Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner? I still feel like I am recovering from Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations… but, a walk through your local store and you’ll be reminded that the time of hearts, flowers, chocolate, and PINK is just around the corner. Now, I know that this day isn’t for everyone… but, I love it. I loved it when I was single. I love it now. Sure, there are things about it I’m not a huge fan of… but, I try to focus on the parts I like. You know me… any excuse for a party!
A few ladies and I are getting together in a couple weekends for a ladies’ night. We’re having a sort of cocktail party with a hot toddy bar, photo booth, valentine exchange, and good company. I wanted to steer away from a large amount of pink and ultra-romantic stuff Although, there will be some pink and of course there will be hearts. But, I have thrown a lot of parties with pink as a main color lately and I’d like to move in a different direction. So, we decided to do a Cozy Flannel Valentines’ Day theme.
I’m excited to bring flannel into the decor and to push myself to stay away from super traditional Valentines’ Day party looks. The above Pinterest board has some of the ideas for the party. I’m really loving some of the pins. The pictured supplies above give you a real feel of my ideas for the party. I’m loving all of the hand lettered party signs and have been practicing my calligraphy. Can’t wait to pull it out for this party. I also got some feathers, leather, yarn, old sweaters, and flannel to add to the cozy/natural feel of the party.
We hear over and over again that planning is the key to successful blogging. For some people, it is! Planning and organizing out blog posts, collaborations, affiliations, sponsors, and the like can get overwhelming easily. It is a good idea to keep your plans all in one central location whether it be on your computer, online, or on paper. For people out there that LOVE the feel of paper in hand, or want a place that is non-tech based to hash through post ideas, or even have a way of posting up your schedule so that you can see it everyday… I made these printables!
I created a set of free printable blog planning sheets for the Portland Bloggers’ January Meet-Up from this past weekend. I’ve been utilizing them in my own planning now and am finding them super helpful. Check them out and hopefully you’ll find one or two that can help make your blog planning go a little more smoothly.
The free printables in the blog planning package include:
- Monthly Blog Post Planning Calendar— Each sheet has an open month calendar so that you can put the month and dates in. Each day on the calendar has popular social networking symbols with check boxes so that you can check off when you’ve promoted a post.
- Weekly Blog Post Planning Calendar— Some people prefer to plan out their blog posts in more detail and on a weekly basis. The weekly calendar also has social networking symbols. It also has an area for weekly blog maintenance and SEO planning prompts.
- Events and Holidays— A list of events and holidays. This is not a comprehensive list by any means… it also has all of the dates for the upcoming Portland Bloggers’ Meet-Ups.
- Blog Post Brainstorming Worksheet— A blog post planning sheet
- Blog Collaboration Worksheet— A place to track collaborative projects and responsibilities.
- Blog Resolutions Tracker— A place to write and track blog goals and resolutions
- Finance Tracker— A place to record income and expenses
- Affiliate Programs— A place to track affiliate programs
- Sponsors— A place to track sponsors, payment, and responsibilities.
- Stats & Analytics— A place to record your stats and analytics monthly
Loving all these free printables and want to fuel more free printable designs?
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Ahhh… what a weekend! I was BUSY, as usual… but, it was such fun and so refreshing! This weekend I enjoyed a Girls Night with some old friends, met up with the Portland Bloggers’ group, helped a friend refresh her blog design, and did some major blog planning for my own blogs. While I am now EXHAUSTED I am also feeling super excited about all my goals and plans.
Saturday’s Portland Bloggers’ Meet-Up was better than I could have imagined. I actually anticipated the meet-up to be a smaller one because it is the first one of the year… but, we had double the people I guessed we would. There were old faces and new faces… lots of great input on our theme, “Give Your Blog a Buzz in 2013!” I’ll be posting a full review on the Portland Bloggers’ website later this week. I’ll also be posting some free printable blogging planners that I created. Speaking of…
I used the printables to FINALLY work on some plans and lists for my blogs. I’ve got a lot of changes in store for this little blog. I promise they will be grand though! I’m getting around to resolutions late this year. I’m still recovering from the holidays. But, as I finally have the next few weeks planned out… let me tell you that you’ll be seeing some fun Valentine’s Day items coming soon!
