Pantone Fall 2013

Here are the latest and greatest colors from Pantone’s Fall 2013 palette! I’ve interpreted these colors into double wrap bracelets, and they’re all available in my shop now! Check them out before they’re gone!

pantoneFall2013

My DIY Wedding

I’d love to say that I DIYed my wedding all by myself, but really I owe everything to my mom and sister who took care of pretty much EVERYTHING! The only thing I did was kinda oversee the general look and feel of the wedding, which was way more than enough work for me!

We decided to do things very low-key as far as weddings go. These days things can get really ridiculous very fast! We wanted to avoid all that and have more of a casual gathering of friends and family.

Below are way too many pictures from the event. Enjoy!

Bar Art

Getting engaged has immediately made me focus on making our house look more like a real house and less like a bachelor pad. I have been focusing my decorating attention on our “bar area” and while I am not yet ready to unveil the entire area to you, I would like to share one little part of it: the artwork.

I had this blank chalkboard that I had made for my Crafted booth (using this amazing DIY chalkboard idea), that was sitting in the bar area, staring blankly at me, wanting to be full of some sort of drawing, or drinking quote, or something like that. So I took it upon myself to fill it up. First I looked up some inspiration:

inspiration

1. Geometric Triangles Art Print by ColourscapePrints // 2. Geometric Quilt Print by AlmostSundayInc // 3. On the Grid Abstract Art Print by twoems

I started with a simple word, “CHEERS” to keep it simple and then got going with my design.

diy sign

I had a box of Crayola chalk on hand, so I just went to town using every single color. I’m not really picky about color.

After I was done with the design I used my fingers to blend in the chalk. And Voila! My very own, sign to make me happy as I sip cocktails.

DIY Chalk Art

Our DIY Engagement Photoshoot

I’m getting married!! And being a person who loves to do things myself, I’m trying to make our wedding as “me” as possible. That means a lot of DIY, but only for things that are absolutely necessary. We needed some updated photos of us for our wedding website (which I also DIYed for free using wix.com) and our Save the Date’s, so we did it the easiest way possible.

diy engagement photoshoot

What you’ll need:

  • 1 nice camera. I have a Canon T2i which I purchased for my business. You’ll need a camera that has white balance settings at least. Optional camera accessories include a nice lens.
  • 1 tripod, to avoid the shaky blurriness factor.
  • 1 well lit, but not directly in the sun, outdoor area.
  • 1 large white board, or sheet, or anything else for the backdrop.
  • Props. We used our dog, Chester.
  • 1 camera operator. I normally am a control freak about taking pictures, and I had actually considered purchasing a wireless remote for my camera, but time being of the essence I decided to go with the next best thing: my willing and able younger sister.

Directions:
Take a butt-load of pictures. When I normally do photo shoots of myself for my etsy shop I will sometimes end up with 400 pictures, and maybe 20 of each item I am shooting. Why so many you ask? Well if you’ve ever done a photoshoot of yourself you would know. Once you see the pictures on the computer it becomes blatantly clear that you might not like every picture of yourself, or some are blurry, or you blinked, etc.

Optional: If you have any photo editing software (i.e. photoshop) and you know how to use it, I would suggest using it. You can add some contrast, boost colors, remove bloodshot eyes and blemishes… it’s like magic.

diy engagement photoshoot
diy engagement photoshoot
diy engagement photoshoot
diy engagement photoshoot
diy engagement photoshoot
diy engagement photoshoot

Pantone Spring 2013

Pantone spring 2013

Every season Pantone comes out with a Fashion Color Report to reflect the ‘colors of the season’. I am always inspired by the new colors, so here are the bracelets for this season! You can now find all of these bracelets in my shop. Happy 2013!

Small Business Saturday at Crafted!

On November 24th Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles will be celebrating Small Business Saturday! Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday, a day for eco- and socially-conscious holiday shopping in support of small, local businesses that are the engines of the nation’s economy. Crafted represents more than 100 local, independent artists and crafters under one roof, with the perfect gifts for absolutely anyone!

Be one of the first 200 visitors to Crafted on November 24th and receive an incredibly cool CRAFTED tote bag that is made from recycled military scrap material by disabled veterans at the West LA Veterans Administration. So cool!

More Crafted events for November 24th:

• Visit SANTA and Mrs. Claus from 12-3 p.m.
• Dancers from the The San Pedro City Ballet will be doing mini Nutcracker performances at noon and 1:30 pm.
DJ Frank FoReal will be spinning from 3 – 6 p.m.
Belly Bombz food truck from 11am-3pm
A Bite Truck food truck from 1pm-5pm

Parking is now FREE FOR EVERYONE at Crafted! So come by this holiday season and get your holiday shopping finished off with some of the most amazing handmade creations you can find in person!

Bottle Wraps

There’s a new item in my Etsy Shop for the holiday season!

Wine Bottle Cozy

These bottle wraps are the perfect way to brighten up that bottle of wine you are gifting to all the hostesses with the mostesses! Now you can buy 2 cozy’s and save 15% by purchasing this listing!

October First Wednesday – Community Socal

This past wednesday I attended Community’s October First Wednesday event in Anaheim! “Community offers retail spaces for the eco, social and design conscious.” A few of my fellow Crafted vendors were there selling their handmade goods, and I went to support them and snap some pics! Check some of them out below, or view the whole album HERE.

Plushies by DesireeB
DesireeB

Bullet Necklaces by Mitsymoto Designs
Mitsymoto Designs

Crocheted Cowls with Handmade Buttons by Oxford Accessories
Oxford Accessories

Sweet Treats by Cake Bar
Cake Bar

Recycled Goods by Kelso Doesn't Dance
Kelso Doesn't Dance

Community Socal
Community Socal

Labor Day at Crafted August 31st – September 2nd

I have been gearing up for this upcoming holiday weekend with some new products in my booth at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles!

crochet hearts

Come by Crafted this weekend for Sip n Shop, Live Music, BBQ from the Fox Pizza Bus (see menu here), and as always, handmade goodness from the Crafted vendors! Get more info on about the Labor Day festivities on the Crafted Blog and RSVP on the Facebook Event Page! Can’t wait to see you there!

Etsy Craft Party @ CRAFTED!

CRAFTED will be hosting an Etsy Craft Party on August 24th! If you would like to attend the Etsy Craft Party at CRAFTED, please RSVP HERE by August 12th. The more the merrier!

CRAFTED will be hosting an Etsy Craft Party on August 24th! If you would like to attend the Etsy Craft Party at CRAFTED, please RSVP HERE by August 12th. The more the merrier!

Etsy Craft Party

Craft Party is a time to get to know your neighbors and exercise your creative spirit. Craft Parties take place around the world when communities come together to participate in art, craft, design and DIY in every form. Anyone can organize a Craft Party and anyone can participate — the power is literally in your hands! – Etsy