Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Renegade Wrap-Up and New Products!

Vitamini at Renegade SF summer fair, 2014
Hi friends! Thank you to all of the local peeps who stopped by my booth at Renegade SF last weekend! I had so much fun getting to meet you in person! It was a wonderful event and I'm already looking forward to the next one. Fort Mason is such a great venue, don't you think?

Vitamini at Renegade SF summer fair, 2014

And to all of you who say MINIs are too small? Here's my Maxwell packed up and ready to hit the road, with room to spare, I might add! :)

mini cooper packed for a craft fair! Vitamini

I had a few brand new products make their debut at Renegade over the weekend that I'm excited to share with you.

Remember my Retro Ranch papercuts? I printed these "New Digs" cards featuring one of those papercuts and think they'd be perfect for a housewarming party or to let your friends know you have a cool new pad.

new digs card by vitamini

I have these cacti & succulent designs on cards and coasters, but now happy to announce they're on art prints and tea towels as well!

metallic gold succulent art print by vitamini retro succulent tea towel by vitamini

For all of you trailer enthusiasts, I have new art prints and tea towels! Wouldn't the towels be cute hanging in a little camper kitchen? 

vintage trailer tea towel by vitamini vintage trailer art print by vitamini

Now I'm about to dive into the mad dash to get my apartment packed up for the move this weekend. Wish me luck! I'm looking forward to getting settled and jumping back into making DIY projects and tutorials!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Life, lately.

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It's Friday! I have no idea where this week went! I'm busy getting ready for Renegade SF next weekend so I've been in production mode over here in the Vitamini studios. I have a few brand new products I'm working on that I can't wait to share with you!

In addition to all of this busy work, I'm moving at the end of the month! Maybe you've noticed more country shots in my Instagram feed? It's because I'll be living there soon! I'll miss the Los Gatos living that I've grown accustomed to, but I'm really looking forward to having more space for my business. The scenery isn't half bad, either. I took this double-exposed photo of the Monterey County hills mixed with a Los Gatos sunset. It's kinda where my head's at lately.  Here are a few other shots from my world lately.
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New prints coming to the shop! That means lots and lots of trimming...

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Can't resist a cactus.

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Delicious coffee from my favorite local shop, Verve.

handmade paper poppies by Vitamini Handmade
I'm making a bunch of paper flowers to take with me to Renegade. These graphic poppies may be my new favorite! Come visit my booth (#212) at Renegade to see them in person. They'll be for sale, too! Have a lovely weekend!

Monday, July 7, 2014

6 Faceted DIYs to Try

I don't know about you, but I'm glad this faceted trend is sticking around. Here's a roundup of 6 of my favorite faceted diy projects that you can do yourself!

6 faceted diys to try

1.  Pretty hanging planter from Vintage Revivals
2.  Gem gift tags from minieco
3.  Beach tote from Whimseybox
4.  Clay pendant from Dismount Creative
5.  Cool earrings from Minted Strawberry
6.  Gemstone soaps from Mr. Printables

I hope these tutorials inspire you to get crafty! Have a great week!

*Photos via their respective sources

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

DIY Patriotic Paper Flower Headband

DIY Patriotic Paper Flower Headband

There's nothing like a national holiday to make you want to up your outfit game. Expecially on a holiday that's known for parades, barbeques, and fireworks! I've been in paper flower factory mode over here, so I thought up this fun red, white, and blue flower headband to wear to celebrate USA on the 4th. I designed it to look star-like and incorporated stripes, so it's practically an American flag in flower form!

Here's what you'll need:
DIY Patriotic Paper Flower Headband

  • Scrap cardboard from a cereal box
  • Double-sided crepe paper in deep indigo/bright blue
  • Single-sided crepe paper in red
  • Round flower center, about 1/2"
  • Flower stamen/pips
  • White chalk marker or gel pen
  • Hot glue gun
  • Solid washi tape
  • Elastic headband
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

DIY Patriotic Paper Flower Headband DIY Patriotic Paper Flower Headband

Cut two circles about 1 3/4" from the scrap cardboard. Cut a hole on each side of one of the circles. Thread the headband through the two holes and tape the cut edges. This cardboard piece will enable the headband to stretch and move without affecting the flower or pulling your hair.

