire you so you will be able to easily walk away from items or furniture that do not fit into your direction. 

This the the reason why I wanted you to predetermine what your style and favorite items were BEFORE you stepped into a store

Once you determine exactly what you are looking for you can easily eliminate items that don't fit. Otherwise you will end up being a lost puppy inside of a very large store. 

Focus and direction are the name of the game. 

There is only one rule! Do NOT buy anything that you don't love!!! If you don't love it in the store you will not love the item in your home!!! 

Want more information??? Check out my Facebook page to learn more!

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Opening my Third Stitch Fix Box!

I signed up for Stitch Fix three months ago very skeptical. 

I am 5'10". Yes I am taller than the average woman. So as you can imagine it is a little difficult for me to find clothes that fit. 

I am also pretty picky about the way clothes fit me. 

So yes. I was pretty skeptical that I would be able to keep ANY of the clothes. 

I am now on my third box and I am a believer in Stitch Fix!

This outfit is what changed my perception.

Stitch Fix Outfit

Super cute right???

But what I am super impressed with is my stylist. She checked out my Facebook personal profile where my picture is with my family and I am wearing this red dress. So she sent this adorable poncho to go with the red dress that I ALREADY had!!!

THAT is customer service!!!

Guess what!! My stylist was right!!! This poncho looked great with my dress and I wouldn't have EVER thought to put them together!!!

(By the way, the poncho is from Stitch Fix, the rest of the outfit is my own clothes.) 

So that was my second Stitch Fix box. 

Fast forward to my third box (which I could hardly wait to get!!)

Stitch Fix Outfit

I am in LOVE!!! Not only do they have outfit suggestions for each piece they send, but my stylist sends me pieces that can be worn together as well!!!

 My stylist sent elastic pants because...well...#holidays...good call Stitch Fix, good call!

My stylist sent elastic pants because...well...#holidays...good call Stitch Fix, good call!

 This is seriously the softest shirt EVER!!! AND it is long!!! Double win!

This is seriously the softest shirt EVER!!! AND it is long!!! Double win!

 The knot seriously makes this cold-shoulder top!!

The knot seriously makes this cold-shoulder top!!

 LOVING this outfit!!!

LOVING this outfit!!!

I wouldn't have ever put the necklace with the floral top, but once I put them on together I knew both of those items were a keeper! 

My stylist has definitely figured out my sense of style and I can't wait to see what my next box of clothes is!!!

Try Stitch Fix for yourself!!! Sign up or find out more information here>>>>http://bit.ly/2CF1hrC

****Did you know Stitch Fix is also for men too??? I had no idea!!!

Watch the unboxing of my third Stitch Fix box!