Happy 2017, let’s look at things that I’ve found around the Internet and fell in love with! I’m super happy to be bringing back a roundup-style regular post. I loved doing the Community Thursday posts, but they got to be both overwhelming and limited – all my own fault, because I set such a strict schedule and parameters on what I’d be posting about. The Xiane Loves posts will be much more freeform!

As I said in my last blog post, one of the cornerstones of my business is the relationship that you and I have. I want to let you see into my life, both the good and bad, because that’s what a real relationship is about. And showing you some of the things that I’ve found online, that I enjoy using, or that bring me delight? That is such a fun way to connect!

And just to be totally upfront – there are a few things I may talk about here that will have affiliate links. That means that if you click and buy, I may make a small amount of money. I promise that if I am using a link like that, I have personal experience with the item or business I’m recommending. Pinky swear.

Today’s roundup is all about things that make my life so much easier, in all aspects of my life. Let’s dive in!

 

graphics by Salted Galaxy

If you were wondering where I get some of the non-fibery graphics that I use, as well as some fonts and other helpful webby things like templates – I just love Creative Market! Not only do they have some of the best artists around, the prices are really affordable. And if you sign up for an account, you will get the option weekly to download six different resources for free! The heart graphic I’m using above came from here: https://crmrkt.com/aNrdR

 

 

So… I’ve had my planner for 2017 for a while. [I’ll talk about that in a minute.] But it takes me forever to find the right calendar, mostly because I’m super picky. I like something funny and different, and this DIY desk calendar from A Piece of Rainbow does the trick! Download, cut it out, tape it up, and you’re set for the year!

 

…it’s that time of the year. Almost everyone I know is sick! And although I haven’t *yet* managed to catch something, I have had dry air/furnace air dry and irritated sinuses which are super annoying and are allowing me to single-handedly support the tissue industry. Ha!
These little shower tablets from hello glow are just the ticket for opening up sinuses. Or helping you get to sleep. Or waking you up! It all depends on what oils you add to them when you’re making them – it’s your call. These are easy to make, keep well, and are really addictive for a full self-care experience.

Oh! And if you love this and want more beauty recipes from hello glow, check out their book with over 150 bath and beauty recipes!
Hello Glow: 150+ Easy Natural Beauty Recipes for a Fresh New You

 

And speaking of self-care, these Moonboxes from Gaia Collective are a perfect way to re-align yourself. The mini-Moonboxes have the essentials – crystals, tea or herbs, an oil, and a lovely ritual to be done at the full moon. The full sized Moonboxes add even more treasures, like a piece of jewelry, or maybe a beauty item. The boxes arrive in plenty of time before the full moon, and there’s even a guided meditation you can download every month!

http://gaia-collective.myshopify.com/

 

 

Another thing that I’ve really been into since it grew cold… well, and even more since I’ve been housebound after falling down the stairs… is crocheting decorative household items. You can see the fruits of that happy labor in my Arcanity shop – but these, they’re the sort of thing I make for me, to make me happy. Or for my friends, to give them a bit of joy in any room that needs it. Easy to crochet, and lovely in any sort of yarn from handspun to commercial, these will light up any dark corner.

http://www.flaxandtwine.com/2015/12/crochet-star-garland/

 

 

I find it really important, as an artist and crafter, to keep learning and practicing new skills. Not only in fiber arts, but in as many different types of crafts and skills that I can manage. I spend a lot of time spinning and crocheting, and also writing, drawing, stitching, painting, collaging, constructing… so many things. I love going to Skillshare to learn new things and also to add refinement to the things I already know how to do. The French Knots class, taught by Kira Lantz and shown above, is one that I really enjoyed. If you think your French knots suck, by the end of the class you will be making them in your sleep! She really explains how to do them well, and how to make this lovely pendant your own.

The other one that I really enjoyed recently was Sketch Your Life: Create Expressive Sketches in Pen and Watercolor, taught by Elisa Choi Ang. Daily sketching really helped me focus on my drawing skills and give me more confidence in those skills. Now I know that if I don’t know how to approach drawing something, I should just TRY it. If it doesn’t work, I still learn from those mistakes. And I’ve surprised myself by what I have competently sketched!

 

So there we have it: my very first Xiane Loves roundup of 2017! I hope that you’ve enjoyed it; if you have ideas, suggestions, or things to share, please do leave a comment! And if you loved this, please do share it!

 

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