it's our blog-iversary!

I feel like 3 years deserves a bigger celebration, but things are so stinkin' crazy around here. So instead of physically celebrating, I thought we could look back on all the significant things that have happened this year with Hey Wanderer. I find it's very beneficial and encouraging to remember where you started, where you have been, and how far you've actually come.

1. We changed our blog name to Hey Wanderer and changed our mission.
2. I quit my job to pursue Hey Wanderer full time.
3. We tried to blog every day, but only successfully did that for one month.
4. We started making kimonos and selling them, and other things as well.
5. We bought our first full hide of leather.
6. We just had a Christmas market at our house with 10 vendors.
7. We got a serger this week, and our lives have been changed.
8. We are doing three shows this weekend selling Hey Wanderer merchandise.
9. We still haven't bought a chair that is suitable for sewing in all day.

I'm sure there are many many other things that haven't remembered, but we can always add to the list, or write another. We like making lists. :)

Happy Blog-iversary Hey Wanderer!
xo, Savannah


diy: spray painted pots

A couple months ago, I started a succulent farm. It's been extremely interesting and I can't wait to share that journey with you. But, in the beginning, I got really excited about it all and I realized that I would need pots for the little guys I was growing. Little did I realize, it'd be a good amount of time before they needed to be in these big guys. Needless to say, I gathered some pots and decided to give them a nice little spray paint job to fancy 'em up real good.

I'm going to show you three different techniques I used. I ended up altering each technique a little each time to get different results on different pots. Feel free to use different shapes and different patterns to make each technique your own.
THE STENCIL
For this technique, I just drew a triangle onto some card stock and used an exacto knife to cut the shape out.
I then placed the stencil over the pot in the correct place....
And lightly sprayed over the stencil. It's best to do a couple thin layers so that the paint doesn't start running down the pot.
It should look a little something like this.
THE TAPE JOB
This technique is probably the one with the least effort, yet it ends up looking pretty great! First, I just randomly placed washi tape all over the pot.
I sprayed the pot.
...and removed the tape while the paint was still a little damp.
THE STRING WRAP
For this technique, I just grabbed some twine and started wrapping it all over the pot. It is helpful if you tie a knot in the first loop. Then just wrap away in a haphazard fashion.
Spray paint the pot.
Remove the string while that paint is still damp.
The great thing about all of these techniques is that they take such little time while really updating and personalizing an otherwise plain pot. I know plain pots have their place in this world, but just look at all those precious ones up there. Love!

xo, Savannah

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inspired five: proper care

Decorate like this.

We recently purchased a rather large palm bush/tree thing because we love having plants in the house. It adds a nice touch to our living room and as soon as people walk in the house, they want to know when we got the giant tree. The thing about our houseplants is... it usually takes us a while to figure out how to properly care for each plant. In the beginning, it's always touch and go, never sure if the plant will make it or not. The less complicated plants seem to make it just fine, which is why we basically have a succulent garden. Succulents are easy for the most part. So here's to keeping the palm alive. (And the indoor rose bush that now resides outside on the porch.) The three yellowing leaves have me wondering what we've gotten ourselves into.
Wear this.
Make ALL of these.
Find this place.
Paint this.

xo, Savannah

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recipe: lemon garlic coconut oil dressing

The best dressing that I have ever had was this lemon garlic dressing from Tessemae's. I gave out samples for them and fell in love. All of their dressings are made with very few ingredients, all of which are real things. Which is great, because we all want to know what we are eating, right? This one in particular is made with 5 ingredients. So when I decided that I wanted to make a dressing with coconut oil, this is the one I wanted to try to recreate. But also, it's only 5 ingredients... so it's not complicated at all.
Lemon Garlic Coconut Oil Dressing
Ingredients:
- 1 cup coconut oil, melted
- The juice of one lemon
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together.

Now this dressing doesn't sit mixed for very long. I store the dressing in a small mason jar with a lid on the counter. I use a spoon rather than pouring it from the jar though. It's delicious! Try not to drink it though... I was pretty tempted to do that myself.

xo, Savannah


keep on dreaming

This is a lyric from an Eli Young Band song and I love it so. It's so appropriate for my life right now. I, along with many of my friends, am in a place where I super don't know what tomorrow holds. In a place where I have dreamt up thousands of different paths my life could take. I have so many ideas and hopes and dreams and they keep coming every single day. I am constantly realizing dreams that I never knew I had. It gets overwhelming at times because it seems nearly impossible for all of these things to happen simultaneously, at least as far as I can see. Especially when so many times, a dream dies. The things is, things will happen the way God intends them to, so I will keep hoping for the times where he shows me His dreams for me. I will keep dreaming and weed through them until I know the ones that align perfectly with His.

