Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Gold & Glitter

This month has been all about creating new items using only things we already sell in the shop.  I get crazy excited about playing with ideas for new things to make for the shop. Even more so with the challenge of only using a limited supply :)  Not enough time in the day is always my excuse but lately it's been really really good to make it a point and "play" for a bit each day. I used to be all about finishing a project in a day. It's funny how you are forced to change a little bit just to go with the flow of life. 

Dipped a few wooden tags in some pretty paints left over from the Mason Jar workshop and made these chic tags.

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Glitter & wood combination
Handmade tassels jazzed up with sequins & fabric

New hang tags perfect gift tags for someone who constantly forgets to get a card for every gift ;)
i do this ALLLLLLLL the time! hahaaa! Or maybe because card shopping is just not something i remember when i'm at the store & birthdays etc just sneak up on me! Who knows, but these tags make gifting easier on a pinch & cost less than a card. ;)

Can't forget that twine. Also included with the tags. XOXO

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Super Awesome.

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The tags + the wooden painted tags + gold glittery geometric XOXO + handmade tassels
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They are also available embellished just like this :) 

And a few stamps I'm loving right now to gift & stamp my heart out.  Super fun & cute. Mason jars are classic. I have to show you a picture of my thrift shop collection. Awesome :)

And just a reminder: FREE SHIPPING ends this Friday, May 23. 

 coupon code: SHIPSFREE  on all orders over $25 ( domestic) 
 coupon code: FREESHIPXO on all orders over $60 ( international )
( Total must be $25 or $60 before shipping + tax etc.)

Off to get messy & glitter everywhere :)
Happy Wednesday lovelies!


Friday, May 16, 2014

Stamps Love Succulents

Well, they do now :)

So I kept trying to write this post as one cohesive post and here's me trying to do just that.

I want to tell you about the 20+ new stamps in the shop.
I want to show you how i used 3 of them in my project life page.
And i want to share my love for succulents ( which coincides with my project life page).

But all i really want to show you are pictures of my succulents. because they are just so pretty. even though you might not come here for that. i think you will appreciate their cuteness. :)

So I shall start with the new stamps: Here i am researching & designing. In order "be creative" I need my creative juices flowing and for that i need a donut & a cute succulent I propagated for my mother in law :) Okay so that's not a real NEED but I couldn't help it. aren't those cake donuts the BEST?!

So Yay for creativity and I designed 24 new stamps! I never want to design stamps I'm not willing to use myself so this takes a while and I don't mind one bit.  I juuuuuust might need another donut for you know, creativities sake ;)

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And here is my project life page I created using 3 of the stamps :)
I also used this OH MY HAPPY HEART stamp on a plain sheet of office paper I cut down to size.
And this love this very much stamp right on the picture. So nervous stamping right on the picture but it turned out great, no ink bleeding or smudging :)

I used this  >>>Today<<< stamp & journaled using my type writer.

So my journaling above really tells the story for the next picture. We celebrated our anniversary and Mr.Handsome bought me a gift, the best gift, a box to fill with succulents & hang!

How can you go wrong with succulents?! Cute right? I know, not everyone likes them. not everyone "gets"why they're so darn cute and popular. for me it's my mother's fault. she's been an avid gardner for  years. I have now become just like my mother. lol! I have my own little garden and I don't mind one bit. The funny thing is I started collecting them once little r was born. You'd think i wouldn't need one more thing to add to the chaos of taking care of a little one but this was a saving grace. It's SO relaxing. just tending to them, or in this case not tending to them since they like being ignored :) You know what they say, Happy wife happy life? So true ;) That Mister is really smart. XO

And here are 2 project i recently took on just for the craziness of it. I made a cupcake succulent. Or it should look like one :) I had plenty of fondant left over from little r's birthday and needed to use this green stuff up. hmmm green.... think think think. YES! A cupcake that looks like a succulent! why not?! i don't have a million and one things to do!? hahaa. Well i do but it can wait. :) So i sat and shaped and cut and painted and powdered and frosted. You can still see the frosting and my bad for not coloring it green but really, i just wanted to put it together after spending hours on it. Maybe next time? hahaa! I can say i made this and now its out of my system. i just want to eat cupcakes.

And this little potted succulent was inspired by decor8's new book on designing with florals. I remembered i owned a pretty quarter cut of liberty fabric and loved the idea of using it for this DIY on the pot. I adhered the fabric with decoupage to the clay pot. It was super easy. Instead of florals I used some cute propagated baby succulents I had been wanting to use in an arrangement. looks like they like their new home XO.

And this is from our last market set up. We went a bit peachy :) Love the colors as they are a bit subtle and refreshing. It's spring afterall! Can you spot the succulents?

