How to start a blog
Hey sweet friend. Welcome to How to start a Blog Part 1 of 4.
Do you know that feeling? You know the one where you stumble from Pinterest onto some amazing Blog post and you suddenly realize you have found your dream career?!?
Or as many call it “the Blogging Bug“.
Well sweet friend, let me tell you, I know that feeling far to well. Somewhere in the land of Pinterest about three years ago I suddenly realized I was destined to Blog.
In a attempt to justify my semi-craziness. Yes ,CRAZINESS! I told myself I would only Blog for fun and that if I ever felt it was “good enough” then I would attempt to make some money at some point.
So that is exactly what I did. I Blogged just to Blog! And oh how I love blogging. I truly enjoyed just being able to have something that was mine, a hobby to get lost in. My own BLOG!
Let me tell you a little bit about me and maybe it’ll be easier to see what I mean.
My husband(love of my life) and I got married when I was only 18. We have four amazing children and 2 german shepards. We both have full time reputable careers and the perks that come along with them(mortgage, car payments, insurance ect.)
As wonderful as ALL of this was there was a part of me that I somehow lost along the way in the 15 years of us growing our dream life. I was so busy taking care of everyone else that I forgot all about the things that I enjoyed doing.
I was just floating through life contently on autopilot until one day my husband asked me what hobbies I liked. I know super simple question right? I had NO answer. I actually was stumped.
I thought………. I like to go to Starbucks………………hmmmm I like to shop at Target……………………… UMMMM? Do those count as hobbies? We laughed at the fact that Starbucks was my hobby , but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. How did I get from someone who had to many hobbies and DREAMS to someone who had NONE.
I really had NO IDEA what I liked to do.
I mean, an afternoon away from my hubby and kiddos meant Starbucks and an extra long Target trip. How was I supposed to have a hobby let alone hobbies when I worked full time and had four kids.
The fact that I had no idea what hobbies I liked was nagging at me. How did I not know what I liked?
A few weeks after I stumbled across a Blog on Pinterest and POOF it was like an idea light bulb was floating over my head. I needed a BLOG! It was as if I just suddenly knew that this was a real possibility. If all these blogs existed why couldn’t I have one. I know not your typical hobby, but I’ve always been a little eccentric I can’t help it.
I had actually taken graphic design courses in high school and loved it, but went with a more “safe” career of Nursing in college as graphic design career was really more of a bigger city career and I had no interest in living in a bigger city with our kids.
And so it began, the next 2-3 years I just blogged to blog. Truly as a hobby. I had no idea what I was doing but I LOVED it. I would post anything and nothing. LOL.
But a few months ago in my blogging research/play I realized that people actually lots of People were actually making a LOT of money off of blogging.
I thought really? Blogging? Could these people really be making money off of blogging?
This hobby that I love so much?
As I continued to research Blogger after Blogger, I realized that it may be quite possible to actually make MONEY off of BLOGGING.
So as I start out on this journey to see how to make MONEY blogging I thought about you Sweet Mama. I want to share my BLOGGING journey with you. I want you to be able to BLOG and enjoy life too and hopefully we will make some money along the way.
First things first you will need a BLOG!
How to start a BLOG Part 1
- First things first do you want to start a blog?
2. Next, we need to figure out what you would like to blog about?
As I started my blog as a hobby I really enjoyed it being a general lifestyle blog. But there are endless options.
You will need to find a few minutes to just sit down with a plain piece of paper and a pen or pencil and brainstorm away. Really think about what you may want to blog about. The only real REQUIREMENT for your BLOG is that it really should be something that you are truly passionate about and that you could talk about for HOURS and HOURS without even blinking an eye.
My lifestyle blog is about my crazy busy Mom life mixed with fashion, beauty, crafts and other things that I enjoy or that bring me happiness. I love my family, glitter and pretty things and have no problem talking about them constantly.
I wanted to talk about everything so I kept a very open topic “lifestyle”. Another option is to pick a very specific topic like capsule wardrobes or healthy meals for less. It really just depends on what you want to talk about. Just make sure it’s something you love.
3. Next you need to think about a blog name.
What name would compliment what you are wanting to talk about on your blog. You want your blog name to help explain what your blog is about.
Write down as may words as you can think of that are related to your blog topic and then play with the combination of the words coming up with as many options as you can. For my lifestyle Blog I took the two words BLISS and MESS. I want my MESSY(busy, chaotic,crazy) lifestyle to be Blissful(peaceful and perfect). There fore Blissful Mess was created. Come up with multiple options as we will go into securing your name in How to start a Blog Part 2 and your initial option may already be taken.
