My Collaboration with “Kroma” Phone Cases !

Good morning my beauts, and welcome to my channel if you are new! My names Alyssa and I have been blogging for several years now, it’s my favourite hobby by far. I absolutely love doing collaborations with companies and meeting new people on Instagram and all over the world. I have been busy working away as a nanny and have been focusing on new collaborations with different companies. I recently came across a company on Instagram which offered new items then I am used to collaborating with. This company specializes in lifestyle accessories for women, and little pick me ups for the everyday. The company offered changeable backplates for your phone which is super easy to change for any occasion.  Not going to lie, I had to ask Joanne, a lady who I spoke from the Company, about the cases and how they worked. I only ever used normal phone cases and was not used to a changeable backing and a frame, but once I received the cases in the mail, they were super easy to work with and change as well for any occasion.  The company who I reached out to is called, “Kroma“, and Joanne was a pleasure to speak to and work with. She was super down to earth, and very friendly as well. At Kroma, they celebrate diversity, and they also encourage everyone to embrace their own definition of beauty, style and fashion which is amazing, I absolutely love this. At Kroma, there are core values that are represented, these values include:

Diversity– Allow for self-expression and embrace the inclusion of different types of people.

Empowerment– Empower yourself and give strength to others.

Creativity  Keep an open mind and use our imagination to create innovative designs and products.

Sustainability Consider the environment, waste generated and human health.

Want to know a fun fact about KromaCases? They are baby, toddler and kid proof! These phone cases can withstand the everyday drops, smashes and knocks by children. I absolutely love this considering I am a nanny and I am always around children especially a 10-month-old baby girl who enjoys throwing my phone around when she gets the chance, and placing my phone in her mouth…. yummy! But Kroma didn’t stop there, the phone cases meet FDA food-grade standards and they are completely free of Bisphenol F (BPF) and phthalates.  Kroma phone cases passed the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety test for food contact. As well as the European Union’s ROHS guideline, Apple’s Regulated Substances Specification, and California’s Proposition 65 Standards. Also, SGS tests were involved to ensure that Kroma cases are 100% free of chemicals and metal potentially toxic to humans, such as BPA, BPS, BPF, phthalates, led an mercury.

Now, I know what you beauts are thinking, what the heck is BPA, because honestly, I had no idea. BPA is a chemical that is found in many different plastic products and it causes many different harmful effects on humans such as on the brain, and behaviour of fetuses, infants and children. So this is honestly something that I had no idea about and would’ve never known, but using Kroma cases makes me feel much better about everything and knowing it’s not harming me or people who come into contact with my phone.

Something else that I found really neat about the Kroma phone cases is that they are powered by Rhinoshield which is known for providing maximum impact protection with a minimalist footprint, this is amazing. I don’t know about you beauts but I am known for dropping my phone all the time, so these cases are so ideal for me. I absolutely love mine. The material for the phone cases is super lightweight and super thin which is awesome.

Cleaning your Kroma Case

It is always such a pain trying to clean your phone case, and not get it dirty with greasy hands and what not. Thank goodness it is super easy to clean your Kroma phone case! First, you simply are going to clean your frame. Simply use a light alcohol based cleaner not too long after the staining occurs. However, avoid using the alcohol-based solvents too often as this could over time degrade the coating.

Next, you are going to clean your backplates, which can be easily cleaned with water. Try not to use any alcohol based solvents on the backplates when cleaning. That’s it. How easy is that! I love it. Also if you go to their website, you can see and read different reviews from individuals who have purchased these cases, which is great.

Receiving the cases in the mail

I was so excited to receive my 3 phone cases and frame in the mail from Kroma! It honestly did not take long at all, and I absolutely love all the styles that I chose. If you beauts now me well enough I absolutely love my bows and ribbon designs.  There were so many beautiful and gorgeous designs to chose from on their website such as different classic prints floral textures, folk flavors, and ribbons and bows.  You get to chose what type of phone you have and the design you wish to purchase. The first design that I chose is called, “Eighty-Eight” which reminds me of a corset for your phone, absolutely adorable. You also get to choose what colour frame you want for your phone as well. I went with classic black for all of my backplates. This retails for, $40.00 with the frame included.

( so adorable, I can’t even deal)

The other case that I received from Kroma was this gorgeous bow case, which is honestly my favourite out of the bunch.  I love the two slouchy bows, I currently have this one on my phone at the moment and I am just loving it.  Again, I chose the black frame, and this retails for $40.00.  Just look how adorable this is. This one is called, “Sylphina Angel”.