xo, Savannah

diy: affordable hang tags

For our festivals, we wanted to make sure that we were branded really well. We also wanted to make sure each clothing item had specific washing instructions, so we decided we needed some hang tags. This would also allow us to price each item accordingly. All of the tags we ordered cost $10 and we now have 500 of them (250 business cards cut in half.) Whoa nelly.
We ordered the business cards from Vistaprint. Now, you have to have your logo or whatever design you want on the tag. You will need to repeat the image twice in a business card size file. I did this in photoshop. I had two files, one with instructions on the back and the logo on the front with our website.
We ordered the "premium" business cards so the paper stock isn't flimsy. The business cards got cut before I got a picture of them in full size, but you get the picture of what they looked like.
Cut 'em down the middle.
Punch a hole in them.
Tie it to your clothing item! Super easy and affordable. The best kind of DIY!
We also used these to add our Hey Wanderer hashtag. Branding, branding, branding!

xo, Savannah

recipe: gluten-free peanut butter snickerdoodle cookies

Say that three times fast... The title is complicated, but the flavors are simple. Peanut butter, cinnamon and sugar. Now, when it comes to making gluten-free baked goods, we've not had the greatest results. More times than not, we end up with something too crumbly or so gooey it won't cook all the way through even though the baking time has been doubled. It's a finicky thing and only few have mastered it. We are not those people. So instead, we have this great Bob's Red Mill gluten-free 1 to 1 baking flour that makes it way more possible for us to get a delicious, perfectly textured treat. All you have to do is substitute this flour for wheat flour in any baking recipe. No more using 3 different flours in one recipe, Bob's Red Mill has done the work for you. So we decided to keep it classic. Twice actually. Peanut butter cookies crossed with snickerdoodle-ness. The flavor is delicious. The texture is perfect.
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies
Ingredients:
- 2 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup PB2 (this is optional but recommended)
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- cinnamon sugar (1/3 cup sugar + 1 tsp. cinnamon)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350° and line two baking sheets with wax paper.
2. Combine flour, baking powder and salt.
3. In a separate bowl, combine peanut butter, coconut oil and sugar and brown sugar. Mix until creamed together.
4. Add PB2, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon and mix.
5. Stir in dry ingredients until just combined.
6. Roll the dough into balls, size depending on how big you'd like your cookies.
7. Roll each ball in cinnamon sugar then place on baking sheet and flatten with a fork in both directions.
8. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.

These guys are great warm! If you let them sit for a couple minutes, literally like 2, the cookies won't crumble or fall apart. They will be so normal-cookie-like, you won't know what to do with yourself.

xo, Savannah



diy: affordable custom clothing labels

I don't think we've officially announced this on the blog, but Casey and I have decided to start doing festivals. This decision was not made lightly as it is a pretty big decision. I've been so crazy busy making kimonos because, well, we need 100 for the festival. And 100 kimonos is a lot... However, I am so excited for the festival. Excited and nervous. Needless to say, we need everything to look professional and we want to make sure that our brand is present and obvious. We also need to not break the bank since this business has been started from almost nothing. So the first thing we had to do was get some tags for the kimonos. We ordered some sample labels and looked up prices online forever and everything was just way out of our price range. So the cheapest way to do it whilst still having beautiful labels? Spoonflower, which is the website where you design your own fabric. All you do is upload your logo and choose how big you want it printed on your fabric, which depends on how big you want your labels. I added 1/2 inch to the height and width of my logo to allow for ironing and sewing. You should do this too. In photoshop, I also added lines to the edges of my logo image so that I'd be able to easily cut the labels. Do it, it's super helpful. Also, order the Kona Cotton. I will end up having about 600 labels from this 1 yard of fabric, and it cost $20. Basically it is a super deal.
Okay... once you have your fabric, here's what ya do... First of all, get excited all over again that your logo is printed on fabric. It's pretty legit, just sayin'.
Cut the strips in rows like this. Don't cut out each individual label. You'll die in the process. Guaranteed.
Fold over and iron approximately a quarter inch to the back on the top and bottom of the labels. This is probably the most tedious part. 
Now you will stitch down both folds. Try to stay as close to the edge as possible. It's also easier to sew from this angle rather than sewing with the logo facing up. 
This is what the labels will look like after you've stitched at the top and bottom. 
Now, just cut each label along the lines. 
You're getting so close. Ok, so fold and iron approximately 1/4 inch down on both sides.
Pin the label where you want it on your garment. 
Last but not least.... stitch down on both sides. 
Tada! We like to make a bunch of these at a time and leave them where they are all individual labels. Then, when we are finished making a kimono we just slap one of these bad boys on and we're done. I think these labels are fun even if you only make clothes for yourself. They just add a special touch :)

-Casey & Savannah