The Southern Institute Community: Join the Discussion!

Join the discussion at The Southern Institute Community :  https://www.facebook.com/groups/thesoutherninstitute/

I have some ideas for this space that I call The Southern Institute. As the years have passed since I started this blog, I have changed and grown and so has this place. It’s just like life isn’t it? We don’t stay the same. We learn and we change our minds about things… we adopt new practices and habits in our lives and we want to talk about them with our friends! We want to share. We want community!

A dear blogging friend has encouraged me to start a group for all of us to come to; a place where students of life and creativity can connect and further discuss things like:

*what we are doing creatively
*health topics like essential oils and cooking healthy meals for our families
*homeschooling
*parenting and motherhood
*taking care of ourselves

Basically everything that The Southern Institute is about and whatever else you have on your mind!

I’m calling it (drumroll please…) The Southern Institute Community! It will be a place where we can be free to talk like we would if we were all meeting in my living room over a cup of coffee.

I hope you’ll join me there, because I know how wonderful true, supportive community is. Click through either of the links in this post and request to be added…I’ll add you as soon as I see your request. Let’s make The Southern Institute Community a place that we can call our little home away from home.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Create With 8 Contest.

Looking for something to do this weekend?  How about joining in on the fun and entering Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Create With 8 Contest?  Did you know that it’s National Craft Month?  Well, Jo-Ann’s is on a mission to show the world that creativity does not have to be complicated and their doing it with their Creativity Made Simple campaign.

Being creative doesn’t require a box full of supplies and hours of your time!  We want you to rediscover your creative side.  Here’s how the contest works:

  • Grab the 40% off coupon below.
  • Go to your local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store and find 8 supplies to create a fun and simple craft for the chance to win $1000 in Jo-Ann’s gift cards! (See here for the guidelines)
  • The contest is open through March 31st.
  • There are two ways to win and four $250 gift cards are up for grabs!
  • Two winners are selected by a panel of Jo-Ann expert judges.
  • Two winners are selected by popular vote on Facebook, so SHARE, SHARE, SHARE your craft!!
I just visited the Facebook page and viewed the entries so far and there are not that many yet.  You all totally can do this!  We were just chatting on The Southern Institute Facebook page about the projects that you have been working on this week… I know that you have some awesome ideas for this contest!  What do you think you’ll create?  I’d love to hear that one of you won one of the $250 gift cards!  Have fun and good luck!

I have not been paid by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores to write this post.

Creative Me Linky Party.

The Southern Intitute

Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Creative Me Linky Party!

Well, it’s the home stretch to Halloween, isn’t it?  The last few weeks have brought so many fun Halloween projects and costumes to the linky party and now we’re coming to the big day.  I know some of you are probably wrapping up final odds and ends.  I can’t wait to see the final projects this week and next week!  I totally took the lazy road this year and didn’t sew costumes this year, although I have been working on a baby shower gift for my step sister.  I can’t show it to you until after this weekend, but it sure is cute.  What have you all been up to this week?

I just want to remind you of the Healthy Living eBook Bundle Sale that is going on this week, through Friday, November 2nd.  If you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle or have any interest in trying to take baby steps to a healthier you, please consider buying this amazing collection.  There’s even something for crafty gals like us in there… DIY beauty products that will make great gifts this holiday season!  

On to the linky party!  This week’s featured blog is Creative Southern Home.  Anne linked up this really cool Witch Silhouette Wreath with a tutorial, perfect for a last minute Halloween project!

Absolutely perfect for the holiday, Anne!  Thanks so much for linking up with us!

Okay, now it’s your turn everyone!  Just a few guidelines for linking up.  Please:
  1. Follow The Southern Institute and display the Creative Me button somewhere in your post or on your blog.  
  2. Don’t have anything new?  Show us something from your archives…old to you is new to us!  
  3. You can link up as many things as you’d like, the more the better your chances of being the featured link next week!  
  4. Visit at least two other blogs and leave some comment love.  We are a community that supports one another, right? Right?
  5. You can link up your shops as long as you sell handmade goods.  (I also have advertising and sponsored posts available here on the blog if you’re interested.)

Don’t forget to grab and proudly display the “featured” button if you’re project has been featured at The Southern Institute.

Now go link to your heart’s content!