Intro to Meditation Workshop!

Recap of our very first meditation workshop!

This past Sunday we hosted the first of three meditation workshops at Handzy! It was an intro to meditation class hosted by our good friend Mija Speakman! We wanted to share a few snaps and encourage you to sign up for our next class coming up in March—Meditation for Creativity + Reflective Journaling! Registration opens on the morning of Friday, February 24!

Close up of some lovely candles and crystals that Mija provided to set the tone of the workshop!

Close up of some lovely candles and crystals that Mija provided to set the tone of the workshop!

All set up!

All set up!

Lighting some candles

Lighting some candles

Snacks!

Snacks!

And more snacks!

And more snacks!

Valentine's Day Workshop!

DIY valentines + flower bar workshop!

We hosted our first real workshop this morning and it was an absolute blast! We had mimosas, pink sprinkled donuts, mini cupcakes from Ungrained, plus a super cute flower bar with stems from Gia & the Blooms! Oh, and the whole point of it all, we made cut-paper valentines! 

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Cute + delicious!

Cute + delicious!

Red Velvet Dove chocolates. YUM!

Red Velvet Dove chocolates. YUM!

What's a Sunday morning without mimosas? 

What's a Sunday morning without mimosas? 

We somehow managed to make room for 10 people in our tiny studio!

We somehow managed to make room for 10 people in our tiny studio!

Supplies for the DIY valentines!

Supplies for the DIY valentines!

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Flower bar all set up! Everyone got to make a mini bouquet!

Flower bar all set up! Everyone got to make a mini bouquet!

Cutie little flower creation!

Cutie little flower creation!

The girls gettin' down with some DIY!

The girls gettin' down with some DIY!

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We loved seeing what everyone came up with! So cute!

We loved seeing what everyone came up with! So cute!

Love those shapes + colors!

Love those shapes + colors!

We had leftover flowers so Suzy and I got to make our own little arrangements!

We had leftover flowers so Suzy and I got to make our own little arrangements!

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So, as you can tell, today was super fun! We're eager to host more workshops and we already have a few lined up! Check out our next one, intro to meditation + reflective journaling, and send us a message if you have an idea for a workshop or want to host one with us! Also, scroll to the bottom of the page and sign up for our email list to be the first to know about upcoming happenings at Handzy! Thanks for following along :)

Weekend trip to Louisville!

Quick weekend trip from Covington to Louisville!

This past weekend, my husband and I took a quickie trip to Louisville (only 1.5 hours away) to celebrate 6 months of marriage! It was a quick and easy drive and we had a blast so I wanted to share some of the places we ate, drank, and shopped!

Please & Thank You
So P&TY is first on the list because we went there first, and also because it was my favorite! We went both days... Please & Thank You is a coffee shop/southern bakery and let me tell you right now—GET A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE! This is no joke. They even have a sign out front claiming that they have the best chocolate chip cookies in Louisville. I mean, I didn't eat any other cookies while I was there, but I promise these are GOOD. They also had the cutest hearts painted on their windows (by Matthew McDole), which inspired me to do our v-day windows at Handzy when I got back in the studio on Monday! Lastly, I wanted to note what P&TY is more than just coffee + food—they also have a backroom record shop! Good coffee, biscuits, records....COOL.

Mahonia
I found this place on instagram and immediately put it on the list of places to visit while we were in town. It is a green paradise! I'm obsessed with plants (even though I kill most of them) but luckily, my husband can keep them alive. We spent a lot of time just admiring the thoughtful arrangements and beautiful displays. One thing I really appreciated was the owner's obvious knowledge + passion for plants (I think she was the owner? Maybe not but she seemed on top of things!). In the end, we opted for an air plant and a cutie little succulent (because hello, low maintenance) but I pretty much wanted one of everything. Worth a visit even if you only leave with a pretty photo to instagram. 

Dot Fox
Being the owner of a cutie little retail shop, I always want to check out other cutie shops when I'm traveling! Dot Fox did not disappoint. I wasn't planning on buying anything but I got sucked in! I found the perfect denim jumper, some super cute earrings, and 2 matching smiley face buttons (I had to bring one back for Suzy, duh). The woman working greeted us right away and was super sweet and helpful without being pushy or salesy. Score! I also saw some of the same brands that we carry at Handzy in this shop! Would recommend if you're looking for a unique little somethin' for a friend—or yourself!

