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Patchwork Spring 2011

May 14, 2011

Tomorrow is the Spring 2011 Patchwork Long Beach show! Come on out and shop from over 125 handmade goods, indulge in some delicious treats and beverages and listen to some great music! Oh, and did I mention that it is FREE to get in!? There's even a bike valet, eco-gift wrapping station & diy crafting tables for adults & kids. What's not to love?

 

 

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Adoption

May 13, 2011

Meet Griffin, the newest member of our (now 3-cat) household! He just showed up one day, as sweet as can be, and we fell in love with him. We found out he was already neutered and he's taken to us well, which means that someone probably abandoned the poor baby!! We think he's about 1-1.5 years old because he is very playful and kitten-like. He's pretty big but still kind of awkward and lanky. Cesar says he's a lot like him, ha! We are keeping him away from the other two cats for a few days so he gets acclimated to the house.

Wish us luck!! Meow!

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Sign Making

May 12, 2011

I posted previously on Twitter and Facebook about the new signs that I made for Unique LA and future design + art shows. I wanted to share the process here on my blog and provide a resource for anyone who is interested in making their own signage for events. Banners are great and all -quick and easy- and I've used them in the past, but how spectacular is a custom made wooden sign?! Let me walk you through how I did it:

First I found some 4' x 2' plywood at Lowes, which I had them cut down the middle and then in three more pieces resulting in one 4' x 24" piece and three 16" x 24" pieces. (I had to use math...yuck!)

Then I purchased some wood stain and stained the pieces to give them a nice dark finish that would help the white ink pop off:

While these were drying I printed out my transparencies. If you aren't familiar with screenprinting, these are what get exposed to the emulsion-coated screens. Basically the black areas block out the UV light and form a "stencil".  I hope you're still with me.

At this point I have exposed my screen, washed it out, dried it and it is ready for printing! Btw- this is the biggest image I have burned and printed yet. Needless to say I was nervous.

Then I printed a layer on my mylar for registration and to flood the screen/image:

Taadaa'!! A successful pass onto the wood! Once each side was dry I printed the reverse so that they could be double-sided.

Once all the logos were printed and dried, I started on the business name portion on the larger sign.

For my last step I sprayed down each sign with clear coat to protect the surface from scratching. And that's how it is done people.

Here's the cost breakdown:

Plywood sheet- $9, Cutting- free, Stain- $5, Screens- Reclaimed from past designs (but they run $17 each), Emulsion- I had a bucket already (but a new one costs $32), Ink- already owned (but a new jar is around $20)

GRAND TOTAL for me- $11 and the wonderful feeling of doing it myself!

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Unique LA Wrapup

May 11, 2011

Well the 2011 Unique LA Spring show is in the books! It was a fantastic event and I really enjoyed meeting my wonderful customers and all the other talented vendors! This show was huge but so well orchestrated and organized. Big props to Sonja, Aisha and all the volunteers and people involved for their hard work, support of local design, and providing us designers and artists with a place to showcase our work. I will definitely be applying to the next Unique event and I'm a little sad it is over, but alas...on to Patchwork this Sunday! For now feast your eyes on the photos I took from the event and if you stopped by the booth over the weekend be sure and let me know!

Click image below for pics:

 

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Some fun and exciting updates, I was delighted to do an interview over at Campfire Chic! Kam's blog is fantastic and she is a big supporter of handmade art and artists. Kam also has a super cute Etsy shop where she sells camping-themed notebooks and cross stitch wall art. Love!

Click the image below to read the interview and see more of Campfire Chic:

Secondly, I am featured in the new Spring 2011 Unique LA brand preview catalog! You can flip through it here. I am so excited for the show this weekend and am honored to have been included in this alongside some amazing handmade jewelry, clothing, accessories, homegoods and more! Here are some screenshots featuring my pillows, Mother's Day card and screenprints. If you are in the LA area come on down to the California Market Center this weekend for the show!

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Geo Hearts Tote

May 04, 2011

Another tote bag? Say it ain't so! Oh yes, it is so.

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Two New Prints

May 01, 2011

I'd like to share these two new prints with you that I recently designed and pulled. I'm loving the Peach/Turquoise/White combos these days so I thought I'd apply them to these prints! The first is a "Geometric Hearts" print on Kraft and the second is a typographic/quote print "Love Above All". They are listed on Etsy and will also be available along with my other prints and goodies at Unique LA next weekend!! *gasp!*

 

 

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Owl Tote and An Interview

April 29, 2011

I've just added the 3rd installment of my animal tote bag series, Owl Tote, to my shop!

Oh and check out this little interview I did on super cute blog, Julie Ann Art :)

 

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Part Two- Lion Tote!

April 27, 2011

And here is the next tote bag in the animal lineup, Mr. Lion!

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Totes!

April 26, 2011

Got stuff? Need a bag to put said stuff in? Like cute and modern animal designs? I've got you covered! I'm screenprinting my animals and more onto these sturdy 15" 15" natural cotton canvas tote bags. They have a nice 24" handle (12" from top of handle to top of bag) and a gusseted bottom to fit all of your goodies. I'll be adding more designs to the shop as they become available but here is the first installment, Mr. Red Fox in all his adorable glory!

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Raccoon Pillows!

April 24, 2011

My ever so cute Raccoon design is now available as a pillow! He is a 3-color screenprint on organic white cotton twill fabric. He has been hand-sewn and stuffed by me with love for you! Click the images below to visit the listing on Etsy for more info or to buy.

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Stickers

April 23, 2011

I wanted to share these fantastic stickers I ordered from Jakprints. I chose white ink on a clear sticker stock and couldn't be more pleased with how they turned out. I think these will look great against the kraft and brown paper packaging I use!

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