My moods this February has been super chill. My focus has been self -discovery and working on my passions and purpose in life. Fresh flowers and dream catchers have been my inspiration lately. As a kid I was fascinated with dream catcher, but somewhere down the road lost interest. Now that I am seeking meaning behind my purpose dream catchers keep popping up in my journey (…maybe it time to do a Dream Catcher DIY).
Today is a very special day… It’s my blogaversary !!!!
Three years ago, I stopped talking about my desires to be a blogger and actually became one. This journey has not always been easy but I am grateful for every moment. There has been some moments when I felt like blogging was not for me. I felt like my blog was not getting the response it needed in order for me to consider myself a blogger. But I continue to push through my mini anxiety attacks and focused on my desire to use this as a creative space to share with others.
Why did I start Passion Locked?
I have always been an opinionated and talkative girl. Sometime its a blessing, sometimes its a curse. For years I followed different blogs like Lauren Conrad and A Belle in Brooklyn and they gave me the desire to one day start my own blog. But I felt like I needed to be older and more established before I could start a blog. At the top of 2016, I made a goal to stop talking about what I want and go after each and every thing I want for myself. So, Passion Locked was created… I have always been a creative person, full of opinions, and big ideas. I wanted to create a space where I can share all of my creativity with the world. Passion Locked is my vault of creativity- everything from skincare and beauty (product) reviews, tips and routines to the DIY projects I share. It is my desire to use my creative space to connect with others just like me and build a community of ” Passionistas”
5 tips to starting a Blog
Now that I have been working on this passion project of mine for a few years, I’d like to offer some tips to anyone thinking about starting a blog.
Don’t Second Guest Yourself. Just Do It!
Set Content Calendars to follow each month
Stay true to why you started
Collaboration over Competition
Keep it FUN!
What’s in store for Passion Locked?
I am just getting warmed up y’all. So, I hope you keep tuning in every week for new content. I want to grow Passion Locked into a creative brand as an offset to other business ventures I wish to pursue in Marketing, Brand Management and Event Planning. I’d also like to collaborate with more blogger and Passionista’s for passion projects, features and guest posts.
Thank you to all my subscribers and supporters for being apart of this journey with me!!!
Today is all about baby shower DIY projects from my last event. If you did not see Wednesday’s post STOP NOW and go read it, then come back here.
Baby Shower Onesie Centerpiece/ Table Decor
When putting together a decor table, it all about the details. I wanted to keep everything simple and cute but I wanted to give the table some variety. So I designed this cute little decor piece. It was so easy to make.
What you need:
Poster Board, Pen(cil), and Scissors
Hot Glue Gun and Craft Stick
Glass vases, Decor flowers, and fillers
Step 1: Trace or Draw (2) Onsies on poster board and cut them out
Step 2: Using hot glue gun, glue craft stick to the back of one of the once cut out and then glue the other onesies to the back side to cover up the stick
Step 3: Fill you vases with your fillers go choice and stick the Onsies stick in the center. Decorate the rim with flower (optional).
Mommy 2 Be Pin
I didn’t have time to order a cute mommy to be pin so I decided to make one. This was my first time making it and it came out so cute. I think I might start making more of them.
What you need:
Button with straight pin ( or any base will work)
Hot Glue Gun
5-6 different ribbons (you can get creative with the colors and patterns)
To start I used my Cricut to cut out Mommy 2 Be letter for the button and used scrapbook paper inside the clear craft button. Once I secured the back on the button, I cut and folded strips of ribbon to glue to the back of the button. I alternated the ribbons all the ways around and went back to fill in gaps in the end to make it full.
The ribbon used for this project all purchased from Hobby Lobby on sale for buy one get on 50%, priced between $1.99- $2.99 each.
DIY Cupcake Stand
Everything from Dollar Tree (minus the E6000 glue). I have found that E6000 glue works best on glass and ceramics. You can use super glue or a hot glue gun but in my experience they don’t hold well.