Hey Tiger
This is another cutie little shop on the same street as Dot Fox! Lots of vintage goodies and some handmade stuff, too! I walked away with the cutest pair of handmade clay earrings for $10! If I hadn't spent so much at the last shop, I definitely would have dropped some cash. They had super cute fanny packs in all different patterns that I really wanted to buy for me + Suzy to use at our craft fairs! Sorry Suz, maybe next time! If you can't shop Hey Tiger in person, check our their Etsy shop!

Without going into much detail, here are a few other places we went and liked!

Hammerheads for dinner. Yum! 
Harvest for breakfast/brunch. Also very yum.
Gifthorse for gifty things (mostly jewelry + Kentucky themed things)

One last thing:
This is where we stayed! It was so beautiful and comfy and close enough to walk to all sorts of things! We drank tea in bed and laughed and talked and slept in late and felt like we were staying in a tiny cozy clubhouse. Would 100% recommend! 

What are some places that you'd recommend for our next weekend trip to Louisville? Let us know!

 

 

 

Magazines we're reading right now!

and also some magazines we've never read but REALLY want to ...

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Popshot Magazine
I fell in love with Popshot Magazine on a semester-long wilderness, NOLS backpacking (canoeing + rock climbing also) trip in the American Southwest! My instructor chose Issue 10: The Wild Issue as one of her backpacking essentials and she carried it around for 5 weeks. After paging through it in the best possible place + moment in my life to absorb that specific content, I was hooked. Popshot is an illustrated literary magazine that publishes short stories, flash fiction, and poetry from the literary new blood. Each issue is centered around a theme (the most recent theme is Hope) and both writers and illustrators submit their work relating to that theme. Once each literary piece is selected, it is sent off to an illustrator for them to interpret and illustrate. When Brittney and I decided we wanted to experiment with selling magazines in our shop, this was the first one on my list to stock. We're currently all sold out of Popshot so let us know if you're interested in seeing it back at Handzy and we will try to stock it again in the future!

Driftless Magazine
My boyfriend, an Indiana boy who co-owns a small local business called Tom Will Make and has a big fat crush on the Midwest, received an issue of this magazine subtitled "Midwest Adventuring" as a gift in the mail. It wasn't a gift for me but after reading that issue cover to cover and becoming completely intrigued with the idea of Great Lakes surfing, this magazine entered into my personal print publication circle of stars. With each issue, Driftless proves that the Midwest "is more than merely flyover territory" by featuring inspiring Midwesterners and their stories, food, art, and more. We've got issues 4 + 5 stocked in the shop currently. If you're a local Ohioan/Kentuckian this one will definitely appeal to you! This magazine also takes submissions so if you're local and you have a story to share, click through to read more about the type of content they accept. Also, important to note that 3 awesome ladies are the masterminds behind Driftless Magazine and I was lucky to meet a few of them at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago this past summer! They are super nice and Driftless Magazine deserves your support.  

Got A Girl Crush  
As we test out different magazines in our tiny shop we have to be pretty selective. I stumbled across this publication on Instagram and instantly felt/knew that THIS was the exact type of content Handzy Shop + Studio fans would be into. If you couldn't guess, this magazine (and amazing blog) is by women and all about women! We've got a few more copies of the most recent issue, Issue 5, in the shop so if reading interviews with amazing women from all walks of life interests you then come grab a copy! Or, if you're not local, snag one from their online shop!

Darling Magazine
We've yet to get our hands on a physical copy of Darling (we're trying to wait patiently but secretly hope for it in the mail pretty much every day), a magazine and website all about the art of being a woman. But after it was recommended to us by a Handzy customer, we've subscribed to their email list and already placed a pre-order for the newest issue! They post a wide range of seriously great content for all different types of women (achiever, intellectual, beautician, explorer, stylist, confidant, dreamer, + hostess) and even if you don't feel like you fit into one of those categories there will definitely be something that speaks to you. We definitely should have read this article about mastering small talk before the DAAP ladies networking event that we hosted in our shop last week... oops. Stay tuned and we will let you know when you can get your hands on a printed issue of Darling at Handzy!