The last one I have to show you beauts reminds me of the Spring which I adore. I love happy and cheerful cases, they literally brighten up your day, especially on Mondays that’s for sure! This case is called the ” Tulle”, and I think it is absolutely stunning. There were so many floral designs to chose from which was great, but this one stood out to me the most. Again this retails for $40.00 including the backplate and frame. If you just want the backplate that retails for $15.00.

(so happy and cheery and colourful, I absolutely love it)

I want to personally take the time to thank Kroma for allowing me to collaborate with their company and work with them, I absolutely am in love with my phone cases and can honestly say these are the most stylish cases I have ever owned for my phone. It was a pleasure working with your company, you guys are wonderful people, and I highly recommend checking out their Instagram page over at “getkroma”, come spread some love over there! Literally, you will spend like an hour like I did creeping all the different designs for phone cases, there was a crap ton and I loved every second of it.  Also be sure to head on over to my homepage and follow my other social media accounts for more blog posts to come in the near future.

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“Crafts by Em”, Interview with Emily Jones

Goodmorning my beauts, and welcome to my channel if you are new! I am so fortunate and blessed you decided to stop by and take a peek at my blogging channel and blog post! I have been back on track with my blog posts recently and have so much planned for you guys for 2018, I am so excited! I have particularly been super excited about this blog post in particular, as it is one of my closest family members and friends to me. I had the absolute privilege and opportunity to write a blog post and interview my cousin, Emily Jones, who is such a beautiful soul inside and out. Emily is 17 years old, grade 12, and has a passion for making crafts from her small business she created called, “Crafts by Em“.  She has been making crafts since a young age as she loves to be creative and design her own things. However, Emily just recently began making crafts to sell and has begun to take them more seriously. She officially began making her crafts last year. That is so amazing Emily, I am beyond proud of you for starting up your own business and doing what you love.  I have always said, ” just do it and start it“, you never get anywhere if you don’t start and just try it. I am super glad you decided to just go for it. That’s amazing.

I was very curious as to what inspired Emily to start doing her crafts and create her small business. Emily explains, “Well ever since I was young my mom always encouraged me to design my own things and pursue what I enjoyed most- which was making crafts. However, when I moved into my dads and his wife house the crafting and creativity came to a halt. A series of events took place at the end of the year of 2016, which resulted in me and my dad moving into a new home, and a new, fresh, healthy environment. I took this as an opportunity to start a new chapter in my life and start either old or new hobbies once again- and that’s when going on the app Pinterest became a daily routine just looking for basic crafts that I could redesign and make my own”.  Gotta love Pinterest! I absolutely love Pinterest when it comes to new designs and new inspirations. The site is absolutely wonderful and is full of so many ideas to recreate.

What kind of crafts do you sell Emily?I sell a wide variety of crafts, and I continue to look for new things I can make ! My crafts include; cute, decorative clothes-peg picture hangers, jean mug coasters, self-drawn and designed porcelain mugs, self-drawn/designed mugs with handmade candles as well as  handmade candles in mugs that I did not design myself and in small mason jar containers, mason jar night-light, plaid coasters, self-drawn/designed glass containers for eye-make remover pads, self-made/designed bead keychains. What I find unique about my crafts is that I customize any one of my products”.  I absolutely love all the crafts that Emily sells and creates, they are amazing. She is one talented lady and is super creative in that department. It must take so much patience to create and make these crafts, something that I don’t have to kudos to you Em! You go Glencoco!

Since Emily makes a ton of different crafts, I was curious as to which one was her absolute favourite to make! Emily explains that she enjoys making all of her crafts,  but if she had to choose it would be her homemade candles in mugs or other unique that she finds. I do not blame her one bit! I would for sure have to say that these are one of my favourites as well, as they are absolutely adorable and you guys know me with my candles! I can’t get enough of them! I also began to ask Emily where she saw herself 5 years from now later on down the road. Emily states, “with my crafts, in 5 years I see my continuing with my tiny business. Whether I sell them or I give them away as gifts, crafting is my most favourite hobbies and is very therapeutic for me. However, in 5 years I plan to be in university so my crafting may be a tad procrastinated due to how busy I may be, but I don’t see myself ever stopping”.  That is honestly such dedication and I truly believe in you, Emily! I know you can do it if you set your mind and heart to it. You have a bright future ahead of you and I know great things are headed your way!

