January 11th, 2014
CHA is the Craft Hobby Association trade show held annually in Anaheim, CA. The company that I design scrapbooking products – My Mind’s Eye – has a booth there, and I usually attend with them and help plan/decorate the trade show booth. At the trade show various craft companies release new products and write orders with various vendors and retailers.
With that intro… I flew into LAX on Thursday with a few designer friends, and we headed straight for a fun day in Santa Monica.
Which, awesomely, included the ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier. Looking at this gorgeous beach and ocean view.
I even took a selfie from way up high.
We also ate a ridiculous amount of italian food. Calories don’t count on work trips, right?
The next morning I was up and at the MME booth. I put together the product boards, and hand-painted a lot of illustrated gold frames.
Here’s a closeup of me painting away! My back was killing me after I finished.
But my layout wall turned out awesome! I love this idea and I’m totally going to do this somewhere in our new house to put layouts up and also kids artwork.
This is the whole wall (missing 2 layouts). Love it!
Okay so a few quick shots of the new product that I designed:
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December 23rd, 2013
One of our neighbors is obsessed with rice bags and so I thought it was a great little gift (simple and afforable!) to make for all the neighborhood girls. I looked up a tutorial online and just followed it to make the rice bags. The one that I used is from Make and Takes and was super easy to follow. I created a longer tri-fold variation following their simple instructions. Each one takes just a few minutes to sew together.
Cute flannel & coordinating thread
Sewing machine & pins (okay I didn’t really use pins)
Ribbon & Tag
Mine ended up being about 20″ x 7″. I made it really easy by just cutting 8.5″ strips of fabric from a 44″ bolt of fabric (creating an 8.5×44″ then cutting off the selvage). I used this adorable Merry Little Christmas winter flannel from Riley Blake.
Then I just designed a little tag with some basic instructions. I kept it winter related, because knowing me, these probably won’t get delivered until after Christmas!
And then just printed them out, folded them, and wrote a note inside (missed a few letters as usual!).
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September 17th, 2013
Katie made another cute halloween project for my blog. I provided her with the My Mind’s Eye Happy Haunting line, and she did all the magic to make this adorable pumpkin! The best part is that she started with this crazy green pumpkin that she bought on clearance last Halloween.
I got the pumpkin from the 80% off sale at hobby lobby last year, spent $1.80 on it, knowing i wouldn’t keep it green. In preparation for decorating the pumpkin, I painted it black
The stem wasn’t big enough to wrap ribbon around so I cut two holes to fish the ribbon through.
Then I grabbed all the cute MME Happy Haunting papers & embellishments and played around with them a bit.
I decided to keep it simple and cut strips of the striped paper and wrap them around the pumpkin.
I used the enamel brads to stick the strips down with. and just fanned out the paper till i covered the whole pumpkin.
I put some hot glue on the bottom of the pumpkin where the stripes fell so they would stay down in place.
I wanted to decorate the top so I got some Basket Box and Bag shred from the Dollar store, and hot glued it to the top for some fun texture.
For the tag i just found the skull base that i wanted and just started adding from there, all MME stuff from the Happy Haunting line.
Then I assembled it all and tied the ribbons up top. A super simple project, but an beautiful halloween decoration.
Thanks Katie!! I adore this pumpkin and just had to place it on my Halloween table:
Here’s the rest of my table – This will probably be my only Halloween decorations this year due to our temporary housing situation. But next year I’m totally going all out!