Etsy Faves // The Cloudy Nursery

Oct 1, 2014

 Silver Clouds Wall Decals ($38.95) from Jesabi

Nursery Clouds Pillow Cover ($22) from Blossom Pillow Co.

Making Money // Amazon Mechanical Turks

Sep 26, 2014

For those looking to make a little extra money from home Amazon Mechanical Turks is a good option.  Simple jobs (like receipt transcription) and surveys (from universities and companies) are posted, with payment ranging from a single penny to several dollars.  The work is easy enough and it is run through a credible website  However, it is slow money and can get discouraging.  This site is not for those looking to get rich quick but those looking to make a little extra money each month.

Below I'll be discussing setting up an account, finding hits, tools to use, and payment.

Etsy Faves // Desk Necessities

Sep 24, 2014

A Fabric Wrapped Desk Organizer ($36) from Burnt Creative Studio

Gentle Reminders Pencils ($12) from Amanda Catherine Designs

Hand Illustrated Floral Notebook ($8) from Print Stitch and Paste

Home // Porch Gardening

Sep 23, 2014

This spring, inspired by a suburban gardening book from the library, I set out on a mission to grow some food on the apartment porch.  Since space and money were very limited I kept it simple: a tomato, strawberry, and sweet pepper plant.  They were $5.99 each from Wal-mart.  (I was also gifted a red pepper plant later in the season).

I potted all three in a very large container and hoped for the best.  Each day I remembered to water them, and waited, waited, and waited for some sign of produce.  After a month, the tomato and strawberries started to get small buds.  I was ecstatic! And as the weeks went on I got to watch them grow and produce.


All in all we managed to grow: 11 tomatoes so far with many more currently growing on the vine, a strawberry (yes, just one single solitary strawberry), a sweet pepper with two currently growing, and have two red peppers growing as well.

A few things I learned this year:
  • Separate your plants and give them room to grow!  My biggest mistake was potting them all together.  Although the container was really large, they expanded way more than I imagined.  I had to re-pot the strawberry plant halfway through the season because it was completely buried under the tomato plant.
  • Be optimistic!  As a relentless plant killer, I didn't have much hope at the beginning of the season, but all those worries and negative thoughts were a waste of time.  I did just fine for my first year!
  • Research the plants thoroughly before buying.  When we got to the store, I made sure to read the tags and find ones that needed the full sunlight our porch provides.  Had I researched beforehand though, I would have found out about tomato cages which allow for better upward growth.  Next year!

Next summer I plan to grow more tomatoes -I definitely got my moneys worth with those!  I'd like to try another sweet pepper plant too and my son wants to grow carrots.  I'm also hoping to do an over the railing herb box with mint, dill, and parsley -high up from the clutches of our curious cats.

Tiny Living // Arcade Providence

Sep 22, 2014

Isn't this the cutest apartment?!  America's oldest indoor mall, and a National Historic Landmark, closed over six years ago and was recently converted into an apartment building featuring 225 square feet apartments, available at only $550 a month. I love the layout and the built in seating and cabinetry.  Plus it's in my favorite vacation state, Rhode Island!  You can view more photos here.

The Hollyday Blog

Aug 30, 2014

Next month I'll be launching my Etsy shop, Hollyday Mail, which will feature an array of stationary for the holidays.  In conjunction with this, I've decided to start a blog.  Not only will this blog document my journey as a small business owner, but also chronicle my pregnancy, motherhood, simple living, and family adventures too.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!