Friday Finds

Friday FindsEven though the temperatures are high and the sun still hurts when I walk outside, it’s feeling more and more like Fall. There are pumpkin recipes coming out of the woodworks (not that I mind, of course) and I’ve seen so many back-to-school crafts and projects, that I almost feel like I have a kid going back to school. I even caught myself almost pinning a couple. So, it’s no surprise that my food find for the week has my most favorite ingredient in it.

EAT:

Photo Credit: Joy / Joy the Baker

Photo Credit: Joy / Joy the Baker

Pumpkin Pecan Scones with Brown Butter Glaze from Joy the Baker

This recipe is from last year, but technically I found it this year, so it’s new to me!

READ:

Image Credit: Allie and Claire

Image Credit: Allie and Claire

Charge Up e-book by Allie from The Wonderjam and Claire from Claire Deane Marketing

I learned of these ladies through a Design*Sponge post, and needed to find out more.The book is not out yet, but it looks like it’s going to be a good one. It’s a guide to running your business and networking from an introvert’s perspective. Since I have my own troubles with networking and marketing, I’ll definitely get this book when it comes out!

DIY:

Photo Credit: Liz Marie / Liz Marie Blog

Photo Credit: Liz Marie / Liz Marie Blog

DIY Honey Cinnamon Nutmeg Face Mask from Liz Marie Blog

Right now, my skincare routine consists of washing my face with a bar of Irish Spring soap and then using Aveeno hand lotion as a moisturizer. I need something new, but even if I wanted to, I couldn’t shell out the big bucks for natural skincare products. So, I was happy to find this DIY on the 15 Cinnamon Beauty Uses list from Henry Happened.

LOCAL:

Image Credit: Capital Public Radio

Image Credit: Capital Public Radio

This Drink Radio Design Contest from Capital Public Radio looks like so much fun!

I am super new to graphic design, but it would still be fun to give it a shot

What are your favorite finds for the week? Did I introduce you to anything new? Post in the comments and connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google + and Pinterest!

Thrifty Thursdays

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Don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure there is a book on literally every topic. With the introduction of e-books, there now appears to be an e-book on even more topics. And with the introduction of e-books, came the birth of free e-books. It’s insane what you can find a free e-book on: how to get your kids to love you, getting your kids to clean, probably one on getting the man in your life to lower the toilet seat when he’s done.

In this interesting land of free e-books, there are actually some pretty cool reads on crafting, gardening, starting your own business and more. But there are also some pretty lame ones, too. Like, I read a few e-books on planning a baby shower but couldn’t find one that fit my style. Basically, I didn’t want to plan the baby shower for my grandma.

So, I’ve picked some pretty cool e-books that are free, and actually cool and useful.

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Image property of Cloth Paper Scissors

Art Studio Organization: Ideas and Projects for Storage, Design, and Decorating Your Art Studios from Cloth Paper Scissors. This book gives different projects for organizing and designing your art studio. According to this book, I can have a “mom cave.” I’m already interested.

free-easy-sewing-patterns

Image property of Sew Daily

4 Free Easy Sewing Patterns: Easy Patterns for Beginners and all Sewists from Sew Daily: If you have ever purchased sewing patterns, you know how absolutely wonderful it is to get four free patterns! Includes patterns for an eye pillow and a bib.

Image property of Create and Connect project

Image property of Create and Connect Project

Build Your Dream Biz from Create and Connect Project: Free guide on how to build your online craft business with interviews from three big bloggers. This project was started by two businesswomen who wanted to work together, just not in cubicles anymore. They also offer different programs and services for helping your online business. Definitely worth checking out more than just the book.

Image belongs to Fave Crafts

Image belongs to Fave Crafts

Recycling Crafts: 42 Ways to Recycle from Fave Crafts: I found this book through Craft Gossip, which led me to the Fave Crafts site. The book is separated into seven different sections, based on what material you are using. If you like that book, they have a whole bunch of free e-books involving different crafts.

Do you have a free e-book you would like to share? Post in the comments!