Thursday, September 18, 2014

Craftcation 2015


Just popping in to let you know that Craftcation has opened registration for the spring 2015 conference. I attended earlier this year (I shared some of my experience here) and I can honestly say it was the best thing I did for me and my business. I left feeling refreshed, encouraged, and well equipped to face my creative business goals. Not to mention I made a bunch of friends and had way too much fun! I'm really looking forward to the 2015 session because I'll be a workshop presenter! I'll be teaching a simple screen printing course that may get you hooked on the technique. Click here to learn about more of the other workshops and panels that are already lined up. I know I'm already eying a few that I just have to attend. Can't wait! I hope to see you there!

I took the photo at Craftcation 2014. Can't beat the Ventura Pier!

Monday, September 15, 2014

DIY Marbled Paper Tray

DIY Marbled Paper Lined Tray
Hi guys! Things have been busy in my neck of the woods lately. The Re:Make festival in San Francisco was last Saturday. Did you go? What a fun event! I'm also still working on getting settled since my move, and if you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I just adopted a 3 month old dachshund puppy! More on her later, though. If I fall down the rabbit hole of posting pics I won't be able to get back on topic...

I have a new DIY project that I'm excited to share! Next in my series of projects using hand marbled paper and fabrics is this practical wooden tray lined with pretty marbled paper. Pourable resin seals the paper completely and provides a clean, durable surface. If you don't have any marbled papers handy, any decorative paper can be used for this project!

Here's what you'll need:

DIY Marbled Paper Lined Tray
  • Wood tray, I found this one at Target
  • EnviroTex Lite Pour-On Resin
  • Marbled paper. Learn how to make your own with my tutorial!
  • Paper trimmer
  • Double-sided tape
  • Plastic mixing cup
  • Stir sticks
  • Ruler
  • ModPodge, foam brush (not pictured)

Measure the bottom of the tray and cut a scrap piece of paper to fit. Test fit the paper in the tray and trim edges where necessary. Trace the outline of paper onto the back side of the marbled paper and cut to size. Using the foam brush, apply three thin coats of ModPodge on the marbled paper, both sides, letting it dry in between coats.

When the paper is dry, add strips of double-sided tape to the back edges and center of the paper and lay it into the bottom of the tray.
DIY Marbled Paper Lined Tray

Following the instructions on the package, mix the epoxy and the hardener together in the cup. Slowly pour it over the paper until fully coated with less than 1/8" of coverage. Spread the resin into the corners and edges where necessary with the stir sticks. If there are bubbles, carefully exhale onto the surface of the resin (like you would while cleaning your sunglasses) and the bubbles will disperse. Work in a well-ventilated area and follow all of the safety precautions on the product packaging.

DIY Marbled Paper Lined Tray

Let dry on a level surface until fully cured. You may notice the marbled paper in the first few photos is different from the finished photos. That's because I forgot to take my own advice and coat the paper in Modpodge first. Oops! It's important to seal the paper before pouring the resin because it will otherwise saturate the paper and leave a blotchy look. Sealing keeps the colors crisp and vibrant, so that's definitely what I recommend and what I did the second time around! Add another layer of resin if it is thin in some spots or if the paper sticks up in any areas.

DIY Marbled Paper Lined Tray
Use your new tray as a catch-all by the front door or to hold office supplies at your desk. It's a fun way to bring in a pop of custom color and pattern!

DIY Marbled Paper Lined Tray

Click here to learn how to marble your own paper and fabrics and here to learn how to make a marbled fabric and leather clutch!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Shop Updates!


Hi friends! There's a lot going in the Vitamini studios these days as I prepare for the up-coming holiday season, so here's a little update!

I was so thrilled to see a Vitamini screen print in this beautiful styled shot by vtwonen, via sfgirlbybay last week. I kicked things into high gear this week and now have these prints back in stock! Available in hot pink and black on thick, 100% cotton stock. You can find both in my shop, here.

I'm also getting ready for Re:Make in San Francisco! Come out to Fort Mason, September 13th to shop top-notch handmade brands and even make some crafts yourself! It's guaranteed to be a good time.