Finally, I helped my lovely friend Sam from Sam Rosen refresh her blog design. She has fabulous tastes and I loved that she went with such a simple design so that her images and posts really stand out. If you love a little sparkle in your life, some really great outfit ideas, and some fun party images then head on over to Sam’s blog and FOLLOW!
So, friends… what did YOU do this weekend?
This post is a guest post from a reader, Annie Harrington, who wanted to share her story of prepping for a party for Working on it Wednesday. Annie Harrington is a small business owner, writer, and amateur photographer. In her free time she enjoys writing about ways other business owners can positively impact their brand image with unique printed material. She also dabbles in party planning and DIY projects.Working on it Wednesday is all about projects and parties in the works— Please enjoy Annie’s work in progress and feel free to share any tips and ideas in the comment section!
Happy January! Boy oh boy…. has the last couple of weeks KICKED my butt. Combine visitors, head colds, stomach flu, and a toddler all together and you can imagine what my January has looked like so far. I’m so happy to be back to 100% healthy again. Now to get back into the swing of everyday life and catch up on everything I put off while sick. Yes, my Christmas decorations are still up.
A Well Crafted Redesign and ReThinking:
I’ve finally gotten around to writing out my resolutions for the year and making goals. One of my BIG goals is to redesign this website and *possibly* make the move to WordPress. I love Blogger and think it is the best blogging platform out there for beginning bloggers. So much to offer! However, there are a lot of fun abilities on WordPress that I just can’t do here. It is a big move though with a lot to think about. It isn’t going to happen quickly!
One of the things I’m mulling over with this redesign is making “A Well Crafted Party” a blog that is more than just parties. I love writing about celebrating events and making the everyday a little more special. However, I have a lot more going on in my life. And, some of it, people may want to read! Currently I am writing/designing/producing content on two different blogs. But, it means that my content for both blogs is sporadic at best. It also means I am juggling a whole bunch of different calendars and to-do lists.
|My first blog header… I cringe now when I see it!|
|First Blog “Redesign” created by Smitten Blog Designs in 2011. Love it still…. but, it is time for something new!|
Life is a party, right?
I think making A Well Crafted Party into a full-on lifestyle blog with emphasis on celebrations and crafts would work. But, I am not my reader. I am coming to you for your thoughts on this. Do you like reading about the lives of the bloggers you read? Do you want to be able to visit one blog and see parenting tips one day and fun party tips the next? Or, would you prefer to visit this blog for party goodies only, even if it is less often?
I’d love to read your comments on this matter… If you want to just push a button then please let me know how you feel via this poll below. Thank you!
Free Blog Poll
I’m almost done with the reflecting over 2012 posts! I promise. But, as I was reflecting I noticed something odd. In the year 2012 I wrote the same number of posts for both A Well Crafted Party and Leave the Laundry for Later. It certainly wasn’t intentional… but, it is strange, right?
With the new year I’ve been looking back on 2012 through my three blogs, Facebook, Instagram, and journals. In my present state of mind… 2012 kind of sucked. It was stressful. It was tiring. It was scary. We had to depend on so many people. We let people down. It was a hard, hard year. However, looking back I have also seen that it was one of the most eventful years I’ve had. There were a lot of great highlights. A ton of new friends. Some big opportunities and crazy risks. It feels like 2012 was the work before the reward… you know?
On my party blog, A Well Crafted Party, I reviewed my 12 favorite party posts of the year. On the Portland Bloggers blog I reviewed the meet-ups over the year. Such growth! So many new and awesome people have entered my life this year. Quite a few reasons for celebration this year as well!
I thought I’d share an infographic here to review the 2012 year on this blog. It has been a BIG year!
I hope you all got a chance to look over your past year and are looking forward to the next!