Posted by: Kelli

I am not sure how I missed the boat a couple years ago, but I just discovered Instragram, and it is super fun. The colors, the pictures, the snippets of life, the beautiful products.  In my short time as part of the Instagram community, here are a few of the my favorite feeds (and the ladies behind them!!) that you should check out:

Who shoud you follow on InstagramCascadeCupcakes | DearMushka | FancyThatDesignHouse | PaisleySprouts

Last week I added these crochet hooks to my Christmas list because I am going to crochet like Sarah from Cascade Cupcakes someday. Dear Mushka has a verse tied to every piece of jewelry she makes, and her words are beautiful. Fancy That Design House is just flat out fun, and she has a chicken coup. And Paisley Sprouts. Oh Paisley Sprouts, your products are absolutely beautiful. I so wish I could sew triangles like you.

Who to follow on Instagram.GrainsofGrace | KikiComin | SewSugarBeans | TheHonakerHomemaker

Grains of Grace has some amazing wall decor for the home. I have never bought anything from her, but I really enjoy perusing her etsy site. Kiki and Company has FIVE kids and creates beautiful art work. Sew Sugar Beans has the sweetest and most peaceful blog. I love scrolling her pictures. The Honaker Homemaker is my favorite string art maker. I see string art popping up in lots of places, but she has a great eye for the best designs for string art.

However, with all that being said, it wasn’t too long ago that Peter and I found ourselves talking about our use of social media. It’s easy (really easy) to spend a lot of time on social media. We were talking about deactivating some of our accounts and deciding how much time (if any) we should spend on social media.

Then my sisters and I decided to start a blog. I proposed the idea of starting an Instagram account.


Oopsies. Social media overload again! This is almost better than browsing blogs, in my opinion. It was on Instagram where I first started seeing this community of online women encouraging and inspiring each other. I had read about it, but I had never seen it.

Yes, Instagram is where it’s at, folks. At least for me, anyway.

TheStripedPearl Instagram accountInstagram reminded me of why I have all these fun craft supplies at home that I have collected over the years. It reminded me to be creative again with its scrolling feed of colorful inspiration.

That being said, I would not propose that Instagram is the wisest use of your time or my time. So use some discernment and discipline and shut it off when needed (speaking mostly to myself).

The Striped Pearl Instagram Account.I’m a wee bit jealous of the skill and talent of each of these ladies at the top of the post. I see beautiful picture after beautiful picture scroll by. I see images of new products. I see photos of handmade home decor scroll by, and I go add another project to my husband’s to do list.

I think it’s okay to see beauty and enjoy beauty. I don’t think it’s good for me to see beauty and want it ALL. Sometimes I get on beauty or creative overload and it turns to idol overload. Do you know where I am going?

Be cautious, my friend, when your heart doesn’t seem to be happy while you are scrolling. Even though I really wish I could crochet like Sarah from Cascade Cupakes, I should never grow bitter or jealous because I can’t. I need to muster up in my heart to be excited for her and thankful she has such an awesome gift and talent.

I have been encouraged by a few other women and their creativity, and I really hope I can encourage some other women to be creative. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the potential projects but still want something handmade that you can add to your home, tomorrow I am going to share with you what I think is one of the easiest and most inexpensive crafting projects to try: making pom poms. The start up cost for making pom poms is around $10.

First I’ll share a simple tutorial on making pom poms. Then later this week, I will show you three easy projects to make with pom poms and you can decide which one would be best for your home! Let this be a little inspiration that you can do a fun project in 20 minutes.

For those of you who are actually on top of social media and have been on Instagram for a while, who are your favorites to follow?

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