These 3 tasks can seem simple, but can be very time consuming once you start considering the options. Take your time and really consider what you want to BLOG about. This will become the beginning of your new BLOG sweet Mama. Congratulations! You are AWESOME!
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It’s happened! I tried to resist, but I couldn’t!
That’s right! I’ve become obsessed with greige. I can’t help it. Greige is so universal. That’s why I just couldn’t resist making the perfect home decor DIY with greige! Yep, greige! A DIY Greige Dalia paper flower.
I’ve seen DIY Dalia paper flowers all over the internet in bright colors and fun print, but really what am I gonna do with a giant purple flower for the next decade? Am I right?!? I wanted something I could make and actually use. That’s when it hit me Greige! Of course, I needed a Greige DIY Dalia Paper Flower!
So here it is!
DIY Greige Dalia Paper Flower!
1 sturdy paper plate (I used a left over birthday cake plate from the dollar store)
Card stock paper (any paper will work, but I used greige colored card stock from Hobby Lobby about 20 sheets)
hot glue gun and glue sticks
1 (about 3 inches) piece of twine or string
Firstly, to make the cones for the Dalia paper flower you must start with a square piece of paper. To create the largest square that I needed for the first layer, I simple folded the paper on it’s self making a square and cut off the excess paper. I then unfolded the sheet and used that now square piece of paper as a template to create my outer layer of the flower. Do not use the piece of paper that you folded or your cone will have a crease in it.
Next, I took one of the large square pieces of paper and created a cone and hot glued the shape into place. See pictures below. This will create your first layer of your DIY Greige Dalia paper flower.
Once the cone was glued into it’s shape I then hot glued the smaller end of the cone to the back of the paper plate in a circle around the entire plate completing the first layer. Be mindful in how you are spacing your cones. You want them to be in a nice round circle and slightly touching each other to create a nice full flower look.
For the DIY Dalia Paper Flower to be layered properly I had to create the next layer of cones slightly smaller. To do so I simply created a smaller square template. Once again I took a full sheet of paper. This time I needed a smaller square, so I folding the paper in half creating to rectangles and cut the paper in half. Next I took one of the half sheets and folding the edge up creating a square and cutting off the excess paper just like before, but a smaller version. This gave me a half sheet sized square template to cut out for the second layer on cones.
You then repeat the previous process by using the half sheet square template to cut out square. Then you hot glue the square papers into cones and then glue them onto the paper plate in a circle as the next (2nd) layer of the Dalia paper flower.
Here is a picture(see above) of the first(whole sheet squares) and second(half sheet squares) layers of glued on cones in the DIY Greige Dalia paper flower.
The last layer #3 also needed to be smaller. To create the square template for the third and smallest layer I folded the paper in half and then in half again creating a quarter sheet and then cut out 4 rectangles from the one piece of paper. I then created a square by folding the paper over on it’s self once again and cutting off the excess paper just like before, but much smaller. I then used the quarter sheet sized square template to cut out the squares for the third layer.
Once the quarter sheet squares were cut out, I once again hot glued them into cones and then glued the cones in a circle on the plate and also filled in the rest of the center of the paper plate with the smaller cones creating a full and complete DIY Griege Dalia paper flower look.
To hang the flower on the wall I hot glued both ends of a piece of twine in a half circle on the back of the paper flower which was the front if the paper plate.
Then I hung the DIY Greige Dalia paper flower on the wall of our home, but I really loved it out on our sun porch too! Needless to say I will be making quite a few more for all over!
Here it is up on the sun porch!
DIY Greige Dalia Paper Flower!
What do you think? Have any questions? Let me know.
Should I do more DIY paper flowers that are actually usable in the home?
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Unicorn love! I have to say I’m slightly obsessed with unicorns that’s why I couldn’t resist this DIY Unicorn Mason Jar. It’s just so adorable.
I’m sure you’ve noticed that there are unicorns just about everywhere anymore. Right?!?
I couldn’t find one that really fit into my home decor though, so I decided to make my own. This one specifically is going to end up holding my paint brushes for my DIY/craft projects. Which is perfect as they are rainbow colors. Some day I’ll have my magical craft room to place it in.( A girl can dream!) LOL!
