I’m back.

Back to work.

You might have noticed that I haven’t been blogging too much. I’ve just been feeling a sort of burnt out the past couple of months and needed a break from the internet. I didn’t leave completely, but I cut back a lot. I’ve realized that I have been blogging since 2008, and I was starting to feel like I was in a rut. This usually happens to me about once or twice a year and I take a week off, but this time I did not want to work on my blog at all, and barely did anything blog-related for 2 – 3 months. So I stepped back and I am feeling a little more refreshed and I’m ready to get back to it.

I think a break is important every once in a while, and it gives me time to really figure out what the heck I’m doing. I LOVE blogging. I LOVE creating stuff. I LOVE talking to myself in blog form. Ha. This whole blogging thing is a ton of work (done mostly by one person) and I had to step back and put some thought into what I’m really doing with my bizzness. Below are just a few ideas that have been rolling around in my brain for some time, plus I have an assistant and I want to introduce you to her:

  1. Share your projects with me on Instagram using the #papermamafriends hashtag: One thing I like to do with my free time is to wander the internet and instagram and check any cool projects you guys are crafting. I also love to see it when a reader creates one of my projects. I’m telling you, it’s awesome. Use the #papermamafriends hashtag in instagram to share your projects with me! I may share them on IG and my blog.
  2. What to do around Portland page, coming soon: I’m often asked what to do in Portland and I always seem to draw a blank. Not anymore. I’m gathering my favorite restaurants, fun spots, and other random places to share on my What to do in Portland page.
  3. More free printables: for the past couple of months I’ve spent a bunch of my time creating fun things for you to print for free. I’ll be sharing them in the next few weeks.
  4. New friend here on The Paper Mama blog, Colleen Zarate: She’ll be around to help me with email and some other blogging goodness. She’s very sweet and talented and I’m so happy to have her on the team. Yay! Click here to learn more about her.
  5. Kiddo room makeover: the room is finished and I’ll be sharing it soon! Check out my inspiration post to see the goodies I picked out.
  6. More ideas for the home: coming soon!

See you around!

– Chelsey

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Seed Packet Party Favor DIY

Seed Packet Party Favor DIY

Do you have a baby/wedding shower, or any other celebration, coming up soon? This Seed Packet Party Favor DIY will be the perfect gift to hand out to your guests. I created to different printables for you to use and make your own. Hand them out to the guests, and they can plant these seeds on your special day!

Supplies you will need to create this Seed Packet Party Favor DIY, from the HP Create blog:

  • 8 x 10 vellum paper
  • Scissors or a paper trimmer
  • Sewing machine
  • Seed packets (regular size)
  • Printable seed packet covers (found on the HP Create blog)
  • Washi tape

Seed Packet Party Favor DIY

To check out the full tutorial, head on over to the original post on the HP Create blog.

– Chelsey

P.S. I’m a paid contributor for the HP Create blog. If you liked this DIY, check out these other garden creations I made for HP: Mossy Home WordMini Flower Paper Bouquet, and Leaf Candle Holder for your lovely home. 

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Categories: diy, gifts, HP

Neon Hanging Coconut Planter DIY

Neon Hanging Coconut Planter DIY

Neon Hanging Coconut Planter DIY

Have you ever crafted with coconuts? Well, I gave it a try a few weeks ago and it was a bit of challenge. The first thing you need to figure out when it comes to coconut crafts: how do you open the darn thing? I went through a few before I finally got the hang of it (I kept cracking them down the side, instead of across the middle). Once you figure out how to crack a coconut in half (I shared how to do that on the HP Create blog), you can turn your cracked coconut into my lovely Neon Hanging Coconut Planter DIY. I’m so happy with how these turned out (even though it took a bit of process to get the coconut cracking process down).

Supplies you will need for this project:

  • 1 coconut
  • 1 inch wide painter’s tape
  • Large knife
  • Primer paint
  • Neon acrylic paint (I used Martha Stewart Lightning Bug and Date Night Rose)
  • Higher number grit sandpaper and lower number grit sandpaper
  • Heavy duty fishing line
  • Dremel or drill with ⅛ inch bit
  • A Pencil
  • Small plant (preferably something from the succulent family)
  • Dirt (cactus dirt for succulents)
  • Free printable (you can find it on the original blog post over on HP Create)
  • Optional item: Super fine steel wool
  • Optional item: Hot glue gun and hot glue

Neon Hanging Coconut Planter DIY GIF

Have you been gardening? Adding plants to your garden, or even to your home this Spring? To check out the full tutorial for the Neon Hanging Coconut Planter DIY, head on over to the HP Create Blog.

– Chelsey

P.S. I’m a paid contributor for the HP Create blog. If you liked this DIY, check out these other garden creations I made for HP: String Air Plant Holder, Fruity Mod Podge Planter, and Floral cupcake toppers for your garden party. 

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Categories: diy, home, HP

DIY-ify: 10 Clever Storage Ideas For Your Outdoor Space

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Clever Storage Ideas For Your Outdoor Space

The web is the perfect space to find organizing ideas for your home and life. So many talented people out there with wonderful (and sometimes crazy) ideas.

Head on over to the Better Homes and Gardens blog to get the full list.

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The photos from the first image are from: I Heart OrganizingA Place to NestA Beautiful Mess, and Dream Green DIY. I’m a paid contributor for the Better Homes and Gardens Blog. 

Categories: BHG, favorite blogs

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