i am brave 

  i am unique 

  i am light 

  i am wild and free 

  i am so much more 


dear copycrafers

Lately I’ve been noticing a lot of shenanigans in my Instagram feed…not just of {what I feel} are copies of my own work, but of other makers as well. It is hurtful, and it is sad. I know I’m not the only one either, because there is a lot of backroom banter going on about the issue.

And may I be honest with you?

It. Is. Boring.

Allow me to preface the rest of this post by saying that it is one thing to be inspired by another’s work or techniques. It…

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Getting B*tch Slapped by the Universe



Boy, oh boy…we humans can take ourselves just a little too seriously at times, can’t we?

Allow me to explain…

Several months ago, I took a huge leap and submitted by work for publication consideration. This was a big step forward for me, and it was something that I have been dreaming about doing for years.

Much to my delight and astonishment, I was quickly contacted by the Editor of the magazine, went through the selection process and received a letter of congratulations stating that my work and feature article had been chosen…

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Summer Vacation and Natural Selection

I won’t lie, y’all…summer kicks my rump. Hard.

School lets out next week…wait, can you hear that? That music, playing softly in the background, and growing louder day by day? Yep, it’s “the final countdown.” Groan.

While I won’t miss the 9:30 pm “I need posterboard for a project that’s due tomorrow but I’ve known about it for 3 weeks” conversations, or the “I forgot my lunch / gym shorts / homework / permission slip” mid-morning text when I’m right in the middle of something important…comparatively speaking, I would take it.

Before you roll your eyes out loud at me and make…

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What do Eleanor Roosevelt and West Virginia have in common?


No, the title isn’t a joke…and for the love of gravy, please don’t tell me you hear “Dueling Banjos” right now, either.

First things first for all you nit-pickers out there, it isn’t Tuesday. I know it says “Trash Talk Tuesday” because that is how I initially set up the blog, but I’ll be honest with y’all…I simply CANNOT wait until next Tuesday to share some incredibly exciting news with you!

So…what do Eleanor Roosevelt and West Virginia have in common? You know, Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady and wife to FDR? Still…

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gerri nailed it

A week ago I posted and announced the “Nailed It!” 2nd Anniversary Giveaway and Contest here and on Facebook and Instagram. Participants were given one week to recreate one of the “before” looks in the post, send in a picture, make me laugh until milk came out of my nose or I peed my pants, all in the name of a chance to win fabulous prizes. The post was served to over 1,700 people on Facebook, so I expected to be flooded with entries, but I could have…

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2nd Anniversary Nailed It!! Contest and Giveaway

2nd annv kevin bacon

Hey y’all! The Sassy Trashionista turned 2 this month, and I wanted to do something a little quirky and fun to celebrate this milestone.

Did I mention fun? Fun is kind of important to me. That and not taking myself too seriously {this will crystallize for you shortly}.

Inspiration is a really interesting thing, at least for me. It can come from so very many different places.

Pinterest is definitely one of the resources I turn to on a regular basis for some eye candy. To be honest, I probably…

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Can I get real for a minute?

Since my last blog post, I have been having more than my fair share of Stuart Smalley moments.

For the first time since I started the blog, I lost followers after a post.

Apparently, you can’t mention Jesus and truck stop tittie bars in the same paragraph without people gettin’ their knickers in a knot.

I’ll just bet that if I were a man, it wouldn’t have offended as much.


At first I was bothered…it was not as if what I had written was…

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Headphones and Hoecakes


It’s been a few weeks since the family returned from our summer vacation and as is the norm ‘round these parts, things have been busy, y’all.

I’ve been meaning to get this post written much sooner, but as my jewelry business continues to expand, I have found that I have less and less time for writing. Everything is a balance, right? I have made the decision to no longer refer to myself as a writer, because writers, well…they write, right? I’m more of a random storyteller these days, and right now…

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No, you didn’t read that wrong. I’m good at forgiving, I’m just not very good at being forgiven.

I typically post stories about the funny and ridiculous things that happen in my life, peppered with a few pieces of sentimentality. Today is a bit different.

As someone who spent the majority of her life in emotionally and verbally abusive relationships, I have a big no-no when it comes to what I now expect from others. Unkind and intentionally cruel words will not be tolerated.

I broke my…

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We live in a world of technology, and as much as I try to deny it while I’m harvesting glitter here on the Unicorn Ranch, it has become an inescapable part of our daily lives. Try as I might to fight it, (I bore the kids to tears with stories of rotary phones and record players – we still have a working 1950’s Decca record player, complete with albums from my childhood and an ever-growing collection of Flatt & Scruggs LP’s) there is no denying that it has become necessary,…

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