{Inspiration Workshop! — shoes}

WOW, you guys. I’m in Tanzania, Africa right now — traveling with Compassion International — and this is the perfect prompt to be sharing about shoes while I’m traveling abroad!

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When we planned this post prompt I think I had a general idea of what kind of shoes {or lack there of} I’d be seeing in Tanzania, but now that I’m here I’m seeing a totally different perspective.

Most of the time we see sandals on the people here ~ many of the school kids wear black dress shoes. And some times they wear no shoes at all! We’ve visited Mwanza + Arusha {cities} — we’ve seen the people here go barefoot when they’re walking the dirt roads in their neighborhoods. We’ve seen shoes floating down dirty river water, off to the side in a field near the road, even tucked between sticks in the wall of a mud-wall house. And get this, Zack saw a man building a roof {!} and pointed out he wasn’t wearing shoes at all.

Shoes aren’t always a priority to the people that live here. Instead, growing the freshest fruits + vegetables, scooping up the freshest water from a puddle nearby, and having a solid roof on your home take precedence. And now that I’m here it makes total sense.

Below are a handful of my favorite photos taken by Keely Marie Scott. Gosh, I heart this girl. And her name. Isn’t her name cute?? She’s been our photographer for the week and she’s goooooood! :)

– shoes in Africa –

wanna know the secret to basket carrying perfection?
make a fabric roll and then set your basket on top of that.

a mattress made from scarves + fabric

handmade charcoal

a sweet boy from one of the Child Development Centers we visited this week,
and look at his shoes! oh, shoes make me happy!

having a nail polish party, this is HAPPINESS!

playing footsie with my neighbor

this woman is from a traditional Maasai tribe,
she doesn’t wear shoes but I think she likes it that way.

OH THE CHILDREN! this group of children was a bit older
than the other groups we visited and it was such a treat to spend the day with them.
I can only imagine how far they’ve advanced since joining Compassion’s sponsorship program.
And look at their shoes — again, HAPPINESS!

flip flops! my absolute favorite kind of shoe

look! this little boy’s outfit matches his shoes ♥

every day the kids dressed in their very best for us, and look how cute they look!
boys in collared shirts + girls in colorful dresses ~
Compassion truly does wonderful things for these children.


LET’S CHAT SHOES! What do they mean to you? Or is there another item you have that means as much to you as shoes do to the kids here in Tanzania? Did you know that if you sponsored a child for $38/month {the cost of two Starbucks drinks a week} you are helping to provide your sponsor child with a pair of shoes. If a child enters the program without their own pair, one will be provided — cool black shoes for school or fancy shoes for the girls, or sandals or tennis shoes. Any pair would be so inspiring for them, AND YOU!

And not only are sponsored kids ensured shoes, but simple things most of us probably take for granted: a safe place to play; nutritional + hot meals; education, including vocational trades like seamstress/tailoring, computer and bead-making; weekly/monthly/bi-monthly home visits by each Child Development Center’s social worker to check-in on the child’s home life.

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This week’s Inspiration Workshop! prompt is SHOES!
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{Inspiration Workshop! — Spring}

yay, yay — Welcome to the Inspiration Workshop!, a monthly linky party where we blog about the scheduled prompt ~ and this months the prompt is SPRING! Not to be a dork, but Minneapolis is starting to smell like spring. I can hardly stand it, it’s just so lovely + fresh!

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The warmer weather we’ve had here in Minneapolis has me ready to incorporate more green + yellow into our home. This weekend I’m going to swap out the rest of our winter decorations for a more fresh look, I can’t wait! The book display below has inspired me to change things up on our mantle, too. And ya know what… after reading Nester’s blog yesterday I’ve decided to make some finger knit garland for our living room, too ~ green or peach sound like the perfect colors. I thought the rainbow quote below was super cute + super practical ♥. And then there’s the blue shelf for displaying pretty dishes + darling tea cups, and a fun wreath DIY. All are perfect for spring :]

via design sponge

via eighteen25

via all the luck in the world

via jasey’s crazy daisy

SHARE WITH US: what does SPRING look like, smell like, feel like to you?