What are your short and long term goals for now? “My short-term goals, for now, are to continue to find new crafts to make that are unique and will get peoples attention. Another short-term goal would be to expand the popularity of “Crafts By Em” as I want to sell and make as many crafts as I can. Long-term goals would include working towards continuing my crafts because I don’t want to stop it as I have previously mentioned it’s threnodic for me”.  That’s amazing Emily, I know you will go far with your short and long-term goals. You are a very determined person and your business is going to expand for sure! I know for a fact that juggling school and work as well as maintaining a small business can be very difficult. I wanted to know just how Emily does it! Emily states, “ juggling grade 12 homework, as well as working 24 hours on average at my part-time job letting alone throwing crafts into the mix is very difficult. Which again brings up the point that crafting for me relieves stress, which is why I always manage to have time for crafting. I usually craft on weekend though as I’m able to stay up later, but unless I have a week that isn’t busy, I don’t craft during the school week”.  I know for a fact that leaving time and room for your “me-time” such as your hobby or passion is extremely important. I ALWAYS make time for my blogging as it relieves stress for me as well just like Emily with her crafts. I think in order to keep your sanity this is so important. I give kudos for Emily for finding a happy medium and balance in her life to manage all of these things every day.

I was very curious as to who taught Emily how to make her crafts, or if she was self-taught. Emily explains, “no one taught me how to make crafts, it’s just something I kind of picked up on my own. I get annoyed with following instructions so I make everything with my own twist… including food which doesn’t always turn out the best lol. I just use my best judgement to make my own crafts!!”.   That’s amazing Emily you are so creative and artistic!  I hear you on the following instructions part, that is not always my thing, as I do not have the patience hahaha!

“You will be exactly as happy as you decide to be.”

What is one quote you live by? “Despite the negative things in life, there is also something good out of a bad situation, and if the situation isn’t something that you want, then you change it”.  I absolutely love this, and honestly have never heard of this quote before but it makes perfect sense and is so accurate by far. I am going to be keeping this quote in my head for a long time as I find it so relatable and important to go by in life.

What is a piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out with a small business?  “A piece of advice I’d give to someone who is starting a small business is to know your audience- for example, when I started out my tiny business I thought I would have had more customers/supporters-family, friends or acquaintances. So don’t invest your money into something that won’t sell as I have put in at least a minimum over $300-$400 into my crafting”.  I completely agree with this 100%, and knowing your audience is so key! I have to know my audience with blogging as well.

I want to take the time to thank Emily for allowing me to interview her and her small company called, “Crafts by Em”. You can contact her through Facebook at Emily Jones and check out her crafts that she has made. You can also follow her on Instagram at “_jonesyy18_”, also on her craft page on Instagram at ” Crafts_byem_” so come spread some love on her pages! I love you to the moon and back Em and I know you are going to go far in life with your crafts and your small business.  I hope you beauts enjoyed this blog post, I have not done an interview for a while now so it was absolutely refreshing and I want to thank Emily again! Take care, xo.

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My Collaboration with “Elemenopee Design”

Hello my beauts, and welcome to my channel, I am so happy you decided to peak in and say hi! I have been busy with my new job at the moment as a nanny, and I absolutely love it. I have been a nanny in the past for about a year and I loved it. I absolutely love kids and have a strong passion for them. I am nannying a baby and she is gorgeous. So I have been super busy with that and slowly putting together some more blogs for you beauts. I have been collaborating non-stop with so many beautiful companies and I can not wait to share this company with you beauts. This one company has been featured on HGTV, BuzzFeed, The Wedding Co, Canadian Living in Style at Home and more! I reached out to this company as I absolutely loved their page and beautiful designs. This company is called, “Elemenopee Design”, and they are from Burlington Ontario, which is so close to me. The company specializes in art prints and words of wisdom. The company loves creating rustic wall prints with a touch of humour here and there. The company states, “printables are a great way to have affordable art on your walls within the same day! We now offer printing services if you’d rather leave the printing up to us”. I absolutely love this.

If you guys have not checked out their Instagram page already you are missing out. The company is so talented and the pieces are just beautiful. Their Instagram page is “Elemenopee_design”.  Elemenopee Design was happy to collaborate with me on a blog post which was so awesome and I was too excited to receive my package. If any of you beauts truly know me, you know I have a collection of mugs. I absolutely love my mugs, and the more the merrier. I saw this mug in their online shop and knew right away that I had to get my hands on it, the design and quote was absolutely adorable. It was a coffee mug that says, “But first, coffee“. I always need my coffee or tea in the morning and knew that this would suit me so well.  This mug retails for $22.59 in store. I honestly fell in love with my mug as soon as I took it out of the package! It’s so cute and will be perfect for the early mornings before work. Get yours today!

I want to take the time to personally thank “Elemenopee Design” for allowing me to collaborate with them on this blog post and feature one of their mugs for you beauts. I am sitting here typing this with my beautiful mug and enjoying my coffee! Keep up the great work Elemenopee Design, you guys are doing fantastic and were a pleasure to work with! Thank you again! Be sure to come spread some love on their page and follow their social media sites at :

Website: http://www.elemenopeedesign.com
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/elemenopeede/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ElemenopeeD

And lastly Instagram at “Elemenopee_Design”

If you are not following my channel already be sure to follow it for the latest blog posts in the near future! Also, check out of other social media sites located on my homepage! Take care.

