// Handmade With Love - 200+ Projects from 52 Fabulous Women

You’d probably say I’m crazy. But I’m telling you, that’s exactly what’s happening right now with the Handmade with Love Super Bundle!

Brought to you by creative geniuses like Allison Glass, Elise Blaha-Cripe, Anne Weil, Rebecca Langford, Liat Gat,  plus 47 others, contributing their premium patterns and projects to make this a can’t-miss resource.

It’s a curated collection that helps you build your own digital library of handcraft resources, so you can master new techniques, learn their best tips for beautiful end results, and make fresh, quirky projects and patterns that will be sure to draw compliments.

The entire package is worth over $1,000, but right now it’s only $29.97 to pick up your own copy of the bundle.
But you have to act fast — it's only available for a few days!

 Handmade With Love Super Bundle

// Things I Love Thursday v.300

Sharing my TiLT a day early in preparation for Thanksgiving festivities and family time. Hope you enjoy this week's list of lovely things... 

these 3 DIY cheesecake toppers ♥

this DIY asymmetrical wreath ♥

this blackberry aperol spritz ♥

this stunning kitchen ♥

these beautiful florals ♥

this gorgeous bedroom ♥
♥ this lovely house ♥
a pretty stellar shopbop sale just started! only for a few days though! ♥

// ICYMI: Enter to win one of 20 prizes valued at a total of $4000 in this crafty, DIY super bundle giveaway! And stay tuned for the bundle to launch on the 27th... at 97% off! Give the gift of handmade this holiday season.

xo KB

// Things I Love Thursday v.299

these strawberry marble donuts (vegan friendly!) ♥

this pom pom friendsgiving get together ♥

this (+ all) pieces by rachel ignotofsky ♥

this embroidered art by victoria villasana ♥

♥ this DIY hanging plant rack ♥

♥ this ♥

this DIY pom pom market tote ♥

this retro inspired summer brunch (wrong season, but still!) ♥

♥ this! ♥
shopbop's kids gifts are my favorite EVERY year! ♥

// Cards Against Humanity Saves America! I am SO sad I missed out on this, but the website is hilarious! While we're talking about CAH and how awesome they are: They bought a piece of land at the Mexico border so Trump can't build his wall. 

// [Content warning] Harrowing images show refugees being left to drown at sea. Absolutely heartbreaking. And this happens every single day.

// ICYMI: I shared this year's Dream Tree Challenge yesterday! Lots of white and pops of color!

xo KB

// POP COLOUR - Michael's Dream Tree Challenge 2017

It's Dream Tree time, y'all! This is by far my absolute favorite Michaels Makers challenge each and every year, and this year is my fourth (!!!) tree! You can see the past 3 years here if you're interested: 2016, 2015, 2014 (loved this one so much!) This year I wanted to do something totally different, partially because the Jasper Cashmere tree I received last year was seriously so beautiful and I knew that I wanted to use it again in my living room, and also because I really wanted something fun in my studio. Michaels gave us a couple of different trees to choose from this year and I jumped on the white pencil tree since it was so unique. Not going to lie though, I was kind of intimidated to decorate it! I've never decorated a pencil tree before and I had absolutely no idea how much stuff would fit on it. I have a boatload of things to return but I can safely say I am totally head over heels in love with the way this tree turned out. My tree is publishing 2 weeks after most of the other Makers' trees simply because I opted to do one of the two limited collections and they were put into stores a bit later. The collection I'm featuring on my tree is the Boho Collection and I am so into the color palette! I immediately knew this is the collection I wanted based on the colors alone. I've always been more of a muted pink kind of gal, but here lately I can't get enough of bold, bright color on a clean white backdrop.

While most of my ornaments are straight from the Michaels' shelves I knew I wanted to DIY some things to tie it all together. I ended up taking some clear ornaments and shaking some acrylic paint around in them to get the colors I wanted. I also did some splatter and brush stroke looks on some white ornaments. A few of the clear ornaments include pink crinkle paper and teal paper trim. I love the look of the texture in them. My favorite ready-made additions from Michaels are definitely the super soft pom poms. The little animals are adorable, too. Only one store in the Nashville area carries this collection (Bellevue!) and I bought most of it, but hopefully they've restocked since I swept through. (You can check each individual product's availability at your local store - just in case you weren't aware! Just search by zip code on the product page.) If you're not local to me or you don't have a Michaels nearby you can still get a good bit of the collection online - and you can usually scoop up a code for free shipping! Currently this collection - and Michaels' 4 others - is 50% off.

I'm totally a "More is More" gal when it comes to decorating Christmas trees. This tree, despite being quite skinny, boasts so many different kinds of ornaments and garlands. I picked up a few awesome things (like pom pom and tassel trim) that would have made for great makeshift garland, but I'm not sure it would have fit on my tree haha Instead I opted to use some of it on my gift wrap and bags. I just hot glued a few strands of it here and there, and I love how it helps tie the whole thing together. Below I'll link some of the stuff I used in case you want to put your own spin on it.

From trees to ornaments and holiday d├ęcor, Michaels has everything you need to MAKE this holiday your own! You can even shop over 100 Christmas Trees at Michaels.com. Thanks for checking out my tree and giving me a space to share things like this. I definitely want to get myself back into regular making, no matter the medium. 

xo KB


// How to Hire People Effectively and Efficiently

Hiring people for your business is a challenge that never seems to get any easier, no matter how many times you go through the process. It’s up to you to make sure that you make the process as efficient and effective as it can be because you’re going to have big regrets if you get it wrong. We’re going to talk about what you can do to get it right while also saving as much time as possible, so read on to find out more.

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Consider Past Candidates First

Considering past candidates who have applied to work on your business before is definitely a good idea. That’s especially true if you have to reject a good candidate in the past because you had a slightly better one ready to hire. This certainly makes the whole process much more efficient because you already know about the person you’re trying to hire and you already think they’re a good fit.

Use Referrals from Existing Employees

If you’re not sure how to start approaching candidates or encouraging the best candidates to apply, you should make use of referral programs. These are useful because they allow your existing employees to put forward people they think the business would benefit from hiring. It’s positive for them and it’s very positive for the business too.

Ensure You’re Targeting the Right Audience

It’s important to make sure that you know exactly who you’re targeting when you’re doing this kind of work. There’s no point putting your job ads in front of people who are not at all suitable for them. If you’re hiring doctors, you’ll want to focus on getting your openings in front of more doctors, not people who don’t have the vital qualifications. And the same applies to any role you might be hiring for.

Make the Job Description Detailed and Precise

When writing job descriptions for your positions, you should try to make sure that they’re as detailed and precise as they possibly can be. Failure to get this right can lead to you getting inundated by applications from people who are not suitable for the role or people who misunderstood the role you were applying for in some way or other.

Treat Candidates as You’d Treat Your Customers

If you want to hire the best people and achieve the best outcomes from your hiring processes, you should remember to treat every candidate with respect. The best way to do this is to treat your candidates with the same respect and care as you would treat your business’s customers. It’s a good rule to live by when it comes to hiring.

Hiring people is always a challenge when running a business, and very few companies get it right 100% of the time. But the businesses that find the most success and manage to uncover the best talent use the tips and ideas that we’ve discussed here today. So be sure to make the most of them.

// this is a contributed post written for this charming life.