DIY Unicorn Mason Jar!
mason jar or any plain jar(I picked up one from Hobby Lobby- love that simplicity of it- nice and smooth)
acrylic paint white, black and gold
high gloss modge podge
fake flowers(enough to go around the rim of the the mason jar lid)
1 piece of card stock or any piece of thicker paper
hot glue gun and glue sticks
foam sponge brush
small paint brush
2 paper plates
To start with you will need the mason jar or jar of your choosing. Here’s the one I loved from Hobby Lobby. It has a super smooth/ flat surface which is perfect for painting on.
Next I took off the lid and placed the empty jar on a paper plate. I then took white acrylic paint and placed that on my additional paper plate for my paints.
Using the foam sponge brush I added a coat of white acrylic paint to the outside of the jar. I skipped the rim where the lid screws on and the very bottom of the jar as these areas are not visible. Then allow to dry. I waited about 20 minutes and applied a second coat of white acrylic paint. Then allowed that to dry for about 20 minutes. Next, I added a coat of high gloss modge podge over the white and allowed that to dry the same.
Once all layers are dry including the modge podge it’s time to paint on your unicorns eyelashes. Practice painting them on the plate first to get comfortable with the brush width etc. Try to space them evenly and where you think the eyelashes should be. They were a little tricky, so I will be making you guys a template here soon so you can trace them on and then paint them in.(work in progress- coming soon)
While the first coat of white acrylic paint was drying I took the piece of card stock and painted a gold square about 6 inches by 6 inches and a white strip about 2 inches by 2 inches. I allowed them to dry as well for about 20 minutes. These will become your unicorn horn and ears.
Once the gold square was dry I added a layer of high gloss modge podge and coated the wet modge podge with gold glitter. I then allowed it to dry. I cut out 2 identical(by folding the strip in half and cutting both at the same time) triangle ears from the dry white 2x2 strip and set them aside.
Now ,it was time to begin the flower rim for the top of the jar. I simple cut off flowers from a stem of fake flowers. I choose to use multiple flowers(types and colors, but it’s up to you)
You will begin to glue(using a hot glue gun) the flowers on the outer rim of the jar lid. See below.
Keep them close enough when gluing that you do not see the jar lid on the side.(see below)
Continue until the entire outer side of the jar lid is covered in a complete circle.
By now your glitter 6x6 square should be about dry. Add an additional coat of just high gloss modge podge. This will seal the glitter so it’s not falling off everywhere later. Allow to dry for about an hour or more as you have quite a few layers on the paper and you want this to be nice and stiff when you make your unicorn horn out of it.
Once dry cut the glitter square out of the paper and trim it to desired size for your horn. I believe mine ended up about 4 inches by 4 inches but it’s your preference depending on how prominent you would like your unicorn horn to be.
To create the horn simply roll the glitter square into a cone shape and using your hot glue gun glue into shape. NOTE: this will not work if your gold glitter paper is not completely dry.
Once your unicorn horn has been turned into a cone fold the bottom edge out slightly to give yourself a place to be able to hot glue the horn to the flower coated mason jar lid. The ears will be folding the same edge on the bottom as well to allow them to be glued on too. See below.
Before gluing them in place on the mason jar lid, put the lid on the jar correctly and then mark where the ears and horn need to be glued. If you skip this step you will end up with your horn and ears not aligning correctly with your unicorns eyes.
Your almost done! Now, do you want the top open on closed. I choose open as I want to store paint brushes in mine but either way is perfect.
Here’s the finished project!
DIY Unicorn Mason Jar!
I love it open with my DIY/craft paint brushes inside. It makes every project seem just a tad bit more magical.
Here’s with the lid closed.
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Do you remember childhood games? Like real ones that aren’t electronic? Yeah, those ones! LOL! We do in our home and I wanted to make sure our kids grew up playing them including cards, dominos, marbles, Tic-Tac-Toe and other silly classics.
There’s no doubt that the older games are pretty popular at our home, but Tic-Tac-Toe has become a family staple at our house. Our kids play it just about every everyday! No joke. In restaurants, car rides, really anywhere we may be waiting and of course at home too. There is something about it’s simplicity that just draws them in. They can’t resist it.
That’s why I couldn’t resist making our own DIY Tic-Tac-Toe game for home. It has been so much fun with the kiddos. Check it out!
DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Game!
1 wood log slice(picked up at Target)
white acrylic paint (black acrylic paint optional)
1 small paint bush
10 stones or rocks preferably 2 different color of 5 each (picked up at Hobby Lobby)
rhinestones(about 10-12 small)
hot glue gun or tacky glue
Firstly, I took the wood log slice and decided the best way for the game lines to lay on the board. I then painted on two parallel lines turned the board and added two more that crossed over each other to make the Tic-Tac-Toe board.
