Women Crush Wednesday
What Better Way to Start My Blog Than With A Little Women Crush Wednesday Action...
I mean, let's get real. Everybody loves women. We are smart. We are talented. We are strong. We are beautiful. What's not to love?
I have decided to begin my blogging experience by SPREADING that lady love. Anyone who knows me well will concur that, yes, I often form, what I like to describe as, Lady Crushes. A female drummer? Automatic Lady Crush. Exotic style? Lady Crush. Queen of a trade or craft? Hardcore Lady Crush. You get the picture...
What I can't wrap my mind around is WHY and HOW we don't give each other all the credit and support we deserve. Let me begin by saying I do not categorize myself as a feminist, but I DO believe in the power of women. I believe we should lift each other up and recognize everything that makes our gender badass.
With that said, I have decided to dedicate my first blog post to a handful of female entrepreneurs who have given me visual inspiration throughout my business venture. When I quit my job less than a year ago, and jumped on the "etsy" bandwagon, I had no clue what I was doing.... and whole heartedly admit that I am still figuring it out. One of the first platforms I leaned against during those first "Wee Baby" weeks of Sweet Thyme Design's life was Instagram. I know, I know, it seems silly, right? It's just photos, hashtags, and nonsense. Well, I quickly figured out that not only was Instagram a FREE marketing tool, it was also a great way to learn from and connect with other likeminded makers.
Below are 4 women who continue to show me marketing tactics, teach me how to reach my customer demographic, and who provide a beautiful, visually stimulating story behind their chosen field. The upward progression of my own photography & marketing skills is largely influenced by the makers I follow myself. So, thanks ladies, for not only the visual inspiration, but for the lessons of which you most likely were unaware.
If you love interior space and design as much as I do, you might as well just stop reading this silly blog and check out her photos right now. Her style is whimsical, bohemian, and earthy, with a hint of sophistication. To me, her photos scream 'comfortable'... they capture the ideal setting in which to live, and invite a playful take on color, texture, and the natural elements brought indoors. If she could just stop what she is doing, and swing by my Home On Wheels for a "design/wine party", I would be the happiest girl in the world.
Bridget Beth Collins is the creator behind Flora Forager, a simple but beautiful visual treasure. As a Botanical Artist, Bridget uses natural materials from the earth, often flower pedals & leaves, to form the most awe-inspiring images. I, honestly, find myself scrolling through her work for WAY longer than anyone probably should, all because I can't take my eyes off of it. From cute little critters, to more elaborate portraits, Flora.Forager will have you nature walking and secret garden hunting in a matter of minutes.
These ladies have it going on. They cook & they craft. They are Besties & they know how to throw in some hilarious one liners. Becca and Betsy are two friends who collaborated to form a small catering business, while also including some artsy fartsy numbers on the side. I am a food lover. I love to eat and I love to cook... and then I love to post up-close and personal photos of the end result on my own Instagram page, (#sorrynotsorry). So, it comes with no surprise that I love following these two in all their social media glory. Their photos are bright, simple, colorful, and make your mouth water all at the same time. And be sure to notice their photo comments. With descriptions like, "Flowers in your hair?... Naw, in yo pancakes, gurrrl", as written under the following "Pansy Pancake" post below, they add a breath of fresh air to your mid-day instafeed.
There you have it; three businesses, four women, and lots of Lady Crushes.