The Daily Suga’|The Dopest Wallpaper Ever

Not much I can say about this wallpaper created for Pipeline Philadelphia by Flavor Paper except for DOPE. Having spent four years in Philly (some of the best years of my life) and the fact that my great grandparents meet there (wouldn’t be here without them), I have to show much love to the city. Flavor Paper’s toile wallpapers are fresh (old school slang for good) but this one has got to be my favorite. The Roots, Hall and Oates and The Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff. What! Love it!

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The Daily Suga’|Finding My Niche?

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Like most blog newbies, I read other blogs about blogging to learn how to make my blogging better. All of the information that’s out there can be so overwhelming. Ads or no ads? Up top placement vs at the bottom placement? It’s a lot. Very quickly I realized that I had no intention of following what most of these blogs repeated over and over again. Now I’m sure that means it will take a while for my blog to grow but I’m not worried about that. It’s taking a while for my cherry tomato plants to grow too but they’re growing  and when they reach full growth, I will have a bunch a sweet mouth popping cherry tomatoes to eat. And eventually my blog will reach full growth and I’ll have a sweet blog.

Just the other night an email from SITS Girls popped into my inbox and the title of the post was “8 Strategies to Define Your Niche” and it got me thinking about my blog content. The last point the blogger makes is that you shouldn’t wait for the perfect niche-just start.

Of all the posts that I’ve read, I find this advice to be most useful. I’m not sure if I have a niche. This blog is like the combination of three different blogs yet it’s the perfect representation of me. I feel in love with fashion design when I was teenager but I’ve since come to know that it’s not just the clothing that draws me. I love the design, the prints and patterns, the creativity and the need to bring an idea to life with your hands. So I like to call my blog “a creative lifestyle blog” because it’s about my creativity, the creativity of others and the ultimate Creator.

The key for me to finding my niche is not to find my niche and just let it happen organically.  My goal is to just stay true to me. I’m going to write about what I love and share it with the world. There’s no real flow.

For awhile I had a formula. Having a designated day for a certain type of post. I followed that for a few months but when I was on vacation, I decided to just give the Daily Suga’, you know small things that I wanted to share. I found that I liked that once a day or not or more. Blogging as I feel. Not that I don’t find all the blogging sites helpful, but I’ve just decided to blaze a new trail. Post after prayer and genuine passion. Bloggers can experience burnout and I don’t want that to be me. So sometimes I’ll talk about fashion and sometimes I’ll talk about interiors and sometimes I’ll talk about crafts. At the heart of it all will always be a celebration of creativity and my love for God. Coming to my blog is like opening a new surprise present everyday or as Forrest Gump said like “a box of chocolates”. You know the rest.

Following my own advice this is what I’ll do..see below.:)

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The Daily Suga’|Wear Your Art

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Once upon a time, well when I was a teenager, I illustrated my own clothing. Usually my jeans. Growing up in the 80s and 90s, that was just the thing to do. You’d frequently see words, graffiti or cartoon characters drawn or spray painted onto jackets, shirts or jeans. I was immediately taken back when I saw this artist’s work.

Isa Beniston is an artist and illustrator that creates clothing that looks like you’re wearing the page from her sketchbook. The muslin crop tops are colorful and one of a kind. These tops are surface patter design to the next level with  a mashup of doodles, portraits, and energetic brush strokes. Each top is hand painted by Isa. You can grab one in her shop or you could exercise your creative muscles and see if you can create your own statement piece to set off your wardrobe.

Isa is also a teacher and an advocate for art education and she shares some of her experiences on her site. You must check it out!

 

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The Daily Suga’|Sea World San Diego Running Man Challenge Compilation

Today I was going to write my usual We Are 101 post but today is the last day of our vacation and quite honestly I’m beat and I can’t wrap my mind around a post as serious as We Are “Activists”.

So in honor of our last day, I put together a fun little video courtesy of the flamingos, sea lions and performers at Sea World San Diego and the San Diego Zoo. When I was growing up the Running Man was very different but with each new generation comes new dances and new dance moves. As parents it’s to our benefit to get to know what our kids are doing, what they are listening to, what they are watching, what they’re wearing and just getting to know them in general. So I’m going to keep doing my Running Man but I’m going to learn this new one too.

In the spirit of fun and family, we put together this video we were all inspired to share after seeing the wonderful animals at the San Diego Zoo and at Sea World San Diego.

Sadly, these places are going to be the only way we can see some of the wonderful creatures that our Creator has given us. When you walk through these places it truly is mind blowing the shear amount of different and unique species we share this world with and we must do our part to ensure that future generations can see these animals not just in captivity but in their natural environments.

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The Daily Suga’|Free “CREATE” printable

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Hey all! I threw this together after being inspired by a quilt I saw. I’m in no way a quilter so I thought a printable would be a great alternative. Enjoy!

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The Daily Suga’|9 Cool Unicorn Themed Finds

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Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn.

What was it about the 80s that made unicorns so popular? Unicorns were a huge trend in the 80s. They were every where and admittedly I was a huge fan. I remember begging my mom for the bedding set below and the furniture in the picture too. I guess I thought that it would make me feel like a princess or something. Unicorns were on stickers, on notebooks, in movies and television, in books and in design. There are a lot of trends that shouldn’t make a comeback but unicorns are not one of them. Unicorns are awesome!

Today I’m showing my age and my love for the 80s and celebrating a trend that will never die. Check out these cool unicorn finds some old, some new.

Unicorn Themed Finds
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    1.  Shleich Unicorn Figurine
    2. Hog Wild Unicorn Popper
    3. Shera Princess of Power (Girl Power! Heman’s sister)
    4. Vintage Unicorn Wallet
    5. Needlepoint Unicorn
    6. Unicorn Sweater Jacket
    7. Vintage Unicorn Decorator Pillows (just like the bedding that I used to have)
    8. The Last Unicorn VHS (this movie was EVERYTHING when I was a kid)
    9. Happy Birthday Unicorn(LOVE me some Sweet Pickles books! Funny and helps show kids right from wrong)

What 80s trend do you think should live on? Let me know!

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