DIY Patriotic Paper Flower Headband

Set the headband aside for later.

DIY Patriotic Paper Flower Headband

Make the components: (Paper grain runs vertically on all paper pieces) Cut 9 petals, about 1 1/2" x 3/4". Cut 9 more petals, 1" x 1/2". Draw skinny stripes on the large petals with the chalk or gel pen. Gently stretch the centers and gather the bases of all 18 petals. Fringe the end of a strip of red crepe, about 6" wide  x 3/4" tall. Gather it in a spiral, making a rosette.

Assemble: Hot glue the large petals onto the second cardboard round so the edges touch. Hot glue the small petals closer-in on the circle, between the large petals. Glue the red rosette in the center. Add the stamen and finish off with the flower center. Add a small dot of hot glue to the center of the cardboard on the headband (not to the headband itself). Press the two cardboard rounds together to create the finished piece.

DIY Patriotic Paper Flower Headband DIY Patriotic Paper Flower Headband DIY Patriotic Paper Flower Headband

Wear it to your 4th of July festivities! I know I'll be wearing mine. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pop-Up Event At West Elm!

Handmade Paper Flowers

Happy Friday! I've been getting ready for the SF Etsy Pop-Up Shop event this evening (5-9) at West Elm Emeryville. If you're in the area, stop by to hang out with a bunch of wonderful, local Etsy sellers, enjoy some treats, and take advantage of special deals! Speaking of special, I'll have some of my handmade flowers for sale. If they do well I may have to take a bunch to Renegade!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Top 10 Etsy Selling Tips

"Keep Going" original watercolor

I wrote a guest post for one of my favorite craft and DIY blogs, The Crafted Life today! Head over to read my top 10 tips for a starting a successful business on Etsy. I hope they're helpful to you, and of course, feel free to ask any questions. I'll do my best to answer them!

Friday, June 20, 2014

New summer products in the shop!

New Cards and Coasters by Vitamini

Can someone explain to me how it's Friday already? I guess time's flying because I've been working on so many different projects. In addition to getting ready to sell at the West Elm Pop-Up Shop event in Emeryville next Friday and Renegade SF in a couple weeks I've been wrapping up a couple DIY projects and working on some guest posts for a couple other fabulous blogs. I can't wait to share those, but in the meantime I'll share a few brand new products that I just listed in the shop.

New Cards and Coasters by Vitamini

First of all, What the Flock? Available on white and magenta stock, this card features a flock of long-legged flamingos, just hanging out, asking the hard-hitting questions.

New Cards and Coasters by Vitamini

My friends and family know I love me a weiner dog. I can't believe it took me this long to design and a card featuring my favorite short-legged canine, but here it is! So Long! This card would be perfect as a "going away" card but would also work as an anytime card, because dachshunds are just so long, ya know?

New Cards and Coasters by Vitamini

New Vintage Trailer coasters. I have this design available on notebooks and cards, so I'm happy to add coasters to the trailer mix.

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Speaking of trailers, Let's Go Camping features a Mini pulling a teardrop. Makes me want to plan a summer getaway to the redwoods.

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And speaking of summer, Surf's Up

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If you follow me on Instagram you got a peek at these designs. My new cacti and succulent cards and coasters are based on papercuts. I love them and I hope you do, too! Coming soon on tea towels!

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Brand new thank you cards in black and swanky gold ink. This designs is also available as a rubber stamp so you can stamp your envelopes yourself.
 
That's a quick run-down of the new products I've added in the last week or so. All products available on my shop site or on Etsy here and here. Looking back it's no wonder I'm having a hard time keeping track of the days! I hope you have a nice weekend! 

Friday, June 13, 2014

DIY Origami Gift Box

DIY Origami Gift Box

After this post, I hope you've dipped everything you could get your hands on in dark chocolate! Here are a few ideas for how to wrap them up into a pretty package for Father's Day.

