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October 25, 2015

New #BBB: November12 Bows & Blooms

*takes deep calming breaths*

I'm coming clean...

The reading slump is real, but's it's only half the story. The truth is I've been distracted and this is the cause of my distraction:



So WTF is November12? 
I've become a crafter and November12 is my new baby. It's a "label" I want to create that offers handmade bookmarks, boutonnière, bows & blooms (hair accessories), and other things that I can craft and think of later down the road. I try not to be trendy, I do take inspiration from other things that I like, but mostly I am going for a more traditional, classic, (hopefully) timeless pieces.

Why November12?
November12 is or was my mom's birthday, and she was the premier crafter of the family. I grew up to her making all sorts of things from decors to souvenirs. She passed away several years ago, and now that I've taken up her crafting mantle, my son and I thought that it would be a fitting homage to her. 

How & Why?
In a nutshell, my sister started a children's clothes line and she suggested that I make accessories to go with the stuff she's making. I played around, found much enjoyment from it, and I never stopped since. November12's been over a month old and I love how it's become this exciting creative outlet for me.

SOLD!
I've been joining my sister in her bazaar's and other events. It's been fun meeting people and fellow crafters. It was scary at first, challenging because I want to have my own thing that's different from what everyone else has, and exciting at the same time. There's competition everywhere, but I've applied my blogger guts to the whole thing and decided to go for it. 

Scaredy Cat!
I must admit, coming out to y'all about November12 is fucking scary! I've been procrastinating on this post for a couple of weeks now and just decided to bite the bullet and go for it. For some reason I feel vulnerable, I guess it's normal to feel protective over this so I try no to overthink it.

Ultimately, I guess it's the fear of being judged, of having people thinking that what I created won't be good enough. But then again, my blogger guts would kick in and I've adapted the mentality that just like most things, not everyone is going to like/love what I do. What's important is I stand by it and I'm enjoying this new project. 

Etsy?
I haven't decided if I want to start an Etsy store yet. I'm still studying the pros and cons, my concern lies on the shipping and if it's more costly than the product itself. I still have to study Etsy so for now, you'll see my stuff here on the blog or on my Facebook and Google+ pages.

Show Us Already!
Because I'm a bookworm by heard, I'll start with some of the bookmarks that I've made. These are made of grosgrain, silk, and other fabric ribbons. It's adjustable and has two sizes: Small (paperbacks) and Large (Hardbacks). 

And because it's handmade, no two pieces are alike and I can mix and match colors depending on your specifications (team color, holiday theme, motif, etc.). Like in the photo below, a friend asked me to create a bookmark based on her favorite College football team and a Halloween themed one. Currently, I'm selling these for $4 a piece.




My new venture might not exactly be book related, but I thought I'd share with you why I've been inconsistent with my book blogging duties lately. I'll be sharing more of my pieces later on and I hope you'll like them. If not, I still thank you in advance for checking it out. 

Thank you for allowing me to share this with you, I hope y'all have a fantastic week ahead!








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36 comments:

  1. Oh how exciting! I think it's great you are crafting now (and I like the name of your endeavor since it's in honor of your mom). I LOVE to craft, but I'm not really talented enough to make anything I could sell. But handmade/DIY gifts are some of the best. Your bookmarks are super cute - i like the owl middle! You should def. show more of your stuff here!

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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    1. I have a better appreciation for handmade stuff now. It is better than store bought, totally changed my shopping experience too.

      Thanks, Lauren.

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  2. Oh wow, those are so cool! I would go with Etsy, that's me. I make throw pillows and my mom makes button bracelets, one day I am going to sell them on Etsy. I am so excited for you.

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    1. I've been reading up on Etsy and the thing that scared me was how as a seller, when they get a complaint, Etsy can shut your store down without even giving you the chance to defend or explain. It happened to one store so that's making me hedgy somewhat. Need to study the site some more

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  3. Love love love crafts. These are awesome! I would say etsy is the place to go. I love buying things from that website :)

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  4. Good for you Braine!! Those are cute :D Hope they sell out and you have to make a ton more <3

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  5. Oh my gosh you have nothing to be scared about those are all amazing! You should be proud of yourself, your're very talented!!

