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New! Gift Wrap by Vitamini

Monday, August 31, 2015

New Retro Inspired Gift Wrap Patterns by Vitamini I'm so excited to share the newest product in the Vitamini lineup - gift wrap!

Retro Mid Century Chair and Jazzy Gift Wrap by Vitamini Dachshund Love Gift Wrap by Vitamini
Now available in 4 prints - Dachshund Love, Jazzy, Vintage Trailer Caravan, and Patio Party - the same prints from my fabric collection now on paper! I want to wrap everything with these! It would also be great for craft projects and scrapbooking; drawer liners, decoupage, art matting, etc.

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You can find all 4 different prints in the shop. More patterns coming soon!

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Trailers in the Trees

Monday, August 17, 2015

Trailers In The Trees, Vintage Trailer Rally in Felton, CA. August 2015
As a vintage trailer enthusiast who doesn't actually have a trailer (yet) I jump at the chance to get close to them - you know, to help me figure out what kind I want. Ha! For reals though, if I can get an opportunity to admire even the exterior of a cool retro trailer my day is made. So, thanks times a million to Facebook for alerting me to this year's Trailers in the Trees rally, an annual vintage trailer show in the beautiful redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It was a couple Saturdays ago and was so much fun!

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This was my first year attending and I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but hot damn, was it a great experience! The trailers, ranging in age from the 1930's to the 70's, were parked in rows and opened up and decked out in their Sunday best. Some of them were decorated with items from their exact time period while others worked with themes. Almost all of them had their door (some of the luxury models had two doors!) propped open with invitations to go inside and check 'em out. The owners were usually nearby to answer questions, share any interesting info about the trailer's history or unique features, and accept praise and general "oohs and ahhs."

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Another great thing about this event - everyone was so genuinely nice. And seriously, how generous of them to open up their tiny little homes to strangers, even just for the afternoon? That's something I've discovered among clubs and groups of like-minded people. Similarly, I've never met anyone at a MINI club event that I didn't like and I imagine trailer clubs are the same. So many of them said "they're addicting" and I can imagine why. One lady told us how she and her husband attended the big rally in Pismo Beach one year, went home, found a classified ad for a trailer in the newspaper the next day and bought it!

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If you're into trailers, too, check around for local clubs and events in your area. Also, follow the Vintage Camper Trailers page on Facebook for photos and news about up-coming rallies.

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DIY Easy Fabric Art

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

DIY Easy Fabric Art by Vitamini Handmade There's nothing better than a large piece of art in a room, but unfortunately, buying big framed art can get pretty expensive. I found a bunch of great vintage Japanese fabrics at a Buddhist Temple rummage sale last summer for a steal - something like $1 for the whole bundle. The prints were so great but the dimensions of the pieces were odd; long and skinny and not quite large enough to sew much with. I noticed this bright tropical print in my fabric stack the other day and realized it would look great on the wall! I have a trick for hanging up fabric panels on the wall that looks super professional but is actually so easy to DIY and inexpensive, too (the whole thing cost less than $10). I can't wait to share!

I love using wood canvas stretcher bars for this project because not only are they inexpensive but  you can also buy them in the exact dimensions that you are looking for. That said, this project could also be done with a picture frame.

Here's what you'll need:

DIY Easy Fabric Art by Vitamini Handmade
  • Fabric panel. Large scale prints work better than smaller ones
  • Canvas stretcher bars, 2 for the width and 2 for the height, both about 4" shorter in width and length than your fabric panel. These 4 stretcher bars cost me about $8 total (cool, right?!)
  • Staple gun with staples. I love this Craftsman staple gun. So easy to use.
  • Picture wire and "i" screws
  • Ruler and pencil

DIY Easy Fabric Art by Vitamini Handmade
Measure and mark the location for the "i" screws on the vertical pieces. Since mine was tall (14" x 36") I measured 7" down from the top of each side. Twist in the screws.
DIY Easy Fabric Art by Vitamini Handmade
Join the frame pieces. Mine made a pretty sturdy fit, but if yours are loose you can staple over the corners to secure.

Lay the fabric face down and center the frame over it. Make sure you've oriented the fabric so you know which way is up and the screws are near the top of the panel. Fold the edge of fabric down about half and inch, then fold it over the side of the frame. Staple in the center. Repeat on the opposite side of the frame, pulling the fabric taught before you staple once the center. Repeat on the other two sides. Continue folding over, pulling taut, and stapling on opposite sides, until the fabric is anchored all the way around the frame. DIY Easy Fabric Art by Vitamini Handmade DIY Easy Fabric Art by Vitamini Handmade DIY Easy Fabric Art by Vitamini Handmade
When you get the the corners, fold the fabric like wrapping a present to get a smooth corner and staple.

DIY Easy Fabric Art by Vitamini Handmade
Attach the picture wire to the "i" screws and twist the ends. Done! Hang from a picture hanging hook. Enjoy your big, custom artwork!

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This technique is a great way to make a big, high-impact piece of art for just a few bucks. Look for fabrics from your favorite designers to stretch and make art. I have a large scale Marimekko print that I've had hanging up for years. It still looks great and no one can tell it's not an expensive canvas print.

P.S. Like my palm tree nails? Learn how to do it yourself with my palm tree mani diy!

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At Home With Lucille Ball

Monday, July 20, 2015

photo via House Beautiful

Happy Monday! I recently came across this article on House Beautiful featuring photos of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz at their Southern California home in the 50's and 60's. The interior shots are great, but I especially enjoyed the photos of the garden and pool. How perfect is the white and pink furniture set above? It reminds me of my Patio Party fabric print. :)

photo from Getty + CBS via House Beautiful

Check out the article for all of the retro goodness. I could really use a dip in that pool right about now... Have a great week!

P.S. Looking to outfit your retro abode with era-appropriate houseplants? Check out this post for ideas!

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Vitamini Summer Sale!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Vitamini Summer Sale
Hey guys! Just stopping by to say hi! I'm busy with product development at the moment  - working on a few new products for the shop that I'm super pumped about. It'll be a couple weeks before I can show you anything (the suspense!) but in the meantime I'm having a sale in the shop to make room for all of the new stuff! I'm discontinuing a few products, some of them my best sellers (I'm looking at you, MINI Cooper Coasters) so act fast if you're interested! I have very limited quantities left, and once they're gone, they're gone, so don't lollygag. ;)

Check out the entire sale section here.
 

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