Happy friday to you!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

DIY Leather & Fabric Clutch

DIY Leather & Fabric Clutch
Remember the marbled paper and fabric tutorial I shared a while back? This is the first of a series of posts sharing projects that can be made with these pretty, custom papers and fabrics! Kicking it off is this simple, classic clutch made with a soft leather back and marbled fabric front. It's so easy to make, you may want to whip up a few!

Here's what you'll need:

DIY Leather & Fabric Clutch
  • Piece of leather, 8.5" x 11" I found this one at Michael's
  • Accent fabric, 13" x 8.5". I used a piece I marbled myself! Click over to my tutorial to learn how to make your own custom print
  • Scrap cardboard
  • Permanent marker
  • Heavyweight fusible interfacing, 6.5" x 8.5"
  • Wonder Clips or binder clips
  • Sewing machine with a needle for leather
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Optional: button and needle & thread
DIY Leather & Fabric Clutch
Start by drawing a template for the leather onto the scrap cardboard. I knew the front of my bag would start at 6.5" tall. So that would leave 5.5" for the flap. Mark the center point of the flap and trace something round at the end, like a roll of tape. Then draw lines at angles from the side corners to the edge of the circle.
DIY Leather & Fabric Clutch

Trace onto the wrong side of the leather with a permanent pen and trim to size.

DIY Leather & Fabric Clutch Following the interfacing instructions, iron it onto the wrong side of one end of the accent fabric. Fold the remaining fabric over and press. This will give you patterned fabric on both sides with interfacing in the middle.

DIY Leather & Fabric Clutch
Clip the wrong sides of the accent fabric and the leather together. The raw fabric edges will be at the sides and the bottom, leaving the nice folded edge to make the top of the bag opening. Pins will leave punctures in the leather so use clips instead. Binder clips work just fine, too, but if you do much sewing I highly recommend wonder clips! They hold bulky items together very well and keep everything flat without the hassle of pins. I love them! Ok, back to the project!

Sew the three sides with an 1/8" seam allowance, making sure to sew backwards for a few stitches at each end. My machine worked much better with the leather side down and the fabric side up. Trim excess fabric or leather at the seams (if necessary) and turn right side out.

DIY Leather & Fabric Clutch

I forgot to account for the seam allowance when I made my template (oops!), so I had little extra pieces of leather sticking out on the flap. I just trimmed it back on both sides.
DIY Leather & Fabric Clutch

If you'd like, add a button closure to the flap. Position the button on the flap and lightly mark its placement with a pen. Cut an opening in the leather as wide as the button. Sew the button onto the fabric, aligning it with the opening. I liked mine just fine without the button, so I skipped that step.

DIY Leather & Fabric Clutch

Enjoy your new, handmade clutch! It's a nice size for carrying a few necessities when you're headed out for coffee or dinner.

DIY Leather & Fabric Clutch

Friday, August 29, 2014

6 Back To School DIYs to Try

This weekend marks the (unofficial) end of summer. I can't believe how fast this year is flying by, but Fall is my favorite season so I'm looking forward to it! Schools are back in session in my neighborhood, so how 'bout some fun back-to-school crafts? And you don't have to be in school to enjoy them!

Back To School DIYs To Try

1. Sweet binder paper tote bag by Handmade Mood.
2. I love this eraser gift wrapping by Oh Happy Day.
3. These scalloped containers by Sarah Hearts would keep your desk organized.
4. Make some little purses to hold your lunch money! Project by Fellow Fellow.
5. I love these crocheted pencil cases and zipper bags by Flax & Twine. I haven't done a stitch (ha!) of crochet since college, but this project makes me want to break out my needles!
6. Cute, color-blocked pencils by The Crafted Life. A jar full of these would make a sweet teacher gift.

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Creative Apps

1900s postcard graphics

There are so many apps out there that help foster creativity. Pinterest and craftgawker are two of my old favorites. I like to flip through them when I'm stuck waiting in line somewhere, to get a quick idea of interesting projects that I can flag for later to check out when I have more time to follow a bunch of links around. But there's an app on the scene that does something the others don't: instead of a link it gives you a story.