DIY Origami Gift Box

Here's what you'll need:
  • Wax paper
  • Colored papers, vellums, card stocks
  • Cello bags
  • Twisty ties

DIY Origami Gift Box

 To wrap the dipped caramels, cut a stack of wax paper rectangles, about 5" x 4". Place the caramel in the center, wrap and twist, salt water taffy style. Once they're all wrapped, place them in a cello bag and twist off with a twisty tie.

Fold up a few origami boxes to hold your bags of treats! I used this tutorial, but used a different paper size. It's not in English, but I found the photos easy enough to follow. If you have some trouble, check out my pics and quick instructions.

DIY Origami Gift Box

Start with a letter sized (8.5" x 11") sheet of paper. I used this great teal vellum. Trim .25" from the long side, making a 8.5" x 10.75" sheet. Fold in half, unfold, then fold the ends to the center crease, making 4 columns. Fold the other side into 3 rows, approximately 7 cm each. Fold two corners of one end in. Fold this flap towards the center. Fold this flap up, creating one side of the box. Fold the next two sides up and crease diagonally. Fold the last side of the box upwards, creasing the diagonal ends. Fit the ends into the pockets inside the box. Done!

DIY Origami Gift Box

Place your treat bags inside your new boxes. What I love most about these is there's a little pocket on the outside for a gift card!

DIY Origami Gift Box

Fold up a box for each of your treats. Impress your dad on Father's Day with his handmade (and delicious) gifts! Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

DIY Chocolate Dipped Snacks

DIY Chocolate Dipped Snacks

My dad is impossible to shop for. Yeah, sure, he likes books and magazines, but ones that are so specific I'd never be able to pick them out in a bookstore. He's not big on electronic gadgets, grooming products, or accessories. So, besides a trusty Amazon gift card, my go-to gift item for him is something he can eat! He loves snacks! His favorites are nuts, peanut butter, dried fruits, and dark chocolate. With Father's Day coming up this Sunday I decided to make a gift of some handmade treats.

DIY Chocolate Dipped Snacks

Here's what you'll need to make your own:
  • Peanut butter filled pretzels
  • Dried apricots
  • Fleur de sel caramels
  • Dark chocolate & 72% cacao dark chocolate bars
  • Cocoanut oil
  • Parchment paper

DIY Chocolate Dipped Snacks

Chop up the chocolate bars. I used two, 1.75 ounce bars. Using a double boiler on low heat (or just make your own like I did with a bowl on top of a sauce pan with about 1" of water in the bottom) melt the chocolate with about 1 tsp of cocanut oil. Stir until completely melted.

DIY Chocolate Dipped Snacks DIY Chocolate Dipped Snacks

Dip half of the pretzel (apricot, or caramel) into the chocolate and lay on the parchment paper to set. Refrigerate to help set the chocolate (it's been hot here the past few days so this was necessary!).

DIY Chocolate Dipped Snacks DIY Chocolate Dipped Snacks DIY Chocolate Dipped Snacks

I was able to dip about 1/2 bag of the pretzels, 20 apricots, and about 15 caramels with this batch of chocolate.

Tomorrow I'll be sharing some packaging ideas so you can make your treats into a nice little gift for Dad on Father's Day!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Around the studio

Zippy bags original Vitamini fabric prints
I made these fun zippy bags for Patchwork and Maker Faire and wanted to share them here. These aren't a standard item that I stock and I only have a couple left, so if you're interested, head over to my Etsy to snag one while you can! Mini bags are available in red and yellow.

Zippy bags original Vitamini fabric prints

These bags featuring my Retro Ranch print are extra special because I screen printed the fabric myself! Available in a bright coral and teal.

Original papercut by Vitamini

I've also been working on a few new designs.  Here's a sneak peek at one: a new papercut based on my own succulent collection.

Happy Friday to you! As if that wasn't enough of a reason to celebrate, today is National Donut Day! Treat yo'self.
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