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My Collaboration with “ Eleven Past Eleven Candle Co”

Hey there my beauts and welcome to my blogging channel if you are new ! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read , I greatly appreciate it beyond words! If there’s one thing you need to know about me is I absolutely love my candles. I’m that one always shopping at bath and body works, stocking up on candles! I also love searching and looking up candle companies on Instagram! Some beautiful companies I came across included Heaven Scent Soy Candles, as well as Lavish Beauty Baskets. Being a blogger , I love reaching out to companies and meeting new amazing people. I meet new people everyday and I am overwhelmed with all the love and support, it’s amazing! So thank you guys! I recently came across a beautiful candle company called ” Eleven Past Eleven Candle Co”, and what grabbed my attention was how beautiful the candles looked! There is nothing better than a beautiful candle to grab your attention let alone one that smells absolutely incredible. If your candle looks appealing chances are more people are going to stop by and check out your page! I reached out to this company and spoke to the owner and creator, Cassandra, who was such a sweetheart! She kept me up to date with the tracking information and with everything which was so helpful. It really helps when the companies you reach out to are so kind and caring, makes a big difference that is for sure!

So I knew that I was going to be receiving a candle but did not know to what extent the candle would really look like! I was completely and I mean completely blown away at the elegance and how gorgeous the candle was! I received a beautiful note from Cassandra which was so sweet !

When I saw the candle I nearly died, it was absolutely gorgeous. Even the outside of the candle was adorable and grabbed my attention right away! I received the “Positivity Candle” which retails for $27.99 in store. The outside of the candle states ,”positivity- ( noun) the state or character of being positive ; a positivity that accepts the world as it is”. I absolutely love this. I think this is such a great touch to this candle , and really adds to the appearance! When I opened it up , the scent was unreal. I could not stop smelling it ! The candles are made with all natural soy wax, and can be used in the home or office for an instant pick me up!

The positivity candles are scented with endlessly in love fragrance, and each candle’s estimated burn time is 30 hours. I also love how the candle has the wooden wick to create the crackling noise. I honestly have not seen any candles like this before until I collaborated with Heaven Scent Soy Candles who uses the same beautiful technique! Love it! So cozy and calming.

What I absolutely love about these candles that makes them so unique is the crystals that are located on top of the candles! How unreal and beautiful is that? Ontop of my positivity candle, there were rose quartz and Dalmatian jasper crystals. The rose quartz has a powerful but gentle energy that soothes and calms the aura. It is considered to be the crystal of unconditional love, opening the heart to foster empathy and promote self love. It emits a soft healing vibration that is joyous to the soul. I honestly absolutely love this you beauts! I am all about self love and empowering/ growing as individuals. I think this means so much and I think it’s so interesting to read the meaning behind the crystals!

The next crystal , the Dalmatian jasper, has a wonderful energy that promotes happiness and restores a sense of fun and child-like wonder, a true pick me up. The black tourmaline inclusions help to cleanse and purify the aura. It transmutes any negative energy in the auric field, transforming the negative into positive.

Again, love the meaning behind these crystals , they are so empowering and send powerful messages to the user. I have tried burning my candle for a little bit to test it out and it’s absolutely beautiful. The scent is amazing, it’s super relaxing. It is honestly like Cassandra knew what kind of scent I would fall in love with. I am also all about positivity and promoting positive vibes to my channel . Cassandra could not have picked a better candle for me! By far , go and check out her Instagram page at ” 11past11candles” and spread some love on her page! Her candles are amazing, so unique, fun , and mean different things! Incredible!

From Newcastle Ontario, Cassandra is doing amazing for herself and her company. I was so fortunate to be given this opportunity to collaborate with her and Eleven Past Eleven Candle Co. I want to personally thank her for allowing me to work with her, it has been a wonderful experience! I wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavours! Be sure to follow my blogging channel and other social media sites located on my homepage to be up to date on the latest blog posts! Take care!

My collaboration with ” Heaven Scent Soy Candles” 

My collaboration with ” Heaven Scent Soy Candles” 

“Igniting memories through fragrance” 

Hello my beauts, I hope you all are doing well! I had a wonderful weekend and I hope you guys did too! One thing I absolutely love about the fall time and it’s literally mandatory are fall candles and candles in general.  Something about getting all cozy, getting snuggled up on your couch and relaxing with a tea as a candle burns on the table.  I absolutely love candles, they make you so happy and fill the air with positive vibes. Candles are great for gifts for any birthday, special occasion and so forth. I know if somebody surprised me with candles I would in a heartbeat be so grateful. I am always on the hunt for new candle stores and places to purchase beautiful candles. I always shop at Bath and Body Works but wanted something different this time. That is when I came across this beautiful cute shop on Instagram called, “Heaven Scent Soy Candles”. I absolutely loved their page and had to reach out to their company. They were more than happy for me to collaborate with them and review some of their products!  I reviewed their link to their online store and it was beautiful. You can tell they put a lot of work into their company and website it was so dainty and cute.

