My Shop is Open!

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Guess what! After all the vague references I have made to my “shop” and “project” over the past few months, I get to finally share what I’ve been working on: Carrot Top Paper Shop–a paper shop for kindred spirits of all ages!

It combines two of my very favorite things: literary heroines and paper. And seriously, I can’t get over how much fun I am having working on it.

When I was decorating Violet’s nursery, I searched the internet for literary themed art work, and couldn’t find what I was looking for anywhere! I decided to make my own literary heroine banner, and when it occurred to me that there might be other moms out there looking for the same thing, I was inspired to open up shop.

You can check out Carrot Top Paper Shop here, or via my “shop” link in the menu at the top of the page. If you love classic literature, strong heroines, and rainy afternoons at the library, I hope you love my shop!

I have plans for more products in the next few months, so this is just the beginning. If you would like to be the first to get updates (and discount codes!), you can sign up for my e-mail list here.

Literary Heroine Banner from Carrot Top Paper Shop. Perfect for nurseries and girls' rooms!

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Thrifting a Capsule Wardrobe: the rules of my style challenge

My 12-month style challenge: thrifting my way to a perfect capsule wardrobe. Click to read my rules!

So, I mentioned that I was in need of a change here on Jeneric Generation. And I briefly explained what my new direction would be–a year-long creative challenge: thrifting my way to a perfect capsule wardrobe.

What this means for JG:

It means posts on how I build my capsule wardrobe, outfit posts featuring my thrift shop finds (yikes!), and discussions on sources of inspiration and developing a strong sense of personal style. For an entire year.*

Yay! I’m excited.

The capsule wardrobe thing isn’t anything new in my life, and I have always enjoyed a good thrift store treasure hunt. But actually, I have never been fond of clothes shopping at thrift stores. If I feel so inclined, I’ll give a small section or two a quick browse, but I rarely used to purchase thrifted clothing. Instead, I stuck to the housewares and books sections of the store.

Thrift stores are rarely organized, and you have to dig through a ton of stuff before you find a gem. And after the long search, it’s hard to decipher whether or not what you have found is something you actually love, or just…the least gross thing you have found.

So, why a thrifted wardrobe? Continue reading “Thrifting a Capsule Wardrobe: the rules of my style challenge”

A New Direction: my year-long creative challenge

Jeneric Generation is taking things in a new direction for the next 12 months. I hope you will follow along on my kind of crazy style experiment!

Before I tell you what’s changing around here, I thought you might like to guess.

The following is a summary of the thought processes I have gone through in the past several months to get to my decision, which will serve as hints.

Please note that when these thoughts were going through my head, I didn’t see them as hints of what was to come. I saw them as mere moments of frustration all the way up until my light bulb- moment. Did I learn a very important lesson about the purpose of frustration in all of this? Why, yes. Yes I did.

Here are the seemingly unrelated thoughts that led to a concrete conclusion. See if you are smarter than me and can connect the dots:

  • After having a baby, I got tired of wearing ugly t-shirts and yoga pants really quickly. I wanted nothing more than to have my old wardrobe fit again.
  • I knew my body would change after having a baby, but I wasn’t ready to give up without a fight. If my body wasn’t going to return to pre-baby state, so be it. But it just performed an amazing feat, and I’d like to reward it for its efforts by taking really good care of it.
  • Taking good care of myself with the goal of being a better mom for Violet reminded me that my appearance plays a big part in how I feel about myself. And that means more than brushing my teeth and wearing workout clothes all day (and not always engaging in physical exercise).
  • We are a one-income family. I am so thankful I get to stay home with Violet, but it means we make lots of sacrifices. In practical terms: we have a tight budget to stick to.
  • In this season of tight-budgeting, I have tried a time or two to make myself believe that I really don’t care about what I wear, or at least, it’s not a big part of who I am. But that’s not true. I have always loved fashion, and while there is always something else to put our money toward, wearing clothes is a big part of life. They might as well not be ugly.
  • I love writing about style, but I don’t want to be a fashion blogger. I follow several fashion blogs, but the thought of becoming one myself sends me into a panic. Kind of like how I feel while shopping…
  • Shopping, and the world in general, makes us feel like I shouldn’t be content with what I have. And I hate that feeling.
  • I hate the battle inside me that wants things, but also wants to feel content all the time.
  • I believe that limitless options are limiting.
  • I have loved curating a capsule wardrobe over the past few years.
  • I have learned a whole lot about being content with less stuff in the past few years.
  • I hate feeling constricted. I hate feeling like a victim of my circumstances.
  • I believe in the importance of creativity in everyday life–even more so now that I have become a mom.
  • I want to keep writing Jeneric Generation, but I don’t want to feel like I have to write about being a mom all the time, or that I have to make my life as a stay-at-home-mom sound more interesting than it is.
  • I want my real life and my blog to work together seamlessly and effortlessly.
  • I want more creativity in my life, and not just in the form of writing!
  • After four years of blogging here on JG, I’m in the mood to switch things up. I am up for a new challenge because I want to see what it will teach me.
  • I am ready for a change.

So here’s my plan: Continue reading “A New Direction: my year-long creative challenge”