What you need(to make 1 stand):
Dinner charger and Dinner Plate
2 Candle stick holders
Step1: Glue the bottom of one candle stick to the cent of the dinner charger, using E6000.
Step 2: Glue the dinner plate to the top of the candle stick and apply pleasure for 30 seconds.
Step 3: Glue the top of the (2nd) candle holder to the middle of the dinner plate (you want to flip this candle stick upside down for detail purposes- optional)
Step 4: glue the dessert plate to the bottom of the candle stick and apply pleasure for 30 secs.
Be sure to let these sit for at least 24 hours to completely dry before using.
THE FINISHED PRODUCTS
ALL PUT TOGETHER FOR THE GRAND EVENT
The pillows I put together last minute, but I will be doing a DIY throw pillow blog post soon…STAY TUNED!
If you try any of these DIYs be sure to tag me in your post or share pictures in the comment box. I’d love to see what you put together.
So, this weekend I had the pleasure of putting together a “Tutus & Pearls” theme baby shower for a client. I love doing baby showers because there are so many creative things you can put together to make the most special and memorable occasion no matter how small or large the event.
This was my 1st booked event for the year and I’m extremely happy with the end results and so was my client. It was small but filled with so much love. I was able to put together some cool DIY decor for the candle table, gift table and pin for the mommy to be. I was nervous about the final look of the decor being gold and yellow (but my clients get what they want), it turns out better than expected. I’m glad I could make my clients vision come to life. I will share all DIY (How to’s) in Friday’s blog… Stay tuned! For now, here are pictures from the event.
And, just to let you know Dollar Tree, Amazon, and Etsy are my best resources for any event that I put together.
I brought the new year in with a cold and STILL when out for NYE. Which did not help my cold situation. A week later, I finally feel like myself again. My nose is no longer red and stressed out. I’m no longer coughing with a runny nose. I FEEL BETTER, thank God!
While I was sick, I went without washing my hair or applying any mask to my face. I wasn’t in the mood to and I didn’t think it was a good idea to do while sick. So, now that I am better it is time to show my skin and hair some tender, love and care. Today, I am going to share with you how to make a refreshing sheet mask for stressed skin.
Using a pint sized mason jar (or gals jar), fill the jar half way with water. Add in the sliced cucumbers, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. Sometimes, I measure out a tablespoon of each (apple cider vinegar and lemon juice) or sometimes I just pour whatever in. Only thing left to do is, LET IT SIT. You can put it in the refrigerator or leave it out on the counter. I like to let mine sit for half a day before using.
When you’re ready to make the mask, drain the cucumber slices from the solution. Leave the solution in the glass jar. You can store any excessive solution for up to 5-7 days.
The perfect thing about the compressed facial mask is all you have to do is open it and drop it into the solution. It expands on its own.
2018 was a good year! So much happened. So much to be proud of. So much to be grateful for. So much meaning to life. I’ve completed yet another chapter of my journey, and so have you.
2018 I actually did some traveling. I walked the wall of the Old City in Jerusalem. I prayer at the western wall. I walked the Via Dolorosa. It’s still surreal to me. That’s something I never in a million years thought I’d do in my lifetime. It wasn’t even something that I planned, it just happened and I’m forever grateful for the opportunity. I also went to Paris…. FRANCE!!!! Although it was only for a short period of time, I saw Paris. I stood in front of The Eiffel Tower!
BEYCHELLA happened this year. I stayed up until 2am just to watch Queen B slay the stage for BEYCHELLA. The first BLACK FEMALE headline for COACHELLA (ain’t that a 🤬).
My girls and I survived a road trip to Washington DC for a music festival, in my brand new ride. I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since I bought my 1st car on my own.
I continued to improve my blogging skills and event planning skills to grow my business. I booked several successful events; gender revealing, baby showers, parties, and weddings. I pray for more increase in 2019.
I turned 27 years old, I’ve had to reflect on a lot things in my life that I need to work on. I’ve accepted a lot of things and I’ve made a vow to myself to change certain things. I’ve made a promise to never compromise who I am for someone else and keep my dreams alive by never giving up no matter what obstacles I may face. I’m a one women show!