About the Company 

Heaven Scent Soy Candles was first established in 2012, while sitting on the couch watching a home fragrance commercial. The entrepreneurs of the company had used a significant amount of the store-bought home freshening products but nothing ever seemed to have the lasting smell which would fill up your entire home with an amazing scent. When looking at the ingredients in candles, it is so hard to pronounce half of the things in it.  This was when Heaven Scent Soy Candles was created. The overall idea was Heaven Scent. In December 2016, her 16-year-old son gave her her first candle making kit keeping in mind that he knew she had been talking about starting her own candle business for years now.  The goal of Heaven Scent Soy Candles is to make you feel at home in a place that is not your home or to bring back a happy or even a sad memory. It is fantastic how the sense of smell can take you to places that none of the other senses can.

Overall the process and establishment of Heaven Scent Soy Candles have been long but well worth the wait.  Heaven Scent Soy Candles is a committed company striving to provide a natural, beautiful and inspiring home fragrance to their customers.

So why make soy candles is what you may be thinking? Soy candles have a cleaner burn which has no toxins, carcinogens or pollutants.  Heaven Scent Soy Candles provide a long lasting burn that allows you to enjoy a longer lasting candle while creating a strong hot and cold scent throw.  The candles are created using fragrance oils that are infused with natural essential oils. One thing that took me by surprise when opening the candles was the wooden wicks, I have never seen a candle with a wooden wick before. Heaven Scent Soy Candles uses wooden wicks to help create the crackling sound while it’s burning. I absolutely love this. I would have never thought about that in a million years! Heaven Scent Soy Candles states that “living in South Florida, we don’t have fireplaces like many other cities, the crackling provides comfort, warmth and relaxation that brings memories for those that have lived in the more colder climates of the word“. I absolutely love this so much.  Also, wooden wicks create a faster melt pool than many other wick types and also provide a stronger scent throw.


Heaven Scent Soy Candles was kind enough to send me two of their products. I received a soy candle from their classic collection called, “Sweet Indulgence” which is a smooth and elegant blend of soft floral notes with salty highlight. The fragrance is infused with calming notes of jasmine, sweet cream and musk. I absolutely love the smell of this, it is so homey and gorgeous. I am picky when it comes to candles but as soon as I tried this out I fell in love. The decor of this candle is beautiful and looks so elegant. I would for sure give this as a gift to someone no doubt about it!  These candles retail for $25.00 which is amazing, as they are 11oz so you get a lot of product to it. These candles are made with all natural soy blend wax grown in the U.S. These candles provide you with 60 hours of burn time which is amazing. I personally love the sound of the wooden wick burning, I think this is what made me fall in love with the candle even more. Beauts I am blown away, once you are done burning the candle you can make it into a drinking glass. How cool is that? I am completely doing that. There are several amazing fragrances to choose from as well which is great! Some of the other scents include Faith, Sea & sand, Queen, Blessed, Goddess, Tiki Beach, and Amber Noir.


The other product that I received from Heaven Scent Soy Candles was their beautiful travel tins in the fragrance, “Fall Leaves” which retails for $13.00 and is 6oz.  I absolutely love fall candles and scents so when I received this scent I was literally dancing around. Anything with fall I am hyped about.  It is such a cozy smell and puts Bath and Body Works to shame with their fall candle collection. Even with the wooden wick burning too, oh my goodness, cozyness overload! These candles provide up to 35 hours of burning time and I absolutely love how cute they look in their travel tins.  This would also make a great gift for someone as well!

As soon as I started burning this candle my grandma stated, “this smell is so relaxing, it feels like you are in heaven, I love it. You can relax, mediate…. it is so calming”.


There are also so many other goodies located on their website! The link is located in their bio on their Instagram site at, “heaven_scent_soy_candles“, so be sure to come check it out and show some love on their page! You can also follow them on Facebook at “Heaven Scent Soy Candles“.  You can receive free shipping on all orders $75.00 or more which is amazing. I have nothing but great things to say about this company and will for sure be ordering products in the future! If you are looking for a gift for someone, I highly recommend checking out their store! I personally want to thank Heaven Scent Soy Candles from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to collaborate with them and their company, you guys are amazing and are really going to go far with your company! I wish you guys nothing but the best! Again be sure to check out their page, and make sure you are following my other social media accounts located on my homepage for upcoming blogs in the near future! Take care.