Steller is a great place to share your stories, if they're an artistic collection of photographs, short videos, or even step-by-step photos of a craft project. The author has opportunities to add descriptive text to any of their images to help build their own story, whatever that may be. I've been using Steller for a while and have enjoyed being able to share visual collections in a totally new format. They just launched the new and improved 2.0 version yesterday. It's free in the app store! You can find and follow me there @vitaminimodern.

1900's era postcard graphics

While crafts and diy are my favorite type to share, I also like to publish other types of stories, like this one about some 100+ year old postcards I bought at an antiques fair a couple weeks ago. Check it out! I think you'll enjoy it. :)

Have a creative weekend!

*This isn't a sponsored post - just thought you might enjoy hearing about a cool app!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DIY Macramé Key Fob

DIY Macrame Key Fob
I like to go to craft stores and just wander around. I'm often inspired by pieces I see that I wouldn't have otherwise thought to use. When I spotted this owl pendant charm at Michael's last week I knew I had to have it but had know idea what I'd do with it... I started looking around for other things that would go with it and I found some packages of cute mini key charms. That's it! I'll make a key fob! And nothing goes better with owls than macramé!

Here's what you'll need to make your own:
DIY Macrame Key Fob
DIY Macrame Key Fob

Start by cutting two lengths of cord, about 14" long each. Fold in half and attach to the loop on the owl charm, side by side. In macramé lingo, this is called a larks head knot.
DIY Macrame Key Fob
To make a square knot (aka flat knot), start with the cord on the left side. Move it to the right, over the two central cords and under the cord on the right. Take the right cord and move it under the two central cords and up through the loop on the left. Continuing with the same cord, move it under the two central cords and over the cord on the right. Grab the cord on the right and move it across, over the two central cords and down through the loop on the left. Tighten.
DIY Macrame Key Fob DIY Macrame Key Fob

Repeat this process to tie another knot. String a bead onto the two central cords and tie one more square knot.

DIY Macrame Key Fob DIY Macrame Key Fob

To attach the loop, string it on to the two central cords. Flip it over and tie two square knots in a downward direction.
DIY Macrame Key Fob DIY Macrame Key Fob

String the key onto the two central cords. Tie one more square knot behind the key charm and then tie the two outer cords into a knot to secure. String beads onto the ends of the cords and tie knots at the ends. Trim excess cord where necessary.

DIY Macrame Key Fob

Attach some keys or clip onto your purse. Your friends won't believe you made it yourself!
DIY Macrame Key Fob DIY Macrame Key Fob

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Little Cars in Pacific Grove

Peel Trident at The Little Car Show - Pacific Grove, August 14, 2014

Every August, hundreds of unique, antique, and highly collectible cars converge on the Monterey Bay. A series of car shows, races, auctions, and other car-centric events are scheduled this week, culminating in Annual Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach on Sunday. I was lucky enough to learn at the last minute that The Tiny Car Show was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Pacific Grove, so I took off as fast as I could to get there and admire as many tiny cars as possible.

Messerschmidt at The Little Car Show - Pacific Grove, August 14, 2014

This show features little vehicles, like Minis, Fiats, Messerschmidts, MGs, etc. I was all over it! It was so much fun just walking around admiring the cars, chatting with owners, and taking (a ton!) of photos.

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Minis, galore.

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This 1959 Morris Mini with wood trim was all tricked out, UK style.

The Little Car Show - Pacific Grove, August 14, 2014

Yep, it's lavender! What a beauty.

The Little Car Show - Pacific Grove, August 14, 2014

Electra King - retro, 3-wheeled electric car. It was charging with the extension cord.

The Little Car Show - Pacific Grove, August 14, 2014
The Little Car Show - Pacific Grove, August 14, 2014

It's impossible to deny that those minis are photogenic! Here's a list of other Monterey County auto events going on this week.

Peel Trident, The Little Car Show - Pacific Grove 8/2014

If the first photo of the micro bubble car (a Trident Peel) sparked your interest, check out this post I wrote featuring the retro auto section at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2008.

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