I want to continue providing creative content 3x a week. My goal is to be better prepared and plan out materials. I strive to have each month’s content planned out at least 2 weeks before the month begins.
I want to work with brands for brand ambassadors or sponsorship opportunities. My goals is to stay consistent and market my content through my social media channels to attract brands lookin for ambassadors or paid sponsorship programs. If I can work with at least 3 brands in 2019 that will help me take my brand to the next level.
I want to monetize my blog and brand. My goal is to make $1k per quarter as a additional stream of income for sponsorships, events, custom decor and gift, as well as starting a shop on my blog. I tried using Etsy before but I was just to complicated for me. I strongly thinking about upgrading my WordPress plan.
Scrolling through Pinterest, I always see the cutest fur stools. But when I look in stores and online to purchase one they are always out of my price range. I honestly, don’t see myself paying $20+ for a decorative stool. No matter how cute it is. They are just so cute though, and I’d love to have one to go with my new living room decor. So, why not make one.
Of course, Pinterest has so many DIY Fur Stool tutorials and pictures from other creatives. So I started watching YouTube tutorials and reading blogs about how to make a DIY fur stool. The Dainty Dress Diaries, had the best
I purchased 2 Marius stool from Ikea for $5 each and 2 pink furry pillows from 5 Below for $5 each.
Following just about the same steps from the Dainty Dress Diaries DIY post, I started my project.
Step 1: Paint the stool legs – color of choice: GOLD
Step 2: Cut a opening in the back of the fury pillow, placing the stool base inside
Step 3: Hot glue or sew the pillow back together with Stool based inside.
Step 4: Cut 4 whole in pillow, where the screw wholes are.
Step 5: Attach the stool legs to the stool base, use screws to tightly put stool together
Everytime I meet a blogger, the conversation always results to blogging tips resources and equipment. I’m not one of those people who doesn’t like to share information. I like to find out what other bloggers are using to blog and post videos, as well as share my resources and tips. We can all learn from one another. There are a few blogger and influencer groups on Facebook that I’ve found to be very helpful. It was another blogger that I met online that really encouraged me to move from 1 post a week to 3 posts a week. There was an instant increase of traffic on not just my website but my social media accounts too.
Blogmas has been a blessing because I feel like I’m getting new traffic on both my social media accounts and my website. I want to keep you all coming back to Passion Locked and build a online community of moguls that want to learn, grow and support each other. I’m now in an intense planning mode for 2019. I want to get better at preparing content and finding new innovative ways to bring readers to my lil ol’ blog.
Today I want to share with you the equipment I used to blog. Although I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years now, I still consider myself a starter blogger… lol ! I say that because I started blogging as a hobby and its still a hobby. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard work but I’m not getting paid for it…YET!!! I plan to grow my blog and brand to another level next year .
Most of the things I use to blog are really cheap, but they work and get the job done for me. The most important things are my Macbook and iPhone. I take all my pictures on my iPhone, edit them on my iPhone as well. Over time I hope to invest in a camera and better blogging equipment.
Here is what I use to take blog pictures
CamKix Wireless Bluetooth Camera Shutter Remote Control for Smartphones
My crafty sassy behind has been busy this month. December is always a busy month for me and like always I am Not prepared. One year, December is not going to roll up on me when I’m unprepared. December 2019 I will be prepared with more gifts sets and personalized packages. But even tho I’m not prepared the way I want to be this year, I have been managing all of my orders and getting Blogmas posted once a day. I am a one women show and I pat myself on the back for making it to day 18 on task.
For those of you who don’t know, I am not just a blogger. I am also an Event Planner and creative innovator. I make personalized gifts and decor. As you can imagine around this time of year people are hitting me up for all types of stuff…. designed wine glasses, coffee mugs and Tumblrs, T-shirts, gift baskets and more.
I wanted to share my work with you.
If you wish to place an order, you can DM on instagram or email email@example.com. One day I’m going to have a store and a creative studio.