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“How The Rustic Feather Came to Be”, Sharing Rustic Home Decor & Furniture by Jennifer Hewitson

“How The Rustic Feather Came to Be”,   Sharing Rustic Home Decor & Furniture by Jennifer Hewitson

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Hello my beauts and welcome to my channel if you are new! My names Alyssa , I am a beauty/ fashion/ lifestyle blogger and I am extremely passionate about what I do for my hobby. If you wish to know more about my blogging channel and hobby, I have done a previous blog post way back in the day that discusses how I got into blogging and what not. One of the most popular questions I get asked is ” Why do you interview or send people questionnaires and reach out to them”? Two reasons. One,  I love searching for people who inspire me and love to share their hard work on my channel. Two, I get to know my guests on a more personal level, learning and taking in new information that I did not know about before. I absolutely love what I  do, and love reaching out to people. I had the absolute pleasure and honor of working with someone who I have looked up to and admired over the past year, and her work is stunning. You can tell she puts so much dedication into her work and takes her time ensuring every order is perfect. I had reached out to the beautiful Jennifer Hewistson form, “The Rustic Feather” located in Simcoe Ontario, and she agreed to collaborate with me on this blog post, sharing her story behind her crafts and products. I was more than happy once she reached back out to me and happily responded with , “that would be absolutely amazing”. Even though I am a low key blogger, and some people have never heard of me before, that does not stop me from reaching out to beautiful souls like Jennifer and showing off her amazing talent to you beauts!


Jennifer is a wife and a mother of 3 beautiful children, two sons ages 20 and 5, and a daughter age 2.  She was a single mom for a lot of years who had struggled with trying to make ends meat. She spent some years working 2 or three jobs to support herself as well as her son at the time. Jennifer expresses, ” I was a welder for 8 years, until the company I worked for went out of business. I decided to take the opportunity and go back to school. I went to college for Policing. While in my final year of college, I found out I was pregnant with my second son. I have an extremely supportive husband and we decided that I would stay home and raise our children. Because I am a hands on person, and cannot sit still, I had to get back into the workforce. When our 2nd son turned 2, I applied for a job at a Pharmacy for a cosmetics manager position. There I excelled at customer service. I built lasting relationships with customers and maintained sales. I was in that position for just over a year when my husband and I found out I was pregnant with our daughter”. 

While on Mat leave with her daughter Jennifer felt lost. She had moved to a beautiful farm and there were so many birds to look at. Jennifer states, “I asked my husband if he could teach me how to build a bird house so that I could watch the birds build a nest and have their own families.He taught me how to use the saws and other tools. It was awesome! I felt at home in the shop! So once I built one birdhouse, other people wanted bird houses. That’s how it all started. A bird house”.


I was really curious as to what inspires Jennifer when it comes to her crafts and products. Jennifer explains, “Honestly, I get inspired by the most random things. Most of the time, it’s from “proving a point” to my husband. He is always trying to burn my scrap wood or throw out my “junk”. So I like to come up with creative ideas on how to use all my scraps or junk. Hence, why I started making my rustic feathers. He swore that no one would be interested in them, but little does he know, I have 62 orders for them…lol”. I find that hilarious and such a married thing to do, to “prove a point”, but hey Jennifer, you’re point was proven, you are one talented lady!

I think one question that lingers in our minds is how Jennifer learned to make her crafts. Personally, I am great at making stick figures, but that is about it! So tell me, Jennifer, how did you learn? Jennifer explains, “My husband taught me. He also has a brilliant creative mind. We feed off each other most times when it comes to designing. Although he’s a horrible teacher, I watched him. Learned his tricks and tried to do them myself. With a lot of practice, I’ve finally started to impress him!”. There you go! Practice makes perfect!


I know a lot of crafters can not live without certain craft essentials and I was super curious to know what Jennifer could not live without. Jen expressed the importance of her mitre saw, table saw and sander. Jennifer says, “When I first started doing this, I bought the cheapest tools possible. Then I learned very quickly you get what you pay for. I saved up my money and bought better tools. Better tools equal better products. So when it comes to quality, always spend the money!”. Great words of advice to follow for fellow crafters out there that’s for sure! I need all the help I could get if I were to start crafting, so better ask the expert here beauts!

“…I like the shabby chic look mixed with rustic of course”

How could you describe your style besides “Rustic”? “I love clean. Clean lines, clean décor. I like the Shabby chic look mixed with rustic of course”.


