Darby Smart: Oversized Studded Clutch

As part of the nifty perk program of Klout, I received a free DIY kit from those clever folks at Darby Smart. Their company compiles kits with all the ingredients to make a do-it-yourself craft which includes everything from tote bags to monogram coasters to jewelry. As soon as I got that cheerful aqua chevron patterned box in the mail, I busted that baby open and got to crafting.

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My only confusion was in receiving a kit with supplies for a studded clutch, but with an instructional card for soy candles. I was assured, however, in a prompt and friendly manner by the Darby Smart Tweeps:


The leather clutch itself is a very soft and yummy texture. Great for carrying a kindle and smartphone and headphones or tossing in a magazine or three in lieu of the unfashionable plastic bag (perish the thought!).

Assembling the little studs took me 5-10 minutes and using the fabric glue was very easy. The instructions said to let the studs dry for 24 hours, which I did.

I will definitely keep my eyes peeled for more Darby Smart kits because this was tres fun and having all the items needed all in one place arrive at my doorstep was just the thing for this mama on the go.

Sister, if you are reading this, pretend to look surprised when you receive said gift for Christmas.
darby smart studded clutch

Let’s craft together. Darby Smart delivers simple, stylish DIY to your door. Use ‘howdydarby’ for a $10 gift card.

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FAQs for a Keaton Row stylist


I recently launched a side business with Keaton Row and I am having a blast with it. Whenever I start something new, like I change my toothbrush or I decide I just really like roasted beets, the paparazzi and members of the international press race to the scene and overwhelm me with questions, so I thought I would put in writing my answers to the questions they’ve already been frequently asking so far.

Q: So, what is Keaton Row and where is that?
A: I don’t know if it’s a place. I think it lives on the internet. It’s a personal styling service developed by some beautiful Harvard MBA women.

Q: Do you come to my closet and throw all of my dowdy clothes away like that Stacy and Clinton from TLC?
A: No. Everything is done online. You fill out a 5 minute survey and then I pull 5-7 looks for you and put them in an online stylebook. You can either shop from it or just gather ideas/inspiration.

Q: Does the style consult cost anything?
A: Not a penny! (Did that sound too infomercially? Sorry)

Q: Shipping?
A: Free for delivery or return, so no penalty for trying things on. Yay.

Q: Why should I ask you for style advice? Sometimes you look like you are dressed for preschool picture day?
A: Um, ouch?

Q: Well, I just don’t feel we have the same style?
A: Fair enough. Sometimes really great hairdressers have mullets, though.


Q: What if I want to become a stylist?
A: Just fill out an application! Click on the Become a Stylist button here!

Q: Is this part of a racket to get you into a white Mustang or something?
A: Promise you, no. I started this because my highschool mate Annie did such an expert job that I just had to try it myself.

Q: I don’t need style advice, but I have a friend who does.
A: Send her my way! (p.s. This is for women’s fashion only.)



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Bumper Stickers of the Christian Writers Conference

I have spent this past week in Someplace Beautiful, USA at a Christian Writers Conference. Blessings have been pouring down. I have felt drenched as a writer from the blessings: interactions with fellow writers, editors, agents; insights on the Christian publishing industry; the beauty of creation here.

As a little marker of my time here, I’ve “collected” some of the bumper stickers I have seen around the conference center. Bumper stickers are such a big-small thing, are they not? In a small space, we can convey a big message. As a petite person with a mousey voice, I appreciate the economics of impactfulness 🙂 Bumper stickers, as a concept, are also metaphorical of our spiritual walk. We may not get to choose what car we drive. But we do get to choose what message we convey as we travel.













God for president

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