I couldn’t resist adding an XOXO with black acrylic paint. Then I let the wood log slice dry.
Next I needed game pieces, so I found the perfect white and dark gray stones.
They still needed a little something more, so on one white stone I added an O in dark gray rhinestones and on one dark gray stone I added a X in white rhinestones. The rhinestones were hot glued on and gave them just a little bling.
Here’s the final DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Game for family game nights!
What do you think? Let me know if you have any questions.
Succulents are such a beautiful addition to any home. That why I couldn’t resist making this DIY Succulent Rock Pot! I just love the simplicity of it and it was so easy to make.
My daughter and I spent an hour on Saturday making these succulent rocks and the painted pot. To my surprise my boys were just as excited to paint rocks. So we ended up painting rocks for hours just for the fun of it. Who knew rocks were so exciting?!? LOL My Boys! HA HA!
Anyways, these super cute DIY Succulent Rock Pots are really easy to make.
DIY Succulent Rock Pot!
River Rocks 7-8 (We picked up a bag of these at Lowes for about $6- tons of extras for painting and future projects)
Crushed base rock about 1/2 a cup ( we picked this up at Lowe’s for about $4- we have tons of extra for future projects)
acrylic paint (green, white, black, pink or red) paints purchased at Hobby Lobby
(note: I also used a glitter gold on the terra cotta pot as well totally optional- you could actually use any colors you like)
1 Terra-cotta pot (less then $2 at Lowes as well)
1 empty plastic shopping bag or newspaper- anything really will work to fill the bulk of empty space in the terra-cotta pot
6 paper plates ( 2 for paints, 2 for the items you are painting and 2 for drying previously painted items)
1 small paint brush(combo pack purchased from hobby lobby previously)
1 foam sponge brush(combo pack purchased from Hobby Lobby previously)
1 pack of baby wipes (optional)
Firstly, I placed the terra-cotta pot on a paper plate upside down. I then placed the acrylic paint that I wanted to use on the outside of the terra-cotta pot on the second paper plate white and gold glitter.
Then I randomly added streaks of white around the terra-cotta pot with minimal paint on the foam sponge brush. After about a minute of drying I then coated the entire outer portion of the terra-cotta pot with the gold glitter acrylic paint.
Here is the terra-cotta pot all nice and painted and wet. The terra-cotta pot needed to dry so it was placed aside on a paper plate to dry.
Now it was time for the fun part! Rock painting. It actually made me feel like a little kid. Painting rocks is a little tricky as they can be slippery so watch them closely or they can escape. LOL
I pretty much repeated the same process for the rock painting, but first I had to wash and dry the rocks. I tried to also pick rocks that would fit in the pot together nicely(different sizes and shapes). I then put the rocks on a paper plate and paints on another it earlier with the terra-cotta pot.
Most of my rocks I wanted green, but I added white and black to make different shades of green. I also made a solid white rock to add a little character.
The tricky portion is painting both sides and all around as the rocks are slippery when wet. I then placed them on a paper plate to dry and wiped my fingers off with a baby wipe. You know baby wipes are good for almost everything!?! LOL
The rocks were then set aside to dry a paper plate for about 10 minutes before adding details.
Next we added details to the rocks! Flowers, x’s, hearts, dots anything you like and in any colors you like(I used acrylic paint in pink, white and black with a small paint brush). I was going for a cute succulent look but the possibilities are endless really.
After your details are added to your rocks once again let them dry on the paper plate.
Once everything is dry it’s time to assemble and arrange your new succulent rocks in their terra-cotta pot.
Take the terra-cotta pot and add your filler of chose until about an inch and 1/2 from the top. I simple used an empty plastic bag from Hobby Lobby for this, but you could use any smaller bag or crumbled paper.
Then take your crushed base rock(I washed and dried mine before use) and cover the filler almost to the top of your terra-cotta pot. Move the crushed base rock around so that you can not see your filler. Leave a little room from the top of the pot so you can push your painted succulent rocks into the crushed base rock to hold them up.
Next take your painted rocks and push them slightly into the crushed base rock carefully! You don’t want to scratch them up. Arrange them however you like. I then let the entire project dry on top of a paper plate overnight.
Here’s my finished DIY Succulent Rock Pot!
That’s it! All that’s left to do is find the perfect home for you DIY Succulent Rock Pot!
What do you think? If you have any questions let me know.
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