We sold out of these cute little pails I had arranged as gifts for mother's day. My babies! I made the cute pennant flags from vintage fabric and added a paper stamped with a pretty reminder : you are loved to each. They made their way to new homes. I hope they make all the lovelies happy as much as they make me. However silly, i was SO happy to make these. I don't think i made dinner actually the night before the market just so i could play with these hahaa! Oh silly priorities. ;)

Which finally leads me to the our next show which is coming up this next Sunday!
We will be vending for the first time at Patchwork Show modern handmade festival May 25th, 2014, 11 am - 5 pm : 5255 paoli way long beach, ca 90803

If you are in the area please come visit and shop handmade! The festival is free and will feature food trucks & music along with lots of awesome handmade work :) I just might have some cute extras to handout. I will let you know more via our instagram as we get closer to the festival day.

So do you like succulents now?
These are the only plants i can't kill. I have tried. and they don't die. so i guess that means they like me or like the torture hahaa! jk. Little r always knows when we go to the store i'm going to check out the nursery area and pretty much every time we come home with a new friend.

paper love

Keeping me sane :)

happy friday + shopping + cupcake eating and crafting lovelies!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Prettiest class

You guys! I can't contain my excitement! I had such a fun time teaching Saturday's Mason Jar painting class. I'm literally still grinning  --->  :) We had such a big turnout! One of the biggest class at The Printed Palette woo hoo! 

At first when my sweet friend Alyssa asked me if I'd like to teach a class I wasn't sure about it. I get nervous, dorky and seriously introverted when I'm in a crowd. I used to be comfortable with it before when I used to play drums. I didn't mind the nerves. The crowds. But teaching is totally different. 

You have to speak! lol! But then I realized the DIY craft itself was SO easy AND fun how crazy would it be NOT to share?! I also needed an excuse to get out of the house and have some fun crafting time ;)

So I made these pretty bags one for each of our lovely students and filled them with supplies for the class and added little extra goodness :) Items available via Inspire Lovely ETSY: Polka dot cotton bags + mini doilies + Blank colorful tickets + sequin trim + wooden & glittery clothespins + ribbon

and so we set out to paint and we painted our hearts out. When was the last time you painted something? I think it's so relaxing as long as i'm not painting a room or something lol! :)

Craziness and pretty creative vibes = *AWESOME* 
And yeah, YOU ROCK 

Here was one of my examples with a pretty coral mason jar + doily and a simple vintage lace trim holding a B&W picture of my little guy and I celebrating mother's day earlier in the week.  I used an old spaghetti sauce jar ( from the supermarket ). Sometimes using what you have is best. And I had been keeping a few jars just for this.

The prettiest mess. Macaroons + new paint + aqua dixie cups filled with sangrias and a cupcake tin full of paper confetti. I could work like this everyday. Especially the macaroons, SO good!

My favorite part? The flowers of course! The paint couldn't dry fast enough. Literally. Everyone was so excited to fill the jars with pretty flowers. Look at this beautiful lovely holding her little bouquet? Gorgeous right? I had to quickly ask her to please just hold on one sec so I could take a pic of her pretty sweater + shirt + florals= perfection!  

Everyone at work. Or can you even call this "work"? It's so pretty & too much fun. I wish work was like this hahaa! The best  part was watching everyone with their mason jar all decked out, painted + with florals + embellished. 

I die! Can you imagine receiving this?! 

Good stuff right here. Polka dots?!?! I watched this lovely add polka dots and I couldn't be happier to see her take this to another level. Very pretty & original= completely inspired me *XO* ( sneak peek at a new stamp "Oh my happy heart" coming soon to the shop :)

I mean SO professional right? I kept looking around watching everything come together and seeing smiles on everyones face. You just can't help but feel relaxed, carefree and happy when you get some YOU time + doing something you love (crafting) and making something that makes you happy & you get to take home and show everyone just how Fantastic you are. Which everyone already knows is true ;)  

And here is my fantastic sister. My favorite crafting buddy :) She came even though she was feeling a bit under the weather. I love her XO

Here she is putting the finishing touches on her mason jar bouquet.

And her beautiful jar that is SO her. Her fav color paint + her fav florals. 

and my final jar waiting to be filled at home with pretty florals. I added a picture of my little guy to the glittery clothespin and lace. And another sneak peek at a new stamp "Love you Big time" coming soon to the shop :)  

And the ever inspiring Alyssa from The Printed Palette. She knows how to throw a party ladies. I left all on a sugar high hahaaa! I loved it. I can't complain, so many good memories. Plus her store is so beautiful and inspiring you will love shopping & taking a class there. Can't thank this lovely enough for inspiring me out of my shell and for the confidence to go through with this beautiful class. I know each of the students left feeling like they accomplished something so beautiful. Loved that.

Here's to being bold. getting out there. making new friends. getting a little messy. eating too many cupcakes. and having a good time. :)