Simple October

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Simple October Workshop - Chrismas Edition Sponsors - GIVEAWAY

Remember the Christmas workshop I hosted in November? Well, we had some seriously great sponsors send swag for each of the ladies that attended and I am long over due with praising them here on the old blog.

I wish I could send each of you a pretty little package with all these gorgeous products. (See below for a chance to snag a few of these goodies.)
These handmade shops are some favorites of mine. You will not regret following these ladies either. The creative inspiration they give is priceless.

1. Give with Joy

Aneta, from Give with Joy, sent each of our ladies these adorable "Merry and Bright" cards. The color and style are perfect. She was such a joy to work too. I love all the sweet hand lettered and digital items in her shop. Go check out her Give with Joy shop here. You can also follow her on Instagram and the Give with Joy blog. Thank you, Aneta for being such a blessing!

2.The Salvage Sign

I love seeing all the new signs that Danielle from The Salvage Sign makes. They are amazing! Danielle sent us this awesome "Dream Big" hand painted sign to give away for one of our door prizes. You can keep up with all her DIY projects on her blog, Two Little Superheroes , on Instagram @littlesuperheroes , and on Facebook here. Thank you, Danielle, for sending us one of your awesome signs.

3. Hazel Berry Paper

These lovelies are from the amazing Jillian from Hazel Berry Paper. She spoiled our attendees with her darling and witty cards. And these colors....oh, my! Check out her Etsy shop, Hazel Berry Paper. You can also follow her on Instagram @jilliandolberry, on Facebook, and her blog for updates and inspiration. Jillian, thank you for sharing your talents with our attendees.

4. Thatch and Thistle

We are big fans of the beautiful products from Thatch and Thistle. Brynne is always such a joy to work with. She sent these darling heart stickers seals from her shop. Go snag some goodies for yourself at Thatch & Thistle Supply Co. You can also follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
Thank you, Brynne for spoiling our attendees!

Photo credit: Susanne Sutton

The mini JOY banner was from my shop, Simple October.

This workshop was a blast and our sponsors made it that much better!
Thank you again, to all our sponsors, for spoiling our attendees with your beautiful products!

We had a couple extra swag items from our event and I would love to send one to YOU!
To enter, simply comment below with your favorite Christmas tradition. That's it!
I'll randomly select two (2) names from the comments below and send you each some extra sweet goodies. Giveaway closes tomorrow (Thursday, December 18th) at 9 pm EST.
Thank you!

Our randomly selected winners from the comments below are Nicole Hess and Deana Sutherland.
Congrats, ladies! Send me an email with your mailing address and I'll get these goodies on their way to you. Thank you to everyone who commented! I loved reading all the traditions.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Simple October Workshop - Christmas Edition

We had the best time crafting at the Simple October Workshop.
These nights are filled with good conversation, growing friendships, crafting pretty things, treats and coffee.
Some of my most favorite handmade shops sent some goodies for the ladies that attended. Each one unique and so very talented. I'll be posting all the details about them soon.

We crafted festive felt banners, faux Christmas tree snow globes, hand stamped muslin bags, and creative paper gift tags. Seeing all these creative ladies bring their own style into each one of their crafted items is my favorite. I am so sad that I didn't get a photo of all the finished projects together this time. They were all amazing!

Vintage trucks with tiny Christmas trees and sprigs of evergreen decorated little parts here and there. Oh, my heart!
Thanks to my mom for trucks. They are all from her and are so cute. I'm sure some of them were my dad's when he was little.

One of my sisters made the chocolate layered bars and my mom made thin twice baked potatoes and spinach artichoke dip. I only made the white chocolate peppermint tarts but everything was delicious!

One of my sisters hand cut each one of the paper snowflakes that were hanging from the ceiling. They made the room feel magical with the twinkle lights. Also, I have to mention that my brother in law, Kyle, helped us so much by hanging everything from the ceiling. We would not have made it without him.

And seriously, I would have been so over my head with trying to get everything done without help from my mom, sister, brother in law, and my husband for watching our twins the entire day. Liam still stays with me and he was such a trooper hanging out with us while we worked.

I'm so blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life.

Thanks to all who came, you are such a blessing to me and your support is immeasurable. Thank you!
You can see more photos from the night on Instagram using the hashtag #simpleoctoberholiday

Friday, October 31, 2014

Pumpkin Carving

I think the best part about being back in our hometown is having our families so close.
Because having both sets of grandparents together for carving our pumpkin, was extra special.

Now, before you think that I'm really together and planned this little party in advance, I'll let you know that I just decided yesterday morning that we needed to make this happen. I did bake cookies in the early afternoon so we could have a treat but I ran to the store for the pumpkin yesterday afternoon. Sometimes spontaneity is the best way.

I loved the boys reaction to the pumpkin. After I brought it home, I placed it on the dining room table and Favre kept saying "big, big". Then we showed them the pumpkin with the seeds & pulp still inside, Favre said, "Wow, wow, wow" over and over. It was pretty fantastic. (Incase I haven't chatted with you recently, the twins are saying more and more words.) :)

It was a magical night filled with family, treats, pumpkin carving, and my favorite homemade pumpkin spice lattes!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Simple October Workshop . Christmas Edition . Registration

Hello, Friends!
I could not be more excited to share with you that registration is now open for our second workshop.
This is a Christmas Edition and I have some super cute holiday crafts planned for us to make together.

You're invited to the Simple October Workshop . Christmas Edition
Join me for a night of creating fun holiday items to display or give as gifts.

When: Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost: $25
(only 15 tickets available, *see below on how to purchase)

Each workshop attendee will make and take home three completed projects.

1. Faux snow globe using a bottle brush Christmas tree and Mason jars. These are perfect for displaying in your home or for gifting.

2. Hanging wall banner. Choose from "Oh joyful", "Peace", or "Be Merry". We are loving these sweet holiday wall banners crafted from felt and wood dowels.

3. Hand stamped cotton drawstring bags. Great for giving gift cards or other small treats. Along with handmade gift tags to add a little something extra to gifts this holiday season.

Treats and drinks will be provided.
Come, mingle, be merry! I would love to see you there!

To purchase your Simple October Workshop tickets, please email me at with your *Paypal email address and the phrase of your choosing for the wall banner, project #2. Then I will send you an invoice to be paid upon receipt. There will be an little something special coming to you via USPS, so please make sure your mailing address is correct on your Paypal account.

 Thank you, ladies! I am looking forward to seeing each and every one of you!


*Sorry, due to the nature of this workshop,
we are unable to offer refunds.

Also, I wanted to note that all supplies are included in the cost. We encourage you wear comfy shoes and to bring a camera to capture the fun.

Ticket sales will close on Thursday, November 6th

Please comment or email me at if you have any questions. Thank you!

Much love,
Emily Kinsaul