CHA 2014 – My Mind’s Eye booth- photo heavy

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.

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Which, awesomely, included the ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier.  Looking at this gorgeous beach and ocean view.

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I even took a selfie from way up high.

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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.

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Here’s a closeup of me painting away! My back was killing me after I finished.

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This is the whole wall (missing 2 layouts). Love it!

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Okay so a few quick shots of the new product that I designed:

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Halloween Decor DIY – Paper Decorated Pumpkin

September 17th, 2013

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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.

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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

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The stem wasn’t big enough to wrap ribbon around so I cut two holes to fish the ribbon through.

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Then I grabbed all the cute MME Happy Haunting papers & embellishments and played around with them a bit.

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I decided to keep it simple and cut strips of the striped paper and wrap them around the pumpkin.

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I used the enamel brads to stick the strips down with. and just fanned out the paper till i covered the whole pumpkin.

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I put some hot glue on the bottom of the pumpkin where the stripes fell so they would stay down in place.

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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.

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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.

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Then I assembled it all and tied the ribbons up top. A super simple project, but an beautiful halloween decoration.

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Thanks Katie!! I adore this pumpkin and just had to place it on my Halloween table:

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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!

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Halloween Decor DIY – Stenciled Tea Towel

September 14th, 2013

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Being in (very) temporary housing with almost everything we own in storage it’s kind of hard to get the motivation to create projects and decorate for holidays. However, I just can’t stand the thought of not decorating at all for Halloween, Fall & Christmas. And I definitely want to do some fun (and easy) bloggy projects for my readers as well. I’ve mentioned my crafty landlady Katie who previously created a father’s day silhouette project for me. She has been so kind as to help me create projects and she’s back again with an awesome Halloween DIY project. She made this amazingly cute spooky Tea Towel which I am considering just keeping because it’s pretty sweet. Here are the few quick steps:

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All you need is a Tea Towel – this one is from IKEA (awesome), a tree branch stencil (Hobby Lobby), black fabric paint and paint brushes.

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Using washi tape (or any removable tape) to position the stamp just right, I carefully painted in the stencil using a small detail brush.

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Once the stencil dried I peeled it off, and extended some of the beaches so they didn’t look like the stopped so suddenly.

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I just eye balled the trunk, and wanted more branches off to the side so i made sure the stencil was dry and placed it over my tree so i could make some more beaches coming off the trunk.

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Once it was all done I wondered about putting a saying on it like, Happy Haunting or spooky, but I loved how simple it was so i just added a small stamp from MME that said Happy Halloween!

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Such a cute way to bring halloween decor into your kitchen or table.

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Well I hope you enjoyed Katie’s project. She also created an adorable pumpkin, and I’ll feature that in a few days.

Here’s my last year’s Halloween Apothecary Mantel and my Decopage Pumpkins DIY if you’re looking for more Halloween inspiration.