Cuddle Weather 2017

It might be a slow crawl, but we are inching our way to cooler weather here in Texas!  We’ve enjoyed a few crisp mornings this week, and some jacket worthy evenings, which makes everyone feel happy inside – like maybe we don’t actually live in the center of the sun.  Sadly, we don’t get cuddle weather here for months on end like other places do, although our winters are perfect convertible weather so I’m not really complaining. But when those temps do take a dip we have to be ready!  Here are a few supplies to help get your cuddle on when there’s a nice nip in the air and gooey love in your heart.

Under Cover

This blankie is chunk-ilicious and I’m completely smitten with it’s knittin’.  The only hard decision is which color to choose!  Beautifully handmade, this blanket makes me wanna put on some jammy pants and get tangled up for hours with my handy man (don’t worry, he’s my husband).

Muggin’

Whether you’re a cocoa or coffee person, a hot cup of something (spiked or not) is definitely on the agenda for cuddle time.  Earthy and handmade, these mugs are right up my ally.  I may not have a cabin in the woods, but with these beauties I can sure pretend.

Toasty Toes

Cold feet are an absolute cuddle fowl.  When snuggling up, make sure no icy toes cause your snuggle buddy to jump and run.  That’s not what we’re going for here.  Clearly, I’m all about the handmade and these cutie socks are no exception.  Not only will they keep your feet cuddle-ready, you’ll feel great about supporting someone’s small business!  Or you can pretend that your sweet Granny made you those, and think of her fondly every time you realize how warm your feet are.  *loving sigh*

Cozy Fireplace

No fireplace? No problem.  I don’t have one either, but we completely love our little fake one.  It’s actually quite nice because it puts out heat AND creates ambiance without the hassle of kindling real flames.  Don’t get me wrong, real fires are lovely, and if you have one of those gas ones that you can flip on with a remote control, then you, my friend, are blessed beyond measure.  As for the rest of us, a fake fireplace is a great substitute, and will keep you under the covers for as long as you wanna stay.

A little reminder

This sweet little pillow can serve as a reminder all season long, that yes, cuddle weather is upon us.  Shall we?

Peace & Love,

Carrie

Disclaimer

Just to let you know, I have added links to items that are available for purchase.  If you click on them, I might make a buck at NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU.  Did you hear that? None.  My promise to you is that I’ll never share anything that I don’t love and want for myself.  Pinky promise!

A Year In The Rear View

Confession... It's been a year since my last post.  BUT, what a year it's been!  Here's a look into my rear view mirror - and what's on the road ahead!

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Last march, I inquired about pop-up shops in San Antonio, and 2 weeks later I opened one!  I had no inventory, and NO CLUE was I was doing.  But, in true Carrie fashion, I jumped in with both feet and had a really fun and path-altering 90 days.

 

Because I was in downtown San Antonio, I was able to meet people from all over the world.  One customer wanted me to find out what it would cost to ship one of my pieces to Paris! (Much more than the piece was worth, by the way.)  The positive response gave me confidence in what I was doing, and at the end of 90 days I decided to start applying for Vintage Market Days.

The first VMD to accept my application was in Nashville, TN - and of course I went for it.  Again, NO IDEA what I'm doing or what to expect, but go big or go home, right?  AM I RIGHT??  So we packed up a trailer & the kids and headed to Tennessee, making a stop in Memphis.

 

I followed Nashville up with Greater San Antonio VMD, Austin-Hill Country  VMD, and Greater Asheville VMD.

I also became an Etsy failure last year.  I opened my shop only to learn that sitting around waiting for people to order stuff, isn't my jam.  I gotta go places and meet people.  SO, no more Etsy for me...except for shopping.

I've also learned that I can't stand to think of things to write about, so my blog posts from here on out will be mostly pictures of places to go, restaurants to eat at and recipes to try.   Sound good?

So, what's next for her Hippie Heart?  Thanks for asking!  In just over a month, I will be launching an online boutique that promises to be easy and comfortable style, for the free-spirited gal.  

For now, I'll continue to sell my junk at Vintage Market Days (see schedule for upcoming events), manage an upscale boutique in downtown San Antonio, be a wife & momma, adventure seeker, wine drinker, and Jesus follower.  Won't you go with me?

Peace & Love,

Carrie

My 40 Year Old Face

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A few days ago, I was met with an unsavory decision…to photoshop or not to photoshop. 

My friend and photographer, Lupita from Images Of Rain Photography , took my headshots for me a couple of weeks ago, and I could hardly wait to get the proofs back.

I love her, and I love her work. 

When I did get the proofs, I was immediately drawn to one photo of me that I thought looked great.  And I was right…it looked so great that I didn’t even recognize myself! 

As I scanned the other photos, I became painfully aware that the photos that caught my eye, were not a real representation of me. I clicked on the unedited version of the same photos and I just sat and stared at them.  For a while.  I thought, “this is what I look like.”

Those wrinkles.

Those age spots.

That nose.

That wild hair.

This is you.

THIS is what people see when you’re standing face-to-face.

 

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This is it.  My 40 year old face. 

And I had to decide in that moment who I wanted to be.  Just a pretty face, or real and authentic? 

Considering that the Her Hippie Heart logo includes the phrase “down-to-earth,” I decided to opt for the latter. Embracing this laugh lined, sleep deprived, dehydrated, sun damaged, dessert-loving face wasn’t easy, but it was the right thing to do.

THIS is NOT me.

 

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THIS is.

 

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THIS is not.

 

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THIS is.

 

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My 40 year old face is showing, and I’m learning to be OK with that.

Peace & Love,

Carrrie