I know a lot of people always look up to someone who maybe inspires them or people who we admire their work. I know as a beauty blogger I have my certain admirers that I look up to and follow on social media sites. I then asked Jennifer who she looked up to. Jennifer says, “I follow a few builders on Instagram like Mac N Wood and Queen B Home. I love them both”.  Going off of this question and the concept of being inspired, I also wanted to ask Jennifer where she creates her beautiful crafts and products. She emphasized “everywhere!”. “Well I used to do my work in the dining room, then I moved my son to college and took over his room….sorry Jake! My husband also had a man cave in the garage. Well now, the wall has been taken down and the shop is now in full production….sorry hunny!”. Looks like you are working hard everywhere Jennifer!

When do you feel the most creative? “In the mornings. I love to sit in my favourite chair in the morning and look over my day. What I need to get done, what I’d like to do, etc.”. I wish I could strive to be that morning person like you Jen but it is super hard for me not going to lie. I would absolutely love to be considered that morning person… I am going to have to take some tips and methods from Jen that’s for sure!

Do you work by yourself when making your crafts or do you receive help? “I use to do it all by myself, but now I have such an amazing group of people that help me. My husband, of course, does still help with the big builds. My good friend Amanda helps me with scheduling orders and keeps me on track. My mother in law comes and helps me with sanding and staining. And my friend Brittany will come over and help me with stenciling. Also if I need him, Cody who is my husband’s friend will help with building/framing.So yes, I am truly grateful for all these people. They know when I am stressed and they step up and help out whenever I need them”.


Jennifer goes onto explain that her job can be very stressful at times, but she does enjoy what she does. Jennifer emphasized that she is the type of person who hates saying, “No”, to people. Jennifer goes on to states, “but with this business and being in high demand, I tend to take on way too much. I stay up very late, sometimes until 2 or 3am and wake up at 6am. Being a home business everyone thinks it is sunshine and roses, well sometimes it’s more like a dark and overcast day. People constantly coming to your home for pick ups or to place orders. I do enjoy speaking to each and every one of my customers. I have established numerous friendships over the last 2 years because of my little business. I just wish that some people would understand that I am a Mother first. My children always come first. Just recently I closed my custom orders for Christmas because I did not want to be up late Christmas Eve working on orders. I need to spend more time with my littles”. I think that is super important you stated that Jennifer, it is crucial that we don’t forget who we are as individuals when we are caught up in our careers or hobbies.

I know everyone has been dying to know what Jennifer sells at “The Rustic Feather”, and I am dying to know more about the products myself! So please go ahead and share Jen!


“I mainly do custom work. Pinterest is so hot right now. So my customers usually send me pictures from there. I always say to my customers, yes I can make that but it will not be exact. Out of respect for the maker, I need to make it my own. I will not copy.”

I heard that you were selling some of your products are some stores in Port Dover called The Back Shed, and Ty-Kobee Tea &Coffee co, do these stores sell similar products to yours, and how did you make this decision? “Rhonda, owner of Ty-Kobee Tea & Coffee contacted me asking if I knew of any local artisans that would be interested in putting their products in their store. Because of the business, I am in and because I have held craft shows on my property, I have quite a large amount of connections with people in the business. With much thought and what she offered me, I decided to jump all over her offer. Their shop is in a prime location in Port Dover with a lot of foot traffic. So I decided it was time to step away from my normal “custom work only” and branch out into more of creating items that showcase my talents. My items will be available for purchase in their store starting October 1st. Although Rhonda has already contacted me saying people are asking for my items!”  That’s amazing Jennifer, I am so proud of you and all your hard work. Everything is paying off for you and that makes me so happy to be. From a single mother who was struggling, to being known throughout different cities, you go girl!


For those beauts out there who are curious as to what her most famous product is, you guessed it! Her maps! Jennifer explains, “I posted a giveaway back in January for a map. That giveaway hit over 164 thousand people. Because of the HUGE response, I gave away 2! Since that giveaway, I received 97 orders to date for that map…..INSANE!! I am having a giveaway right now on my page, which is showing the same results”. That’s amazing Jennifer! I for sure entered the giveaway so fingers crossed! Jennifer’s work is absolutely stunning, so make sure you enter the giveaway before it ends! Be sure to check out her page on Facebook, “The Rustic Feather”, and follow the steps in order to be qualified!


I think one of the most intriguing and interesting questions that I had come up with was how did Jennifer come up with the name “The Rustic Feather”, and her story is just beautiful. Jennifer expresses, ” When I was a little girl, my father and I would always sit outside in the mornings and listen to the birds and drink our “coffee”. My “coffee” was a mug with milk. My father would sit and sing to the birds. Call the cardinals in. I too would try and call them, but I wasn’t as good as him. My father past away in my arms 4 years ago. It was such a huge loss to me, since he and I were inseparable.When my husband and I moved to the farm, I found myself always sitting outside in the mornings with my coffee (which was actually coffee now) and watching the birds. Singing the Cardinal song and bringing them in. When I started my little bird house business I knew the name had to have something to do with birds. So I came up with “The Rustic Feather”. How interesting is this! I would have never guessed this story and I absolutely love the background information behind the name. Absolutely beautiful.