Boat Magazine
When I was in design school I day-dreamed about working for a magazine—this magazine to be exact. There is something about formatting type and arranging things on a page (seems I pursued the correct degree) that speaks to me! Boat is a travel and culture magazine that focuses on a differing and inspiring city for each issue. Their entire team physically moves to the focus city (seriously, how cool is that!?) for a few weeks to set up their studio, work with locals to create the content and to discover stories that don't usually get told in other top 10 feature type travel magazines. 

Lucky Peach
The covers of Lucky Peach are so attention-grabbing that I seriously pick up a copy everywhere I see it! This is a design centric magazine that tells stories about food and the people who make it. Their Instagram feed will have you drooling and their online recipes will help you solve that photo-induced hunger. They published a book (All About Eggs) and their latest winter issue all about food in LA has us lusting for summer and sunshine here in Kentucky even though we know it's not quite the same as California... This magazine is everywhere (think bookstores and newsstands) so next time it catches your eye, just trust us—it's more than worth $12!

Ok, so I just realized after a few hours of writing that I could gush on and on ... and on ... about all of my favorite magazines but there just isn't enough time in the day. Maybe I'll do a magazine part two blog post some other time. For now I'm just going to list a bunch of other magazines that I highly support and suggest you check out.

Gratuitous Type *we've got a few copies of this in the shop!
Weapons of Reason
Anorak Magazine
Another Escape
Kinfolk *we don't stock this but our friends at Fern do!

So what did I miss? What are some magazines that you love? Let me know in the comments. I'd love to hear your thoughts!  

5 Goal Setting Tips + Tricks!

Do you think setting goals for the upcoming year is cliché? Think again!
 

 
 

Taking time to set positive intention for your future is super important. Why? Because setting goals gives you both focus and accountability! 

As December draws to a close we have been reflecting on the goals we made in the beginning of 2016, both personally and for our business. Looking back on the year there are some aspirations we can totally mark off of our list! Open a brick + mortar shop?? Check! To be real, there are others we didn't quite 100% follow through with. The point is that we are utilizing this quiet time between the holidays and the new year to reset and plan our goals for the upcoming year!

If you feel like you always forget about your "new year's resolutions" before January 15th (we've all been guilty of this) here are a few goal setting tips + tricks to help you follow through this year:

1. Set SMART goals!
SMART is an acronym that you can use to help you form your goals into more actionable plans.
S: Specific
M: Measurable
A: Attainable
R: Relevant
T: Time Based
Start with getting super extra specific about your goal. What do you want to accomplish? Why? Next, figure out how you will know when you've completed your goal. Now ask yourself, is achieving this goal is attainable if I put in the effort and really make a commitment to it? Is there anything standing in my way? Finally, set a date for when you will check in about your goal and when you will accomplish it. Here's a link to a worksheet to help you with setting SMART goals. 

2. Go deep into goalception.
Dream big! There is no goal that you cannot reach if you take the time to chart out your path to success. Make big goals—seriously huge and crazy wild goals, and then make smaller goals within those goals and so on and so forth. Each action step you take along the way is a step in the right direction toward achieving what might have previously seemed like an unattainable goal.

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3. Write your goals down.
This tip is pretty self explanatory but often overlooked. Get a journal and use it as a place to both write your goals down and check in with them often! We've all got a lot going on and it's easy to be super motivated to achieve a goal one day and then totally forget what it even was the next day. Keep yourself accountable by reading your goals and re-adjusting them often. Set a reminders in your phone if you have to!

4. Then, share them with someone who will hold you accountable! 
Speaking of accountability, you don't have to do it all on your own. It will be easier actually to achieve big things if you enroll the help of others! Tell a family member or a friend about your goals as well as your plan to achieve them. Check in with them about your progress. This works better if the sharing goes both ways.

5. Turn your goals into affirmations and read them aloud daily.
In order to turn our thoughts into our actions we must first translate our thoughts into words. For example, one of my goals is to exercise at least 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week. Each morning I affirm aloud: "I am fit, strong, trim and confident. It is imperative to commit to my health so that I can live an adventurous life. I feed my body nutritional meals and engage in at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day." Here is a link to an article with more information about how to write powerful affirmations. 

There you have it! We hope this helps you out as you plan to totally rock 2017!