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    1. Thanks, Ali. I guess getting jittery is normal when you have a new venture. I'm more excited than nervous now

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  6. That's wonderful and they are so cute! I've done some crafts but I don't do them as much as I used to. I still make my own beaded earrings when the mood strikes though.

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    1. Oh I tried those, I didn't like the ones I made. I guess I don't have the eye or imagination for jewelry

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  7. I suck at crafts and I am not saying that, trust me, I suck! Kudos to you

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    1. Hahahaha, I'll take your word for it.

      Thanks!

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  8. How exciting! God for you. Best of luck with your new business!

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    1. Thanks, Bea! I know you're a fellow crafter too with your homemade soaps

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  9. Good for you! The bookmarks are so pretty and I look forward to seeing what non bookish things you've crafted :-))

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  10. woohoo props for you, I been wanting to start my own business also but honestly, very scared lol

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  11. This is great! Hmm, I may have to request some book marks of my favorite college football team. I love crafts, even if I suck at it. I did some cross stitching a few years ago and gave up. If you have the creativity, go for it.

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  12. Awesome! It is nice to see you spreading your wings and reaching for a new venture. I am sure you will be a success. I hope you get through your reading slump, I have been struggling a bit as of late too.

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  13. That's awesome, Braine! Congratulations xoxo
    I think crafts are great, even if I'm not very crafty myself, and I love your bookmarks. I am also very happy you shared some pictures with us :)
    Good luck in your new endeavors.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  14. Well, you're just oozing talent, don't you? Great job, your creations look very pretty and I wish you huge sales, lovely! :) This is exciting, but I can understand your reticence as well... But be positive! it looks like you know what you're doing! Oh, and naming it after your mom's bday is the sweetest gesture. Hugs <3

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  15. Braine, you go girlfriend. And what a fantastic way to honor your mom. I love them so cute! And there's no reason you can't combine the two loves and show us what you're making as well as what you're reading!!!!
    xo

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  16. Congrats on the new adventure and what a great homage to your mom! Love the name. I know a lot of people that do more business through FB than Etsy right now. They do say to promote at every chance you get. Promote until even you are sick of you promoting. :)

    Congrats and good luck!

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  17. That sounds like a lot of fun. I once "went into business" with my friend when I was 18 where we made custom "monster" stuffed animals. You could choose everything from the type of monster template to the buttons used. I even took part in a mini craft sale and we had a Myspace page for orders (that's how long ago it was). It IS scary but I found it to fun. Good luck with November12. It sounds like it's going to be a nice change of pace for you and it's clearly something you enjoy doing and is very close to your heart. I wish you all the best on your new adventure. :)

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  18. OMG - I totally love these and glad you're letting us check out your amazing and very cool new hobby! Not a bad reason to have a tiny reading slump. BIG Hugs and kudos!!!! RO

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  19. Those are lovely, Braine and you sound like you're beyond happy with what you're doing, which is the most important thing. Who cares if you have a slump if you're enjoying yourself? :)
    Best of luck with the venture! <3

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  20. I am so excited for you Braine! Your bookmarks are so pretty! Best of luck to you with your new venture! :D

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  21. I can understand your fear, but I have nothing except admiration for what you're doing. Those bookmarks are adorable.

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  22. I think it's fantastic! They're gorgeous, B. <3

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  23. Awesome! Never be afraid. You are enjoying yourself and doing wonderfully with the pieces. You should be proud! Congrats to you!

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  24. Oh how fun! I love that you are crafty-I always wanted to be, but the only thing I could do was crochet-and I no longer even do that. I am just not artistic. Good for you for going for it! Love the bookmarks-they are so different!

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  25. I'm catching up on my blog visits, and this post definitely caught my attention, Braine! Those are adorable! I wish I was as crafty. Congrats on this exciting venture! I'm looking forward to seeing more crafty items you make. :)

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  26. As a crafter myself, I applaud you embarking on this adventure, Braine! And paying homage to your mom in this way is something special as well! I have mentioned before that I collect bookmarks so you've piqued my interest there...I will absolutely be checking out those beauties! Good luck, congratulations, and I'm so happy for you!!!

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  27. Congratulations! This is awesome. Love the name and it is even better cause it has a speical meaning.

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