Meet the Maker: Kelly Ventura Design

Meet the Maker: Kelly Ventura DesignWhen putting together the gallery wall in my office, I instantly fell in love with the work of today’s maker. Little did I know that I would have the pleasure of interviewing her a few months later! She has worked with clients like West Elm and Land of Nod and I know you will just love her style. She’s also offering 20% off items in her Etsy shop to all of you with code: CRAFTEDFLIFE15 (woo!) until May 29th. Without further delay, meet the lovely Kelly of Kelly Ventura Design!

Meet the Maker: Kelly Ventura Design

1. Tell us a little about yourself!

Hi, I’m Kelly, of Kelly Ventura Design. I am a Michigan-based surface designer leaving my unique mark on the home, gift and children’s markets with my fresh florals, playful prints and hand-painted patterns.

2. Can you give us a bit of background into what lead you to where you are today?

I began nurturing my entrepreneurial and creative spirit as an inspired five year old, setting up a neighborhood sidewalk stand to sell my rainbow drawings. Many rainbow drawings later, after graduating with a fine arts degree, I found my niche as a surface designer. My introduction into this industry came by way of two important internships in the wallpaper and rug markets; Elizabeth Dow, Ltd and Emma Gardner Design. After having the opportunity to work with both women in their creative environments, I knew I had found my place in the design world.

Meet the Maker: Kelly Ventura Design

3. What made you decide to start selling your work?

I have always had a strong motivation to create and have had a number of shops over the past ten years; handmade baby apparel, hand screen-printed apparel and home goods and now art prints.

4. What would you say is the greatest challenge you face as a freelancer? And the greatest reward?

The greatest challenge has been balancing home and work life, which is about to get more challenging with baby no. 3 due soon! The greatest reward has been watching my style and voice develop of the past few years.

Meet the Maker: Kelly Ventura Design

5. What has been the coolest part about your career so far? Did you ever image that would happen?

The opportunity to collaborate with a few of my favorite retailers has been a dream come true! The art community is pretty incredible….I feel so grateful to be surrounded and supported by such an amazing community of independent artists on a daily basis.

6. Who or what inspires you?

I find inspiration everywhere, but am so inspired and motivated by others in this creative community building their dream in the same fashion that I am.

Meet the Maker: Kelly Ventura Design

7. Any advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?

Create a lot of work, every single day, and you will find your style!

8. What’s one fun fact about you that others may not know?

There is no house plant that can survive living with me.

Meet the Maker: Kelly Ventura Design

**Be sure to check out Kelly’s website and follow her on Instagram and Facebook! PHOTO CREDIT: Nick Azzaro. Naomi Ernest. Kelly Ventura


DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins

Time: 30 minutes + wash time
Materials: cotton napkins, rubber bands, bleach, bucket, gloves, sink + washer

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)I’ve recently been obsessing over all the indigo dyeing tutorials floating around lately, when it hit me. Why not try a similar technique, but with bleach so it can be used on colored cloth? I wasn’t sure how it’d turn out when I started, but I’m pretty happy with the results. This process is great if you want to give old or stained napkins new life. Plus it only takes about thirty minutes to do a full set. What’s not to love about that?!! Here’s how:

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)Fold your napkins and tie together with rubber bands, similar to what you would do with shibori dyeing. If you haven’t tried that before, this tutorial is great! I found that the triangle fold worked the best for this process; the final purple napkin you see is actually the navy blue one in the photo above.

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)Do the following process, one napkin at a time:

Dip napkin into the bucket that contains diluted bleach. I recommend wearing gloves for this step to avoid bleach getting into any cuts on your hand (or having your hands stink for the rest of the day). Wring out and set aside. Once you notice the color starting to turn, takes about 1-2 minutes, rinse immediately and toss in the wash. The longer you let the bleach set, the more faded your napkin will be. The design won’t be as noticeable if you should leave the bleach on for too long, so you’ll want to be present during the entire process.

Once your napkins are clean, iron and then use!

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)


Friday Links!

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The day we’ve been waiting for is finally here– it’s Friday y’all! Whether you plan on spending the next few days traveling, barbecuing, or just catching up on some much needed sleep, here are some links you won’t want to miss!

- Just the cutest diy napkins!

- Must find a rotary phone ASAP.

- Looks like I’m going to need another house plant.

- Now this is a party I’d want to be invited to!

- Absolutely swooning over this dresser makeover.

- This side table makeover is also pretty dang cute.

- Completely mind blowing and a bit disgusting.

Have a great long weekend everyone!



Currently Reading: Autobiographical Essays by amazing women

6 must- read books by amazing women

When I look back at the books I’ve read recently, they all seem to have been written by some completely kickass women. Insert celebration emojis here. It’s really a trend that I hope never ends, and for good reasons too. If you’re experiencing burnout or frustration with your career and are in need of inspiration, or just want an empowering read filled with laughs, I recommend picking up anyone of the following:

1. Lizz Free or Die by Lizz Winstead

2. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

3. Why is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

4. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

5. Bossypants by Tiny Fey

6. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham*

*currently reading

Have you read any of the above? Any that I should add to the list, or my must-read list overall? Speaking of which, don’t forget to enter my Instagram giveaway!