So by finishing up this blog, I wanted to ask a few remaining questions to Jennifer to sum up our collaboration!

Where do you see your work and “The Rustic Feather”, 5 years from now? “As my husband would say “GLOBAL”!! Lol. I’m not entirely sure.I hope I’m still doing what I love 5 years from now”. I hope you are still doing what you love too Jennifer! Your business is blooming and you have over 7, 000 followers on Facebook which is amazing! You are going to be global in no time that’s for sure!

“The items you are creating for them are items that they will love and cherish, and hang in their homes for years to come”

Lastly, I love gathering some words of advice from people in their profession and words of wisdom they can pass on to others who are starting out in the industry. Jennifer states, “Honestly, take it slow. Take the time to listen to people. Do not think of them as dollar signs. The items you are creating for them are items that they will love and cherish, and hang in their homes for years to come. Take pride in your work. Never compromise quality. If it takes you a bit longer, people will wait”.


I just want to take the time to personally thank Jennifer, for sharing her personal and informative words of advice to us about her beautiful work from “The Rustic Feather”. You can honestly tell a lot about a person through their questionnaire, and I can honestly say Jennifer is a truly humble and kind soul to be around. Hoping to keep in touch in the future! Be sure to check out her Facebook at, “The Rustic Feather”, and check out her items that are present in the stores listed above in Port Dover. Also be sure to follow her Instagram page at “The Rustic Feather”, for beautiful posts that may spark your interest! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this blog post, I hope you learned a lot about the Rustic Feather! Be sure to follow my social media accounts located on my home page for more blogs to come in the near future! Take Care!

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Rustic Decor- Welcome to my home!

Rustic Decor- Welcome to my home!

Hey there beauts ! I hope you all are having a wonderful first day back at school or work! I had only a short half day ... not even a half day .. which was great! I thought for this blog I would show you guys parts of my home now that the decorating is slowly being done! I absolutely love the rustic feeling and love that look in general. I am always on the hunt for new things to add to my home, but I will show you beauts what I have so far and you can let me know what you guys think! Let’s begin!

I absolutely loved these tree lights that I purchased at Walmart a little while ago. I think it gives the home a real rustic feeling and looks great next to my salt lamp! I absolutely love how they look in my home!


My grandma gave me this adorable buggy! How cute is it ?! I am completely obsessed and am probably going to place a plant in there or something ! I keep this on the ground by my fireplace.


I purchased this table from Leon’s a little while ago, love the barn look to it, it really completes the living room! I then added a beautiful center piece that I made up with things I found from different stores.


You can really place whatever you want within the center pieces!


A lot of these pieces I found from Urban Barn.


When it comes to decorating the walls I have my grandma to thank! She put together these beautiful rustic looking pieces for me , with some horse shoes she had lying around ! How amazing do these look?!


I absolutely love using these boxes for holding things such as pictures and candles. I think they look so great lying around, again, you can place whatever you want in them.


I featured this sign in one of my previous blog posts before , and again can thank my grandma for being so talented and artistic! This sign means a great deal to me , and states me and my boyfriends anniversary date on it .  We hung this above the door entry and it looks so cute !


I absolutely love this picture, it screams rustic! We purchased this piece online from society 6 and it looks fantastic in our dining room. It was a little pricier, but I think it’s completely worth it . There’s so much to look at on that site! Highly recommend checking it out!


I got these next two beautiful pictures from the Winona peach festival in one of the craft tents. As soon as I saw it, my heart dropped. I thought the saying was absolutely adorable, it states:

Sit Long , Talk Much

“Sit with me, talk with me 

Share your sorrows and your joys and all your hopes and dreams  and I will share mine with you and we will grow our friendship “


This is by far my favorite sign that I bought at the peach festival. It’s made out of wood and has the saying ” we decided on forever “. This hang above my couch and I love just glancing over at it, makes me happy!


We got this beer opener from Urban Barn , I think it looks super cute in our kitchen! Great rustic touch! 


You guys have probably seen this amazing piece before that we purchased and got custom made on Kijiji ! It looks super cute when you first walk in , and really sets the mood and feel when you walk in our home.


I hope you beauts enjoyed seeing a sneak peak of my home and the rustic feel /vibe I have going on in it ! Let me know what you guys think , be sure to follow my other social media accounts located on my home page for upcoming blogs to come in the near future!

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