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This week’s Inspiration Workshop! prompt is SPRING!
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{Inspiration Workshop! — Organization}

Helloooooooo there! Welcome to the Inspiration Workshop!, a monthly linky party where we share our take on the scheduled prompt. This month we’re chatting about ORGANIZATION, which makes me crazy excited!!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with :] Wanna join us? See the end of this post for instructions on how to link up with us + how to receive our monthly newsletter.

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This month’s prompt has me all crazy excited because there are so many easy, fun, colorful ways to stay organized. Without a lot of hassle, might I add! I’m going to steer my focus on the craft room because, well, that is what catches my attention the quickest. COLOR is one of my favorite “accessories” and everything I’ve found for this post is just bursting with it… it’s so fun!

Some might say to save the best for last, I say SHOW ME THE BEST FIRST! Whenever I have the chance to peek into a craft room I take it! So let’s start with this gorgeous space… Isn’t it lovely?! Tell me you agree! {If you disagree, lie to me and say you agree, hah!} The three separate work spaces, the hidden drawers, the cubbies up above, the rolling chairs {with pockets on the backside?!}, the giant built-in bookshelf to the left, and of course the large floorspace for larger projects. Such a dream room! I’m drawn to the white base and the pops of color. I think this room is set up to be a homeschool room, but I love it even more for a craft room ;]

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Cutest pink baskets on the wall, perfect for larger fabric scraps, holding patterns… or just being cute!

the lovely cupboard

Glass jars are truly one of my favorite ways to stay organized. We use a few in the studio + packaging room, for empty spools of thread and storing ribbon. I LOVE them, and how easy it is to see inside. And that I can seriously toss something in but because it’s organized by material type it doesn’t look organized. But it is. Don’t let it fool you… It’s unorganizedly organized.

inspire co.

Alternatively titled: The perfect packaging station assistant ;]

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Old wooden crates, such a fantastic fabric bolt storage solution. And don’t worry, if your fabric stash runs out you can always go buy more! tee hehe…

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Hold me. Do you know how many things I could store in here? Oh, let me make a quick list for you. Needles, for hand + machine sewing. Thread. Bobbins. Scissors. Machine feet. Binding. Gussy tags. Extra pins. More thread. More needles. Buttons. A measuring tape. And then the rest of the drawers would be for my chocolate collection ;] My gooooodness! this makes me want to search out an antique store just to find one yesterday! So lovely!!! If you have one of these babies I’m totally jealous.

apartment therapy

And lastly, inspiration boards are seriously one of my favorite things. I love them for inside the studio and near my desk. But, don’t let me fool you… I forget to update it as the seasons change and I’m so good at saying I will today but then an entire monthly passes me by… and it still sits unchanged. Maybe that’s a bad thing? I like to see it as a good thing :]

smile & wave


Want even MORE organizational tips? Follow my Craft Room Organization board on Pinterest!

SHARE WITH US: What organizational tip do you secretly keep? What do you rely on often to keep your workspace or home clean? Or, does the word “organized” make you laugh?! –wink!

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This week’s Inspiration Workshop! prompt is ORGANIZATION!
♥ Share your blog post with us by linking up below. I’ll be clicking through the links so I hope you join the party and share your inspiration!!!! You have until the evening of February 12th to link-up your post!

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{Inspiration Workshop! — Bedrooms}

HOORAY — the Inspiration Workshop! is back in action! We took a few weeks off to spend time with family + friends over the holidays, but it’s now time to get back in the groove of sharing what inspires us, yeow! Last week I announced some I.W. updates ~ be sure you read it so you don’t miss any important details! We hope by making these changes it’ll make participating in the linky party easier for everyone.

Moving on to the scheduled prompt, bedrooms!

I’m absolutely LOVING these rooms and the color/airiness they have:

the color issue

poppy talk

dream green DIY

urban outfitters

A few more loves, just for fun: these lamps, this bench, fresh flowers + a reading nook. My wish list is now complete ;]

One thing I love about the home we’re renting is that our bedroom has two doors, one being a giant 6′ pocket door that opens to the living room. It makes us feel like we have so much extra living space because we use our bedroom so often. Plus, Bauer can nap on our bed and not feel so far away from me while I work in the other room –wink!

SHARE WITH US: Do you have a bedroom wish list? Or, is your bedroom already your dream room?

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This week’s Inspiration Workshop! prompt is BEDROOMS!
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