What would you do if almost three years of your work suddenly disappeared in the blink of an eye?
If you are a WordPress blogger, and you get one of those reminders in your inbox to back up your blog… back up your blog.
I never did. And now it is all gone.
Although you can imagine what my initial reaction was like- After several days of contemplation, I found I felt something completely unexpected when faced with that blank white page…
This is my chance to start over. My chance to have a party blog that I am proud of, with relevant content and a clear mission statement. A literal blank slate.
I was never consistent with my previous blog. I didn’t post very often, and when I did, I couldn’t quite make up my mind about what my business was doing. Was I a local party planner? A wedding planner? A designer? What was my goal?
Now, after taking advantage of my fresh start, I also took the time to reevaluate my entire business. I took the time to find the answers to those questions, and more.
I am, first and foremost, a designer. I absolutely love the design aspect of Enchanting Details. I find a great deal of joy in creating patterns, characters, and themes. This was barely a Big Question that I had to dwell on- this theme has been consistent throughout my life. I remember being a little girl and creating “stationary” with my mom’s typewriter and my colored pencils. I would make the lines with the “___” key, and color flowers along the border. Then I would try to sell it to family members (for real money, even). When we got our Windows 95- our first computer- I spent hours playing around in Paint and the photo editing program, creating and printing things. I should have known then what I should do as a career!
Also, I love the styling. The thrill I get from a completed dessert table is unmatched by almost any other creative thrill for me. I love seeing it all come together, I love seeing the pictures, and then I love taking it back apart step-by-step as I share it with others.
Another creative endeavor that I have always enjoyed is writing. I dreamed of being a professional author all through my teen years, kept a journal, and took as many creative writing courses as my school offered. Blogging is a natural outlet for that passion, and I still dream of someday publishing a book.
An unexpected passion I have discovered since starting my business is baking. I baked with my grandmother as a young child, and baked from box mixes as a teenager. Since beginning Enchanting Details, I have learned more and more about baking from scratch, and I have developed a passion for creating desserts. I have been taking locally offered classes to expand that knowledge base, and I’m really enjoying the journey.
I have finally finished examining Enchanting Details under a metaphoric microscope- and I have determined which parts I plan to carry on with: designing and selling printable party supplies, blogging party inspiration, and media features and appearances.
I will no longer be offering local event services, I have no interest in doing weddings. (Although I will continue to do weddings and events for friends and family.)
Here’s what you can expect from the new & improved Enchanting Details.
I will be sharing a combination of actual events and inspiration shoots. I will walk you step by step with how I created a party set up, and give you ideas on how to recreate the look at home. I will give you tips and tricks on how to reuse and repurpose, to keep your events as low cost as possible.
Party Craft Tutorials:
Since I have made the decision to stop selling physical party decorations (but I will still be selling printables!) I will now be sharing my techniques of how to make various party decorations!
I try as often as possible to make my own desserts for parties, as it helps me stay within budget. I will be sharing some of my favorite recipes and techniques with you, to help you cut costs when planning your event.
I love to create designs, as I mentioned above, and I look forward to sharing fun free Printables with you!
Also- You will hear me talk about budget and cost a lot. After years of trial and error, I have come to the conclusion that events do not have to be expensive and fancy to be fun and memorable. All it takes is creativity!
Within the next few weeks I will be re-writing posts from past events, as well as sharing some new events. We also have some exciting guest appearances coming up on other blogs!
I look forward to sharing some new fun and creative ways to make your parties pretty!